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Smoke (Still) Gets in Your Eyes at Many Job Sites FairWarining Reports

Smoke (Still) Gets in Your Eyes at Many Job Sites

Despite the flood of state and local laws since the 1990s to ban indoor smoking, millions of Americans still are exposed to secondhand smoke on the job. As a bulletin last month from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health pointed out, 20.4 percent of nonsmoking workers say they encounter secondhand smoke at least […]

Colgate-Palmolive Suffers Courtroom Loss in Asbestos-Talc Powder Case FairWarining Reports

Colgate-Palmolive Suffers Courtroom Loss in Asbestos-Talc Powder Case

Colgate-Palmolive Co. was ordered to pay $12.4 million in damages to a woman with a deadly form of cancer after a Los Angeles jury found that an asbestos-contaminated talcum powder was the main cause of her disease. The case was then settled today for an undisclosed amount as jurors were about to consider tacking on […]

Talc-Ovarian Cancer Link Sparks Growing Legal Battle FairWarining Investigates

Talc-Ovarian Cancer Link Sparks Growing Legal Battle

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Deane Berg’s doctor called her in the day after Christmas, 2006, to give her the crushing news. She’d had her ovaries removed, the pathology results were back, and they could not have been much worse. Berg had stage III ovarian cancer, and her prognosis was poor. Despite her 25 years as a physician’s assistant, Berg, then 49, knew next to nothing about ovarian cancer. Grappling with the “why me?” question, she studied the risk factors […]

Erin Shero and her youngest son, Colton Shero, in the spring of 2013, about five months before the toddler was fatally strangled by a window cord blind. ‘“My son died in less time than it takes to pop a bag of popcorn,” Shero said. FairWarining Investigates

Years of Talking, Kids Still Dying

Strangulation Hazard From Window Blind Cords

After fixing a quick snack for her children one day in October 2013, Erin Shero returned to the downstairs playroom of her suburban Chattanooga, Tenn., home. She wanted to check on the youngest of her five kids, Colton, who was two days away from his second birthday. Thinking he was asleep, Shero reached down to […]

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Winning in Court Just the First Step for Wage Theft Victims

When workers get cheated out of wages, it’s often not enough just to win a court order for back pay. Often the court ruling is a hollow victory because the employer has gone out of business or claims to have little or no money to pay the judgment. That’s the challenge likely facing 101 workers […]

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Unicorns, the Tooth Fairy, and 54.5 MPG

The Obama administration has repeatedly trumpeted its plan to boost the average fuel economy of new cars and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by the 2025 model year. In a 2011 White House news release announcing an agreement with automakers to reach the goal, President Obama called it the “the single most important […]

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Used Car Startups Do a Wheelie Around Consumer Protection Rules

Minnie Ingersoll’s San Francisco startup Shift looks and acts like an online used car dealer. It advertises cars for sale on its website and makes money when one is sold. But if you ask Ingersoll what Shift is, she insists, “We’re not trying to be a dealer.” Venture capitalists have invested $23.5 million into Shift […]

March, 2011 crash at a 7-Eleven store in Midland, Texas (Photo by Roger Primera) FairWarining Reports

Bread, Milk and Mayhem II

Spurred by deadly crashes involving cars plunging into stores, day care centers and other sites, a California lawmaker has introduced a bill to prod commercial property owners to install special safety barriers. The measure, if approved, would give California the nation’s first state law encouraging wider use of bollards, a type of barrier already found […]

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U.S. Crackdown on Pay Violations Yields $240.8 Million in Wage Recoveries

U.S. labor investigators recovered $240.8 million in back wages for American workers last year amid an intensified crackdown on pay abuses in low-skill industries. That newly released total – which reflects the amount of back wages that employers agreed to pay, or were ordered to pay, following government investigations – amounted to $890 per affected […]

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Highway Agency Takes a Hit Over Safety Report on Electronic Billboards

Why did the billboard cross the road? It sounds like the opening line of a corny joke, but it’s actually a question raised by a baffling glitch in a Federal Highway Administration study on the safety of electronic billboards. Billboards that seem magically to have moved from one side of the highway to the other […]