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Feinberg Predicts Most VW Vehicle Owners Will Settle Through Compensation Fund


Volkswagen Claims Fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg said he is ready to start compensating owners of VW diesel vehicles affected by the automaker’s emissions cheat, predicting that most all of the nearly 600,000 owners would accept offers from the fund. However, Mr. Feinberg told a German newspaper that his “hands are tied” until VW leaders and U.S. environmental regulators have agreed on a plan to repair the vehicles. Mr. Feinberg has not yet disclosed what options VW owners will be given, as much of what the company offers pivots on an acceptable solution to the emissions cheat, which allows certain diesel ... Read More

NHL pushes to dismiss concussion-related lawsuits


The National Hockey League (NHL) says a recent federal court ruling in a lawsuit waged by a former NHL player Derek Boogaard alleging the league did not protect him from concussions should be applied to a year-old motion pending in a Minnesota federal court. The pending motion was filed by the NHL to dismiss similar claims made by a group of retired NHL players whose lawsuits are consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL). Late last year, the NHL successfully argued that claims made by the estate of deceased NHL player Derek Boogaard were preempted by the federal Labor Management Relations Act, and that to ... Read More

Toyota recall announced after reports that side airbags could deploy from the roof; undisclosed injuries

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Nearly 320,000 older model Toyota vehicles are now under recall due to the automaker’s discovery of an issue with the vehicle’s airbags. Toyota claims the defective side airbags may deploy from the roof during certain crashes. The following Toyota vehicles are included in this recall:  2003-06 Toyota Land Cruiser, 2004-06 4Runner, 2005-06 Tundra, 2005-06 Sequoia, 2003-06 Lexus LX 470 and 2004-06 Lexus GX 470. The side airbag defect stems from what Toyota refers to as “improper programming in the airbag control modules,” which could result in the airbags and seat belt pretensioners incorrectly triggering in specific situations once the vehicle ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson fights to keep Cherokee Nation’s Risperdal case in federal court


Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals are asking an Oklahoma federal judge to keep in federal court a lawsuit filed against the companies by the Cherokee Nation over undisclosed side effects with its antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The drug companies claim that the rightful plaintiff in the case is not the Cherokee Nation, but a holding company for the tribal businesses, and that the case should remain in federal court on diversity grounds. The Cherokee Nation originally filed the lawsuit in April 2015 in Oklahoma’s Sequoyah County Court seeking restitution for Risperdal the tribe had purchased under the impression ... Read More

Man sues manufacturer, seller of exploding e-cigarette

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A Florida man is suing the maker of his electronic cigarette and the company who sold it to him after he suffered serious burns on his face, neck and lungs when his e-cigarette exploded. Evan Spahlinger says he purchased the “Rig Mod V.2” e-cigarette from the Vaping Station in Naples, Fla., in July. Three months later, the e-cigarette burst into flames while he was using it, causing him to inhale fire, smoke and scorching hot air, which inflamed his esophagus and lungs. He was put into a medically induced coma to recover from his injuries. Spahlinger’s lawsuit is targeting the ... Read More

OSHA fines Services Plus packaging company more than $80K for various workplace safety hazards


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has levied more than $80,000 in penalties against custom packaging company Services Plus Inc. According to the Insurance Journal, Services Plus was found responsible for one “willful” and five “serious” workplace safety violations, placing innocent workers at risk. OSHA’s inspectors uncovered a number of troubling safety problems while visiting the Green Bay, Wis., plant. Some of the hazards varied from failure to install guards and use proper injury prevention procedures to failure to protect employees from moving machinery that could result in amputations and serious injuries. The following violations were also levied ... Read More

Defense Subcontractor Pays $7.4 Million To Resolve Whistleblower Allegations Of Billing Fraud


A defense subcontractor hired to provide firefighting and fire protection services in Iraq will pay the U.S. $7.4 million to settle a whistleblower complaint accusing it of falsely inflating labor costs and double-billing the government for its work. Centerra Services International, formerly known as Wackenhut Services LLC, is a security services company based in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The company was subcontracted by Kellogg Brown & Root Inc. (KBR), the primary contractor providing logistical support for the Army’s operations in Iraq. From 2008 to 2010, Wackenhut not only inflated its labor costs for billing, but it double billed for the ... Read More

Two men fight statute of limitations ruling in Risperdal gynecomastia cases


Two men who claim they developed breasts after taking the antipsychotic Risperdal as adolescents are asking a Philadelphia appeals court to undo a judge’s ruling to dismiss their lawsuits and more than 250 others against the manufacturer of the drug because they waited too long to file their lawsuits. Joshua Winter and Jonathan Saksek told the Philadelphia Superior Court that the judge was in error when he surmised that the plaintiffs should have known the link between Risperdal and breast growth by 2009. The men said that a jury should decide when media reports and other sources would have provided enough ... Read More

Lawsuit In Paul Walker Crash Says Porsche Carrera GT Was Defective, Unfit For Road

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The children of the driver whose Porsche Carrera GT crashed in 2013, killing him and actor Paul Walker of “The Fast and the Furious” movie series, have filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit against the automaker, claiming the car was defective and unfit for the road. The lawsuit, filed Jan. 29 by the son and daughter of Roger Rodas in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that Porsche Cars North America and Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany (“Porsche AG”) are liable for Mr. Rodas’ death because the 2005 Porsche lacked a control system that would have prevented ... Read More

Florida Radiology Chain Settles whistleblower Medicare Fraud Case For $8.71 Million

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TAMPA, FLA — Rose Radiology Centers Inc. will pay $8.71 million to the government to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by billing federal health care programs for radiology procedures that patients didn’t need or were rendered in an “unconscionable” way that violated federal rules for reimbursement. Rose Radiology operates about a dozen offices in the Tampa area and provides all of the radiology services for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team and Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The settlement resolves allegations originally brought in a lawsuit filed by two whistleblowers ... Read More