When Companies Are Not Honest

Honesty is always the best policy, and it’s a policy that shows up in our day-to-day lives. Every day, the rules regarding transparency become stricter for businesses.

Restaurants have to list certain nutritional facts on their menus and food labels are becoming more informative. Hair and skin products are also becoming more open about their ingredients and whether or not they test on animals.

For the most part, this transparency is a wonderful thing. It’s great that the modern consumer can quickly discern between the quality of different brands with just a single glance at the packaging of their products.

Additionally, this makes the companies look even better, because if there’s one quality that a consumer respects, it’s honesty. There’s only one downside to this: when the consumer finds out that they have been lied to, it makes the sting that much worse.

It seems like everything these days is a carcinogen, from red meat to hairspray. Most major manufacturers of these products have the decency to warn the general public about these side effects. One such company isn’t quite so honest.

The Story of Monsanto

Monsanto has made waves for the past few years for their shady business tactics. One thing that has landed them in hot water is their invention of Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the United States.

Roundup is best known for containing glyphosate. Special plants are manufactured that are resistant to glyphosate so that when the invasive species around them are doused with the herbicide, the crops survive while the weeds are killed.

The result is a higher yield of crops with fewer weeds and other invasive plants taking up space. This wouldn’t be such a bad thing if glyphosate didn’t come with a host of side effects attached.

Glyphosate was classified as a carcinogen and linked to myeloma and leukemia, as well as other forms of cancers. In addition to the cancers, the use of Roundup has been correlated with a variety of other diseases. It seems like the best solution at the moment is to simply stop using the product, this isn’t enough.

Stopping use of the product certainly helps, but because of the aerosol nature of the product, Roundup has contaminated various water and food sources, making the nearby area susceptible to disease- pregnant women and the elderly are notably more vulnerable to getting sick after exposure.

If you’ve used Roundup and gotten sick after, or if you think you’ve come into contact with contaminated food or water, consider joining one of the many class-action lawsuits against Monsanto. The Driscoll Firm, P.C. is a firm specializing in helping those who have fallen victim to Monsanto’s negligence.

Not only has Monsanto kept their dirty secret hidden from the public, but they are also going as far as to deny any allegations against them. Don’t stay silent in the face of injustice- speak up and help countless others hold Monsanto accountable for their actions!

Do You Need a Lawyer for DUI?

Last week I was talking with my neighbor and he had mentioned that he didn’t understand why just about everyone gets a lawyer the moment they end up in jail. He said that he feels like he understands the basics of the law, and he could give himself a good enough defense in the court of law. I didn’t really know about the situation one way or another, so I started doing some searches to see what I could find. I read some information on the website for the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter. The attorneys at this office work on criminal and specifically DUI cases. They’re the person that lots of people call when they’ve initially been arrested and charged with a DUI.

They brought up some good points as to why you definitely need a lawyer if you’re going to fight charges in court. When you’re in court, it’s your job to show why you deserve to have your charges dropped. You can have charges dropped for many different reasons. If the police don’t have the right evidence, if they made assumptions, if they didn’t have a reason to pull you over, or if they violated your rights, your charges can be dismissed or reduced. But unless you’ve been in the field for a long time, you’re not going to know what the police did wrong. Also, if you try to say that the cop did something wrong, you might not know how to prove it. If the situation turns into a he-said, she-said sort of thing, you’re probably going to lose.

Also, if you end up getting charged with a DUI, you’re going to have a lot of personal stuff going on that you need to deal with. You’re going to need to figure out if you’ll be able to get to work if your license has been suspended, and if you can’t, what’s going to happen. You’re also going to need to explain the situation to those who you’re closest with. Right after a DUI charge, it’s probably best to spend your time making sure your reputation stays intact rather than trying to study DUI law before your court date.

I just learned that the sobriety tests police do can sometimes be biased against certain people. The tests themselves are subjective enough as it is. If a police officer asks you to take a field sobriety test, they’re asking because they think you might be drunk. They’re already operating under this belief, and you’re fighting this bias while taking the test. Within this test, officers are looking for smooth eye movement. Alcohol can inhibit people from having smooth eye movement, but so can a multitude of other things. High stress can, and people who might be arrested are under a great deal of stress as it is. Age and other unrelated health conditions can also inhibit one’s ability to have smooth eye movement. None of this should count against you in a DUI case. It’s best to refuse these tests when an officer asks you to take one, even if you are sober.

How to Know If You Are Ready for a Baby

Married couples eventually get to the point where they begin to wonder what it would be like to bring a child into this world. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed at the thought of being responsible for another human’s life, and many people doubt if and when they’re ready for a child. The truth is, there is not one right answer to the question, “Are you ready?” Some people don’t realize how prepared they are until their child is born. Even if you don’t have all the money in the world or crossed everything off your bucket list, that’s okay. Here are a few signs that you might be ready to have a child:

  • You’re prepared to make sacrifices – Note that this first tip doesn’t say how easy it is going to be or that you are already making the sacrifices. That’s because loving your child is new level of sacrifice that can be as instinctual as breathing. You may not fully understand what types of sacrifices are headed your way, but you should at least be familiar with the concept. You will have to extend yourself on behalf of your child, but in the end, it will be worth it.
  • You can take care of yourself – It may seem irrelevant, but it’s very important that you are in a place mentally, emotionally, and physically to care for another human being. That means knowing how to take care of yourself first. Your child won’t stand a chance to succeed unless you are your best self. It won’t always be easy or always feasible, but you need to at least grasp how to take care of yourself so that you can monitor your progress as a parent.
  • You understand what it takes to be responsible – Again, it doesn’t have to be every single moment of your life, but you need to at least be familiar with the expectations you will face. Being a parent isn’t easy, and you will need to make decisions based on you and your child. Everything from the words you say to the food you eat will not affect just you, but also your baby. The good news is, even if you aren’t there yet, you can change and you can be responsible.
  • Deep down you want a baby – It’s okay if the idea seems terrifying and impossible to manage, but you have to ask yourself, “Would a baby bring you joy?” Having a child is one of the biggest life changes you can experience, and if you have absolutely no interest in starting the adventure of parenting, then maybe you shouldn’t have a child. But for most people, the self-doubt and confusion stems from being afraid of the unknown, and that’s okay.

If you and your partner think you’re ready to have a baby, I wish you both the best of luck. For some parents, a baby comes as soon as they try. For others, it can be a little bit of a struggle to become pregnant. Other families skip the pregnant part and adopt a child.

Punitive Damages in Personal Injury Claims

Over the years the number of people involved in car accidents due to road rage has been steadily increasing, and these accidents often result in personal injuries or property damage. If you have been involved in a road rage car accident and are able to identify the person who assaulted you, then you have legal rights to sue the driver. There are a number of legal actions that you can file against the other driver, namely personal injury claims, property damage, and even possible criminal charges.

After being treated for injuries following a road rage-related car accident, it is necessary to gather important documents such as medical expenses and records (that would back up your claims for damages and document the extent of the injuries), wage loss due to missed work, and others. These documents would help determine the amount of compensation that you have the legal right to receive. Likewise, criminal charges such as assault and battery can lead to punitive damages. Punitive damages are generally aimed to punish and prevent future similar actions from the other driver and set as an example to motorists.

Because road rage can lead to civil and criminal charges, after filing an insurance claim and civil lawsuit, you can consult with the police or district attorney’s office regarding the filing of criminal charges. According to the website of the Abel Law Firm, a lawyer can assist in gathering evidence and presenting the case in court. In civil cases, it is easier to prove that the recklessness of the other driver in the road rage incident – evidence presented in court can help establish how the car accident or incident occurred. On the other hand, the criminal charges can be harder to prove in court: the court has to determine that the other driver involved is guilty beyond reasonable doubt. The damages that a criminal case can provide may also be lower as compared to civil cases.

Restoring Professional Credibility after Embezzlement Charges

Employees accused of embezzlement not only face serious fines and possible jail time, but also loss of professional credibility. As a result of criminal charges, it can be incredibly difficult for defendants to find employment long after their court case ends. Embezzlement is the blanket term used to indicate a number of varying criminal charges. Crimes classified as embezzlement include forgery, false billing, employee theft, employee fraud, credit card fraud, the illegal transfer of money, and the illegal transfer of property. Embezzlement occurs when a professional steals or misuses money entrusted to them, usually by their employer.

Stealing money from the workplace is a highly punishable crime because it is destructive to the business in addition to the financial gains of other employees. According to the website of Kohler Hart Powell, SC many embezzlement cases can go undetected for many years, which is why people accused of embezzlement usually face considerable fines and legal action. Employees that work for lucrative companies can steal hundreds of thousands of dollars before financial monitoring detects the loss.

If someone is wrongfully accused of employee theft they should consult a lawyer to help defend their innocence. Many people that are wrongfully accused are hesitant to hire a lawyer for fear that thorough legal defense will make them appear guilty. However a lawyer is often an accused party’s best measure against being held accountable for a crime that they didn’t commit. In addition to protecting their clients from serving undeserved jail time, criminal defense lawyers help protect or re-establish the professional reputation of the accused. Professional credibility and confidence will help the wrongfully accused employer move forward and succeed professionally despite the charges brought against them.

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