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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was a steadfast friend and ally of the rich and powerful, and that was reflected in many of the votes he made while on the court. Now that he’s gone, and with a massive fight between Republicans and Democrats on the next nominee likely to take a bit of time, Scalia’s loss is having profound effects.

The Minnesota Tribune reported Friday,

“Dow Chemical said Friday it will pay $835 million to settle a long-standing class action lawsuit, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia decreased its chances of prevailing at the Supreme Court.”

That announcement shows how corporations are shifting their legal strategy following the loss of the court’s 5-4 conservative majority.

“I think most corporations facing class actions regarded Justice Scalia as a friend,” said Robert Peck, president of the Center for Constitutional Litigation in Washington. “He has been a thoroughly consistent vote on their side of the equation.”

Dow was found liable in 2013 by a Kansas jury of conspiring to fix prices for polyurethane, an industrial chemical used in everything from packaging to car interiors. The judgment dealt with alleged actions by Dow and several other companies between 2000 and 2003. Dow had petitioned the Supreme Court to reconsider the judgment, until Scalia died.

A company spokesman said Friday the court’s current lineup has “increased the likelihood for unfavorable outcomes for business involved in class action suits.”

Now that the Supreme Court has an even split between perceived liberals and perceived conservatives, any tie in the supreme court would automatically shift the decision to the previous lower court ruling against Dow. In other words, the decision against Dow in the lower court would stand, and this case could never again be brought to the supreme court. Dow was going to be a winner with Scalia, and without him, the company is a loser.

This is just one example of the wonderful legal acumen of Scalia. If a company ripped off employees or customers, killed them, maimed them, violated their legal rights, or stole from them, Scalia could always be counted on to vote for corporations, their CEOs, and their rich shareholders regardless of the evidence or the law. This was only natural, I suppose, since Scalia was often seen in the company of the rich and powerful, such as the Koch Brothers.

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Dow Chemical Settles Case–Minnesota Star Tribune

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc to pay $188 million to employees who had sued the retailer for failing to compensate them for rest breaks and all hours worked.

Check out the rest of the story by clicking on the link below.

Walmart ordered to pay for wage theft–www.readersupportednews.org

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A series of lawsuits have been, and are being, brought, against companies labeling their foods “natural,” or all-natural, when they are in fact loaded with GMO ingredients, according to Conan Milner, reporting in the latest issue of Epoch Times.

In July, Naked Juice Co. agreed to pay $9 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought against it for using the “all-natural” on its labels. The products of this company are loaded with Genetically Modified Ingredients. Naked Juice is owned by Pepisco, whose products, such as Pepsi Cola, are loaded with GMO ingredients.

100 percent of studies that are not funded by the producers of GMO products show these things are harmful to human health. As early as 1995, USDA scientists concluded this, as well as concluding GMO will cause allergies.

There’s nothing natural about GMOs. According to Mark Kastel, director of Cereal Crimes, “‘GMOs by definition are not natural, because they’re talking about genetically manipulating a plant, or conceivably an animal, that becomes an organism that’s never existed on this planet before. That doesn’t seem very natural to me.'”

There’s nothing natural about taking a salmon gene and inserting it into a seed that grows into a plant that produces fruit or vegetables. There’s nothing natural about taking a man made toxin, such as Monsanto‘s Bt and Ht toxins, inserting it into seeds plants, and remain in the plant’s fruit when you eat them. What’s natural about that?

One other point needs to be made. Food and dink companies use GMOs because it’s cheaper and more profitable to use these harmful ingredients rather than natural ingredients. Food prices are going up, not down. And yet, the use of GMOs ensures the cost to produce the food is going down. That means profit margins are widening. GMOs are one of the reasons companies like McDonalds are having record profits. In other words, using GMOs is another way for the parasite 1 percent to redistribute income from the 99 percent by simply poisoning us and taking our money in the process.

PS — Normally I would have a link to this story, but I can’t find it. However, it is on the front page of the August 23-29 street edition of Epoch Times.

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