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Revised DOJ estimate shows whistleblowers Recovered $898 Million In Unsupported FCA Cases

Whistleblowers whose False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuits went unsupported by the U.S. government resulted in far more returns than the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) originally reported. Taxpayers Against Fraud noted the DOJ has revised its fiscal-year 2017 numbers to show that whistleblowers who filed False Claims Act lawsuits on behalf of the government but which federal prosecutors declined to join recovered $898 million for U.S. coffers – more than twice the amount ($425 million) that the DOJ reported on Dec. 21. The revised numbers also show that whistleblowers, whether or not they were supported by the federal government, recovered far ... Read More

Zoll cardioverter defibrillator may not deliver life-saving shock

In certain cases, the Zoll LifeVest 4000 wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator, designed to monitor a patient’s heart and deliver a “treatment shock” as needed to restore the patient’s heartbeat to a normal rhythm, may not be able to deliver this life-saving treatment due to a defect that prevents the device from charging its high-energy capacitors. As a result, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing information and recommendations to health care professionals. The LifeVest 4000 is a wearable defibrillator used to treat life-threatening arrhythmias in adults and children who are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest and are not candidates ... Read More

Tour Bus Driver Charged In Deadly Mexico Cruise Crash

A tour bus crash that killed 11 cruise ship passengers and a tour guide in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula last month was the result of driver negligence and speed, prosecutors in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo said. The tour bus was operated by one of several local tour companies contracted by the Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruise lines to take cruise passengers on land excursions. “Due to a lack of care the driver lost control of the bus’ steering to the right, leaving the asphalt,” state prosecutor Miguel Angel Pech Cen told reporters in a press conference, according to the Associated ... Read More

Bed Bath & Beyond Recalls Comforters Over Toxic Mold Concerns

Bed Bath & Beyond and federal product safety regulators are coordinating a recall of about 175,000 “Hudson” comforters made by UGG due to the potential presence of toxic mold. Bed Bath & Beyond and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said that mold was discovered on some of the recalled comforters, posing a risk of respiratory infection and other infections in people with impaired immune systems, chronic health problems, and allergies. The comforters covered by the recall were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond locations throughout the country and a few additional units were sold in Canada. The “Hudson” ... Read More

Shredded coconut linked to salmonella outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut, distributed by Evershing International Trading Company. The outbreak has sickened at least 25 people in nine states. Six of those infected were hospitalized. To date, no deaths have been reported. On Jan. 3, 2018, Evershing International Trading Company recalled all 16-ounce packages of Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut after the product was identified by Massachusetts officials as the source of ... Read More

Yale doc says AndroGel caused blood clots in man’s lungs

A Yale School of Medicine physician, testifying on behalf of a man who blamed AbbVie Inc.’s AndroGel for causing blood clots in his lungs, said that the hormone replacement therapy does, in fact, increase the risk of dangerous blood clots in men who use the treatment. Yale hematologist Dr. Henry Rinder told an Illinois federal jury earlier this week that he believes that plaintiff Robert Nolte would not have suffered from a pulmonary embolism – or blood clots in his lungs – and several related injuries had he not been taking AndroGel. Nolte is suing AbbVie for failing to warn ... Read More

Intel Plaintiffs Want Class Actions Consolidated In California

Plaintiffs in a proposed class of consumers suing Intel over its “Meltdown” and “Spectre” flaws are urging the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate five lawsuits in California’s Northern District. The plaintiffs allege that Intel’s security patch for the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, which potentially allow hackers to access the contents of computer systems and smartphones, slows computer processing speeds. According to Law 360, two plaintiffs filed a putative class action against Intel in California’s Northern District within a day that news of the Intel microprocessor vulnerabilities broke. Those initial lawsuits were followed by three additional class actions that ... Read More

Florida Woman Killed By Takata Airbag Should Have Survived Crash

A Takata airbag that deployed with lethal force killed a Florida woman in a July 19 collision that she should have survived, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a report released Jan. 17 and obtained by the Associated Press. Nichol Barker, 34, of Holiday, Florida, died July 19 when her 2002 Honda Accord collided with a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am driven by a 19-year-old male who had made a left turn in front of Ms. Barker’s vehicle. Ms. Barker was driving about 30 mph when her Honda Accord struck the Trans Am. Her 10-year-old son, 5-year-old daughter, and mother were ... Read More

Women blame birth control app for unwanted pregnancies

A contraceptive app available in several countries including the U.S. is being blamed for causing 37 unwanted pregnancies in Sweden and has been reported to Swedish Medical Product Agency (MPA). The unintended pregnancies were reported by women who visited Södersjukhuset hospital in Stockholm seeking abortions. Natural Cycles, the only certified birth control app, uses an algorithm to measure factors including temperature and menstruation cycle to determine when a woman is fertile. The app is free in the U.S. The company says the method is popular because many women prefer a natural alternative to hormonal contraceptives, like the birth control pill, ... Read More

Feds Declare Montana Tractor-Trailer Driver Hazard to Public Safety

Federal transportation authorities have declared a Montana-licensed commercial tractor-trailer driver to be an “imminent hazard to public safety” after he caused two crashes and failed a drug test. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) imminent-hazard declaration immediately bars Robert Schefflmaer from operating any commercial vehicle in interstate commerce. According to the FMCSA, on Oct. 18, Schefflmaer was transporting hazardous material in a large commercial tanker truck on Interstate 80 in Elko County, Nevada, when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed the median, and entered the opposing traffic lanes. The tanker trailer then became detached from the tractor and ... Read More