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ExxonMobil Ordered to Pay $2.6 Million For Pegasus Pipeline Disaster

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Federal regulators hit ExxonMobil with a $2.6 million fine and sharply rebuked the oil giant for its failure to maintain and detect problems with its 65-year-old Pegasus pipeline, which burst underneath an Arkansas community in March 2013, flooding it with about 210,000 gallons of highly toxic, dense tar sands oil. In an Oct. 1 order delivered to the oil company, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) faulted ExxonMobil for a number of deficiencies it said contributed to the spill that forced residents of Mayflower, Ark., about 25 miles north of Little Rock, to evacuate. Twenty-two families had to ... Read More

Judicial panel discusses consolidation of power morcellator lawsuits


The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is meeting this week to determine whether it would be beneficial to consolidate lawsuits involving similar allegations against the manufactures of power morcellators, medical devices used to perform some gynecological procedures including hysterectomies and uterine fibroid removal. The lawsuits allege that the devices can spread undiagnosed uterine cancer, worsening a woman’s odds of survival. The consolidation of lawsuits under one single judge, known as a multidistrict litigation, or MDL, was requested by plaintiffs who have already filed lawsuits against power morcellator manufacturers. MDLs are generally sought to streamline early trial proceedings when several ... Read More

Listeria Contamination Triggers General Mills Green Bean Recall

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General Mills announced on Friday that it is voluntarily recalling frozen green beans sold under the Cascadian Farm brand after a routine product sampling turned up a package that tested positive for listeria bacteria. The green bean recall involves 16-ounce bags of frozen Cascadian Farm green beans marked with a “better if used by” date of June 2017. General Mills said that the green beans that tested positive for listeria contamination were produced in June 2015. The recall comes about six months after the food corporation recalled 60,000 10-ounce bags of frozen Cascadian Farm green beans, also for Listeria contamination. There ... Read More

Ovarian cancer victim sues Johnson and Johnson, Walgreens

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An Illinois woman is suing consumer health care products giant Johnson & Johnson and the retailer Walgreens claiming the companies knowingly promoted dangerous use of talcum power, which caused her to develop ovarian cancer. Candace Lewis claims that she used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-containing products on her genitals for personal hygiene based on the company’s advertising encouraging women to “dust themselves with this product to mask odors,” from 1981 to 2014, in Illinois, Arkansas, Georgia, and Virginia. In 2013, at the age of 49, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 1982, a study linked the use of talcum powder ... Read More

Organicgirl announces baby spinach recall after it tests positive for cadmium

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Organicgirl Produce has announced a baby spinach recall encompassing about 1,290 5 oz. cases that tested positive for trace amounts of cadmium. Excessive exposure to cadmium, a naturally occurring element found in crops and soil, may cause cancer, severe kidney problems and even bone softening. According to the baby spinach recall, the cases were distributed with Product Code B030298-00108S and the Use-by Date of Sept. 13.  Any baby spinach cases without the above mentioned product code, use-by date, or any other Organicgirl salads are not impacted by the recall. The recalled baby spinach salads were distributed in the following states:  ... Read More

Pork sausage recall initiated after reports of ‘extraneous materials’ within products

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Kenosha Beef International has announced an 89,235 lb. pork sausage recall. The pork sausage recall stems from the discovery of “extraneous materials” within the meat products. The following frozen meat products are included in the pork sausage recall: 24-oz. cartons of “Johnsonville Grillers CHEDDAR CHEESE & BACON FLAVOR.” 13.5-lb. cases of “Johnsonville Grillers CHEDDAR CHEESE & BACON FLAVOR” containing nine, 24-oz. cartons of the product. Produced on May 13, 2015, the recalled frozen, pork sausage products bear the establishment number “EST. 425B,” as well as a “BEST ... Read More

Cucumbers Linked To 27-State Salmonella Outbreak


A multi-state outbreak of Salmonella linked to American-style or “slicer” cucumbers grown in Mexico has sickened hundreds of people in 27 states, federal health authorities said Friday. At least one person has died after becoming infected. Investigators said that the contaminated cucumbers were supplied by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego and grown in Baja, Mexico. The outbreak has not been linked to domestically grown cucumbers. As of Sept. 3, nearly 300 people have been infected and 53 have been hospitalized with Salmonella poisoning linked the cucumbers. The states with the highest number of infections are Arizona (60 ... Read More

Whistleblower Says Kansas Hospital Falsified Records For Bigger Government Reimbursements


An emergency room nurse in Lawrence, Kan.,has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Lawrence Memorial Hospital, alleging it routinely falsified patients’ medical records to obtain bigger payouts from Medicare and Medicaid. Megen Duffy filed the lawsuit in a Kansas City, Kan., federal court under the False Claims Act, alleging that the hospital’s top executives were aware of the fraudulent practices and threatened to terminate employees who challenged them. According to Ms. Duffy’s complaint, Lawrence Memorial “designed a system to submit false records and reports that violated best practices, jeopardized patient safety, and defrauded the federal government.” In this scheme, the complaint ... Read More

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