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Posted On 10/04/19

Class-action lawsuit alleges lunch payment defrauded parents in multiple states

An article published by the Washington Post on September 26, 2019 claims families are seeking damages from Heartland Payment Systems, which owns and operates MySchoolBucks, based on fraud. Heartland is accused of stealing money parents thought were going to their children's schools.  The lawsuit was filed by Florida resident Max Story in conjunction with families in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Mr. Story says Heartland misled him into believing program fees associated with the service were going to his child’s school. According to Jennifer Bennett, Story’s attorney. “It turns out that it was Heartland, itself, that was charging fees, and none of the money was going to schools.” The case filed...

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Posted On 06/06/19

Public Justice Fights For Your Right To Stop Credit Agencies From Lying About You

Article reposted with permission from Public Justice by Ellen Noble Seneca Falls Fellow On Wednesday, Public Justice, as part of our Access to Justice Campaign, filed a petition asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear a dangerous decision that makes it nearly impossible for people to hold credit reporting agencies accountable and fix damaging errors in their credit reports. Three major credit reporting agencies make billions every year selling information about consumers—and consumers deserve justice when they spread lies. But under the Ninth Circuit’s new decision, victims of such harmful lies have no standing; the Court won’t even let them through the courthouse door, much less give them a chance to prove their...

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Posted On 05/14/19

New Study Links Roundup Ingredient to Cancer

The new study released, in April 2019 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR); confirms a strong indication linking glyphosate to cancer.   The ATSDR’s findings could have a profound effect on pending litigation against Roundup manufacturer Monsanto over cancer and toxic exposure claims. The study was started in 2015, the same year the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.  Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, the world’s most widely used weed killer. In summary, the ATSDR study evaluated rodent studies and human epidemiologic research and found exposure...

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Posted On 05/13/19

Arizona Motorcycle Helmet Laws

Motorcycles are fun vehicles, but they are also inherently dangerous. A motorcyclist has virtually no protection from external crash forces, and motorcycle safety gear is crucial for preventing catastrophic injuries and death from serious accidents. Arizona’s motorcycle helmet laws exist to keep riders safe, and all riders should know these laws and make good decisions about motorcycle safety and appropriate equipment. As of now, Arizona only requires helmets for motorcycle operators and passengers under the age of 18. However, the state does require all riders to wear appropriate eye protection, such as a visor, goggles, protective glasses, or a transparent face shield unless the motorcycle has a protective windshield. The...

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Posted On 05/01/19

April Product Recalls

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) collects and reports product recall data in the United States to help consumers track potentially dangerous products. Once a manufacturer identifies a defect or dangerous issue with a consumer product, the manufacturer must take appropriate steps to resolve the issue and prevent injuries to consumers. This usually involves a recall of some kind, during which the manufacturer attempts to retrieve compromised products and offer replacements or refunds. Alternatively, the manufacturer may send consumers missing parts, instruction manuals, or other materials to resolve their products’ defects. April 2019 Product Recalls The CPSC updates the most recent recall data on a regular basis, and recently published...

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Posted On 04/29/19

How to Pick the Safest Motorcycle Helmet 2019

Not every state in the U.S. requires motorcyclists to wear helmets, but the reality is that wearing a helmet is a very wise choice for any rider in any state. Properly-fitted motorcycle helmets can dramatically reduce the chances of a fatal head injury in a crash and potentially save a rider’s life. According to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), motorcycle accidents cause about 28 times more fatalities than passenger vehicle accidents based on miles traveled. The IIHS reports that helmets can reduce the chance of a fatal head injury by up to 37% and the chance of a brain injury by up to 67%. Types of...

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