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Worker’s Widow Sues Colonial Pipeline Over Deadly 2016 Explosion

Colonial Pipeline is facing more legal trouble in the wake of its deadly 2016 pipeline explosion near Pelham, Alabama, that killed two workers and seriously injured five others. A new lawsuit filed July 9 in a Fulton County, Georgia State Court accuses Colonial Pipeline and a contractor of wrongful death, negligence, and wantonness, among other charges, in connection to the Oct. 31, 2016 explosion, according to the Daily Report. The lawsuit was filed by the widow of one of the workers killed in the blast and another worker who was seriously injured. The plaintiffs allege that a Colonial Pipeline project ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer driver Likely Fell Asleep Before Fiery Georgia Crash

A tractor-trailer driver “presumably fell asleep” at the wheel before crashing through a sound barrier wall on I-75 in northwest Georgia Monday morning, Cobb County authorities said. The fiery crash occurred in the pre-dawn darkness around 5:30 a.m. between Kennesaw and Acworth, Georgia. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, tractor-trailer driver John Thurston likely fell asleep, causing his vehicle to drift from the northbound lanes of I-75. The tractor-trailer struck a series of concrete and metal barriers near exit 273 before crashing through the barrier wall and into a drainage ditch, where it rolled over. The truck, laden with scrap metal, ... Read More

Bahamas Boat Explosion Kills U.S. Tourist, Critically Injures Others

Several U.S. vacationers and their families are coping with devastating injury and loss in the aftermath of a boat explosion in the Bahamas. On June 30, a tour boat operated by Four C’s Adventures exploded with 12 people aboard. The boat explosion killed 39-year-old Maleka Jackson of Woodstock, Georgia, and seriously injured her husband, Tiran. The couple was in the Bahamas celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary. The couple was among 12 people aboard the boat who were injured when it exploded. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Jacksons booked a half-day tour with Four C’s Adventures to snorkel and see ... Read More

FTC Lawyers Granted Immunity for LabMD Data Breach Probe

Two Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawyers are immune from a lawsuit filed by the head of an Atlanta-based medical testing company who sued the FTC officials in 2015, claiming they stepped up an enforcement action against his company after he publicly criticized them. The ruling from the three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit shields FTC lawyers Alain Sheer and Ruth Yodaiken from retaliation allegations lodged by LabMD’s chief executive Michael Daugherty, whose company was being investigated for a data breach that exposed the personal information of nearly 10,000 patients. The decision of the Washington D.C. federal appeals court overturns an ... Read More

Jury Orders MARTA to Pay $9.6 Million in Falling Death Case

A Fulton County, Georgia, jury awarded $9.6 million to the son and estate of a man who was killed when he fell through a broken guardrail at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority’s (MARTA) Civic Center stop. Carlos Hicks, 42, was on the upper level of the MARTA station in February 2013 when he fell through a missing section of guardrail, causing him to plummet 20 feet to his death. The metal guardrail had been removed and replaced with a wooden section as part of a construction project that was never completed. Part of the wooden replacement had fallen off ... Read More

Worker deaths, serious burn injures lead to OSHA fines

After the tragic workplace deaths of five employees working at a power plant, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued citations to Tampa Electric Co. and Gaffin Industrial Services. The total projected fines owed by these companies are just over $160,000. Immediately following the reports of the five fatalities, which took place at the Big Bend River Station power plant in Apollo Beach, Florida, OSHA opened an investigation. During the investigation, OSHA officials concluded that the employees were fatally burned when the door inside a fiery furnace broke loose and sprayed massive amounts of scolding ... Read More

Whistleblower will be compensated by roofing contractor for Wrongful Termination

A whistleblower who lost his job with a Georgia roofing contractor because he cooperated with federal safety authorities investigating the company will receive back wages and other compensation. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) filed a lawsuit against Jasper Contractors Inc. of Kennesaw, Georgia on behalf of a former safety director who claimed he was fired after he cooperated with an OSHA investigation by providing the agency with a statement and safety documentation. The federal agency was investigating safety-related issues concerning work the company was performing in Florida. OSHA alleged the roofing company violated the whistleblower or anti-retaliation ... Read More

Apartment Owner Settles Negligent Security Death Case For $6 Million

The former owner of an Atlanta-area apartment complex will pay $6 million to settle a negligent-security lawsuit brought by the family of a man who was killed by a gunshot to the head in his SUV while his children looked on. Larry Grigsby Jr., 42, was visiting someone who lived at the West Place apartment complex on Six Flags Drive in Austell in July 2016 with his children, an 8-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter. Mr. Grigsby was driving toward the exit of the apartment complex when he was killed by a single gunshot to the head. The vehicle crashed ... Read More

Engine Fire Forces Delta Emergency Landing in ATL

A Delta Air Lines jet bound for London made an emergency landing in Atlanta Wednesday evening with one of its engines on fire. Delta Flight 30 had departed from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for London Heathrow just minutes earlier when it was forced to turn around with heavy smoke billowing from its engine. The Delta plane had been in the air just 20 minutes when the problem occurred. The airplane, an Airbus A330, landed safely in Atlanta with no injuries. Firefighters were awaiting the returning jet and immediately doused the engine fire when it landed. “Airport response vehicles met the ... Read More

Georgia Whistleblower Exposes $3.2 Million Kickback Scheme

A whistleblower who sued a group of Atlanta-area orthopedic and anesthesia providers for their alleged participation in an illegal kickback scheme has helped the U.S. government recover $3.2 million for Medicare. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the whistleblower lawsuit led to a settlement agreement between the federal government and Georgia Bone & Joint; Summit Orthopaedic Surgery Center; Southern Crescent Anesthesiology; and Sentry Anesthesia Management, as well as nurse anesthetist David LaGuardia. The whistleblower complaint, brought by Sharon Kopko, former Practice Administrator for Georgia Bone & Joint, alleged that Mr. LaGuardia, Sentry, and Southern Crescent provided a free ... Read More