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August 2003 Archives

S.B. 274 Would Unfairly Limit Class Actions

Consumer Group Reports on Class Action Lawsuit Benefits WASHINGTON, D.C. -- August 29, 2003 -- "Businesses keep dreaming up new ways to overcharge, and it usually takes a class action lawsuit, or the threat of one, to stop them," said Jackson Williams, legislative counsel of Public Citizen and author of...

Tire Rule Violated Safety Requirements

Appeals Court Requires Better Tire Pressure Monitoring Rule WASHINGTON, D.C. -- August 15, 2003 -- A lax rule concerning tire pressure monitoring systems was arbitrary and violated safety requirements, according to a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The rule did not meet the...

One-Sided Disclosure Requirements May Harm Plaintiffs

Proposal to Change Contingency Fee System Should Be Rejected WASHINGTON, D.C. -- August 8, 2003 -- Common Good, a group whose goal is to "overhaul America's lawsuit culture" and combat so-called "legal fear," has proposed changing the ethics rules about fees charged by attorneys for plaintiffs in personal injury cases....

California Legislature Passes Bill Banning PBDEs

SACRAMENTO, CA -- August 1, 2003 -- Two toxic polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) compounds commonly used in fire retardants would be phased out by 2008 under legislation passed by the California legislature. The bill, AB 302, has been sent to Governor Gray Davis for his consideration. Specifically, any product containing...