Entries by Kardisch Law Group

Espresso Machine Recalled: Not a Whole Latte Love

In a prior post, I extolled the virtues of coffee, both as a close companion and a healthy dietary component. Another friend—a human of the non-coffee-drinking genus – recently won an espresso machine, and she gave it to my wife. The device now sits prominently on our kitchen counter looking rather judgmentally at the every-day […]

Wake up and smell the coffee!

Much of my day revolves around drinking coffee. My relationship with the beverage is not one of dependence (like it is for many), but of reverence.  Coffee emits the only aroma I can detect five rooms away, as I am quite sense-of-smell-challenged. Whether I am at my desk, a deposition or meeting with a client, […]

An Un-Safety Gate

A father of three and an owner of several canines, I am no stranger to safety gates. Whether to keep toddlers off the stairs or pups off the couch, my wife and I have purchased and have given away innumerable such devices over the past 25 years.  Some were plastic with lift gates, some wood […]

Lead Poisoning in Baby’s Safe Place

Those of us who defend property owners in lead poisoning litigation always look for an alternate source of the infant plaintiff’s exposure.  Sometimes the child has spent summers in a country which does not prohibit lead-based paint in housing interiors and/or does not regulate leaded gasoline emissions as carefully as does our own federal government. […]

De-lead or De-fend

In 2003, the New York City Council amended Local Law 1 of 1982 to make it “the responsibility of every (multiple dwelling) owner…to investigate for lead-based paint hazards, to address such hazards on a case-by-case basis as the conditions may warrant,” and to remove lead paint that is peeling or chipping (as opposed to intact.) […]

Litigation’s a Lead Pipe Cinch.

In 2012, the Center for Disease Control changed its standard of concern over blood lead levels in children. It did so in order to identify more young people as having exposure and to allow parents, doctors, public health officials and communities to take action earlier to reduce future exposure. The effect, of course, was also […]

Thinking ABOUT the Box

Scientists have reignited a debate over the class of chemicals known as bipoly- and perfluoro-alkyls.  “PFASs,” as they are commonly called, are used in thousands of products, such as electronics, footwear, sleeping bags, tents, protective fire gear, fire extinguisher foams, and pizza boxes.  On Friday, May 1, 2015, a top federal health official and 200 health experts (toxicologists and epidemiologists among […]

You’ll Scream, All Right.

On April 20, 2015, Blue Bell Creameries voluntarily recalled all of its products including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks.  The company did so after sampling of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream produced on March 17, 2015 and March 27, 2015 was found to contain listeria monocytogenes.  The bacteria causes listeriosis, an […]

Not So Easy to Ride THIS Bicycle.

Spring is upon us and thoughts turn to spending time outdoors…walking, jogging, bicycling. But be careful if you plan to climb aboard your expensive two-wheeler. The Trek company of Waterloo, Wisconsin just recalled about 900,000 of its bicycles equipped with front disc brakes sold in the United States and 98,000 in Canada. According to the […]

“One Package of Flu Medication…Unleaded, Please.”

On April 16, 2015, the Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Services, Dr. James Tomarken, warned parents that a powdered product marketed to treat influenza, fever, sneezing and nasal discharge in infants and children may contain excessive levels of lead. The product, Bo Ying Compound, is manufactured by Eu Yan Sang (Hong Kong) Ltd., is labeled […]