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Consumer Protection

Industries Turn to Bracewell Lobbyists to Scuttle Product Safety Rules

Business groups call on well-connected lobbying firm to help thwart unwanted federal standards. They have not been disappointed.

Environment

Bug Bombs Are Duds at Killing Insects Yet May Pose Harm to People, Study Finds

Pesticides released by bug bombs can linger in homes for weeks at a time, which some researchers claim is a potential health risk

Consumer Protection

With Smack-Talking Invective, Lawyer Groups Appeal to Public as One Big Jury Pool

Business groups that howl about bogus lawsuits and plaintiff lawyers who claim to fight for ordinary folks victimized by corporations engage in a war of words.

Labor

Law Puts Big Retailers on the Hook for Pay Owed to Truckers

For years, truck drivers hauling billions of dollars of clothing, appliances and other consumer goods from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have complained about rampant wage law violations by the trucking firms that hire them. The alleged abuses include failing to pay minimum wages and overtime. But [...]

Consumer Protection

Feds Find Memory Boosters Were Falsely Labeled But Refuse to Say Which Ones

Consumer advocates fault U.S. investigators for withholding information on two widely sold products determined to be lacking a promised ingredient

Labor

When Workers Are Killed on Small Farms, OSHA’s Hands Are Tied

A fateful decision by Congress more than 40 years ago gives the sites unique immunity from safety oversight, even as hundreds of employees have been killed or seriously injured.

Consumer Protection

A Lawyer’s Battle to Puncture Secrecy and Legal Misconduct by Goodyear

Attorney David Kurtz's suit for 4 crash victims morphed into a legal fight calling into question the integrity of America’s No. 1 tire maker.

Labor

With Rise in Chemotherapy for Pets, Higher Risks for Veterinary Staff

As more dogs and cats are treated for cancer, veterinarians and their assistants increasingly face the risk of exposure to hazardous drugs, which are often being handled without proper safeguards.

Consumer Protection

Safety Agency Nixes Tracking Deaths Involving ROVs

Despite mounting casualties from crashes of recreational off-highway vehicles, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has shot down a proposal to track injuries and deaths involving the popular trail machines.