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

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

4moms Playard sheets recalled due to suffocation hazard

A recall has been issued 4moms® breeze™ Cotton Jersey Playard Sheets because they pose a significant safety hazard to small children.

According to a recall statement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the action includes about 1,440 of the 4moms® breeze™ Cotton Jersey Playard Sheets. These products are manufactured by Thorley Industries LLC which does business as 4moms®.

Consumers are being warned to stop using these recalled play yard sheets immediately and to return them for a full refund. The recall was necessary because it was determined that the sheets are too small for the play yards. If a sheet does not fit the play yard properly, it poses an entrapment risk and could result in a small child suffocating. Continue reading 4moms Playard sheets recalled due to suffocation hazard

Online consumers duped at record levels

Defrauding online shoppers reached record levels this past holiday season.

According to a CBS News report, the Consumer Fraud Center estimates that consumers were duped out of more than $2 billion in the U.S. between November and December of last year, alone. The fraud was committed by selling consumers counterfeit merchandise and other fake products.

The counterfeit market has exploded in recent years as more consumer goods reach the markets. The online marketplace provides a perfect environment for nefarious merchants as they can avoid many of the regulations by selling directly to consumers. The organization cited international data that shows counterfeit merchandise now accounts for a larger share of all the goods sold in a year, from 1.5 percent in 2000 to 5 percent last year. A total of $600 billion in counterfeit goods are sold each year.

The director of Consumer Fraud Center told CBS, “We saw the heaviest counterfeiting in clothing, accessories, drugs, toys, electronics, personal care and beauty items, and CDs, DVDs, and video games.”

Energy drinks provide no benefits, pose serious risks but sales continue to boom

Energy drinks are nothing more than highly-caffeinated drinks that do not provide any sort of quantifiable edge in athletics, endurance on the job, or any other physical pursuits.

A New York Times report this week finds experts who share similar sentiments on the efficacy of energy drinks on the whole. The findings are simple: energy drinks provide little if any benefits to those who drink them and are more likely causing a person harm, especially if they’re overused. Continue reading Energy drinks provide no benefits, pose serious risks but sales continue to boom

FDA recall halts use of Zimmer spine devices

A recall initiated by the Food and Drug Administration on a dangerous medical device manufactured by the company Zimmer Spine has put a long-term halt on sales of an entire line of the company’s spinal products.

Last week, the FDA issued a Class I recall on the PEEK Ardis Inserter device that is used with the PEEK Ardis Implant System. The recall was necessary because too much pressure applied while using the PEEK Ardis Inserter could cause the other device to crack or break, resulting in serious injuries, severe pain, or death. At the very least, the surgery will be a failure and need to be repeated in the future. Continue reading FDA recall halts use of Zimmer spine devices

Mislabeled fish are rampant in New York City

Mislabeled fish is becoming a far too often occurrence in the consumer marketplace.

Figuring that many consumers would have a hard time differentiating between specific species of fish, especially those that appear similar in many ways, purveyors of fish are often misleading customers into thinking they’re buying something they’re not. Continue reading Mislabeled fish are rampant in New York City

Senators tab FTC to investigate fraudulent donation practices

Leading lawmakers on Capitol Hill have called on federal consumer regulators to investigate claims that well-known charities are employing the use of telemarketing firms to encourage donations and misleading the public about where that money is going.

Bloomberg.com reports this week, Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Herb Kohl have requested the Federal Trade Commission to investigate claims that major U.S. charitable organizations are using telemarketing companies to boost donations. In many of these cases, the company doing the telemarketing is taking a large portion of the money a person may donate because of their call. Continue reading Senators tab FTC to investigate fraudulent donation practices

Tobacco companies ordered to create ad campaigns highlight dangers of smoking

Big Tobacco has been ordered to create ads and marketing campaigns acknowledging health risks associated with smoking cigarettes. These are many of the same claims these companies have denied for decades.

This order from a federal judge was originally part of a ruling in response to a federal lawsuit. The tobacco companies opposed the order but in 2006 a federal judge denied their appeal and ordered them to create these ads. The final rules for these ads have just been released this week, according to a CNNMoney.com report. Continue reading Tobacco companies ordered to create ad campaigns highlight dangers of smoking