This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which deregulated American freight…
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Happy 40th to the Staggers Rail Act, Which Deregulated and Saved the U.S. Rail Industry

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which deregulated American freight rail and saved it from looming oblivion.

At the time of passage, the U.S. economy muddled along amid ongoing malaise, and our rail industry teetered due to decades of overly bureaucratic sclerosis.  Many other domestic U.S. industries had disappeared, and our railroads faced the same fate.  But by passing the Staggers Rail Act, Congress restored a deregulatory approach that in the 1980s allowed other U.S. industries to thrive.  No longer would government determine what services railroads could offer, their rates or their routes, instead restoring greater authority to the railroads themselves based upon cost-efficiency.

Today, U.S. rail flourishes even amid the coronavirus pandemic…[more]

October 13, 2020 • 11:09 PM

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Wednesday, September 30 2020

A class action lawsuit has been filed against McDonald’s, claiming it misleads customers who purchase a vanilla ice cream cone because it is not made with “natural flavor” as the ingredients indicate. 

"The representations for the Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream are misleading because this gives consumers the impression that all of the vanilla taste is from vanilla beans, when this is not true and misleads consumers," the class action lawsuit contends.

In addition to demanding that the advertising be corrected, the lawsuit seeks to collect damages, claiming a premium is charged for vanilla ice cream. 

"Plaintiff would not have purchased or paid more for the Product had Plaintiff realized that much, if not all, of the vanilla flavor came from non-vanilla plant sources," according to the McDonald’s class action lawsuit.

Additionally, the class action lawsuit is seeking potential Class Members "residing in California who have purchased McDonald’s Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream and other dessert items which feature the Vanilla Soft Serve, i.e., Vanilla Shake, for their own use” since 2014. The class action lawsuit says "global climate disruptions" hitting the vanilla industry have led food companies "to cut corners" while selling "premium vanilla" products.

Source: topclassactions.com

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