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Five Children Dead After Disney-Bound Church Van Struck by Tractor-Trailer

A church van taking several Louisiana children and adults to Disney World was struck by a tractor-trailer Thursday, Jan. 3, near Gainesville, Florida, killing five children and two adults and injuring several others. Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Patrick Riordan said the crash occurred in the southbound lanes of I-75 Thursday afternoon when a tractor-trailer traveling on I-75 northbound collided with a car. The collision sent both northbound vehicles across the median into the southbound lanes and into the path of another tractor-trailer and the church van. The crash left a mass of flaming wreckage on I-75. Both tractor-trailer drivers ... Read More

Lawsuit alleges FAA was negligent in 2016 crash that killed 3

A lawsuit has been filed against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over a 2016 plane crash that took the lives of three people, including an 8-year-old boy, Action News Jax reported. On Dec. 26, 2016, a plane piloted by David Starling took off from Keystone Heights, Florida. Also aboard was Starling’s 8-year-old, son Hunter Starling; and David Starling’s girlfriend, Kim Smith. The plane entered a cloud layer with low visibility and crashed into the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. All three people aboard were killed. Hunter’s mother, Tabitha Starling, and Kim Smith’s son, Joshua Garrett Smith, filed a lawsuit against the ... Read More

Roundup herbicide found in orange juice

Orange juice is a breakfast staple for many. It’s packed with vitamin C that benefits many body functions and protect against the common cold. But a new study found several brands of orange juice also contain glyphosate, the likely cancer-causing active ingredient in the pesticide Roundup. The news comes just months after research by the Environmental Working Group revealed 28 brands of oat-based cereals and cereal snack bars, like Cheerios and Quaker Oats, contained glyphosate. The latest study, conducted by advocacy group Moms Across America, investigated six brands of orange juice including Florida’s Natural, Tropicana, Minute Maid, Starter Bros, Signature Farms ... Read More

Florida Vascular Surgeon Settles False Claims Allegations for $2.2 Million

A Florida vascular surgeon has agreed to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a whistleblower who claimed the doctor and his practice billed Medicare and other federal health care programs for vein ablation procedures that “contained false diagnoses and symptoms.” Dr. Irfran Siddiqui, owner of the Heart and Vascular Institute of Florida, will pay the U.S. $2.2 million to resolve the whistleblower lawsuit, the U.S. Attorney’ Office for the Middle District of Florida announced. According to the complaint, Dr. Siddiqui and his Davenport-based practice submitted false claims to Medicare and TRICARE from Jan. 2, 2011, to June 30, ... Read More

Pensacola Girl’s Murder Leads to Negligent Security Suit

A negligent security lawsuit filed by a Florida mother whose 12-year-old daughter was brutally murdered last year alleges the owners and managers of the apartment complex where they lived could have prevented the tragedy had they taken reasonable security measures. Naomi Jones went missing from her Pensacola apartment building on May 31, 2017. Her body was found in Escambia Creek five days later. Police arrested Robert Howard, a convicted sex offender who lived in the same apartment complex, unbeknownst to Shantara Hurry, Naomi’s mother. According to Pensacola’s WEAR TV, Ms. Hurry said in a press conference she would not have ... Read More

Miami Construction Worker Impaled In Job Site Fall

A construction worker died after falling about 12 feet and suffering impalement injuries at a downtown Miami Beach construction site Dec. 17. Authorities did not identify the 35-year-old construction worker but said he was a mason employed by the New Jersey-based Rinaldi Group, a general contractor with operations in New Jersey, New York, Florida and Arizona. Miami Beach Fire Rescue reported that the accident occurred about 9 a.m. when the construction worker fell backward from the third-story level where he was working to the second story and became impaled on two pieces of reinforcing bar. Miami Beach Fire Department Division ... Read More

Imerys released as defendant in Florida talc lawsuit

Talc mining company Imerys Talc America Inc., was released from a Florida product liability lawsuit involving claims that the talc mining company, Johnson & Johnson Companies Inc. and Publix Super Markets Inc. contributed to a woman’s ovarian cancer diagnosis. The court ruled that Florida courts have no jurisdiction over Imerys because the company has no contacts in the state. “Here, Imerys produced a component in one state (not Florida) and sold it to a different company in a different state,” Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals said. The lawsuit was filed by Judith Rickets against Imerys, Johnson & Johnson, and ... Read More

Cruise turned tragic for honeymooning couple

Shir Frenkel and Igal Tyszman wanted to make the most out of their Royal Caribbean honeymoon cruise. After boarding the ship in Miami, they booked a zip lining excursion through Royal Caribbean during a stop at the port in Roatan, Honduras. But the adventure turned tragic when a zip lining accident left Frenkel a widow with serious injuries. Frenkel filed a lawsuit late last month in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Miami Division, alleging Royal Caribbean is to blame. She also sued the zip line operator. Frenkel says Royal Caribbean is responsible for her husband’s ... Read More

Lawsuit: Woman died aboard cruise ship due to shoddy medical care

Cynthia Braaf’s 30th anniversary cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas ship with her husband, Humphrey, ended up being her last. A lawsuit filed by her family alleges the cruise line is responsible because the medical care they provided was shoddy. “The cruise was the start of all the things we had planned together. Our kids had just grown up. We were going to go to Israel – we had a lot of things planned,” Mr. Braaf told the New Times. “But I guess if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” Mr. Braaf filed ... Read More

Moratorium on admissions placed on Florida assisted living facility

A Florida assisted living facility has been banned from admitting new residents by the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration for “grossly failing” to protect residents from sexual or physical abuse by other residents. The administration conducted an investigation into Inspired Living at Sun City Center in Ruskin, Florida. The home provides care for residents with cognitive disabilities. According to investigators, there were several instances of sexual and/or physical abuse among residents within the past 60 days. According to reports, workers and administrators at the facility were aware of the abusive behaviors but rarely intervened. Some residents were seen by other ... Read More