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Dozens of Rare Ocular Melanoma Cases Have Auburn University Link

Statistically, cities the size of Auburn, Alabama; and Huntersville, North Carolina, shouldn’t have any cases of ocular melanoma among their population, yet more than 50 people in just those two cities have been diagnosed with the rare form of eye cancer, baffling physicians. Auburn University graduate Juleigh Green told CBS News that she was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in 2001 when she was 27 years old. Then two of her college friends, Allyson Allred and Ashley McCrary, received the same diagnosis. Another Auburn grad, Lori Lee, didn’t know the others in her college days, but she, too, was diagnosed with ... Read More

Mother Sues For Teen Injured in Alabama Bus Crash

The mother of a teen severely injured in a March 13 bus crash near Mobile, Alabama, has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the charter bus company. The First Class Tours bus was transporting 46 passengers, mostly members of the Channelview High School band, home to the Houston area after a performance at Disney World when it plunged 50 feet down a ravine and flipped onto its side. The bus crash killed the bus driver and sent all of the 40 students and six adults to the hospital with injuries. According to the Houston Chronicle, the mother suing First Class ... Read More

Lawsuits claim diabetes drug Invokana caused leg amputations

Two men have filed lawsuits in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division in Middlesex County against Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals alleging the company’s type 2 diabetes drug Invokana caused them to have their legs amputated. Robert E. Shook, 60, of Alabama claims that he had to undergo below-knee, left foot and left leg amputations after taking Invokana. Michael A. Wilkinson, 53, of Iowa, alleges he had to undergo right leg and below-knee amputations after using the drug. Both men have since stopped taking Invokana. The lawsuits claim that Janssen failed to warn doctors and patients that ... Read More

Flavored ice pops recalled due to listeria scare

Warmer weather is popsicle weather, but buyer beware. The Ziegenfelder Company is recalling about 3,000 cases of its Budget $saver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops because they may be tainted with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term woes like fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, but the illness can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautions. No illnesses or incidents involving the possibly ... Read More

Beasley Allen files opioid lawsuits on behalf of more AL cities, counties

Beasley Allen Law Firm has filed additional lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers on behalf of two Alabama cities and two Alabama counties. The lawsuits blame opioid makers and distributors of creating an opioid epidemic, a public health and safety crisis that is financially burdening communities and killing citizens. The lawsuits were filed in April on behalf of the cities of Tuskegee and Weaver, as well as Henry County and Cleburne County. Beasley Allen has filed similar lawsuits on behalf of other Alabama municipalities and counties, as well as governmental entities in several other states including Tennessee and ... Read More

NTSB Boots Tesla From Model X Crash Investigation

Federal investigators have taken the rare action of removing Tesla as a party to an ongoing investigation of the fatal March 23 crash of a Tesla Model X in Mountain View, California. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that Tesla Inc. violated investigative protocol by releasing information pertaining to the crash probe before it was vetted and approved by the NTSB officials. “Such releases of incomplete information often lead to speculation and incorrect assumptions about the probable cause of a crash, which does a disservice to the investigative process and the traveling public,” the NTSB said in a statement. ... Read More

57 Million U.S. Cars on Road With Unrepaired Safety Defects

Nearly a quarter of all vehicles on U.S. roads are under an open safety recall, according to a new Carfax study, indicating millions of motorists are at risk of injury and death by driving vehicles with an unrepaired auto defect. Carfax, which operates the world’s largest vehicle history database, says that more than 57 million vehicles in the U.S. are under an open safety recall. That means problems such as faulty airbags, gear shifters, ignition switches, steering wheel assemblies, electronics, and a spectrum of other defects have the potential to cause harm, even years after the vehicles were recalled. The ... Read More

Judge overseeing opioid MDL orders DEA to share information on opioid sales

The Ohio federal judge overseeing the massive multidistrict litigation involving local governments accusing pharmaceutical companies, drug distributors and pharmacies of fueling the opioid epidemic laid out timelines for an active litigation phase to work through difficult legal issues in order to expedite a settlement in the case. The Judge also directed the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to pony up information about the sales of opioids, something the DEA has been reluctant to do. In addition to the two orders, U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster also consolidated three lawsuits in the MDL brought by Ohio local governments and scheduled them ... Read More

Beasley Allen files new opioid lawsuits on behalf of Alabama city, county

Beasley Allen Law Firm has filed its fourth and fifth lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of highly addictive opioid painkillers on behalf of Alabama city or county governments, a bold move taken by numerous local governments across the country to counter the nation’s opioid epidemic. Both lawsuits were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. The complaints were filed on behalf of Limestone County and the City of Anniston, respectively, and allege the governments have sustained economic damages and continue to bear a significant financial burden due to the opioid crisis. Beasley Allen has previously ... Read More

Bus Crash Kills One, Injures Dozens in South Alabama

A bus crash near the Alabama-Florida border killed the driver and sent 46 people, mostly Houston-area high school band members, to area hospitals Tuesday morning, several with serious injuries. The bus, operated by First Class Tours Inc., was carrying 40 students and six adults from Channelview High School back to Channelview, Texas, after a Saturday performance at a Disney World music festival. Channelview is just east of Houston. The bus crash killed driver Harry Caligone of Houston, who was employed by First Class Tours for more than 20 years. The Associated Press reported that Mr. Caligone had a clean driving ... Read More