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Veterans Sue 3M for Defective Combat Earplugs

Department of Defense contractor 3M faces a series of lawsuits representing hundreds of veterans who allege the company provided U.S. armed forces with defective combat earplugs that failed to work as intended and led to hearing loss and tinnitus as a result. The lawsuits, filed in multiple states including Maryland, Texas, South Carolina and Florida, follow a $9.1 million settlement between 3M and the U.S. government over the same dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2. That agreement resolved allegations that Aearo Technologies, a company that 3M later bought, violated the False Claims Act by selling the U.S. defective combat earplugs ... Read More

Families of Lion Air Victims Take Boeing to Court in US

The families of some of the Lion Air passengers who died when their flight crashed in Indonesia Oct. 29 are suing Boeing Co. in Seattle Municipal Court in Washington, alleging the aircraft manufacturer is partially to blame for the deadly crash. The lawsuit, which has grown to include about 21 family members, alleges that faulty equipment on the brand-new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft contributed to the crash. Specifically, the plaintiffs claim that faulty sensor readings informed the autopilot system, causing the airplane to make several anti-stall maneuvers that weren’t needed and put the aircraft in danger. The erroneous readings ... Read More

Landmark Mental Health Ruling Finds Top Insurer Illegally Denied Patients Coverage

Mental health patients in the U.S. scored major victory when a federal judge issued a landmark ruling against the nation’s largest health insurer, finding that it has been illegally denying coverage to policyholders seeking treatment for mental health and substance abuse. United Behavioral Health, a unit of UnitedHealthcare, “deviated” from national health care standards by implementing cost-cutting policies that effectively deprived mental health patients of access to critical, life-saving treatments, U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero found. He also suggested that the company was more intent on feeding its bottom line than providing adequate and appropriate coverage to mental health ... Read More

European lawmakers allowed to see scientific studies on glyphosate safety

European lawmakers will be given access to scientific studies involving glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used weed killer Roundup, an E.U. court ruled. The studies were used by the European Food and Safety Agency in order to approve the use of glyphosate, but the agency refused to share the studies with lawmakers over concerns that doing so could harm the commercial interests of companies. The safety of glyphosate has been in question around the world for years. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2015 classified the chemical as a probable carcinogen. Last August, ... Read More

Oregon Legislature to pay $1.32 million to resolve sexual harassment claims

The Oregon Legislature has agreed to pay $1.32 million to resolve sexual harassment claims brought by eight women who claimed they had endured unwanted touching, and verbal and electronic propositioning while working in the Legislature. State Sen. Sara Gelser started the ball rolling when she registered a complaint against then-Sen. Jeff Kruse, which led to an investigation by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). That investigation, which wrapped up earlier this year, found that the women had been subjected to sexual harassment and that legislative leadership, namely House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney, had failed ... Read More

Police officer claims fellow officers sexually harassed her

A police lieutenant and three sergeants at a Branchburg, New Jersey police department were named in a six-count lawsuit filed by officer Kate Proscia-Berger in Superior Court in Warren County in Phillipsburg. According to the lawsuit, the men sexually harassed her and created a hostile work environment. The lawsuit also claims the men retaliated against her and refused to promote her after she reported the incident to supervisors. According to the lawsuit, Proscia-Berger claims one of the sergeants repeatedly asked her for sex since 2002, kissed her and groped her, and even reached for her crotch in a patrol car. ... Read More

FDA promises better oversight of talc-containing cosmetics

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking new steps to protect consumers from dangerous cosmetics. “We’ll soon be working with cosmetics manufacturers and requesting information about what procedures they use to ensure their cosmetics are safe and, in particular, about how they ensure that talc used in any cosmetic product is free from asbestos,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a prepared statement. The agency will investigate how manufacturers source talc and whether they test the raw talc they use and/or their finished products. The agency also aims to know how many cosmetic products contain talc and whether ... Read More

Nursing Home Chain Settles ‘largest worthless services’ case in U.S. history

A Tennessee nursing home chain will pay the U.S. and Tennessee more than $18 million in a record settlement that federal officials called the “largest worthless services” case in U.S. history. Vanguard Healthcare, five nursing homes it owns and operates, and two of the company’s executives engaged in a scheme that not only harmed vulnerable patients but cheated Medicare and Medicaid out of millions of dollars, federal prosecutors alleged. Among the Justice Department’s many findings, the Vanguard nursing homes allegedly involved in the scheme failed to administer medications to residents as prescribed; failed to provide standard infection control; failed to ... Read More

Columbia Gas Costs For Mass. Explosions Top $1 Billion

Columbia Gas and its parent company NiSource expect to pay about $1.3 billion for damages related to a series of natural gas explosions that destroyed parts of three Massachusetts towns in September. The company said that those costs don’t include expenses related to restoration efforts, such as replacing pipeline and modernizing its infrastructure to prevent a similar event from happening in the future. According to the Associated Press, the NiSource’s latest financial reports show the company allocated $757 million to third-party claims filed against the utility, including property damage. The utility incurred an additional $266 million for other expenses related ... Read More

Environmental group urges Cape towns to stop using Roundup

Environmental advocacy group POCCA (protect our Cape Cod Aquifer) is urging all 15 Cape Cod towns to refrain from applying glyphosate-containing herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup in an effort to protect the health of local citizens. “Glyphosate has proven harmful to people as well as bees,” said Laura Kelley, president of POCCA, and a beekeeper. “There are now 15 countries that don’t allow the sale or use of glyphosate products. We’re asking the town to become a leader and to do the right thing by just taking the next step.” Six months ago, the first lawsuit against Bayer AG’s unit Monsanto ... Read More