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Brenda Frohloff

A lawyer by profession, Brenda Frohloff has had 30 years' litigation experience, in both large and small firms. Describing herself as a recovering lawyer, she now concentrates on writing.


Avandia heart attack panic pushes Feds to reform the FDA

September 24, 2007.
Washington, DC Just four months after diabetics and their doctors were rudely awakened to the dangers of taking Avandia, Congress passed legislation Sept. 20 boosting the power of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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Car Crashworthiness: Can $54 Million Really Compensate this Little Girl?

September 19, 2007.
Costa Mesa, CA Would your car pass or fail a test of its crashworthiness? Do you know if your car maker provided you with the best safety systems it reasonably could? For some unlucky people, a car accident is what gives them the answers.
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Of Mice and Men: Avandia and Heart Attacks

September 14, 2007.
New York, NY: A research report published on-line September 6 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation may provide important clues as to why GlaxoSmithKline's diabetes drug Avandia has such a deadly effect on some diabetics.
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Mattel Toy Recall: Blood Testing Children for Lead

August 31, 2007.
Des Moines, IA In two separate recalls August 1 and 14, Mattel Inc. pulled more than 18 million toys from the market before they hit the shelves, and left parents, kindergarten teachers and day care workers scrambling to check whether their children were already playing with toys painted with lead paint, or containing tiny magnets that could be swallowed. Now every parent's next concern is surfacing, namely: "Do I need to have my child's blood tested for lead?"
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Mattel toy recall: Who plays with Mattel toys?

August 30, 2007.
Seattle, WA In the wake of the big toy recall by Mattel, and the scare over how many children need to have blood tests for lead levels, it might occur to you to ask: "Just how many children in the U.S. play with Mattel toys?"
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Why your 401k or ERISA Plan in Countrywide Securities may still be at Risk

August 27, 2007.
Charlotte, NC: Countrywide Financial Corp. found some fresh money last week to help it weather the crisis in the secondary lending market, allowing stakeholders in the company, such as those with mortgage investments, or 401k plans, or its own employees with ERISA plans, to breathe a sigh of relief. The source of the new money was a $2 billion investment Bank of America made August 22 to buy Countrywide shares.
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The Mattel Toy Recall: Why Kids and Lead Paint shouldn't be Mixed

August 27, 2007.
Washington, DC: In the wake of Mattel's two massive recalls of made-in-China toys this month, parents are re-awakened to the dangers of exposing their children to toxic lead paint, and wondering: "Should I have my child's blood tested for lead?"
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Recalled toys and lead paint: Has Mattel lost control of product safety?

August 26, 2007.
Hong Kong This month Mattel Inc. recalled nearly 19 million Chinese-made toys suspected of containing leaded paint or small magnets posing a choking hazard for small children. Anxious U.S. parents don't know whether these products have injured their children, and a lawsuit has been started with the aim of forcing Mattel to set up a fund to pay for individual testing.
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Big Business Fights Back Over Information Technology Overtime Claims

August 16, 2007.
Santa Clara, CA Information technologists, otherwise known as IT workers, have been taking big businesses to court to recover unpaid IT overtime wages for quite a few years now. They have been remarkably successful. IT workers have started class actions against high tech giants like IBM and Sun Microsystems, Inc., and many of these class actions have already brought about huge settlements.
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Avandia and heart failure: Did Avandia pave the way to this woman's heart attack?

August 16, 2007.
Edmonton, AB Karen Trelford was stunned to see a report on television this summer that the diabetes drug Avandia exposed its users to a 43% higher risk of heart failure and heart attack.
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