Lilly Fowler

Lilly Fowler is assistant editor at FairWarning.

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Court Asked to Decide if Transparency Trumps Corporate Reputation in ‘Company Doe’ Case

Consumer and media groups asked a federal appeals court to unseal documents in a closely watched product safety and business confidentiality case cloaked in extraordinary secrecy.

Contractors clean up lead paint in a contaminated building in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)

After Flicking Away Lawsuits, Lead Industry Goes for a Final Knockout

Despite powerful evidence showing that paint makers knew for decades about the risks of household use of lead paint, the companies have scored dozens of courtroom victories and could be on the verge of a final victory in a California trial.

Adam Thull with his wife, Courtney, 4-year-old daughter, Stevie, and 8-year-old son, Cyril. (Kelli Engstrom)

Emotionally and financially, “it’s devastating.” — Adam Thull

LISTEN: Listen to Adam Thull describe his accident and how it has affected his life. Adam Thull was building a checkout counter for a local bookstore when he noticed a wood panel falling off the edge of his table. As he lunged to catch it, his right forearm got caught on the blade of his […]

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“Within a second my fingers were on the ground.” — Tom Corbett

Listen to Tom Corbett describe his accident and how it has affected his life. Tom Corbett was helping remodel the front entryway of a home in Manchester, Mass., two years ago when suddenly his life changed forever. A piece of wood he was trying to cut jammed in his table saw, and his hand was […]

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Lead Exposure in Older Homes Means Children “Pay With Their Lives”

Q&A: Authors Say Toll From the Toxic Metal Still Plagues U.S.

U.S. health authorities estimate that about 535,000 children are still at risk of developmental problems due to elevated levels of lead in their blood. In an interview, public health historians Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner discuss the history and scope of the lead problem.

Carlee Soto reacts as she learns her sister, Victoria Soto, a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School, was one of 26 killed in a shooting at the school in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

After Sandy Hook Massacre, People ‘Simply Cannot Walk Away’

In a Q&A, Gun Violence Researcher Dr. Garen Wintemute Says New Rules on Firearms Sales Could Happen This Time

Dr. Garen Wintemute is a pioneer in the study of gun violence as a public health issue. In a Q&A with FairWarning’s Lilly Fowler, Wintemute called for Congress to require background checks for all private sales of firearms, whether at gun shows or between individuals.

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Judicial Secrecy Turns Consumer Protection Case Into a Mystery

When the Consumer Product Safety Commission launched SaferProducts.gov, a database allowing consumers to report and learn about hazardous products, it was inevitable that some business would go to court to keep a customer’s complaint private. But the first legal challenge is shrouded in mystery.

Former Peace Corps volunteer Christie-Anne Edie in Colorado Springs, Colo., in September.

Some Peace Corps Volunteers Face Injury Overseas, Indifference at Home

Peace Corps volunteers who serve in impoverished, dangerous countries all too often endure sexual assaults, psychological trauma and physical injuries, as well as exotic diseases. Yet former volunteers-turned-activists say the government workers’ compensation program that is supposed to provide medical care and disability payments for the injured is rife with troubles.

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Southern California Warehouse Operator Faces New Charges of Workplace Retaliation

Months after settling complaints of unfair labor practices, a big warehouse operator in Southern California is facing new charges accusing it of illegally firing or reducing the hours of workers who took part in a strike and protest march.

Charlie Horn, 2, choked to death in 2007 when he was pinned beneath a dresser in his bedroom in Kansas City, Mo. Charlie’s House, a volunteer organization dedicated to child safety, is named after him.

Unthinkable But Real: Tipping Furniture, TVs Sometimes Deadly to Children

When it comes to dangers that threaten children, one of the most unimaginable is a piece of furniture toppling and injuring, or even killing, a youngster. Yet tens of thousands of children in recent years have wound up in emergency rooms and scores have died from such accidents, according to data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.