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Honda Recalls 1.15 Million 2013-2016 Accord Vehicles in the U.S. for Fire Risk

A Honda recall has been issued for 1.15 million Accord vehicles sold in the United States. According to Honda, the 12-volt battery sensors used in 2013-2016 Honda Accords may cause engine fires. Honda claims the sensors are not sufficiently sealed against moisture. Over time, this moisture can attract conductive and corrosive substances like road salt. Once these substances enter the battery sensor, they can cause corrosion and electrical shorts that may lead to fires. Honda has already received four reports of engine fires in the United States. As of now, there are no reports of injuries caused by the issue. Honda only recently announced the recall, so you may not have received a notice yet. If your vehicle is affected by the recall, you can take it to your local Honda dealership to receive free repairs. Due to the size of the recall, Honda has instructed dealerships to apply a…
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Did Depakote Cause My Child’s Birth Defect?

Almost 700 lawsuits have been filed against the AbbVie Inc., the manufacturer of Depakote, a valproic acid drug commonly prescribed to treat bipolar disorder and epilepsy. Depakote was introduced in 1983 by Abbot Laboratories as an anti-seizure medication. In 2013, the company spun off into AbbVie. Many of these lawsuits were filed by mothers who took the drug during early pregnancy and conceived children with birth defects, such as spina bifida. The plaintiffs claim they were not warned of potential birth defects. A 2010 study published by the New England Journal of Medicine found women taking Depakote during the first trimester are 12 times more likely to give birth to a child with spina bifida than women who are not taking the drug. Spina bifida is a condition where the spinal column fails to close during fetal development. The study also found an increased risk of cleft palate, abnormal skull…
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Can the CFPB’s Rule on Arbitration Agreements Be Saved?

Last year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a new rule that would have prevented financial institutions from using forced arbitration clauses to block consumers from filing class-action lawsuits. Forced arbitration clauses, which are often hidden within lengthy and complicated financial services contracts, keep consumers from filing class-action lawsuits when they have been defrauded by these businesses. Consumers can file individual lawsuits against financial services providers, but the amount in damages is rarely worth the time or effort. As a result, financial services providers are free to continue these business practices without being held accountable. For example, Wells Fargo used arbitration clauses to its advantage after it opened two million accounts for customers without their permission. Payday lenders, who sometimes charge customers 700 percent interest rates, have also used forced arbitration clauses in their contracts to avoid class-action lawsuits. After the CFPB released a finalized version of its rule,…
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