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So-called Ag-Gag Bill attempts To Make Agriculture Industry Whistleblowing a Crime

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A new anti-whistleblower “Ag-Gag” bill was introduced in the Arkansas legislature last month, marking the fourth attempt by some of the state’s elected officials to try and make reporting wrongdoing in the agricultural industry a punishable offense. According to the Food Integrity Campaign, the proposed bill HB 1665 is also the most nefarious of the Ag-Gag bills introduced to the Arkansas legislature in recent years because it seeks to gag would-be whistleblowers not just in agriculture, but in other industries as well. The Food Integrity Campaign writes: What could make a bill designed to make it illegal to document crimes ... Read More

Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation denies motion to consolidate federal PPI cases

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In the January 2017 Hearing Session the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) met regarding motions to centralizing forming new multidistrict litigation (MDL). Filed on Feb. 2, the JPML issued an order denying transfer of MDL No. 2757 – IN RE: Proton-Pump Inhibitor Products Liability Litigation. The plaintiffs had sought to centralize 15 federal PPI cases; the panel mentioned being informed of 24 additional similar cases. They requested that the MDL be formed in the Middle District of Louisiana, the District of New Jersey, the Southern District of Illinois, the District of Kansas, or the Western District of ... Read More

Flavored E-Cigarettes May be a Gateway to Traditional Smoking for Teens

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Researchers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City conducted a study using the data from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey and found that 58 percent of of middle and high school students who used flavored e-cigarettes had intentions to start smoking traditional cigarettes. None of them had never smoked before. “Due to a proliferation of e-cigarette flavors on the market, flavored e-cigarette use among youth in the U.S. has increased significantly,” said study author Hongying Dai, an associate professor of Kansas City Children’s Mercy Hospital health services and outcomes. “The majority of youth who have ever used e-cigarettes started with a flavored product.” ... Read More

Bard recalls guiding sheath due to dangerous defect

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Bard Peripheral Vascular Inc., is recalling the Halo One Thin-Walled Guiding Sheath used to introduce or guide the placement of interventional and diagnostic devices into veins and arteries through an incision made on a patient’s leg, because the sheath body may separate from the sheath hub during the removal of the device from the patient’s leg. During procedures, the sheath may kink and the tip may become damaged. If this occurs, it could result in prolonged procedure times and additional surgical intervention to remove detached components from the patient. The affected product may cause other serious adverse health consequences such as ... Read More

Panel discusses consolidation of ‘nightmarishly complex’ PPI litigation

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According to Law360, when plaintiffs in lawsuits against the makers of acid-reducing proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, filed for consolidation in October there were 15 federal cases pending. Now there are more than 100 cases with plaintiffs’ attorneys reviewing thousands more potential cases of alleged kidney injuries caused by PPI use that could be filed in the coming months. In 2011 concerns were brought to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about PPIs potentially having the dangerous side effect of harming users’ kidneys. These were brought by consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, according to the patients’ multidistrict litigation (MDL) ... Read More

Magellan Pipeline Spill Releases 38,000 gallons of diesel in North-Central Iowa

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Federal investigators joined Iowa authorities to investigate an underground pipeline breach that released 138,000 gallons of diesel fuel in a farm field and surrounding land in north-central Iowa Jan. 25. The pipeline is owned by Magellan Midstream Partners, a subsidiary of Magellan Pipeline Company, which has been fined several times over the last few years for numerous oil spills, most of which have occurred in the Midwest. “It’s a big one. It’s significant,” Jeff Vansteenburg of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources told the Des Moines Register. According to a safety plan Magellan submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the 2-inch ... Read More

Magellan Pipeline Settles Violations Related To Fuel Spills in Three States

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Magellan Pipeline Company has reached an $18-million agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) settling alleged violations of the Clean Water Act related to pipeline spills of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel in Texas City, Texas; Nemaha, Nebraska; and El Dorado, Kansas. Under the agreement, Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Magellan will spend $16 million on improving training for its staff and monitoring the integrity of its 11,000 miles of pipeline. A public transparency measure also requires the company to report information about certain types of pipeline releases and its responses to them. The other $2 ... Read More

New Railroad Crossing Safety Ad Targets Male Drivers

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The Department of Transportation is taking aim at young male drivers with a graphic new video showing what happens when a passenger vehicle fails to yield for a train. The ad, produced as a collaborative effort between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), shows a freight train plowing into the side of a SUV stopped on the tracks. The train brakes, but not soon enough to prevent the SUV from being demolished. But that it is the point the ad conveys: “Stop! Trains Can’t.” U.S. regulators made the ad because many drivers don’t ... Read More

Bo Jackson Says He Would Never Have Played Football Had He Known of Concussion Risks

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Sports legend Bo Jackson told USA Today Sports that if he had known about the head-injury risks football poses to players back in the ’80s and ’90s he would never have played football. “If I knew back then what I know now,” Mr. Jackson told USA Today Sports, “I would have never played football. Never. I wish I had known about all of those head injuries, but no one knew that. And the people that did know that, they wouldn’t tell anybody,” he said, alluding to the NFL’s leadership. In 2011, a group of former NFL players filed a lawsuit ... Read More

Family of Boy Killed on Waterslide Settles Wrongful Death Suit With Waterpark

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The family of a 10-year-old Caleb Schwab, who was killed in a waterslide accident at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., in August 2016, has reached a settlement with the park’s owners and the company that manufactured the rafts used on the ride. “The Schwab family remains determined to hold all those responsible for this tragedy accountable, while doing all they can to ensure this never happens again to another family,” the family’s attorney said in a statement e-mailed to the press. Caleb, the son of Kansas state representative and Speaker of the House Scott Schwab, was killed when ... Read More