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KGG Law Firm Files Class Action Against Fisher-Price, INC. & Mattel, INC. Over Defective Rock ‘N Play Sleepers

On June 14, 2019, Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. filed a class action against the toy company, Fisher-Price, Inc. and its corporate parent company, Mattel, Inc.  The allegations include violations of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, breach of implied warranty and merchantability, negligent misrepresentation, consumer fraud and other claims, arising out of the aggressive marketing tactics used by Fisher-Price to sell its Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, a product known by Defendants to be unsafe for infants.  Fisher-Price and Mattel’s representations to consumers stated that the Rock ‘n Play was a safe product “designed for all-night sleep”.  The Complaint alleges that this contradicted the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition’s warnings about the dangers of an inclined infant and took advantage of millions of consumers’ unsuspecting trust of the advertised product’s distributors, Fisher-Price and Mattel. Fisher-Price and Mattel’s fraudulent representations of the product’s safety, combined with unwary consumer trust…
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What the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Has to Do with Divorce

NY & NJ divorce lawyer Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a founding partner at the NY & NJ law firm of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman. Mr. Goldhamer was named by the prestigious Superlawyers.com as a “Super Lawyer” in 2014 for his work in matrimonial and estate law. Paul keeps busy with teaching, lecturing, charity work and as a guest on a wide range of media outlets. From Paul Goldhamer, Esq.: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as DSM-5,  is a published book describing mental disorders. It has been used as the “bible” for recognizing mental disorders. But it has been subject to severe criticism in the last 25 years, sometimes for excluding disorders and sometimes for including what may be in the normal range of human conduct. “Normal” cuts a wide swath. Published first in 1953, it has gone through 8 reiterations, starting from a small pamphlet and growing…
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What Not to Do During Your Divorce

The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale ranks the stress of divorce second only to the death of a spouse or child. Divorce stresses people out more than imprisonment, death of another family member, personal injury or illness, or losing employment. High levels of cortisol stress hormone can alter the brain’s ability to function properly, including: Disrupting synapse regulation Causing a decline in sociability Killing brain cells Making it harder to make decisions Shrinking the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning Increasing the size of the amygdala, which can make the brain more sensitive to stress Putting you in constant fight-or-flight mode So, the best step you can take is to assemble a team of trusted counselors who can help you navigate this troubled time. A New Jersey or New York divorce attorney at KGG Law brings decades of experience in divorce law. Here we…
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KGG Law Firm Investigating Falsely Labeled SAM-e Supplements

Kantrowitz Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C., a law firm with a nationwide consumer fraud class action practice, is currently investigating potential consumer fraud claims on behalf of purchasers of S-adenosylmethionine (also referred to as “os-adenosyl-methionine” or “SAMe” or “SAM-e” or “SAME” or “samee”) supplements which are fraudulently labeled and place consumers in risk of bodily harm. SAM-e supplements are commonly sold in the form of a synthesized compound combining active SAM-e raw material, tosylate disulfate inactive salt and special tablet coding, and is referred to together as SAM-e tosylate disulfate. Several companies selling SAM-e dietary supplements through Amazon and other forums — including Vitamins Because You Are Worth It, NusaPure, aSquared Nutrition, We Like Vitamins and BoostCeuticals –, advertise false quantities of SAM-e per serving, which at times have been found to contain as little as 12-17% of the advertised amount of SAM-e. Their falsely stated SAM-e quantities and low retail…
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Interesting Estate Issue on Joint Accounts

NY and NJ divorce lawyer Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a founding partner of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, with office locations in Bergen County, New Jersey and Rockland County, New York.  Among many other awards and citations Mr. Goldhamer has accrued over the years, Superlawyers.com honored Paul with its prestigious “Super Lawyer” designation in 2014. When not practicing law, Mr. Goldhamer keeps busy with speaking engagements, media outreach and charitable services. From Paul Goldhamer, Esq.: Recently a new client stuck in a family argument as to distribution of a parent’s assets asked me a question, to which I did not have a definitive answer. His current estate lawyer was ready to throw in the towel on the issue. His siblings’ estate lawyer had put forth the position that assets ($800,000. In this case) passed by a bank account with joint survivorship benefits to the brother we’re not properly excluded from the distribution by…
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Can Alimony Payments Be Terminated When You Retire?

NY and NJ divorce lawyer Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a founding partner of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, with office locations in Bergen County, New Jersey and Rockland County, New York.  Among many other awards and citations Mr. Goldhamer has accrued over the years, Superlawyers.com honored Paul with its prestigious “Super Lawyer” designation in 2014. When not practicing law, Mr. Goldhamer keeps busy with speaking engagements, media outreach and charitable services. From Paul Goldhamer, Esq.: RETIREMENT: Do you wonder if your support obligations can cease upon retirement? Another good job by KGG: “The motion judge considered that defendant was seventy-five. He also considered defendant’s health, and noted he had cardiac problems, a pacemaker, was hospitalized for cardiac arrhythmia, and required thirteen different medications. Plaintiff did not rebut this evidence. In her certifications, plaintiff provided the judge a description of her recurring health conditions. She stated she had a “decreased level of energy…
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Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

The death of someone who is close to you can be emotionally devastating. The emotional impact of that death is especially traumatic when it was caused by another person’s negligence or malfeasance. The wrongful death attorneys at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman have prepared this brief guide to help anyone who is experiencing that emotional trauma to determine if they can bring a suit against the negligent party. A wrongful death claim is not the same as a survival action The decedent’s family members will typically initiate a wrongful death lawsuit to recover the financial losses they suffer as a result of their loved one’s death. Survival actions are intended to recover the decedent’s medical expenses and to provide compensation for his or her pain and suffering prior to his death. The two actions might overlap to the extent that they require proof of similar matters to justify a damages award,…
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In-Flight Injuries on Airplanes: Who Is Responsible?

People are injured every year due to events that happen during their flight. One of the most common causes of injury, for example, is a passenger being hurt by an overhead bin opening and the contents falling out. As airline travelers know, the contents of bins can be heavy luggage. Another frequent cause of injury is caused by food carts. Turbulence also causes injuries every year. Who is responsible for these injuries? The answer can be complex. Airlines Have a Duty of Care Airlines are called “common carriers,” which means they have a duty to carry the public. They are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Federal Aviation Act, which requires airlines to have a very high standard of care toward their passengers. They need to ensure that all aspects of air travel under their care is safe, including maintenance, inspection, operation, loading, and boarding of an…
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Toyota Rav 4 Headlight Class Action Litigation

The firm is currently litigating a putative class action concerning the projector-beam headlights on 2016 Toyota Rav 4 vehicles. Toyota’s brochures provided that 2016 Rav 4 XLE and XLE Hybrid models were equipped with halogen projector-beam headlights with an “auto on/off feature,” and that 2016 Rav 4 SE models were equipped with LED projector-beam headlights with an “auto on/off feature.” The “auto on/off feature” is a mechanism by which the vehicles’ headlights automatically turn on and off and adjust to ensure proper lighting while being driving through changing light conditions (e.g. tunnel, dusk, etc.). This suit asserts that standard 2016 Rav 4 XLE, XLE Hybrid, and SE models, in fact, did not come equipped with the “auto on/off feature.” The suit seeks coverage for the remedial work necessary to correct and install the missing “auto on/off” feature as well as other damages. If you have purchased a Rav 4 and…
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2019 Estate Tax Exemptions: See the Numbers

New York and New Jersey estate lawyer Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a founding partner of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman in Rockland County and Bergen County. Mr. Goldhamer is proud to have been honored as a “Super Lawyer” by the legal site Superlawyers.com. When not practicing family and matrimonial law, Paul keeps busy with charitable efforts, lectures, public talks and appearances on radio and television programs.  From Paul Goldhamer, Esq.: 2019 Estate Tax Exemptions: Federal: Single:   $ 11.4 M Married:  $22.8 M The Federal Tax Estate rate ranges from 11% to 40%. New York: Single-     $  5.49M Married-  $10.98M The estate tax rate in New York ranges from 3.06% to 16%. New Jersey: Estate tax $0, but, New Jersey Inheritance Tax: $0 for spouse, children, grandchildren & charities. Some close relatives taxed only after $25,00; Most others – no exemption. Tax rate – 11 to 16% All of the above are subject to change….
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