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Lawyer says man dragged from United flight suffered concussion, broken nose and lost two front teeth. A passenger of a United Airlines flight after he was forcibly removed from his seat by security officers (Screen cap).

Lawyer says man dragged from United flight suffered concussion, broken nose and lost two front teeth

The passenger dragged from a United Airlines plane in Chicago in an incident that sparked international outrage and turned into a public relations nightmare for the carrier, will likely sue the company, his attorney said on Thursday. “For a long time airlines, United in particular, have bullied us,” Thomas Demetrio told reporters at a press conference in Chicago. “Will there be a lawsuit? Yeah, probably.” He said the law stated that passengers could not be ejected from planes with unreasonable force. David Dao, a 69-year-old Vietnamese-American doctor, was hospitalized after Chicago aviation police dragged him from the plane as the airline sought to make space on a flight from the city’s O’Hare International Airport to Louisville, Kentucky. Demetrio and a second attorney, Stephen Golan, said neither they nor the family had heard from United yet.

Donald Trump's Treasury Secretary Pick Is A Hedge Funder And 2nd-Generation Goldman Sachs Partner. STAT goes to court to unseal records of OxyContin maker. STAT is asking a Kentucky court to make public sealed documents that could provide new information on how Purdue Pharma marketed its potent pain pill OxyContin — including what top executives knew about how addictive it was, and whether they downplayed the risks.

STAT goes to court to unseal records of OxyContin maker

Purdue has faced hundreds of lawsuits and numerous government investigations over its aggressive promotion of OxyContin, which some blame for helping spawn the national opioid abuse crisis. In 2007, three corporate executives and an affiliated company pleaded guilty to fraudulently marketing the drug as less addictive than other pain medications and paid $634 million in fines. Despite the years of litigation, Purdue has successfully kept millions of company records out of view through judicial secrecy orders or settlement agreements mandating their destruction.

A $24 million settlement in December of a lawsuit brought against Purdue by the Kentucky attorney general included such a provision. Ministers urged to examine new buy-to-let boom in UK care homes - The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. MBi boss Gavin Woodhouse explains how to make large returns in dementia care sector (pic: Elite Investor Club video) Private investors are being enticed to purchase rooms in UK care homes on a buy-to-let basis with the promise of large profits and rental income, a Bureau investigation reveals today.

Ministers urged to examine new buy-to-let boom in UK care homes - The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has found hundreds of rooms being offered for sale for as much as £85,000 each. They offer “guaranteed” rental income of around 10% annually and a total return on investment of up to 188% over 10 years. CNN Correspondent Suspended For Two Weeks For Speaking The Truth. <a class="icopyright-article-tools-noscript" href=" target="_blank" title="Main menu of all reuse options"><img height="25" width="27" border="0" align="bottom" alt="[Reuse options]" src=" Click here for reuse options!

CNN Correspondent Suspended For Two Weeks For Speaking The Truth

What Exxon knew about the Earth's melting Arctic. Back in 1990, as the debate over climate change was heating up, a dissident shareholder petitioned the board of Exxon, one of the world’s largest oil companies, imploring it to develop a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its production plants and facilities.

What Exxon knew about the Earth's melting Arctic

The board’s response: Exxon had studied the science of global warming and concluded it was too murky to warrant action. The company’s “examination of the issue supports the conclusions that the facts today and the projection of future effects are very unclear.” Yet in the far northern regions of Canada’s Arctic frontier, researchers and engineers at Exxon and Imperial Oil were quietly incorporating climate change projections into the company’s planning and closely studying how to adapt the company’s Arctic operations to a warming planet. “Certainly any major development with a life span of say 30-40 years will need to assess the impacts of potential global warming,” Croasdale told an engineering conference in 1991. CBS reporter grills pharmaceutical CEO: ‘You see how greedy this move looks’ Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli defended raising the price of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750, even though it is used to treat vulnerable groups like AIDS and cancer patients.

CBS reporter grills pharmaceutical CEO: ‘You see how greedy this move looks’

“The drug was unprofitable at the former price,” Shkreli told CBS News correspondent Don Dahler in an interview that aired on Tuesday. “And at this price, it’s a reasonable profit, not excessive at all.” America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker. By Steven Brill What Happened in the Previous Chapter.

America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker

America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker. By Steven Brill.

America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker

Making Money From Their Blood: Cheney's Former War-Profiteering Company Is Suing Veterans It Poisoned in Iraq. Larry Roberta, one of the 12 Oregon plaintiffs, with his medications.

Making Money From Their Blood: Cheney's Former War-Profiteering Company Is Suing Veterans It Poisoned in Iraq

Photo by Rob Finch/The Oregonian. Front photo of Cheney by Gage Skidmore/Veteran by U.S. Marines Corps. The Climate Deception Dossiers: Internal Fossil Fuel Industry Memos Reveal Decades of Corporate Disinformation. For nearly three decades, many of the world's largest fossil fuel companies have knowingly worked to deceive the public about the realities and risks of climate change.

The Climate Deception Dossiers: Internal Fossil Fuel Industry Memos Reveal Decades of Corporate Disinformation

Their deceptive tactics are now highlighted in this set of seven "deception dossiers"—collections of internal company and trade association documents that have either been leaked to the public, come to light through lawsuits, or been disclosed through Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests. Each collection provides an illuminating inside look at this coordinated campaign of deception, an effort underwritten by ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP, Shell, Peabody Energy, and other members of the fossil fuel industry. UPDATE (July 9, 2015): As this report went to press, a newly discovered email from a former Exxon employee revealed that the company was already factoring climate change into decisions about new fossil fuel extraction as early as 1981. Learn more. The climate deception dossiers.

The poor, the young, the black and the stupid": Inside Big Tobacco's plans to kill a billion people. How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes. The neighborhood of Campeche sprawls up a steep hillside in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. Goats rustle in trash that goes forever uncollected. Children kick a deflated volleyball in a dusty lot below a wall with a hand-painted logo of the American Red Cross. In late 2011, the Red Cross launched a multimillion-dollar project to transform the desperately poor area, which was hit hard by the earthquake that struck Haiti the year before. Service Members to Receive $39 Million for Violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. The Justice Department announced today that under its 2011 settlements with BAC Home Loans Servicing LP, a subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation, and Saxon Mortgage Servicing Inc., a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, 316 service members whose homes were unlawfully foreclosed upon between 2006 and 2010 are due to receive over $39 million in monetary relief for alleged violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).

Under the first settlement, Bank of America is required to pay over $36.8 million to service members whose homes were unlawfully foreclosed upon between 2006 and 2010. Each service member will receive a minimum of $116,785, plus compensation for any equity lost with interest. Bank of America has already begun compensating 142 service members whose homes were illegally foreclosed on between 2006 and the middle of 2009. Pregnant Popeyes Manager Fired, Rehired After Refusing To Pay For Armed Robbery (UPDATE) Marissa Holcomb was held at gunpoint late last month in an armed robbery at a Popeyes in Channelview, Texas. Then, she was fired. The shift manager -- who is five months pregnant -- says she was reprimanded because she refused to pay back $400 that the gunman got away with, according to KHOU.

What?! Another Massive BP Oil Spill Cover-Up? Sarah Silverman and John Oliver hammer payday loan industry ‘motherf*ckers’ By Tom BoggioniMonday, August 11, 2014 7:34 EDT On this week’s edition of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver was joined by Sarah Silverman to take on America’s predatory payday loan industry “motherf*ckers.” Calling attention to the virtually unregulated industry capable of charging up to 1700 percent interest on short term loans which fall disproportionately on the poor, Silverman advised doing anything else rather than “dealing with these payday loan motherf*ckers.” Pointing out that the payday loan businesses — which grants short term loans at exorbitant interest rates– is a $9 billion industry, Oliver noted that there are more payday loan stores in America than Starbucks and McDonalds.

Insta-Loophole: In Florida, High-Cost Lender Skirts the Law. This story was co-published with The Tampa Bay Times. When Florida lawmakers banned high-interest car title loans in 2000, then-Gov. Thank You for Your Service: How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide. This article was co-published with The Washington Post. At Walgreen, Renouncing Corporate Citizenship.

Photo. Chase Bank Slams the Door on More Porn Stars. We're About to Lose Net Neutrality — And the Internet as We Know It. Image: moodboard/Getty Net neutrality is a dead man walking. She's Worked At McDonald's For 10 Years. She Asked Its President A Simple Question. Then Cops Came. SEC Kabuki Theater: Ex-Goldman Trader Found Liable in Mortgage Deal. The real war on reality. Gas Fracking Industry Using Military Psychological Warfare Tactics and Personnel In U.S. Communities. Settlement Expected With Banks Over Home Loans. Under the settlement, a significant amount of the money, $3.75 billion, would go to people who have already lost their homes, making it potentially more generous to former homeowners than a broad-reaching pact in February between state attorneys general and five large banks. Cheat Sheet: BofA Supplied Default Answers for ‘Independent’ Foreclosure Claims Reviewers.

The Independent Foreclosure Review, the government’s main effort to compensate homeowners for harm by banks, is supposed to be independent from the banks. How Wal-Mart Used Payoffs to Get Its Way in Mexico. Matt Taibbi: After Laundering $800 Million in Drug Money, How Did HSBC Executives Avoid Jail? Wal-Mart Said 'No' to Paying for Fire Safety in Bangladesh. Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan Apparently Can't Remember Anything. 5-Hour Energy CEO: Deaths Just Collateral Damage In War On That 2:30 Feeling. Inside the Hostess Bankery. Wonder Bread runs deep in my family. 20,000 Sacrificed In Annual Blood Offering To Corporate America. Lawsuit Alleges CCA Uses Violent Gang Members To Save Money.

BP CEO: 'We Deeply Regret The Tragic Loss Of $4.5 Billion' Five ways corporate greed is bankrupting America. Instant Replay Video: Matt Taibbi and Lawrence O'Donnell Discuss Romney and 'the Bain Way' American Real Estate Investors Seek Opportunities in Europe’s Debt Crisis. US debt collectors cash in on $1 trillion in student loans. Will corporations prevent the Singularity?