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Newland & Newland, LLP Wins Prestigious BBB Accreditation Award

Our team at Newland & Newland, LLP is proud to announce that we have been awarded the Better Business Bureau's Certificate of Accreditation. Our accreditation period began in June 2018 and will continue through May 2020. We plan to continue providing top notch legal services to our clients and continuing to be BBB certified for years to come.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) awards its Certificate of Accreditation to companies that exhibit its eight standards for trust. These are:

  • Building trust;
  • Being transparent;
  • Advertising honestly;
  • Telling the truth;
  • Honoring promises;
  • Being responsive;
  • Embodying integrity; and
  • Safeguarding privacy.

We were certified in recognition of our hard work in personal injury law, real estate law, and bankruptcy law.

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E.Coli Outbreak Reaches 25 States, Kills One

An E.Coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma region of Arizona has been making its way across the United States for more than two months now. The last time we discussed this outbreak, 98 people in 22 states had fallen ill and no deaths had been reported. Now, the illness count is up to 121, illnesses have been reported in 25 states, and one person has died. That person was in California.

Although food poisoning is usually a minor issue, it can be deadly. Certain food-related illnesses are more likely to be deadly than others, but all can potentially lead to complications that put the victim at risk of suffering worsened symptoms and death.

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Kratom Products Recalled Amid Salmonella Concerns

In March 2018, PDX Aromatics recalled many of its kratom products amid concerns that the products could be contaminated with Salmonella. These products include white vein powder products, capsule products, and red vein powder products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a comprehensive list of all the products recalled and their lot numbers to its website.

Food poisoning does not always come from food. In this case, consumers of an alternative medicine product faced a risk of contracting Salmonella poisoning. It is an herbal drug taken from Mitragyna speciosa, a species of evergreen tree in the coffee family. Kratom is usually sold and consumed in its powder form, which can be swallowed in capsules or made into a paste to be taken with water.

What Does Kratom do?

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Recent Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Sprouts

An outbreak of Salmonella that caused eight people to become ill was recently linked to raw bean sprouts served at Jimmy John's restaurants in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. As a precautionary measure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that consumers avoid eating raw sprouts from Jimmy John's restaurants until the cause of the outbreak has been identified and the sprouts are certified to be safe for human consumption again.

Currently, the CDC is working with state agencies in Illinois and Wisconsin to determine the cause of the outbreak. It is possible to trace a food poisoning outbreak to its source, but this can take time and requires cooperation from multiple parties, including the restaurant or retailer that sold the contaminated food, local health departments, and the infected patients themselves.

The CDC's Recommendations for Avoiding Illness

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Stay Safe on Your Next Segway Ride

Segways have been a common sight in malls and among city touring groups since their debut in 2001. Although the Segway's creator hoped to fundamentally change the way we travel, potentially replacing the motor vehicle and altering pedestrian traffic, it never reached this level of influence. It was, however, adopted by many companies and organizations for use by security guards, police officers, and tour group leaders and participants.

Segways, like any other type of vehicle, can be dangerous. A Segway's top speed is 12 miles per hour, and when ridden on a sidewalk among bicyclists and pedestrians, a fast, bulky Segway can cause a collision that results in injury. They are also at risk of mechanical failures just like any other mechanical or electronic product. When an individual is injured in a Segway accident that could have been prevented through better care on another party's part, he or she can file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for his or her related damages. The type of personal injury claim the individual files depends on the nature of the incident. It could be a premises liability claim, a product liability claim, or a simple claim based on negligence.

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