Sen. Patrick Leahy on Need for Transparency in Asbestos Trusts

The FACT Act imposes unacceptable reporting requirements on those seeking compensation from the asbestos trusts. Veterans, teachers and first responders all agree that it opens them up to potential identity theft. The Ranking Member of the Committee issued a press release yesterday stating his position on the matter. I give you Sen. Patrick Leahy on need for transparency in asbestos trusts.


Veterans, First Responders and Teachers: Say No to FACT Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing opposition to the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act (FACT) today. As part of that opposition, two letters were sent to the Judiciary Committee Chair, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and the committee’s Ranking Member, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The message from veterans, first responders and teachers: say no to FACT Act.


Listeria-Laden Lettuce Recall

Dole Food Company, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of several brands and types of salad products due to potential listeria contamination. This news broke earlier in the week, but yours truly only just heard it, so I’m passing it on in case there are others who haven’t heard about the listeria-laden lettuce recall.


Missing: State Vehicle Safety Law Deficiencies

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety released a report titled “Missing.” The report covers what the organization believes is a huge public health epidemic: state vehicle safety law deficiencies. Missing, in this instance not only describes the lack of laws, but also the lives lost and injuries suffered over the last ten years as a result of these deficiencies.


Amazon the First Retailer to Offer Blanket Hoverboard Refunds

Elliot F. Kaye, the Chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, issued a statement last week about hoverboards, those uber-cool but quite unsafe “toys” that have been flying off the shelves of late. Mr. Kaye’s statement gave kudos to Amazon the first retailer to offer blanket hoverboard refunds. Mr. Kaye said he was “pleased


Chipotle Norovirus Suit

Chipotle is being sued over an alleged cover up of a Norovirus outbreak in August at a Simi Valley, California restaurant. The Chipotle Norovirus suit comes on the tail of a Salmonella outbreak in Minnesota and an E. coli outbreak in Seattle. Those last two outbreaks covered 23 locations and caused illness in 69 Chipotle customers.