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Salvage Vehicles National Database — A Good Idea

November 11, 2008

Salvage Vehicles National Database — A Good Idea

Buying a used car is almost as much fun as going to the dentist. Everyone has dealt with used car salesmen at some point in their life and we are not out to attack the used car industry; however, a warning about avoiding the pitfalls when it comes to purchasing a used car. The used…

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November 8, 2008

Vytorin Lawsuits Piled High Over Low Cholesterol Claims

You know the Vytorin commercials – comparing eating fettucini alfredo with your Uncle Alfredo – both are sources of high cholesterol, the ads said. Food and family are both to blame. Now the lawsuits against the drug are piling up higher and Merck & Co and partner, Schering-Plough Corp have to answer questions to the…

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November 7, 2008

Off-Road Vehicle Deaths Investigated

We blog all too frequently about children who are hurt or killed in off-highway vehicles or ATVs. Now the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is looking into the design of a handful of brands associated with more than 30 fatalities. The Yamaha Motor Company’s Rhino is one of those brands. The Wall Street Journal named…

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November 6, 2008

NHTSA Reports On Safety Saving Lives

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is releasing new data that shows that keeping the drinking age laws at 21 prevented an estimated 4,441 drunk driving deaths over the last five years. NHTSA was responding to a national movement among colleges to turn back the drinking age to 18. After all, the argument goes, we…

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November 6, 2008

Refund For Cruise Passengers After AG Lawsuit

Passengers traveling on one cruise line have a refund coming thanks to Florida’s Attorney General. Bill McCollum filed a lawsuit this week against Imperial Majesty Cruise Line. The company is alleged to have added a fuel surcharge of $20 to $30 secretly onto customers’ bills. Most people thought these were government fees. Many customers complained…

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November 1, 2008

Let The Games Begin

Florida is known for its sunshine, oranges and hanging chads. And it’s that time of year again. So far election officials in Jacksonville have rejected more than 500 ballots, mostly because they lacked signatures. In some cases, the signatures don’t match the voter’s signature on file. 500 rejected represents almost one-third of those pulled aside…

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October 31, 2008

Exploding Boat Injures Four On Intracoastal

The Florida-Georgia game weekend started on a dangerous note for four fans aboard a boat that exploded in the Intracoastal Waterway. Two people were reportedly thrown from the boat when it exploded while two others stayed onboard. The boat never made it back to the marina, instead it burned into a crisp. The explosion occurred…

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October 30, 2008

Frightening Halloween Candy

Consumers might want to check their children’s candies this Halloween since melamine contaminated chocolates have found their way into Canada from China. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it’s taking aggressive action to inspect food, candy and other imports from China. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has pulled Sherwood’s Milk Chocolate Pirate’s Gold Coins…

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October 27, 2008

JAMA Editors Support Patients in Upcoming Federal Preemption Case

Coming up next week is an issue that affects all Americans who take any kind of drug- virtually all of us. The case is Wyeth v. Levine and it will be before the U.S. Supreme Court on November 3rd. Now a prestigious medical journal is taking the side of consumers, which puts them squarely against…

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