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August 2011 Archives

Every year children experience head injuries in falls from windows

Injuries to children and teens caused by falls from windows have gone down four percent in the last 19 years. Even though the numbers are going down, falls from windows still injure 5,000 kids every year in the U.S., or 14 every day. According to a recent study published in Pediatrics and discussed by CBS News, public safety advocates, and parents, see these numbers as still much too high.

Cargill facing lawsuits from those sickened by contaminated meat

Cargill is facing lawsuits from people who became ill after eating ground turkey contaminated with salmonella. On August 3, the company recalled about 36 million pounds of ground turkey. The meat recall is one of the largest in the history of the U.S. The company recalled the meat after the USDA found salmonella Heidelberg at one of its production plants. So far, more than 100 people have become ill after eating the contaminated turkey. The illnesses were reported in 30 states. One man from California has also died.

Judge says Louboutin cannot monopolize red soles on shoes

Last week, a federal judge ruled that Louboutin could not stop Yves Saint Laurent from making its own red-soled shoes. Red-soled shoes are a trademark of high-end shoe designer Christian Louboutin. When people see the red-soled shoes they think "Louboutin" and in 2008 Louboutin secured a trademark for the red soles from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Illegal cribs still being bought and sold through the Internet

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is pressuring online resale sites, like Craigslist and eBay, to stop the sales of illegal used cribs. The CPSC put new safety guidelines in place for cribs on June 28. The guidelines are meant to make cribs safer for children by making the design and materials stronger. This is meant to make the cribs last longer, considering how much they are used in real life. The cribs have been found to break down through repeated use and to cause injuries and deaths to infants using the cribs.

Google still insists robot car safe despite accident

Google's robot car was in an accident recently near the company's headquarters. It was a minor accident and no one was reported injured. The company has been testing an autonomous vehicle and has said that the cars have driven autonomously more than 160,000 miles without an accident. This most recent car accident, the company said, was caused by the human driver behind the wheel who happened to be driving the car manually at the time.

Federal officials, Cargill knew about bacteria in turkey

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Cargill announced a recall on August 3 of 36 million pounds of ground turkey that are potentially contaminated with a strain of salmonella that is resistant to many antibiotics. Ground turkey contaminated with salmonella Heidelberg has sickened 77 people and killed one person. It has come to light through a report by The Wall Street Journal that the CDC and USDA knew about the tainted turkey a year ago, but did not do anything about it until recently because of a gap in federal law.

Taco Bell sued by EEOC and man fired for refusing to cut hair

An interesting case involving alleged religious discrimination by Taco Bell is currently in litigation. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a religious discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit against Taco Bell for firing a man who refused to cut or groom his hair for religious reasons. The man is a Nazirite and followers believe that long hair shows devotion to God.

Nevada trucking company countersues Amtrak for June crash

The trucking company involved in the June 24 crash between a semi-truck and Amtrak passenger train near Reno has countersued Amtrak and Union Pacific. Amtrak earlier filed a lawsuit against the John Davis Trucking Company of Battle Mountain, Nevada, saying that the company had not adequately trained their truck driver. In the countersuit, the trucking company claims that Amtrak did not maintain safe railroad crossings with adequate warnings of oncoming trains.

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