Consumer Confidential: ‘Fairness in Class Action’ Bill Aims to Restrict Consumers’ Access to Court

Many companies already forbid you from joining other disgruntled customers in filing a class-action lawsuit, forcing you instead to take your beef to an arbitrator. A bill making its way through the Republican-controlled House would diminish your legal options even more. “The backers of this bill aren’t even trying to hide their intentions,” said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel at the advocacy group Public Citizen....

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Farmers in Settlement Want Lawyers Out

Burlington — After nearly six years in a national class action lawsuit against major powers in the milk-pricing market, some dairy farmers want to fire their lawyers. Jonathan Haar, a dairy farmer, just finished two days of essentially prosecuting his own attorneys in U.S. District Court for alleged misconduct in reaching a $50 million settlement with the Dairy Farmers of America, a marketing co-op based in New Hampshire. Haar and his...

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A Business With a Twist
Apr28

A Business With a Twist

Plainfield resident Suzanne Spencer Rendahl, doing business as Yoga@Work, has built a business for herself by thinking outside the box. While working as a journalist after graduation from Dartmouth College, she became interested in yoga. At first she tried to teach herself by reading books and watching tapes. Next she tried different classes with different instructors teaching different styles of yoga. Nothing seemed to click. Then,...

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VTC to Host Brewing Short Course

Randolph — For the second year running, Vermont Tech will offer a brewing short course for entrepreneurs and home brewers. The class is set for May 11-17, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Drop-In Brewing Co. in Middlebury, Vt. Taught by the Drop-In’s owner, Steve Parkes, it will cover the science, safety and sensory evaluation skills needed to work effectively in a brewery, the college said in a recent news release. Students will be exposed...

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VTC to Host Brewing Short Course

Randolph — For the second year running, Vermont Tech will offer a brewing short course for entrepreneurs and home brewers. The class is set for May 11-17, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Drop-In Brewing Co. in Middlebury, Vt. Taught by the Drop-In’s owner, Steve Parkes, it will cover the science, safety and sensory evaluation skills needed to work effectively in a brewery, the college said in a recent news release. Students will be exposed...

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