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Stuart Silverstein is assistant editor at FairWarning.

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.

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

Public Health

For Automakers Seeking Mileage Rollback, Trump Plan Too Much of a Good Thing

Car companies got more regulatory relief than they bargained for after they asked the administration to ease mileage requirements.

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.

Labor

Nebraska Firm and Its Owners Hit With Criminal Charges in Blast That Killed 2 Workers

The Justice Department announced a 22-count criminal indictment against a Nebraska railroad services company and its owners related to an April 2015 explosion that killed two workers.

Environment

California Throttles Down Pollution from Small Engines

A landscaping worker trims a bush with a gas-powered machine while a technician monitors the air quality for FairWarning. (Photo by Stuart Silverstein) New California rules aimed at curbing the surprising amount of pollution coming from leaf blowers, lawn mowers and other small gas-powered machines cleared a final [...]

Air Check

Leaf blowers can make an infernal racket, and environmental officials say that exhaust from blowers and other gas-powered lawn and garden equipment is a surprisingly big source of air pollution. But are landscaping workers who use the equipment day in and day out exposed to potentially harmful emissions? A 2006 [...]

Public Health

Revisiting a Red State-Blue State Divide

iStockphoto November’s presidential contest was bizarre in many ways, but there is one peculiarity that pundits haven’t pounced on: The states with the worst rates of traffic deaths in the country went solidly for Donald Trump while Hillary Clinton swept states with the lowest fatality rates. That odd [...]

Consumer Protection

Swarms of Drug Industry Lobbyists and Campaign Cash Stymie Bid to Restrain Medicare Prescription Costs

See the editor's note at the bottom of this story. When the Republican-controlled Congress approved a landmark program in 2003 to help seniors buy prescription drugs, it slapped on an unusual restriction: The federal government was barred from negotiating cheaper prices for those medicines. Instead, the job of holding down [...]

Consumer Protection

Lawmakers OK Plan for Pioneering Gun Violence Research Center in California

California State Sen. Lois Wolk California lawmakers have agreed to spend $5 million to open a first-in-the-nation gun violence research center, a move intended to circumvent a ban on federal firearm studies. The research center, which would be based at a campus in the University of California system, [...]