Five Guys Burgers Grilled in Lawsuit

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Want fries with that?

A former Five Guys employee recently filed a lawsuit accusing the popular California chain of violating multiple labor laws. Jeremy R. Lusk, the plaintiff, accused Five Guys Burgers of failing to give him the requisite meal and rest breaks, forcing him to use a personal car without reimbursement for work-related activities, and unlawfully performing credit and background checks on current employees and potential hires, among other grievances. Read more

Missoula’s Water Fight

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Ending Missoula’s drinking problem

In the Intermountain West, water law follows the Doctrine of Prior Application, which means “First in Time, First in Right.” This doctrine has led to stiff competition for water usage, and water ownership is highly coveted. For years, water flowing through the town of Missoula, MT has been owned by Liberty Utilities. But now, after years of fighting for ownership of its water supply, Missoula is finally winning. A settlement agreement was recently approved by town council members, setting the stage for a transfer of ownership on June 22. With a successful transfer, Missoula will become the last town in Montana to own its own water system. Read more

Party Animal Dog Food Recall

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What you don’t eat can’t hurt you

The show may soon be over for Party Animal, which is the latest pet food manufacturer accused of product contamination. Party Animal is recalling several batches of its Cocolicious canned dog food amidst concerns that it contains barbiturate pentobarbital, a drug commonly used to euthanize humans and animals. Following a reported animal illness, the FDA sent samples from two Cocolicious batches for laboratory testing in Texas. The two samples tested positive for pentobarbital, prompting a national recall. The recall, issued on April 24, 2017, includes the 13 oz. Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food from Lot 0136E15204 04 (“Best by” date July 2019) and the 13 oz. Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food from Lot 0134E15 237 13 (“Best by” date August 2019). Read more

Should You Eat Your Vitamins?

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Everything in moderation…

We’ve been told since childhood to take our daily vitamins, but sometimes they do more harm than good. In March 2017, a consumer fraud class action lawsuit was filed against popular vitamin manufacturer Vitafusion for that reason. Vitafusion lists 400 mg of folacin on the label of its flavored multivitamins. However, test results show an actual amount of 1,232 mg, which exceeds the “upper tolerable intake limit” of 1,000 mg set by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Read More

Kenmore Grilled for Hazardous Products

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Fired up over defective grills

In February 2017, a class action lawsuit was brought against Sears Roebuck and Co.(Sears) for selling Kenmore-brand barbecue grills with serious safety risks.

Plaintiffs claim that the grills in question – gas powered, and made with galvanized steel fireboxes – are unfit for use. Their firebox trays have been found to prematurely age and corrode within the grills’ normal lifespan, even when used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. The resulting hazard is that the disintegrating firebox trays leave the grills’ propane tanks exposed to flames, which can produce a deadly explosion.

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