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Auto Accident: Crashed Ford Fiesta due to defective transmission

Toyota announces solution to sudden acceleration problem

<p>Toyota announced last week that it has found a way to correct the potential for millions of its cars and trucks to accelerate unintentionally. The car manufacturer has been exploring feasible solutions since it announced in a safety advisory on September 29 that it would recall 3.8 million vehicles. In analyzing the problem, most of Toyota's attention was given to the driver's side floor mats, which the company says can slide forward and jam the accelerator pedal if improperly secured or mismatched. Rather than issue a recall of the floor mats, however, Toyota said it would develop a vehicle-based solution.</p>

Lady Justice

Juries award more than $103 million in Wyeth HRT cases

Connie Barton and Donna Kendall have something in common:  they stood up to one of the largest and most powerful drug companies in court – and won.  Today in Philadelphia, Penn., their verdicts against Wyeth (a division of Pfizer) over its hormone therapy drugs Premarin and Prempro were released.  In each case, the jury awarded […]

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Gardasil Researcher Drops A Bombshell

<p>Dr. Diane Harper, lead researcher in the development of two human papilloma virus vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, said the controversial drugs will do little to reduce cervical cancer rates and, even though they're being recommended for girls as young as nine, there have been no efficacy trials in children under the age of 15.</p>

Belviq Lawsuit

Dr Diane Harper, HPV vaccine developer speaks out

<p>Dr. Diane Harper, the lead researcher in human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine development and director of the University of Minnesota's Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Research Group, was expected to promote the vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix at the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination in Reston, Virginia, earlier this month. Instead of promoting the vaccines, however, Dr. Harper pulled the covers off of what appears to be a highly bogus and ethically questionable scheme concocted by Merck to have young girls mandatorily vaccinated in public schools.</p>

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Camp ASCCA Gets Wii System

The Nintendo Wii is much more than a game console for folks at the Alabama Special Camp for Children and Adults. The system, donated by Beasley Allen in Montgomery, could bring additional exercise and rehabilitation to ASCCA campers, who visit the Jackson’s Gap facility. “This gives us one more option,” said camp director Matt Rickman. […]

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A Message from the Alabama State Bar

The following letter was sent to newspapers in Alabama, asking them to help people in critical need of mortgage foreclosure assistance find the services that will help them keep their home. Dear Editor: Today’s lagging economy was brought on by a convergence of many events. Chief among them is the mortgage meltdown. Thousands of Alabamians […]

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NAF enters into consent decree with Minnesota AG following claims of consumer fraud

<p>Last week, we told you about a lawsuit filed by Minnesota's attorney general against the nation's largest arbitration company. The suit, filed July 14, 2009, in Hennepin County District Court by Attorney General Lori Swanson against the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) of Minnesota, alleged "consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices, and false advertising." On July 19, Swanson announced that the NAF had agreed it would no longer arbitrate any cases between consumers and businesses.</p>

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Remicade receives black box warning from FDA

<p>The makers of <b>Remicade</b>, a biologic treatment for various <b>inflammatory disorders</b> involving the immune system, have updated information on the medication to include a Boxed Warning of an <b>invasive fungal infection</b> and a <b>rare type of T-cell Lymphoma</b>. Some of the infections and diseases that resulted from use of Remicade have been <b>fatal</b>.</p>

Auto Accident: Crashed Ford Fiesta due to defective transmission

Ford memo: the smoking gun

The Ford Pinto is a car that became notoriously associated with fuel-fed crash fires in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the compact vehicle showed a propensity for catching fire when involved in even low-speed crashes. In 1977, an internal memo revealed that Ford was aware of design problems with the Pinto that made it more susceptible to crash-related fires, but that it had deemed the overall benefits of redesigning the automobile - which included preventing an average of 180 deaths each year - to be not worth the cost - an estimated $11 per automobile.

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Temporary cost cutting measures violate wage and hour laws

May 2009 — Today’s difficult economic and financial climate has many companies considering various cost-cutting measures, including layoffs, reduced workweeks, pay reductions and voluntary furloughs. These actions raise wage and hour questions that often are overlooked. The unwary employer may reduce payroll costs but wind up with a wage and hour lawsuit as a result. […]

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