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Ride Inspector Suffers Hand Amputation at Carolina Amusement Park

A worker suffered an accidental hand amputation while inspecting a ride at Carowinds amusement park, a sprawling Charlotte, North Carolina theme park that straddles the North Carolina and South Carolina state lines. Authorities investigating the accidental hand amputation say it occurred March 6 while the worker was inspecting the 300-foot-tall Windseeker ride in the York County, South Carolina side of the park. The man was at the top of the tower when his hand reportedly became caught up in the ride’s pulley system. The Flint Hill, South Carolina Fire Department received a call reporting the emergency around 9 a.m. and ... Read More

Price Gouging Laws In Effect As Hurricane Florence Barrels Into the Carolinas

Hurricanes bring widespread destruction with them but they also bring out the best of human nature when residents and communities pull together to help each another recover. Unfortunately, hurricanes can also reveal the shady side of some individuals and businesses when they take advantage of a hurricane or other crisis to inflate prices excessively. Price-gouging takes many forms, from a $10 gallon of gas to thousands of dollars for a tree removal. As Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas, government officials urged residents to report any instances of price gouging they encounter. “My office is here to protect North ... Read More

Takata Airbag Explosion Damaged NC Woman’s Eye, Lawsuit Claims

A North Carolina woman has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Nissan North America, Takata Corporation, and related companies, alleging that a defective Takata airbag in her vehicle blasted metal fragments into her eye. In 2015, Kelijah Hall, then 19 years old, was driving her Nissan Sentra in Charlotte when she was involved in a collision on Lawyers Road. The driver-side Takata airbag in her vehicle deployed on impact, but instead of protecting her in the crash, it seriously damaged her eye, according to her lawsuit. Charlotte’s WSOCTV Channel 9 uncovered the lawsuit and noted in a recent report that ... Read More

Hankook Tire Settles Church Bus Crash Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by the victims of a deadly church bus crash and their families against Hankook Tire has been settled for an “undisclosed confidential amount” after years of litigation. The case centered on the Oct. 2, 2013, crash of a Front Street Baptist Church bus in Statesville, North Carolina, that killed six church members, the driver of a tractor-trailer, and a passenger in an SUV. The bus was returning to North Carolina from a yearly Fall Jubilee at the Gatlinburg Convention Center when the left front tire blew out, causing driver Randolph “Randy” Morrison to lose control of the ... Read More

GOP-Chartered Amtrak Crashes With Garbage Truck, One Dead

A chartered Amtrak train carrying House and Senate Republicans to an annual retreat crashed with a garbage truck near Charlottesville, Virginia, Wednesday morning, killing one person and seriously injuring another. According to various reports, the person killed was likely in or on the garbage truck at the time. There were no injuries among the members of Congress or their staff. The Amtrak train was chartered by Republican lawmakers headed to West Virginia for their annual issues conference and retreat. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was on the train with his family, called the accident a “terrible tragedy.” Other lawmakers said ... Read More

Jason’s Deli Data Breach Affects 2 Million Credit and Debit Cards

Jason’s Deli is advising its customers to check for suspicious activity in their banking and credit card accounts after it discovered a data breach affecting about two million accounts. The Beaumont, Texas-based company, which operates 275 restaurants in 28 states, says that hackers installed “RAM-scraping” malware at several point-of-sale (POS) terminals in various corporate-owned Jason’s Deli restaurants starting on June 8. Jason’s Deli headquarters said that the data breach came to its attention on Dec. 22 after it was notified by payment processors that credit card security personnel had discovered a large quantity of credit and debit card information appearing ... Read More

Soldier Shields Woman From Car Crash Explosion

A North Carolina woman was spared from serious injury or worse after a fiery head-on crash, thanks to the quick action of a National Guard sergeant who witnessed the accident. Charlotte’s WBTV Channel 3 reports that Staff Sergeant Cory Hinkle was driving home to Forest City, North Carolina from his National Guard Base in Charlotte when the car in front of him was involved in a head-on crash, sending smoke and debris everywhere. Sgt. Hinkle, an Iraq combat veteran, said his military training and battle instincts kicked in, and he knew the smoke engulfing the vehicle and the gasoline pouring ... Read More

Whistleblower Alleges Charlotte Law College Cheated Taxpayers

A whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former professor of the Charlotte School of Law accuses the now-defunct for-profit school and its parent company Infilaw of cheating taxpayers out of $285 million by routinely admitting hundreds of unqualified students and then manipulating their records to ensure their federal loan money for tuition kept flowing. According to The Charlotte Observer, whistleblower Barbara Bernier filed the False Claims Act lawsuit in June 2016 on behalf of the U.S. government, accusing Charlotte Law of much of the same illegal maneuvering that other for-profit schools have been accused of in recent years, thanks to whistleblower actions. ... Read More

Church Bus Crash Victims To Share $2 Million Settlement

The insurer for a South Carolina church has agreed to pay $2 million to the victims of a September 2016 bus crash that killed four passengers and injured dozens of others, most of them members of a community college football program. Southern Mutual Church Insurance Company agreed to pay the full amount of the insurance policy held by Sandy River Baptist Church of Chester, South Carolina. The payout includes $1 million for liability claims and $1 million for under-insured motorist claims, The (Charlotte, North Carolina) Herald reports. The Sandy River Baptist Church bus was transporting about two dozen football players from Clinton ... Read More

Whistleblower Lawsuit draws $6.5 Million Settlement

A whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit against Carolinas Healthcare System has resulted in a $6.5 million recovery for the federal and North Carolina Medicaid programs. According to U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose of the Western District of North Carolina, the Charlotte-based hospital system improperly up-coded claims it submitted for urine drug tests so it would receive higher Medicaid reimbursements. Federal prosecutors contended that from 2011 to 2015, Carolinas HealthCare conducted urine drug tests, categorized as “moderate complexity” tests by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but submitted claims for “high complexity” tests. Claims submitted to federal health care programs include ... Read More