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Texas University Faces Negligent Security Complaint Over Alleged Rape

A former Huston-Tillotson University student who alleges she was raped by a campus security guard is suing the college, the man she claims assaulted her, and the security company he worked for. The plaintiff, who did not want to be identified in the lawsuit, was 17 and enrolled as a freshman at the private Austin college when the alleged rape took place on July 30. She says she went off campus to smoke marijuana with a security guard employed by G4S Secure Services, the company contracted by Huston-Tillotson University to provide security. The woman rode with the G4S guard in ... Read More

Negligent Security Suit Blames Savannah Apartments Over Young Woman’s Murder

The family of a murdered college student has filed a negligent security lawsuit against a Savannah, Georgia apartment complex, alleging lax security measures at the property created a haven for criminal activity. Rebecca Foley, 21, was shot inside her Volkswagen on Jan. 21, 2103, by Bloods gang members while trying to flee a robbery attempt in the parking lot of the Colonial Village at Marsh Cove apartments in south Savannah. A protracted investigation and criminal prosecution resulted in the November conviction of two gang members, who were sentenced to life without parole, and cleared the way for a civil lawsuit ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Driver Pleads Guilty For Deadly Missouri Crash

A tractor-trailer driver with a history of traffic violations has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter for allegedly causing a February 2017 crash in Missouri that killed another motorist. Driver Narinder Singh, 46, was transporting about 22,000 pounds of hamburgers and cheeseburgers for the fast-food chain White Castle when his truck overturned on I-44 in southwestern Missouri. The accident killed David Lambeth, 43, whose pickup truck was partially crushed by the overturned tractor-trailer. A lawsuit filed against Mr. Singh, White Castle, and others by Mr. Lambeth’s widow asserts that Mr. Singh is too dangerous to drive a tractor-trailer, citing a dozen ... Read More

Whistleblower Doctor Who Led U.S. to $84.5 Million Settlement ‘Risked Everything’

A neuroscientist whistleblower who witnessed corruption within the Detroit-area hospital system where he worked and took legal action despite the serious risks to his career has helped the U.S. government recover nearly $85 million for the Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE programs. Dr. David Felten filed a False Claims Act lawsuit against William Beaumont Hospitals in 2010 alleging the regional hospital system engaged in improper financial relationships with eight referring physicians, resulting in the submission of false claims to federal health care programs as well as violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law. Dr. Felten, a leading figure in the ... Read More

Man sues Hillshire, Tyson after losing lower arms in workplace accident

A sanitation worker in Cameron, Missouri, has filed a civil lawsuit after losing both of his lower arms in a workplace accident in February 2015. Brent Sherman, who cleaned Cozzini Inc. blenders and other meat-processing equipment at the Hillshire Brands plant in St. Joseph, was using a hot water hose to clean the discharge doors on the blender when the blender suddenly started without warning. Sherman’s forearms, the hose and the nozzle were sucked into the blender and got caught between a rotating paddle and the framework of the machine’s discharge openings. Hillshire Brands is a subsidiary of Tyson Foods. The ... Read More

Six states sue OxyContin maker for exacerbating opioid epidemic

Six states have filed new lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, accusing the company of using deceptive marketing to increase sales, causing overdose deaths and economic damages while fanning the flames of the nation’s opioid epidemic. The lawsuits were filed by the attorneys general of Texas, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Tennessee, and accuse Purdue – makers of the powerful opioid OxyContin – of overstating the benefits of the drug while downplaying the risks, including its high addiction potential. The states seek significant penalties and measures to stop future harm to citizens and communities. “My office is holding Purdue Pharma ... Read More

New DOJ task force to tackle opioid epidemic

A new Prescription Interdiction & Litigation (PIL) Task Force as been established by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to aggressively coordinate all available criminal and civil law enforcement tools to reverse “the tide of opioid overdoses in the United States,” with particular focus on opioid manufacturers and distributors, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this week. “Over the past year, the Department has vigorously fought the prescription opioid crisis, and we are determined to continue making progress. Today, we are opening a new front in the war on the opioid crisis by bringing all of our anti-opioid efforts under one banner,” ... Read More

Supplement CEO arrested for violating parole

More bad news for dietary supplement distributor Enhanced Athlete Inc. Scott Cavell, the company’s CEO, was arrested for allegedly violating his parole from a previous fraud conviction, according to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. His parole violation includes possession of marijuana, use of controlled substances, failing to report an expenditure of more than $500, and traveling out of the judicial jurisdiction without permission. The violations were uncovered after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) executed a search warrant at the Enhanced Athlete facility and Cavell’s residence. During that search, agents found receipts from a Lake ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover $850K from Minnesota Dermatology Practice

A Minnesota dermatology practice has agreed to pay the U.S. $850,000 to settle a federal False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a whistleblower who accused the practice of improperly billing Medicare for products and services that didn’t qualify for reimbursement. Minnesota’s U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Skin Care Doctors, P.A. and its founder and CEO Michael J. Ebertz, M.D., submitted false claims for payment to the Medicare program over a period starting in January 2008 and ending in December 2015. Federal prosecutors say questionable billing practices spanned four different areas, including billing Medicare for free samples of a phototherapy drug, ... Read More

Amerisource to pay $260M for mishandling drugs

Medical Initiatives Inc., an Alabama subsidiary of AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group (ABSG), pled guilty and agreed to a $208 million criminal fine and a forfeiture of $52 million for introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce, Law360 reported. The company was accused of opening sterile vials of oncology drugs, pooling the medicine and transferring it into single-dose pre-filed syringes that were then shipped without a physician-signed prescription, sometimes in doses well above safe usage standards for an individual patient, and occasionally to deceased individuals. Furthermore, ABSG didn’t register Medical Initiatives Inc. with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as required by federal ... Read More