Portable butane stoves are a great convenience, making it possible for campers and others without access to a fixed stove to cook meals. While they are available for as little as ten or fifteen dollars, unfortunately these convenient portable stoves and butane burners can cause severe burn injuries and can even explode.
The Best Lawyers in America, a legal peer-review publication, has announced its 2015 listing of outstanding attorneys and leading lawyers. Based on over 5.5 million evaluations of legal professionals, the publication's 21st edition includes 52,488 attorneys in 137 practice areas across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
This summer, automotive and product design safety company, Safety Research & Strategies, filed suit against the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), seeking the public release of documents in the case of United States ex rel. Harman v. Trinity Industries. The whistleblower lawsuit alleges guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries defrauded the government. The Wall Street Journal reports court records remain inaccessible.
Abuses by private correctional service contractors of non-violent probationers is a growing problem, according to numerous media reports. These probationers have typically committed low-level offenses, such as failing to pay traffic tickets, driving without proof of insurance, shoplifting, or public drunkenness.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Incident Reporting System, "from 2008 to 2010, an estimated 194,000 highway vehicle fires occurred in the United States each year resulting in an average of approximately 300 deaths, 1,250 injuries and $1.1 billion in property loss."
Whistleblowers continue to play a key role in ending fraudulent practices throughout the United States. A recent survey published by the National Whistleblower Center and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that 43% of corporate fraud was uncovered by whistleblowing related activities. When government funds are involved, whistleblowers play a critical role in protecting taxpayers. And, as the survey noted, the companies themselves are also better off in the long run by rooting out these bad practices.
Hospice care is intended to be a holistic way for terminally ill people to end their lives in a dignified manner in the comfort of their own homes. For many years, small nonprofit organizations were the main providers for this type of healthcare. More recently, hospice care has become a multimillion dollar industry dominated by large for-profit corporations.
A surge of capital from the nation's largest banks and private equity firms and loosening of credit standards is creating a subprime lending boom, this time for the auto industry. The New York Times reports that while the shift from home loans to car loans has boosted automotive sales, in many cases car dealers have taken advantage of consumers with low credit scores by engaging in false and misleading business practices. Subprime auto loans have been at its highest since 2006 with a 130 percent increase in the last five years.
Johnson & Johnson ("J&J") is asking doctors to return its laparoscopic power morcellators, controversial surgical devices that may inadvertently spread cancer in women being treated for uterine growths called fibroids. The company's Ethicon unit in April suspended sales and distribution of the devices while their role in treating symptomatic fibroid disease is reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration and the medical community. In April 2014, the FDA advised doctors not to use the devices, pending further review. J&J is now taking the further step of reaching out to customers to ask them to return the devices they have already bought in what it is calling "a worldwide market withdrawal" of all Ethicon morcellation devices that remain on the market.