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TALCUM POWDER LAWSUIT, OVARIAN CANCER AND ASBESTOS: THE LEGAL BATTLE RAGES

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Thousands of women and their families have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and other talcum powder makers, claiming that using the product led to the development of ovarian cancer. Although the industry has strongly contested such claims, some researchers believe there’s a strong scientific basis for such a link. Questions about the purity of the talc, the possibility of contamination with asbestos, and other concerns have also played a part in the litigation, which has resulted in some sizable plaintiff verdicts — and more questions about just how “healing” consumers’ experience with talc has been...

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SELF-DRIVING CARS: ARE WE THERE YET?

Some day, and perhaps sooner than we realize, the software in our cars may become so sophisticated, flawless, and easy to use that the morning commute to work will be truly stress-free, accident-free, and even hands-free. But recent reports of setbacks for cars that “drive themselves,” to one degree or another, indicate that motorists still have a long way to go before they can turn over the wheel to a truly autonomous driving system...

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PATIENT BEWARE: THE DANGERS OF OFF-LABEL DRUG USE

In the megahit movie Black Panther, much of the plot revolves around the struggle to control the world’s supply of vibranium, an incredibly rare and versatile substance that’s the secret to the Black Panther’s powers. Vibranium is strong enough to cut through any metal, yet also can absorb sound and serve as body armor; in herb form, it can heal the mortally wounded and endow the user with superhuman strength and agility...

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Can Drug Companies Be Held Accountable For The Opioid Crisis?

Across America, communities large and small are grappling with a drug problem like nothing the nation has ever seen before. The opioid epidemic has devastated families reeling from the impacts of addiction, overwhelmed first responders scrambling to save lives from overdoses, and prompted government officials to launch investigations into the role prescription painkillers have played in triggering a public health crisis...

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TAKATA AIRBAGS: THE SCANDAL BEHIND THE BIGGEST AUTO RECALL EVER

In the annals of corporate misconduct, few schemes can compare in sheer magnitude to the one that led to the downfall of the Japanese auto parts supplier Takata. Over more than a decade, the company sold a dangerously defective product to auto makers around the world. And when reports of the problem began to surface, Takata executives engaged in a lengthy cover-up, despite increasing reports of injuries and deaths linked to malfunctioning Takata airbags...

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THE EQUIFAX BREACH: IS YOUR DATA SAFE?

Imagine, for a moment, that you’re the president of a bank. A very big bank. A bank entrusted with guarding the precious valuables of millions of customers. One day law enforcement warns you that your alarm system has a glitch that needs to be fixed. You pass the message on to members of your security team, who assure you that they’re on top of the problem. But a few months later, you get some distressing news. For at least the past ten weeks, a back door to the bank has been left unlocked every night, and the vault has been...

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ST. JUDE DEFIBRILLATOR: BATTERY DEFECT LEADS TO MASSIVE RECALL

As a digital society, we take a lot for granted in the technology that we use every day. We expect the local power company to provide us with heat and light without interruption; we expect our cars, our computers and our cell phones to work flawlessly — until the day they don’t. But certain system failures are a lot more serious than others. In some cases, the premature failure of a power source can be literally a matter of life and death. Hundreds of thousands of people who rely on medical devices implanted in their chests to help regulate their...

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Wells Fargo Auto Loans Debacle: Corporate Culture Gone Wrong?

Executives at Wells Fargo have done a lot of apologizing lately. A series of missteps by the company over the past two years has resulted in a flood of customer complaints, harsh criticism from lawmakers, and rebukes from regulators over alleged “widespread consumer abuses.” The situation has also prompted considerable head-scratching and commentary from business journalists and other observers trying to figure out “what went wrong” inside one of the world’s biggest banks. Explaining the misfires at Wells Fargo isn’t easy. The company was fined $185 million by federal banking regulators for creating millions of bank and credit card accounts...

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NEW HOME BUYERS BATTLE FORMALDEHYDE PROBLEM FROM WEYERHAEUSER JOISTS

For many Americans, there’s no prouder moment than the day they move into their newly constructed dream home. Unfortunately, for some house buyers in Colorado and several other states, that dream has turned into a nightmare — and something they once took for granted, the prospect of feeling safe and healthy in their own domicile, has become a burning issue. Also a wheezing, eye-watering, coughing, throat-irritating issue. The source of their complaints has to do with floor joists manufactured by the Weyerhaeuser Company. The joists are coated with a formaldehyde-based resin, which was intended to aid in fire prevention. But buyers say...

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