Andrea has been writing full-time since 2008. Before she became a full-time freelance writer, she was employed as a paralegal for 14 years. Her legal employment duties included writing law-related documents such as Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law, Memorandums of Law, miscellaneous letters, responses and completing investigative reports. She currently ghostwrites articles on a wide variety of topics.

GM Asks for a Delay in Takata Airbag Recall

General Motors, GM, has asked for a one year delay in Takata airbag recalls related to GM vehicles so that a research firm, Obital ATK, can complete a study of the airbags. The research is aimed at determining the service life of the inflators, and is scheduled for completion in August 2017. GM claims that

Robert Bosch GmbH under Investigation in the Volkswagen Emission Scandal

German prosecutors and the U.S. Department of Justice, DOJ, have Robert Bosch GmbH under investigation in the Volkswagen emission scandal. In July 2016, the district judge preliminarily approved a settlement in a class action lawsuit that was filed against Volkswagen. If final approval is received, the company will compensate those that purchased or leased a

A Final DHHS Rule Affects Medical Related Clinical Trials

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS, issued a news release on September 16, 2016, announcing a final rule that will go into effect on January 18, 2017. The final DHHS Rule affects medical related clinical trials. Researchers will have 90 days to comply. The new rule expands the existing rule on the

Uber 20 Percent Gratuity Lawsuit Settled

Uber Technology Inc. seems to stay in the legal spotlight. According to CNN Money, over 70 lawsuits have been filed against the company since it was founded in 2009. The claims range from classifying contract drivers wrong to discriminating against passengers with service animals. Many of those cases are still pending in court while others

Former ITT Tech Employee Lawsuits

ITT Technical Institute suddenly shut down all of its campuses and online courses on September 6, 2016. By doing so, it puts approximately 8,000 employees out of work without warning. Those employees are fighting back. Former ITT Tech employee lawsuits have been filed in Delaware and Indiana. At least one of those lawsuits has requested

New Jersey is Taking Steps to Ban Elephants in Traveling Acts – Nosey’s Law

New Jersey could become the first state to ban elephants and other exotic animals in traveling acts. Senate bill S2508 was introduced on September 12, 2016 by cosponsors Raymond Lesniak (D) and Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D). The bill, called “Nosey’s Law”, would ban exotic animals from use in traveling acts, and provide civil penalties for those

Muscle Milk Class Action Lawsuit

A Muscle Milk class action lawsuit, Clay et al. v. CytoSport Inc., was filed in January 2015 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The plaintiffs in that case have now asked the court to certify four different classes; a nationwide class, and a class for California, Florida and Michigan consumers.

Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Tropical Smoothie Café

In August, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, announced that a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to Tropical Smoothie Café seemed to be under control. The culprit was frozen strawberries that were imported from Egypt. Hepatitis A is a very contagious disease that can be spread to others when an infected person does

Welspun Lawsuit – Fake Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Egyptian cotton is characterized by extra-long fibers that are used to produce high quality products, including sheets and pillow cases. Consumers pay a premium price because this particular type of cotton is superior in quality to other cottons. The fabric is light-weight, smooth and feels luxurious to the skin. In addition to vendor responses, a

FDA Enacted a Rule Banning the Sale of Some Antibacterial Soaps

On September 2, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, enacted a final rule banning the sale of some antibacterial soaps. The ban includes liquid and bar soaps containing, among other active chemicals, the most commonly used triclosan and triclocarban. The manufacturers could not prove that the antibacterial soaps were any more effective than regular