Daily Archives: September 9, 2011

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Falling concert equipment leaves Texas lawyer with traumatic brain injury

AUSTIN, Texas — An attorney who received a serious head injury at concert in Austin, Texas, on March 18, has filed a lawsuit against the event organizers, operators, and host, alleging he “no longer possesses the mental capacity or thought processes necessary to effectively represent his clients.” Richard Patrick Fagerberg, 41, attended a concert lineup that was part of the annual SXSW music festival at Stubb’s Bar-b-q when the life-changing injury occurred. The English band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark had just taken the stage when a large mechanical arm that was being used to shoot video crashed into the ... Read More

Vaccine watchdog group asks FDA to review Gardasil for possible contamination

A consumer watchdog group that specifically focuses on vaccine safety, SANE Vax, Inc., sent a certified letter to U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg on Sept. 6, asking the agency to review the possibility of contamination involving the vaccine Gardasil. Gardasil, manufactured by Merck & Co., is promoted as a preventive against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which is linked to the development of cervical cancer. SANE Vax reports independent testing indicates samples of the Gardasil vaccine may be contaminated with recombinant HPV DNA. In its official news release, SANE Vax reports that 100 percent of the ... Read More

U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking agreement threatened by lawsuit

A cross-border pilot program that would allow Mexican long-haul trucks to make deliveries within the United States is being challenged in court over concerns that the Mexican trucks and drivers would not be safe enough for U.S. roads. The Teamsters and Public Citizen filed a lawsuit against the Department of Transportation on Friday in an effort to stop the prospect of long-distance cross-border trucking, which was originally introduced by the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) but never fully instituted. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, alleges the standards ... Read More