Denon Recalls Rechargeable Wireless Speaker Battery Packs Due to Fire Hazard


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In subrogation cases where the insured’s damages were caused by a defective product, the fact that the product at issue is or was subject to a recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may help to establish that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer’s possession and control. On September 20, 2016, the CPSC issued the following recall notice related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

 Denon Recalls Rechargeable Battery Packs Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

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In Pennsylvania, a Party May be Required to Disclose Materials in the Claim File of its Third-Party Claims Administrator


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In Brown v. Greyhound Lines, Inc., 142 A.3d 1 (Pa. Super. May 24, 2016), the Superior Court of Pennsylvania addressed attorney-client privilege and work product claims associated with the ordered production of materials from a third-party administrator’s claim file. The court also discussed whether the video recording of a mock deposition of a defendant’s employee was discoverable as a recorded statement. With respect to the first issue, the court rejected the defendants’ wholesale claim of privilege related to any and all original investigation statements in the third-party administrator’s file. With respect to the ordered production of the mock deposition video, the court found that the video was discoverable pursuant to Pa. R.C.P. 4003.4. The Brown case serves as a reminder that a third-party claims administrator’s file materials may be discoverable and recorded statements by party witnesses, even if conducted by counsel in the form of an interview, may be discoverable if they are recorded by a third-party such as a court reporter or videographer.

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GE Appliances, Samsung and Polaris Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls


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In subrogation cases where the insured’s damages were caused by a defective product, the fact that the product at issue is or was subject to a recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may help to establish that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer’s possession and control. On September 15, 2016, the CPSC issued the following recall notices related to products that present fire hazards:

GE Appliances Recalls Top-Loading Clothes Washers Due to Fire Hazard

Samsung Recalls Galaxy Note7 Smartphones Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards

Polaris Recalls Ranger Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

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Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls


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In subrogation cases where the insured’s damages were caused by a defective product, the fact that the product at issue is or was subject to a recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may help to establish that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer’s possession and control. On August 25, 2016, the CPSC issued the following recall notices related to products that present fire hazards:

All Power Portable Generators Recalled by J.D. North America Due to Explosion, Fire and Burn Hazards

Whirlpool Recalls Microwaves Due to Fire Hazard

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Crownplace Recalls Kerosene Lamp Burners


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In subrogation cases where the insured’s damages were caused by a defective product, the fact that the product at issue is or was subject to a recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may help to establish that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer’s possession and control. On August 23, 2016, the CPSC issued the following recall notice related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Crownplace Brands Recalls Kerosene Lamp Burners Due to Burn and Fire Hazards

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Georgia Extends Anti-Indemnity Statute to Cover Professional Services


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Effective April 26, 2016, Georgia amended its anti-indemnification statute, Ga. Code § 13-8-2, to cover not only construction contracts, but also contracts for engineering, architectural or land surveying services. The amended statute, however, does not apply equally to construction and professional services contracts.

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Home Source Recalls Floor Lamps


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In subrogation cases where the insured’s damages were caused by a defective product, the fact that the product at issue is or was subject to a recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may help to establish that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer’s possession and control. On July 14, 2016, the CPSC issued the following recall notice related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Home Source Recalls Floor Lamps Due to Fire and Shock Hazards

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Recent Court Challenges Could Signal a Change for Special Arbitration


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Special Arbitration, a long-existing, highly efficient and cost-effective venue for resolving workers’ compensation subrogation liens, is being challenged as an appropriate forum in which to resolve lien disputes. As a result, Special Arbitration may soon be an unavailable forum for workers’ compensation insurance carriers and employers in some states.

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HP Recalls Batteries for HP and Compaq Notebook Computers


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In subrogation cases where the insured’s damages were caused by a defective product, the fact that the product at issue is or was subject to a recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may help to establish that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer’s possession and control. On June 23, 2016, the CPSC issued the following recall notice related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

HP Recalls Batteries for HP and Compaq Notebook Computers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

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Sony Recalls VAIO Laptop Computer Battery Packs


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In subrogation cases where the insured’s damages were caused by a defective product, the fact that the product at issue is or was subject to a recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may help to establish that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer’s possession and control. On June 15, 2016, the CPSC issued the following recall notice related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Sony Recalls VAIO Laptop Computer Battery Packs Due to Burn and Fire Hazards

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