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Kia allegedly hid brake switch defect from consumers; class action filed in California

Posted: July 23, 2014 Product Liability

A putative class action has been filed in California federal court against Kia Motors America Inc. The lawsuit alleges the automaker failed to warn consumers that certain vehicles may feature a faulty brake switch that may potentially disable both the

Florida hospital spent $24 million in taxpayer money fighting whistleblower lawsuit

Posted: July 22, 2014 Consumer Fraud

A Florida hospital that settled a whistleblower’s allegations of fraud with the U.S. Justice Department earlier this year used millions of dollars in taxpayer money to defend itself in the case, Florida’s WFTV reported.

Whistleblowers allege Florida prison officials tortured, killed inmates

Posted: July 11, 2014 Personal Injury

Four investigators from the Florida Department of Corrections have filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the state in a Florida federal court, accusing it of allowing, and in some cases officially sanctioning, horrific brutality, gang violence, drug and contraband smuggling, sexual

BP exec can face criminal charge in connection with oil spill, court decides

Posted: July 7, 2014 Environmental

A former BP executive can be tried on a criminal charge of lying to Congress during its oil spill investigation, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday, overturning the decision of a lower court that had dismissed the charges in

BBB warns of scams promising payouts for medical device settlements

Posted: July 1, 2014 Pharmaceutical

The Jacksonville, Fla., Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers of a scam involving legal settlements on medical devices, and to be wary of callers promising big payouts but only after the consumer agrees to lay out cash.

Louisiana oyster and shrimp industries in serious decline after BP oil spill

Posted: June 27, 2014 Environmental

Louisiana’s seafood industries are in serious decline more than four years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded and flooded the northern Gulf with millions of barrels of oil. Recent reports from the state’s oyster and shrimp industries indicate that fisheries have

Leon County, Florida, school system facing multiple whistleblower complaints

Posted: June 26, 2014 Personal Injury

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A former executive secretary of the Leon County, Florida School System has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the School Board, alleging it forced her to retire in retaliation for reporting inappropriate construction bid awards, misuse of school

Supreme Court rejects BP’s request to freeze oil spill claims, payments resume

Posted: June 11, 2014 Environmental

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected BP’s request to freeze payments to businesses harmed by its Deepwater Horizon oil spill as the oil giant waits to hear whether the high court will hear its appeal of the settlement agreement

Blowout preventer problems that led to BP oil spill still threaten Gulf, new report finds

Posted: June 10, 2014 Environmental

A “litany of flaws” still plagues the devices offshore oil drillers in the Gulf of Mexico rely on to prevent blowouts like the one that exploded BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010, according to findings by the Chemical Safety and

GSK to pay $105 million to settle claims it unlawfully promoted drugs

Posted: June 8, 2014 Consumer Fraud

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has reached a $105 million agreement with 44 states and the District of Columbia to settle lawsuits alleging the drug company marketed some of its drugs for unapproved uses. The settlement also requires GSK to pay a hefty