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Student dead after truck collides with school bus

A school field trip to see “Elf The Musical” in Marshall County, Indiana, turned tragic when a truck towing a flatbed trailer rammed into the back of a school bus, killing 13-year-old Owen Abbott, and injuring another child. The school bus from Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation was traveling northbound on US 31 on the morning of Dec. 5 when the bus stopped at a railroad crossing. The bus started to move and then stopped again. That’s when the truck collided with the back of the bus. There were 38 eighth-graders and three chaperones on the school bus along with ... Read More

Two dead after semi traveling wrong way collides with school bus

Two people died and one is seriously injured after a school bus carrying a girls’ basketball team collided with a semi-truck driving the wrong way down Interstate 74 between Bloomington and Downs in Illinois on Dec. 5. The bus was carrying eight students from the Normal West High School junior varsity girls basketball team, and two adults back to Normal after a game in the Champaign area. The 34-year-old driver of the semi truck, identified as Ryan E. Hute, and Charles Crabtree, 73, a school volunteer traveling with the team, were killed in the crash. All eight of the students ... Read More

Negligent Security At Chicago Gym Led to Sexual Assault, Lawsuit Claims

Claims of negligent security form the basis of a premises liability lawsuit filed by an Illinois man who alleges he was sexually assaulted while showering at a Chicago gym. The plaintiff, identified in the complaint as ‘Victim A,” filed the complaint Nov. 2 in Cook County Circuit Court against Capital Fitness Inc. and affiliated entities, claiming the defendants were negligent in their handling of security on the premises of the XSport Fitness gym where he worked out. According to the Cook County Record, the plaintiff claims that, as a member, he was lawfully on the premises of the Capital Fitness ... Read More

Alabama woman files asbestos lawsuit against several manufacturers

Alabama resident Shirley Sanders, on behalf of the estate of her late husband Mac Arthur Sanders, filed a lawsuit against nearly two dozen manufacturers in St. Clair County Circuit Court in Illinois, alleging products manufactured by the companies contained cancer causing asbestos and contributed to her husband’s lung cancer diagnosis. The lawsuit names, in part, Air & Liquid Systems Corporation, Goulds Pumps Inc., and Lamons Gasket Company, companies that manufactured products Mac Arthur Sanders worked with. Shirley Sanders claims that microscopic asbestos fibers emanated from some of the products manufactured by the companies. Those airborne fibers were inhaled or ingested ... Read More

Boeing faces lawsuit following Lion Air crash

The Boeing Co., is being sued by the family of an Indonesian doctor killed aboard the Lion Air Flight 610 that crashed in October. The family alleges the aircraft manufacturer failed to warn pilots about a defect in the control system that can cause newer models of the planes to take unexpected nosedives. Rio Nanda Pratama was traveling home from a conference to marry his fiancé when the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane he was riding in crashed into the Java Sea between the Indonesian Islands, killing all 189 people on board. His father, H. Irianto, told the court that ... Read More

Refinery’s toxic fumes blamed for man’s bone marrow disorder

An Illinois man is suing several companies, saying he was exposed to toxic chemicals emanating from a Wood River refinery that seeped into surface and ground water and discharged into the air, causing him to develop myelodysplastic syndrome, a disorder that affects the bone marrow where blood cells are made. Willard and Cheryl Carpenter filed the lawsuit Sept. 17 in the Madison County (Illinois) Circuit Court against Shell Oil Company and BP Products North America, among others, alleging the companies put the lives of people living in close proximity to their Wood River Refineries in danger. As a result of ... Read More

AbbVie reaches tentative settlement deal in testosterone MDL

AndroGel maker AbbVie Inc. has reached a tentative agreement to settle about 6,000 lawsuits pending in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) alleging its testosterone replacement therapy causes heart attacks, strokes and blood clots. All cases against AbbVie and its subsidiaries Abbott Laboratories, Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Unimed Pharmaceuticals LLC, have been stayed per an order by U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly as the companies work toward finalizing a global settlement. The multidistrict litigation was centralized in the Northern District of Illinois in 2014 against several testosterone manufacturers, over claims that the companies hid cardiovascular side effects from consumers. Beginning in July ... Read More

Two lawsuits blame asbestos exposure for lung cancer diagnosis

Representatives of two deceased industry workers are suing several manufacturers alleging they companies were negligent in exposing workers to asbestos with asbestos-containing products they sold or manufactured, and failed to warn of the risks of asbestos exposure. As a result, both men were diagnosed with lung cancer and died shortly thereafter. Both lawsuits were filed last month in the St. Clair (Illinois) County Circuit Court. Donald Files claimed he inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers through his work as a pipefitter and, as a result, in 2015 was diagnosed with lung cancer and died two years later. His case is represented ... Read More

Companies blamed for man’s leukemia diagnosis

A Pike County, Illinois farmer and mechanic diagnosed with leukemia in Spring 2017 is holding several corporations accountable for exposing him to benzene, a toxic chemical and known carcinogen. Alan Bruce Cole filed his lawsuit on Aug. 13 in Madison County Circuit Court in Illinois alleging he was exposed to benzene that emanated from certain products manufactured, supplied and/or sold by companies including Berryman Products, Illinois Tool Works, Permatex, Radiator Specialty Company, Savogran Company, Safety-Kleen Systems, and the United States Steel Company. He says the companies are responsible for his diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) because they failed to ... Read More

Construction company owner sentenced over exposing immigrant workers to asbestos

The head of a Southern Illinois construction company was sentenced to five months in prison and a year of probation, and slapped with a $50,000 fine after he was found guilty of exposing Mexican immigrant workers to cancer-causing asbestos during an abatement project at an elementary school building. The problem for Kehrer Brothers Construction owner Joe Kehrer began in the spring 2015 when a company employee notified the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) during the asbestos removal project at Okawville school with concerns that employees were being exposed to the known carcinogen. When OSHA came to inspect the construction ... Read More