Lululemon tops like this one are the subject of a recall. Hard tips on the draw cord can snap the wearer in the face.

lululemon Recall

Lululemon tops like this one are the subject of a recall. Hard tips on the draw cord can snap the wearer in the face.
Lululemon tops like this one are the subject of a recall. Hard tips on the draw cord can snap the wearer in the face.

Lululemon has issued a recall on some of its women’s tops.

Tops with an elastic draw cord with a hard tip in the hood or around the neck can pose a danger to a woman’s face if the cord is pulled or caught on something and then released.  The hard tip can snap back and hit the wearer in the face.  Ouch!

According to the safety notice, you have an affected top if you answer yes to all of the following:

  • does the top have a drawcord in the neck area?
  • is the drawcord elastic or stretchy?
  • does the drawcord have hard metal or plastic tips?

Here is a list of the styles impacted, according to PRNewsWire:

Carry and Go Hoodie; Cool Down Jacket (shown above); Course-ette Jacket; Cozy Up Jacket; Dance Studio Jacket; Dance Sweat Shirt; Don’t Hurry Be Happy Pullover; Gratitude Wrap; Necessity Jacket; Proactive Jacket; Refresh Snap Up; Run Sun Blocker Pullover; Run Track N Field Jacket; Run With It Jacket; Sanctuary Jacket; Savasana Tunic; Sing, Floss, Travel Jacket; Stow ‘N Go Jacket; Stride Jacket; Summertime Tunic; Varsity Hoodie; Victory Jacket and Wear With All Jacket (Click here to see more photos of recalled garments.)

All tops have a printed or embroidered lululemon logo, the location of which varies from garment to garment.

The tops were sold online and at lululemon stores between January 2008 and December 2014 for $75-260.

If you have one of the 133,000 tops sold in the U.S. or the 185,000 sold in Canada, you should stop wearing it and either remove the draw cord or contact lululemon for a new cord which is non-elastic. The company will also provide written instructions on how to replace the cord.

“Lululemon is a very popular brand of athletic clothing, and their garments seem to be everywhere,” notes Doug Landau. “I’ve probably seen hundreds of women — both athletes and not — wearing lululemon clothes over the past several years.  Ladies, check your tops lest you get snapped in the face!”

For more information visit lululemon online, call Customer Support toll free at 877-263-9300, or email lululemon’s Guest Education Center at gec@lululemon.com.

If you have been injured while using a defective product and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. (703-796-9555).

 

 

Amy Choi, Doug Landau, Brooke Annessa

Abrams Landau Puts Lids on More Kids!

Doug Landau with brain
Doug Landau uses a model of the human brain to teach kids about brain injury prevention.

Guilford Elementary School’s gym was abuzz with students, parents, and siblings Wednesday after school. The rain-delayed “Bike Rodeo” was about to start, and every Guilford “Gator” would get a free bicycle helmet and learn about head injury prevention. Approximately 60 students and their parents gathered for this free event organized by P.E. teacher Mark Pankau.

 

Amy Choi, Doug Landau, Brooke Annessa
Brain Injury Services Case Managers Amy Choi (l), and Brooke Annessa (r), shown here with Doug Landau, fitted helmets on every Guilford Gator in attendance.

Doug Landau, of the Herndon law firm Abrams Landau, Ltd., kicked off the Rodeo with a presentation on brain injury. Landau told students and parents alike, “you only get one brain,” as he held up models of the human skull and brain, side-by-side with a badly damaged helmet. “Who do you think wins in a crash between a 4,000-pound car and a 35-pound bike?” he asked. Attendees got the message that helmets must be worn each and every time they get on their bicycle, skateboard, scooter, or rollerblades.

In addition to helping victims of brain trauma, bike crashes, and sports injuries, Landau has published and lectured on these subjects throughout the United States. After his presentation, Landau and his team distributed printed safety information including a “bike safety contract.” By signing their name, both parents and students promise to follow safety precautions – including wearing a helmet – whenever the child participates in bike-riding and similar activities.

But the highlight of the afternoon for the kids was the helmet giveaway. In a partnership with the Virginia Trial Lawyers Foundation, Abrams Landau donated free helmets to all Guilford students in attendance. Affectionately referred to by Landau as “Putting Lids on the Kids,” this public safety program provides free helmets to children who could not otherwise afford them. Each child also received two stickers to put inside the helmet – one for the child’s name and emergency contact info and one with Abrams Landau’s phone number. If a child’s helmet is damaged or outgrown, it will be replaced – free of charge – by the Herndon law firm.

Brain Injury Services Case Managers Brooke Annessa and Amy Choi, along with Doug and Melissa Landau, fitted each child with a Bell helmet – in the color of his or her choice – and handed out tote bags for the kids to carry home their new goodies.

Kids biking on blacktop at Guilford Elementary School
The kids enjoyed the beautiful day and were happy to ride bikes — wearing their shiny new helmets!

But the day’s warm temperatures and blue sky meant not a single helmet went home in a bag. Instead, just about every child jumped onto a bike – wearing a shiny new helmet – and had fun riding around the school’s black top area. As P.E. teacher Pankau watched “his” kids enjoying their new helmets, he beamed, “That’s the reward right there. Happy kids – and safe kids!” Landau, nodding in agreement, added, “If we can prevent just one brain injury, then we have done our job.”

If you know of a school or local group who could benefit from Abrams Landau’s helmet giveaway program, please email or call the Abrams Landau office (703-796-9555).

Lightning strikes can pose a danger to athletes -- even on a seemingly clear day.

Lightning Strike Lawsuit

Lightning danger in sports
Changing weather can stir up dangerous conditions. Lightning strikes can seriously injure or even kill innocent athletes, coaches, referees, fans, etc.

Last August, an Austin, Texas boy was struck by lightning on a soccer field.  The nine year old suffered life-threatening injuries and spent several days in the hospital following the incident.

The family filed a lawsuit against its local Youth Association seeking $10 million in damages. The suit was settled for an undisclosed amount.

The lawsuit claimed the league was negligent in adhering to youth association standards regarding lighting and weather safety.  There was no use of lightning monitors or detection systems during games or practices. Representatives from the league said, however, the use of such devices is rare.

Proponents of lightning detection systems suggest these devices are not for people “dumb enough to hang out in a hail storm,” but for those clear days when it seems unfathomable that lightning could be nearby.

Doug Landau was a soccer coach in his local Chantilly Youth Association (CYA) for over a decade, and always followed the rules regarding rain, lightning, and other weather conditions for the safety of his players. “Particularly now, as we get into the hot summer weather, coaches, parents, referees, league officials, and even the players themselves must be always on alert for changing conditions.  It’s easy to get caught up in wanting to play the game, but safety must always come first,” notes Landau.

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed by a lightning strike at an athletic field or facility and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

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Doug Landau on far left, with the other Sprint Duathlon National Championship age group winners in St. Paul, Minnesota

Landau makes podium at Nationals

Doug Landau on far left, with the other Sprint Duathlon National Championship age group winners in St. Paul, Minnesota
Doug Landau on far left, with the other Sprint Duathlon National Championship age group winners in St. Paul, Minnesota

The best runners and bikers from all over the United States came to Minnesota to compete in the USAT DUathlon National Championships. The Minneapolis / St. Paul race course was especially challenging this year.

After last year’s  flooding of the muddy Mississippi River shortened the course, racers were given a mostly flat bike venue. This year was quite the opposite. After competitors ran 2.5 km at top speed, within a quarter mile of the transition to their bikes they were confronted with a 7% uphill grade!   And, they had to do this twice, as the sprint DUathlon National Championship race consisted of two bike laps. Then these elite athlete had to run another 2.5 km to the finish line.

Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau was the top of Virginia finisher at the sprint distance event. Furthermore, he finished third in his age category, to take a spot on the podium . By medalling, lawyer Landau qualified for the 2016 World Championships.

dkwl finish line  group 1Landau was pleased with the results, but commented that he could have done even better had he not had a few “equipment glitches.” His helmet was not on his bike when he came into T-1 and his cyclometer came off as he as exiting to start cycling.  He lost precious time struggling to put his bicycle computer back on his handlebars. “This race help validate my being on the United States 2015 World Championship team headed for Australia in October,” he noted. “Having never raced at the sprint Duathlon distance in a regional or national calibre race, I was concerned as to whether I had enough speed to be competitive.” Well “the jury is in,” and lawyer Landau was on the podium and very much “in the mix” with the best athletes in the country.

Jersey Sprint DUathlon Helps Landau Prepare for National Championships.

New Jersey multisport athlete & World Championships competitor Micky Syrop brought Doug Landau his Hammonton DUathlon prize when they met up in St. Paul before the US National Championships
New Jersey multisport athlete & World Championships competitor Micky Syrop brought Doug Landau his Hammonton DUathlon prize when they met up in St. Paul before the US National Championships

Preparation for a National Championship race takes months of hard work and dedication.  In order to be in top form for the USAT DUathlon Nationals, Doug Landau has been focusing his training this Spring on the “Run-Bike-Run” format.  En route to a family gathering in New York State, the Landaus participated in another wonderful DQ Events race in Southern Jersey Memorial Day Weekend.  The Hammonton Sprint DUathlon was a short race that would enable lawyer Landau to see if he had any real running speed.

Hammonton Lake Park was a perfect venue for this race, as there was no traffic on the wide dirt paths in the park, and the local roads had no cars during the run portions of the race.  The biking was essentially flat, through the blueberry capitol of the Garden State. DQ Event put on some terrific races in Southern New Jersey. The Landaus have enjoyed the unique venues, knowledgeable volunteers and comraderie among the skilled athletes they draw.  In the Hammonton race, Landau managed third in his category, though it seemed as though there were many fast 50- year olds.

 

 

Top Masters Award winners enjoy the shade at the Reston Sprint Triathlon

Hot Times at Reston Sprint Triathlon

Top Masters Award winners enjoy the shade at the Reston Sprint Triathlon
Top Masters Award winners enjoy the shade at the Reston Sprint Triathlon

Hot temperatures warmed up the Lake Newport Pool for triathletes to test their speed for this summer’s multisport season.  In the past, the frigid water has seen athletes wear wetsuits for the 400 meter pool swim !  This year it was so hot that there was a misting tent after the finish line and the Awards ceremony was held in the shade.

While registration for the Reston Sprint Triathlon was capped at 830, there were still more athletes than the pool could seem to hold.  The experienced race directors had athletes get into the pool at 5 second intervals. Lake Newport Pool was churning for hours, and the “serpentine” swim course and colorful caps made for fun viewing. Spectators were further able to take in the action as the bike course was identical three laps. Then, from nearly the same vantage point, friends and family could see the triathletes finish on the uphill straightaway.

HPC winter trained cyclists (L-R) Ted Schmitz, Robert Lytle & Doug Landau were all in the top 20 overall and top 10 Masters after fast bike splits
HPC winter trained cyclists (L-R) Ted Schmitz, Robert Lytle & Doug Landau were all in the top 20 overall and top 10 Masters after fast bike splits (thanks Susan & Pierre !).

Several Reston area multisport teams brought out their athletes in order to get local bragging rights. These included the RATS (Reston Area TriathleteS), FeXY & Endorphin Fitness.  Though not a team, bikers who train with Hefler Performance Coaching at the Green Lizard Bike Shop in Herndon, Virginia scored podium positions and top bicycle splits. Despite using a bicycle borrowed from his son and an unforeseen stop in T-1, Doug Landau was able to finish in 13th place this year, continuing his record of finishing in the top 20 in this highly competitive race. In addition to 13th overall, Landau managed to win the 3rd overall masters prize, to once again be on the podium with neighbors and friends.

What makes for a terrific race is the volunteers and race staff. Committed to safety, one Transition Assistant stopped lawyer Landau before he could exit on the bike.  The problem ?  A missing end cap. Luckily, this volunteer had extras, so once the road bike was made safe, the Herndon injury lawyer was on his way to averaging 23 mph on the hilly course.  Uncapped bike bar ends can cause permanent injuries from lacerations and infection.  Landau is grateful for the Reston Sprint Triathlon staffer’s quick action. Landau would rather lose a little time than be injured, hurt another participant or be disqualified.  While a minute faster than last year’s finish, Landau was disappointed with is run split, which was well above the 7-minute per mile pace he needs to succeed at next week’s National Sprint DUathlon Championships.

Race director Doug Bushee and Reston injury lawyer Doug Landau at packet pick up for the annual Reston sprint triathlon

Reston Sprint Triathlon raises money for Cornerstones

Race director Doug Bushee and Reston injury lawyer Doug Landau at packet pick up for the annual Reston sprint triathlon
Race director Doug Bushee and Reston injury lawyer Doug Landau at the Lake Newport Pool packet pick up for the 9th Annual Reston Sprint Triathlon benefitting Cornerstones

A great local event that raises money for a Reston area charity is the Reston Sprint Triathlon. This community event starts with a 400 meter swim in Lake Newport Pool.   Participants then get on their bicycles for three loops around Reston Parkway, Wiehle and Baron Cameron Roads, before running a hilly 5km on paved trails. With the field limited to 850 entrants, and this popular race selling out every year, it is one for which Lawyer Doug Landau registered early.

This is a wonderful event for beginners and experienced multi sport athletes alike.  The terrific volunteers are experienced, friendly, and some of the same folks who help with the Olympic distance event in the Fall. Reston Herndon area lawyer Doug Landau has taken part in this event many times, and looks forward to seeing friends old and new. The race raises money for Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith)  which promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of shelter, affordable housing, childcare, and other human services.

Lawyer Landau will be testing his fitness a week before the USAT DUAthlon national championships. Feeling fast on the bike (& in transitions) he is currently lacking the sub-7 minute mile speed that is necessary to be competitive at the National and International level. With a shortened course (Run 2.5 km, Bike 23 km, Run 2.5 km), “top end speed” will be at  premium.  In short, the Herndon Reston area attorney will have to “leave it all on the course” in Minneapolis/St. Paul in order to crack the top ranks of sprint duathlon racing in his first ever race at this distance !  Stay tuned…

The Tour de Madison rest stop was full of treats, hydration choices, volunteers and happy bikers.

Tour De Madison takes Bikers Through Bucolic Madison County Virginia

Tour de Madison startVirginia bikers awoke to a beautiful day in Madison County. Cyclists were treated to smooth roads and rolling vistas along Rose River and the Old Blue Ridge Turnpike. Tour de Madison riders started and ended at Graves Mountain Lodge. Ride organizers planned for participant safety and enjoyable routes. There was plenty of police protection, rest stop treats and camaraderie.

The Tour de Madison rest stop was full of treats, hydration choices, volunteers and happy bikers.
The Tour de Madison rest stop was full of treats, hydration choices, volunteers and happy bikers.

The routes for the 3 rides were well marked and while the Landaus did the intermediate 45 mile loop, the Metric Century and Family Route riders were also all smiles. The 2014 Tour de Madison drew 413 cyclists and brought in over $17,000 dollars to local civic groups that provided volunteer support. The Post Ride Party at the Graves Mountain Lodge had live music and a traditional picnic. Riders could enjoy local Madison County wines that were available from Early Mountain, Prince Michele and DuCard Vineyards. Regional micro-brews were also be available for the beer lovers in the crowd.

doug brad dave meyer green lizard

Herndon’s Bike to Work Day Pit Stop Popular with Loudoun and Fairfax County Cyclists

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Virginia biker & lawyer Doug Landau is flanked by Dave & Brad of the Green Lizard Bike Shop at the Herndon pit stop on “Bike to Work Day”

Perfect weather greeted Herndon Virginia bike lawyer Doug Landau and thousands of D.C. area bikers during the annual Bike to Work Day on Friday. This FREE event that aims to boost the number of people commuting on two wheels around our Nation’s Capitol. According to the Washington Post, as many as 4.5% of D.C. residents bike to work. The event’s planners estimated approximately 17,000 people had registered to ride.

There were 79 pit stops in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. At the pit stops, bikers could expect all kinds of fun —from refreshments to music and free T-shirts. One location was rumored to offer massages and another will have superheroes. There were mechanics at the Herndon Depot stop, as well as free bike trail maps, food, safety information and commuting advice. Unlike years past, there was no pit stop at the Reston Town Center, but Landau was advised that there was a stop in Reston closer to the new Metro Station.

Lawyer Landau thanks the folks at the Green Lizard Bike Shop for their support of our Town’s pit stop and other local biking events, and hopes to see even more friends out next year.

 

Athletes Lawyer Doug Landau came in 3rd place in his age group on a cold day in Richmond.

Richmond Sprint Triathlon: Olympic Trials Pool & Podium for Lawyer Landau

Athletes Lawyer Doug Landau came in 3rd place in his age group on a cold day in Richmond.
Athletes Lawyer Doug Landau came in 3rd place in his age group on a cold day in Richmond.

The Olympic trials swimming pool was a draw for athletes from all over Virginia to compete in the Richmond Sprint Triathlon.

Billed as an “open water indoor swim” event, athletes were able to experience the US Olympic trials pool, which had been moved to Richmond, Virginia and is home to the Collegiate School aquatics program.

Instead of flip turns off the walls, multisport athletes had to navigate around bouts while spectators in the stands cheered them on, wave after wave. Race Director Greg Hawkins got all the athletes in this sold-out event into the pool in a half hour!

Doug Landau was in Richmond to visit with clients from Chesterfield, so this was an excellent opportunity to combine races AND cases.

This Virginia Maryland Triathlon Super Series race sold out, as 500 athletes assembled on a cold, dreary, drizzly day south of the river in Richmond.

The first group of swimmers had clear smooth water, but after that, it was “arty barge” as athletes made the sharp turns around each bout and overtook slower swimmers from prior heats, much like a real open water swim. Landau got out of the water in one piece, and then hopped on his bike for what turned out to be a very cold ride on some narrow roads. He managed the 20 Km bike course in 33 minutes, for an average speed of over 22 MPH.

With very fast transitions despite chilled extremities, Landau came out of the second transition with champion DUathlete Marty Steigman, running stride for stride. However, the local champ pulled away, and Lawyer Landau averaged just under seven minutes per mile for 23rd overall, and third place in the age group. His feet were so cold that he had difficulty getting his shoes on; in fact his hands were so numb he could not not unsnap his helmet!

After showering at the Collegiate School facility (with soap), he visited with clients from Chesterfield, who had been struck while a pedestrian in front of a courthouse!

The triathlon trial lawyer then drove to Orange, Virginia to help a dog attack victim and her son prepare for their day in court.

Landau frequently makes multiple stop trips in order to visit with disabled clients who cannot travel to the Herndon law firm’s building near Dulles Airport.