Marriott letting guests check to see if they were affected by data breach

Consumers who stayed at one of Marriott’s Starwood hotels can now check to see if their information was exposed in the massive data breachrevealed in November. The hotel chain has created an online form that enables guests to see if their data was stolen. Marriott promised to reply to form submissions “as soon as reasonably practicable and consistent … More Marriott letting guests check to see if they were affected by data breach

Alabama jury awards $152 million in Ford Explorer rollover case

The jury awarded $100 million in punitive damages and the rest in compensatory damages after finding on Friday that the 1998 Ford Explorer did not meet Ford’s own safety guidelines and that Ford “acted wantonly” in designing the vehicle, according to a court document seen by Reuters and lawyers for plaintiff Travaris “Tre” Smith. Read … More Alabama jury awards $152 million in Ford Explorer rollover case

\Washington looks to write its own rules to tackle chemical pollution in drinking water

Source: As EPA announces plan to tackle chemical pollution in drinking water, Washington looks to write its own rules Some studies link the substances to an increased risk of cancer, higher cholesterol, suppressed immune systems and problems in fetal development. The EPA regulatory process is expected to result in new federal limits to two PFAS … More \Washington looks to write its own rules to tackle chemical pollution in drinking water

J&J, U.S. states settle hip implant claims for $120 million

The states claimed J&J made misleading claims about the longevity of its metal-on-metal hip implants, with patients frequently having to undergo a revision surgery before the company’s advertised timeframe of five years. Under Tuesday’s settlement agreement, DePuy is required to maintain a post-market surveillance program and update procedures to track complaints over the hip implants, … More J&J, U.S. states settle hip implant claims for $120 million

EPA outlines plan for dealing with toxic chemicals in water

Wheeler described his agency’s approach as “the most comprehensive cross-agency plan to address an emerging chemical of concern ever undertaken by EPA.” “We are moving forward with several important actions, including the maximum contaminant level process, that will help affected communities better monitor, detect and address PFAS,” he said. The EPA also is moving toward … More EPA outlines plan for dealing with toxic chemicals in water

Americans say they have privacy concerns, but Facebook is laughing all the way to the bank

Source: Facebook is laughing all the way to the bank as Americans shrug off privacy concerns Privacy experts tell me that even as the rest of the developed world implements far-reaching measures to protect their citizens’ right to be left alone, the United States, because we just don’t give a damn, will continue allowing corporations … More Americans say they have privacy concerns, but Facebook is laughing all the way to the bank

Brazil miner Vale knew deadly dam had heightened risk of collapse

Vale’s internal October report placed the Brumadinho dam within an “attention zone,” saying that “all prevention and mitigation controls” should be applied.  A failure could cost the company $1.5 billion and had the potential to kill more than a hundred people, the report said. The dam was marked for decommissioning.  Nine other dams in Brazil, … More Brazil miner Vale knew deadly dam had heightened risk of collapse

EPA decision soon on chemical compounds tied to health risks

There’s growing evidence that long-term exposure to the perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFAS, can be dangerous, even in tiny amounts. The Environmental Protection Agency is looking at how to respond to a public push for stricter regulation of the chemicals, in production since the 1940s. A decision is expected soon. apnews.com/78435c74856949f68f9b2a8a28931b74

Governments Seek to Eradicate Child Labor on West African Cocoa Plantations

Source: Governments Look to End Child Labor in West African Cocoa Farming Researchers estimate that several hundred-thousand school-age children carry heavy loads, spray toxic pesticides and swing sharp machetes at cocoa pods throughout West Africa’s fertile hillsides. A new initiative involving the U.S. Department of Labor and the governments of Ghana and Ivory Coast seeks … More Governments Seek to Eradicate Child Labor on West African Cocoa Plantations

Whidbey Island resident files lawsuit over water contamination | Local News | goskagit.com

The use of the firefighting foam at NAS Whidbey Island has left area residents with “a persistent poison lurking in their water supply,” the lawsuit states. The team representing the plaintiff in the lawsuit has created a website where potentially impacted current and past Whidbey Island residents can contact them for consultation. The team includes Robert Teel, … More Whidbey Island resident files lawsuit over water contamination | Local News | goskagit.com