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Whistleblower Instrumental in Recovering $2.5 Million in Taxpayer Funds From SC University

A whistleblower was instrumental in helping the U.S. government recover $2.5 million in taxpayer funds from a private South Carolina “Christian” university that allegedly engaged in unlawful incentive-based recruitment schemes. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, North Greenville University (NGU) entered a settlement agreement with the federal government resolving a False Claims Act lawsuit initiated by whistleblower Maurice Shoe. The complaint alleged NGU made payments in the form of commissions, bonuses, and other incentives to a company named Joined Inc., a marketing and recruiting company for Christian colleges and universities. The unlawful payments were based on the company’s success in ... Read More

Singer Ryan Adams accused of exploitation of female musicians

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams took young female artists under his wing and offered to guide their careers, but later exploited and stifled their ambitions, his ex-wife, singer and actress Mandy Moore, told The New York Times. Times reporters talked to seven women who said they were manipulated by Adams or that he pursued them for sex. Their stories were backed up by associates and correspondence. Many times his interest in young artists became romantic in nature. In one case, he befriended a 14-year-old fan and musician, and while they never met in person, over a nine-month period they exchanged sometimes graphic text ... Read More

NTSB Releases First Report on NY Limo Crash That Killed 20

Federal investigators have released a report on the limo crash that killed 20 people in Upstate New York in October, but the cause of the crash is yet to be determined. The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) preliminary report of the horrific Oct. 6 crash offers little insight into the potential causes but provides some details that investigators garnered after securing access to the wrecked limousine from the Schoharie County District Attorney’s office. According to the NTSB, the limo was a 2001 Ford Excursion with a wheelbase of 11 feet that had been modified to a length of 26 feet ... Read More

DOJ takes action against Tennessee pharmacies for illegally dispensing opioids

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a first-of-its-kind action to stop two pharmacies, their owner, and three pharmacists from dispensing controlled substances including highly addictive opioids that have been linked to the deaths of at least two people and have driven several others to hospitals for opioid overdose shortly after obtaining drugs from the pharmacies. “The pharmacists have a legal obligation to dispense controlled substances properly, so as not to put patients’ health at risk,” said Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt for the Department of Justice’s Civil Division. “The Department of Justice will use every available tool to stop ... Read More

Husband testifies how mesothelioma has crippled his wife

Dean J. Mcelroy cried when he told a California jury how his wife Teresa Leavitt was the life of the party, how she coached their daughters’ volleyball team even though she didn’t know how to play. He talked about how her outgoing personality complemented his reserved demeanor. “Terry saved me from a life of loneliness,” he said. But in 2017, everything changed when Leavitt went to the doctor with back pain. He discovered a baseball-sized tumor in her chest. It was mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure that develops in the lining of internal organs. She ... Read More

Next Roundup trial to begin Feb. 25

When the next lawsuit alleging Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma goes to trial next week, the first phase will delve into the scientific evidence. But what the plaintiff’s attorneys can’t say in that portion of the trial is that the World Health Organization’s (WHO) intergovernmental agency on cancer research classifies Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. Last month, District Judge Vince Chhabria, who oversees about 680 cases in the federal litigation involving Roundup claims, split the trial into two parts. The first phase will focus on whether plaintiff Edward Hardeman’s cancer diagnosis was caused by his ... Read More

Attorneys General petition EPA to require reporting of asbestos

The Attorneys General of 14 states and the District of Columbia petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue an asbestos reporting rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to obtain necessary information regarding the importation, manufacturing, processing, distribution, use and disposal of cancer-causing asbestos. The petition comes as the EPA, under the Trump administration, announced a significant new use rule that will allow for new uses of asbestos, a fibrous mineral that was widely used in construction, shipbuilding, and friction materials. Its use was restricted in the United States in the 1980s. It had been known for decades ... Read More

Family Blames Apple for Deadly iPad Fire

The family of a New Jersey man who died from severe burns in a fire allegedly caused by an iPad is suing Apple, alleging the device was “unreasonably dangerous and unsafe” due to defects in its design or manufacture or both. Bradley Ireland, 64, of Parsippany, New Jersey, was severely burned on Feb. 22, 2017, when the lithium-ion battery pack in his Apple iPad exploded in the kitchen of his apartment, triggering a fire that ultimately led to his severe burn injuries and his death later the same day. In their lawsuit, Mr. Ireland’s daughter Julia Ireland Meo and son ... Read More

Whistleblower Lawsuit Leads to $17 Million Recovery from Pentec Health

A whistleblower who filed a False Claims Act lawsuit against her former employer, Pentec Health Inc., has helped the U.S. government recover $17 million for Medicare and other federal health care programs. Jean Brasher filed the whistleblower lawsuit in October 2013 accusing Pennsylvania-based Penter Health Inc. of billing Medicare and other government programs for excessive amounts of its renal drug Proplete. According to the U.S. Justice Department, the whistleblower lawsuit alleged that Pentec also routinely waived patient copayments and deductible obligations to incentivize beneficiaries of the government programs to get Proplete prescriptions, even when more affordable options were available. Additionally, ... Read More

U.S. Government Sues Lockheed Martin, Alleging Hanford Nuclear Cleanup Fraud

The notorious Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Southeastern Washington has been mired in fraud and corruption for decades, ever since the U.S. government started paying contractors billions of dollars to clean up and convert 56 million gallons of radioactive sludge. On Feb. 8, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it has lodged a False Claims Act lawsuit against Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin, alleging the company and its executives used a $232 million support contract for nuclear waste disposal to enrich themselves. According to federal prosecutors, Lockheed Martin engaged in a fraudulent kickback scheme by paying more than $1 million to ... Read More