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Georgia Hospital Settles False Claims Act Suit, Agrees to Pay $5 Million

A North Georgia hospital will pay $5 million to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act by engaging in improper financial relationships with referring physicians. Union General Hospital of Blairsville, Georgia, fell under scrutiny when federal authorities detected suspicious activity surrounding the abnormally high quantities of opioid drugs and Xanax being prescribed in connection with the hospital. Investigations by the FBI and other federal agencies led to the arrest of Union General Hospital CEO John Michael Gowder and two physicians — Dr. David Gowder and Dr. James Heaton. The three men now face federal charges of illegally prescribing thousands ... Read More

Chicken Products Recalled in Southern States For Allergy Risks

Federal authorities announced a recall of about 100,000 pounds of prepared chicken products sold in retail stores throughout the Southern states due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service says that three chicken products made by VICS Acquisition of Harlingen, Texas, and sold under the “happi foodi” or “SE Grocers” brand names contain eggs that are not declared on the product labeling. The products included in the recall were made between Aug. 7 and Oct. 15, 2018, and sold in stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South ... Read More

Parents of Boy Scout Killed at Camp Push for Better Safety

The family of a Boy Scout who was killed during a camping expedition in Georgia has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the scouting organization in an effort to boost safety standards. Fourteen-year-old Elijah Knight of Cypress, Texas, died when a tree fell on his tent during a severe thunderstorm June 28 at the Bert Adams Scout Camp in Covington, Georgia. His parents, Stephen and Courtney Knight, say the Boy Scouts of America failed to take proper measures to ensure the scouts’ safety. According to the lawsuit, which they filed Jan. 8 in a state court in Cobb County, Georgia, ... Read More

Carnival Cruise Passengers Injured in Shipboard Accident Sue

A group of Carnival Cruise Line passengers who allegedly were injured when their cruise ship listed to its side due to a technical problem are suing the cruise line. A couple from Georgia and a North Carolina woman filed the lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Line in a South Florida federal court on Tuesday, Jan. 15. They claim cruise line’s negligence caused the Carnival Sunshine to tilt to its side for about a minute just moments after setting sail from Port Canaveral, Florida, on a five-day Caribbean cruise Oct. 28. Several passengers aboard the cruise reported tables, chairs, and other furniture ... Read More

Fruit Recalled in Several States Over Listeria Concerns

Concerns of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination in fresh produce have prompted ALDI, Costco, Walmart, and other retailers to recall bags of peaches, nectarines, and plums from stores in several states. Listeria is a foodborne pathogen that can cause serious illness and death. The recalled produce was distributed by fruit distributor Jac Vandenberg Inc. of Yonkers, New York. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recall affects 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines, and 365 cartons of fresh plums. ALDI said in a recall announcement that it has removed recalled peaches, nectarines, and plums ... Read More

Savannah man killed in work-related accident

A City of Savannah, Georgia man was killed when a piece of heavy equipment ran him over, Savannah police reported. City Manager Rob Hernandez listed the incident as a work-related accident. The deceased, Peter Solomon, 62, was an employee for the Public Works and Water Resources. The incident remains under investigation. According to a preliminary report, a person who witnessed the accident said Solomon was pressure washing a motor grader, which is a construction machine with a long blade used to create a flat surface during the grading process. The grader started to move and then rolled over Solomon. The ... Read More

Negligent Security Suit Blames Savannah Apartments Over Young Woman’s Murder

The family of a murdered college student has filed a negligent security lawsuit against a Savannah, Georgia apartment complex, alleging lax security measures at the property created a haven for criminal activity. Rebecca Foley, 21, was shot inside her Volkswagen on Jan. 21, 2103, by Bloods gang members while trying to flee a robbery attempt in the parking lot of the Colonial Village at Marsh Cove apartments in south Savannah. A protracted investigation and criminal prosecution resulted in the November conviction of two gang members, who were sentenced to life without parole, and cleared the way for a civil lawsuit ... Read More

Home Depot Whistleblower Files Retaliation Complaint

A former Home Depot employee is suing the national DIY retailer alleging it fired him in retaliation for calling out illegal hazardous waste dumping practices. James Girsch , 65, of Escondido, California, filed a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against Home Depot Nov. 29 in San Diego Superior Court. The former Home Depot paint department supervisor says he was one of the whistleblowers who reported that Home Depot centers in California were “routinely and systematically sending hazardous waste to local landfills that were not permitted to receive those wastes, and were tossing documents containing sensitive customer information into store trash bins, potentially ... Read More

Arkansas Truck Driver ‘A Hazard to Public Safety,’ FMCSA Says

Federal authorities have ordered an Arkansas-licensed commercial truck driver to cease driving any commercial vehicles across state lines, calling him “an imminent hazard to public safety.” The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says that it served truck driver Jeffery Scott Mitchell with an out-of-service order on Dec. 14, citing a record of serious “egregious violations,” including some concerning alcohol and drug use. During five separate roadside safety inspections within the last nine months, Mr. Mitchell has been cited and taken into custody by law enforcement officers in Arizona, California, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee for being either under the influence ... Read More

Possession of Cotton Candy Got Georgia Woman Three Months in Jail. Now She’s Suing.

A Georgia woman who spent nearly three agonizing months in jail for having a bag of cotton candy that Monroe County sheriff’s deputies mistook for crystal meth is suing the county and a drug kit manufacturer in federal court. On New Year’s Eve in 2016, Monroe County sheriff’s deputies Cody Maples and Allen Henderson stopped Macon resident Dasha Fincher for having car windows that were darkly tinted. The deputies later admitted the windows were legal, according to Macon’s WMAZ Channel 13. But at some point during the traffic stop the deputies noticed a large open plastic bag in Ms. Fincher’s ... Read More