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Car salesman killed during test drive

Car salesman killed According to media reports Wednesday, a used salesman was killed when a red Corvette crashed during a test drive in Ontario, and the prospective car buyer was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter Tuesday afternoon, police said. A fatal crash occurred about 12:45 p.m. near the CarMax at 4100 Inland Empire Blvd., Sgt. Jeff Higbee of the Ontario Police Department, reports KTLA. A 28-year-old from Union City, Alex Demetro, was driving the vehicle when the car collided with a tree, killing the 43-year-old male passenger, the salesman, Higbee said. Witnesses said the Chevrolet Corvette was being driven at a high rate...

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johnson and johnson cancer link cost company $72M

johnson and johnson cancer Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a Missouri state jury to pay $72-million (U.S.) of damages to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to her use of the company’s talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for several decades. In a verdict announced late Monday night, jurors in the circuit court of St. Louis awarded the family of Jacqueline Fox $10-million of actual damages and $62-million of punitive damages, according to the family’s lawyers and court records. The verdict is the first by a U.S. jury to award damages over the claims, the lawyers said. johnson and johnson cancer deaths avoidable? Johnson & Johnson faces claims that it, in an effort to boost sales, failed for decades to warn consumers that its talc-based products could cause cancer. About 1,000 cases have been filed in Missouri state court, and another 200 in New Jersey. Fox, who lived in Birmingham, Alabama, claimed she used Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene for more than 35 years before being diagnosed three years ago with ovarian cancer. She died in October at age 62. Jurors found Johnson & Johnson liable for fraud, negligence and conspiracy, the family’s lawyers said. Deliberations lasted four hours, following a three-week trial. Jere Beasley, a lawyer for Fox’s family, said Johnson & Johnson “knew as far...

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Mars recalling products in 55 countries

Mars recalling products Mars Inc has recalled chocolate bars and other products in 55 countries, mainly in Europe, after bits of plastic were found in a Snickers bar in Germany, the U.S. chocolate maker said on Tuesday. All of the recalled products, which include Mars, Snickers and Milky Way bars, were manufactured at a Dutch factory in Veghel, according to a Mars spokeswoman. The recall follows a Jan. 8 complaint from a consumer in Germany, she said, who found red plastic in a Snickers bar and sent it back to the company. Because Mars cannot guarantee there is no plastic in other products made at the Veghel...

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Lumber Liquidators Flooring cancer risk link

Lumber Liquidators cancer risk According to a report from the CDC, Certain types of laminate flooring made by Lumber Liquidators (LL) have a greater risk of causing cancer or other health problems than previously believed, U.S. health regulators said Monday.said Monday that people who purchased the China-made flooring are about three times more likely to get cancer than it had calculated earlier this month — a revelation that rattled investors, who sent Lumber Liquidators stock down 16.3% to $11.89 at 1:24 p.m. Last March, a report on 60 Minutes said laminate floor products made in one of the retailer’s Chinese factories had unsafe levels...

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fbi raid grapevine office in suspected Ponzi Scheme Investigation

fbi raid grapevine According to media reports Friday, Grapevine-based real estate investment firm United Development Funding (UDF) was raided by the FBI on Thursday in the wake of allegations brought against the company by a Dallas hedge fund manager who accused the company of operating a $1-billion “Ponzi-like scheme.” “Worst case scenario, they lose their money,” said Candace Carlisle with the Dallas Business Journal. The paper reports boxes believed to be filled with company documents were carried out of the building Thursday afternoon. Carlisle has followed the story from the beginning. “The allegation is that they created new real...

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