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Home Depot Whistleblower Files Retaliation Complaint

A former Home Depot employee is suing the national DIY retailer alleging it fired him in retaliation for calling out illegal hazardous waste dumping practices. James Girsch , 65, of Escondido, California, filed a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against Home Depot Nov. 29 in San Diego Superior Court. The former Home Depot paint department supervisor says he was one of the whistleblowers who reported that Home Depot centers in California were “routinely and systematically sending hazardous waste to local landfills that were not permitted to receive those wastes, and were tossing documents containing sensitive customer information into store trash bins, potentially ... Read More

Lion Air co-pilot’s family sues Boeing over ‘avoidable tragedy’

The family of the co-pilot of Lion Air Flight 610 that plunged into the Java Sea between the Indonesian Islands in October killing all 189 people on board, is suing Boeing in Illinois state court. The lawsuit alleges the Boeing 737 Max 8’s sensors were defective and caused the plane to crash, according to Law360. The plane was new and had been delivered to Lion Air in Indonesia in August. On Oct. 29, 2018, not long before takeoff, the pilot radioed air control and requested permission to return to the airport because he was having difficulty controlling the aircraft. Ten ... Read More

E-Cigarette Explosion in Canadian Man’s Mouth Triggers Lawsuit

E-cigarettes have exploded in popularity since they first hit the market in the mid-2000s, and they continue to literally explode in the hands, mouths, pockets, and purses of unfortunate e-cig users everywhere, causing serious injury and property damage. The Vancouver Sun reports that Shelby Hare, a resident of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, is suing the two local e-cigarette retailers and two international manufacturing and distribution companies after his e-cigarette exploded in his mouth on Dec. 30, 2016. Mr. Hare alleged that a defect in his e-cigarette caused the blast, leaving him with severe injuries that included a broken jaw, shattered ... Read More

Second lawsuit filed in deadly school bus accident

A second lawsuit has been filed in a Dec. 5, 2018, crash involving an Indiana school bus and a flatbed truck that took the life of a 13-year-old student. The accident occurred when the driver of the school bus, 54-year-old Cheryl Warner, stopped the bus at a railroad crossing, as required by law. A flatbed truck driven by 26-year-old Tylor Perry rear-ended the bus as the bus began to accelerate across the railroad crossing. The accident visibly crushed the back, left side of the vehicle, killing Owen Abbott, who was seated in the back of the bus. The bus from ... Read More

Bayer to lay off 12,000 employees, including a third in Monsanto division

Agra Pharma giant Bayer AG, which acquired Monsanto in June 2018, will lay off about 12,000 employees in the New Year, most of which will take place in Germany where the company is based. A third of those layoffs are expected to be in the Monsanto plant science division. The announcement was made in late November, just months after a California jury awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper who sued Monsanto alleging exposure to the company’s Roundup weed killer contributed to his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis. The award was later reduced to $78 million. Since then, Bayer’s stock has tumbled. ... Read More

False Claims Act Suit Alleges Kansas City Clinic Defrauded Medicare

A Kansas chiropractic clinic faces a False Claims Act lawsuit seeking more than $1.4 million on allegations that it wrongfully billed Medicare for neuropathy treatments that didn’t qualify for reimbursement or were never provided to patients. The lawsuit, filed Dec. 21 in federal court, accuses Kansas City Health & Wellness Clinic and its owners, brothers Ryan Schell and Tyler Schell, of soliciting Medicare beneficiaries with ads claiming they could heal peripheral neuropathy and “rejuvenate the nerve fibers,” according to Kansas City’s KCUR 89.3. Peripheral neuropathy results from damage to the peripheral nerves, causing weakness, numbness, and stabbing, burning, or tingling ... Read More

Lawsuit filed in worker’s ‘preventable’ electrocution death

The life of Marco Antonio Silva could have been spared if his employer had followed safety guidelines and residential energy provider Eversource had disconnected a power line, according to a lawsuit filed by his family in Connecticut Superior Court in Danbury. Silva, 44, was a private contractor employed at KTI Utility Construction & Maintenance. The electrocution occured June 9, 2016, as Silva was preparing a work site for the installation of a new utility pole. The equipment he was operating came into contact with a high-voltage transmission line, which caused a jolt of electricity to surge through his right arm ... Read More

One HealthPlus patient tests positive for hepatitis B

At least one patient developed the contagious liver disease hepatitis B after being treated at a New Jersey-based HealthPlus Surgical Center. The facility was shuttered for three weeks after state health inspectors found unsanitary conditions. Now the facility faces a new class action lawsuit filed by patients struggling with the possibility that they may have contracted a serious disease while being treated there. The announcement came just one week after HealthPlus in Saddle Brook urged 3,778 patients who were treated at the hospital from Jan. 1 to Sept. 7, 2018, to get tested because they may have been exposed to ... Read More

Neglected nursing home resident awarded $1.2 million

A Niagara County, New York jury ordered a Newfane, New York, nursing home to pay a former resident $1.2 million for neglect, alleging the long-term care facility allowed her “superficial” bedsores to worsen to the point that they became infected and exposed bone, The Buffalo News reported. Shirley Burrows, 72, was discharged from Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport on March 3, 2015, and admitted to Newfane Rehab & Health Care Center for follow-up treatment of her bedsores, pressure sores caused by the body pressing against the surface of the skin too long. Bedsores are prevented by repositioning the body every ... Read More

PG&E Could Be Tried for Murder for Wildfires, Attorney General Says

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), California’s largest utility, may be charged and tried for murder or manslaughter if investigators find it operated its equipment in a “reckless” manner that sparked the deadly wildfires that swept through the state in 2017 and 2018, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told a federal judge. The Attorney General’s statement about the besieged utility, which faces monumental lawsuits and fines stretching back to the 2010 San Bruno gas explosions that killed eight people and injured several others, was submitted to a federal judge in a legal brief last month. According to The Sacramento Bee, Attorney General ... Read More