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Whistleblower files retaliation lawsuit against JC Penny


A former JC Penny employee has filed a retaliation lawsuit against the retail giant, alleging it retaliated against him for voicing concerns over practices, he says, were designed to cheat customers. Robert Blatchford, who worked in JC Penny’s custom decorating department in St. Petersburg, Fla., between 2007 and 2009 and again on a part-time basis from August 2012 to July 2013, filed a complaint against the company under Florida’s Private Whistleblower Act, which prohibits employers from retaliating against an employee who discloses, threatens to disclose, objects to, or refuses to participate in a violation of the law. According to Fortune, ... Read More

Louisiana woman sues Xarelto makers over bleeding risks


A Louisiana woman is suing the makers of the blood thinner Xarelto claiming she was never warned that using the drug could cause her to suffer serious, uncontrolled bleeding. According to the lawsuit, Deborah Lyons was prescribed Xarelto in March 2014 by her doctor to prevent strokes. While using the drug, Lyons suffered three severe bleeding events and had to be hospitalized to receive blood transfusions on three separate occasions. Xarelto is used to prevent or treat blood clots and strokes in some heart patients, and blood clots in patients who recently underwent knee or hip replacement surgery. It was approved ... Read More

Fireman’s Fund pays $44 million to settle insurance fraud allegations


An insurance company that sells federally reinsured policies nationwide to farmers in need of crop insurance has agreed to pay the U.S. $44 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that it knowingly issued ineligible policies and falsified documents to boost its profits. According to the U.S. Justice Department, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, an Allianz SE subsidiary headquartered in Novato, Calif., participated in the federal crop insurance program, selling and servicing crop insurance policies that were reinsured by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a portion of the risks. U.S. prosecutors alleged that the insurance fraud scheme involved Fireman’s Fund ... Read More

Greyhound faces lawsuit for 2013 rollover crash near Cincinnati

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A Wyoming couple is suing Greyhound bus company and driver Dwayne Garrett in a Michigan federal court for injuries sustained in Sept. 2013 rollover crash outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. David Otte, one of six bus passengers airlifted to a hospital after the crash, and his wife Sandra Otte say that Mr. Garrett had fallen asleep at the wheel or “otherwise lost consciousness” when the bus veered off Interstate 75, struck a tree and a fence, and toppled over. The crash injured 34 of the 50 passengers aboard the bus. The Ottes’ complaint claims that Mr. Otte suffered a traumatic brain ... Read More

Whistleblower: U.S. contracted soldiers can’t shoot


The U.S. military, stretched thin by wars in the Middle East and other conflicts, is relying more and more on contracted soldiers from private firms for military and security operations traditionally performed by our troops. But sadly, as a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act indicates sometimes these private forces fail to provide adequate and competent defense. Omar Badr, a medic for private military/security firm Triple Canopy, filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, alleging it hired guards from Uganda that couldn’t properly shoot. According to the complaint, ... Read More

Senator says Trinity guardrails failed crash test

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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) earlier this month said the controversial Trinity guardrails that were at the center of a whistleblower lawsuit have passed all new safety tests, but a U.S. Senator is challenging the agency’s stance. Last year, the FHWA ordered Trinity’s ET-Plus guardrail system to undergo a series of eight tests conducted by a laboratory in San Antonio, Texas. The agency ordered the tests after whistleblower Joshua Harman won the whistleblower lawsuit he filed against Trinity under the False Claims Act. Mr. Harman alleged that Trinity secretly altered the design of the guardrails’ end terminals to save money, ... Read More

Gender discrimination lawsuit seeks $110 million from Novartis


Swiss drugmaker Novartis Corp. is facing another gender discrimination lawsuit alleging the company routinely denies women equal pay and bars them from promotions and leadership positions. The proposed class-action complaint, filed in a New York City federal court, seeks $110 million and comes less than five years after a U.S. jury ordered the company to pay $250 million in another class-action lawsuit that made similar claims. In 2010, that verdict was the largest award in a work discrimination case to be handed down in the U.S. The new complaint alleges that Novartis sustains a “boy’s club atmosphere” hostile to female ... Read More

Blue Bell recall expanded to cover ice cream cups

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Following the announcement of ice cream maker Blue Bell’s first recall, the company has decided to expand the recall to include its 3 oz. institutional/food service cups of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream after testing discovered listeria in one of the cups recovered from a Kansas hospital. Blue Bell claims that the listeria-ridden ice cream cup was produced in April 2014 by a plant located in Broken Arrow, Okla. However, the first recall of Blue Bell products, prompted by the deaths of three people at a single Kansas hospital, was made at a plant in Texas. The following products ... Read More

Lawsuit claims arsenic in wines is dangerously high

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A class action lawsuit filed in behalf of California consumers claims that California wineries are producing wine contaminated with dangerously high levels of arsenic and failing to warn consumers about the potential risks of arsenic exposure. The lawsuit targets 28 wineries including Franzia, Sutter Home, Wine Cube, Cupcake, Beringer and Vendage, and involve mostly inexpensive white or blush varieties such as moscato, pinot grigio, and sauvignon blanc. Plaintiffs attorneys say 1,306 different types of wine were tested by BeverageGrades of Denver, and 83 showed dangerously elevated levels of inorganic arsenic in wines. The results were confirmed by two other labs. ... Read More

UnitedHealth to require permission before covering power morcellation


UnitedHealth insurance announced it soon will require doctors to get permission before performing hysterectomies with a controversial surgical procedure known as power morcellation. The news comes after a wave of reports that power morcellation for hysterectomies and myomectomies – the removal of uterine fibroids – can increase the risk of spreading undetected cancer and worsen a woman’s odds of survival. Power morcellators are surgical tools fitted with a blade that minces uterine fibroids or entire uteruses within the uterine cavity and removes the tissue through a small incision in the abdomen. The procedures have been favored by doctors over more traditional ... Read More