Lenovo IdeaPads suffer poor WiFi performance, company admits faults but continues selling them

Although tech firm Lenovo has acknowledged its IdeaPad U310 and U410 have hardware issues that impact their WiFi capabilities, the company continued to sell them as if they were normal functioning machines.

The national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP continues to investigate problems with these two Lenovo laptop computers. Hundreds, if not thousands, of customers have complained to Lenovo support technicians that their IdeaPad U310 and U410 computers were not receiving a full WiFi signal. Continue reading Lenovo IdeaPads suffer poor WiFi performance, company admits faults but continues selling them

IKEA recalls meatballs at Euro stores due to presence of horse meat

Home furnishings giant IKEA has removed meatballs from the menus at its store cafeterias in Europe after tests determined some of them contained horse meat.

The horse meat scandal has dominated headlines in Europe for a month. According to Reuters, tests conducted in the Czech Republic on beef and pork meatballs purchased at an IKEA store cafeteria contained horse meat. Meatballs are the iconic dish served at IKEA stores around the world. The recall only affects stores in Europe and includes meatballs served hot at the store and those sold off store shelves. Some stores in Russia, Norway, Poland, and Switzerland are unaffected by the action taken this week by IKEA. Continue reading IKEA recalls meatballs at Euro stores due to presence of horse meat

Some Bottles of Poland Spring Water May be Contaminated With Gasoline

In a consumer advisory issued last week, the New Hampshire Department of Health warned that some bottles of Poland Spring water may be contaminated with gasoline.

State health officials say consumers who purchased 3- and 5-gallon bottles of Poland Spring water on or after November 1 should make sure they don’t have a gasoline odor before using them. A press release posted on the company’s web site on February 7 says that in the wake of Hurricane Sandy last October, some residents used large, empty water bottles to transport gasoline. The presence of chemical contamination was detected in a sample that was taken from a 5-gallon bottle of Poland Spring drinking water, The Huffington Post reported. Continue reading Some Bottles of Poland Spring Water May be Contaminated With Gasoline

New Study Uncovers Widespread Seafood Labeling Fraud

The seafood you’re eating might not be the seafood you paid for.

The nonprofit ocean protection group, Oceana, recently conducted a large study in which it purchased and genetically tested fish from 12 different locations around the country. The results indicate that many Americans don’t really know what is on their plates. For example, 120 samples of red snapper actually turned out to be 28 different species of fish, including 17 that were not even in the snapper family. The group says that consumers are most likely to be misled at sushi bars, followed by restaurants. Grocery stores are the most likely to sell seafood honestly, The New York Times reported. Continue reading New Study Uncovers Widespread Seafood Labeling Fraud

Chemotherapy prescribed in off-label treatments in nearly one-third of patients

People dealing with cancer and their doctors may be so eager to try anything in order to get ahead of the disease that they’re using powerful chemotherapy drugs for off-label treatments.

According to a Reuters report on new research from University of Chicago, chemotherapy drugs are being used more for off-label treatments and drug companies are grossing billions in revenues from these sales. The study found that 30 percent of all prescriptions for chemotherapy drugs in 2010 were for off-label treatments, generating $4.5 billion in sales. Continue reading Chemotherapy prescribed in off-label treatments in nearly one-third of patients

New Food Testing Standards Proposed in Wake of European Horse Meat Scandal

The European Commission says it wants to increase DNA testing of meat products to determine the extent of the scandal involving horse meat being sold as beef. The scandal has raised questions over the safety of Europe’s food chain.

The Commission proposed a one-month testing plan that would allow for inspections of premises that handle horse meat to determine if dangerous equine medicine residues might have entered the food chain. The first results could be expected around mid-April. The announcement came on the heels of the results of tests carried out in Ireland that showed meat in products labeled beef were actually 100 percent horse meat. Eight other countries may have a similar problem, according to Reuters. Continue reading New Food Testing Standards Proposed in Wake of European Horse Meat Scandal

California Woman Files Class Action Against Pfizer Over Antidepressant Drug Zoloft

Watsonville, California resident, Laura A. Plumlee, just filed a consumer fraud class action against Pfizer, accusing the company of marketing its antidepressant drug Zoloft as a highly effective treatment for depression, even though clinical trials had shown it as not any more effective than placebo.

Plumlee claims that after being prescribed Zoloft for depression in 2005, her depression was not getting any better. Her doctor, who didn’t believe her assertions that the medication was not helping, repeatedly increased her dose. According to the complaint, Zoloft efficacy studies failed. The majority of the studies proved there was no significant difference between Zoloft and placebo in relieving depression. In some studies, the complaint asserts, the placebo actually outperformed Zoloft in treating depression. Continue reading California Woman Files Class Action Against Pfizer Over Antidepressant Drug Zoloft

Consumers Say Roofing Company Won’t Honor Warranties, Providse Lackluster Customer Service

Before the Atlas Roofing Company discontinued its Chalet roofing shingles, it used a slogan to market them: “Chalet gives you peace of mind at an affordable price.” However, many customers say they have given them nothing but stress.

The Chalet shingles were advertised as being resistant to algae and high winds up to 80 miles per hour, but numerous customers have reported premature blistering and cracking, which can lead to granule loss, within a year of installation. Granule loss is a condition in which chunks of material dislodge from the shingle. The quick deterioration of the Chalet shingles has allegedly cost many customers extra time and money as they try or replace their roofs. Continue reading Consumers Say Roofing Company Won’t Honor Warranties, Providse Lackluster Customer Service

North American Olive Oil Association Sues Company Over Marketing of Adulterated Olive Oil

The North American Olive Oil Association is suing an olive oil manufacturer because it says it uses ingredients in its products that are not permitted in olive oil.

The association says that Kingadis Foods markets a fat known as olive pomace oil or olive residue oil, as its Capatriti brand product. The fat is extracted using high heat and chemical solvents, such as hexane. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “virgin olive oil” refers only to oil from the first pressing of olives that is fit for consumption without further pressing. Olive oil dilution has been a growing problem for quite some time now, according to The New York Times. Continue reading North American Olive Oil Association Sues Company Over Marketing of Adulterated Olive Oil