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FDA To Grill Walgreens Over ‘Disturbing’ Vape and Tobacco Violations

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is fuming over “disturbingly” high rates of vape product and tobacco sales at Walgreens drugstores and is demanding an unusual in-person meeting the company’s corporate leaders to discuss the problem. According to the FDA, Walgreens is one of the top violators in the nation when it comes to selling vape and tobacco products to underage kids in violation of federal law. Dr. Gottlieb indicated in a March 4 statement that violators like Walgreens are responsible for the soaring rates of nicotine addiction among U.S. teens and children, which have reached epidemic ... Read More

Latest Roundup trial currently underway

The first federal trial involving claims that Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup caused cancer is underway in San Francisco, and the outcome may determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits. Edwin Hardeman claims he used Roundup on his 56-acre property in Sonoma County from the 1980s until 2012. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015. He claims that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is carcinogenic and contributed to his non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis. Hardeman’s case is one of about 8,000 filed against Monsanto, and the second to be tried. His trial comes six months after a California jury awarded ... Read More

Cal/OSHA fines contractors for Twin Peaks Tunnel death

Two contractors were cited by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) for numerous safety violations during a job at the Twin Peaks Tunnel in San Francisco that led to the August 2018 death of a signal technician. Shimmick Construction Co. Inc., of Oakland, and Con-Quest Contractors Inc., of San Francisco face $65,300 in fines for violations that led to the death of Patrick Ricketts, 51. Ricketts and others working in the Twin Peaks Tunnel were reportedly under a time constraint the day Ricketts was killed. According to the report, a worker was using a rail crane to ... Read More

Wells Fargo Pays $575 Million To Settle Customer-Fraud Allegations

Wells Fargo will pay $575 million to resolve claims in all 50 states and the District of Columbia alleging the San Francisco-based bank violated consumer protection laws by opening millions of fake bank accounts for its customers. The bank also agreed to measures that will give its customers an extra level of protection by creating a customer restitution program, an announcement of the Dec. 28 agreement explained. Any Wells Fargo customers who haven’t been reimbursed through the restitution programs already in place at the bank can turn to a bank escalation team for relief. The settlement resolves claims that Wells Fargo ... Read More

California Considers Breaking Up PG&E Over Safety Concerns

California regulators said they are considering breaking up Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the state’s largest utility company, into smaller units as the company has been linked to gas pipeline explosions, massive wildfires and mismanagement. The California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) announcement came a day after state senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) called for a PG&E shakeup. Sen. Dodd, who has been a PG&E ally and wrote legislation that would help the utility pay for lawsuits filed in the wake of the 2017 wine-country wildfires, said “PG&E has demonstrated a pattern of poor management and illegal conduct that has shattered lives ... Read More

Vaping Doubled Among U.S. Teens in 2017

Vaping among high school students doubled in 2017 – the largest increase in smoking, drinking and drug use ever recorded in the U.S., a new survey by University of Michigan researchers has found. The unprecedented leap in teen vaping echoes the earlier findings of U.S. government surveys, which prompted U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to take a series of bold actions against the vaping industry – especially manufacturers who design their products and marketing with a special appeal to teens and children. More than 1.3 million high school students started vaping in 2017, according to the ... Read More

Monsanto appeals multimillion-dollar Roundup verdict

Monsanto is appealing a multimillion-dollar verdict blaming its weed killers Roundup and Ranger Pro for causing a school groundskeeper’s terminal cancer. The notice of appeal was filed in San Francisco Superior Court challenging a California jury’s unanimous decision. In the landmark trial, the jury found that DeWayne “Lee” Johnson’s regular use of Roundup and Ranger Pro while working on school campuses contributed to his non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis. The jury awarded Johnson $289 million in damages, but last month, Judge Suzanne Bolanos reduced the award to $78 million. Johnson claimed that studies showed that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and ... Read More

Judge grants expedited Roundup trial to sick, elderly couple

Alameda Superior Court Judge Ioana Petrou granted a request by an elderly couple for an expedited trial date for their case alleging Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides caused each of them to develop cancer. The judge reasoned that the serious nature of their diseases and advanced age justified moving their trial date up to March 18. Alva Pilliod, 76, and Alberta Pilliod, were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2011 and 2015, respectively. Both are currently in remission but both face several health issues. Alva, for example, has had multiple seizures and Alberta has frequent dizzy spells and double vision. ... Read More

Sick, elderly couple denied expedited Roundup trial

A California judge ruled this week that an elderly couple, each with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, were not sick enough to warrant having their case heard before other plaintiffs suing Monsanto over claims that its weed killers cause cancer. Alva, 76, and Alberta Pilliod, 74, were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2011 and 2015, respectively. They claim that they developed cancer after years of using Monsanto’s Roundup on their garden. Their attorney argued that the couple deserved an expedited trial date for fear they might relapse and their health decline due to their cancers. A joint trial was requested for January or ... Read More

FDA To Restrict Sale of Vape Flavors

Federal authorities are barring the sale of fruit- and candy-flavored vape liquids in gas stations and convenience stores next week in an effort to beat back a surge of vaping among teens and children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will still allow the sales of e-liquid – the nicotine-infused liquid that vaporizes inside a vaping device – at those retail locations, but only in tobacco, mint, and menthol flavors, The Washington Post reports. The FDA also plans to order online retailers of vaping products to implement stricter age-verification controls. The new restrictions, however, will not apply to vape shops ... Read More