The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division announced that Bridgestone Corporation has pleaded guilty to price fixing on products they sold to auto makers, both here in the U.S. and overseas. The Tokyo-based company will pay a fine of $425 million. This fine comes after a three-year criminal investigation that is reported to be the largest one ever conducted by the Antitrust Division, and a total of over $2 billion in criminal fines.
Long-term care hospitals in Michigan and around the country provide treatment for people who have what are considered "complex conditions" that require more than a few weeks of care for an illness or injury. These facilities provide such things as respiratory therapy, wound and head trauma care, and various types of rehabilitation. Many patients spend time in long-term acute care facilities after being released from an intensive care unit in a hospital.
Many people are becoming more cognizant of the conditions under which farmed animals are raised, and seek out meat, dairy and egg products from animals raised in relatively humane, healthy conditions. They rely on labels to guide them not only to products that they can feel better about eating, but those with fewer chemicals, hormones, antibiotics and other potentially dangerous ingredients. However, labels do not always tell the truth.
Nearly everyone in Michigan and many others throughout the country have seen the "Pure Michigan" print and television advertisements promoting tourism in our state. When a real estate company based in Lapeer County chose the name Pure Michigan Real Estate Inc. last March, the organization behind those ads responded with a lawsuit.
As many of our readers know, agriculture is Michigan's second-largest industry, after manufacturing. In fact, President Barack Obama recently traveled to Michigan State University to sign the farm bill that finally made it through Congress after years of debate and compromises. He was joined by an MSU alumnus, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee.
The minimum wage has lately been a topic of debate on both a national level and here in Michigan. In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama made the case to raise the federal minimum wage by 2016 to $10.10 per hour from its current level of $7.25.
People watching President Obama's recent State of the Union address saw not one, but two Detroit business leaders singled out – both of them female. Aside from General Motors' new chief executive officer, Mary Barra, the president introduced the worldwide audience to the founder of Detroit Manufacturing Systems.