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Cop’s False Claims Act Lawsuit Could Have Ripple Throughout Law Enforcement

The U.S. Justice Department has called on the federal court in Boston to reconsider a False Claims Act lawsuit filed against the Brockton, Mass., Police Department by a police detective who alleges he was fired in retaliation for assisting someone who was falsely arrested. Former homicide detective Ken Williams, who has been with the Brockton Police Department for 15 years, filed the lawsuit under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act in 2012. The Justice Department investigated Mr. Williams’ allegations but declined to intervene. The lawsuit was then unsealed and a federal judge dismissed some of its key allegations. ... Read More

Porter Ranch Residents Want Utility Facility Permanently Shut Down After Another Gas Leak Is Discovered

The residents of Porter Ranch, Calif., experienced firsthand the “worst gas leak in U.S. history” earlier this year when Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas)’s Aliso Canyon operation began leaking volumes of methane gas starting October 2015 and continuing until February of 2016. The gas rupture forced at least 8,000 residents from their homes for months. After finally returning home, residents complained of headaches, nosebleeds and nausea from the gas fumes. The company was going through the process of reopening the facility when a new gas leak was reported this weekend. Porter Ranch residents are now pleading to have the facility permanently shut down. ... Read More

Philadelphia judge says severely injured survivor of building collapse may give deposition

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – A woman who was critically injured when a Philadelphia building undergoing demolition collapsed on top of the Salvation Army thrift store where she was shopping may proceed with her lawsuit even while 11 others have been stayed, a Pennsylvania judge has decided. Plaintiff Mariya Plekan was pinned under debris for 13 hours when a four-story apartment complex being dismantled collapsed onto the adjacent one-story thrift store, killing six people and injuring 12 others besides Ms. Plekan, who lost both of her legs as a result of the cave-in. She is suing the owner of the building that ... Read More

Critically injured plaintiff asks judge to move forward with Philadelphia building collapse litigation

A woman who was critically injured in the Philadelphia building collapse on June 6 has asked a judge to partially lift a stay that will likely be imposed on her lawsuit pending other legal issues in mounting litigation surrounding the disaster, which killed six people and injured 13 others. Mariya Plekan was shopping at the Salvation Army Thrift store adjacent to the building that was being demolished when it collapsed on top of the store. She was buried under debris for 13 hours and had to have both of her legs amputated as a result of her injures. Ms. Plekan ... Read More

BP leader pledges more aggressive oil exploration as lawsuits from 2010 Gulf oil spill grind forward

Even as BP is fighting complex civil litigation in court this week, attempting to diffuse the blame for the 2010 explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, BP CEO Bob Dudley told a group of top energy executives the oil company is prepared to aggressively pursue energy exploration around the world. He made the remarks Wednesday morning at the IHS CERAWeek conference, which is the leading gathering of senior energy decision-makers from around the world. Eleven workers were killed when the oil platform exploded, and oil gushed from the ruptured Macondo well for ... Read More

BP to pay largest criminal penalty in U.S. history for oil spill, according to early reports

CBS News is reporting that a source close to the BP criminal trial says the oil giant will pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history for damages related to the April 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The source tells CBS that in addition to monetary penalties, two BP employees will face manslaughter charges related to the 11 workers who were killed when the Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded and sank, which set off the massive oil spill. A USA Today story concurs with this news, saying the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reports BP will be fined ... Read More

Testimony suggests BP manager should have stopped drilling operation before explosion

An hour before the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, BP’s well leader called an engineer in Houston to say he didn’t understand the results of a critical pressure test meant to determine whether the well had been properly sealed. Macondo well designer Mark Hafle told Donald Vidrine, BP’s top man aboard the rig at the time of the disaster, that he “might consider whether he had trapped pressure in the line or perhaps he didn’t have a valve properly lined up,” according to a court deposition collected from an expert witness ... Read More

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

More than a million senior citizens suffer from abuse or neglect in a single year, many of whom live in nursing homes, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse. For every case reported to authorities, more than five go unreported. These startling statistics have rallied the eldercare advocacy group International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) to declare a day to raise awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic process affecting elder abuse and neglect through community events aimed at promoting understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons. June 15, 2009 has been designated as ... Read More