Dealing With Product Liability Down Under – Law360


This is the first in a series of articles about product liability and the management of litigation in Australia and how it differs from the way things are done in the United States.

The basic structure of the Australian legal courts system and Australia’s product liability laws are similar to those in the United States, but with some important differences…

Source: Dealing With Product Liability Down Under – Law360 (login required)

New mandatory Australian safety standard (self-balancing scooters) (aka “Hoverboards”)


“The ACCC’s investigation found there are fire safety risks from defective charging devices, electrical circuitry and substandard lithium-ion batteries. “There have already been six house fires in Australia directly linked to the scooters, which has resulted in the destruction of two houses.“

The ACCC will work with state and territory electrical safety regulators to develop a longer-term solution.

Source: New mandatory safety standard (self-balancing scooters)

She woke in a pool of blood: hospital misdiagnosed baby who swallowed button battery, coroner hears


What we would give to have another chance to hear your voice, to feel your kiss and to see you grow,” wrote the Rees family in Isabella’s tribute.

At the age of one, Isabella swallowed a button battery. No one knows precisely when. It lodged in her oesophagus, and made her sick.

Her parents took her to hospital several times over two weeks, but staff didn’t pick up the presence of the battery until it was too late, the Coroners Court heard on Thursday.

She died in the morning of February, 4, 2015, from cardiac arrest, on the operating table at Sunshine Hospital.

Source: She woke in a pool of blood: hospital misdiagnosed baby who swallowed button battery, coroner hears

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