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Widow Sues Colonial Pipeline For Husband’s Death in 2016 Explosion

The widow of a Colonial Pipeline contract worker who was killed near Pelham, Alabama when a section of leaking pipeline exploded is taking Colonial and other defendant companies to court, alleging they knew the pipeline was in a dangerous state of disrepair but neglected to take even the minimal safety precautions to protect their workers. Beverly Kay Willingham’s husband, Anthony Lee Willingham, was one of two workers who died when the Colonial pipeline exploded on Oct. 31, 2016. The deadly blast occurred as crews worked to repair a section of the pipeline that had failed the previous month, releasing more ... Read More

Robinson helicopters associated with post-crash fires

Robinson R44 Raven II helicopters, like the one involved in a fiery crash in Williamsburg, Virginia, earlier this week that set a 10-unit building on fire and killed two people, has a statistically higher accident rate than other helicopters and had been hit with several special airworthiness information bulletins from the Federal Aviation Administration. The R44 is one of the most popular helicopter models in the air even though it has been associated with certain mechanical issues and post-crash fires. Critics say that the helicopter that killed 91-year-old Jean Lonchak Danylko and pilot Henry E. Schwartz, shouldn’t have been in ... Read More

T-38 Trainer Jet Involved in Latest Military Air Crash

The U.S. Air Force is investigating another noncombat military air crash. On Wednesday, a T-38C Talon II trainer jet crashed near Columbus Air Force Base (CAFB) in northeast Mississippi. The two pilots ejected safely from the aircraft, and were taken to a nearby hospital, treated and released. The supersonic jet crashed in a wooded area without damaging any houses or other buildings. Witnesses in downtown Columbus, which is nine miles south of CAFB, reported seeing a plume of smoke above the crash site. The Air Force base is home to the 14th Flying Training Wing. There were six Class A ... Read More

Cuban Commercial Flight Crashes After Takeoff

A Boeing 737-200 crashed today just after takeoff from Havana, Cuba’s, Jose Marti International Airport. There were 104 people on board, including five children. Cuban state-run newspaper Granma reported that at least three passengers survived, but were in critical condition. Cuba’s national air carrier, Cubana de Aviacion, had rented the airplane from a small Mexican airline, Global Air. Global Air confirmed there were six Mexican crew members aboard. Officials have not confirmed if any of the passengers were U.S. citizens. The flight was traveling to the eastern city of Holguin when it crashed in a farm field of yuca plants ... Read More

10 Killed in Texas School Shooting, Explosives Found

Authorities are beginning to piece together the details of yet another deadly school shooting, this time at the Santa Fe High School, southeast of Houston, Texas. The Santa Fe Independent School District (ISD), confirmed that an “active shooter” incident erupted with gunfire around 7:40 a.m. local time at the school and was later contained. It is the third school shooting in eight days in the U.S. and it claimed the lives of nine students and one adult. Ten others were injured, including one ISD police officer, and were transported to area hospitals. Law enforcement identified Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, a student ... Read More

WC-130 Plane Crashes Near Savannah, Georgia

Early Wednesday morning, an Air National Guard WC-130 crashed near Savannah, Georgia, killing all five crew members on board. The plane went down just a few miles from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Witnesses reported hearing a “loud, strange noise,” as they watched the plane flying at “very low altitude and making a hard left turn to the ground” seconds before it crashed and exploded. They described the impact, which could be felt miles away, as a bomb exploding. Some reported that the impact shook their building and knocked out power to area homes, schools and businesses. The airplane was ... Read More

Beasley Allen files opioid lawsuits on behalf of more AL cities, counties

Beasley Allen Law Firm has filed additional lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers on behalf of two Alabama cities and two Alabama counties. The lawsuits blame opioid makers and distributors of creating an opioid epidemic, a public health and safety crisis that is financially burdening communities and killing citizens. The lawsuits were filed in April on behalf of the cities of Tuskegee and Weaver, as well as Henry County and Cleburne County. Beasley Allen has filed similar lawsuits on behalf of other Alabama municipalities and counties, as well as governmental entities in several other states including Tennessee and ... Read More

Women fight for ovarian cancer warnings on talcum powder products

Deborah Giannecchini used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder for personal hygiene since she was in high school, trusting it was safe for everyday use. Now she’s warning other women not to use the product lest they suffer a similar fate as her. In 2016, Deborah sued Johnson & Johnson alleging that daily use of the talcum powder on her genitals caused her to develop ovarian cancer. If not compensation for her pain and suffering, at the very least she wants the company to put warnings on the label of its talc-containing products the same way generic and off-brand companies have ... Read More

Securities class action filed on behalf of J&J investors

A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Johnson & Johnson investors who purchased or otherwise acquired Johnson & Johnson securities between Feb. 22, 2013, and Feb. 7, 2018. The investors claim that the company made false or misleading statements or failed to disclose that it has known for decades that its talc-containing products like Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower contain asbestos fibers and that exposure to the products can cause ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. The Johnson & Johnson investors have until April 9, 2018, to file a lead plaintiff motion. The complaint references a Feb. ... Read More

Beasley Allen files new opioid lawsuits on behalf of Alabama city, county

Beasley Allen Law Firm has filed its fourth and fifth lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of highly addictive opioid painkillers on behalf of Alabama city or county governments, a bold move taken by numerous local governments across the country to counter the nation’s opioid epidemic. Both lawsuits were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. The complaints were filed on behalf of Limestone County and the City of Anniston, respectively, and allege the governments have sustained economic damages and continue to bear a significant financial burden due to the opioid crisis. Beasley Allen has previously ... Read More