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Human rights and consumer protection lawyer advocating to put people before profits. Legal updates and blog posts. Attorney Advertising.
Human rights and consumer protection lawyer advocating to put people before profits. Legal updates and blog posts. Attorney Advertising.
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The defendants include 3M Co., which used perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, in fire retardant as well as its popular Scotchgard fabric protectant. In February, the company paid $850 million to settle a similar lawsuit in Minnesota, where state officials claimed the chemicals were dumped at sites near Minneapolis for more than 40 years, poisoning wildlife and drinking water.
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At issue is a rule stemming from two, decades-old Supreme Court cases: If a business is shipping to a state where it doesn't have an office, warehouse or other physical presence, it doesn't have to collect the state's sales tax.
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“Why does the for-profit sector generate these terrible outcomes? That is very simple,” Nassirian says. “Because terrible outcomes are very profitable, and there are no adverse consequences visited upon corporations that generate absolutely abysmal consequences, for both students and the taxpayers — and yet continue to be in good standing to victimize new cohorts of people, basically with impunity.”
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Adtalem Global Education in December unloaded DeVry University by transferring ownership of the struggling school at no cost to a small for-profit education company in California. The move came a year after DeVry agreed to a $100 million settlement to resolve a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit alleging the school misled students through deceptive ads.
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Deposits of talc, one of the Earth's softest minerals, are often located near deposits of the minerals that constitute asbestos, and studies have shown the risk of cross-contamination during mining. Johnson & Johnson said its talc products do not contain asbestos, which, it noted, has been a legal requirement since the 1970s.
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City of San Diego Sued for Violating Taxpayer-Protective Prop. 218 Click here to listen to the KOGO interview https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WuwE2GQoNYjC7ZSr7YytaxJUBltcs9I5 and here to read a copy of the complaint.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NraIJGFh9yNB__McgnuW3DMa11k6A0bP Thank you Carl DeMaio for the opportunity to talk with you on KOGO about the San Diego Sewer class action lawsuit we filed on behalf of Miller Marks, a San Diego resident and sewer customer, alleging San Diego's Public Utility Department violated Proposition 218 when it ignored the findings of the Independent Rate
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The suit is a class action filed by San Diego-based attorney Paul Neuharth Jr. and Seattle-based attorney Robert Teel on behalf of Miller Marks, a San Diego resident and sewer customer. It alleges the department is mixing two pots of money that are supposed be separated to find the $67 million needed to install the meters.
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The lawsuit was brought under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, passed by voters in 1986. It allows private citizens, advocacy groups and attorneys to sue on behalf of the state and collect a portion of civil penalties. The law has been credited with reducing chemicals that cause cancer and birth defects, such as lead in hair dyes, mercury in nasal sprays and arsenic in bottled water. But it's also been widely criticized for abuses by lawyers shaking down businesses for quick settlements.
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NBC 7 Responds has been looking into who installed the AMI-ready meters and if those employees were properly trained. According to water meter repair and replacement data obtained by NBC 7 Responds, dozens of meters were actually installed backward, where crews had to be called back out to the home to fix the problem. “You can have the best system but unless it’s installed properly, it can cause you an unbelievable amount of problems,” Kelly said.
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The lawsuit claims that the city's ordinance tried to prevent the facility from expanding because of political objections to President Donald Trump's immigration policies.
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