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Lawsuit filed after IVC Filter Embedded in Vein

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

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

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

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

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

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

Woman Blames IVC Filter for Husband’s Death

A Georgia widow has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of her husband’s IVC filter, blaming the companies for his death. Marcia S., the widow of now-deceased Larry S., claims the Option ELITE retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter could have saved her husband’s life had it actually performed the job it was designed to do — catching blood clots. The manufacturers are Argon Medical Devices Inc. and Rex Medical, L.P., two companies that Marcia’s lawyers allege knew or should have known that the IVC filter device had such high potential to fail, according to the Daily Hornet. Larry received the IVC ... Read More

Sig Sauer Sued After Gun Accidentally Shoots Police Officer

A Connecticut police officer has filed a personal injury against gun manufacturer Sig Sauer alleging he was shot when his holstered P320 pistol hit the ground and accidentally discharged. According to Guns.com, Vincent Sheperis, a 34-year-old police officer with the Stamford Police Special Response Team, filed the personal injury lawsuit in a U.S. District Court in New Haven earlier this month, alleging Sig Sauer designed the pistol with a defective safety mechanism – a claim repeatedly made by firearm enthusiasts. Officer Sheperis was loading equipment into a vehicle when his department-issued P320 discharged as it struck the ground, shooting him ... Read More

Arkansas Woman Joins Thousands in IVC Filter Lawsuit

An Arkansas woman has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of her IVC filter, joining thousands of others seeking justice for their pain, which they say is a result of the medical device. Kelly B. was the recipient of a Gunther Tulip made by Cook Medical LLC for the prevention of pulmonary embolism (PE), a deadly condition in which a blood clot travels through the blood stream and reaches the lungs. The device was implanted on May 23, 2011, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock by Dr. Kenneth V. Robbins. Kelly says she was injured when the filter failed, resulting ... Read More

Woman Sues KFC For Hot Gravy Burn Injuries

A UK woman undergoing treatments for a serious burn injury she suffered when boiling hot gravy spilled onto her lap is suing KFC, claiming the unapologetic fried chicken chain is bound to injure others with its scalding hot food. Beth Smale, 22,  told The Sun that she and her boyfriend were running late for a family birthday party so they decided to have a quick lunch at a KFC in Milton Keynes, England. “We ordered the meal – a bucket of chicken – and got a side of gravy. We were eating in, but they gave it to us as ... Read More