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Legal News Bits

For this blog, I thought I would post some legal bits. If the topic interests you, click the attachment for the full story.

From Yahoo comes a discussion on why ALL bike riders should wear a helmet.  Plus, it has a funny picture of Kermit and Miss Piggy. As an argument for helmets; in 2010, 70 percent of bicyclists killed in accidents were not wearing helmets. Plus, the article confirms that there are now stylish helmet options that make you believe that wearing a pocket protector is no longer helmet coordinated necessary. (that’s code for looking “helmet-nerdy”)

The second news story (also Yahoo) is a little disconcerting, because it discusses that many doctors admit that they do their medical research on the Internet. A recent IMS Health report found that Wikipedia is the single leading source of medical information for doctors. In fact, the article recites that 70% of doctors use it as an “information source in providing medical care”. Unfortunately, researchers have shown that 90% of medical information on Wikipedia has been deemed to have some inaccuracy. Hmm.

And for the last story of the blog, Sanford Health just settled a lawsuit that claimed wrongdoing in a kickback scheme by two Sioux Falls, South Dakota doctors. These doctors were performing more spinal implants than any other doctors in the state, by a large margin.

Sanford agreed to pay $625,000 to the federal government to settle the whistleblower lawsuit which claimed that the doctors were paid by a manufacturer to use their spinal implants. The spinal implant, known as the “Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion,” was developed by one of the doctors named in the lawsuit.  (

DID YOU KNOW that Abraham Lincoln grew his beard because he received a letter from eleven-year-old Grace Bedell wrote him to say that he should grow a beard because “All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President”.

And this pic o’ made me laugh:


Pink Slime Defamation


If I held a blog contest and gave a prize away for identification, would you know what is in this picture?  Strawberry ice cream? Play-Doh?

If you guessed the above then all I can say is that… I wish you were correct. No, this is “beef product” and the makers of this  are suing  (Chicago Tribune Story) ABC News with a 1.2 Billion dollar lawsuit, claiming defamation.

ABC News did a story about Beef Products Inc. and told viewers that their beef product was not safe, not healthy and not even meat. It was even described as Pink Slime. When I look at the picture, I can’t imagine how that would be… can you? Instead,  Beef Products counters that their product is “lean finely textured beef”.

Here are the undisputed facts. In 1993, the Department of Agriculture approved the use of this product in ground beef. Admittedly, it’s beef filler made from fatty trimmings that are sprayed with ammonia to kill bacteria. (Maybe I should have issued some kind of warning at the beginning of the blog like “not suitable for anyone” )

Beef Products is the largest producer of lean finely textured beef. (See, I can use their Wordsmyth description with a straight face) The Company has sold their product to large companies such as McDonald’s, Yum Brands, Taco Bell and Safeway Supermarket.

Since ABC aired it’s story in 2011, Beef Products says that their weekly sales have fallen by more than 2 million pounds and that they have shut 3 of 4 plants.

Beef Products claims in its 263-page complaint in South Dakota against ABC, that the story was not news. Instead, their company lawyer says that ABC conducted a  “sustained and vicious disinformation campaign”. They accuse ABC of acting with actual malice in its reports. ABC even reported that the product was not safe.

I remember camping as a kid and eating Spam. Later, I learned that it was something like pork shoulder. I still didn’t know what that meant. Now, I read this news story and Spam sounds like a banquet feast.

For pic 0′ day, I decided to go with that wonderful mode of transportation… the car burger:


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