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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

FDA Wants 325mg Acetaminophen Limit

Acetaminophen and Caffeine Tablets, USP
On January 14, 2014, the FDA asked health care professionals to stop prescribing dosages of medication that exceed 325 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen and to help prevent, in most situations, a patient from receiving more.

Lapin Law Offices Blog Post: FDA Asks Doctors and Pharmacists To Limit Acetaminophen

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

OfficeMax Letter Addressed to "Daughter Killed in Car Crash"

By: Jeffrey Lapin of Lapin Law Offices

OfficeMax sent a letter to Mike Seay, whose daughter had been killed in a car crash last year, with the second line: "Daughter Killed in Car Crash."

OfficeMax Letter Address Block Addressed to "Daughter Killed in Car Crash"

OfficeMax has issued a press release, which states, in part:
This mailing is a result of a mailing list rented through a third-party provider. We have reached out to the third-party mailing list provider to research what happened. Based on a preliminary investigation today we believe this to be an inadvertent error; and we are continuing the investigation.
Besides being extremely cruel and reminding this family of their loss, this shows how much information retailers have about their customers. 
Two lessons from this very unfortunate incident: 
  1. To Consumers: Be careful what information you give out to companies. This information is likely being accumulated and sold.
  2. To Marketers: Watch out what you send to customers or potential customers.
Source: Nesita Kwan / NBC 5 Chicago: OfficeMax Sends Letter to "Daughter Killedin Car Crash

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Cell Phone Surveillance and Privacy Protections

Blog Post: Cell Phone Surveillance Costs Can Change Privacy Protections
A Yale study found that cell phone surveillance by law enforcement can cost as little as $.04 an hour. For manual surveillance, it could cost $250 an hour.

Decreasing costs of surveillance should trigger increased police surveillance under the Fourth Amendment otherwise there is too large of balance in favor of law enforcement over an individual’s privacy rights.

Read the full post by Jeffrey Lapin on Lapin Law Offices website: Cell Phone Surveillance Costs Can Change Privacy Protections