Sugar Industry Hid Known Health Risks

A recent article in JAMA Internal Medicine revealed that, in the 1960s, the sugar industry, through its Sugar Research Foundation, funded a study by Harvard scientist that sought to refute concerns about sugar's possible role in heart disease despite its known risk. The result was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1967, with no disclosure of the sugar industry funding and suggested there were major problems with all the studies that implicated sugar, and concluded that cutting fat out of American diets was the best way to address coronary heart disease. Andersen Sleater Sianni represents consumers who have been damaged by the non-disclosure of health and safety risks in pro

SEC Awards Two Whistleblowers $8m

The Securities and Exchange Commission awarded more than $8 million each to two whistleblowers whose tips and help caused it to bring the successful underlying enforcement action. To date, SEC whistleblowers have resulted in more than $1 billion in financial remedies against wrongdoers. Andersen Sleater Sianni represents whistleblowers in particular those who wish to remain anonymous before government agencies. Click here to read more about the SEC whistleblower programs.

SEC Charges Oyster Bay, NY and its Former Executive

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Oyster Bay, New York on Long Island, and its former top elected official, town supervisor John Venditto with defrauding investors in the town’s 26 municipal securities offerings from August 2010 to December 2015. The SEC accuses the town and its executive with hiding the existence and potential financial impact of side deals, including indirectly guaranteeing four separate private loans to the vendor totaling more than $20 million, with a businessman, who owned and operated restaurants and concession stands at several town facilities. The SEC alleges that this information was material to investors including a multi-million dollar potential

FDA Issues Warning About Dog Bone Treats

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has received about 68 reports of pet illnesses related to processed and packaged dog "bone treats,” including treats described as “Ham Bones,” “Pork Femur Bones,” “Rib Bones,” and “Smokey Knuckle Bones.” The illness reported to the FDA include gastrointestinal obstruction (blockage in the digestive tract), choking, cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding from the rectum, and/or death. Other reported problems, such as moldy-appearing bones, or bone treats splintering when chewed by the pet. The FDA encourages reporting of any incidents. Andersen Sleater Sianni's attorneys represent individuals who ma

Western Union Agrees to Pay $586m Refunds to Scammed Consumers

As part of a settlement of charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice, Western Union agreed to pay $586 million to customers, who were told by scammers to use its money transfer system between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017. Regulators accused Western Union of looking the other way instead of reporting and detecting crimes and fraud. Andersen Sleater Sianni represents consumers, who have been defrauded. Click here to read more about Western Union claims process for a refund.

Dietary Supplements Found to Contain Unapproved, Potentially Dangerous Ingredients

In a report published in Clinical Toxicology, Dr. Pieter Cohen, the Harvard internist and noted supplement detective, and his collaborators analyzed six dietary supplements marketed for weight loss and workouts containing mystery ingredients. They found the stimulant octodrine and three other different stimulants, with unknown or potentially risky side effects, including speeding up heart rate and raising blood pressure. Octodrine and the other stimulants have not gone through the process required by the FDA to be included as ingredients in dietary supplements. Consumers can easily order these supplements online or purchase them in retail stores. Andersen Sleater Sianni represents consumers

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