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Johnson & Johnson Hit With Record Talc-Ovarian Cancer Verdict of $417 Million

Johnson & Johnson Hit With Record Talc-Ovarian Cancer Verdict of $417 Million

A Los Angeles jury today ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay damages of $417 million to a 62-year-old woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on years of using the company’s baby powder for feminine hygiene. It was the first California trial in the mushrooming legal battle over links between genital use of talc and ovarian…

At Center for Auto Safety, a New Leader for a New Era

At Center for Auto Safety, a New Leader for a New Era

Since 1970 the tiny Center for Auto Safety has wielded enormous influence through its campaigns to recall vehicles for safety-related defects and to push states to enact consumer protections such as lemon laws. But consumer advocates say the Washington, D.C.,-based nonprofit is entering a new and perhaps more challenging environment under the Trump administration. And,…

Unbelted Rider in the Back Could Kill Someone in the Front FairWarining Reports

Unbelted Rider in the Back Could Kill Someone in the Front

Editor's note: See update at bottom of story.

People who don’t buckle up when they ride in the rear seat because they think it’s safer back there are wrong. Instead, they pose a serious danger to themselves and those riding up front, according to a new study and crash test video by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The video of that crash…

Despite Hazards, Push to Open Public Roads to Off-Road Vehicles in High Gear FairWarining Reports

Despite Hazards, Push to Open Public Roads to Off-Road Vehicles in High Gear

More than 14,000 people, including roughly 3,200 children age 15 or younger, have been killed in crashes of all-terrain vehicles since federal safety officials began keeping track in the early 1980s. Studies have shown (here and here) that over half of the deaths occur on public or private roads — even though ATVs are required…

New Lookup to Tell You What's in Your Water FairWarining Reports

New Lookup to Tell You What’s in Your Water

Want to know what hazards might be lurking in your local water supply? An updated online database launched today by the Environmental Working Group, a research and advocacy organization, provides some answers. The online resource is known as the EWG’s Tap Water Database. It lists contaminants as well as their levels and likely sources, and…

Feds Reject Insurance Hike for Big-Rigs, Pleasing Independent Truckers, Rankling Safety Advocates FairWarining Reports

Feds Reject Insurance Hike for Big-Rigs, Pleasing Independent Truckers, Rankling Safety Advocates

Graham Brown was headed to his job as a computer technician when a drowsy big-rig driver swerved into his path and struck his car, sending it flying off a rural Illinois road and into a field. Brown was airlifted to a hospital for a six-hour surgery that saved his life. He suffered collapsed lungs, broken…

Job Announcement: Executive Director/Editor

FairWarning is looking for a new leader to carry on our tradition of producing tough watchdog journalism. Founded by Myron Levin, a veteran investigative reporter, FairWarning and its small, dedicated staff produce deeply-reported stories that appear in print, online and broadcast editions of dozens of media outlets. With a focus on public health, consumer and…

Scientists Urge Tighter Scrutiny of Germ-Fighting Chemicals FairWarining Reports

Scientists Urge Tighter Scrutiny of Germ-Fighting Chemicals

More than 200 scientists and public health advocates are urging regulators to take a closer look at the potential dangers of antimicrobial chemicals including triclosan, an additive that has been banned from hand soaps but remains an active ingredient in products ranging from building materials to Colgate’s Total toothpaste. The call for better labeling and…

Fix Sought for Heat Deaths of Children Left in Cars FairWarining Reports

Fix Sought for Heat Deaths of Children Left in Cars

Each year, roughly three dozen children die of heatstroke in unattended vehicles. Today three congressmen and a coalition of safety groups announced plans to do something about it, through legislation to require alerts in cars as a reminder that there may still be a child in the back. The proposal, backed by more than two…

U.S. Senators Ask: What's Up at OSHA? FairWarining Reports

U.S. Senators Ask: What’s Up at OSHA?

In the four months since President Trump took office, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued four news releases announcing penalties for job safety violations. By the end of May last year, it had issued 199. The recent reticence has spurred six U.S. senators, all Democrats, to ask what’s up at OSHA. In…