Although the deal is finalized, various sources have differed in how the payout will be calculated. The New York Times is reporting that $5 billion of the $8.8 total allotment for environmental restoration will go to Louisiana, the state hardest hit by the disaster, payable over an 18-year period. $5.5 billion will go to Clean Water Act penalties, payable over a 15 year period, the largest environmental fine in history. $4.9 billion will also go towards economic damages to the states affected by the spill. The Wall Street Journal reports that a total of $8.1 billion will go towards environmental damages to the U.S. and the Gulf states. BP had already agreed to a separate criminal penalty of $4 billion in 2013.

he engines were set to be a revolutionary breakthrough, used not just for Volkswagen models, but also for the company’s premium brand Audi, and less costly offshoots Skoda and Seat, along with some light commercial vehicles. Although specifics remain sketchy, it appears that management from the engineering team instructed the use of the software, under pressure to market the “clean diesel” breakthrough. The internal audit discovered that engineers realized that the vehicles would not, at the very least, meet U.S. diesel emissions standards, which are more stringent than in Europe.




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Lead attorney Gerald Singleton filed the complaint on Tuesday despite an admittedly low-level of evidence. Singleton said about the complaint, "The only evidence we have at this point is that if they are properly configured and maintained, a tree should never be in a position to fall on a line.”

The companies include: Volkswagen, Tesla, Daimler’s Mercedes Benz division, Jaguar-Land Rover, Suzuki, Volvo Trucks, and Spartan Motors. Depending on the regulator’s findings, the manufacturers could add to the 11 companies and over 19.2 million vehicles within the U.S. implicated in the recall. Specifically, the NHTSA is asking the automakers whether or not their airbags contain ammonium nitrate, the propellant that can “potentially lead to overaggressive combustion or potentially cause the inflator to rupture,” spraying shrapnel into the driver’s cabin; which has been attributed to at least eight deaths and over 100 injuries.

The lawsuit is alleging that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discovered that two laboratories hired by Monsanto to conduct safety testing of Roundup falsified data, first over a 1976 test in which three lab executives were convicted of fraud after the EPA audited its data, and again regarding a 1991 test in a different lab, also leading to three employees being convicted of fraudulent laboratory practices. Despite discovering the evidence of fraud, the EPA still changed its 1985 classification of glyphosate from “possibly carcinogenic” in 1991 to “evidence of non-carcinogenicity in humans,” (Group E), which includes the caveat that the grouping does not imply that the product definitively will not cause cancer in any circumstance.

Nader is hoping that the museum will help to serve future generations in understanding the power of the consumer, the threats of the protections being removed as part of the conservative tort-reform agenda, which is an attempt to put caps on personal injury lawsuit awards. Nader said, “Tort law is being run into the ground, maligned, caricatured and slandered because it’s effective,” calling tort reform, “the cruelest movement I’ve ever encountered.”

We have the answers for you panel members, we have the answers for you FDA, all you have to do is ask us and we will show you. I am not a doctor, I am a metal smith. But that does not make my knowledge of Essure less real, it doesn't make our knowledge or our information untrue. We can present to you allergy reports, operative notes, toxicology reports, blood work, x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, radiology reports, we have the medical information right in our hands.

The copyright laws involving campaign music are murky, as Gingrich had argued. Generally, the costs of litigation aren’t worth the challenge in court. Sullivan for one said he will not take legal action this time against Davis and Huckabee, but did say that the use of the song was personal. Sullivan told Rolling Stone, "I do not agree with Kim Davis' stance and do not believe in denying gay rights and the freedom for all individuals to choose the lifestyle they want to live. Our Constitution, and the words of our Founding Fathers, stand tall for freedom, which is what America is all about. I find it ridiculous in this day and age that this fight against gay marriage has gone on, even after the Supreme Court's ruling. Let's stop!"

The new rules will relax the 300-day clock for administrative judges to make a ruling from the start of the case, as well as provide a range of time frames for cases to begin. Also, the deadline for initial decisions will be extended for 30 days. The rules will also allow both parties up to three depositions in single-defendant cases and five for cases with multiple defendants, with the procedures more representative of the rules of federal court. The proposed changes will also allow parties to submit filings and serve subpoenas electronically, as well as clarify the rules involving hearsay.

After the intense discussion and testimony, the FDA panel recommended that more data be collected regarding skin allergies and other symptoms, as well as demanding that doctors need to be trained more thoroughly on how to implant and remove the device, although stopping short of demanding that Bayer recall the product.

Clarence Ditlow, executive director for the Center for Auto Safety said,"The damage to Volkswagen is going to last for years. This was so clearly a deliberate act by executives at Volkswagen that there needs to be criminal penalties."

The 65 year-old had been serving in the House, representing Ohio’s 8th District since 1991, yet his seniority and leadership roles have not been able to quell dissent from conservatives in the party, most recently revolving around funding for Planned Parenthood potentially leading to a shutdown. Over 30 members of the House threatened a no-confidence vote over the Planned Parenthood issue; with such a vote meaning that Boehner would have to rely on Democratic votes to remain as Speaker next term.

We should thank Martin Shkreli, the man who bought the only drug to treat toxoplasmosis and promptly raised the price through the roof. Why should we thank him? Due to his outrageous, cavalier attitude toward the issue and his failure to hire a PR firm to do the talking, he put Big Pharma and its ridiculous pricing policies under a huge spotlight.

Berkeley's cellphone ordinance requiring sellers to tell consumers that keeping their phones too close to their bodies could expose them to dangerous radio-frequency radiation was upheld by a federal judge. The only part that didn't pass must is a line stating that the risk is even greater for children, which has yet to be proven.

The case may or may not end at the state’s Supreme Court, depending on whether or not the appeal is considered. If the Court declines the appeal, the case will head back to a jury trial in Marion County, however MacGill acknowledged that even a favorable ruling will still make for difficulties, saying that "we have a lot of work to do, and we have to prove a case." If the Court accepts the case, and depending on the ruling, the state could be held liable for an undisclosed amount of damages.

Zimmer took time to lend support to the marijuana legalization movement as the keynote speaker in Los Angeles at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo on Friday. In his speech, Zimmer called the placement of marijuana on the Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, equating it to drugs like heroin and ecstasy, “the biggest con that has been perpetrated on this country in the last century.”

Although no formal decisions will be made at Thursday’s meeting, the experts will consider whether or not to require a warning label on the product and if more clinical studies are needed to ensure the safety of the device.