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Truck Driver Barred From Road After Fatal Crash

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Federal regulators declared a North Carolina-licensed commercial truck driver to be “an imminent hazard to public safety” and barred him from operating any commercial vehicles after he allegedly caused a fatal accident in New York City and left the scene. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that Simranjeet Singh Sandhu, 23, of Durham, North Carolina, was driving a tractor-trailer on the Cross Bronx Expressway in New York March 27 when he erratically switched lanes without signaling and struck a car, fatally injuring the driver. Caesar Contreras, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the ... Read More

Work injury, amputation results in $17M verdict

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A Riverside, California, man whose work-related injuries led to multiple surgeries and an eventual leg amputation was awarded $17 million by a Riverside Superior Court jury. Steven Meier, 62, a former security guard for Securitas Security Services, was patrolling a PennySaver USA facility in Mira Loma, California, when a forklift backed into him and ran him over in October 2013. The forklift crushed Mr. Meier’s leg and dragged him several feet, tearing the skin from his leg below the knee.  Another forklift was used to get the first forklift off of him. Mr. Meier had to undergo 11 surgeries over ... Read More

Whistleblower Case against Gilead Sciences Revived

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A whistleblower lawsuit against drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc. alleging the company misled federal drug regulators into approving adulterated HIV drugs has been revived by a federal appeals court. The Recorder reports that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling reverses a California Court’s dismissal of the case. The appellate court said in its opinion that the claims made by whistleblowers Jeff and Sherilyn Campie, both former Gilead employees, are sufficient and satisfy the requirements of a False Claims Act complaint. The Campies accuse Gilead of using synthetics from a manufacturer in China to lower the production costs of its HIV ... Read More

Georgia farmer blames Monsanto Roundup for cancer

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A Georgia farmer who used Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup for years to clear some land for farming is suing the agrochemical giant, claiming years of exposure to the chemical caused his cancer. Ricky McCombs told Jacksonville, Florida’s News4 that he and his wife Lucy bought a nine-acre farm near Nahunta in the southeastern corner of the state in 1993. The land was overgrown with scrub oaks, thorns, and weeds, so they began spraying the brush with Roundup, whose active ingredient glyphosate targets unwanted weeds. After two years of spraying, the McCombs planted their first crops. “We were planting corn and ... Read More

Deadly C-130 Crash Kills 16 U.S. Troops

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Although the military is still investigating what brought down a U.S. Marine KC-130 on July 10, U.S. Marines Brig. Gen. Bradley James told CNN, “Indications are something went wrong at cruise altitude.” The aircraft, known for its reliability, according to the New York Times, went down in a western rural Mississippi soybean field and killed all 16 service members on board including 15 U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy medical corpsman. The five-mile debris field was spread across both sides of U.S. Highway 82 between the towns of Itta Bena and Moorhead, which is about 100 miles north of Jackson. ... Read More

Experts in CA trial can testify that talc causes cancer

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Decisions are still being made prior to plaintiff Eva Echeverria’s trial beginning in California, the first talc case against Johnson and Johnson to be tried in the state. The suit was scheduled to go to trial on July 10, but this week Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson has still been holding hearings that will impact the future of the trial. According to Law360, on Monday, Judge Nelson reversed a tentative ruling she had written the week before saying that she would partially deny co-defendant Imerys Talc America’s motion for summary judgment. Instead she dismissed Echeverria’s claims against the ... Read More

Walmart settles whistleblower lawsuit alleging Medicaid fraud

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Retail giant Walmart has agreed to pay $1.65 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit alleging it knowingly submitted claims for reimbursement to California’s Medicaid program that were not supported by applicable diagnosis and documentation requirements. A pharmacist who has worked at Walmart locations in the greater Sacramento area filed the original lawsuit under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. According to the Eastern District of California’s U.S. Attorney, Phillip A. Talbert, the whistleblower alleged that Walmart pharmacies failed to perform critical gatekeeping functions ensuring that certain drugs were dispensed for approved diagnoses. “Walmart failed to confirm and document ... Read More

18 States Sue DeVos, DOE Over Student Loan Rule

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Eighteen states and the District of Columbia are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education over their plans to rescind a rule that would make it easier for students of predatory for-profit colleges to have their loans forgiven. The Borrower Defense Rule was adopted by the DOE in November and was set to take effect this month. Under the rule, students could have their loans erased if their for-profit college misrepresented the quality of its programs or broke a “contractual promise” with its students. The rule also would also allow the DOE to seek recovery of loan ... Read More

Is talc toxic in makeup? Answer is likely no

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Beauty site Byrdie knows that many of its readers are concerned about the safety of talc considering the media attention recent verdicts against Johnson and Johnson have received. The company is being sued by thousands of women who claim their ovarian cancer was caused by use of Johnson and Johnson’s talc containing products, Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene. Four trials over the past year and a half led to plaintiff wins with damages of more than $300 million. We recently reported that a toxicology and pharmacology expert who testified at all of the talc trials ... Read More

Lawsuit Alleges Defective Fireworks Caused Burn Injuries

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Three Oregon residents who suffered serious burn injuries from a handheld firework have jointly filed a lawsuit against the retailer and distributer, claiming the companies knew the fireworks to be defective when they malfunctioned on July 4, 2015. According to The (Lane County) Register-Guard, the lawsuit was filed in Lane County Circuit Court by Kori Ware, her 2-year-old daughter, and an unrelated 9-year-old boy, represented by his mother. The suit names Fundz 4 Kidz, a local retailer that sold them the fireworks, its owner Aaron Taylor, and the national distributor of the fireworks, North Central Industries, Inc. of Muncie, Indiana. ... Read More