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ExxonMobil Ordered to Pay $2.6 Million For Pegasus Pipeline Disaster

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Federal regulators hit ExxonMobil with a $2.6 million fine and sharply rebuked the oil giant for its failure to maintain and detect problems with its 65-year-old Pegasus pipeline, which burst underneath an Arkansas community in March 2013, flooding it with about 210,000 gallons of highly toxic, dense tar sands oil. In an Oct. 1 order delivered to the oil company, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) faulted ExxonMobil for a number of deficiencies it said contributed to the spill that forced residents of Mayflower, Ark., about 25 miles north of Little Rock, to evacuate. Twenty-two families had to ... Read More

Ovarian cancer victim sues Johnson and Johnson, Walgreens

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An Illinois woman is suing consumer health care products giant Johnson & Johnson and the retailer Walgreens claiming the companies knowingly promoted dangerous use of talcum power, which caused her to develop ovarian cancer. Candace Lewis claims that she used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-containing products on her genitals for personal hygiene based on the company’s advertising encouraging women to “dust themselves with this product to mask odors,” from 1981 to 2014, in Illinois, Arkansas, Georgia, and Virginia. In 2013, at the age of 49, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 1982, a study linked the use of talcum powder ... Read More

Pork sausage recall initiated after reports of ‘extraneous materials’ within products

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Kenosha Beef International has announced an 89,235 lb. pork sausage recall. The pork sausage recall stems from the discovery of “extraneous materials” within the meat products. The following frozen meat products are included in the pork sausage recall: 24-oz. cartons of “Johnsonville Grillers CHEDDAR CHEESE & BACON FLAVOR.” 13.5-lb. cases of “Johnsonville Grillers CHEDDAR CHEESE & BACON FLAVOR” containing nine, 24-oz. cartons of the product. Produced on May 13, 2015, the recalled frozen, pork sausage products bear the establishment number “EST. 425B,” as well as a “BEST ... Read More

Cucumbers Linked To 27-State Salmonella Outbreak


A multi-state outbreak of Salmonella linked to American-style or “slicer” cucumbers grown in Mexico has sickened hundreds of people in 27 states, federal health authorities said Friday. At least one person has died after becoming infected. Investigators said that the contaminated cucumbers were supplied by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego and grown in Baja, Mexico. The outbreak has not been linked to domestically grown cucumbers. As of Sept. 3, nearly 300 people have been infected and 53 have been hospitalized with Salmonella poisoning linked the cucumbers. The states with the highest number of infections are Arizona (60 ... Read More

Blue Bell ice cream is back on the market in select stores

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After nearly five months since the initial Blue Bell recall production stop, Blue Bell Creameries has now reopened distribution of its ice cream to select stores in Alabama and Texas. According to the USA Today, there will be five phases to reenter the market in 15 different states considering the only Blue Bell ice cream being produced is in Sylacauga, Ala. The first phase include distributing Blue Bell ice cream to stores in Montgomery and Birmingham, Ala., as well as well stores in Houston, Austin and Breham, Texas. The Blue Bell recall began in April when at least 10 people ... Read More

The Fraud List: CVS Caremark profits from Medicaid fraud

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CVS Caremark is the pharmacy benefit management and drugs-by-mail division of CVS Health, a Woonsocket, R.I., based company currently ranked by Fortune Global 500 as the 35th largest corporation in the world in terms of revenue. As both the owner of nearly 70,000 retail pharmacies and the manager of pharmacy services for thousands of clients, the CVS family of companies is well positioned to make enormous profits in the health care field. The corporation manages pharmacy benefit services for employers, health insurance companies, unions, government employee groups, managed care organizations, and other health care plan providers throughout the U.S. CVS Caremark, ... Read More

Kroger recalls seasonings for possible salmonella contamination

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Popular supermarket chain Kroger has announced a sizable recall of four Kroger-brand seasonings sold in its stores. The Kroger recall was sparked by the FDA’s discovery of Salmonella in a sample of the Kroger-brand Garlic Powder sold by a South Carolina store. According to the supermarket’s press release, the following Kroger-brand seasonings were produced in the same facility with the same equipment as the Salmonella-tainted Garlic Powder and are now under recall: Kroger Bac’n Buds: 12 oz containers (Sell by: May 20 18PS4) Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper: 17.1 oz containers (Sell by: May 18 18PS4, Sell by: May 19 ... Read More

Worst inland oil spill cleanup continues five years later

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While BP engineers and cleanup crews were busy fighting the rising tide of oil blasting from a blown-out well deep in the Gulf of Mexico, another epic oil disaster was occurring in Michigan. Most U.S. adults know at least a little about the largest offshore spill in U.S. history. But ask them about the 2010 Enbridge oil spill in Michigan — the largest inland spill in U.S. history, and chances are very few will be familiar with it. And, like BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill, the environmental devastation and other fallout of the Enbridge oil spill is still unfolding five years ... Read More

Janssen agrees to pay $7.8 million to settle Risperdal lawsuit


Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $7.8 million to settle a lawsuit claiming the drug company’s subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals committed Medicaid fraud and violated state law in its promotion and labeling of the antipsychotic Risperdal to Arkansas doctors. The lawsuit was originally filed in 2008. Three years ago, a Pulaski County jury found the drug company guilty of the charges and imposed a $1.2 million fine on Johnson & Johnson. The Arkansas Supreme Court overturned the decision. Janssen Pharmaceuticals said the settlement agreement is not an admission of guilt. Risperdal, known generically as risperidone, was originally approved by the ... Read More

Whistleblower complaint leads to $15.69 million recovery for Medicare


Sixteen U.S. hospitals and their parent companies have agreed to pay the U.S. $15.69 million collectively to resolve allegations brought by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act that they fraudulently billed Medicare for services that were not medically reasonable or necessary. The case concerns claims for reimbursement the hospitals made to Medicare for Intensive Outpatient Psychotherapy services. Medicare pays for an appropriate course of the psychotherapy services when a number of specific requirements are met, the most notable being that the services provided are needed for the diagnosis and treatment of the patient’s condition. The whistleblower lawsuit alleged that from ... Read More