Writer: Myron Levin

Myron Levin is editor of FairWarning.

Public Health

Health Groups Laud Treatment of Tobacco in Trade Deal

iStock photo The sweeping trade deal concluded Monday by negotiators from the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim countries still faces strong criticism from environmentalists, labor unions and many lawmakers-- which makes its approval by Congress uncertain. But public health groups are rejoicing over a provision barring the tobacco [...]

Consumer Protection

The Hard Truth About the Softest Mineral

Talc mining operation (Frances Comou/iStock photo) We use talc in many up close and personal ways: to powder babies’ bottoms, as an ingredient in cosmetics, a filler in capsules and pills--even as a food additive. In a world of ominous, unpronounceable chemicals, could anything be less scary than [...]

Consumer Protection

Off-Road Industry Looks to Congress to Put Brakes on Safety Regulation

Courtesy of Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association Manufacturers of off-road vehicles have mounted fierce resistance to proposed federal rules aimed at reducing rollover crashes that have killed hundreds of riders. After failing to persuade the Consumer Product Safety Commission to shelve the rules, the companies have turned to Congress [...]

Consumer Protection

Colgate-Palmolive Suffers Courtroom Loss in Asbestos-Talc Powder Case

Colgate-Palmolive sold Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder from the late 1800s until 1995. Several lawsuits assert that, in decades past, Colgate got its talc from mines contaminated with asbestos, resulting in some users of the powder contracting mesothelioma, a deadly cancer predominantly caused by inhaling microscopic asbestos fibers. Colgate says [...]

Consumer Protection

Talc-Ovarian Cancer Link Sparks Growing Legal Battle

Deane Berg’s doctor called her in the day after Christmas, 2006, to give her the crushing news. She’d had her ovaries removed, the pathology results were back, and they could not have been much worse. Berg had stage III ovarian cancer, and her prognosis was poor. Despite her 25 years as a physician’s assistant, Berg, then 49, knew next to nothing about ovarian cancer. Grappling with the "why me?" question, she studied the risk factors […]

Transportation Safety

Highway Agency Takes a Hit Over Safety Report on Electronic Billboards

Photo courtesy of Scenic America Why did the billboard cross the road? It sounds like the opening line of a corny joke, but it’s actually a question raised by a baffling glitch in a Federal Highway Administration study on the safety of electronic billboards. Billboards that seem magically [...]

Consumer Protection

Showdown With Industry Looms as Safety Rules for Off-Road Vehicles Advance

Courtesy of Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association. Rebuffing off-road vehicle manufacturers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted today to move forward with rules aimed at preventing rollover crashes that have killed hundreds of riders. The rules would include minimum handling and stability standards for the popular trail machines [...]

Consumer Protection

Battling Safety Rules for Off-Road Vehicles, Industry Gets Boost From Senators

Courtesy of Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association. Manufacturers of off-road vehicles have enlisted the help of a dozen U.S. senators to try to block regulations intended to prevent rollover crashes that have killed hundreds of riders. In a letter to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the senators urged delaying a [...]

Consumer Protection

Tobacco Industry Batting a Thousand With Federal Judge, While FDA Strikes Out

What are the odds? In 2009, Congress passed landmark legislation directing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products, aiming to cut the toll from the leading preventable cause of disease and death. Three times since, however, cigarette and e-cigarette companies have filed successful legal challenges to thwart rules [...]


Federal Wage Investigation Snags Another Major League Baseball Team, the Oakland A’s

iStock photo. A third Major League Baseball team—the Oakland Athletics—has agreed to pay back wages and damages to a group of current and former employees to resolve government claims that they had been illegally underpaid. In a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Athletics agreed to [...]

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