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KRISTOF: Contaminating Our Bodies With Everyday Products

two major medical organizations have issued independent warnings about toxic chemicals in products... “There are almost endless parallels with the tobacco industry,”... The chemical lobby spent the equivalent of $121,000 per member of Congress last year,
New York Times
added Nov 29, 2015 04:19

Michigan medical marijuana patients can't smoke in parked cars at public places, court rules

"The lot remains a public place and the fact that a person in a vehicle occupies a place that can be characterized as private in some limited sense does not alter the fact that the person is at the same time located in a public place," the judges wrote i
Michigan Live
added Nov 27, 2015 09:48

[UK] Osborne injects £3.8bn to help reduce financial pressure on NHS

George Osborne will hand the NHS in England an urgent £3.8bn increase in funding to help it contend with the pressures caused by staff shortages, an ageing population and growing health demands.
The Guardian (uk)
added Nov 24, 2015 15:27

FDA nominee faces questions about drug industry ties

President Obama’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration defended his past ties to the pharmaceutical industry on Tuesday, saying that drug company dollars never influenced the outcome of his academic research and vowing to maintain the agency’s
The Washington Post
added Nov 18, 2015 15:37

LETTER: Corporate Takeover of Marijuana

We hope you will reconsider your position. The United States can address troubling inequities in incarceration and arrests without creating a legal marijuana industry that, like tobacco, will prey on marginalized communities and children for profit.
New York Times
added Nov 18, 2015 15:16

[District of Columbia] DC Circ. Leaves Commercial Speech Law In A Mess ($$)

Nat’l Ass’n of Mfrs. v. NLRB, 717 F.3d 947, 959 n.18 (D.C. Cir.2013); R.J...
added Nov 17, 2015 22:39

UPDATE 1-Obama nominee to lead FDA defends drug industry ties (Adds background)

President Barack Obama's nominee to head the U.S. Food and Drug Administration defended his ties to the pharmaceutical industry on Tuesday during a Senate committee hearing that included questions on soaring drug prices. Presidential candidate Bernie San
added Nov 17, 2015 22:43

AUDIO: 'Very Similar, if Not Identical'

Eubanks, who is now in private practice after successfully carrying out the largest civil (RICO) enforcement case ever filed, explains the currently known parallels between her case against Big Tobacco and the quickly mounting evidence against Big Oil whi
Sputnik (ru)
added Nov 14, 2015 02:17

DENNISTON: Argument preview: New woe for class-action lawsuits?

latest class-action dispute, Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo. The core of the disagreement is whether everyone joined in the suing class must prove, individually, that he was harmed by the claimed misconduct that is the common target.
added Nov 8, 2015 14:22
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JENKINS: In Exxon War, Bamboozled by Greenies

Maybe the tobacco analogy is apt after all. Recall that the result of government lawsuits wasn’t to ban tobacco use but to make government (and organized crime) the main beneficiary of tobacco revenues.
The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition
added Nov 7, 2015 15:42
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