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Whistleblower Claims NJ Toy Company Fired Him For Voicing Safety Concerns


A former employee of a New Jersey toy manufacturer and distributor has filed a whistleblower lawsuit in state court alleging the company fired him for voicing concerns about choking hazards and safety violations. Thomas Doyle, who worked for Pequannock, N.J.- based toy company Reeves International Inc. as its sourcing director from May 2013 to August 2014, filed the lawsuit in Morris County Superior Court seeking unspecified damages for his termination. Mr. Doyle says he complained to his boss about a Chinese toy manufacturer that supplied toys to Reeves because the company had not undergone the required audits to ensure its ... 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

Miss Oregon raises awareness of traumatic brain injury

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Miss Oregon Ali Wallace, a contestant in the upcoming Miss America Pageant, is using her platform to raise awareness of the seriousness of traumatic brain injury (TBI). She speaks from her own experience. Ali made the varsity cheerleading squad when she was just a freshman in high school – a distinct honor for a girl so young. She felt she had to prove herself every day to keep up with her more experienced teammates. One afternoon, while working on a round-off back tuck, she flinched midflight, which caused her to fall to the floor. She landed on her head on ... Read More

Amtrak worker dies of extensive burn injuries in Indianapolis


An Amtrak worker who was badly burned in an accident at the railroad company’s suburban Indianapolis maintenance facility Saturday died Sunday morning while be treated for his extensive injuries. Indiana authorities investigating the incident have not yet released details about what happened. A statement from Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman only acknowledged that an “industrial accident” had occurred around 11:40 a.m. Saturday at the rail company’s Beech Grove maintenance facility. The victim, identified by the Marion County Coroner’s Office as 27-year-old Andrew Swanson of Fishers, Ind., had sustained extensive thermal burn injuries in the accident. Mr. Swanson died Sunday ... Read More

IRS data breach class action alleges the government failed to protect citizen data


The IRS data breach, which has affected about 330,000 Americans to date, may have even more serious repercussions on the government agency, including a class action lawsuit now brewing behind the scenes. According to Forbes, Beck Welborn and Wendy Windrich, both taxpayers negatively impacted by the cyberattack, filed the lawsuit both individually and on behalf of a proposed class action to allege that the agency was aware of the website’s security issues. The defendants named in the lawsuit are the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and IRS Commissioner John A. Koskinen. “What should have been a trustworthy digital service had been ... Read More

Lawsuit alleges airplane defects caused crash that killed three Kansas doctors

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The family of two Kansas physicians killed when their airplane crashed in Palos Hills, Ill., last October has filed a lawsuit against the plane’s manufacturer, alleging the crash was a result of airplane defects. The complaint alleges the aircraft was “negligently designed, manufactured, and assembled.” The Beechcraft Baron was headed to Topeka, Kan., when it crashed Oct. 12, 2014 about five minutes after taking off from Chicago Midway International Airport. The airplane’s three occupants, neurosurgeon Tausif Ur Rehman, pulmonologist Ali A. Kanchwala, and Dr. Kanchwala’s wife Maria Javaid, an interventional cardiologist, died on impact. All three doctors were originally from Pakistan. ... Read More

Study: Statin side effects caused by damaged stem cells


Cholesterol-lowering statins prevent stem cells from growing into beneficial bone and cartilage cells, increase stem cell aging and death rates, and diminish the cells’ ability to repair DNA, which translates into side effects including memory loss, muscle problems and type 2 diabetes, according to new research. Dr. Eckhard Alt, director of cardiovascular research at Tulane University says he has identified the process that causes statin side effects, and it involves harming vital stem cells. The findings, he says, should “balance your decision to take statins a little more critical.” Statins, such as the widely prescribed Lipitor, are designed to lower ... Read More

Amgen To Pay $71 Million For Illegal Drug Promotions

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California-based drugmaker Amgen has agreed to pay $71 million to 49 states and the District of Columbia to resolve allegations that it misbranded two of its blockbuster drugs, Aranesp and Enbrel, by pushing them for purposes unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The settlement resolves some of the same allegations that were settled in a $762-million agreement between Amgen and the federal government in December 2012. That case stemmed from whistleblower lawsuits that alleged that Amgen promoted its anemia drug Aranesp at higher doses and more frequent intervals than allowed by the FDA in order to increase ... Read More

Xarelto linked to major bleeding events


Gloria Glatz, 88, didn’t let her advancing age keep her from being active. She played Scrabble religiously, enjoyed vising the casino, and was known for whipping up a mean batch of potato salad. When she was diagnosed with a common heart rhythm abnormality known as atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes the blood to clot in the heart, increasing the risk for stroke, instead of treating her with the long-used blood thinner warfarin, her doctors opted for a newer treatment, Xarelto. Introduced in 2011, Xarelto was one of the first drugs in a new class of anticoagulants designed to be ... Read More

Judge upholds $3.27 million verdict against transvaginal mesh maker

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Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc., failed to convince a West Virginia federal judge to strike a $3.27 million jury verdict in a bellwether lawsuit alleging the company failed to warn that its transvaginal mesh device could cause serious injuries. Ethicon had argued for a new trial based on insufficient evidence to support the verdict. However, U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin refused to budge off the jury’s verdict, adding that not only did the evidence show that the plaintiff’s doctor was not sufficiently warned by the company about complications with the TVT-O polypropylene transvaginal mesh, but that evidence regarding ... Read More