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Truck Underride Survivor Pushes For Tractor-Trailer Safety

Anita Bomgaars was just 19 when a tractor-trailer entered her lane and crashed into her car head-on, resulting in an underride crash that left her multiple debilitating injuries. Now 63, the Iowa resident has become one of the leading advocates of the Stop Underrides Act, a bipartisan bill introduced in 2017 that would require tractor-trailers and other heavy trucks to be equipped with side underride guards. The bill also seeks to raise standards for the already-required rear-underride guards that all tractor-trailers have. Ms. Bomgaars told the Sioux City Journal that she was driving from her parents’ home in Sioux Center, ... Read More

Scald Burns from Boiling Water Challenge Rise as Temperatures Drop

A new winter challenge circulating online is sending people to the hospital with scald burns, doctors in the U.S. say. The “boiling water challenge” has gone viral in recent weeks as a polar vortex sent temperatures plummeting to several degrees below zero throughout much of the Midwest and Northeast. People participating in the challenge throw boiling water into the air and watch it freeze. Boiling water will freeze and turn to snow in mid-air at temperatures of -5 degrees and colder. According to CNN, Chicago’s Loyola University Medical Center treated eight people for scald burns of various degrees since the ... Read More

Deadly Wrong-Way Tractor-Trailer Crash Prompts Lawsuit

The widow of an Illinois man who was killed Dec. 5 when a tractor-trailer collided head-on with the school bus he was riding in has filed a wrongful death complaint against the trucking company and its owner. Kathleen Crabtree filed the lawsuit in McLean (Illinois) County Circuit Court, alleging the tractor-trailer driver Ryan Hute was driving his truck negligently and recklessly the wrong way on I-74 near Bloomington, Indiana, Dec. 5 when he collided head-on with a school bus carrying the Normal West High school girls’ junior varsity basketball team. The crash killed Ms. Crabtree’s husband, Charles Crabtree, 72, who ... Read More

U.S. Attorney General Nominee Vows to Uphold False Claims Act

Stepping back from previous criticism of the False Claims Act, William Barr, Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General, pledged he would stand by the law that authorizes whistleblowers to sue on behalf of the U.S. government and American taxpayers. Mr. Barr, who served as the attorney general in President George H.W. Bush’s administration from 1991 to 1993, once described the False Claims Act as an “abomination” and displayed an appetite to challenge the law, which he viewed as unconstitutional. In 1989, Mr. Barr wrote that the whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act replaced the Judicial Department’s prosecutorial discretion ... Read More

Two conductors sue railroad for contributing to their cancer diagnoses

Two conductors have filed a lawsuit in Coeur d’Alene (Iowa) First District Court against Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad for allegedly exposing them to toxic fumes and materials, which they say caused them to develop cancer and other illnesses. John Hluboky was a conductor at BNSF in Hauser from 1977 to 1998. He now has colon cancer. Hal Chapman was a conductor at BNSF in Hauser from 2006 to 2016. He was diagnosed with kidney cancer. According to the lawsuit, both men say that their cancers were caused by dangerous fumes they were regularly exposed to while working on ... Read More

Man faces fines, permanent injunction for burning trailers containing asbestos

An Iowa man is facing steep fines and a permanent injunction from the state’s attorney general’s office for allegedly burning trailer homes on his property that contained cancer-causing asbestos and violating regulations on asbestos disposal, burning without a permit, and open dumping. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources against Joel G. Thys, of Belle Plaine, in the Iowa District Court in Benton County. Thys faces fines of up to $15,000 per day for allegedly creating a 20-foot burn pile consisting of trees and five trailer homes on his property, which was near a ... Read More

FDA committee supports approval of first-of-kind postpartum depression treatment

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee voted overwhelmingly to recommend the approval of a first-of-its-kind treatment for postpartum depression. Members of the FDA’s Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee enthusiastically voted in favor of the drug for its effectiveness and safety despite six patients out of the 140 observed losing consciousness during the 60-hour-long intravenous infusion. Instead, committee members said the drug, brexanolone, was an “exciting breakthrough” and “one of the greatest approvals ever” since the antidepressant Prozac was cleared for marketing. Brexanolone’s manufacturer Sage Pharmaceuticals provided an entourage of patients, ... Read More

Iowa man sues Roundup maker over cancer diagnosis

Just days after a California jury awarded a man $289 million after finding Monsanto’s Roundup caused his terminal cancer, an Iowa man filed a similar case against the herbicide manufacturer. Ray D. Harry,64, filed his lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Sioux City, Iowa. He says he used Roundup for more than two decades on two different Iowa properties from 1988 to 2006 and 2011 to 2016. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in September 2017. “Monsanto assured the public that Roundup was harmless,” his suit claims. “In order to prove this, Monsanto has championed falsified data and has attacked ... Read More

Arizona Man Claims Years of Monsanto Roundup Use Caused His Cancer

An Arizona man battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma blames Monsanto for his illness, claiming in a federal lawsuit that the agrochemical giant concealed its knowledge of cancer risks associated with glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup pesticide. Ray Harry, a resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, who used to live in Iowa, filed his complaint against Monsanto in U.S. District Court in Sioux City, Iowa. He states in his lawsuit that he used Roundup on his properties for nearly a quarter of a decade, first in South Dakota from 1988 to 2006 and then in Iowa from 2011-2016, according to The Sioux City Journal. ... Read More

University of Iowa, State, Settle Patient Suicide Lawsuit with Parents

A couple who sued the University of Iowa for allegedly failing to properly supervise their mentally ill daughter before she threw herself from a campus parking deck has been awarded $2.5 million. William and Kathleen Haptonstall filed the lawsuit against the University of Iowa and the state in October 2016, accusing UI Hospitals and Clinics of negligence in the death of their 40-year-old daughter Kathleen. According to The Gazette, Ms. Haptonstall had been admitted to the University of Iowa (UI) residential eating disorder program in August 2016 with a medical history that included depression, delusional disorder, failure to thrive, mood ... Read More