Latest News

Aluminum extractor managers indicted for obstructing justice in worker death investigation

Two Extrudex Aluminum Inc., managers were indicted by a federal grand jury in the Northern District of Ohio for obstructing justice during a U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation into the death of one worker and the serious injury of another. OHSA was investigating an incident in 2012 during which an employee died when a rack containing hot aluminum parts tipped over and pinned him down. A second employee was severely burned in the incident. OSHA investigated and cited Extrudex Aluminum for exposing workers to struck-by, pinned-under, and burn hazards, and for failing to provide ... Read More

Duncan Hines Cake Mixes Recalled Over Potential Salmonella Contamination

Duncan Hines is recalling four of its boxed cakes mixes after federal health officials tentatively linked an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses to the products. The recall, announced on Monday, Oct. 5, covers Duncan Hines Classic White, Confetti Cake, Butter Golden, and Classic Yellow cake mixes. “Conagra Brands is collaborating with health officials in connection with a positive finding of Salmonella in a retail sample of Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix that may be linked to a Salmonella outbreak,” the company’s recall announcement stated. Duncan Hines said the outbreak remains under investigation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the ... Read More

Hospice Whistleblowers Ask Appeals Court to Hear Medicare Fraud Case

A group of whistleblowers is asking the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to revive their False Claims Act lawsuit accusing a New Jersey hospice provider of falsifying patient records to make them appear eligible for end-of-life care. Four former employees of Care Alternatives Inc. of Cranford, New Jersey, now known as Ascend Hospice, filed the whistleblower lawsuit in 2008, alleging the company pressured them and others to alter patients’ medical records to satisfy Medicare’s criteria for hospice eligibility. The whistleblowers claimed that the company rewarded employees who complied with the alleged activity with bonuses. Several False Claims Act lawsuits have ... Read More

NY Helicopter Crash Kills Two Workers, Injures Two

Federal investigators are looking into a helicopter crash that killed two utility workers and injured two others in upstate New York last week during a routine inspection. The helicopter crash occurred Tuesday, Oct. 27 in Beekmantown, New York, just a few miles south of the Canadian border while a crew working for Northline Utilities was conducting an aerial inspection of power lines in the area. According to CBS News, the Aerospatiale AS355F2 helicopter became caught in some power lines about 40 feet above the ground, triggering electrical shorts and explosions. All four men jumped from the burning helicopter, plunging about ... Read More

Bayer CEO says he would consider settling Roundup lawsuits

Bayer AG CEO Werner Baumann said the company might consider settling lawsuits alleging Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing weed killers cause cancer if court costs rise, but emphasized that Bayer’s priority was defending itself against the claims. Bayer acquired Monsanto earlier this year for $63 billion. The company faces more than 8,700 lawsuits alleging its herbicides that contain the active ingredient glyphosate like Roundup and Ranger Pro cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In August, a California jury awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper who sued the company after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. “If we can settle nuisances at some point where the ... Read More

Photo of lineman’s injury on the job garners thousands of shares

The photo is difficult to look at. A Texas lineman who traveled to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to help restore power in areas hit by Tropical Storm Michael suffered multiple broken bones in his leg and ankle after a tree trunk fell on top of him. Thomas Wesley Duncan was part of a crew that was attempting to clear a downed tree that struck a line when the tree fell on him. His wife, Kelly Duncan, posted on Facebook a photo of her husband taken after “the guys” got the tree off him and before emergency medical services (EMS) arrived. ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover $13.2 Million With Mortgage Fraud Case

A whistleblower has helped the U.S. government recover $13.2 million from Universal American Mortgage, a subsidiary of Lennar Homes that does business as Eagle Home Mortgage, in a settlement resolving allegations of mortgage fraud. The settlement with Eagle Home is the latest in a long series of mortgage fraud cases that the U.S. has litigated since the subprime mortgage crisis that helped plunge the U.S. into a deep recession. As with the other cases, many of which were initiated by a whistleblower action, the Eagle Home settlement resolves allegations that it falsely certified the mortgages it underwrote complied with Federal ... Read More

TSA official promoted a month after sexual misconduct claims settled

A 2014 federal lawsuit and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Complaint involving scathing reports of sexual misconduct and physical assault by a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) official were settled with taxpayer money just one month before he was promoted to a top position within the agency, according to The Daily Beast. Former police officer and air-marshal supervisor Sonya Labosco aired her complaints last month to Fox46 about her claims in the federal complaint alleging branch manager Charles “Chas” Cook put his hand over his penis and told her he had “eight inches of c—k” for her whenever she wanted it. ... Read More

Oil and gas pipeline construction among the deadliest jobs

Oil and gas extraction workers have one of the highest on-the-job death rates in the country, with pipeline construction workers dying on the job 3.6 times more often than the average worker, according to a new report published in Pacific Standard Magazine. In Antonia Juhasz’s report, “Death on the Dakota Access; An investigation into the deadly business of building oil and gas pipelines,” the journalist discovered that deaths among oil and natural gas pipeline construction were only recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BSL) beginning in 2003. And the bureau never produced a fatality rate for these workers for ... Read More

Google employees stage walkout to protest handling of sexual misconduct of top execs

Google employees from around the world are staging walkouts to protest the company’s handling of sexual misconduct claims against senior executives. The protest occurred Nov. 1 at locations around the globe including Singapore, Tokyo, London and Dublin. The walkouts were organized following a New York Times report about sexual assault claims involving the company’s creator of Android mobile software, Andy Rubin. According to the report, Google chief Larry Page sang Rubin’s praise when Rubin left the company in 2014 with a $90 million package paid in installments of about $2 million a month over four years. What Google didn’t disclose ... Read More