Archive for November, 2012

Tobacco companies ordered to create ad campaigns highlight dangers of smoking

Filed November 30th, 2012 joshua

Big Tobacco has been ordered to create ads and marketing campaigns acknowledging health risks associated with smoking cigarettes. These are many of the same claims these companies have denied for decades. This order from a federal judge was originally part of a ruling in response to a federal lawsuit. The tobacco companies opposed the order […]

New Study Reveals Widespread and Copious Use of Toxic Flame Retardants

Filed November 29th, 2012 Julie

A new study published in the Environmental Science & Technology Journal shows that 85 percent of couches manufactured between 1985 and 2010 contain chemical flame retardants. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), tris (1-3-dichloroisopropyl) phosphate (TDCPP), and the newer Firemaster 550 (FM 550) mixture, as well as tris (4-butylphenyl) phosphate (TBPP) are the most commonly used chemicals, […]

Holiday Gatherings A Good Opportunity To Inquire About Elder Fraud

Filed November 27th, 2012 Julie

Family holiday gatherings may be the perfect time to respectfully make certain that older relatives have not fallen victim to elder fraud. The relaxed atmosphere of a family gathering can make it easier to ask older family members if they’ve been approached about investments or mortgage deals lately. If you suspect someone is trying to […]

Greenpeace Finds Toxic Chemicals In Popular Clothing Brands

Filed November 26th, 2012 Julie Ann Fidler

Greenpeace released a report on November 20 about how commonplace toxic chemicals are in popular, inexpensive clothing brands, testing 141 clothing items made by popular brands like Zara, Levi’s, Mango, Calvin Klein and H&M. The group examined the items for phthalates, nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) and azo dyes, which can eventually break down into cancer-causing amines. […]

FDA Makes Red Bull Injury Data Public

Filed November 19th, 2012 Julie

Reports of injuries potentially caused by the energy drink Red Bull were made public on Friday by the U.S. government, only days after the beverage’s manufacturer said it was unaware of any reports. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted 21 reports online of injuries related to Red Bull, including hospitalizations for adverse events […]

Owners of Firm Plead Guilty to Fraud Allegations

Filed November 16th, 2012 Julie Ann Fidler

FBK Products, which sells Septic Remedy septic system treatment products, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud after federal authorities accused the company’s telemarketers of lying to prospective customers, particularly senior citizens. FBK and its three owners accepted plea deals November 14 related to the marketing of Septic Remedy, which are soluble packets that […]

Montana woman claims defective trigger on husband’s Remington rifle caused unexpected fire, her serious injuries

Filed November 14th, 2012 joshua

The national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Montana woman who was shot unexpectedly when her husband’s Remington rifle fired unexpectedly. According to an announcement of the filing of the lawsuit, the Montana couple was hunting in Carter County there in October 2007. At the end of […]

Judges Overturns Consumer Fraud Lawsuits Filed Against Law Schools

Filed November 13th, 2012 Julie

Two consumer fraud lawsuits accusing John Marshall Law School and Chicago-Kent College of Law of inflating numbers that showed how many of their graduates found employment have been thrown out by a Chicago judge. Five lawsuits like it have already been thrown out, and more than a dozen are still pending. Three in California have […]

Anti-Aging Products Make Big Promises, Offer Few Benefits

Filed November 12th, 2012 Julie

Anti-aging products promise to turn back the hands of time or prevent them from touching consumers in the first place. Unfortunately, many of them are not effective and some are downright dangerous. Vitamins and minerals are safe in moderate doses and may even do some good, but they can be dangerous in excess. Supplements were […]

MoneyGram to Pay for Fraudulent Customer Interactions

Filed November 12th, 2012 Julie

MoneyGram International has agreed to pay $100 million to settle charges brought by United States and Canadian agents who accused the company of defrauding tens of thousands of customers and failing to maintain an effectiv,e anti-money laundering program. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), MoneyGram knew some of its agents were actively working […]