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Why is General Mills Trying to Hide Behind Forced Arbitration?

General Mills, owner of grocery staples including Cheerios, Betty Crocker and Pillsbury, has quietly updated its electronic terms of service to include a forced arbitration clause that will eliminate many of its customers’ rights to hold the corporation accountable in court. The April 2 change means that people who purchase General Mills products with coupons, turn in box tops or even just visit their website won’t be able to bring the corporation to court.

Documents Reveal G.M. Knew Yet Fail to Act on Defects

As more documents were released last week revealing General Motors (G.M.) negligence for nearly a decade, it’s clear the manufacturer knew, yet failed to act on, several defects that put thousands of consumers at risk. 

Joy Cardin Discusses Dangers Harmful Drugs Pose to Women on NPR Show

Women suffer disproportionately from the effects of dangerous and defective drugs and medical devices. Women take more medications than men, respond differently to them, and are more likely to suffer adverse drug events.

Mother Shares Personal Story of Losing Daughter After She Took Generic Drug

Tammy and John Gilbert recently traveled from Cincinnati, Ohio to Washington, D.C. to speak with lawmakers and attend the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing addressing the FDA’s proposed changes to generic drug warning labels. 

The Gilbert’s lost their daughter, Kira, when she passed away on April 9th, 2009, from acute cardiac failure eight days after she began taking generic Darvocet. She had no previous history of heart conditions.

In the above video, Tammy shares a personal story about her experiences.  

G.M.'s Fine Shows More Lack of Accountability

Surprise! General Motors continues to avoid accountability for the ignition switch recall. 

According to an article in the New York Times, federal safety regulators have fined G.M. $28,000 for not providing much of the information requested for an investigation into the recent recall. The deadline for that information was due by Thursday, April 3.

ESPN Highlights Personal Oakland Raiderette Story

In an April 2 feature story in ESPN The Magazine, former Oakland Raiderette, Lacy, shares her personal story about pursuing legal action against the Raiders' organization for serious violations of state and federal wage laws. However, the Raiders are attempting to evade these laws through a forced arbitration clause in the cheerleaders’ employment contract. 

Let America Know: April Edition

The April issue of the Let America Know newsletter highlights the dangers harmful drugs pose to women. To check out the full version of the issue, click here

VIDEO: McCaskill Demands Answers in G.M. Hearing

Last week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra was on Capitol Hill to testify on the recent ignition-switch recall. 

Gender Wage Gap Will Continue Until Forced Arbitration is Stopped

Dawn Souto-Coons loved working for Sterling Jewelers and rose to become her store’s top seller, but her passion for the job waned when she discovered that her male colleagues – who had no previous retail jewelry experience—were being paid $1.50 more per hour than the store’s female employees. As it turned out, Dawn and her female coworkers were victims of the retailer’s rampant and illegal pay discrimination. 

Congress Applauds Victim’s Attorney for Exposing G.M. Cover Up of Deadly Ignition Switch Defect

Prompted by evidence uncovered by a victim’s attorney during litigation, the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives held hearings this week to examine G.M.’s misconduct related to a deadly ignition switch defect that caused the deaths of at least 13 people and lead to the recall of more than 2.6 million G.M. vehicles. Before the scandal emerged, G.M. had been quietly settling civil actions brought by the 13 known victims, which included gag-orders in an attempt to bury its wrongdoing from the public. 

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