Peanut butter mess gets attention of Obama, FDA, lawyers

February 3, 2009

pbjIf you are perturbed by the recent peanut butter product recalls (or if your kids are not pleased to do without their beloved peanut putter crackers) you are not alone – a bunch of folks here in Washington are none too happy with the situation either.

President Barack Obama is promising a comprehensive review of FDA procedures after the salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds of peanut product eaters, and possible cause the death of at least eight.

“I think that the FDA has not been able to catch some of these things as quickly as I expect them to catch,” Obama said yesterday during an NBC interview. “At bare minimum, we should be able to count on our government keeping our kids safe when they eat peanut butter.”

Meanwhile the FDA has launched a criminal investigation into the Georgia plant where salmonella and other food violations were found even after state inspector approval.

Meanwhile, lawsuits are already beginning to be filed, and personal injury attorneys keeping close watch on the developments in the capital, Georgia and across the country.

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DC Dicta asks: What do you think of the Supreme “Boston Legal” episode?

May 7, 2008

DC Dicta does not normally watch the show “Boston Legal,” but with all of the hubbub over a recent episode featuring the fictitious legal team before the U.S. Supreme Court – including an interview in Legal Times with show creator (and, like DC Dicta, Boston University School of Law alum) David E. Kelley – we had to check it out.

Now we want to know what you think. Kelley is known for his over-the-top drama, particularly on this show. Did you like the episode or is it – as some have criticized – too unrealistic and disrespectful of the high court? Give us your two cents in the comments section below. (Unfortunately this clip does not show what DC Dicta thought was the funniest part of the episode – when William Shatner’s Denny Crane was flirting with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during opposing counsel’s argument.)