Myron Levin

Myron Levin is editor of FairWarning.

Stephen Gass, inventor of SawStop, amid rows of patents.

After More Than a Decade and Thousands of Disfiguring Injuries, Power Tool Industry Still Resisting Safety Fix

Every year, thousands of U.S. workers and do-it-yourselfers suffer disfiguring, life-changing injuries from the whirring blades of table saws, though technology exists that could virtually eliminate this.

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Billboard Industry Touts Discredited Research to Support Safety Claims for Electronic Signs

The debate over whether electronic billboards raise the risk of highway crashes has taken an unusual turn with publication of a new Swedish study.

Lila Stephens was 11 months old when she suffered 3rd degree burns to her hands from touching the unprotected glass of a fireplace at a resort in Wisconsin. FairWarining Reports

Bowing to Pressure, Fireplace Makers Will Provide Protective Screens to Prevent Severe Burns to Toddlers

Many toddlers have suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns from touching the unprotected glass of gas fireplaces, which get hot enough to melt skin. To prevent these injuries—and stave off lawsuits and federal regulation–fireplace makers have agreed to provide protective screens as a standard feature of new gas fireplaces.

Pack of Marlboro Menthol  in Australia. As of December 1, all cigarettes must be sold in plain packaging with graphic warnings covering 75 percent of the front and 90 percent of the back of the pack. (Canadian Cancer Society)

As Nations Try to Snuff Out Smoking, Cigarette Makers Use Trade Treaties to Fire Up Legal Challenges

As countries around the world ramp up their campaigns against smoking with tough marketing restrictions, the tobacco industry is fighting back by invoking international trade agreements to thwart the most stringent rules. The resulting battles raise broader concerns about trade provisions that enable foreign companies to challenge national health, labor and environmental standards.

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Defamation Case Against FairWarning, Public Citizen is Dropped

For reasons it won’t explain, a Texas medical device company has voluntarily withdrawn a libel case against FairWarning and the consumer group Public Citizen days after suing them. Previous coverage by FairWarning: Fat-Melting Device a Weighty Matter for FDA Advanced Aesthetic Concepts, LP, distributor of the LipoTron 3000 weight-loss device, filed the one-paragraph dismissal on […]

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Medical Device Firm Files Libel Claim Against FairWarning and Public Citizen

A medical device distributor has filed a libel claim against FairWarning, the consumer group Public Citizen and several other parties, claiming they made false statements about the company’s sales of a fat-melting device called the Lipotron 3000.

Oak tree in front of Lamar Advertising sign that Florida agriculture officials said ''had signs of dying and chop marks near the base.''   An ex-worker for Lamar said he cut the tree and applied pesticide. Tests confirmed the presence of pesticide  (Florida Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement) FairWarining Reports

Top Billboard Company Won’t Be Charged in Tree-Poisoning Case

Billboard giant Lamar Advertising Co. will not face criminal charges, despite evidence that company workers in Tallahassee, Fla., over at least seven years secretly chopped down or poisoned trees to provide clearer views of its roadside signs.

Criminal Probe Spotlights Tree Poisoning to Make Way for Billboards

Criminal Probe Spotlights Tree Poisoning to Make Way for Billboards

As long as there have been billboards, trees have been getting in the way. And billboard companies have been removing them–sometimes legally, sometimes not. Now a rash of alleged tree poisonings in Florida have implicated a top billboard company and sparked a criminal investigation. But it turns out that rogue behavior by billboard operators is nothing new.

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U.S. Seeks to Limit Risks From Auto Infotainment

Automakers are engaged in an electronics arms race, packing their new models with cutting-edge technology that makes it easier for drivers to make phone calls, get directions and even check social media sites. Hoping to limit the risks of electronic multi-tasking, federal transportation officials Thursday unveiled a first-ever set of proposed safety guidelines for infotainment […]

A billboard in Sarasota, Fla.

Feds Leaving Cities, States in Dark on Billboard Safety

While battles flare in communities across the country over digital billboards, many state and local officials have hoped that a study launched by the Federal Highway Administration in 2007 would clarify key traffic safety issues. But the results of the politically sensitive research are long overdue, and still are a mystery. Records obtained by FairWarning suggest the reason why the study has remained under wraps: Experts say it was botched.