Matthew Richmond

Matthew Richmond is a researcher-reporter for FairWarning.

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Epic Insurance Fraud Case Ends Meekly

A once massive criminal case charging a conspiracy to deny workers compensation benefits to employees of a packaging plant in Salinas, Calif., ended Thursday on a decidedly minor note when two former managers were sentenced to 30 days in jail. At that, Douglas Tateoka and David Polk, ex-managers with the Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., who had faced 109 felony counts […]

BP Oil Spill Largest in U.S. History

Two separate team of scientists have calculated a new estimate of the oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico since April 20, and even their most conservative estimate makes it the largest spill in U.S. history. According to their findings, between 504,000 and more than 1 million gallons of oil per day have spilled into […]

Rarer Strains of E. coli Raise Concerns

For years, safety officials have focused on E. coli; the bacteria has killed hundreds of people and caused the recall of millions of pounds of hamburger meat, spinach and other foods. But officials have typically zeroed in on one particular strain — E. coli O157:H7.  Now, health experts are starting to worry about six other […]

EPA May Take Over Texas Air Regulation

Citing lax enforcement of clean air standards, the Environmental Protection Agency may take over air quality regulation in Texas, setting the stage for a battle over federal and state rights. The move comes a day after the EPA announced that it will issue the operating permit for an oil refinery in Corpus Christi and plans to take over […]

FDA Warns of Liver Damage from Weight Loss Pills

Two popular weight loss pills will soon include warnings about possible severe liver damage. Alli, sold over-the-counter by GlaxoSmithKline, and the prescription version Xenical, manufactured by Roche, both use the same active ingredient, orlistat. The cases of liver damage are extremely rare. The Food and Drug Administration found 13 cases in which people taking orlistat […]

House Committee Passes Auto Safety Bill

Under an auto safety bill passed by a House committee, automakers will have to take steps to prevent sudden acceleration and face a tougher National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The bill, created in response to Toyota’s recall of more that 8.5 million vehicles, will also require black boxes in new vehicles and impose rules on […]

Heartburn Medicine Leads to Fractures for Some

The Food and Drug Administration is warning people who use a popular type of heartburn medicine that long-term use increases the risk of broken hips, wrists and spines. The medications, known as proton pump inhibitors, include the popular brands Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium. They will now carry warning labels advising patients about the increased risk […]

Suicides Prompt Review at Chinese Electronics Factory

The death of a 19-year-old worker at an electronics plant in China on Tuesday has led to questions about the company’s labor practices. This week’s death, already ruled a suicide, makes a total of nine suicides this year at one of two factories owned by Foxconn Technology. The company has about 420,000 employees at its […]

Witnesses Say BP Took Shortcuts Before Rig Blast

Evidence of negligence before the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig continues to surface in advance of Wednesday’s House Energy and Commerce hearing about the cause of the blast. A worker for the rig’s owner, Transocean, told Coast Guard investigators: “I overheard upper management talking saying that BP was taking shortcuts by displacing […]

Report Finds Herbal Supplements Contain Contaminants

With a food safety bill likely to be introduced in Congress next month, a new report on herbal supplements is adding to the debate about regulation of this growing industry. The report, released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office, found that almost all the herbal dietary supplements tested contained trace levels of heavy metals, including […]