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More Information revealed following Mahoney’s Auto Mall hazardous waste Indictments

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Recently, Mahoney’s Auto Mall and employee Andrew Fuller in Potsdam, New York, were indicted for burying 55-gallon drums full of used oil, containers of used oil filters and tires, totaling 140 gallons of hazardous substances. The hazardous waste was discovered buried on the auto dealership’s property, which led to 12 counts of felony third-degree endangering public health, safety or the environment, and eight counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree endangering public health, safety or the environment. “Failing to properly dispose of hazardous material jeopardizes the health of New Yorkers and the surrounding environment,” Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said in his press release. “We will continue to hold ... Read More

Dietary supplement maker sentenced, fined for selling illegal steroids

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Matthew Greaten, 50, former president and owner of Virginia-based Nature’s Chemistry LLC, was sentenced and fined by a federal judge in Virginia for selling dietary supplements that contained a dangerous and illegal hidden drug ingredient. Greacen and Nature’s Chemistry vice president James W. Mills were accused of manufacturing nearly 45,000 bottles of capsules containing methasterone, known by the name Superdrol, an anabolic steroid that was never marketed through legitimate channels for medicinal purposes. The U.S. Attorney’s office calls Superdrol a dangerous “designer steroid.” Anabolic steroids are used – and often misused and abused – by athletes and bodybuilders to build ... Read More

Florida Dermatologist Settles Medicare Fraud, Kickback Complaints

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A Florida federal judge has entered a judgement against a dermatologist and his medical practice, ordering them to pay more than $18 million for allegedly pocketing tens of millions of dollars from Medicare by ordering medically unnecessary biopsies, falsely diagnosing patients with cancer, performing unnecessary radiation treatments on patients, and illegally billing the government for those biopsies and radiation treatments. The allegations were originally made in two separate False Claims Act lawsuits filed in December 2013 and June 2014 by Dr. Theodore Schiff, a dermatologist who is the medical director and managing partner of Water’s Edge Dermatology LLC, a dermatology ... Read More

Dietary supplement maker agrees to stop selling unapproved products

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Dietary supplement maker Cili Minerals has agreed to stop manufacturing and selling untested products that promised to treat serious conditions including heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and cancer. The agreement, penned by the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney in Lafayette, Louisiana, also requires Cili Minerals to recall and destroy all products it made and distributed since June 1, 2014. Lafayette, Louisiana-based Cili Minerals is owned by Anton S. Botha, and operated under names including Pick and Pay Inc., and Pick and Pay Hyper Inc. Its products were sold under various names including ProLith, Germanium and CilZinCo. The company’s products were ... Read More

Ethicon loses appeal in $3 million pelvic mesh verdict


Johnson and Johnson unit Ethicon is unhappy with and petitioning against the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision to uphold a $3.27 million jury verdict in the second Ethicon pelvic mesh bellwether trial. This was the first of the 31,676 lawsuits to go to trial in the New Jersey multidistrict litigation against Ethicon related to the mesh devices. The trial, which concluded on Sept. 5, 2014. involved plaintiffs Jo and Allen Huskey, who alleged that because of a design defect in Mrs. Huskey’s TVT-O sling she experienced severe pain. The sling had eroded and surgery could not completely remove ... Read More

Educate yourself on preventable forms of hair loss

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Some forms of hair loss, like male pattern baldness, also known as androgenic alopecia, are caused by hormones and genetics. Others like alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease, can be unexpectedly brought on by great stress. But there are other kinds of hair loss that are completely preventable. Knowridge Science Report says that traction alopecia is one of these, and one-third of African American women is estimated to suffer from this preventable form of hair loss. Researchers recently published results of a review of 19 studies on traction alopecia online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. They urge ... Read More

Benzene Levels Found to be Higher than Standard in Longmont Oil Well


Last December, the residents of Longmont, Colorado, were informed in a city council meeting that a TOP Operating well leaked benzene. When the water table around the Serafini well was tested in August, the results showed benzene levels at well above state limits. TOP Operating, the only oil and gas operator in Longmont, is working with the state to restore the well back to safe levels, although there was no time frame given for the process. The Serafini well, located “in the middle of a field” according to Longmont general manager of public works and natural resources Dale Rademacher, isn’t anywhere near ... Read More

Talc industry influenced regulatory agencies’ public opinion of talc safety, lawyers claim

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The first talc trial of the new year is underway in Missouri and Law360 is closely following the proceedings. Johnson and Johnson and talc provider Imerys Talc America are being sued by Nora Daniels, who blames Johnson’s Baby Powder for the ovarian cancer she developed after years of using it for feminine hygiene. Last year St. Louis courts held Johnson and Johnson responsible in three similar cases, ordering the company to pay damages of nearly $200 million. Imerys was also found liable in the most recent of the three trials. According to Law360, in the opening arguments the plaintiffs’ attorney ... Read More

Vizio televisions allegedly recorded data without consent; company settles

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While consumers have been watching TV, their TVs may have been watching what they were watching as well. According to a complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the New Jersey Attorney General and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, consumers have been unaware that while watching their internet-connected Vizio televisions, the company was recording data on their viewing habits and transmitting it back to data servers to be sold to advertisers and others. Vizio agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle charges that  it was collecting viewer data on 11 million consumer TVs without consumers’ consent or ... Read More

Stryker Reaches Settlement Over Metal-on-Metal Hip device Failure


Stryker, a medical device manufacturing company and its subsidiary, Howmedica Osteonics, have reached a settlement for patients who were required to have revision surgery to correct problems with their Rejuvenate or ABG II modular metal-on-metal neck hip stems. The defective hip design, which was recalled in July of 2012, earned the company about 4,000 lawsuits that were settled in an agreement reached by Court-appointed committees and attorneys. The settlement included any and all patients who received revision surgery prior to Dec. 19, 2016. The defective design had potential for corrosion that led to tissue damage and blood poisoning if the metal ions were absorbed into the bloodstream. The symptoms included ... Read More