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Alabama company Pays New York State $40 Million To Settle False Claims Act Tax Fraud Case

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An Alabama investment group and some of its top executives have agreed to pay New York State $40 million to settle a New York False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a whistleblower who claimed the company committed tax fraud, cheating New York out of millions of dollars in taxes. The settlement is the largest-ever recovery of its kind since New York’s False Claims Act law was expanded to include tax claims. It resolves allegations that Birmingham-based Harbert Management Corporation, sponsor of Harbinger Capital Partners, a $26 billion New York City-based hedge fund, failed to pay millions in state taxes on ... Read More

Authorities Search for Tractor-Trailer That Left Scene of Deadly side underride collision

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Montana authorities are treating a fatal side underride collision between a tractor trailer and a Dodge Caravan as a hit-and-run and remain on the lookout for a commercial truck driver who left the crash scene. According to the Montana Highway Patrol, the tractor-trailer hauling two-by-four lumber on Interstate 15 southbound near the Great Falls Airport made an illegal left turn in an authorized-vehicle-only median crossing. State troopers reported that the truck driver was attempting to access a weigh station on the northbound side of the interstate. A Dodge Caravan driven by Marvin Knutson, 72, of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada, on ... Read More

Sexual enhancement dietary supplements recalled after lab confirms hidden drugs

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Organic Herbal Supply Inc. is conducting a sweeping nationwide recall of all lots of select sexual enhancement dietary supplements for both men and women because they contain undeclared drugs that pose a health risk to some consumers. Brand name dietary supplements affected by the recall include Uproar, Cummor, Zrect, Monkey Business, Xrect, Rectalis, Tornado, Zdaily, BigNHard, Enhancerol Natural Male Enhancement capsules. A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysis found the products to contain tadalafil, the active drug ingredient found in the prescription erectile dysfunction drug Cialis. The recall also affects Zrect for Women and LabidaMAX, because a laboratory analysis found ... Read More

Separate E-Cigarette Explosions in Vegas Send Local Man, Visitor To Burn Unit

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A Las Vegas man is recovering from second-and third-degree burns after some e-cigarette lithium-ion batteries he was carrying in the pocket of his shorts exploded. Matthew Beard told KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas that his was inside a Walmart Easter Sunday when he heard a strange noise he likened to a can of soda exploding. “Next thing I know I see a flame coming from my shorts,” Mr. Beard told KTNV. He told the station that he had to remove his clothes to escape the flames, but by the time he was able to do that the fire had already ... Read More

Lawsuits allege Xarelto is unreasonably dangerous in design

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Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer face a potential $2.5 billion in potential liability over uncontrolled bleeding allegedly caused by their blockbuster blood thinner Xarelto. More than 16,000 cases are pending in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Louisiana, with the bellwether scheduled to start next week. U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon shot down a preemption argument in a defense summary, which allowed state-law design-defect claims by those suing drug companies to move forward. Janssen and Bayer had argued that the defective design claims are preempted by federal law, and that it would be virtually impossible for them to ... Read More

Viking agrees to pay $4.65 million to settle gas range defect claims

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A Mississippi company agreed to pay a $4.65 million civil penalty to settle charges the company failed to report and recall a defective product, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Viking Range LLC of Greenwood, Mississippi, and its parent company, The Middleby Corporation, of Elgin, Illinois, collectively known as Viking, agreed to settle claims its gas ranges contained a defect causing them to spontaneously turn on and not shut off via control knobs. Between 2008 and 2014, Viking received 170 reports of incidents, including from consumers who were burned when trying to disconnect the ranges from a power ... Read More

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against DuPont alleging Carcinogen Exposure

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A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against E.I. DuPont De Nemours, a science and engineering company that makes construction materials, polymers, paints, plastics, printing materials, and more, alleging long-term exposure to “a potent bladder carcinogen known as aminobiphenyl” made a former employee sick. The estate of William Clawson filed the lawsuit in Jefferson County District Court in Texas on April 5, saying Clawson was a long-term employee of DuPont who was exposed to a chemical that led to his death. The suit alleges Clawson’s job description required him to work around aminobiphenyl, a “known human bladder carcinogen,” according to a hazard document produced by ... Read More

Salvaged Takata Airbags Threaten Lives, Latest Airbag Injury Shows

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Honda Motor Corp. said Wednesday that an 18-year-old female was seriously injured in Las Vegas March 3 when the Takata airbag in her 2002 Accord exploded in a minor rear-end collision. The airbag rupture nearly killed Karina Dorado, a customer service call center worker, by puncturing her trachea. Trauma surgeons removed metal pieces of the Takata airbag and its housing from her neck and vocal cords, which were also damaged. She is still being treated for neck injuries. While automakers, federal regulators, and civic and municipal leaders are pushing car owners affected by the massive Takata airbag recall to have ... Read More

A new kind of anti-reflux surgery for GERD patients offers alternative to PPIs

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There is another option besides long-term PPI use for those who suffer from chronic acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease, known as GERD. This serious disease is estimated to affect more than 80 million Americans. Symptoms include heartburn, nausea, sore throat, belching, pain in upper abdomen, asthma, chronic cough and regurgitation. Left untreated, it can lead to Barrett’s esophagus, a condition in which tissue that is similar to the lining of your intestine replaces the tissue lining your esophagus, which sometimes develops into esophageal cancer. Many with this disease are treated with proton pump inhibitors (or PPIs) such as Prevacid, ... Read More

CDC urges doctors to look for seizures, epilepsy in babies born to Zika-infected moms

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged doctors to be aware of seizures and epilepsy in infants born to mothers infected with the Zika virus while pregnant, as cases of epilepsy caused by the virus can be misdiagnosed or underreported. Studies have confirmed that pregnant women infected with Zika are at an increased risk of having a fetus or delivering a baby with a brain abnormality such as microcephaly, or other neurological disorders. The CDC is hoping that by making doctors aware of epilepsy and seizure disorders in infants exposed to Zika in utero, reporting will be more ... Read More