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Whistleblower Calls Modified ET Plus Guardrails a “Death Cocktail”

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted May 24, 2018

Josh Harman has been in the guardrail installation business for over 25 years, and he’s on a crusade. The target of his activism is a controversial guardrail system that has been linked to 40 deaths and hundreds of serious injuries in the U.S. Read the rest »

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More than 207 Million Eggs Recalled Due to Salmonella Outbreak in North Carolina

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted May 12, 2018

Before you eat any eggs this weekend, be sure to find out exactly where they came from. Resulting from the recent salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 30 people along the Eastern Seaboard, Rhine Law Firm, P.C., is issuing a public service announcement warning to all residents in the Wilmington, North Carolina, area. A total of 207 million eggs have been recalled because of this salmonella outbreak.

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Lawsuits Over Faulty Deck Resurfacing Products Sweep the Nation

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted January 24, 2018

Over the last few years, a group of manufacturers and retailers have been promoting certain premium deck resurfacing products. Unfortunately for consumers, these products have demonstrated widespread failure.

Here, we will review one class action lawsuit we are currently handling in civil court. Since these deck resurfacing products were—and are—produced in high volume, their defects have a negative impact on thousands, if not millions, of homeowners across the United States. Read the rest »

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Should I Be Concerned About My Metal Hip Replacement?

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted August 11, 2017

That depends on when your replacement was performed, as well as the exact materials used. Some metal hips do not show signs of other medical issues.

But if you have a metal-on-metal or MoM hip replacement, which was common in North Carolina in the last decade, you should be concerned. There are some potential complications and if you experience any of these issues, contact a doctor for additional attention. Read the rest »

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Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted January 9, 2017

talcum-powder2“A sprinkle a day keeps the odor away…Have you had your sprinkle today?” So went the 1980s jingle for Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower, a talcum powder based product women were advised to use to prevent “feminine odor.” For many decades women heeded this advice, using products containing talc to stay “fresh.” Now it’s 2017 and more than 2,000 American women are suing, or have sued, the $70.07 billion earning company. Why? Well, strong links between talcum powder and ovarian cancer have been alleged. While Johnson & Johnson denies any connection between its products and cancer, juries, in the last year or so, have awarded multimillion dollar settlements to several women and a $72 million wrongful death settlement to a woman’s family.

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Roundup – Bad for Weeds AND People

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted January 5, 2017

weed-sprayYes, it’s the dead of winter, but it won’t be long until spring will be in the air and suburbanites and groundskeepers all over the Tar Heel State will be anxious to make their lawns green and weed free again. At the same time, farmers throughout North Carolina will be getting ready to start spring plowing and planting. What these groups all have in common is the heavy use of one of the world’s most popular herbicides, Roundup. Read the rest »

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IVC Filter Side Effects – Organ Perforation

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted January 3, 2017

surgery-equipmentA blood clot that forms in the lower body can break free and migrate to the heart or lungs. Such an occurrence can be fatal. This is why persons with blood clots, or at risk for blood clots, are often prescribed blood thinning medications (anticoagulants). However, some people experience severe side effects when they take anticoagulants. For these patients, one option available is an IVC filter. IVC stands for inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body. An IVC filter is a tiny, wire, spider-like device that is inserted in the inferior vena cava. It allows blood to flow through the vein but will catch a blood clot, preventing it from entering the heart or lungs.

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General Motors CEO Admits Fault, Discusses Dangerous Product

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted August 19, 2016

It is rare that a large corporation, and especially its CEO, will admit liability and own up to mistakes. However, the CEO of General Motors recently did just that. North Carolina readers may be interested in learning about how the company did not appropriately identify an auto defect as a dangerous product. Now, the auto giant has admitted blame and is taking steps to protect consumers.

At the heart of the issue is a flawed ignition switch that has been linked to several deaths and injuries. If the impaired switches are accidentally bumped, it can result in the car losing power. When this happens, many safety systems within the vehicle are unable to function, such as air bags, power brakes and power steering. For reasons unknown and not explained, GM believed that the issues relating to this problem were actually a customer satisfaction problem and not a safety issue.

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Self-Driving Cars Could Cause Spate of Dangerous Product Suits

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted July 7, 2016

With the increased successes of Google’s self-driving cars, more and more auto manufacturers are entering into the high-tech world of vehicles that can drive with less and less human intervention. While this is exciting new technology, debates have raged over whether this is a truly safe endeavor. With the recent death of a Tesla driver who was killed while his car was driving on Autopilot, many in North Carolina and around the country have joined in concern over what may be actually be a dangerous product.

In the first documented case of a fatality caused by a wreck while a car was in self-driving mode, a man who recently praised the technology perished. The car’s cameras were unable to distinguish between a brightly lit sky and the white side of a turning 18-wheeler. According to the driver of the semi, it appeared that the driver was watching a movie during the time of the crash, which was still playing after the man passed through the truck and crashed into a telephone pole just down the road. Tesla has since said that watching a movie on the touchscreen in the car is impossible.

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Takata’s Dangerous Product: When Will the Bleeding Stop?

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted June 8, 2016

For several months, auto manufacturers have been recalling vehicles outfitted with defective Takata-made airbags. This dangerous product has caused multiple injuries and fatalities when deployed in certain conditions, and there is now a massive recall in effect. Those in North Carolina may be interested in the details behind this unfolding story.

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