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.


Hepatitis A Contamination Prompts Frozen Tuna Recall

Fans of tuna beware, many restaurants and hotels throughout Southern California have been hit by a “frozen tuna recall involving steaks and cubes that tested positive for hepatitis A.” While the tuna hasn’t been linked to any illnesses so far, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are urging anyone who has consumed the fish and hasn’t been vaccinated yet to promptly seek medical attention.


Lakewood Sheriff’s Shooting Lawsuit Settled for $3.3M

As a result of the tragic fatal shooting of a 31-year-old man in front of his Lakewood home back in 2015, the Board of Supervisors voted to pay $3.3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the man’s family. At the moment, few details about the incident have been released to the public, though according to documents, “the deputies claim their actions were reasonable under the circumstances.” Additionally, according to documents, the settlement was agreed to “based on the risks and uncertainties of litigation.”


Rosebud Restaurants Agrees To Pay $1.9M Settlement In Discrimination Case

Discrimination has been in the news a lot lately, and restaurants aren’t immune. Just recently Rosebud Restaurants agreed to pay $1.9 million “and establish a program to hire African-Americans” as part of a settlement agreement. The settlement itself is the result of a 4-year federal lawsuit “that charged the Chicago-based restaurant chain with discriminating against some black job applicants.”


Mentally Ill Woman Awarded $30K Settlement After Being Dragged Down Courthouse Hallway

A case involving a mentally ill woman and the Broward Sheriff’s Office was recently settled for $30,000. The case itself began when the mentally ill woman, Dasyl Rios, was “dragged across a courthouse hallway by a Broward sheriff’s detention deputy” back in early 2015. The horrible incident sparked national headlines at the time, and was made more horrible when cellphone footage was released showing Rios being “dragged by the shackles around her ankles by Christopher Johnson, a detention deputy.” On the video, she was heard screaming, “You’re hurting me!”


Kroger Co. Recalls Dessert Cups Sold In 17 States

In addition to its recent Simple Truth dry roasted macadamia nut recall amid listeria concerns, Kroger Co. has now issued a widespread recall of “a certain food item because it could pose a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction in some consumers.”


CPSC Recalls Douglas Plush Toys

Yet another recall notice has been issued due to a potential choking hazard, this time involving Douglas Plush Toys, a popular children’s toy. So far the recall notice includes about 25,000 of the toys, according to the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission. More specifically, the recall includes three different versions of the plush toy, including Chewie the English Bulldog, Oliver the Bear and Charlotte the Fox “sold at specialty toy and gift stores nationwide from July 2014 to April 2017.” The toys have also been distributed “by United Healthcare Children’s Foundation to individuals and organizations.”


The Kroger Co. Recalls Macadamia Nuts Amid Listeria Concerns

Fans of Simple Truth macadamia nuts are in for a shortage for the time being, at least in three states. Recently The Kroger Co. issued a recall of their Simple Truth brand macadamia nuts from a number of different retailers over concerns that they may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.


Florida Woman Asked To Post Bond In Trump University Lawsuit

There have been new developments in the Trump University lawsuit. In response to Sherri B. Simpson, “who is appealing the [approved] settlement,” attorney’s “representing thousands of class members in the lawsuits” are now asking Simpson to “post a $220,833 bond.” The reason for the bond is to “protect the class members against the risk of non-payment should” Simpson lose her appeal, and will also cover things like “court, attorney, administrative and class-servicing costs,” according to a motion filed by attorney Rachel Jensen.


Settlement Reached Between Shaun White and Female Drummer

After being sued and accused of sexual harassment and breach of contract, Shaun White has finally reached a settlement with his accuser. Who accused him of such charges? Turns out it was the former drummer of his rock band, Lena Zawaideh. According to the lawsuit, Zawaideh was the “only female member of Bad Things, a young electronic rock band founded by White, 30, who also performed as the band’s guitarist.” So far the settlement terms haven’t been disclosed.


Recall Issued for Popular Graco Car Seats

Graco Children’s Products Inc. just issued a recall of nearly 25,000 car seats. Why? Well, according to a release issued by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), “the webbing that holds a child in place may not adequately restrain the child in an accident.”