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March 2009 Archives

Courtney Love, former Hole lead singer and part-time celebrity train wreck, has been sued for using the social networking tool Twitter to make a number of allegedly-defamatory rants about Los Angeles clothing designer Dawn Simorangkir.

Yamaha Recalls "Rhino" Off-Road Vehicles After 46 Rollover Deaths

Yamaha Motor Corp. announced today that it is recalling its Rhino 450 and 660 off-road vehicles for free repairs, after the company received reports of 46 rollover deaths involving the popular two-seater vehicles.

Philip Morris Appeal of $79.5M Punitive Damage Award Rejected

The U.S. Supreme Court today turned away an appeal by Philip Morris and its subsidiary Altria Group Inc., who sought to overturn a $79.5 million punitive damages order awarded to the widow of an Oregon cigarette smoker.

Flood Recovery: Safety Issues and Flood Insurance

As homes and businesses along the flooded Red River in North Dakota and Minnesota start recovery efforts, special attention is being paid to health hazards and safety concerns that are common to flooded areas, and the importance of understanding homeowners insurance policy coverage when it comes to floods and other natural disasters.

Study: Statin Drug Crestor No Help for Dialysis Patients

Crestor, the cholesterol drug made by AstraZeneca, does not significantly reduce the heart problems of patients who are on dialysis, according to research released today.

Bad Drywall Causing Havoc for Homeowners

Reports of contaminated drywall used in the construction of many new homes have taken center stage in recent weeks. The drywall (or wallboard) at issue was manufactured in China using corrosive chemicals that can cause damage to the copper wiring that is prevalent in homes, and many homeowners are worried about potential health problems linked to the drywall.

Florida Boating Accident Report Puts Spotlight on Maritime Law

A report released today pinpoints improper anchoring as the cause of a Florida boating accident that is presumed to have taken the lives of three football players. A fourth man survived the February 28th boating accident. The proper operation of boats and other watercraft -- and any injuries caused by boating mishaps -- is governed by maritime (or admiralty) law.

Pets Cause Over 80,000 Fall Injuries Each Year

It's not just rain, but also pet owners that are falling down like cats and dogs. Over 80,000 Americans each year take a trip to their local ER after falls caused by family pets or things like chew toys and pet food dishes, according to a study released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Can Helmet Laws Help Prevent Serious Head Injuries?

The recent death of actress Natasha Richardson, who suffered a fatal head injury after a seemingly minor skiing accident, has drawn attention to serious head injuries and the role that helmet laws might play in their prevention.

While there is no definitive proof that a helmet would have prevented Richardson's death, there is no doubt that use of a safety helmet can go a long way toward protecting you from severe head injuries. And many states and cities now require use of a helmet for activities like bicycling and motorcycle riding. So, what do you need to know about helmet laws?