Writer: Matthew Richmond

Matthew Richmond is a researcher-reporter for FairWarning.


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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]