(Chris Rief aka Spodie Odie)

Veterinarians Warning Pet Owners In Midwest Over Canine Flu Outbreak That’s Sickened Hundreds Of Dogs

While we humans dread the arrival of flu season every year, we aren’t the only ones who can get sick by coming into close contact with the fellow members of our species. Veterinarians in the Midwest are warning pet owners over a recent canine flu outbreak, telling them to keep sick pooches away from clinic waiting rooms filled with their furry brethren. [More]

GM Won’t Face Ignition Defect Lawsuits, Thanks To 2009 Bankruptcy

GM Won’t Face Ignition Defect Lawsuits, Thanks To 2009 Bankruptcy

The same process that allowed a bankrupt General Motors to work its way back (with the help of several billion dollars from taxpayers) to being a viable business is, six years later, helping to shield the company from potentially billions of dollars in damages from class action fraud lawsuits involving the long-ignored ignition defect that claimed the lives of at least 84 people. [More]

(Louis Abate)

GM Says 70% Of Vehicles Recalled For Deadly Ignition Switch Defect Fixed

Six months after General Motors began coaxing consumers to fix their recalled vehicles with a social media campaign and the promise of $25 gift cards, the car manufacture says that about 70% of the 2.4 million vehicles recalled for a deadly ignition switch defect have been fixed. [More]

(Scott Nesham)

NHTSA Head Considers Reopening Investigation Into Fiery Jeep Crashes Tied To 75 Deaths

Following a week in which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed two investigations without finding a defect or ordering a recall, the agency appears to be poised to reopen a probe into older Jeeps involved in fiery rear-end crashes. [More]

(Renee Rendler-Kaplan)

DEA Sued Over Secret Mass Surveillance Of Phone Calls

The backlash against the federal government’s surveillance programs continues. This time, the folks at Human Rights Watch have filed suit against the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, alleging that the DEA’s bulk collection of data related to certain phone calls made by the organization runs afoul of basic protections afforded by the Constitution. [More]

AT&T To Pay $25M To Settle FCC Investigation Into Call Center ID Theft

AT&T To Pay $25M To Settle FCC Investigation Into Call Center ID Theft

FCC investigators have found that AT&T call center employees in Mexico, Colombia, and the Philippines illegally accessed and sold personal data — including names and (mostly partial) Social Security numbers — for around 280,000 customers. Thus, the telecom giant has agreed to settle with the Federal Communications Commission for $25 million, the Commission’s largest privacy and data security enforcement ever (at least until the next mammoth, inevitable cock-up). [More]

(Lisa Pisa)

Jury Orders Chrysler To Pay $150M After Jeep Fire Kills Four-Year-Old

Two years after Chrysler reluctantly recalled millions of Jeeps that could catch fire after being rear-ended the company has been ordered to pay $150 million to the family of a four-year-old boy who was killed in one of hundreds of related accidents. [More]

(afagen)

Woman Suing Spirit Airlines Over Husband’s Death Claims Flight Attendants Weren’t Trained Properly

A woman whose husband died after having a medical crisis onboard a Spirit Airlines flight has filed a lawsuit against the airline and two of its flight attendants, claiming the airline was negligent in its training of staff. [More]

AT&T Fails At Getting FTC’s Throttling Lawsuit Dismissed

AT&T Fails At Getting FTC’s Throttling Lawsuit Dismissed

Back in October, the Federal Trade Commission sued AT&T’s wireless division for allegedly misleading customers by charging for “unlimited” plans but then reducing data speeds after users passed certain monthly thresholds. AT&T subsequently asked the court to dismiss the case, arguing that the FTC lacks the authority to bring this type of lawsuit. Yesterday, a federal judge disagreed and sided against AT&T. [More]

The Dodge Brothers Weren’t Ford Employees; Died Long Before The Challenger & Charger Were Made

The Dodge Brothers Weren’t Ford Employees; Died Long Before The Challenger & Charger Were Made

In a series of recent ads exploring the creation and evolution of Dodge and its famous Challenger and Charger models, the car maker harkens all the way back to its origins as the Dodge Brothers Company to evoke a sense of spirit and competitiveness. While these commercials are successful in eliciting the desired emotional response, the company isn’t quite telling the truth about John and Horace Dodge and their role in creating these popular muscle cars. [More]

(kreezzalee)

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]

(nvaine)

Family Suing Publix Claims Boy Allergic To Nuts Died After Eating Cookie Worker Said Was Safe

The family of an 11-year-old boy allergic to nuts who died in June 2014 is suing Publix, claiming that his death was caused by a severe allergic reaction after eating a cookie a grocery store worker allegedly deemed safe. [More]

GM Ignition Recall Death Toll Rises To 74

GM Ignition Recall Death Toll Rises To 74

Not even a year ago, General Motors was hesitant to confirm that 13 deaths had been tied to a long-ignored ignition switch defect in the Chevy Cobalt, Saturn Ion and other vehicles. Now the carmaker is acknowledging that many times that number of people were killed as a result of their negligence, with the latest death toll rising to 74. [More]

Honda Expands Takata Airbag Recall… Again

Honda Expands Takata Airbag Recall… Again

While five major car manufactures have recalled millions of vehicles with Takata-produced airbags in the last year, Honda has by far been the most affected. And today, the car company continued to distance itself from other automakers by recalling more than 100,000 additional vehicles that may contain the airbags known to spew pieces of shrapnel at drivers and passengers upon deployment. [More]

(paul bica)

Lawsuit That Brought GM Ignition Switch Defect To Light Settled For Second Time

The lawsuit filed by the family of a Georgia woman who died in a 2010 car accident that spurred the recall of 2.5 million General Motors vehicles with faulty ignition switches has been settled out of court. [More]

Dog Dies During Petsmart Grooming, Owners Want Justice

Dog Dies During Petsmart Grooming, Owners Want Justice

A family in Indiana brought their bulldog, Bubba, to the local Petsmart grooming salon for a nail trim, and the pup never came home. What happened? It’s not really clear, but it appears that the dog collapsed and vomited, leaving him unable to breathe. Now the family is upset and wants justice for their pet, but what does “justice” in this case mean? [More]

(frankieleon)

Honda Starting New Campaign Urging Consumers To Repair Recalled Vehicles

After recalling 6.2 million vehicles for a Takata airbag defect that can spew pieces of shrapnel at passengers and drivers, Honda now plans to launch a multi-million dollar campaign urging consumers to take those recalled vehicles to a dealer for much-needed repairs. [More]

(David Transier)

American Airlines Refused To Refund Ticket After Fourth-Grader’s Death

Following the death of their young daughter, an Illinois family couldn’t bear the thought of following through with a long-planned spring break trip, so they asked American Airlines to refund the ticket purchased in their daughter’s name. While airlines have varying policies regarding refunds and deaths, the family says they were shocked when the airline refused the refund. [More]