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Nissan Seeks Repayment for Defective Airbag Costs from Takata

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Nissan Motor Co. wants Takata Corporation to cover the amount the car manufacturer is ordered to pay in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) over the auto supplier’s defective airbags, which can explode with lethal force. The Japanese automaker asked a Southern District of Florida federal judge to order the troubled airbag manufacturer to reimburse it for any damages stemming from the airbag crisis that it is ordered to pay. “The cross-claim says that Nissan bought Takata’s air bag inflators under a contract that requires Takata to indemnify Nissan from any liability and expenses incurred due to product defects and that Nissan wouldn’t ... Read More

Whistleblower Complaint Leads To $115 Million Jury Verdict Against Florida Nursing Home Facilities

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A federal jury in Tampa, Florida, returned a $115 million verdict in a False Claims Act complaint brought by a nurse against a nursing home facility, its parent company, and other defendants. Plaintiff Angela Ruckh filed the False Claims Act suit in 2011, naming Governor’s Creek and Marshall nursing facilities; management company, LaVie Management; LaVie Rehab; and CMC II, the new corporate owner of the facilities, as defendants. Ms. Ruckh’s lawyer told Corporate Crime Reporter that his client started working for the companies to help train the nurses that fill out the forms, which are used to bill Medicare and ... Read More

E-Cigarette Fire Erupts Inside Lawyer’s Pants During Arson Trial

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A Miami lawyer defending a man accused of arson abruptly ran out of the courtroom Feb. 8 just after he began closing arguments because his pants were on fire. Strangely, defense attorney Stephen Gutierrez, 28, was making an argument that his client’s car had spontaneously combusted when that very thing happened in his pants due to an e-cigarette in his front pocket, the Miami Herald reported. “He rushed out of the Miami courtroom, leaving spectators stunned. After jurors were ushered out, Gutierrez returned unharmed, with a singed pocket, and insisted it wasn’t a staged defense demonstration gone wrong,” the Miami ... Read More

Advanced Pharma recalls sterile injectable products labeled ‘latex free’

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Advanced Pharma Inc., doing business as Avella of Houston, issued a recall of all unexpired sterile injectable products labeled “latex free” produced at Advanced Pharma’s Houston location from Sept. 1, 2016, to Feb. 16, 2017, because they may contain synthetic latex and/or natural latex. Avella and Advanced Pharam have been unable to confirm whether the “latex free” label statements on their products were accurate in all cases, and issued the recall as a precaution. The risk of potential adverse events related to a latex allergy range from local site reactions including swelling and inflammation to allergic reactions, which can be ... Read More

SUV Runs Into Mardi Gras Parade, Injuring Twelve Gulf Shores Band Members

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Twelve members of a high school marching band were injured, including four critically, when a parade vehicle plowed into them at the start of a Mardi Gras parade route in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Tuesday morning. The band, from Gulf Shores High School, was rounding a corner about a block before the crowds lined the street when a vehicle behind them suddenly accelerated and hit the group from behind, the Associated Press reported. Witnesses said the SUV had an “MOAA” sign on its side. Gulf Shores public information officer Grant Brown said a 73-year-old man from Gulf Shores, Alabama, was at ... Read More

Six things to know about dietary supplements

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Dietary supplements often promise to contain all-natural ingredients and to deliver too-good-to-be-true effects when it comes to weight loss, athletic performance, sexual enhancement, disease treatment and prevention, and more. But buyer beware, says Paul Doering, a professor of Pharmacy at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. Nutritional supplements may not be all they’re cracked up to be and, in some cases, they may be dangerous. Doering offers six tips to consider before buying these over-the-counter and mail-order remedies. 1. Be suspicious when you see a “kitchen sink” worth of ingredients. Supplement companies will often add chemicals with lengthy names ... Read More

Florida Dermatologist Settles Medicare Fraud, Kickback Complaints

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A Florida federal judge has entered a judgement against a dermatologist and his medical practice, ordering them to pay more than $18 million for allegedly pocketing tens of millions of dollars from Medicare by ordering medically unnecessary biopsies, falsely diagnosing patients with cancer, performing unnecessary radiation treatments on patients, and illegally billing the government for those biopsies and radiation treatments. The allegations were originally made in two separate False Claims Act lawsuits filed in December 2013 and June 2014 by Dr. Theodore Schiff, a dermatologist who is the medical director and managing partner of Water’s Edge Dermatology LLC, a dermatology ... Read More

FSU Student’s Google Phone Bursts Into Flames

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A Florida State University student talked to the press recently about his Google smartphone bursting into flames on a desk near his bed. Joseph Zilonka, an FSU freshman, told WCTV Tallahassee that he woke up Jan. 31 to a crackling noise followed by his Google Nexus 6p smartphone bursting into flames. “I didn’t expect this kind of phone to do this,” he told WCTV. Mr. Zilonka said before he went to bed, he connected the Google phone to its charger next to the bed like he does every night. Only that night, instead of being wakened by an alarm, it ... Read More

Dietary supplement recalled after analysis finds dangerous hidden drug ingredient


Kingsway Trading Inc. is recalling its Well Balance Xanthium & Siler Combo (Bi Yan Pian) dietary supplement because it contains a hidden drug that has been banned from the U.S. market because it is linked to serious and sometimes fatal cardiovascular events. The recall affects Brooklyn, New York-based Kingsway’s Well Balance Xanthium & Siler Combo (Bi Yan Pian) supplements in 1.06 ounce (30g) bottles with Batch No. 130401 and Batch No. 150201. The item is packaged in a plastic brown bottle with a white cap. Each bottle contains 100 tablets, each tablet is 300 mg. The product was distributed to Massachusetts, ... Read More

Shifting Cargo Causes Deadly Tractor Trailer Crash in Georgia

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A Georgia logging truck driver died in a Feb. 3 crash after his cargo shifted and caused him to lose control and collide with another tractor trailer. According to The Florida Times-Union, commercial truck driver Donnie Wallace, 64, was traveling in his loaded tractor trailer on Georgia 99 in McIntosh County, Georgia, when he started to lose control of the vehicle. The truck swerved into the opposite lane where a 1995 Freightliner tractor trailer was approaching. The Times-Union reported that the load of logs on Mr. Wallace’s trailer shifted, forcing the truck to leave the highway and onto the left ... Read More