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Whistleblower Case Leads to $1.7M Recovery From Florida Urogynecology Group

A Florida network of urogynecologists has agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle a whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit alleging the company billed Medicare for patient services that were never provided. The settlement resolves a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Holly Loebl, a former employee of FWC Urogynecology LLC, who accused the same company of knowingly misusing a certain Medicare billing code called “modifier 25,” which adds fees for extra services to Medicare billings, the U.S. Attorney in Orlando said. Orlando-based FWC Urogynecology operates more than a dozen clinics throughout Florida. Ms. Loebi filed her lawsuit under the whistleblower provisions of ... Read More

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak sickens 100

Boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal tainted with Salmonella are still being sold in some stores despite being recalled last month by the company, increasing the number of people who have fallen ill after eating the sweetened puffed wheat cereal to 100 in 33 states, 30 of whom have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date. Kellogg Company agreed to recall affected boxes of Honey Smacks in June after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners. The products had been distributed across the United States including Guam ... Read More

Woodchucks Devoured Soy-Based Wiring in Paul Ryan’s Chevy Suburban

Rodent-attracting soy-based wiring in automobiles is a growing problem, and House Speaker Paul Ryan says his Chevrolet Suburban is among the vehicles that have been damaged by hungry rodent scavengers. “My car was eaten by animals,” Ryan told an audience at the Economic Club of Washington, according to The Washington Times. Ryan said that his Suburban has been parked at his mother’s house in Wisconsin ever since he became House Speaker in 2015 and was assigned a security detail. He hasn’t driven since then. According to Ryan, his mother went to Florida for the winter and when she returned she ... Read More

Bakery equipment supply company cited for putting workers at risk

Miami, Florida-based BC Direct Corp., doing business as Robotray, was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for putting workers at risk for electrical shock, fire and explosion hazards, and faces a proposed $42,682 in penalties. The bakery equipment supply company was also cited for putting workers at risk for being struck by an object. Robotray manufactures rack loaders and unloaders, tray stackers and unstackers, as well as depanning, scoring and retractable panning systems for snack food and wholesale bakeries. The company was cited for allowing its employees to use spliced extension cords and ... Read More

OSHA cites company for putting employees at risk for falls

Crown Roofing LLC, based in Sarasota, Florida, was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing employees to fall hazards at a Jupiter worksite. The company was investigated by OSHA as part of the Agency’s Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction. Crown Roofing was cited for a repeat violation for failing to utilize a guardrail, safety net, or personal fall arrest systems while working at heights greater than six feet. The violation carries a maximum penalty of $129,336. OSHA also cited the company for failing to have a competent person regularly inspecting ... Read More

Florida deputy saves toddler from hot car

Seminole county Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Dunn credits saving a 3-year-old girl to being in the right place at the right time. Dunn responded to a call on June 17 from a woman who said her car and daughter were missing. She reportedly took her three children to the liquor store the night before. When he found the car, its engine was not running and the windows were rolled up. Inside, the toddler was strapped in her seat smothering in the Florida heat and drifting in and out of consciousness. Dunn recalls that he “opened the door, and just a hit ... Read More

Man dies after being pinned under printing press machinery

A 32-year-old man was killed after being pinned under a piece of machinery that was being removed from the pressroom of The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Workers had been dismantling the printing press after the paper’s printing operations were relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey, when newsroom workers heard a loud boom. An investigation into the cause of the accident is underway. The victim was identified as Ruben Ocasio-Fernandez of Cape Coral, Florida. The cause of death has been attributed to multiple blunt force trauma and was ruled an accident by the coroner. Ocasio-Fernandez was working for Britton ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Melons Grows

A melon recall triggered by a multistate outbreak of Salmonella-related illnesses has been expanded to include 10 additional states, bringing the total number of states affected by the outbreak to 23, according to federal health officials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the recall encompasses pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit salads containing one or more of those melons produced and distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana. Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee have been added to the list of states where the melon may be contaminated with salmonella, the ... Read More

Explosions Make E-Cigarettes Too Risky For Many Insurers

Are e-cigarettes and other products in the bustling e-cigarette market too risky for insurance carriers? A recent report by Insurance Business America suggests so. When e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery devices emerged in the U.S. in 2007, insurance carriers eagerly embraced the new industry for its growth potential and promising revenue source. But as e-cigarettes exploded, causing serious burn injuries and other harm to consumers, “the great fire of interest quickly whittled down to a few smoldering embers,” Insurance Business America reported. Although other factors have played a role, the risk of e-cigarette explosions and serious physical injuries seem ... Read More

South Floridians Urged to Address Unrepaired Takata Airbags Immediately

Concerned about the number of unrepaired Takata airbags in high-risk cars, federal auto regulators have issued an urgent plea to South Florida motorists, some of whom remain at an exceptionally high risk of injury or death. Defective Takata airbags have inflator mechanisms that rely on ammonium nitrate to create a chemical reaction that fills airbags in a crash. The chemical compound, however, is extremely volatile and grows increasingly unstable as it ages, especially in areas with a humid climate. As a result, the Takata airbags may deploy with deadly force, blasting car occupants with metal shrapnel in much the same ... Read More