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October 2019

Johnson & Johnson to pay $117 million for deceptive marketing relating to vaginal mesh

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay nearly $117 million for the deceptive marketing of transvaginal surgical mesh devices. An investigation found the company misrepresented the safety and effectiveness of the mesh and failed to disclose the risks of its use. Read more →


At AutoNation, 1 in 9 used cars have unrepaired safety recalls, consumer groups say

AutoNation, America’s largest auto retailer, is selling used vehicles with unrepaired safety recalls including explosive Takata airbags, faulty GM ignition switches, and defects with no fix available. A report found that one in nine cars have unrepaired defects. Read more →


Bloggers getting chilly as October unfolds

It’s that time of year. The weather’s getting cold and the “chills” of Halloween are looming on the horizon. Bloggers are writing about health concerns, useless information on the internet, failure as a learning tool, and how we became a “Lord of the Flies” society. Read more →


Belmont four-drawer dressers are being recalled by Ridgewood due to tip-over and entrapment hazard

Ridgewood is recalling about 1 million Belmont four-drawer dressers. The recalled dressers are unstable and can tip over if they aren’t anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death or injuries to children. Read more →


What to look for in Columbus Day-Indigenous Peoples Day sales

Before Black Friday, Indigenous Peoples Day and Columbus Day sales are occurring, and some of them are worth shopping. However, the last couple of years, DealNews, a comparison shopping website, has seen a downturn in Columbus Day-Indigenous Peoples Day sales. Read more →


USDA rule speeding up pork lines and reducing inspectors should be set aside, consumer group and union argue

The USDA’s rule lifting the lid on line speeds and reducing the number of government safety inspectors by 40 percent at pork slaughter and processing plants should be set aside, lawyers from Public Citizen and United Food and Commercial Workers said in a lawsuit. Read more →


Researchers who say red meat isn’t that harmful after all are wrong

Public health officials for years have urged Americans to limit consumption of red and processed meats because of concerns that they’re linked to heart disease and cancer. However, a group of researchers said that advice isn’t backed by reliable scientific evidence. Read more →