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Greyhound faces lawsuit for 2013 rollover crash near Cincinnati

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A Wyoming couple is suing Greyhound bus company and driver Dwayne Garrett in a Michigan federal court for injuries sustained in Sept. 2013 rollover crash outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. David Otte, one of six bus passengers airlifted to a hospital after the crash, and his wife Sandra Otte say that Mr. Garrett had fallen asleep at the wheel or “otherwise lost consciousness” when the bus veered off Interstate 75, struck a tree and a fence, and toppled over. The crash injured 34 of the 50 passengers aboard the bus. The Ottes’ complaint claims that Mr. Otte suffered a traumatic brain ... Read More

Whistleblower: U.S. contracted soldiers can’t shoot


The U.S. military, stretched thin by wars in the Middle East and other conflicts, is relying more and more on contracted soldiers from private firms for military and security operations traditionally performed by our troops. But sadly, as a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act indicates sometimes these private forces fail to provide adequate and competent defense. Omar Badr, a medic for private military/security firm Triple Canopy, filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, alleging it hired guards from Uganda that couldn’t properly shoot. According to the complaint, ... Read More

Olympus issues new cleaning instructions for duodenoscopes


Olympus, makers of the specialized endoscopes called duodenoscopes targeted by lawsuits tied to the superbug outbreak at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, has issued new manual reprocessing instructions for medical facilities charged with cleaning and disinfecting the duodenoscopes in an effort to curb the number of patient-to-patient infections caused by the devices. The new, validated manual reprocessing instructions are specifically for the TJF-Q180V duodenoscope and are designed to replace those provided in the original labeling. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed the new reprocessing instructions and validated data as part of its ongoing review of the device. Any facilities using ... Read More

Senator says Trinity guardrails failed crash test

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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) earlier this month said the controversial Trinity guardrails that were at the center of a whistleblower lawsuit have passed all new safety tests, but a U.S. Senator is challenging the agency’s stance. Last year, the FHWA ordered Trinity’s ET-Plus guardrail system to undergo a series of eight tests conducted by a laboratory in San Antonio, Texas. The agency ordered the tests after whistleblower Joshua Harman won the whistleblower lawsuit he filed against Trinity under the False Claims Act. Mr. Harman alleged that Trinity secretly altered the design of the guardrails’ end terminals to save money, ... Read More

Gender discrimination lawsuit seeks $110 million from Novartis


Swiss drugmaker Novartis Corp. is facing another gender discrimination lawsuit alleging the company routinely denies women equal pay and bars them from promotions and leadership positions. The proposed class-action complaint, filed in a New York City federal court, seeks $110 million and comes less than five years after a U.S. jury ordered the company to pay $250 million in another class-action lawsuit that made similar claims. In 2010, that verdict was the largest award in a work discrimination case to be handed down in the U.S. The new complaint alleges that Novartis sustains a “boy’s club atmosphere” hostile to female ... Read More

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