Health/Food Posts Tagged as 'Court'
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United Airlines mishandled listeria contamination, endangering travelers, lawsuits claim
United Airlines failed to address critical food safety issues at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, endangered passengers and retaliated against employees for speaking up, three high-level managers who worked in its catering division allege in lawsuits filed last month.
United Airlines did not address persistent maintenance issues at its catering facility at Newark airport, which allowed the spread of several strains of the bacteria listeria, including the potentially deadly Listeria monocytogenes, the lawsuits say. Further, once the listeria was discovered, they say, United didn't act aggressively to contain it.
LaCroix ingredients: Lawsuit alleges "all natural" claim is false
LaCroix sparkling water is facing a lawsuit alleging its claims of "all natural" and "100 percent natural" are misleading because of artificial ingredients.
"Testing reveals that LaCroix contains a number of artificial ingredients, including linalool, which is used in cockroach insecticide," claims a statement from Beaumont Costales, a law firm representing plaintiff Lenora Rice.
The lawsuit claims LaCroix and its parent company, National Beverage, are aware of the synthetic chemicals in the sparkling water, yet are "intentionally misleading consumers," according to CBS Philly.
A Man Says His DNA Test Proves He’s Black, and He’s Suing
In 2014, Ralph Taylor applied to have his insurance company in Washington State certified as a “disadvantaged business enterprise.” The DBE program at the U.S. Department of Transportation was originally designed to help minority- and woman-owned businesses win government contracts. So as proof of his minority status, Taylor submitted the results of a DNA test, estimating his ancestry to be 90 percent European, 6 percent indigenous American, and 4 percent sub-Saharan African.
Government officials reviewing Taylor’s application were not convinced. They saw that he looked white. They noted that he was unable to directly document any nonwhite ancestors. They doubted the underlying validity of the DNA test. And, most relevant to the purpose of the program, they found “little to no persuasive evidence that Mr. Taylor has personally suffered social and economic disadvantage by virtue of being a Black American.” They refused to certify his company. So Taylor decided to sue—out of principle, he says, because other business owners who look white have won DBE certification before. The Seattle Times first reported on the case in detail last week.
How one California county is criminalizing bad grades
A new lawsuit claims that a program meant to provide mentorship and guidance for students in Riverside County, California, is actually funneling them into the criminal justice system and violating their constitutional rights.
On July 1, the American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of four plaintiffs, filed a federal lawsuit against Riverside County, as well as two leaders of the county’s probation department, over the Youth Accountability Team program. The program, run by the Riverside County Probation Department, counsels local “at risk” youth and administers a six-month supervision period, intended to divert them from criminal activity.
But the lawsuit alleges that the program, aimed at 12- to 17-year-old students “purportedly displaying pre-delinquent and delinquent behavior,” fails to adequately inform families why students, who are closely monitored and are subject to searches, are put on what amounts to a less formal form of criminal probation beyond any punishment they would face in school. Often, the probationary period would be prompted by actions that aren’t actual crimes, like talking back to teachers, earning poor grades, being late to class, or “pulling the race card.”
Papa John's founder 'isn't going quietly,' lawyer says — Schnatter just dragged Kanye West into fight with the board
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Papa John's founder John Schnatter is "not going quietly," according to his lawyer Patricia Glaser.
And he didn't want to work with singer Kanye West, he said in a letter sent to the board of directors Saturday.
Schnatter doubled down on claims he made during a television interview Friday in which he said media consultant Laundry Service tried to blackmail the pizza chain for $6 million to keep quiet about his use of the N-word during a May conference call.
Brazilian model sues Palm Desert hotel over bed bug bites
A Brazilian model is suing Palm Desert Embassy Suites, a Hilton hotel, claiming she was "massacred" by bed bugs during a stay in one of their hotel rooms two years ago.
In a lawsuit filed in Riverside County Superior Court, Sabrina Jales St. Pierre says a severe reaction to the bites affected her ability to model and caused her pain, discomfort and emotional distress.
Family can sue Walgreens over woman's death after insurance denial, court says
Does a pharmacy have an obligation to help a patient be sure that insurance will cover a prescription? That's the question at the heart of a landmark case that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Thursday.
Yarushka Rivera, 19, of Lowell had epilepsy and took a drug called Topamax to manage her life-threatening seizures. Her insurer, MassHealth, covered the drug, and the family was able to pick it up from their local Walgreens until June 2009 without any trouble.
A month later, after Rivera turned 19, MassHealth wouldn't cover the cost of the drug without a doctor's pre-authorization for insurance coverage. The pharmacy told the family about the requirement and said they would have to pay $399.99 out of pocket for the crucial medication -- money they did not have, according to court documents.
Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna Gaines broke EPA’s lead paint rules. They were fined $40,000.
The popular HGTV reality TV show Fixer Upper just got its wrist slapped by the Environmental Protection Agency for breaking lead paint rules.
It turns out that renovations Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines did on older homes in several seasons of the show “did not depict the lead-safe work practices” and violated rules on toxic substances and lead paint, the agency said. The parent company of Fixer Upper, Magnolia Waco Properties LLC, reached a settlement with the EPA on Tuesday.
The company will pay a civil penalty of $40,000 and spend $160,000 to clean up lead contamination in the Waco, Texas, community.
Doctor sued after video of operating room dancing
Dr. Windell Boutte is facing several malpractice lawsuits after posting a series of videos showing her dancing in the operating room while performing surgery on patients.
Judge rebuked after offering reduced jail time in exchange for vasectomies
The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct has publicly reprimanded a judge who had offered reduced jail time to inmates who agreed to get long-term birth control procedures.
Judge Sam Benningfield had offered a 30-day jail credit to female inmates who received a free Nexplanon implant, which provides up to three years of continuous birth control, and to male inmates who received a vasectomy, according to the board's letter.
Benningfield, a White County General Sessions judge, signed the standing order on May 15 enforcing the program.
"I hope to encourage them to take personal responsibility and give them a chance, when they do get out, not to be burdened with children," Benningfield told CNN affiliate WTVF at the time. "This gives them a chance to get on their feet and make something of themselves."
Apple, Starbucks And Others Petition SCOTUS To Ban LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination
Some of the biggest names in corporate America have come together to urge the Supreme Court of the United States to end employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Seventy-six different businesses, scholars and LGBTQ rights organizations have organized around Lambda Legal, a nonprofit advocacy organization, to pressure SCOTUS into addressing whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act applies in cases involving discrimination against individuals based on their sexual identity.
New Class-Action Lawsuit Accuses Chefs of No-Tipping 'Conspiracy'
The no-tipping movement has always faced some backlash—but now it's facing a lawsuit.
According to Law360, a class-action lawsuit filed in California on Friday is targeting several big-name restaurants in New York and the Bay Area. Among the defendants are no-tipping advocates Danny Meyer and Momofuku's David Chang, who are considered pioneers in the movement to raise fixed, hourly wages, rather than making servers rely on tips for a living wage. The complaint alleges that restaurant owners are holding secret meetings and eliminating tips for the sole purpose of raising prices as part of a vast anti-competitive conspiracy.
Food and Wine
Coffee In California Might Soon Come With A Cancer Warning
A lawsuit is underway in the state of California that might force coffee retailers such as Starbucks, Seattle’s Best and Dunkin’ Donuts to add a cancer warning label to their coffees.
The nonprofit organization Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) has brought this suit to court. It’s an effort they began back in 2010 against 90 different companies in California, claiming these companies failed to follow a state law ? Proposition 65 ? that requires a warning for the presence of hazardous chemicals to the residents of California. The hazardous chemical in question is acrylamide, a known carcinogen, which is produced in small amounts during the coffee-roasting process.
This may come as a surprise to many who drink coffee regularly and relish in the fact that the caffeine-rich drink is so often touted for its health benefits.
California might ban internal combustion engines to meet emissions targets
What Is Devocalization? Oregon Court Asks Couple To Surgically ‘Debark’ Dogs
An Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday ordered a couple to surgically remove their pet dogs’ vocal cords through a procedure known as “debarking” or “devocalization.” The court ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by the couple’s neighbors who said the pets’ “incessant barking” had been annoying them for more than a decade.
The court said the couple had not done enough to quiet their pets and devocalization had become necessary. The medical term used for the devocalization procedure is “ventriculocordectomy.” The surgery is performed for non-therapeutic purposes when the pet owners choose to get it done. The goal in such cases is to minimize, muffle or eliminate dog barking or cat meowing.
International Business Times
Aetna Faces a Class-Action Lawsuit After Accidentally Outing 12,000 Patients on HIV Meds
The health insurance company Aetna has just had a class-action lawsuit filed against it after accidentally outing approximately 12,000 American patients taking HIV medications. On July 28, Aetna mailed information about HIV meds and pharmacy benefits in envelopes with see-through plastic windows, allowing anyone to see mentions of HIV medication below each patient’s full name and address.
Considering the high levels of anti-HIV stigma in society, the affected customers are suing after having sensitive information about their sexual health involuntarily displayed to their mail handlers and any other neighbors, friends or family who saw the letters.
The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, the Legal Action Center and the law-firm Berger & Montague P.C. have filed a lawsuit against Aetna on behalf of affected patients. The lawsuit’s lead plaintiff is a 52-year-old man in Bucks County, Pennsylvania whose sister learned about his HIV meds through the Aetna letter.
Although he is HIV-negative and taking medications to help protect against HIV, his pseudonym in the lawsuit is Andrew Beckett, the name of Tom Hanks’ HIV-positive character in the 1993 AIDS drama Philadelphia. In the film, Beckett is a lawyer who filed a wrongful termination lawsuit during the height of the 1980s AIDS epidemic.