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RMK lawsuits may be consolidated in Tennessee

The Daily News, which covers Memphis, reported yesterday that class action cases against Regions Morgan Keegan (RMK) pending in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee may be consolidated under U.S. District Judge Hardy Mays. The paper reports Judge Mays issued a ruling Tuesday that answers some questions about the request, and which group or groups could be selected as lead plaintiff in that event. The RMK litigation involves investment funds managed by a branch of Morgan Keegan & Co., which is based in Memphis. Regions Financial Corp., headquartered in Birmingham, owns Morgan Asset Management, an arm of ... Read More

Ammunition handler’s job is for the birds

Shortly after Patricia Howard took a job a contract job with USA Environmental, something just didn’t seem to smell right. The ammunition handler was sent to Iraq with the company in January 2004 to dispose of thousands of tons of explosives. Howard knew the work would be hazardous. She would be working in warehouses where hundreds of tons of ammunition are stored. But what she began to fear most was not the dangerous firepower surrounding her, but the other thing the warehouses contained: pigeon droppings. And not just a white dusting here and there, but thousands of tons of aviary ... Read More

Elder abuse, neglect often goes unnoticed

You could say that Clifford Verity meant well. He moved in with his aging mother, Ruth, took her to doctors’ appointments, even brought home fresh fish for dinner. He had worked previously as a certified nursing assistant caring for elderly in a nursing facility, and felt he could grant her wish not to be moved into a nursing home, but to age and die gracefully at home. Then her health began to spiral downward, confining her to bed and leaving her helpless. Neighbors no longer saw her and trusted Clifford was handling her needs. When Ruth died, medics came to ... Read More

U.S. Senate looking into bus safety bill

The United States Senate is looking into establishing a sweeping bus safety bill due to the amount of Americans who die each year on buses according to the Washington Post. Buses are no longer considered safe because if a bus rolls over, the outcome is usually injury or death of passengers. If a bus is broad-sided, the frame of the bus will twist, resulting in the bus’s windows popping or the passengers being thrown out of the bus. The bus safety legislation would direct the U.S. Department of Transportation to add safety precautions to motor coaches, including installing seat belts ... Read More

MDL consolidates Digitek recall cases

According to Huntington News, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) has ordered that all federal lawsuits about the double strength, defected Digitek be transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. This development in the lawsuit is taken as a result of the April 2008 recall on Digitek. Some tablets were twice as thick as usual, made with the double amount of medication. Across the United States, around sixty Digitek recall law suits have been filed in federal courts. The defendants include the following: Actavis Totowa, LLC, Actavis, Inc., Actavis Elizabeth, LLC, ... Read More

Mercedes M-Class recalled, defect could cause crash

If you own a 1998 to 2003 Mercedes M-Class SUV, you will soon receive a notice from Mercedes-Benz notifying you of a recall. According to Reuters, The German automaker is recalling nearly 103,000 vehicles because of a defect that can cause the loss of power steering and could result in a crash. Bloomberg reports that a clamp on a steering-fluid hose that may loosen and allow leaks may not have been properly installed on some of the vehicles in a recall five years ago. According to theNational Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), “This could result in a loss of control and ... Read More

Chantix and driving: my experience

Yesterday I wrote about the non-psychiatric side effects of Chantix and how studies are beginning to reveal how those side effects can adversely affect one’s driving. Loss of consciousness, dizziness, confusion, aggression, and muscle spasms can all happen to a Chantix user who is behind the wheel. I don’t mean to sound alarmist, but I have had enough first-hand experience with Chantix to know these newest warnings are worth emphasizing. Right after I read that Chantix was the culprit in several motor vehicle accidents, a couple of incidents that happened to me while I was taking Chantix and driving suddenly ... Read More

Former Georgia police officer wins gender discrimination suit

A former Columbus, Ga., police officer claims she didn’t file a discrimination lawsuit against the City of Columbus, the police chief and her former co-workers for the money. She did it because she wanted to stand up against race and gender discrimination in the workplace and show other women that they have the right to do so as well. Last week, Alicia Davenport, a former member of the Columbus Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Unit, was vindicated, her attorney told the Ledger-Enquirer. The jury found that Davenport, who left the force three years ago, was intentionally discriminated against because of ... Read More

EEOC files age discrimination suit against Philadelphia company

Frank Bruno tried not to answer when asked during a job interview for human resources director at Unitek USA L.L.C., “How old are you, 78?” The 51-year-old man had worked 25 years in human resources at director, corporate director and vice president levels. He knew the question crossed a line. Yet, he was a shoo-in for the job, or so top management had alluded. He just needed to sit through one last interview with the company’s major investor, Joseph Kestenbaum. And Kestenbaum was persistent about knowing how old Bruno was. Bruno finally fessed up and admitted his age. The interview came ... Read More

Type 2 diabetes drug Avandia linked to osteoporosis and bone loss

Researchers believe that the diabetes drug Avandia may cause bone loss and long-term use may speed up osteoporosis. The thinning of the bones is dangerous and could lead to fatal fractures. The study published in the December 2nd issue of Nature Medicine suggests that usage of rosiglitazone in the treatment of type II diabetes may cause osteoporosis. The maker of the drug, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), disputes the osteoporosis finding. The company said in a statement today that their ADOPT studies showed no increase in spine or hip fractures which are associated with osteoporosis. The company says they will be looking further ... Read More