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BMW and Volkswagen Fined 875 million Euros Over Emissions Scandal

The European Commission claimed recently that Daimler, Volkswagen, and Bayerische Motoren Werke, or BMW colluded to hold to back technology that would have improved the cleaning of nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel passenger cars. According to the commission, the companies colluded over the course of five years to avoid competing to reduce emissions beyond what…

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Woman Sues After Chair Collapse at Nail Salon Causing Serious Injuries

On September 14, 2021, a Texas resident filed a complaint in the Harris County District Court against Apple Nails ‘N Spa Inc. (hereinafter “Defendant” and/or “Apple Nails ‘N Spa”). The woman asserts causes of action for premises liability and negligence against the Defendant as a result of a chair collapse incident that occurred at the…

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Battery Packs for Hoverboards Recalled

More than 200,000 hoverboards equipped with battery packs are being recalled because the batteries can overheat, which could potentially lead to fires or explosions. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reported that there have been more than 20 incidents of battery packs overheating, including complaints of smoke or fire. The recall involves lithium-ion GLW battery packs…

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FAA Requires Inspection of Bell Helicopters After Canadian Crash

The week of July 12th a 48-year-old pilot of a Bell Helicopter, model 212 died near Evansburg, Alberta while battling a wildfire according to Canadian media. Subsequently, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an emergency directive requiring inspection of main rotor components on Bell models 212, 204, and 205 helicopters. The investigation conducted…

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EPA Commits To Long-Awaited Regulation For Toxic Chemicals

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its plans to regulate—for the first time—the levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that manufacturers can discharge into wastewater. The EPA will begin crafting a rule that places limits on the amount of PFAS that can be discharged into sewage treatment systems and surface waters from…

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