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Kmart Pays $1.4 Million To Settle Medicare Fraud Lawsuit

Retailer Kmart Corp. will pay the U.S. $1.4 million to resolve a Medicare fraud lawsuit. A whistleblower alleged that the retailer violated the False Claims Act by illegally luring Medicare beneficiaries to Kmart pharmacies with drug manufacturer coupons and gasoline discounts. Whistleblower Joshua Leighr, a former Kmart pharmacist from Kansas City, Mo., filed his complaint under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which allow individuals to sue on behalf of the federal government and share a percentage of any recovery. Mr. Leihr will receive about $248,500 as his share. In his complaint, Mr. Leighr accused Kmart of encouraging Medicare beneficiaries ... Read More

Jury Finds Time Warner Cable Liable For Missouri Restaurant Blast

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri jury has ordered Time Warner Cable to pay nearly $6 million to the owners of an upscale Kansas City restaurant that was demolished when an accumulation of natural gas exploded, killing one employee and injuring more than a dozen others. David and Jimmy Frantze, the brothers who owned JJ’s restaurant, sought more than $9 million in damages from Time Warner Cable and contractor USIC Locating Services, in a lawsuit they filed shortly after the explosion. Investigators determined that Kansas-based cable company subcontractor Heartland Midwest broke a natural gas pipe when it was using an ... Read More

Personal injury lawsuits target testosterone makers

A conference to review the progress of discovery efforts in a group of more than 1,340 lawsuits against manufacturers of testosterone treatments is scheduled for April 21, and the first case is expected to go trial in the fall of 2016. The lawsuits were consolidated in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois and target seven testosterone makers claiming the drugs caused heart attacks, strokes and other health problems. Testosterone treatments are prescription hormones that are designed to treat hypogonadism, a condition in which men do not produce enough testosterone due to injury or disease. Pharmaceutical companies have ... Read More

OSHA blasts Union Pacific Railroad’s anti-whistleblower activities

Federal safety regulators this week slammed Union Pacific Railroad for its “culture of retaliation,” demonstrated by its repeated safety violations and attempts to silence whistleblowers who report workplace injuries or seek medical attention. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that Union Pacific violated the Federal Railroad Act for the third time since 2011 by disciplining employees at its rail yard in North Platte, Neb., for exercising their rights to report workplace hazards and seek medical attention for on-the-job injuries. OSHA also said Omaha, Neb.-based Union Pacific has faced more than 200 whistleblower complaints from its workers throughout the ... Read More

Appeals court reinstates asbestos lawsuit against Missouri county

The Missouri Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled in favor of an asbestos lawsuit filed against Jackson County, Mo., and a contractor in 2010, allowing the case to move ahead after it was struck down by a Jackson County judge last year. The appellate court’s ruling opens the door to potentially thousands of courthouse workers, county employees, and others who spent significant amounts of time in the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City since 1983 – the year that the county and its contractor allegedly mishandled asbestos removal during a courthouse renovation. Citing the lawsuit, the Kansas City Pitch reports that ... Read More

NTSB investigating Chicago area plane crash that killed three physicians

Three Kansas hospital physicians were killed in a plane crash Sunday Oct. 12 when their twin-engine Beechcraft Baron crashed in a vacant lot in a densely populated Chicago suburb. The victims were identified as neurosurgeon Tausif Rehman, pulmonologist Ali A. Kanchwala, and Dr. Kanchwala’s wife Maria Javaid, a cardiologist. Drs. Rehman and Kanchwala worked for Stormont-Vail Healthcare in Topeka, Kansas, and Dr. Javaid worked for Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. No other casualties or injuries were reported. The airplane carrying the three physicians, all of whom were originally from Pakistan, crashed in the Palos Hills community about five minutes ... Read More

First deaths linked to enterovirus; five children infected in Alabama

At least four people have died after contracting enterovirus 68, a severe respiratory illness that has spread to more than 40 states, sickened at least 472 people and caused neurological symptoms in dozens. The illness is most dangerous to children, especially those with asthma. Enterovirus 68 typically resembles the common cold with symptoms such as fever, sneezing, running nose and coughing. A handful of patients have reported polio-like symptoms with muscle weakness in the arms, shoulders, hips and facial muscles. Doctors do not yet know whether the paralysis is permanent. The first cases of enterovirus 68 were seen in August ... Read More

Lawsuit alleges Monster energy drink killed Kansas City man

A Kansas City woman has filed a lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink alleging the beverage caused her husband’s death. Heather Felts said her husband Shane drank a Monster beverage a day for two weeks to help boost his energy level. On June 24, 2012, they had dinner together and went to bed. At about 2 a.m., Heather says she awoke to a “thump” and found her husband on the bathroom floor. They rushed him to the hospital but it was too late. Shane was dead. Heather claims that Monster Energy Drinks markets itself as a dietary supplement, but it is ... Read More

Former Survivor star killed on the job at Birmingham railroad

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Former Survivor: Blood vs. Water contestant and Alabama resident Caleb Bankston was killed June 24 in a work-related accident in Birmingham. Sources say the 26-year-old locomotive engineer and conductor for Alabama Warrior Railway was working on one of the train cars at a company rail yard in Birmingham when he was crushed to death. According to TMZ, Mr. Bankston “was checking on something in the small space between two of the cars when the train went off the tracks. Cops say the rear car slammed into the forward car … with Bankston caught helplessly between.” Mr. Bankston ... Read More

Thousands of pounds of beef recalled due to possible mad cow disease scare

A Missouri meat packing plant is recalling thousands of pounds of fresh beef because of the risk of mad cow disease, a fatal neurodegenerative disease in cattle. Fruitland American Meat, based in Jackson, Mo., issued the recall on 4,012 pounds of fresh beef products, including its Rain Crow Ranch Ribeye and quartered beef carcasses, because the cows from which the meat was produced did not have their dorsal root ganglia completely removed. The dorsal root ganglia is part of the cow’s central nervous system that is affected by mad cow disease. It must be removed from all cattle by the ... Read More