No Warning on Cereals

California’s Second Appellate District granted Post Foods’, General Mills’ and Kellogg’s request to vacate the L.A. Superior Court’s denial of summary judgment to the cereal giants, who say they should not have to post cancer warnings because cereals contain acrylamide, because to do so would preempt federal law and could mislead consumers into avoiding whole grains.

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Cruelty in LA Jails

The Ninth Circuit on Monday vacated partial summary judgment for L.A. County and its former Sheriff Lee Baca, and reversed and remanded denial of a new trial in favor of pretrial detainee Lecia Shorter, who alleged inadequate medical care, unconstitutional conditions of confinement, humiliating and invasive strip searches, “and that jail officials routinely left noncompliant detainees naked and chained to their cell doors, for hours at a time without access to food, water, or a toilet.”

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‘Extravagant Lifestyle’

The SEC on Monday charged former Energy XXI CEO John D. Schiller Jr. with maintaining his “extravagant lifestyle” by hiding more than $10 million in personal loans he got from company vendors and a candidate for Energy XXI’s board, and separately charged Norman M.K. Louie, a portfolio manager at co-defendant Mount Kellett Capital Management, with hiding a $3 million loan to Schiller just before he was appointed to Energy XXI’s board.

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