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4 Attorneys, Pilot Killed in Airplane Crash Over Lake Okeechobee

Partners and lawyers at a Florida law firm are expressing shock after four of their colleagues were killed in a plane crash over Lake Okeechobee last Friday. Eric Peterson, 73, of Lighthouse Point, Florida, a founding member of the Peterson Bernard law firm, perished in the crash, along with Matthew Fiorello, 36, of Palm Beach Gardens; Heather Bridwell, 43, of Jupiter; Edwin “Ted” Mortell III, 54, of Stuart; and their pilot, Eduardo Mulet, 45, of West Palm Beach. The five were traveling on a Piper PA-23-250 airplane on a return flight from Tampa and were in the last stretches of ... Read More

Demolition foreman killed on the job by snapped cable

A 64-year-old Miami resident serving as the foreman for a demolition of an old General Motors plant outside Wilmington, Delaware, died Friday after being struck in the head and body by a cable that snapped while lowering steel beams. The victim, identified as Paul Leary, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is working with state police to determine why the cable snapped and if Leary’s death could have been prevented. Leary worked for Atlantic Coast Dismantling. The GM site where the accident occurred is owned by developers Harvey Hanna & Associates. The company ... Read More

Whistleblower Tips off Coast Guard to Ship’s Illegal Oil Dumping

Federal prosecutors said a whistleblower slipped a thumb drive containing videos showing a ship illegally dumping oil waste to U.S. Coast Guard inspectors, leading to a criminal conviction and a civil fine of $2 million for a Greek shipping company. According to a U.S. Department of Justice announcement, on Dec. 7, 2017, the Coast Guard boarded the Nave Cielo, a 750-foot-long oil tanker owned by Navimax of Piraeus, Greece. Prior to a formal inspection of the vessel near Delaware City, Delaware, a crewmember whistleblower gave the Coast Guard officers the thumb drive, which contained two videos depicting a high-volume discharge of dark-brown ... Read More

EPA Proposes Benzene Cleanup Plan For Southern NJ Superfund Site

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is targeting a New Jersey Superfund site contaminated for decades with benzene and industrial toxins for cleanup, but environmental groups criticize the government’s proposed plan as a shortsighted failure. The land in question sits on 350 acres near the banks of the Delaware River in Gloucester County. Delaware-based Hercules Inc., a chemical and munitions manufacturing company, bought the land from DuPont in 1952 and continued to use it as a dump for lead and toxic waste until it closed in 2010. EPA testing found the site to be predominantly contaminated with benzene, a known carcinogen, and other volatile organic ... Read More

Worker’s Amputation Injury Leads to Heavy Fines for Delaware Manufacturer

An employee’s accidental amputation injury at a Delaware plastic products and services company has triggered more than $146,000 in proposed federal fines for multiple safety and health violations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that it sent inspectors to New Castle, Delaware-based Fibre Specialty Company Inc. in December 2019 after an employee of the plant suffered from an amputation injury while operating an improperly guarded machine. According to OSHA, a punch press the worker was using wasn’t adequately guarded to prevent amputations and other injuries from accidentally occurring during use. The machine severed three of the worker’s fingers. ... Read More

Mental health facility employees subjected to violent workplace

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) received a complaint stating that some of the employees of Premier Behavioral Health Solutions of Florida Inc. were forced to work directly with patients who had violent mental health conditions, and the proper protection for the employees was not implemented, In response to the complaint, OSHA cited Premier Behavioral Health Solutions of Florida Inc. and UHS of Delaware Inc., the sole operators of Suncoast Behavioral Health Center, were cited for their failure to protect their employees from being exposed to violence in the workplace. The total projected penalties owed ... Read More

First three trials scheduled alleging Abilify causes compulsive behaviors

A random order for the first three cases to be tried in a multidistrict litigation blaming the antipsychotic drug Abilify for causing compulsive behaviors has been decided by U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers. The cases are among about 750 pending in Florida federal court against Abilify makers Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceutical. The cases are not intended to serve as true bellwethers because their selection was not based on an analysis of their characteristics or randomness. Instead, they were chosen for their convenience of being eligible for trial in the Northern District of Florida without a venue waiver. The ... Read More

Propelled by Fraud, Opioid Overdose Soars To New Levels

The opioid crisis is on a disturbingly sharp upward trend across the U.S. despite the federal government’s tough talk and costly crackdown efforts, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From July 2016 through September 2017, emergency hospital visits due to opioid overdose rocketed 30 percent overall and 35 percent in the 16 states hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, according to the CDC. “We have an emergency on our hands,” said acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat, according to NPR. “The fast-moving opioid overdose epidemic continues and is accelerating.” The U.S. Department of Justice ... Read More

Takata Clears Exit from Bankruptcy With Airbag Settlement

Takata Corp.’s U.S. unit has reached a settlement with current and future airbag victims, creditors, and automakers that will clear a path out of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which was brought on last year amid the spiraling scope and costs of its airbag recall. Saddled by recall costs and faced with numerous airbag injury and death claims, Takata was pushed to sell its viable operations to Key Safety Systems, a U.S.-based Chinese company, for $1.6 billion. The proceeds of the sale will help fund restitution claims filed by automakers and injury and death claims filed by people injured by defective ... Read More

Delaware sues opioid makers amid public health emergency

Delaware has joined the hundreds of other states, counties, cities, and Native American tribes who are suing makers and distributors of opioid painkillers, accusing the companies of contributing to the nation’s opioid epidemic, which was classified as a nationwide public health emergency by President Trump last fall. The lawsuit was filed in state court by Delaware Attorney General Matthew Denn. Named in the lawsuit are drug companies like Purdue Pharma Inc. and Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.; national drug distributors including McKesson Corp. and Cardinal Health Inc.; and pharmacy chains such as CVS Health Corp and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. Delaware blames ... Read More