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Helicopter Crash Leaves Gwinnett Police Officer Paraplegic

Authorities continue to investigate the cause of a Sept. 1 police helicopter crash in Lawrenceville, Georgia that injured two officers. The helicopter crash occurred as Cpl. Michael Duncan, 46, and Officer George McLain, 38, were maneuvering the aircraft for a landing at Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville. The men had been called out to assist in a search for a wanted person and they were returning because of a storm moving into the area. Investigators believe heavy wind may have thrown the helicopter out of control, causing it to land on its side. Cpl. Duncan, an 11-year veteran of the Gwinnett ... Read More

Equifax tried To Weaken Consumer Protections Before Data Breach

Before hackers broke into Equifax’s database and stole the personal and credit information of millions of Americans, the company lobbied Congress to weaken consumer protections with laws that would cap the amount credit reporting agencies would have to pay in the event of a serious breach or similar disaster. Last year, Equifax spent $1.1 million courting legislators, a peak since it started its push to limit its liability in 2015 or earlier. This year it had already invested about half that much to ensure anti-consumer laws dealing with “data security and breach notification” and other issues made it through the ... Read More

Plane Crash That Killed Couple Featured on HGTV Under Investigation

Federal investigators said that a full review of a plane crash that killed three people near Savannah, Georgia, Aug. 28 is underway but the probe could take more than a year to conclude. The plane crash killed pilot Randy Hunter and his passengers Byron and Catherine Cocke, who were featured on an episode of HGTV’s My Big Amazing Renovation, which followed the renovation of their family home. The episode, titled “Going Big in Georgia,” aired in 2011. Mr. Hunter, 39, took off from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport about 8:30 a.m. with the Cockes aboard. Shortly after takeoff, Mr. Hunter reported ... Read More

Movie Producers Seek Indemnity In Fatal Airplane-Crash Suits

An airplane crash that killed two men and seriously injured a third while filming the Tom Cruise movie American Made in 2015 has spawned multiple lawsuits, including one filed Sept. 8 by four production companies seeking indemnity for damages awarded against them in other lawsuits. The lawsuit, filed in California, seeks to hold S&S Aviation, a Georgia company responsible for maintaining the airplane that crashed, at least partly responsible for any damages and lawyer fees resulting from the wrongful death and personal injury claims the production companies face. The movie “American Made” is set to be released later this month. It ... Read More

OriGen recalls defective catheters

OriGen Biomedical is recalling two lots of its VV28F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters because the clear extension tube may separate from the hub that it is inserted in, which could cause damage or impairment to the patient if there is not immediate intervention. To date, one adverse event related to these recalled products has been reported. The VV28F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters that fall under the recall include lot number N18487, with the manufacture date of Aug. 14, 2014, and the expiration date of Aug. 30, 2018; and the not number 18487-1, with the manufacture date of April ... Read More

NTSB: Engine Failure Caused Troy Gentry’s Fatal Helicopter Crash

The deadly helicopter crash that killed Montgomery Gentry singer Troy Gentry at a New Jersey Resort Friday, Sept. 8, was caused by engine failure, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in its preliminary report on the accident. The NTSB report, obtained by TMZ, states that pilot James Evan Robinson reported over the airport UNICOM frequency that he was unable to control the helicopter’s RPM with throttle inputs. A controller on the ground told him to shut off the engine and attempt an autorotation, a maneuver that Mr. Robinson, who held both commercial and instructor helicopter pilot certificates, had performed several ... Read More

Emergency Declarations Loosen Regulations for Commercial Trucks In Disasters

A Regional Emergency Declaration issued by federal officials in advance of Hurricane Irma Sept. 7 remains in place for several states and territories, loosening regulations for commercial truck drivers providing relief throughout the areas affected by the storm. Federal Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao directed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to implement the emergency declaration in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The emergency declaration came while a previous emergency declaration covering much of the same area after Hurricane Harvey remained in effect and while Hurricane Jose barrels toward ... Read More

Arkansas Woman Alleges Physiomesh Severely Injured Her

An Arkansas woman who alleges Physiomesh is responsible for her severe injuries has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer in a case that is now part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of Georgia. Jennifer Stone was implanted with a Physiomesh hernia repair mesh on June 29, 2011, for the repair of a ventral hernia. The mesh device, made polypropylene with four additional layers, is designed to bridge the gap of a hernia with the intention of allowing it to heal. Later, Stone says she had no choice but to undergo invasive medical treatments from the complications ... Read More

Country Fresh diced vegetables recalled

Country Fresh Orlando is recalling 5,999 cases of various diced vegetables because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may experience short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. The diced vegetables include Fajita Blend, Stir Fry Vegetable, and Vegetable Kabob, distributed to Southeastern Grocers in Florida; Green Pepper Diced distributed to Southeastern Grocers in Florida and ... Read More

Hours-of-Service Rules Relaxed In Wake of Harvey Flooding

Federal transportation officials have declared a state of emergency relaxing hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers in 26 states to help expedite the overland shipment of fuel in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made the announcement August 31 in response to “fuel shortages due to refinery delays and interruption of delivery through pipelines as a result of damage from Tropical Storm Harvey.” The storm dropped a record amount of rainfall in Houston and other parts of coastal Texas and Louisiana, resulting in the loss of power to major U.S. oil refineries, including ... Read More