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Why Was Suzuki Sued for $12.5 Million?

On August 12, 2013, a man riding a 2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000 suddenly hit the pavement as he was taking a corner. When police arrived, he told officers that he thought he hit a patch of gravel, but a different cause may have been lurking in the shadows. Worse yet, Suzuki may have known about this problem, but did nothing about it until the end of the riding season. Now, the motorcycle manufacturer must defend itself in court. Suzuki Sued for Defective Brakes In October of 2013, Suzuki recalled over 210,000 motorcycles from the 2004 through 2013 model years. These models included their famous GSX-R600, GSX-R750 and the GSX-R1000 superbike. The issue was front brakes that wouldn’t always function properly. At the time, Suzuki claimed that no one had suffered injuries due to the issue, but that claim may have been premature. The rider mentioned above suffered a shattered spine due…
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Why Are Cosmetics So Unregulated in the US?

You may be surprised to find out that hair and skincare products in the US are much more unregulated than they are in other parts of the developed world. Our country has thousands of regulations for almost every industry, but somehow the cosmetics industry seems to have slipped through the seams. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) bans 11 ingredients from usage, while Canada bans 587, the European Union bans 1,328. This is a quote from the FDA’s website regarding cosmetics, “Under U.S. law, cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, do not need FDA approval before they go on the market.” This is alarming, but product safety laws still apply to cosmetics when they are dangerous. Examples of Cosmetics Liability Cases Johnson & Johnson, a leading producer of talcum baby powder, was recently ordered by a court to pay $110.5 million to a Virginia woman after research…
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Tesla Downgraded by Analysts Following Car Fire

Wyoming Public Media is reporting that after a video of a Tesla Model S fire went viral, analysts have downgraded the electric car company. The YouTube video, which made the rounds a couple of weeks ago, shows the car engulfed in flames, according to NPR. “The fire Tuesday was caused by a large metallic object that directly hit one of the battery pack’s modules in the pricey Model S,” Tesla spokesperson Liz Jarvis-Shean told the Seattle Times. “The fire was contained to a small section at the front of the vehicle, and no one was injured.” Still, despite the fire being contained, major damage was done to Tesla’s image. In the days following the incident, a share of Tesla stock was trading for $169.50, which was $25 or 13 percent below its 52-week high of $194.50. “Tesla kind of gives an insight of…perhaps the kinds of cars that we’re going…
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