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A 135-page class-action-complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Los Angeles alleges that the major car manufacturers are liable because their keyless ignition systems create a carbon monoxide hazard. This story by Jonathan Stempel explains: Ten of the world's biggest... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
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Want to know which drugs, medical devices, foods, cosmetics, dietary supplements, etc. may be contaminated, defective, or mislabeled? The Food and Drug Administration regularly issues safety alerts through its MedWatch system. For instance, go here, for the agency's July 2015... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
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The article was written by Reuters' reporters Alison Frankel and Jessica Dye. Here's a little taste of it: In the little known world of medical lending, financiers invest in operations to remove pelvic implants from women suing device makers -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at CL&P Blog
That's the name of Brian McFadden's comic strip on how consumers can sensibly offset the negative health effects of sugary drinks through exercise (not really). McFadden's comic reminds me of Coke's funding of the oddly-named Global Energy Balance Network. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today issued a statement of principles on enforcement of its "unfair competition" authority under section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. Four commissioners voted for the statement, and one commissioner dissented. Go here to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at CL&P Blog
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Read this analysis by Gallup. Not surprisingly, the uninsured rates are dropping in states that opted for the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. Perhaps more surprising is that states that have set up their own health-care exchanges (or have state-federal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
That's the title of this article in yesterday's NY Times by Anahad O'Connor. Coke is the world's largest marketer of sugary drinks. O'Connor explains that Coke gives "financial and logistical support" for "a new nonprofit organization called the Global Energy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The ability of hackers to hijack cars' computer systems has been in the news recently. (Go here for instance.) Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.4 vehicle susceptible to hacking. The recalled vehicles are in these models: • 2013-2015 MY Dodge Viper... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at CL&P Blog
To find out, go down on the pizza farm by clicking here or on the embedded video below. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Throwing away food -- huge amounts of perfectly good food -- is part of our culture -- at least for now. Each year, Americans throw away enough food to fill 730 large football stadiums. John Oliver says that two easy... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Laws in all states generally require kids to be vaccinated against various childhood diseases before they may attend school. (And, of course, school attendance itself is legally required.) But most of those laws have exceptions to accommodate parents' religious and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has just ordered Citibank and its subsidiaries to refund about $700 million to roughly 7 million consumers harmed by illegally imposed credit card add-on products and services (such as credit-protection and monitoring). Citibank and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at CL&P Blog
This study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University finds that people who live in certain zip codes in Pennsylvania with fracking were hospitalized more often than people who live in a "control county" that does not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has produced this short video on vehicle recalls. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at CL&P Blog
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The percentage of adults in the U.S. without health insurance -- 11.4 -- is at its lowest point since Gallup began tracking the issue in 2008. The uninsured rate has dropped six percentage points since the end of 2013 --... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Law professor and dean Erwin Chemerinsky has written this op-ed about the tone of Justice Scalia's opinions. Here's the beginning: Justice Antonin Scalia is setting a terrible example for young lawyers. Ignore, for now, his jurisprudence, his famously strict originalism;... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at CL&P Blog
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That's the question consumer reporter Jerry Hirsch, with help from the Union of Concerned Scientists, tries to answer in this article. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Consumer reporter Michelle Singletary has written this article warning consumers about potential car-rental snafus, with a focus on how to insure the car. Some of her key tips: ●Double-check ahead of time what your personal auto policy covers for a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Last month, the Fourth Circuit held in In re GNC Corp. that "to state a false advertising claim on a theory that representations have been proven to be false, plaintiffs must allege that all reasonable experts in the field agree... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Center for Science in the Public Interest has remade Coke's famed “Hilltop” ad to drive home the relationship between sugary soft drink consumption and obesity (and obesity's cousin, diabetes). CSPI recently reported that its video has been view more... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published consumer guides for managing money particularly aimed at helping newcomers to the U.S. Here's what the CFPB says about the guides, along with links to the guides themselves: Beneficiary. Collateral. Debit. Fair market... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at CL&P Blog
That's the name of this article by law professor Stephen Burbank and political scientist Sean Farhang. Its part of a larger study about the counterrevolution against private enforcement of legal rights. Here is the abstract: In this article we situate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Many of our readers likely have seen media reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is strengthening its label warning about the relationship between use of certain pain medications and heart attacks and strokes. The drugs are all in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Law professor Nora Engstrom has written A Dose of Reality for Specialized Courts: Lessons from the VICP. Here is the abstract: The latest in a long line of reform proposals, health courts have been called “the best option for fixing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at CL&P Blog