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Atmos Energy Gas Pipelines Triggered Scores of Texas Explosions, Deaths

Natural gas pipelines owned and operated by Atmos Energy Corp. of Dallas, Texas, have blown up dozens of homes across central and northern Texas since 2006, killing nine people and injuring more than 22. In its Sept. 23 report, “Time Bomb: How Atmos Energy’s natural gas keeps blowing up Texas home,” The Dallas Morning News says Dallas-based Atmos Energy maintains some of the oldest pipes in the country, racks up five times more safety violations than Texas’ other natural gas giant, and is full of excuses when it comes to addressing why its infrastructure causes so much destruction and death. ... Read More

Man sues employer over sexual harassment claims

Kevin Michael Shaw of Katy, Texas, is suing San Jose technology firm Cisco Systems alleging he was forced to show his genitals after missing a tee shot during a golf game while on a business trip in Australia with his coworker, Cisco Practice Director Randal Kenworthy. His lawsuit was filed in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas. Shaw’s lawsuit claims the sexual harassment and ridicule continued even after they returned to the United States, and that Kenworthy “clearly demonstrated a sustained campaign of disparagement and denigration amongst senior leadership within Shaw’s direct command-chain.” For months, Shaw endured ... Read More

Houston Psychiatrist Gets 12 Years For Health care Fraud Scheme

A Houston, Texas, psychiatrist convicted by a federal jury of engaging in a $155 million health care fraud scheme has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison. Riyaz Mazcuri, 67, a former attending psychiatrist at Riverside General Hospital in Houston, received the sentence after a five-day trial that found him guilty on five counts of health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. In addition to the prison sentence, federal Judge Vanessa Gilmore in Houston ordered Dr. Mazcuri to pay $20.6 million in restitution to Medicare and $2.25 million in restitution to Medicaid. ... Read More

Widow Sues Colonial Pipeline For Husband’s Death in 2016 Explosion

The widow of a Colonial Pipeline contract worker who was killed near Pelham, Alabama when a section of leaking pipeline exploded is taking Colonial and other defendant companies to court, alleging they knew the pipeline was in a dangerous state of disrepair but neglected to take even the minimal safety precautions to protect their workers. Beverly Kay Willingham’s husband, Anthony Lee Willingham, was one of two workers who died when the Colonial pipeline exploded on Oct. 31, 2016. The deadly blast occurred as crews worked to repair a section of the pipeline that had failed the previous month, releasing more ... Read More

U.S. Fights Opioid Epidemic With New Newark/Philadelphia Strike Force

The federal government is expanding its efforts to combat the nation’s opioid crisis and health care fraud with a new regional Medicare Fraud Strike Force operation for the Newark and Philadelphia areas. The Newark/Philadelphia Medicare Strike Force location is the tenth region-specific operation. All of the Strike Force locations monitor health care activity in a specific region for fraud affecting government health care programs. The growing crisis of opioid abuse and addiction has not just harmed tens of thousands of individuals and their families across the U.S., it has also taken its toll on the Medicare program, which loses billions ... Read More

Worker’s Widow Sues Colonial Pipeline Over Deadly 2016 Explosion

Colonial Pipeline is facing more legal trouble in the wake of its deadly 2016 pipeline explosion near Pelham, Alabama, that killed two workers and seriously injured five others. A new lawsuit filed July 9 in a Fulton County, Georgia State Court accuses Colonial Pipeline and a contractor of wrongful death, negligence, and wantonness, among other charges, in connection to the Oct. 31, 2016 explosion, according to the Daily Report. The lawsuit was filed by the widow of one of the workers killed in the blast and another worker who was seriously injured. The plaintiffs allege that a Colonial Pipeline project ... Read More

Toddler’s Burn Injuries Caused by Light-Up Shoes, Mother Says

A mother whose toddler suffered second-degree burns on his feet claims the injuries were caused by the batteries that power the lights in his Skechers Light Up training shoes. Sherry Foster described her son Peyton’s burn injuries in a public Facebook post on June 26. “Peyton has 2nd degree chemical burns from his sketcher lightable shoes. Apparently when they get wet the batteries release a chemical causing children’s feet to burn,” she said in the post, thanking her son’s doctor for treating his injuries on a busy day. The post quickly went viral, with more than half a million Facebook ... Read More

10 Killed in Texas School Shooting, Explosives Found

Authorities are beginning to piece together the details of yet another deadly school shooting, this time at the Santa Fe High School, southeast of Houston, Texas. The Santa Fe Independent School District (ISD), confirmed that an “active shooter” incident erupted with gunfire around 7:40 a.m. local time at the school and was later contained. It is the third school shooting in eight days in the U.S. and it claimed the lives of nine students and one adult. Ten others were injured, including one ISD police officer, and were transported to area hospitals. Law enforcement identified Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, a student ... Read More

Worker Safety Group Names 12 Most Unsafe Employers

A national worker safety watchdog group has announced its annual list naming the companies it says put workers and communities in danger with their unsafe workplace practices. The list, compiled by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) in observance of Workers’ Memorial Week, names 12 employers that the group calls “The Dirty Dozen” for exposing their workers to injury, illness, and death. “It’s heartbreaking to see workers lose their lives when we know these tragedies could have been prevented,” said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of National COSH. “Time and again, employers are warned about unsafe conditions. ... Read More

Mother Sues For Teen Injured in Alabama Bus Crash

The mother of a teen severely injured in a March 13 bus crash near Mobile, Alabama, has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the charter bus company. The First Class Tours bus was transporting 46 passengers, mostly members of the Channelview High School band, home to the Houston area after a performance at Disney World when it plunged 50 feet down a ravine and flipped onto its side. The bus crash killed the bus driver and sent all of the 40 students and six adults to the hospital with injuries. According to the Houston Chronicle, the mother suing First Class ... Read More