Brianna Smith

Brianna Smith is a freelance writer and editor in Southwest Michigan. A graduate of Grand Valley State University, Brianna has a passion for politics, social issues, education, science, and more. When she’s not writing, she enjoys the simple life with her husband, daughter, and son.



Asbestos Concerns Prompt Recall of Popular Claire’s Makeup

Do you have a child who enjoys a stroll through Claire’s every now and then? If so, then this recall notice is for you. Last week, Claire’s Accessories, a retail store “known for selling accessories and cosmetics targeted to young girls and teenagers, recalled some of its makeup over asbestos concerns.”


Meijer Joins Recall of Michigan Grown Apples Over Listeria Concerns

Last week, Aldi and Kroger announced a recall of their Michigan grown apples, and now Meijer has joined in. Just recently, Meijer announced a voluntary recall “involving Michigan grown apples that may be tainted with listeria.” According to the FDA, the retailer’s recall only impacts “select Meijer brand packaged products that contain sliced apples.”


Kmart Corporation Agrees to Pay $32.3M to Settle Drug Fraud Allegations

A $32.3 million settlement has been reached between Kmart Corporation and the United States government, bringing an end to allegations that “in-store pharmacies in Kmart stores failed to report discounted prescription drug prices to Medicare Part D, Medicaid, and TRICARE, the health program for uniformed service members and their families.” The lawsuit itself was filed against Kmart Corporation, a “wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (SHC),” back in 2008.


Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus Sue Kid Rock for Trademark Infringement

Anyone who has ever visited a Ringling Bros. Circus has probably heard the phrase, ‘Greatest Show on Earth.’ After all, the phrase itself is a trademark of the popular Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which is why a recent announcement about Kid Rock’s upcoming tour sparked a trademark infringement lawsuit. According to the announcement, Kid Rock’s upcoming tour is named the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ tour, and that’s not sitting well with the circus owners.


Clemente High School Coach Kept Job Even After Students Complained of Inappropriate Behavior

It turns out that at some schools, teachers who have complaints against them about inappropriate behavior can remain employed until law enforcement finally gets a whiff of what’s going on and arrests said teacher. Sound hard to believe? Well, this is exactly what happened at Roberto Clemente High School. Despite receiving multiple complaints “about inappropriate behavior by a longtime coach and local school council member,” the school kept the coach, Casino Cruz, employed until he was later arrested for “allegedly groping a student nearly a year ago.” Now, parents and two students have filed a civil lawsuit against Cruz and the Chicago Board of Education, “claiming that the district failed to act even after multiple reports about inappropriate behavior by Cruz surfaced, including a 2003 arrest for touching a female student on the swim team.” The district also received complaints about Cruz in 2012 and 2014, according to the lawsuit.


NY Judge Tosses Out Ethics Lawsuit Against President Trump

A decision has finally been made regarding whether or not President Trump’s business conflicts violate the Constitution. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge George Daniels of New York ruled that “restaurant workers, a hotel event booker, and a watchdog group” cannot sue the president and said “it was too soon for the lawsuit to be considered by the courts, particularly because Congress had not considered the issue.”


Kroger, Aldi Recall Certain Varieties of Apples Amid Listeria Concerns

Were you planning on making an apple pie this holiday season? If so, then this recall is for you. Recently, two popular “supermarket chains launched recalls of some of the more popular varieties of apples due to Listeria contamination fears in some states.” The stores in question include Aldi and Kroger.


Springfield Smoked Fish Expands Recall of Smoked Fish Products Over Listeria Concerns

For those who don’t know, Springfield Smoked Fish recalled some of it’s smoked fish products not too long ago. However, the company recently announced that it was expanding that recall due to “Listeria concerns from two New England states to nationwide.” According to the recall notice, the affected products, “19 of which were sold under the Springfield Smoked Fish or Rachael’s Springfield Smoked Fish brand names, were sold at retail and wholesale stores in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Colorado, Ohio and Pennsylvania and nationwide via online outlets.”


Lawsuit Claims Walmart Discriminates Against Pregnant Employee

A lawsuit was recently filed against Walmart alleging discrimination against pregnant employees. The lawsuit itself was filed by a Griffin woman, Whitney Tomlinson, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Atlanta. A single mother, Tomlinson is seeking an “unspecified amount of money from the Arkansas-based retail giant, as well as for orders that would compel different behavior by the company.”