Business briefs: ‘Pink slime’ lawsuit allowed to proceed
ELK POINT, S.D. – A circuit judge has refused to throw out a defamation lawsuit against ABC related to its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed “pink slime.”
Beef Products Inc. sued the television network in 2012 seeking $1.2 billion in damages. Dakota Dunes-based BPI says ABC’s coverage led to the closure of three plants and roughly 700 layoffs by misleading consumers into believing the product is unsafe.
Attorneys for ABC say BPI might not like the phrase “pink slime,” but like all ground beef it’s pink and has a slimy texture.
In her Thursday ruling, Judge Cheryle Gering dismissed some claims but allowed most to go forward.
Foreign pills prompt recall of Alli drug
GlaxoSmithKline is recalling the weight loss drug Alli after receiving reports that other pills and tablets are being found in the bottles.
The over-the-counter drug comes in a turquoise blue capsule with a dark blue band and the text “60 Orlistat.” However, consumers have been finding a range of tablets in the bottles, the British drugmaker said Thursday,
GlaxoSmithKline also said some bottles have tamper-resistant seals that are not authentic. Alli comes in bottles with an inner foil barrier labeled “Sealed for Your Protection.”
Some of those bottles are missing labels.
The company is asking pharmacies and retailers in the United States and Puerto Rico to immediately remove the drug from store shelves.
Connecticut raises minimum wage to $10.10
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Gov. Dannel Malloy has signed a bill that will raise Connecticut’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, the highest for any state in the country.
Malloy appeared Thursday at the same New Britain restaurant where he dined earlier this month with President Barack Obama and several other New England governors. The president was in town to advocate for a national $10.10 minimum wage.
The legislation will increase the minimum hourly wage to $9.15 in January, $9.60 in January 2016 and $10.10 in January 2017.
Toyota recalling Avalons over air bags
TORRANCE, Calif. – Toyota is recalling 119,000 Avalon sedans from the 2003 and 2004 model years because their air bags could deploy inadvertently.
The company says circuits within the air bag control module can be damaged if they’re exposed to interference from other electrical components in the car.
The defect can also cause the seat belt pretensioners to tighten without warning.