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Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Jennifer Walker-Journey is a professional writer whose 20-year career spans from newspapers and magazines to Ezines and business blogs. Her primary focus is corporate and business writing, though she relishes any opportunity to write features. In her limited free time, Jennifer strives to finish the novel she is writing. She lives in Birmingham with her husband, Rick, and their insatiably curious son, Truman.

UM faces dozens of asbestos exposure-related claims

Most people could have expected that it would be only a matter of time before those exposed to cancer-causing asbestos at the University of Montana took legal action. Just weeks after the discovery of asbestos in an air duct led to testing that revealed levels of asbestos in the air at McGill Hall far exceeded levels considered safe by federal standards, 32 asbestos-related claims were filed against the university by faculty, staff and/or student workers. The scare prompted the University of Montana to test areas within the building, after which which the school relocated 47 preschoolers to the College of ... Read More

Nursing home faces wrongful death lawsuit

The family of an elderly Massachusetts woman is suing the nursing home where she was living for wrongful death, alleging the facility failed to respond to the 88-year-old woman’s cries of distress, and engaged in a cover-up by withholding the identities of four nurses at the facility charged with her care. Kathryn Miller died March 2015 at Alden Court Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Center in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. The nursing home claimed in court documents that Miller died from a seizure. But her death certificate states that she died from asphyxiation. A post-mortem exam revealed something in her throat that resembled ... Read More

Woman helps factory workers seek compensation for benzene exposure

Sherry Roe was with her father for his chemotherapy treatment when she made the connection between her father’s terminal cancer and the company where he worked for 28 years. “He’s sitting there talking to a guy on either side of him and they’re all cutting up. They’re all there getting chemo and they all had the same disease,” she told the Kokomo Tribune. “I said, ‘Dad, who are those men?’ He said, ‘This guy’s my foreman and this guy worked in the department with me.’ That’s when it hit me. Something big is going on.” The men all worked at ... Read More

DOJ takes action against Tennessee pharmacies for illegally dispensing opioids

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a first-of-its-kind action to stop two pharmacies, their owner, and three pharmacists from dispensing controlled substances including highly addictive opioids that have been linked to the deaths of at least two people and have driven several others to hospitals for opioid overdose shortly after obtaining drugs from the pharmacies. “The pharmacists have a legal obligation to dispense controlled substances properly, so as not to put patients’ health at risk,” said Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt for the Department of Justice’s Civil Division. “The Department of Justice will use every available tool to stop ... Read More

Patient accuses plastic surgeon of sexual exploitation

A Wisconsin woman is suing her plastic surgeon for sexual exploitation and medical negligence, and a University of Wisconsin-Madison practice for hiring the doctor knowing he had a history of sexual misconduct in other states. Keri Anne Connaughty of Wausau, Wisconsin, is married mother of three who is an avid runner, triathlete and boxer.  She said she went to see Dr. John Siebert at UW Health Transformations because she was dissatisfied with her appearance. She wanted a tummy tuck and breast augmentation. Siebert promised to “make her look beautiful again.” According to Connaughty’s lawsuit, which was filed in Dane County ... Read More

Husband testifies how mesothelioma has crippled his wife

Dean J. Mcelroy cried when he told a California jury how his wife Teresa Leavitt was the life of the party, how she coached their daughters’ volleyball team even though she didn’t know how to play. He talked about how her outgoing personality complemented his reserved demeanor. “Terry saved me from a life of loneliness,” he said. But in 2017, everything changed when Leavitt went to the doctor with back pain. He discovered a baseball-sized tumor in her chest. It was mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure that develops in the lining of internal organs. She ... Read More

Next Roundup trial to begin Feb. 25

When the next lawsuit alleging Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma goes to trial next week, the first phase will delve into the scientific evidence. But what the plaintiff’s attorneys can’t say in that portion of the trial is that the World Health Organization’s (WHO) intergovernmental agency on cancer research classifies Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. Last month, District Judge Vince Chhabria, who oversees about 680 cases in the federal litigation involving Roundup claims, split the trial into two parts. The first phase will focus on whether plaintiff Edward Hardeman’s cancer diagnosis was caused by his ... Read More

Cal/OSHA fines contractors for Twin Peaks Tunnel death

Two contractors were cited by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) for numerous safety violations during a job at the Twin Peaks Tunnel in San Francisco that led to the August 2018 death of a signal technician. Shimmick Construction Co. Inc., of Oakland, and Con-Quest Contractors Inc., of San Francisco face $65,300 in fines for violations that led to the death of Patrick Ricketts, 51. Ricketts and others working in the Twin Peaks Tunnel were reportedly under a time constraint the day Ricketts was killed. According to the report, a worker was using a rail crane to ... Read More

Preliminary report on fatal air ambulance accident offers few clues

A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explains the events that led up to the Jan. 29 crash of the Survival Flight medical helicopter in southeast Ohio, but what caused the accident remains a mystery. Pilot Jennifer Topper and flight nurses Bradley Haynes and Rachel Cunningham were killed when the aircraft went down about 15 minutes into the flight. The single-engine, turbine-powered, Bell 407 helicopter was registered to and operated by Viking Aviation LLC, doing business as Survival Flight Inc., as a helicopter air ambulance. According to the report, “visual meteorological conditions existed at the departure location, ... Read More

J&J subpoenaed over concerns about asbestos in talc

Johnson & Johnson was hit by subpoenas from the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding safety concerns with its talcum powders. The consumer health care giant says it plans to comply with the subpoenas, which were revealed in an annual report filed with the SEC, as well as with Sen. Patty Murry’s request last month that it produce documents related to whether its talcum powders, including its signature Johnson’s Baby Powder, contain cancer-causing asbestos. The requests for information come after a December Reuters investigation that revealed internal documents showed the company was aware for decades ... Read More