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Whistleblower Files $1.5-Million Retaliation Suit Against Kennesaw State University

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An employee of Kennesaw State University has filed a $1.5-million whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against the school, alleging she continues to be harassed for calling out ethics violations by certain university leaders. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Tracy Nunn, a former administrative assistant to the executive director of culinary services, filed the lawsuit Monday in the Superior Court of Fulton County, seeking compensation for the university’s alleged violations of the Georgia Whistleblower Protection Act. The lawsuit comes amid a series of high-level firings and abrupt resignations that have plagued the university in recent months, including President Dan Papp, who resigned after ... Read More

Pennsylvania Farmers Sue Insurer In Wake of Gas Explosion

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A  Southwest Pennsylvania couple whose cattle farm was partially destroyed by a natural gas explosion likely caused by corroded underground pipes are suing their insurance company in federal court, alleging it is holding out on paying them their full policy limit until it gets paid by pipeline owner and utility Spectra Energy Corp. Randy and Wendy Gillis, whose family-owned farm has produced crops and pastured cows for nearly a century, sued State Automobile Mutual Insurance Co. of Columbus, Ohio, alleging the insurer is compounding the suffering they’ve already experienced in the aftermath of the April 29 blast. The gas explosion ... Read More

Indiana Clinic To Pay $190,000 To Settle Whistleblower’s Medicaid Fraud Accusations

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An Indiana clinic has agreed to pay $190,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed under both the federal and Indiana False Claims Act alleging its pursuit of public funds turned it into a profit-driven “pill mill.” According to the Anderson, Ind., Herald Bulletin, which obtained a copy of the agreement, Dr. Nilda Durany sued the Madison County Community Health Center in 2012, accusing the clinic of unlawful activities that needlessly cost federal and state health care coffers. The complaint triggered an investigation and raid by the health center by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which turned up evidence to support Dr. Durany’s ... Read More

Influential closing arguments from talc trial reveal case for ovarian cancer link

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With new talc trials on the horizon, with two having been scheduled for September according to Law360, Courtroom Connect’s CVN brings a clip from this May’s talc trial out of the video vault. “It was a closing argument that swayed jurors on the purported dangers of talc, and opened the door to a $55 million verdict in a trial that will likely influence years of coming litigation,” the CVN broadcast reported. CVN focuses on the closing arguments of plaintiff’s attorney Allen Smith who had to convince jurors that a product they’d known and trusted their entire lives, Johnson’s Baby Powder, “can ... Read More

Samsung Chip Workers Die of Leukemia at Alarming Rate

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Hwang Yu-mi died of leukemia when she was just 22 years old. Chung Ji-yeon died of leukemia when she was just 34 years old. Park Min-sook was diagnosed with breast cancer, but survived. Each of these South Korean patients have one thing in common: they were all Samsung chip workers exposed to hazardous, carcinogenic chemicals, namely benzene, a chemical that is heavily linked to blood cancers, leukemia, lymphomas and aplastic anemia, on a regular basis. Other chemicals that workers are exposed to daily are arsenic, acetone, methane, sulphuric acid and heavy metals such as lead. Yu-mi bathed silicone wafers in chemicals that ... Read More

OSHA Tests New Method Of Reviewing, Processing Whistleblower Complaints

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The U.S. Department of Labor said this week it is launching a pilot process in its Western region called the “Expedited Case Processing Pilot,” which enables a whistleblower complainant protected by certain statutes to ask the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to cease its investigation and hand over its findings for the department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges to consider. The move is possible only if the case meets certain criteria, but administrative law judges may order the same remedies as OSHA would, including back pay, compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, and job reinstatement. In announcing the new ... Read More

Pillow Manufacturer Settles Tax Fraud Case With New York, Whistleblower

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Lawyers for a whistleblower who sued a pillow manufacturer on behalf of the state of New York over alleged tax fraud said Monday the parties have reached a settlement for more than $1 million. My Pillow Inc., a Minnesota company, will pay the state of New York $1.109 million to resolve the complaint, filed by a whistleblower under the New York False Claims Act in New York Supreme Court, New York County. According to the firm, the settlement resolves allegations that My Pillow knowingly failed to collect and remit New York use taxes on Internet and telephone sales to in-state ... Read More

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Aimed at Three Major Companies Claiming Benzene Exposure

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Curtis Potter was an employee of Goodrich in a laboratory in the 1960s and 1970s. During the course of his employment, he was exposed to many toxic and carcinogenic chemicals, including benzene. Benzene is a key ingredient in gasoline and is used in a wide number of industries and products. Exposure to products containing benzene can cause life-threatening diseases including Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), lymphomas and aplastic Anemia. The most common method of exposure is inhalation, but benzene can be absorbed through the skin, as well, which opens a pathway for the chemical to enter the bloodstream and bone marrow.  People ... Read More

Georgia Anesthesia Company Resolves Whistleblower’s Kickback Allegations

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An Alpharetta, Ga., anesthesia company has agreed to pay the U.S. and the State of Georgia more than $1 million to resolve allegations brought by a whistleblower in a False Claims Act lawsuit that it gave health care providers kickbacks in return for valuable referrals and exclusive contracts. Sweet Dreams Nurse Anesthesia will pay to the United States $1,034,416 and the State of Georgia $12,079 to close out a 22-month federal investigation and settle allegations that it violated the federal False Claims Act, the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and the Georgia False Medicaid Claims Act with its kickback schemes. In one ... Read More

Aussie Attorney Experiences Health Problems After Receiving Metal-on-Metal Hip

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Andrew Archer, an attorney at a top law firm in Melbourne, was 41 when he had hip replacement surgery in 2008. He received a Mitch Stryker THR, a metal-on-metal design that he says gave him “nothing but pain from the word go.” In the six years following the hip replacement surgery, Archer underwent four additional operations that did little to ease his pain. “My wife said it was like living with a different person,” Archer said, “and we’ve been together 20 years. From 2000 to 2005 I worked in a top-tier law firm at full pelt – almost four years without a decent ... Read More