Wendi Lewis

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Wendi Lewis is the Communications Director for Beasley Allen Law Firm. She writes and manages content for Righting Injustice,, and other firm websites and publications. Her background includes journalism, with a focus on feature writing and community news reporting and editing; book publishing and project management; public relations communications; advertising copy writing and corporate profile writing. She is the author of Montgomery: At the Forefront of a New Century, a coffee-table book about Montgomery, Ala., published by Community Communications Inc. in 1996. She and her husband, Eric, live in Montgomery.

Community Health Systems patient information compromised in massive data breach

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Community Health Systems, Inc., has admitted data from its affiliated physician practices and clinics was breached in what it terms a “foreign-based cyber-attack” on its computer network. Patient information was compromised. The cyberattack occurred in April and June 2014 but was not publicly disclosed until August 2014. Community Health Systems is the largest operator of acute-care hospitals in the United States. Its affiliates own, operate or lease 206 hospitals in 29 states, with approximately 31,100 licensed beds. In a note published on the CHS website, Andi Bosshart, SVP, Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer for Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation ... Read More

Polaris Slingshot safety alert instructs dealers to implement immediate stop sale, stop ride

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A Polaris Slingshot safety alert was sent to dealers of the three-wheeled sport vehicle Jan. 16 in the form of a letter. Manufacturer Polaris Industries informed dealers of an immediate stop sale and stop ride for all Slingshot vehicles (SAF-15-01), citing concerns about defective ball bearings in the steering rack that could cause loss of steering control. Additionally, Polaris says it must replace roll hoops on certain Slingshot vehicles, as they may not support the Polaris performance specifications. The letter was signed by “The Slingshot Team,” and noted Polaris will issue formal safety bulletins for both issues by Jan. 21. ... Read More

Multimillion dollar tax refund fraud includes former IRS employee among those charged


A former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee is among those charged with filing false claims in a multimillion dollar tax refund fraud conspiracy. Others charged include an employee of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and a former New York City Corrections officer. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and IRS announced the indictments Jan. 16. The DOJ says Rodney Chestnut, a retired New York City Department of Corrections officer; Clive Henry, a former IRS employee whose job it was to prepare tax returns; and Nafeesah Hines, a former FDA employee, have been indicted on 20 counts of filing ... Read More

BMW, Fiat Chrysler join automakers expanding Takata airbag recalls

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BMW and Fiat Chrylser Automobiles announced this week they are expanding Takata airbag recalls to include more of their vehicles. The automakers join Ford, Nissan and Honda in widening the scope of the recall, which involves a potentially deadly airbag defect. The inflator in the Takata airbags may malfunction, causing the airbag to inflate with excessive force, literally exploding and sending bits of shrapnel into the automobile cabin. The defect has been linked to at least five deaths and multiple injuries. Tokyo-based Takata is one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers. It manufactures airbags, safety belts, steering wheels and other ... Read More

Target data breach lawsuit can go ahead, judge rules


U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson in St. Paul, Minn., has ruled the Target data breach lawsuit on behalf of consumers may move forward. The judge largely denied Target’s request to dismiss the class action lawsuit, saying consumers could “plausibly allege” financial injuries related to the data breach. The massive Target data breach occurred just as the 2013 holiday shopping season was getting underway, between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. It is believed to have compromised at least 40 million credit and debit cards and resulted in identity theft affecting as many as 110 million people. Personal information such as email ... Read More

Animated monkey toy recalled due to burn hazard

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An animated monkey toy recalled by Giggles International was sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. The manufacturer, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled the toy because the battery compartment can reach temperatures up to 230 degrees Fahrenheit, posing a burn risk. The manufacturer has received two reports of toys overheating and melting the battery compartment, but no injuries to date. The recall involves the Giggles International Animated Sing-Along Monkey toy. The monkey is made of brown plush material and stands about 9 inches tall. The stuffed monkey holds a songbook called “5 Little Monkeys.” ... Read More

Ford expands Takata airbag recall nationwide

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Ford Motor Co. announced Thursday it is expanding its Takata airbag recall to include drivers’ side airbags nationwide. Previously, the automaker limited its recall to vehicles in high-humidity states. The defective airbags contain a moisture-sensitive inflator mechanism that can cause airbags to deploy with excessive force or explode, spraying vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel. Recalls so far have been limited to humid regions of the U.S. because it is thought that the airbags’ chemically driven inflator mechanisms can be corrupted by air moisture. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been pressing manufacturers to expand recall efforts to ... Read More

USB charger recall issued due to possible fire hazard

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Tectron International, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a USB charger recall. The USB charger may overheat while in use, posing the risk of a fire. There have been two incidents reported in which the affected USB chargers overheated and melted, but no fires, injuries or property damage have been reported at this time. The USB charger recall affects about 55,000 units distributed as part of school fund-raising events from July 2014 to August 2014. The USB chargers were sold for about $3.50 each through distributors AGI Fundraising, The Chip Shoppe, CPK Inc. Evergreen ... Read More

Korean automaker Hyundai, Kia agrees to record U.S. settlement for mileage fraud


Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. has agreed to a $350 million settlement with the U.S. government related to charges the Korean automaker overstated the fuel efficiency of its vehicles. The settlement is being touted by government officials as the largest of its kind. The settlement comes after an investigation determined Hyundai-Kia had overstated the mileage figures on an estimated 1.2 million of its 2012 model vehicles. This latest settlement compensates the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Justice, and the California Air Resources Board. The penalties were levied under the Clean Air Act. In ... Read More

NHTSA warns consumers about exploding airbags, urges vehicle owners to have cars inspected

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Following an investigation into possible exploding airbags it began in June, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued an urgent warning to motorists. The agency notes more than 4.7 million vehicles may contain defective airbags manufactured by Takeda, which can explode in even a minor collision, sending shrapnel flying at drivers and passengers. Automakers worldwide already have recalled 12 million vehicles for the problem. Takata airbags are used in a variety of automobiles produced by different manufacturers. The NHTSA alert includes cars made by Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, General Motors (GM), and Ford. The problem appears to be ... Read More