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Rental Car Insurer Can’t Hide Behind Avis For Overcharges, Class Action Argues

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The lead plaintiff in a proposed class action lawsuit accusing Ace American Insurance Co. of charging tax and hidden fees on optional insurance for vehicles rented at Florida airports has asked the presiding judge not to dismiss the case, arguing the insurer is trying to escape its liability for the fees by claiming the Avis car rental agency imposed the charges. Plaintiff Stephen Morgan, who is represented by the Beasley Allen law firm, filed the class action against Ace after he reserved a car through Avis Rent A Car at the Jacksonville International Airport. Mr. Morgan rented the car for ... Read More

Publix Recalls Cookie Dough Ice Cream Over Listeria Concerns

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The cookie dough that triggered a recall of Blue Bell ice cream last month over possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination has now prompted a recall of ice cream made and sold by Publix Supermarkets. The Lakeland, Fla.-based grocery chain has issued a recall of its Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream after supplier Aspen Hills warned the company of potential Listeria contamination. Aspen Hills Inc. of Garner, Iowa, made the cookie dough used in certain Blue Bell and Publix ice cream. The Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream was sold at Publix stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee with a ... Read More

Two Florida Patients Are First to Receive Angel Catheter

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Two patients at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida have been the first to receive the Angel Catheter by Bio2 Medical. The Angel Catheter is a brand new product used for the prevention of pulmonary embolism. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the device a 510 (k) clearance. The device is mainly for critically ill patients that cannot tolerate anticoagulation medication. The Angel Catheter is a device that is inserted into the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body, and is attached to a triple lumen, central venous access catheter placed at the bedside of ... Read More

Girl burned on Harry Potter ride in e-cigarette explosion

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It might have been mistaken for a special effect mimicking the magic and sorcery of Harry Potter’s world if it weren’t for the burn injuries. A “fireball” shooting from an exploding e-cigarette on the Hogwarts Express train ride at Universal Studios Orlando hit a schoolgirl, leaving her with moderate burns on the right side of her face, arm, and leg. Florida police who responded to the incident said that a group of young men were waiting to ride the Hogwarts Express train when one of their electronic cigarettes exploded, blasting a fireball that hit the unidentified girl in the face. ... Read More

Plaintiffs suing Invokana makers seek to consolidate litigation


There is more movement in the growing litigation involving injuries allegedly caused by the type 2 diabetes drug Invokana. Plaintiffs with claims pending in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas are seeking to consolidate their claims into a mass tort program. Currently, 87 cases are pending in Philadelphia. They are reportedly virtually identical. Consolidating them would cut down on legal costs and increase efficiency. Meanwhile, a motion was filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) Requesting that federal claims be consolidated into the Trenton Division of the U.S. District Court of the District of New Jersey. At least ... Read More

Wrongful Death Suit Blames Airplane Crash on Defective Air Pressurization System

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The son of a couple who died when their private airplane crashed into the Caribbean Sea between Cuba and Jamaica has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the airplane’s manufacturer and several affiliated companies, alleging a defective cabin pressurization system caused the crash. Kenneth Glazer, the youngest son of Larry and Jane Glazer, both of whom were 68, filed the lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court Aug. 30. He seeks damages for all beneficiaries of his parents’ estate, including their two other children. On Sept. 5, 2014, the day of the crash, the Glazers departed from Rochester International Airport ... Read More

Listeria Concerns Trigger New Blue Bell Ice Cream Recall

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Blue Bell Ice Cream announced Wednesday that it is recalling two ice cream flavors over concerns they could be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. The recall is the first the Brenham, Texas, ice cream manufacturer has launched since a listeria outbreak in April 2015 linked to its facilities and products nearly destroyed the company. The Blue Bell products recalled Wednesday are Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough half-gallon and pint sizes and half-gallon containers of Blue Bell Cookie Two Step. Both products contain cookie dough that could be contaminated with listeria. Although the new recall comes as Blue Bell continues to ... Read More

Florida Construction Company Faces Heavy Penalties For Endangering Workers

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Federal safety regulators have hit a Jacksonville, Fla.-area construction company with nearly $200,000 in penalties for “willfully exposing” workers to hazards that could easily lead to serious injury and death. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it conducted two separate inspections of Chris Sawdo Construction job sites in Northeast Florida – one in St. Augustine and another in St. John’s. Inspectors at the job sites observed construction workers installing roofing sheathing and doing other roofing work without any protection from falls. The observations prompted formal inspections under the agency’s Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction. The ... Read More

Florida Family Blames Samsung Note 7 Phone For Incinerating Jeep

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A St. Petersburg, Fla., family whose Jeep became engulfed in flames on Labor Day believes a newly purchased Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is to blame. Nathan Dornacher told WTSP Tampa Bay that he and his family were dropping some things off at the house on Labor day and left the Samsung smartphone on the center console of the Jeep Grand Cherokee charging. When Mr. Dornacher went back outside he discovered the inside of the vehicle was on fire. Within minutes, the fire had spread from the dash to the entire vehicle, leaving it a skeleton full of ash and melted ... Read More

Florida Pain Clinics Pay $7.4 Million To Settle Billing Fraud Case

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Coastal Spine and Pain, an operator of 10 pain-management clinics in the Jacksonville, Fla., area, has agreed to pay the U.S. government $7.4 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging its clinics performed medically unnecessary and costly drug screening procedures to boost its reimbursements from Medicare and other federal health care programs. The settlement relates to Coastal’s routine use of “quantitative drug tests,” which identify and count particles of illicit drugs in a patient’s urine. The use of these very specific and extremely costly tests is appropriate only when there is reason to doubt the results of more general ... Read More