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Keurig recalling some Minis
Keurig is recalling more than 7 million of its single-serve coffee brewing machines after reports that a number of them had spewed hot liquids and injured dozens of users. The recall is for Keurig’s Mini Plus brewers that were made between 2009 and 2014. Keurig received about 200 reports of hot liquid spraying from the brewer, including 90 reports of burn-related injuries. Customers who own the brewers can contact the company and have a repair kit sent for free. Meanwhile, the company warned customers to keep an arm’s length away from the brewers and not brew more than two cups in quick succession.
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Family Dollar delays sale vote
Family Dollar says it has delayed a shareholder vote on its proposed $8.5 billion acquisition by Dollar Tree until January. The Matthews, N.C.-based discount retailer held a special meeting Tuesday for shareholders to vote on the deal. But the company says there were insufficient votes and the decision was delayed. The company earlier this year rejected a $9.1 billion offer from retailer Dollar General, saying the businesses are too similar and they would face antitrust concerns.
FDA targets pure powdered caffeine
The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses. The FDA warned consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine this summer after the death of an Ohio teen. Some major retailers have stopped selling it in bulk, but the substance is still widely available on the Internet and in some stores. Even a teaspoon of the powder can be lethal – it is equivalent to 25 cups of coffee and is unregulated because it is sold as a dietary supplement.
Mercedes U.S. headquarters in N.C.?
North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham Triangle area could be in the running for the potential relocation of Mercedes-Benz USA’s headquarters from New Jersey, according to media reports. The Detroit News reported that the company is considering moving its corporate headquarters from Montvale, N.J., to either the Triangle or Atlanta, citing two people briefed on the matter. Mercedes-Benz employs about 1,000 people in New Jersey, where it has had its headquarters since 1972. North Carolina has struggled to attract a major automaker and its suppliers in the past because of lucrative tax incentives offered by states such as South Carolina.
Data broker on FTC’s radar
In a first-of-a-kind case, the Federal Trade Commission is targeting a data broker for allegedly selling sensitive consumer information – including bank account numbers – to marketers that authorities said the broker knew had no legitimate need for it. In its lawsuit, the commission charges that Arizona-based LeapLab bought the payday loan applications of people strapped for money, then sold that data to third-parties who weren’t lenders. The FTC says at least one of the marketers buying data from LeapLab used the information to withdraw more than $4 million from consumers’ bank accounts without authorization.
The Associated Press and The Charlotte Observer contributed.