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What Does Natural, Organic, Local Really Mean Legally?

By FindLaw Staff | Updated by Melissa Bender, Esq. | Last updated on

Are you careful about what your buy and eat? Do you buy organic, local, natural foods? You may be surprised to find that those words -- natural, local, organic -- don't necessarily mean what you think. Here is what you need to know about the legal definitions of these label words. Natural What is natural? Surprise! There is no legal definition of natural. Many producers label their foods as "all natural" when in fact they contain factory produced chemicals.

Elderly at Risk With Temperatures Soaring: How to Avoid Heat Stroke

By FindLaw Staff | Updated by Melissa Bender, Esq. | Last updated on

States have been experiencing a recent rash of heat waves lately, which leads to an important question: how do you avoid a heat stroke? Heat strokes and the elderly can be an especially fatal mix, so knowing the signs and symptoms of heat strokes is important to safeguard your health, or the health of your loved ones. The reason why the elderly are more at risk for heat-related illnesses is because as people age, their bodies lose the ability to easily adapt to hot temperatures, US News reports.

Manhattan's Congestion Pricing Saga Takes a Turn

By Vaidehi Mehta, Esq. | Last updated on

It is true that New York City already has the lowest car ownership compared to other U.S. cities, but it’s probably not as low as you think. Although car ownership in the five boroughs is less than half of the rest of the country, 45% of them…

Poppi Soda Faces Lawsuit Over Probiotic Gut Health Claims

By Vaidehi Mehta, Esq. | Last updated on

If you’re a health food nut or like to shop at stores like Whole Foods, you’ve probably seen the soda aisles lined with the bright pastel cans of Poppi soda, a drink that claims to be “prebiotic” and distinguishes itself from other sugary soft drinks with its…

The CFPB Gets Payback on Buy Now, Pay Later Lenders

By A.J. Firstman | Last updated on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued an interpretive rule confirming that buy now, pay later (BNPL) lenders meet enough criteria to be considered credit card lenders under the Truth in Lending Act. The announcement comes more than two years since the…

When Do Therapists Have to Disclose Threats?

By Vaidehi Mehta, Esq. | Last updated on

Mental health professionals typically have a duty to maintain doctor-patient confidentiality with their clients under HIPAA. This confidentiality covers “privileged communications,” which are discussions between two individuals that involve confidential information. State laws generally recognize a doctor-patient privilege, and this extends to psychotherapists as…

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