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Judge Files Whistleblower Complaint Accusing California Regulators of Retaliation

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The former chief administrative law judge at the California Public Utilities Commission is filing a whistleblower complaint against the utility regulator, alleging she was fired for cooperating with federal investigators probing the Commission’s lax oversight of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). According to The Mercury News, Judge Karen Valentina Clopton claims the Utilities Commission dismissed her from her top-ranking judicial position in August in retaliation for her cooperation with federal investigators probing the 2010 natural gas explosion that destroyed a San Bruno, California neighborhood. The explosion occurred when an old 30-inch natural gas pipeline ruptured underneath a suburban neighborhood just ... Read More

Raw milk linked to Brucella bacteria exposure

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Got raw milk? It’s a slogan used by Texas-based K-Bar dairy, which is currently in the limelight for illnesses spanning seven states linked to Brucella bacteria found in its raw milk, which had not undergone pasteurization to kill germs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas State Department of Health Services have received reports of people who drank K-Bar’s milk and have symptoms of brucellosis in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Ohio, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas, according to a CDC press release. “It’s very important for people who drank raw milk from this dairy to seek treatment ... Read More

$2.5M Risperdal verdict stands

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The $2.5 million judgment handed down by a Philadelphia jury against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals over allegations that its antipsychotic Risperdal caused a disfiguring injury to an adolescent boy will stand despite the drug maker’s request for a new trial. Judge Ramy Djerassi of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas told Janssen the ruling in the first Risperdal side effects lawsuit to go to trial will stand. The bellwether trial involved the case of now-22-year-old Adam Pledger who developed abnormal breast tissue – a condition known as gynecomastia- after taking Risperdal. The verdict in that case was handed ... Read More

Movie Producers Seek Indemnity In Fatal Airplane-Crash Suits

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An airplane crash that killed two men and seriously injured a third while filming the Tom Cruise movie American Made in 2015 has spawned multiple lawsuits, including one filed Sept. 8 by four production companies seeking indemnity for damages awarded against them in other lawsuits. The lawsuit, filed in California, seeks to hold S&S Aviation, a Georgia company responsible for maintaining the airplane that crashed, at least partly responsible for any damages and lawyer fees resulting from the wrongful death and personal injury claims the production companies face. The movie “American Made” is set to be released later this month. It ... Read More

Talc ovarian cancer verdicts cause Indian consumers to exercise caution

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The American verdicts against international pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson has been raising awareness about the link between talc-based powders and ovarian cancer around the world. Last month, a California jury ordered the company to pay $417 million in damages over its failure to warn consumers of its products’ ovarian cancer risk. Previously four Missouri juries found in favor of the women who had brought suit against Johnson and Johnson, with verdicts totaling more than $300 million: Best Media Info, in an article on brands that have lost consumer trust, said of Johnson and Johnson in a discussion of the ... Read More

OriGen recalls defective catheters

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OriGen Biomedical is recalling two lots of its VV28F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters because the clear extension tube may separate from the hub that it is inserted in, which could cause damage or impairment to the patient if there is not immediate intervention. To date, one adverse event related to these recalled products has been reported. The VV28F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters that fall under the recall include lot number N18487, with the manufacture date of Aug. 14, 2014, and the expiration date of Aug. 30, 2018; and the not number 18487-1, with the manufacture date of April ... Read More

15 Marines Injured, 5 Critically, After Amphibious Vehicle Explodes

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Fifteen Marines were injured, including five in critical condition with burns and other injuries, after an amphibious assault vehicle they were riding in burst into flames during a training exercise at Camp Pendleton, California. The amphibious vehicle was performing training exercises on land when the fire broke out and consumed the vehicle shortly after 9:30 Wednesday morning, the 1st Marine Division Public Affairs office said in a statement. There were 15 Marines aboard the vehicle at the time of the accident. The training incident involved members of the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion and troops with Charlie Co., 1st Battalion, 1st ... Read More

Whistleblower Was Key in $7.55 Million Recovery From Opioid Drugmaker

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A whistleblower lawsuit has helped the U.S. government recover more than $7.55 million from a California-based drugmaker accused of contributing to the nation’s opioid crisis by paying kickbacks to doctors who prescribe its potent fentanyl-based painkiller Abstral. “Given the dangers associated with opioids such as Abstral, it is imperative that prescriptions be based on a patient’s medical need rather than a doctor’s financial interests,” acting Assistant Attorney General Chad Readler said in a statement Friday. The settlement resolves a lawsuit filed against California-based Galena Biopharma Inc. by Lynne Dougherty under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which allows private ... Read More

Invokana risks may outweigh benefits


Doctors and their hospital-affiliated medical groups have become skittish about prescribing the type 2 diabetes drug Invokana after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) slapped black box warning regarding a twofold risk of lower limb amputations among users on the drug. Since Invokana was approved in 2013 – the first in a new class of diabetes drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors – the agency has required new or strengthened warnings on Invokana’s safety label regarding adverse effects such as an increased risk for ketoacidosis, acute kidney injury, bone fractures, bone mineral density loss and serious urinary tract infections. When results from ... Read More

More Maradol papayas recalled due to Salmonella risk


Bravo Produce Inc., of San Ysidro, California, is recalling Maradol papayas, grown by Productores y Exportadores de Carica Papaya de Tecomán y Costa Alegre SPR of RL and packed by Frutas Selectas de Tijuana, S. de RL de CV, because laboratory testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed Salmonella in some of the papayas. Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause infections that can be serious or life threatening in some people, including children, the elderly and individuals with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, Salmonella infection can result ... Read More