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Price-fixing fines – NY text stops – Optical Illusion Roadways

Price-fixing fines – NY text stops – Optical Illusion Roadways

Four of the largest chocolate producers in Canada have agreed to pay more than $23 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging price-fixing and price maintenance in the Canadian market.
The defendants — Cadbury Adams Canada Inc., Hershey Canada Inc., Nestle Canada Inc. and Mars Canada Inc., as well as distributor ITWAL Limited — all deny the allegations.
However, they have settled to avoid the expense, inconvenience and distraction of further protracted litigation, says a statement released Monday by lawyers in the case.
The settlements, which reflect a compromise of disputed claims, have been approved by the courts in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec as being fair, reasonable and in the best interests of class members, says the release.

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The state of New York is taking a page from airports across the nation and installing “Text Stops” – spots for drivers to pull over and read or send text messages – throughout the state, in an effort to curb an epidemic of drivers who continue to text behind the wheel. In truth, these “Text Stops” are really just repurposed rest facilities that already exist. Rest stops, parking areas, and Park-n-Ride facilities are simply being outfit with new signage specifying each as a new Texting Zone and encouraging drivers to use them instead of attempting the old one-handed-quick-look method of surreptitiously texting from your lap. In total, 91 locations have been outfit with the new signage. more at

Optical Illusion roads

The technique for the first time will be tested in Fort Lauderdale later this year or early next year. It will start on a curving stretch of Andrews Avenue and if it works, it may be used on other roads in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
“As is the case with all these types of pilot programs, we want to see test cases that are well-conceived, and have a high probability of mitigating or improving the problem,” said Broward County Traffic
Researchers at the Federal Highway Administration say by spacing the lines gradually closer together, it creates the illusion that drivers are getting to them sooner. Therefore, drivers think they’re traveling faster than they are and slow down. The pattern of lines also grabs their attention.
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