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January 2002 Archives

Arbitration Clause Violated State Law

ATT Arbitration System SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- January 25, 2002 -- A mandatory arbitration clause that AT&T included in consumer telephone agreements was declared "illegal and unconscionable" by the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (Darcy Ting et al. v. AT&T). Considered a violation of California's Consumer Legal Remedies...

Disabled Worker's Rights Protected

EEOC Can Sue Employer WASHINGTON D.C. -- January 18, 2002 -- The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) may step in to protect the rights of a disabled worker even though he has previously agreed to arbitration of workplace disputes, according to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling (EEOC v....

MTBE Classified As "Suspected Carcinogen"

Failure To Disclose MTBE Hazard NOVATO CA -- January 11, 2002 -- The owner of Redwood Homes, a mobile home park in Novato, California, was recently sued for failure to disclose the presence of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) in the park's private well water. According to county tests, the...

Deceptive Marketing of Tobacco Products

"Reduced Risk" Tobacco Products WASHINGTON D.C. -- January 4, 2002 -- Major U.S. public health groups recently submitted petitions to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging it to regulate five so-called "reduced risk" products being marketed as a safer way to consume nicotine and tobacco. Among the groups filing...