April 2007

13,800 Coby Boomboxes have been recalled.  The model number is “MP-CD475”.  The boomboxes were sold at various discount, toy and office supply stores, between 8/06 and 12/06.  The units can overheat and pose a fire risk, when left plugged in with the off switch not firmly in place. 


A jury in Newport News, VA found Garlock Sealing Technologies and John Crane Incorporated liable for the mesothelioma death of a shipyard worker who used their products during his career.  The suit alleged the victim was exposed to asbestos fibers from Garlock and John Crane products during his career as a shipyard worker.  Thousands of workers across the country were exposed to deadly asbestos fibers in shipyards, chemical plants and oil refineries during their careers. 

The actual jury award was over 9 million dollars, but the two companies were liable for only 60% of the verdict.  Read the full story here