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Oklahoma Woman Says Roundup Caused her Cancer

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An Oklahoma woman who spent much of her life working with and around the weed killer Roundup has filed a lawsuit against its maker Monsanto, alleging the herbicide’s ingredients caused her to develop chronic lymphoma leukemia. Francene Lisle, a recent transplant to Oklahoma from Kansas City, told Fox 4 Kansas City that she was diagnosed with leukemia in March 2015 after her doctor found her white blood cell count was abnormally high. Ms. Lisle began searching for clues to her illness. She had no family history of chronic lymphoma leukemia, so she probed other possible causes. That’s when she discovered ... Read More

Walmart settles whistleblower lawsuit alleging Medicaid fraud

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Retail giant Walmart has agreed to pay $1.65 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit alleging it knowingly submitted claims for reimbursement to California’s Medicaid program that were not supported by applicable diagnosis and documentation requirements. A pharmacist who has worked at Walmart locations in the greater Sacramento area filed the original lawsuit under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. According to the Eastern District of California’s U.S. Attorney, Phillip A. Talbert, the whistleblower alleged that Walmart pharmacies failed to perform critical gatekeeping functions ensuring that certain drugs were dispensed for approved diagnoses. “Walmart failed to confirm and document ... Read More

Fireworks Cause Amputations, Burns Over July 4 Holiday

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A St. Louis, Missouri, man suffered a partial amputation of his hand July 4 after a firework exploded in his right hand. According to KMOV Channel 4 St. Louis, the 22-year-old man told paramedics he lit a firework before positioning it in a launch tube instead of lighting it after it was placed in the tube. The firework detonated in his hand and the blast severed four of the man’s fingers. There is no central database to keep track of fireworks injuries in the U.S. but news reports from across the country indicate that thousands of people sustained fireworks-related injuries, ... Read More

Deadly Arizona Bus Crash Blamed on Tire Failure

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A deadly bus crash in western Arizona that killed one person and injured eight others Monday, July 3, started with a tire failure, investigating authorities said. The crash occurred on Interstate 10 near Quartzsite, Arizona, on the California border about 4 a.m. when the left-front tire of a bus carrying support staff of an Illinois drum corps experienced a blowout. The tire failure caused the bus driver, 55-year-old Donna Howard, to lose control of the vehicle. According to Pinal Central, the bus drove across the highway median and tumbled over onto its left side. Ms. Howard, a resident of Kansas ... Read More

Opioid users file lawsuit against drug makers

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Opioid users are pushing back against the manufacturers of the powerful and highly addictive painkillers, suing Actavis, Endo, Johnson & Johnson, Purdue, Teva and others in Arkansas federal court, claiming the drug companies were more focused on making profits than on public health, Law360 reports. They say the opioid makers encouraged doctors to prescribe the drugs while downplaying the addiction and dependence risks associated with use, which in turn contributed to the national opioid epidemic. The same drug companies are currently under investigation by several attorneys general representing states across the country. They also face similar probes with counties and cities ... Read More

Ford Recalls 402,462 Transits

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Potentially faulty drive shafts forced automobile manufacturer Ford Motor Company to recall 402,462 Transits in North America this week at a cost of $142 million. It is the second of two massive quality control recalls for the company in less than a year. A defective coupling could allow the drive shaft to separate, “cutting off motive power, causing the vehicle to move while parked or damaging surrounding parts,” USA Today reports. The recalled vans include model-years 2015 through 2017 and were assembled at Ford’s Kansas City, Missouri, plant from Jan. 17, 2014, to June 15, 2017. The company claims that ... Read More

Plaintiffs again request PPI kidney injury MDL

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Plaintiffs have filed another motion with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) hoping to consolidate cases alleging kidney injuries were caused by acid-reducing proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix, and Dexilant. MDL No. 2789 IN RE: Proton-Pump Inhibitor Products Liability Litigation (No. II) was filed on May 31, 2017. The drugs are accused of causing acute interstitial nephritis (AIN), chronic kidney disease, end stage renal disease, and kidney failure. Some of the complaints against the drug makers include: negligence, design defect, failure to warn, fraudulent concealment, warranty claims, and loss of consortium. In February, the JPML ... Read More

Lawsuit alleges Meridian IVC Filter defects

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A Kansas woman has filed a lawsuit against C.R. Bard claiming her IVC filter was defective, resulting in injury, the Daily Hornet reports. Cheri Ann W. was implanted with a Meridian retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter made by C.R. Bard on July 8, 2014, at a hospital in Kansas with the intention of preventing pulmonary embolism, a deadly condition in which blood clots become lodged in the lungs. Some IVC filters are meant to be permanent, while others are designed to be retrievable after the danger of blood clots has passed. Retrievable IVC filters are devices that resemble a spider, with a hook at ... Read More

Cashews recalled; may contain glass shards

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Customer complaints of finding shards of glass in 8-ounce cans of Southern Grove Cashew Halves and Pieces with Sea Salt has prompted the manufacturer to voluntarily recall two lots of the product. The Food and Drug Administration reports that New Jersey-based Star Snacks Co. produced the cashews and distributed them to ALDI stores in Washington DC and 28 states including: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia. The containers include the UPC code ... Read More

Kansas Chiropractor Pays $1 Million To Settle False Claims Act Suit

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A Kansas City, Kansas, Chiropractor has agreed to pay the U.S. more than $1 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that he and his three clinics billed Medicare for several procedures that were not covered by the healthcare program or not medically necessary. According to U.S. Attorney Tom Beall’s office, chiropractor Brian Schnitta and Natural Way Chiropractic Center will pay the U.S. government $1, 038,903 to resolve the government’s allegations. Federal prosecutors say that Dr. Schnitta, who owns and operates clinics in Overland Park, Kansas; Lenexa, Kansas; and in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, claimed he and his clinics provided treatments ... Read More