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Lawsuit claims arsenic in wines is dangerously high

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A class action lawsuit filed in behalf of California consumers claims that California wineries are producing wine contaminated with dangerously high levels of arsenic and failing to warn consumers about the potential risks of arsenic exposure. The lawsuit targets 28 wineries including Franzia, Sutter Home, Wine Cube, Cupcake, Beringer and Vendage, and involve mostly inexpensive white or blush varieties such as moscato, pinot grigio, and sauvignon blanc. Plaintiffs attorneys say 1,306 different types of wine were tested by BeverageGrades of Denver, and 83 showed dangerously elevated levels of inorganic arsenic in wines. The results were confirmed by two other labs. ... Read More

FCA recalls 703,000 vehicles due to faulty ignition switches


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recently issued a recall for more than 702,578 minivans and SUVs for faulty ignition switches, specifically their Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Journey and Chrysler Town & Country vehicles. According to FCA, rough road conditions can cause the ignition switch to move into the “off” or “accessory” position while driving. This problem can unexpectedly turn off the engine or disable the airbags, power steering and power braking. FCA has recalled many vehicles for the same issue in the past. Specifically, this recall affects 2008-2010 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country vehicles, as well as 2009 and 2010 Dodge ... Read More

Angelina Jolie has surgery to prevent ovarian cancer

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Nearly two years after Angelina Jolie revealed she had undergone a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of developing breast cancer, the actress announced she underwent surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes to reduce her risk of ovarian cancer. “It is not easy to make these decisions,” Jolie wrote in an op-ed. The decision to have this surgery as well as the one in 2013 was preventative. Jolie has the BRCA1 gene mutation that puts her at an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Three women, including her mother, have died from cancer. Jolie opted to have ... Read More

Whistleblower lawsuit against Adventist hospital network recovers $5.4 million for U.S.


A Florida oncologist will receive more than $1 million for his role in exposing False Claims Act violations in several Florida hospitals operated by the Adventist Health System Sunbelt Healthcare Corporation. The U.S. Justice Department said that Adventist has agreed to pay $5,412,502 to settle allegations filed in a whistleblower complaint by Dr. Michael Montejo, a radiation oncologist and former employee of Florida Oncology Network P.A., a radiation oncology group. In his lawsuit, Dr. Montejo claimed that several Adventist hospitals in Florida were providing radiation oncology services to Medicare and TRICARE (the Defense Department’s health care program) beneficiaries that weren’t ... Read More

Antipsychotics may speed up death in elderly dementia patients

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Many antipsychotic medications are prescribed off label to treat elderly patients with dementia despite warnings that the drugs can be deadly for these patients. But a new study shows the drugs may speed up death in dementia patients more than previously thought. For example, the antipsychotic drugs, such as Risperdal (risperidone) is approved to treat children and adults with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and irritability with autism. It is routinely prescribed for unapproved uses, a practice that doctors can legally do but drug companies are forbidden to promote drugs for off-label uses. One of the more common off-label uses of Risperdal is ... Read More

More Xarelto bleeding risk lawsuits filed


Elsie Smith, 87, of Bridgeport, Conn., is one of hundreds of people who have filed a lawsuit against the makers of Xarelto claiming they were never warned the blood thinner could cause them uncontrollable, life threatening bleeding. Smith claims she was prescribed the drug in 2012 and used it for two years before she suffered “a life-threatening bleeding incident,” in 2014. Xarelto, made by Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, is one of the first drugs from a new class of anticoagulants hit the market as a “safer and more convenient” alternative to the long-used warfarin ... Read More

NJ utility company hit with record fines for fatal explosion

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New Jersey regulators issued record fines Wednesday to a utility company and a subcontractor for a fatal March 2014 gas explosion that killed one woman injured seven utility workers, completely destroyed 11 homes, and displaced an entire neighborhood for more than a year. The N.J. Board of Public Utilities ordered the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSE&G) to pay $725,000 for its role in the fatal explosion, while Henkels & McCoy was hit with a $600,000 fine. PSE&G also must pay an additional $275,000 in fines for safety violations found during an investigation of the explosion that didn’t directly contribute to ... Read More

Lawsuit faults defective electrical systems for airplane crash

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TULSA, Okla. — A defective electrical distribution system and faulty wiring are to blame for a 2013 airplane crash that killed a former University of Oklahoma quarterback and his friend, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed this week. The lawsuit, filed Monday in a Tulsa, Okla., federal court, seeks unspecified damages from the plane’s manufacturer, Beechcraft Corp., and Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support LLC, which repaired, maintained, and warranted the Hawker Beechcraft model 390 twin-engine jet. Former OU quarterback Steve Davis, 60, and his friend Wes Caves, 58, died March 17, 2014 after the airplane lost power during flight ... Read More

Construction giant settles whistleblower allegations it swiped contracts meant for disabled vets


The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday it has reached a $1.1 million settlement with Gilbane Building Company to resolve whistleblower allegations that a Gilbane subsidiary created a front company as a means of getting government contracts intended for disabled veteran-owned businesses. The lawsuit, filed by Michael Jeske and Samuel McIntosh under the False Claims Act in a Florida federal court, claimed that subsidiary company W.G. Mills, a Florida construction company now doing business as Mills Gilbane, violated the False Claims Act by creating a fictitious company called Veterans Constructors Incorporated. Mr. Jeske and Mr. McIntosh alleged that Veterans Constructors Inc. ... Read More

Target data breach settlement reached for consumers


Following one of the largest data breaches in history, Target will pay compromised customers a total of $10 million in a proposed class-action settlement. The Target data breach settlement, which still requires federal court approval, will pay out up to $10,000 in damages to data breach victims with burden of proof that the cyberattack affected them negatively. According to the proposal, claims will be submitted and handled mainly through a Target data breach settlement website designated for retrieving affected customer information. Court documents also show that Target will be required to follow stricter data security measures, including the appointment of ... Read More