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Ohio State Fair Death Prompts Lawsuit

The family of a teen killed at the Ohio State Fair when the ride he was on broke apart is preparing to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Tyler Jarrell, 18, was riding the Fire Ball ride on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair in Columbus July 26 when a full row of seats broke off from the swinging arm of the ride. Mr. Jarrell was hurled high into the air and landed about 50 feet from the ride, The Columbus Dispatch reported. He was killed on impact. Seven others were injured in the ride malfunction. Three of those victims ... Read More

Medicare Advantage whistleblower suit recovers $32.5M

Medicare Advantage plan providers Freedom Health, Optimum Healthcare, and their affiliates agreed to pay the U.S. government and State of Florida a combined $32.5 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that alleged the companies exaggerated patient diagnosis codes and overstated the resources it had available to patients. The whistleblower lawsuit was filed in federal court in Tampa in 2009 by Dr. Darren Sewell, who worked for Freedom and Optimum for five years, most recently as a vice president. Dr. Sewell alleged that the companies violated the False Claims Act by submitting false information to Medicare about their members’ medical conditions ... Read More

Rare alopecia permanently damages follicles

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. The most common form of alopecia is androgenetic alopecia, or pattern baldness. This hereditary hair loss affects both men and women and is progressive. Alopecia areata is also fairly common. It is an autoimmune disorder that causes patchy hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes other areas of the body. Traction alopecia is caused by hair styles that pull excessively on the hair shafts and damage hair follicles. A more rare form of hair loss is called cicatricial alopecia, or scarring alopecia. This actually refers to many different types of hair ... Read More

FDA to hold public meeting about alopecia areata

Alopecia areata has been chosen by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be the focus of a public meeting under the Patient-Focused Drug Development initiative. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes other areas of the body. There is no cure, but there are a variety of treatments that may help with hair regrowth. It is one of the at least 20 disease areas that will have similar meetings designed to get the patients’ perspectives on their disease and on current treatment options. According to the Federal Register, “the ... Read More

Illinois Man Blames Leukemia on Benzene Exposure

A man who formerly lived in Wood River, Illinois, claims his leukemia was caused by benzene exposure. He is holding the Wood River Refinery responsible. Dennis Determan filed a lawsuit against Rust-Oleum Corporation and Turtle Wax, Inc. claiming they did not consider the safety, health and welfare of residents living near the refinery facilities. The suit was filed on June 20 in the Madison County Circuit Court. According to The Madison – St. Clair Record, Determan lived near the Wood River Refinery for 20 years where he was allegedly exposed to benzene and chemicals that contain benzene. Determan blames his diagnosis ... Read More

California talc ovarian cancer trial scheduled for July 10

According to Law360, the first California talc trial is scheduled for July 10. Plaintiff Eva Echeverria is one of hundreds of women who have filed complaints in Los Angeles Superior Court against Johnson and Johnson and Imerys Talc America. Similar suits filed all across the country allege that talc, when used for feminine hygiene, can travel through the female reproductive system and cause ovarian cancer. The suits also allege that J&J and Imerys have been aware of studies linking talc to ovarian cancer for decades but, rather than warn consumers, they tried to deny and suppress the risk. Echeverria alleges ... Read More

$27M for Duke Energy lineman killed on the job

More than $27 million has been awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit to the family of a Duke Energy Ohio lineman who was killed on the job. Cincinnati.com, a USA Today Network partner, reports that Keith Jester, a 43-year-old senior lineman and trainer who worked for Duke Energy, was climbing a utility pole with another worker in 2014 to remove some lines when the pole cracked at the base. Jester and the worker fell 20 feet and Jester became trapped beneath the broken pole. He was transported to Bethesda Arrow Springs hospital where he was pronounced dead. The other worker was injured, ... Read More

Talc jury hears J&J marketed to minorities

In the sixth Missouri talc trial, Johnson and Johnson is being accused of intentionally marketing its talc products to minority women in order to boost flagging sales when it was allegedly aware that these products were associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer. In particular, studies have found that African-American women have an even greater risk of developing ovarian cancer with genital talc use. R. Allen Smith of the Mississippi-based Smith Law Firm, is an attorney for the three plaintiffs representing women who died of ovarian cancer.  He said of Johnson and Johnson in opening arguments, according to Courtroom View Network, ... Read More

Crash Victims Sue Tractor-Trailer Company After Deadly I-85 Crash

Family members of a man and a child killed on I-85 near Shorter, Alabama, in March when their vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer have filed a lawsuit against the trucking company involved in the crash. According to the Beasley Allen Law Firm, which is representing the families, traffic on I-85 had slowed in the Shorter area on March 10 because of another accident. A 2001 Toyota Sienna transporting Angel Zaragoza, Roberto Linares, and three others had slowed with other traffic to a speed of 25-30 mph when it was hit from behind by a 2011 Freightliner tractor trailer. The ... Read More

J&J facing another talc cancer trial in St. Louis

On the heels of a big loss last month — an attention-getting verdict of $110 million — Johnson and Johnson already faces another courtroom battle over allegations that its talcum powder products cause ovarian cancer. The latest Missouri talc trial began this Monday with jury selections. Opening statements are set to begin Friday. This sixth trial before St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Rex Burlison is the first multi-plaintiff trial, brought on behalf of three deceased women by their families. All three women died of ovarian cancer after decades of using Johnson and Johnson’s talc-containing products for feminine hygiene, including Johnson’s ... Read More