(Atwater Village Newbie)

HMO Must Pay $28M For Delaying MRI That Could Have Saved Cancer Patient’s Leg

Back in 2009, a then 17-year-old woman in California visited a Kaiser Permanente office because she was experiencing strange back pain. In the months that followed, she and her mother say they repeatedly requested an MRI but Kaiser doctors would only tell her to lose weight or get acupuncture treatments. All the while, a cancerous tumor was growing that would eventually result in the surgical removal of her right leg, and parts of her pelvis and spine. Believing Kaiser could have caught the cancer earlier if it hadn’t delayed the MRI, a jury has awarded the patient $28 million in damages. [More]

(Carbon Arc)

Science Says: What A Food Sounds Like Makes A Difference In How We Experience Eating It

Though we might not think about hearing our food when we eat it the way we do when it comes to taste, smell and even sight, if you bit into a potato chip and it didn’t make a sound in your head, it’d be weird, right? A new study that looks into how the sounds our food makes when we eat it factors into the overall experience. [More]

Court Throws Out NJ Turnpike’s Lawsuit Against Pizzeria With Lookalike Logo

Court Throws Out NJ Turnpike’s Lawsuit Against Pizzeria With Lookalike Logo

Last summer, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority sued the small Florida-based Jersey Boardwalk pizzeria chain over the restaurant’s logo, which looks remarkably similar to that of the Garden State Parkway. Earlier this week, a federal court in New Jersey dismissed the suit saying that the pizza chain didn’t have enough contact with the state to allow for the Turnpike Authority to file a lawsuit there. [More]

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In A Surprise To Absolutely No One, Willie Nelson Has Plans To Sell His Own Brand Of Marijuana

It was only a matter of time: Now that recreational marijuana is legal in five U.S. States, Willie Nelson is fulfilling the silent promise his very existence made to his fans, and planning to launch his own line of weed. Please, sit down before you faint dead away from the shock. [More]

(Liz Wise)

PayPal Must Pay $7.7M For Processing Transactions In Violation Of U.S. Sanctions

Each year, PayPal processes billions of dollars in transactions. Apparently some of those payments didn’t exactly sit well with the U.S. government and now the company must pay $7.7 million for violating certain sanctions. [More]

(Clean Wal-Mart)

Survey Says: Shoppers Prefer Cosmetics With Cruelty-Free, All Natural Labels

When it comes to what we slap on our faces, a new survey says we’ve got more than just beauty on our minds when choosing which cosmetics to buy: Turns out a love for plants, animals and all things natural is the guiding force when shoppers are making decisions in the beauty aisle. [More]

(ronnyg)

Mercedes-Benz Planning To Launch Its First Pickup Truck By 2020

When you think of a Mercedes-Benz, scenes of rugged vehicles hauling heavy loads across rough terrain probably don’t come to mind… yet. That might change with the launch of Daimler’s first Mercedes-Benz pickup truck, which the company is planning to launch by 2020. [More]

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White House Acknowledges Health Risk Of Antibiotics Overuse; Critics Say It Fails To Fully Address Problem

In a new White House report on antibiotic resistance, the Obama administration acknowledges the serious public health risk posed by the over-prescription and overuse of antibiotics, and details multi-agency plans to combat the problem. However, many critics of the report say that these plans fail to close a loophole that will allow farmers to continue using medically unnecessary antibiotics on farm animals (who consume 80% of all antibiotics sold in the U.S.) primarily for the purpose of growth promotion. [More]

(DJHeini)

Amazon Reportedly In Talks To Purchase Luxury Online Retailer Net-A-Porter

Amazon appears to be on the cusp of its largest purchase ever with the potential purchase of luxury online retailer Net-a-Porter. [More]

Why Is Food That Doesn’t Contain Any Grains Labeled ‘Gluten-Free’?

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In the last few years, you may have noticed two words appearing on the front of food packages in stores and in your own cupboard. “Gluten-Free,” they brag. That’s nice, but gluten is a substance found in wheat and some other cereal grains. Why do foods that never would have included wheat in the first place boast on their labels about their lack of gluten? [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Xavier J. Peg ☠)

Here are eight of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

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Americans Losing Taste For Artificial Sweeteners, Pepsi Retakes #2 Sales Spot

Recently released data about the beverage industry tells us some interesting things. Plain old high fructose corn syrup-laden Coke is the top-selling soda in the United States, but its calorie-free cousin has to give up its silver medal: Regular Pepsi is now the #2 seller out of all fizzy non-alcoholic drinks, following an overall trend against diet sodas. [More]

(PepOmint)

Someone Stole More Than 200 Hens That Lay Pastel-Colored Eggs

Dyeing Easter eggs is a long-held family fun tradition, but it’s one that can be quite messy. That’s likely one of the reasons why the pastel-colored eggs laid by a specific type of hen have gained popularity in recent years. Now, a California farmer is wondering if his unusual eggs have become popular enough to be the target of thieves after finding 200 of his best egg-laying hens missing.  [More]

(WHJG.com)

Florida Hotel Wakes Up Spring Breakers By Blasting ‘Lion King’ Theme Every Morning

There’s more than one way to wake a slumbering college student after a night spent drinking Jell-O shots and vigorously grinding all up on each other in the sweaty ritual booze mess that is known as Spring Break, but blasting loud music from an animated Disney movie is much nicer than getting a firehose involved, I suppose. [More]

(eyetwist)

Outline For Payday Lending Rules A Good Start, But Not Enough To Fully Protect Consumers

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released the first details of long-awaited regulations governing payday loans and other small-dollar lines of credit known to thrust consumers into a devastating cycle of debt. While consumer advocates were quick to applaud the Bureau’s work, and those in the financial industry to voice displeasure with aspects of the potential rules, both groups agreed that the coming months will involve more time and effort to craft meaningful protections for both sides of the issue.  [More]

(Meneer Dijk)

Study: Alcohol Advertising Grew 400% In 40 Years — But Americans Aren’t Drinking More

Since 1971, advertisers have churned out more and more content dedicated to pushing alcohol in its various forms. But just because we might see a galloping horse promoting beer in slow motion or a fun gang carrying a cooler of malt beverages on a beach every time we turn on the TV, computer or sit staring at a subway ad, that doesn’t mean Americans are drinking more booze than we did 40 years ago, according to a new study. [More]

Walmart Would Really Rather Not Pay That $151M That Court Says It Owes Employees

Walmart Would Really Rather Not Pay That $151M That Court Says It Owes Employees

For more nearly a decade, Walmart has been fighting to avoid paying $151 million in damages to more than 187,000 current and former employees in Pennsylvania for regularly compelling them to work without proper compensation. And even though the state’s highest court recently affirmed that penalty, the retailer isn’t ready to hand over that money just yet. [More]

Leaked Contract: Amazon Makes Warehouse Workers Sign 18-Month Non-Compete Agreements

Leaked Contract: Amazon Makes Warehouse Workers Sign 18-Month Non-Compete Agreements

Amazon warehouses, even the ones powered by amazing shelf robots, depend mostly on human labor to get the stuff off the shelves and into boxes. The job doesn’t pay very much and is grueling, and also has high turnover. Oh, and employees are asked to sign 18-month non-compete contracts that ban them from working for any competitor of Amazon. [More]