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Biloxi Site of Deadly crash between Train and Bus Has History of Accidents

Early reports indicate the Biloxi, Mississippi, railroad crossing where a freight train struck a tour bus Feb. 7 has a long history of similar crashes. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators arrived in Biloxi hours after the deadly crash to launch a probe of the incident, which killed four bus passengers and injured dozens more, including seven critically. The crash investigation has just started, but the NTSB says there have been 17 accidents at the same downtown Biloxi crossing since 1976, the most recent crash being in January when a CSX train hit a delivery truck. Residents who live near ... Read More

Pawnee Tribe Sues Oil Companies In Tribal Court For Earthquake Damage

The Pawnee Nation filed a lawsuit in its tribal court March 3, accusing several oil companies actively drilling in Oklahoma of causing that state’s largest-ever recorded earthquake and damaging historical tribal buildings that are nearly a century old. The lawsuit represents the 3,200-member Pawnee tribe in north-central Oklahoma. According to the complaint, the oil companies named as defendants triggered the earthquake by injecting wastewater into wells and destabilizing subterranean layers of bedrock and faults, causing the earth to shift. The complaint is the first earthquake-related litigation to be heard in a tribal court. If it goes to trial, it will ... Read More

Advanced Pharma recalls sterile injectable products labeled ‘latex free’

Advanced Pharma Inc., doing business as Avella of Houston, issued a recall of all unexpired sterile injectable products labeled “latex free” produced at Advanced Pharma’s Houston location from Sept. 1, 2016, to Feb. 16, 2017, because they may contain synthetic latex and/or natural latex. Avella and Advanced Pharam have been unable to confirm whether the “latex free” label statements on their products were accurate in all cases, and issued the recall as a precaution. The risk of potential adverse events related to a latex allergy range from local site reactions including swelling and inflammation to allergic reactions, which can be ... Read More

Scalp cooling devices good news for Taxotere users worried about risk of permanent hair loss?

In an editorial accompanying two separate studies on scalp cooling devices, both published online Feb. 14 in JAMA Oncology, Dawn L. Hershman, MD, from the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork–Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, New York City speaks about quality of life for individuals with cancer. The scalp cooling devices are designed to help to prevent chemotherapy-induced alopecia (hair loss) by reducing blood flow to the scalp and thus the amount of chemotherapy delivered to the hair follicles. She said that “[o]ne of the strongest deterrents for a woman who is deciding whether to undergo chemotherapy is concern about alopecia.” ... Read More

Texas Man Suffers Severe Facial Trauma From E-Cigarette Explosion

A 28-year old Texas man was airlifted to the hospital with severe injuries to his face and body after his e-cigarette exploded. According to Houston’s ABC 13 Eyewitness News, the man was sitting at home with his family around Christmas when the end of his electronic cigarette blew off and struck him in the abdomen, then ricocheted off of a wall. Another piece of the electronic device blew off and struck him in the face, blowing out his teeth, breaking his jaw, and leaving him with severe facial trauma, ABC 13 reported. The man, who was not identified in the ... Read More

SC Environmental Groups Sue Pipeline Owner Over 2014 Gas Spill

A pair of South Carolina environmental groups has filed a lawsuit against Kinder Morgan, alleging the Houston-based pipeline company is dragging its feet on cleanup of a 2014 pipeline breach that spilled 370,000 gallons of gasoline into an Anderson County waterway. Upstate Forever and Savannah Riverkeeper claim in their lawsuit that the 2014 spill continues to discharge harmful pollutants into a waterway that empties into three lakes and feeds the Savannah River, a major waterway that forms the border of South Carolina and Georgia. “More than two years after this spill was discovered, Kinder Morgan is still polluting the waters ... Read More

Apache Helicopter Crash Near Houston Kills Two U.S. Soldiers During Training Flight

Two U.S. Army pilots were killed Wednesday afternoon during a routine training flight when their AH-64 Apache helicopter broke apart in mid-air over Galveston Bay in Texas, according to Reuters. The pilots were members of the Texas Army National Guard’s 36th Combat Aviation Brigade at Ellington Field near Houston based on reports for KHOU-TV. At least one of the pilots was from the Houston area. The Chron.com news outlet reported Thursday that Lucas Lowe was one of the two victims on board the helicopter. The outlet confirmed Lowe’s identity with his father-in-law, Olen Bush. The identity of the other victim ... Read More

Federal Jury Awards U.S. $92 Million In Allied Mortgage Fraud Case

A Texas federal court jury awarded the U.S. government about $92 million in a False Claims Act case brought against Allied Capital and bank principal Jim Hodge by a whistleblower who accused the company and some affiliates of knowingly originating and underwriting more than a thousand home loans that did not meet the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) insurance requirements. The U.S. Department of Justice intervened in the case in 2011, the same year a whistleblower filed it in a New York federal court, naming both Allied Home Mortgage Capital and Allied Home Mortgage Corp. as defendants. The government moved the ... Read More

Family Settles Suit With Takata, Honda Over Texas Teen’s Airbag Death

The family of a Texas teenager who died in March from injuries she suffered when a defective Takata airbag exploded in her Honda Civic has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Japanese airbag maker, Honda, and a local car dealership. Huma Hanif, 17, of Fort Bend, Texas, died on the afternoon of March 31 after she rear-ended the car in front of her at the intersection of FM 762 and Gonyo Lane in Richmond, Texas. What should have been a minor fender-bender turned deadly when the mild impact caused the Takata airbag in her 2002 Civic to explode, blasting metal shrapnel that punctured her throat ... Read More

Texas Woman Sues Takata Over Serious Airbag Injuries

A Texas woman who was severely injured by a Takata airbag that exploded in her 2002 Honda Civic during a low-speed crash has filed a personal injury lawsuit against American Honda Motor Co. and the U.S. subsidiary of Takata Corporation. Serena Martinez, 42, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Houston Oct. 31, alleging that Takata has known for more than 20 years that the ammonium nitrate it uses as a propellant to inflate the airbags is dangerously unstable. She claims Takata continued to use it because it is much cheaper than safer alternatives. Ammonium nitrate is a highly ... Read More