Customers to Chipotle: One Burrito, Hold the E. Coli

As more customers report illness after eating at certain Chipotle restaurants in Washington and Oregon, the company is facing more than just negative publicity. One Washington customer is suing the chain for over $75,000 after her burrito bowl allegedly caused her nausea and diarrhea. Her suffering was so severe, she sought treatment at an area hospital.

GM Recalls 1.41 Million Vehicles

GM has issued a recall of over 1 million vehicles due to engine compartment fires. The vehicles are all over 10 years old and the defect has caused roughly 1,200 fires and 19 minor injuries thus far. The automaker is still developing a fix for the defect and will provide the repair at no charge when it’s available. In the meantime, GM suggests parking the vehicles, if possible.

Bart Schwartz Will Oversee GM’s Safety Efforts

The U.S. DOJ just appointed Bart Schwartz to be GM’s monitor overseeing the automaker’s safety efforts in the wake of the ignition switch scandal. The refreshing difference between this appointment and NHTSA’s appointment of Rodney Slater as FCA’s monitor is that Schwartz is actually independent. He comes to the post with no conflicts of interest.

Slater’s FCA Oversight is One Huge Conflict of Interest

NHTSA just appointed a lobbyist working for Takata airbags to oversee Fiat Chrysler’s (FCA) recall of millions of vehicles as an “independent” monitor. Four million of the FCA vehicles recalled were on the list due to defective Takata air bags, yet neither FCA nor Mark Rosekind, head of NHTSA, see a conflict of interest. Really?

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.