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Bought Milk? You Might Be Able to Get A Refund


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We all know how big a role milk plays is in our diets. You’ve probably had a glass in the last 14 years or so (unless you’ve been vegan that whole time). Likely, you bought that milk at a grocery store of some kind.

Well, if that applies to you (and I’m sure it does to many), you may be able to get a refund for that milk.

ABC10 reported this morning that the results of a class action lawsuit against milk producers and dairy farmers have led to a $52 million settlement payable to the public. This settlement and lawsuit stems from the fixing of prices that milk producers had been performing since 2003.

As a result, if you purchased milk since 2003 and live in any of the following states (or lived in them between 2003 and now), you are entitled to a piece of the settlement. The states that are eligible are as follows:

Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, or Wisconsin.

So, if you want to get in on this settlement, head over to the settlement claims website and get your milk refund!

This comes with one warning in mind: The amount of money you’ll get in the settlement changes as more people claim it. When ABC10 reported the settlement earlier this morning, the refund was estimated at $45-$70 per person. As of when this piece was published, that estimate has now dropped to $10-$20 per person.

Well… at the very least, you can use the money to buy a couple more gallons of milk.


Pizza Delivery Man Wins $4.4 Million Settlement After Being Shot 14 Times By Police

Being a pizza delivery driver can be a little terrifying if you think about it. Your job is to drive all around the city and hope nothing sketchy happens to you when you knock on that door.

For Philippe Holland of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his nightmare didn’t consist of getting attacked by some hungry customer during his delivery. He didn’t even get tied up 30 Minutes or Less-style. No folks, the poor guy was actually shot by police officers who mistook him for an gunman back in 2014.

According to the Associated Press, the officers were in plain clothes and walked up to Holland. In a panic, Holland didn’t believe that they were really officers, and felt they were just trying to rob him. He got in his car, tried to drive off to safety, and was shot 14 freakin’ times.

Holland now has a permanent seizure disorder and chronic pain stemming from his injuries, which led him to sue the city of Philadelphia, getting $4.4 million in a settlement, on January 6.

The officers didn’t go unpunished. Well, at least not completely unpunished, as they are now on desk duty. They were not charged with a crime themselves, though.

Much respect to delivery drivers.

Hopefully we see less stories like this, and more stories like the one below:


Trader Joe’s Violated The Clean Air Act And Now They’re Paying Big Time


Trader Joe’s just settled an expensive settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency.  The company was accused of violating the Clean Air Act. In a statement, the EPA alleged that Trader Joe’s lacked sufficient service and compliance records, failed to repair leaky refrigerators. Because of this, stores were emitting R-22 into the air.

This gas has “1,800 times more global warming potential than carbon dioxide.”

The settlement comes with a $500,000 civil penalty. Under the settlement the company will also have to reduce coolant leaks from refrigerators and other equipment and it won’t be cheap.

In addition to the hefty civil penalty, the company will be spending an estimated $2 million over the next three years.

Trader Joe’s will have to reduce emissions of potent greenhouse gases from refrigeration equipment at 453 of its stores.

As part of the agreement, the company will keep its leak rate average at 12.1 percent through 2019 well below the national average of 25 percent. It will also have to use non-ozone depleting refrigerators at all new stores or remodels. The EPA says the expected green house emission reduction from the settlement is expected to be equal to about the emissions from “6,500 passenger vehicles driven in one year.”

This settlement follows refrigerant cases against both Safeway Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp.


Man Boiled To Death In Horrific Tuna Accident, Bumble Bee Foods Forced To Pay BIG TIME


In 2012, an employee of Bumble Bee Foods died as a result of being cooked alive in an industrial oven. Now, years later, a settlement has finally been reached in the record sum of $6 million. This makes it the largest criminal prosecution case for safety violations in a workplace involving a single victim in California.

Jose Melena was doing some maintenance work on a large industrial oven at the canned-tuna factory in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Another worker, believing Melena was on a break, filled the cooker with 12,000 pounds of tuna and turned on the machine.

When management noticed the 62-year-old employee was missing, they conducted a search across the plant and property. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) reports that Melena’s body was found two hours after. Tragically, the pressure cooker had already reached a temperature of 270 degrees Fahrenheit.

RT reports that the settle meant will be divided up into multiple parts.

  • The company will use $3 million to update any outdated tuna ovens and will bring in automated ones with video cameras, so that no worker will ever have to set foot inside the cookers again.
  • Melena’s family will receive $1.5 million in restituation.
  • Bumble Bee will also donate $750,000 to the Distrcit Attonrey’s Environmental Enforcement Fun for the investegation and the prosecution of OSHA criminal cases .
  • Finally, an additional $750,000 will go towards combined fees, court costs and penalties.

Bumble Bee Foods will also plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge of willful failure to implement and maintain an effect safety program within 18 months of complying with the terms of the settlement agreement.

The two managers in charge at the time of Melena’s death were also charged with counts of OSHA violation.



Tired of the New Year’s Health Kick? Solution: Build a Vegetarian-Only Settlement on Mars!


Seven days into 2013 and chances are you fall into one of two camps: a) those who have already given up on their New Year’s Resolutions or b) those who wish everyone else would. So if you’re tired of hearing about how your entire friends-list is suddenly super-energetic and super-regular, listen up. These plans for a vegetarian–only colony on Mars could just be the answer to your prayers.

Newly enabled due to recent advancements in space travel, Paypal founder Elon Musk wants to build a colony of 80,000 vegetarians on Mars. Presumably because vegetables are a lot cheaper to transport than cows, though the answer may be a bit more political.

“Too few [people],” Musk says, “and the gene and culture pool dries up. Too many and you risk civil war.”

In other words, Musk envisions some sort of futuristic veggie-hippie utopia, run by fertilizer machines, oxygen and methane from Mars’ atmosphere and big transparent domes for growing Earth crops. But it’s not as crazy as it sounds – Musk, whose Falcon 9 rocket delivers rocket fuel to the International Space Station, wants to start with just ten people at first, you know, to help figure out the whole issue of radiation and get the civilization really going.

Luckily, he’s also planning on making the trip super-affordable at just $500,000 a trip. Aspiring pseudo-yogis, sign-up sheets are to the left.

H/T The Register, Picthx Policymic