Sabre is under fire after a resident in California decided to file a class action lawsuit against the company over a “credit card data breach in Sabre's SynXis hotel reservations system.” In the lawsuit, the allegations against Sabre are many, and include “breach of implied contract, negligence, several violations of California's unfair competition law, unfair and deceptive business practices, constitutional invasion of privacy, breach of the covenant of duty of good faith and fair dealing, and violation of state data breach laws.”
The lawsuit between Paul Nungesser and Columbia University has finally been settled. Nungesser, a former student of the university, filed a lawsuit against Columbia back in 2015 on allegations that the “university supported an outrageous display of harassment and defamation after fellow student Emma Sulkowicz held protests around campus where people openly called him a rapist.” Before the recent settlement was announced, the suit had been dismissed on two separate occasions.
Summer time is grilling time, which means families all across the country will likely grill up a few hot dogs and sausages before fall arrives. Unfortunately, a recall has been issued for certain brands of hot dogs and sausages. Marathon Enterprises, Inc, a meat processor based in Bronx, New York, is recalling more than “seven million pounds of beef and pork hot dogs and sausages” over numerous consumer complaints. What has so many consumers up in arms? Well, it turns out quite a few have found small bone fragments in their hot dogs and sausages. In one report, a consumer actually got a “minor oral injury” from biting down on a bone fragment.
A study released this month by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the Climate Accountability Institute claims that 71% of the greenhouse gases released since 1988 were the output of a mere 100 companies. Out of those 100 companies, a slim 25 were responsible for half of the world's total greenhouse gas pollution in that same time period.
Takata, the beleaguered airbag company, got hit with a trifecta of bad news this month: the 12th U.S. airbag-related fatality was announced, the reorganization bankruptcy continues with a Special Master managing restitution payments, and yet another 2.7 million airbags were recalled. The problems keep piling up faster than the Japanese auto supplier can deal with them.
When you think of the Environmental Protection Agency's purpose, what comes to mind? Do you, perhaps, expect it to be an agency that works to protect the environment? When the EPA is subverted into protecting polluting industries from having to comply with environmental rules, something has gone horribly awry.
More products are being recalled due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. This time, Custom Culinary, Inc., based in Oswego, Illinois, is recalling an estimated “9,444 pounds of chicken and beef base products” because the “products’ labels incorrectly identified the products as chicken, but may contain beef.” According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the products might also “contain soy, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.”
A class action lawsuit was recently settled between Water Street Brewery and many of its servers for $825,000. The lawsuit itself was filed back in November of 2016 by Angela Brandt when she claimed Water Street Brewery was in violation of “state and federal wage-and-hour laws at each of the company's four locations.” According to Brandt, a former server, the brewery’s servers “had not been paid minimum wage because of various payroll practices, including requiring servers to share tips with certain employees and pay for discarded coasters, discarded silverware and broken dishes from their tips.” Additionally, the lawsuit also alleges “that servers did not receive overtime when they worked more than 40 hours per week.”
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