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Lawsuits could be costly

May 16, 2013 - Rob Weaver
Two lawsuits have been filed against Whirlpool Corp. for its alleged role in a cancer cluster in the Clyde-Green Springs area.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks more than $5 million from the appliance maker. A class-action suit filed in March seeks $750 million.

Those are numbers that could make a Whirlpool employee nervous, and the company's Clyde Division has more than 3,000 workers. It's the largest employer in Sandusky County.

Indeed, those two lawsuits (at least in theory) could cost the company almost a year's worth of profits. Whirlpool, a global company, had a worldwide operating profit of $869 million for 2012.

In an unrelated matter, this week's online poll regarding a switch to mail-only elections in Ohio is finding respondents turning down the idea by a more than 2-1 margin.

While I am intrigued by the concept of having elections conducted entirely by mail -- with voters allowed to visit their local board of elections office to cast a ballot in person -- I still have concerns about the possibility of coercion with not-so-secret ballot. Think about a boss or union leader pressuring workers to reveal how they are voting.

I do think the system would work with primary/special elections, though.

 
 

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