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Space Heater Caused Oregon Fire That Killed 4 Kids, Official Says

A house fire in rural Oregon that killed four children and critically burned three other family members started with a portable space heater that was being used after a fireplace malfunctioned, a volunteer fire chief said. Combustible materials placed too …

Wisconsin-Based Sargento Expands Cheese Recall, Cuts Ties With Supplier

Wisconsin-based Sargento Foods Inc., is expanding a voluntary recall of some cheeses due to a possible bacterial contamination. The company recalled some cheeses Feb. 10, but expanded the recall on Feb. 17 to include products produced on the same line. …

Samsung Details Causes for Galaxy 7 Fires; Clyde & Co. Comments

It was the battery, after all. In a presentation and news conference on Monday that lasted more than two hours, Samsung Electronics Co. detailed the results of its investigation into Note 7 smartphones that overheated and burst into flames last …

Johnson & Johnson to Challenge $1 Billion Hip Implant Verdict

Johnson & Johnson will challenge the fairness of a trial that produced a verdict of $1 billion in damages against the company last week over allegations of design flaws in its Pinnacle hip implant. Although legal experts think J&J faces …

Alaska Jury Deadlocked in Family’s Lawsuit Against Tobacco Company

After more than three weeks, a Bethel Superior Court jury cannot decide whether or not a tobacco company misled an Alaska man about the harmful effects of smoking. KYUK-AM reported jury foreman Robert Sundown says jurors deadlocked over whether Philip …

Watchdog’s List of 10 Most Hazardous Toys Has Its Critics

A sling-shot, inflatable suits that kids can don and wear while crashing into each other and a hammer inspired by weapons in the movie “Warcraft” ranked among the 10 most hazardous toys on an annual list released on Tuesday by …

J&J Tries to Switch to Court Outside Missouri After $195 Million in Talc Verdicts

After a $67.5 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson on Oct. 27 marked its third straight trial defeat in an onslaught of lawsuits claiming its talc-based products cause ovarian cancer, the company is hoping to reverse the trend by …

First Consumer Class Action Filed Over Samsung Note 7 Smartphone

Samsung Electronics Co.’s woes over the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone have moved into the courtroom. Three people who bought the phones, which were recalled because the Note 7 is prone to catching on fire and exploding, sued the electronics maker’s …

Samsung’s Smartphone Recall Is Big But Far From Worst in History

Samsung Electronics Co.’s recall of its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphone will be one of the biggest recalls ever in the technology industry. The South Korean conglomerate pulled the plug on the entire product line and slashed its third-quarter profit …

Ironshore International Offers PI & GL Cover for Engineers Based Outside U.S.

Ironshore International has introduced a packaged policy to provide combined professional indemnity and general liability insurance for specialist engineers. Bermuda-headquartered Ironshore said it will underwrite coverage for professional liability, general liability, product liability and employer’s liability under one policy form …