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GM lawyers under federal criminal investigation for allegedly concealing ignition switch evidence

Posted: August 26, 2014 Product Liability

Federal prosecutors are investigating General Motors’ legal department for possible criminal liability in the way it handled the company’s deadly ignition switch problem, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Federal agencies partner up to improve whistleblower protections for commercial drivers

Posted: August 26, 2014 Personal Injury

Better oversight of whistleblower protections afforded by the federal Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) is the aim of a memorandum of understanding signed by leaders of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Company ordered to reinstate, compensate truck drivers it fired for voicing safety concerns

Posted: August 25, 2014 Personal Injury

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered Pontiac, Mich.-based Asphalt Specialists Inc. to pay $1 million in back wages and damages and reinstate a foreman and two truck drivers who were fired after voicing safety concerns.

Second transvaginal mesh lawsuit against Boston Scientific goes to trial

Posted: August 23, 2014 Pharmaceutical

The second bellwether trial involving injuries from Boston Scientific’s transvaginal mesh device is underway in Massachusetts state court, and plaintiffs are hoping for a different outcome than the first.

Whistleblower’s False Claims lawsuit against Samsung leads to $2.3 million settlement

Posted: August 23, 2014 Consumer Fraud

Samsung Electronics America Inc. has agreed to pay $2.3 million to resolve whistleblower allegations that its business practices led the U.S. government to unknowingly purchase foreign electronics from countries not approved under the Trade Agreements Act and thus the submission of

Bank of America settles mortgage fraud claims with U.S. and six states for record $16.65 million

Posted: August 22, 2014 Consumer Fraud

The U.S. Justice Department and six state attorneys general have reached a $16.65-billion settlement with Bank of America Corporation to resolve claims that the bank and its former and current subsidiaries, including Countrywide and Merrill Lynch, defrauded investors, government agencies,

Merck asks judge to dismiss Fosamax femur fracture lawsuits

Posted: August 22, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Drug maker Merck & Co. is asking a federal judge to dismiss the nearly 500 lawsuits remaining in mass tort litigation in Trenton, N.J., alleging the company’s osteoporosis drug Fosamax caused femur fractures. The action comes after Merck won two

Seven passengers injured after bus driver suffers heart attack behind the wheel

Posted: August 21, 2014 Personal Injury

Seven employees of an Alaskan seafood company were injured Sunday morning after the driver of a company bus they were riding in suffered a heart attack and lost consciousness, causing him to crash into a tree.

CDC contractor pays $18 million to settle whistleblower allegations

Posted: August 21, 2014 Consumer Fraud

A California pharmaceutical distributor has agreed to pay the U.S. $18 million to resolve a whistleblower’s allegations that it improperly set temperature monitors in shipping vaccines while it was under contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

New study confirms BP oil spill is destroying deep-sea coral reefs

Posted: August 20, 2014 Environmental

BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill had a broader, deeper impact on life in the Gulf of Mexico than researchers previously thought, according to a new study conducted by Pennsylvania State University scientists.