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Payless Shoe Store Mirror Falls, Kills 2-Year-Old Girl

A 2-year-old girl was killed inside a Payless shoe store near Atlanta Friday night when a full-length mirror fell on top of her as she was trying on shoes. The girl’s father, Moshin Siddique, told WSB-TV Atlanta that his daughter Ifrah Siddique, was trying on shoes at the Payless ShoeSource store in Riverdale, Georgia, when there was a loud crash and his wife screamed out “My daughter!” A heavy full-length mirror that was affixed the end of a row of shelves somehow came loose and struck the girl, leaving her badly injured in a pool of blood, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Read More

Chiropractor Arrested for Falsifying Truck Driver Medical Certifications

Falsely certifying commercial truck driver medical exams is as much a serious offense under federal law as it is a threat to public safety. A central Alabama chiropractor and two of his employees are learning this lesson the hard way, federal authorities say. According to the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Alabama, Louis V. Franklin, Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, who resides in Columbus, Georgia, and operates a chiropractic clinic in Phenix City, was arrested Feb. 20 along with two of his employees, Joann Bush and Andrea Daigle. A federal grand jury charged the three on multiple fraud counts relating to ... Read More

HPI Products Endangering the Public and Environment, Authorities Claim

The U.S. and Missouri have asked a federal court to hold HPI Products Inc., a Missouri-based pesticide manufacturer, and its owner in contempt for its failure to comply with a 2011 environmental settlement governing the storage of hazardous chemicals and toxic waste. The U.S. Department of Justice said it filed the motion against HPI of behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which was represented by the state Attorney General. HPI and its owner William Garvey operate a pesticide formulating business with six facilities in St. Joseph, Missouri. The ... Read More

Lawsuits claim hernia mesh is defectively designed

Atrium Medical Corp.’s C-QUR hernia mesh products are coated with a fish oil derivative similar to the Omega 3 nutritional supplement, intended to limit adverse effects, but the fish oil along with the defective design and manufacture of the device only worsen the hernia mesh side effects, according to hundreds of people suing the company. More than 335 people have filed lawsuits against Atrium in U.S. District Court in Concord. The lawsuits charge that Atrium hernia mesh caused an “unreasonable risk of severe adverse reactions.” The fish oil did not prevent adverse events from occurring, the lawsuits contend. It created ... Read More

Amputation After ATV Accident: Former NFL Player Describes Journey

Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi opened up about the all-terrain vehicle accident he had that led to the amputation of most of his left hand. In a video for The Player’s Tribune,  posted by Sports Illustrated, Mr. Massaquoi said he and his friends went out to ride their ATVs on their usual trails one day in April of last year when he made a sharp turn and lost control of the ATV. “… before I knew it, my ATV loses control. The next thing I feel is something just feels like an explosion just went off in my ... Read More

Accidental Finger Amputation Triggers Max Penalty For Auto Parts Maker

An accidental finger amputation at a Georgia auto parts manufacturer prompted a federal safety investigation that led to proposed maximum penalties for safety lapses. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that an employee of HP Pelzer Systems Automotive Inc. had been removing a gearbox from an energized scissor lift when it suddenly rotated, causing the amputation of part of the employee’s finger. OSHA cited the company for one repeat violation for its failure to train employees on energy control procedures to prevent machines from powering on unexpectedly during servicing and maintenance. Because OSHA had warned HP Pelzer Systems ... Read More

Woman sues hernia mesh manufacturer

A Pennsylvania woman is suing medical C.R. Bard its subsidiary Davol Inc., accusing the company of marketing defective hernia mesh that she alleges caused her serious injuries. Caroline Ideluca filed her lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She says she underwent hernia surgery in 2003 during which she was implanted with Marlex Mesh, a product manufactured by C.R. Bard’s Davol Inc. She claims that because the device was defective, it caused injuries that required corrective surgeries. Ideluca claims that C.R. Bard and Davol Inc., were negligent by failing to design the mesh and then ... Read More

Collagen protein supplement recalled, contains undeclared milk

Bulletproof 360 Inc., is recalling one lot of Bulletproof Collagen Protein dietary supplement, promoted for tissue, muscle and bone recovery after exercise, because the product contains undeclared milk. People with allergies or severe sensitivity to milk are at risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. The recall affects lot #1017088 of Bulletproof Collagen Protein, packaged in a 16-ounce composite-film bag. It has the UPC 8 15709 -2115 3 printed on the label, along with the expiration date, listed as EXP03/19. All other lots of Bulletproof Collagen Protein and other products purchased at bulletproof.com are not ... Read More

Stuntman’s Mother Sues The Walking Dead Over Son’s Death

The mother of a stuntman killed on the set of The Walking Dead is suing the hit show’s producers and several others, accusing them of “cutting corners” and risking the lives of those on set. Susan Bernecker’s son John Bernecker was shooting at The Walking Dead’s filming location in Senoia, Georgia, on July 12, 2017, when he fell head-first off a balcony and landed on a concrete floor 22 feet below. The 33-year-old professional stuntman died of massive head injuries sustained in the fall. According to the Daily Report, Mr. Bernecker was acting as a stunt double for a Walking Dead character. Another ... Read More

Whistleblower’s Import Fraud Case Helps U.S. Recover $10.5 Million

A whistleblower who filed a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging Bassett Mirror Company was evading customs duties by misclassifying its imported furniture has helped the U.S. government recover $10.5 million. Bassett Mirror Company, a Virginia-based home furnishing company, imports wooden bedroom furniture from the People’s Republic of China. According to the whistleblower allegations, Bassett evaded paying antidumping duties on those furniture imports by intentionally misclassifying them as non-bedroom furniture. Antidumping duties are put in place to protect U.S. manufacturers from foreign companies “dumping” products on the U.S. market at prices below cost. The U.S. Commerce Department assesses the duties and the ... Read More