General Motors Pays out Billions for Faulty Ignition Switch

In the midst of all the media attention that the Takata airbag recalls received, many did not notice that an entirely separate defect issue was taking hundreds of lives and injuring hundreds more. Specifically, over 2.5 million cars were recalled by General Motors two years ago due to the fault ignition switch which, when it … Continued

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Danger Lurking in Your Toothpaste?

In early September, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was banning an antibacterial chemical—triclosan—as it is used in soap, but still allowing it to remain in one product: toothpaste. This has left many consumers completely baffled; how can a product be so harmful that we can not have it on our hands, … Continued

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Louisiana Takes Big Oil to Court

On August 5th, U.S. News & World Report covered the most recent movement in Louisiana to hold the oil industry responsible for the huge amount of land that has disappeared from Louisiana as a result of the oil industry’s “footprint.” According to geologists, by extracting millions of barrels of oil and gas from below the … Continued

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Louisiana Ranked One of Worst States for Drivers

A recent study conducted by Carinsurance.com revealed that Louisiana ranked third worst for drivers in the country, beaten out only by Oklahoma and California. Unfortunately, Louisiana ranked in the lowest 10 states on a variety of factors assessed, such as traffic deaths per 100,000 and overall death rates. Perhaps most alarmingly, in addition to driver … Continued

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Celebrity Death Highlights Known Car Defects

By now, most have heard about the young actor, Anton Yelchin, who was killed when his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backwards down his driveway and crushed him. Unfortunately, this is not just one isolated incident; in fact, federal regulators first highlighted the issue that gave rise to the actor’s death in August of 2015. So … Continued

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Louisiana Ranks Fourth Highest Rate of Women Murdered By Men

With news headlines around the country discussing the recent mass shooting incident in Florida, as well as the gunman’s potential connection to domestic violence, alarming news concerning Louisiana and domestic violence was also recently released. According to the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Louisiana comes in at fourth in the nation for the highest number … Continued

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How Special Interests “Torpedoed” An Environmental Injustice

  On April 22nd, Newsweek published a powerful story about one controversy in Florida over an estimated 1 million pounds of hazardous toxic lead—which can leach into water and soil—that the local water management district tried to get cleaned up, but which was fought by powerful special interest groups. It’s an important story for anyone … Continued

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Youth Athletes Left Unprotected

Given the dangerous injuries that NFL players have been known to suffer from—and as sports leagues try to figure out some national rules to prevent these injuries—many would be surprised to find out that there are no guidelines whatsoever to protect young athletes under the age of eighteen. In fact, it is up to each … Continued

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Some Universities Still Not Taking Sexual Assault Seriously

Two lawsuits filed on April 20th allege that one university in particular has essentially given fraternity members a “free pass” when it comes to rape allegations, refusing to even investigate these incidents because they technically took place off-campus. This particular issue is by no means limited to one campus, nor is it a new issue; … Continued

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