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Movie Producers Seek Indemnity In Fatal Airplane-Crash Suits

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An airplane crash that killed two men and seriously injured a third while filming the Tom Cruise movie American Made in 2015 has spawned multiple lawsuits, including one filed Sept. 8 by four production companies seeking indemnity for damages awarded against them in other lawsuits. The lawsuit, filed in California, seeks to hold S&S Aviation, a Georgia company responsible for maintaining the airplane that crashed, at least partly responsible for any damages and lawyer fees resulting from the wrongful death and personal injury claims the production companies face. The movie “American Made” is set to be released later this month. It ... Read More

Ohio ‘Tort Reform’ Law Lets Ride Manufacturer Off The Hook For Deadly Fair Accident

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The people injured on the Fire Ball ride that broke apart at the Ohio State Fair in July may not be able to hold the manufacturer of the ride liable because of a “tort reform” law Ohio legislators passed in 2005. A lawyer representing a woman who legs were shattered in the ride failure told The Columbus Dispatch that the “tort reform” law will “make the fight for justice much more difficult to achieve” because it set caps on jury awards for businesses and imposed a 10-year “statute of repose” limit on a manufacturer’s liability for product defects. The Fire ... Read More

Vape Shop Insurer Prevails in E-Cigarette Explosion Coverage Dispute

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Atlantic Casualty Insurance Company is off the hook for claims filed against a vape shop over serious injuries she sustained when her e-cigarette exploded in her face. Spokane, Washington-based Lilac City Vapor said its insurer, Atlantic Casualty, should be liable for the e-cigarette victim’s claims, but a Washington federal court judge granted Atlantic summary judgment on Sept. 7. According to Law 360, Atlantic based its argument for summary judgment solely on an exclusion that the company said precludes coverage for any personal injuries that occur off the store’s premises. Law 360 reports: In the underlying suit, Marlene Rubertt says she ... Read More

Is Equifax Lying About its Executives’ Share Sell-off?

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Just days after Equifax discovered its databases had been accessed by hackers, its chief financial officer and two other top executives unloaded company shares worth about $1.8 million combined. Equifax discovered the data breach July 29, about six weeks after hackers broke into the company’s website and started harvesting the personal and financial information of about 143 million U.S. adults. Hackers obtained sensitive consumer information, including names, social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, and driver’s license numbers. Additionally, the credit card numbers for 209,000 consumers were stolen and the personal information used in disputes for about 182,000 people was ... Read More

Lawsuit filed after IVC Filter Embedded in Vein

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A Michigan woman whose inferior vena cava (IVC) filter became embedded in her vein has filed a lawsuit against the device’s maker, claiming it sold a defective filter. Leah C., who received an Option Elite retrievable IVC filter, has filed the lawsuit, saying the device is dangerous. The manufacturers are Rex Medical and Argon Medical Devices, who are familiar with lawsuits over their IVC filters, reports The Daily Hornet. A retrievable IVC filter is a metallic device that resembles a spider with a hook at its apex to snare for removal. They are inserted into the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body, ... Read More

Whistleblower Suit Leads To $12 Million Recovery From New Mexico Hospital

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A whistleblower lawsuit against a Santa Fe, New Mexico hospital and its Texas-based parent company has led to a recovery of more than $12 million in federal and state Medicaid funds. Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, part of the Christus Health network of hospitals, reached a settlement last week with the U.S. Justice Department, which had supported a False Claims Act lawsuit filed in 2011 by Diana Stepan, a former public health official for Los Alamos County. Ms. Stepan, who died last year, claimed that Christus St. Vincent engaged in a scheme involving New Mexico’s Sole Community Provider program, ... Read More

Honda Reaches $605 Million Takata Airbag Settlement

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Honda Motor Co. agreed Friday to pay $605 million to settle its part of multidistrict litigation (MDL) over defective Takata airbags, opening the door to compensation for customers who have incurred out-of-pocket expenses and speeding up replacement of the faulty airbags in remaining vehicles. The preliminary deal includes an outreach program that is designed to help owners of about 16.5 million of Honda and Acura vehicles get their Takata airbags repaired more quickly, including payments up to $500 per owner, free rental cars, and providing reimbursements for lost wages, childcare, and other expenses vehicle owners rack up to get their ... Read More

Whistleblower Alleges Charlotte Law College Cheated Taxpayers

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A whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former professor of the Charlotte School of Law accuses the now-defunct for-profit school and its parent company Infilaw of cheating taxpayers out of $285 million by routinely admitting hundreds of unqualified students and then manipulating their records to ensure their federal loan money for tuition kept flowing. According to The Charlotte Observer, whistleblower Barbara Bernier filed the False Claims Act lawsuit in June 2016 on behalf of the U.S. government, accusing Charlotte Law of much of the same illegal maneuvering that other for-profit schools have been accused of in recent years, thanks to whistleblower actions. ... Read More

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Whistleblower Awarded $2.48 Million

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s 2016 ruling that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission wrongfully terminated a whistleblower employee who accused a preferred IT contractor of waste and wrongdoing surrounding the implementation of a new data systems project. Ralph Bailets alleged the Turnpike Commission fired him in November 2008 in retaliation for his complaints about Ciber Inc., a contractor whose officers had developed a corrupt and cozy relationship with Turnpike Commission leaders though “a steady flow of gifts and targeted campaign contributions,” PennLive reported. In February 2014, Commonwealth Court Judge Rochelle Friedman rejected Ralph Bailets’ lawsuit against the ... Read More

TV producer sues Punkin Chunkin event over critical injuries

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A television producer shooting last year’s “Punkin Chunkin” event for the Discovery Channel has filed a personal-injury lawsuit blaming the event’s organizers and others for critical injuries she suffered when one of the pumpkin launchers exploded. According to the Associated Press, Suzanne Dakessian filed her lawsuit Aug. 16 in a Delaware federal court against World Championship Punkin Chunkin Inc., Wheatley Farms Inc., Discovery Communications, the State of Delaware, and other defendants. During the filming of the event on Nov. 6, a cannon being used to launch a pumpkin exploded, blasting a metal plate about the size of a car door and other ... Read More