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Landmark Mental Health Ruling Finds Top Insurer Illegally Denied Patients Coverage

Mental health patients in the U.S. scored major victory when a federal judge issued a landmark ruling against the nation’s largest health insurer, finding that it has been illegally denying coverage to policyholders seeking treatment for mental health and substance abuse. United Behavioral Health, a unit of UnitedHealthcare, “deviated” from national health care standards by implementing cost-cutting policies that effectively deprived mental health patients of access to critical, life-saving treatments, U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero found. He also suggested that the company was more intent on feeding its bottom line than providing adequate and appropriate coverage to mental health ... Read More

Whistleblowers Awarded $160,000 in Retaliation Case

A Connecticut awning manufacturer that wrongfully fired two employee whistleblowers for reporting safety and health violations on the job must pay the discharged workers a total of $160,000, a federal court has ruled. Two employees of Eastern Awning, which manufactures retractable fabric patio awnings in Watertown, Connecticut, filed complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after they became ill while working in the plant’s powder coat room in June 2009. OSHA investigated the whistleblower complaints and cited the company in December 2009 for willfully exposing the workers to inhalation hazards and for lack of adequate ventilation. While OSHA’s ... Read More

Lawsuit filed in worker’s ‘preventable’ electrocution death

The life of Marco Antonio Silva could have been spared if his employer had followed safety guidelines and residential energy provider Eversource had disconnected a power line, according to a lawsuit filed by his family in Connecticut Superior Court in Danbury. Silva, 44, was a private contractor employed at KTI Utility Construction & Maintenance. The electrocution occured June 9, 2016, as Silva was preparing a work site for the installation of a new utility pole. The equipment he was operating came into contact with a high-voltage transmission line, which caused a jolt of electricity to surge through his right arm ... Read More

Positive Train Control (PTC) Delayed on Metro-North for Another Two Years

Positive Train Control or PTC, the technology that can automatically slow trains in dangerous sections of track, will not be installed in the Metro-North rail system for another two years after federal regulators gave the railroad a deadline extension. Metro-North, the New York City-based commuter rail operated by New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), was supposed to have PTC up and running on all of its trains by Dec. 31, 2018. The rail says it has achieved critical benchmarks in its implementation of PTC technology across its 800 miles of track, but it needs more time to complete installation and ... Read More

Family Sues Tractor-Trailer Company over Woman’s Roadside Death

The family of a young mother who was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer while checking on her baby after pulling onto the side of a Connecticut highway alleges the truck driver was negligent and reckless in a newly filed lawsuit. Ashley Ferguson Jones, 31, pulled her Kia Optima fully into the breakdown lane of I-95 in Old Lyme, Connecticut on Dec. 1, 2016, to check on her daughter in the back seat, who was coughing and potentially choking on food. According to the lawsuit, Ms. Jones was leaning into the back seat through the rear driver’s side rear door ... Read More

Black Hawk Defects Caused Deadly Maryland Crash, Lawsuit Claims

The widow of an Army specialist who died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Maryland last year and two other servicemen who were critically injured in the same crash are suing Sikorsky Aircraft and its parent company Lockheed Martin, alleging a defect in the helicopter’s tail rotor caused the aircraft to spin out of control and plummet to the ground. Spc. Jeremy Tomlin, 22, of Chapel Hill, Tennessee, was killed in the Black Hawk UH-60 helicopter crash. Capt. Terikazu Onoda, the pilot, and Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Nicholas were critically injured and continue to suffer from permanent physical and ... Read More

Family sues university over pancake-eating contest death

The parents of a 20-year-old Sacred Heart University student are suing the Connecticut university after their daughter choked to death while participating in a school-sponsored pancake-eating contest, Fox News reports. The fatality happened during the school’s Greek Week celebration March 30, 2017. Caitlin Nelson was taking part in the amateur eating competition when, after eating several pancakes quickly, she began to shake uncontrollably and collapsed onto the ground. Two nursing students who were attending the event attempted lifesaving efforts before police and paramedics arrived. According to the complaint, the responding officers found her not breathing with her mouth completely filled ... Read More

Mercedes-Benz Sued Over Allegedly Dangerously Defective Transmissions

Certain Mercedes-Benz vehicles with 722.9 7G-Tronic transmissions are the basis of a class-action lawsuit alleging the transmissions have a dangerous defect that allows them to suddenly slip into low gear and fail prematurely. The class-action covers owners and lessees of Mercedes vehicles with the allegedly defective transmissions in California and Kansas. According to CarComplaints.com, the lawsuit alleges that technical service bulletins Mercedes sent to dealerships show that the automaker knew of the safety defect yet took no measures to warn its customers or recall the vehicles. The safety defect is so common that at one point Mercedes was unable to ... Read More

Semi-truck crash causes multi-vehicle pileup, fatalities

A semi-truck driver’s distracted driving was likely the cause of a fiery multi-vehicle crash in Idaho in June that claimed the lives of three airmen from Mountain Home Air Force Base as well as the driver of the truck, according to a report issued by the Idaho State Police. Illya D. Tsar, an employee for Krujex Freight Transport Corp., was driving a 2019 Volvo semitractor-trailer truck east on the freeway just before noon on June 16 when he failed to stop and careened into a 2008 Jeep Wrangler carrying the airmen. The Jeep and other vehicles were stopped just ahead ... Read More

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak sickens 100

Boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal tainted with Salmonella are still being sold in some stores despite being recalled last month by the company, increasing the number of people who have fallen ill after eating the sweetened puffed wheat cereal to 100 in 33 states, 30 of whom have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date. Kellogg Company agreed to recall affected boxes of Honey Smacks in June after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners. The products had been distributed across the United States including Guam ... Read More