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Fire risk: GM recalls 303K Chevy, GMC pickups

General Motors is recalling 303,000 of its new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickup trucks in the U.S. to reprogram software to prevent them from catching on fire. So far, eight fires have been reported and no injuries. The recall covers trucks with 4.3-liter and 5.3-liter engines. The recall is a potential embarrassment because the truck is one of the most important vehicles in GM’s lineup — and it was all new for the 2014 model year. The Silverado is the nation’s best-selling vehicle, second only to Ford’s F-Series pickup.   http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/01/10/chevrolet-silverado-gmc-sierra-fire-recall/4424529/

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Four States Enact New Youth Concussion Laws In 2014

In at least four states, the turn of the calendar to 2014 means new laws to better protect young athletes from the dangers of concussions and sport-related brain injuries. That means 49 states now have youth concussion laws in effect, with Mississippi the only holdout. Georgia: Georgia’s Return To Play Act requires coaches to remove players they suspect of suffering a concussion from competition until they are cleared by a doctor. The law also requires all schools, public and private, to provide educational information to parents and athletes about the risks of concussions and mandates that all schools institute concussion …

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Bard Pelvic Mesh Order – January 23, 2014 deadline to submit census information

The Court in the Bard MDL has entered the attached pre-trial order requiring the provision of certain information for all Bard cases (filed, served but not filed, or not filed; state or federal court). Bard PTO # 97 – census order We’re not sitting around on this deadline. From the Order: Following discussions with plaintiffs’ leadership as well as counsel for C. R. Bard, Inc., and for good cause shown, I find that in my role as the transferee District Court Judge and in the interest of efficient management of this MDL (which now exceeds 6,000 cases), it is necessary …

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Which Court Should Hear Louisiana Coastal Lawsuit ?

There is an ongoing fight involving the  Louisiana state levee board’s lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies over the erosion of wetlands. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East has asked U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown to send the case back to Orleans Parish Civil District Court. The lawsuit says oil and gas canal and pipeline work has contributed to the erosion of wetlands that protect New Orleans when hurricanes move ashore. Corrosive saltwater from a network of oil and gas access and pipeline canals has killed plants that anchored the wetlands, letting waves sweep away hundreds of …

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