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Father of Worker Killed in Louisiana Packaging Facility Explosion Files Lawsuit

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Three workers were killed and several more were injured in an explosion at a Louisiana packaging facility two months ago. Joe Gooch, the father of one of the victims, has filed a lawsuit over his son’s death, KFDM News reports. The lawsuit has been filed against Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), where Jody Gooch was killed during an explosion ignited by “hot work” performed on a containment vessel. Combustible byproducts were still present in the tank, emanating flammable vapors, while a worker was welding on or near the vessel. The case also includes Elite Industrial Services of Pasadena, Jody’s employer at the time. “We ... Read More

Amtrak Engineer Faces Criminal Charges For Deadly Philly Derailment

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Former Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian was arraigned last week on numerous charges related to the deaths and injuries of passengers aboard Amtrak 188, which derailed in Philadelphia two years ago, killing eight passengers and injuring numerous others. Mr. Bostian, 34, was charged with eight counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of causing or risking a catastrophe, and multiple counts of reckless endangerment. He was arraigned Thursday, May 17, and released on an $81,000 bond, with his next scheduled court date set for June 7. Mr. Bostian was operating the seven-car Amtrak commuter train on May 12, 2015, when it approached ... Read More

CVS/Omnicare Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit for $8 million

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A lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act by a whistleblower who accused CVS subsidiary Omnicare of cheating Medicare and Medicaid through its prescription verification system has been resolved with an $8 million settlement, New Jersey U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick announced. The deal resolved civil claims that Omnicare, in an effort to increase business efficiency and profit, designed and implemented an automated label verification system that used improper drug codes, resulting in the submission of claims for generic drugs differently from those actually dispensed to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. The whistleblower complaint also alleged that the false, patient-specific information on ... Read More

Next St. Louis talc-ovarian cancer trial to start in June

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It’s been just over two weeks since the conclusion of the last trial in St. Louis against Johnson and Johnson over the ovarian cancer risk connected to its talc-containing products. In that trial the Missouri jury found the company and its talc provider, Imerys, to be responsible for the development of plaintiff Lois Slemp’s ovarian tumors. She had used Johnson and Johnson products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene for four decades prior to being diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Slemp’s was the fifth bellwether trial to be held in the state, where thousands ... Read More

Maintenance Worker Killed after Being Crushed Beneath Lawn Mower

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Last Saturday at a north suburban country club in Northbrook, Illinois, a maintenance worker was killed after being crushed beneath a lawn mower. Richard L. Bowden, a 62-year-old Deerfield resident, was operating a commercial lawn mower on the grounds of Greenacre Country Club. As a contract employee of the landscaping company charged with maintaining the country club’s property, Bowden was mowing the grass along an embankment with a steep incline when the heavy machine tipped over, crushing him beneath its weight. NBC News Chicago reports that the autopsy performed by the Cook County medical examiner’s office determined he died of traumatic asphyxia, with blunt force ... Read More

Wife blames Ativan for Chris Cornell suicide

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Vicky, the widow of Chris Cornell, Soundgarden’s icon front man, issued a statement along with the family’s attorney, that they believe Chris’ “suicide by hanging” was prompted by his use of the prescription anti-anxiety drug Ativan. Chris died May 17 following a performance in Detroit. The family is urging the public to wait on toxicology reports before they pass judgment on Chris’ cause of death. Ativan is an anti-seizure drug, but it is also used to manage anxiety. The drug has been linked to paranoia and suicidal ideation. It can also impair memory, judgment and coordination. “Chris, a recovering addict, had ... Read More

Alleged Monsanto Roundup Cancer Victim Shares Plight With CNN

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After years of spraying Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on her coffee farm in Hawaii, Christine Sheppard developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Now, as a stage IV cancer patient, she is one of more than 800 other cancer patients who are pursuing legal action against the agrochemical giant, alleging Roundup caused their cancer. Ms. Sheppard, 67, told CNN that she learned of her cancer after her right leg “swelled up enormously.” An ultrasound found that her body was full of late-stage, large-cell cancer. She is undergoing chemotherapy, which has diminished her mobility and quality of life. Beyond her constant pain, she is experiencing “a ... Read More

Bus Crash in Maryland Injures 25, Mostly Students on DC Trip

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Police in Maryland are investigating a commercial bus crash on Interstate 95 that injured 25 people, mostly middle school students from Philadelphia, Monday, May 15. The Baltimore Sun reports that a charter bus owned and operated by Werner Bus Lines, doing business as Werner Coach, was carrying 26 students and two teachers from Charles W. Henry School in Philadelphia, plus one parent and the bus driver to Washington D.C. for an educational tour of the city. The bus was traveling in the middle lane when a Honda Civic entered the fast lane to pass the bus and for unknown reasons ... Read More

Lawyers Focus On 3M After $5 Million Tennessee River Contamination Settlement

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Rural water customers in northern Alabama’s Tennessee River Valley are preparing to take on multinational manufacturer 3M in court, alleging its Decatur plant contaminated the drinking water supply with harmful chemicals. Last week, Alabama federal judge Abdul Kallon approved a $5 million settlement between Daikin America Inc. and the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority and its customers. The settlement resolves Daikin’s portion of the complaint. “We can now, on behalf of everyone harmed by these chemicals, take dead aim at the biggest corporate villain in the Tennessee Valley, 3M, and work aggressively to hold them accountable,” an attorney representing the ... Read More

Risperdal Boys project shows victims’ suffering

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“This is a story that needs to be seen to be adequately understood,” photographer Richard Johnson told PetaPixel. He spent six days, visited 10 cities, and covered more than 4,000 miles to shed light on the devastating side effect that can affect adolescent boys, a side effect caused by the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The condition, known as gynecomastia, causes boys and young men to grow female-like breasts. Not only is gynecomastia emotionally painful, it can be physically painful as well, causing tenderness and even lactation. Treatment often involves liposuction and a mastectomy. More than 18,000 boys and their families have filed ... Read More