Despite Scandal GM Posted Better-than-expected Profits

General Motors seems to have weathered the worst of its ignition switch scandal, at least in investor’s eyes. Despite deep losses in other countries and huge fines at home, the automaker posted better-than-expected quarter three results. CEO Mary T. Barra says the company isn’t completely clear yet, though.

Whole Foods Recalls Listeria Tainted Cheese

Whole Foods Market has voluntarily recalled its Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese due to potential Listeria contamination. Listeria may serious and sometimes fatal infections in the elderly and frail, young children and those with compromised immune systems, such as chemotherapy patients and those with HIV.

Money for Nothing – Slips are Free

Harry Reid is suing an exercise band manufacturer for damages sustained when the band either “broke or slipped” from his hand. The damages are serious, including broken facial bones & ribs and the loss of vision in his right eye. If, in fact, the band broke, Reid has a great case. However, if it merely slipped from his hand, he’s suing the manufacturer for his own clumsiness, which is a waste of the court’s time.

Safety 1st Recalled 35,000 Wood Décor Highchairs Due to Fall Risks

Safety 1st recalled about 35,000 highchairs due to fall risks that could result in injuries. f you’ve purchased a Safety 1st Wood Décor highchair, you need to read this post! Safety 1st recalled 35,000 highchairs due to fall risks. The recalled highchairs are in the Wood Décor line and include the Casablanca (#HC144BZF), Gentle Lace (#HC229CZF) and Black Lace (#HC229CYG) models. The model numbers can be found printed under the highchair seat.

Tentative Agreement Reached between Fiat-Chrysler and UAW: Strike Averted

Williams’ announcement came minutes after Thursday’s midnight strike deadline, and it also comes exactly a week after UAW representatives announced that the 36,000 hourly and 4,000 salaried UAW members rejected the previous contract agreed on by the union and Fiat-Chrysler management by a sizable 65 to 35 margin. Williams said that there were changes made to this agreement from the one rejected, although he has yet to specify the differences. The deal will stave off the immediate threat of a strike, but it still must be approved both UAW local leaders and its members.

Marijuana Industry faces First Product Liability Lawsuit

There are no federal regulations on the use of pesticides on marijuana plants because it is still considered to be an illegal crop at the federal level; however Colorado authorities did release a list of approved treatments, with Eagle 20 not being on the approved list. Flores justified filing the suit by saying, “I want these companies to take a step back and look at what they are putting into their products. These warehouses are getting big and really sloppy. They are adding chemicals to make things more efficient and more potent.

CFPB to Propose Forced Arbitration Changes

The proposed regulation would not completely ban the practice in its entirety, but instead force to add a section that states that the arbitration procedures do not apply if a complaint has been certified by a judge for class-action litigation. Codrary said about the provision, “Under this proposed approach, consumers would again get their day in court to hold companies accountable for potential wrongdoing. We think that’s quite important.” The rule would also require companies to publicly post which claims have been brought to arbitration and the awards issued.

Volkswagen Internal Audit Focuses on Engineers as Lawsuits Mount over Emissions Scandal

he engines were set to be a revolutionary breakthrough, used not just for Volkswagen models, but also for the company’s premium brand Audi, and less costly offshoots Skoda and Seat, along with some light commercial vehicles. Although specifics remain sketchy, it appears that management from the engineering team instructed the use of the software, under pressure to market the “clean diesel” breakthrough. The internal audit discovered that engineers realized that the vehicles would not, at the very least, meet U.S. diesel emissions standards, which are more stringent than in Europe.

How will Gap between UAW Workers and Fiat-Chrysler be Bridged?

Although the UAW is currently regrouping its efforts, there is a real possibility that FCA employees will strike, the first in decades. Following Thursday’s announcement, union leaders met with 300 UAW shop representatives throughout the night, yielding discussions, but no tangible solution to the impasse. Williams hinted that a return to the bargaining table in the near future could be possible, saying in a statement that the union will “gather the issues; notify FCA that further discussions are needed.” Williams added, “We don’t consider this a setback; we consider the membership vote a part of the process we respect.”