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Lawsuit alleges amoeba from water park killed Ohio teen

The family of an Ohio teen who was killed by a brain-eating amoeba filed a lawsuit against the North Carolina water park where they believe she was exposed. Lauren Seitz, 18, was a recent high school graduate from Westerville, Ohio, when tragedy struck in June of 2016. She and 40 other members of Church of the Messiah were on a music tour when they stopped at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Fox 8 News in Cleveland reports that Seitz and several friends were whitewater rafting when their raft overturned. While in the water, it is believed Seitz was unknowingly exposed to Naegleria ... Read More

Dietary supplement makers face off in court

Phoenix, Arizona-based dietary supplement maker Nutritional Distribution LLC is suing Arizona-based rival Total Fitness Warehouse alleging the company sold body building products that contained dangerous and illegal anabolic steroids. By doing this, Nutritional Distribution claims that Total Fitness Warehouse not only put consumers’ health at risk, but the company has also damaged Nutritional Distribution’s online marketing and sales. Nutritional Distribution’s lawsuit claims that Total Fitness targeted body builders and competitive athletes with ads that its products were safe and effective, when in reality they contained hidden drug that could cause serious risks to the liver, heart, and other organs. The ... Read More

Fed-Ex Tractor-Trailer Runs Out of Control, Motorist killed

A tractor-trailer driver lost control of his vehicle on Interstate 95 near the Florida-Georgia border May 15, striking an SUV and killing a Florida man. The Georgia State Patrol said a 2016 Freightliner Federal Express tractor pulling tandem trailers was traveling southbound on I-95 when it crossed the divider barrier and entered the northbound lanes. A 2015 Chevrolet Equinox traveling in the northbound lanes collided with one of the trailers on its right side as it crossed the four lanes of traffic. The Chevy Equinox came to rest under an overpass and the tractor-trailer came to a stop with its ... Read More

Jury Awards Whistleblower $1.5 Million in Retaliation Case

A former fire investigator for the Charlotte, North Carolina Fire Department was awarded $1.5 million by a jury who found the investigator had been fired in retaliation for voicing safety concerns about construction work on a fire department office building. The Charlotte Fire Department fired Crystal Eschert in 2014, claiming a controversial facebook comment she posted on her personal page was offensive and inflammatory and could have ignited trouble in Charlotte at a time when riots broke out in Ferguson, Missouri, over police slayings. Eschert’s facebook comment said: “White guy shot by police yesterday near Ferguson … Where is Obama? ... Read More

Death After IVC Filter implant sparks lawsuit against manufacturer

A lawsuit has been filed against B. Braun Medical Inc. alleging its inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is defective and led to a North Carolina man’s death. The lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Charlotte, North Carolina, and names B. Braun and subsidiary Aesculap Implant Systems as the defendants. The company is being accused of knowingly selling a defective filter that was used in Keith A. Waters to prevent pulmonary embolism. The IVC filter, which closely resembles a spider and is designed to catch blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs, was inserted in 2015. The filter fractured, sending fragments migrating through ... Read More

Worker amputation results in lawsuit against machine manufacturer

A woman who lost five fingers in an amputation incident while attempting to clean an industrial yarn machine filed a lawsuit against the machine’s manufacturer, holding them responsible. Mary Lynn Stanco, a Pittston Township, Pennsylvania, resident, was working as a threader at Warp Processing Co., Inc in Exeter. The warping machine she often uses produces large volumes of yarn on spinning beams at a speed of 450 yards per minute. According to the lawsuit, Stanco was assisting a mechanic who was working on a warping machine in April 2016. When the mechanic pointed out a dirty presser roller, Stanco attempted to ... Read More

Boy Crushed To Death In Atlanta’s Revolving Restaurant

A 5-year-old boy was crushed to death Friday afternoon after being caught in a revolving restaurant at the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta. The boy, identified by Atlanta authorities as Charlie Holt, was visiting Atlanta with his family from Charlotte, North Carolina. He was having lunch at the Sun Dial restaurant with his parents. The restaurant continually revolves on the 73rd floor of the hotel, giving diners a 360-degree view of the city and surrounding area. The child reportedly wandered about four or five feet away from the window table where his parents were seated and ... Read More

SCOTUS Revives Whistleblower Case Against Wells Fargo In Light of Escobar Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, Feb. 21 revived a long-running whistleblower lawsuit against Wells Fargo by remanding it to the U.S. Second Circuit Appeals Court, which last year affirmed a lower court’s ruling dismissing the case. The case was filed by Robert Kraus and Paul Bishop, former officials of two banks Wells Fargo acquired. Mr. Kraus and Mr. Bishop brought the complaint in 2011 under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which allows private parties to sue on behalf of the government in cases of suspected fraud targeting federal agencies and programs. Mr. Kraus is former controller ... Read More

Tractor Trailer Veers Out of Lane, Kills Three Virginia Motorists

Virginia State Police are investigating a deadly crash between a tractor trailer and a car near Charlottesville Monday morning that killed three people. State Police investigators said that Franklin Rowe, 51, was driving a tractor trailer loaded with sand down Route 15 South in Fluvanna County, Virginia, when he crossed the center line of the two-lane highway and collided with a 2005 Honda sedan traveling in the northbound lane. Mr. Rowe’s truck was traveling downhill and around a curve when the collision occurred. The impact killed Roderick V. Manifold, 69, of Lake Monticello, Virginia, his wife, Demetria B. Manifold, 69, ... Read More

Hotline Opened For Former Wells Fargo Bankers With Retaliation Concerns

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) introduced a hotline Friday for certain former Wells Fargo employees who were fired amid news that bank representatives had been opening fake, unauthorized accounts for customers. In September, federal regulators ordered the San Francisco-based bank to pay the U.S. $185 million in penalties and $5 million to customers it defrauded by pressuring employees to meet aggressive sales quotas by opening the unauthorized customer accounts. Responding to this pressure, Wells Fargo employees opened up some two million fake accounts and charged customers maintenance fees on those accounts. The bank subsequently fired about 5,300 employees for opening the accounts ... Read More