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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

Diabetic test strips recalled due to false readings


About 2,500 diabetic test strips used specifically by health care providers are being recalled because they may report falsely low blood glucose levels. Because the tests trips are reporting falsely low blood glucose when the true levels are above 265 mg/dL, there is a risk that the health care provider would not diagnose hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) including diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar hyperglysemic syndrome in a timely manner and fail to treat elevated blood glucose levels. The recall involves the SPOTCHEM II Basic PANEL-1 Reagent Test Strips and SPOTCHEM II Glucose Reagent Test Strips, manufactured by Arkray Factory Inc., with ... 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

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

50 New Illnesses, 2 Deaths Linked Salmonella-Contaminated Cucumbers


A massive outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to cucumbers from Mexico that started last July continues to infect people across the U.S., with 50 more cases reported in 16 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The CDC update was the latest in a series of updates and recall expansions that ran from Sept. 4, 2015 to Nov. 19. To date, 888 illnesses and six deaths have been connected to the same Salmonella outbreak. Illnesses have been reported in 39 states since the outbreak began. Whole genome sequencing of Salmonella isolates collected from sickened people and from ... Read More

Former Dean Accuses ITT Technical Institute Of Defrauding Students, Federal Government


If a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former dean against the for-profit college chain ITT Technical Institute is accurate, then the school’s recruiters have been making some outlandish claims and misrepresentations to prospective students in a drive to boost enrollment. Rodney Lipscomb, former dean of academic affairs at ITT’s Tallahassee, Fla., campus, filed a False Claims Act lawsuit on behalf of the U.S. government, alleging the college fired him as punishment for repeatedly raising concerns about systematic practices recruiters and administrators implemented to defraud the federal government and students alike. Mr. Lipscomb claims that ITT recruited students who were not ... Read More

Patients sue Cook Medical over faulty blood clot device

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Six lawsuits have been filed in St. Clare County Circuit Court in Illinois against Cook Medical claiming its filter devices designed to prevent blood clots from reaching the heart and lungs are defective and can cause serious, life threatening injuries and death. The lawsuits were filed by Matt Byrd of Illinois, Laurence Denslow of Florida, Amanda Forsythe of Utah, Ollie Jefferson-Bey of Missouri, Preston Ponder of North Carolina, and Rita Van Straalen of Michigan. The plaintiffs claim Cook knew its IVC filters were dangerous but failed to warn the public. The Cook IVC filters named in the lawsuits include the ... Read More

Dole recalls packaged salad linked to listeria contamination, one death

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Dole Food Co. Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a multi-state recall for packaged salads possibly contaminated with a strain of the listeria monocytogenes (listeriosis) bacteria. The CDC reports one person has died and 12 were hospitalized after eating packaged salads prepared and distributed at Dole’s Springfield, Ohio, facility. According to a CDC news release, the outbreak has affected people in six states. One person from Michigan died as a result of listeriosis, and one of the 12 people hospitalized was pregnant. The CDC reports five people who fell ill reported eating ... Read More

Darth Vader and Disneyland 60th Anniversary styles targeted in infant bodysuit recall

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According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 10,000 Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Infant Bodysuits are now under recall. The recall notice claims the infant bodysuits’ snaps may detach, thus putting young children at risk of a choking hazard. Only two styles of the 100 percent cotton, one-piece infant bodysuits are featured in this recall – the Darth Vader style and Disneyland 60th Anniversary style. The Darth Vader style features a grey body with black sleeves and trim, as well as an infant Darth Vader cartoon holding a light saber with the text, “If you only knew ... Read More

Office chair recall announced by Office Depot due to reports of cracks, breakage

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Office Depot, the office supplies retailer headquartered in Florida, has announced a massive office chair recall encompassing about 300,000 Crawley II Executive Chairs. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recalled office chairs’ seat plate weld may break during use, thus posing a fall hazard to the one seated. The Crawley II executive chairs are made of a black fabric with a high-back and a black base on five wheels. To identify the recalled chairs, check for an Office Depot SKU number of 493822 or OfficeMax item number of 23324118 and “US REG. No. PA 25917(CN).” The ... Read More