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January 2015

Rules Apply to Everyone: Even Zombies

Image via The Debt Settlement Agency.  By Karla GilbrideStaff Attorney Imagine that you try to buy something using your debit card and the transaction is declined. You call your bank to find out what’s going on and are told that your account has been frozen…

Judge Rules Dairy Manure Causes Imminent and Substantial Health Risk

An image from the Ericksen report, submitted by the plaintiffs in this case. By Jessica CulpepperFood Safety & Health Attorney The people of Yakima Valley, Wash., scored a major victory last Wednesday after more than two decades of fighting for their community and being ignored…

Dairies Can Be Liable for Manure Under Federal Law, Judge Rules

An image from the Ericksen report, submitted by the plaintiffs in this case.  A federal judge in Washington State has backed arguments by environmental groups that animal waste that is incorrectly disposed of by livestock facilities can violate solid waste disposal rules and pose an…

The Human Toll of Court Secrecy

photo credit: dharder9475 via photopin cc By Jennifer BennettBudd-Kazan Attorney It has not been a good year for auto safety. More than 60 million vehicles were recalled in 2014—that’s more than twice the previous record. And every day it seemed there was another story of…