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Employee Settles Amputation Lawsuit with Norwegian Cruise Line

A Norwegian Cruise Line employee who went to the onboard ship doctor for nausea but got an arm amputation instead has settled with the cruise company for $3.3 million. Ilija Loncar, a waiter aboard Norwegian’s Breakaway, sued the Bermuda-based cruise company in June 2016 for negligence, alleging the ship’s doctor grossly mistreated his flu-like symptoms with a potent drug and caused him a debilitating injury that led to his arm amputation. According to his lawsuit, Mr. Loncar admitted himself to the ship’s infirmary in March 2016 with nausea and other flu-like symptoms. Dr. Sebastian Campuzano injected him with a massive ... Read More

Trucking Firm Involved in Deadly Greyhound Bus Crash Had Other Recent Crashes

The trucking company whose tractor-trailer collided with a Greyhound bus in New Mexico last week has a history of crashes and safety violations, a pair of lawsuits filed by survivors of the deadly crash contend. According to CBS News, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs suing JAG Transportation of Fresno, California, says federal safety data shows the company’s commercial trucks were involved in three crashes in the last two years. The previous two crashes resulted in two injuries but no fatalities, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data indicates. Investigators say the Aug. 30 crash occurred when the tractor-trailer experienced a tire ... Read More

Court Allows Whistleblower Retaliation Suit Against New Mexico DA to Stand

A whistleblower lawsuit against a southern New Mexico district attorney has survived a second attempt by the defendant’s attorneys to get the case dismissed. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that New Mexico state judge Jarod Hofacket denied a motion by lawyers representing Dona Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio to reject a whistleblower lawsuit brought by Marylou Bonacci, a former office manager at Mr. D’Antonio’s office. According to the Sun-News, Ms. Bonacci claims she was terminated in retaliation for speaking out against corruption and other wrongful conduct she allegedly witnessed in the D.A.’s office. The whistleblower lawsuit, which Ms. Bonacci filed ... Read More

Jacksonville Landing Shooting Survivors To File Negligent Security Complaint

A lawsuit for the survivors of The Jacksonville Landing mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, will be filed this week, various sources say. The Aug. 26 mass shooting left three people dead, including the killer, identified as 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore. Eleven people were injured in the shooting, including nine with gunshot wounds. The killer used a single firearm to shoot at people who attended the Madden NFL 19 video game competition at The Jacksonville Landing shopping, dining and entertainment complex on the St John’s River in Jacksonville. The video game tournament was being held inside the GLHF Game Bar ... Read More

Whistleblower Doctor Who Led U.S. to $84.5 Million Settlement ‘Risked Everything’

A neuroscientist whistleblower who witnessed corruption within the Detroit-area hospital system where he worked and took legal action despite the serious risks to his career has helped the U.S. government recover nearly $85 million for the Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE programs. Dr. David Felten filed a False Claims Act lawsuit against William Beaumont Hospitals in 2010 alleging the regional hospital system engaged in improper financial relationships with eight referring physicians, resulting in the submission of false claims to federal health care programs as well as violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law. Dr. Felten, a leading figure in the ... Read More

Takata Airbag Explosion Damaged NC Woman’s Eye, Lawsuit Claims

A North Carolina woman has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Nissan North America, Takata Corporation, and related companies, alleging that a defective Takata airbag in her vehicle blasted metal fragments into her eye. In 2015, Kelijah Hall, then 19 years old, was driving her Nissan Sentra in Charlotte when she was involved in a collision on Lawyers Road. The driver-side Takata airbag in her vehicle deployed on impact, but instead of protecting her in the crash, it seriously damaged her eye, according to her lawsuit. Charlotte’s WSOCTV Channel 9 uncovered the lawsuit and noted in a recent report that ... Read More

Maryland Natural Gas Explosion Victims Waiting for Answers

More than two years after a natural gas explosion destroyed a Maryland apartment building, killing seven people and injuring dozens more, residents are still waiting for the results of a federal investigation. Residents of the Flower Branch Apartment complex in Silver Spring, Maryland, complained repeatedly about the smell of natural gas on the premises before one of the buildings exploded just before midnight on Aug. 10, 2016. The natural gas explosion leveled much of the building, killing Saeda Ibrahim, 41; Augusto Jimenez Sr., 62; Maria Auxiliadorai Castellon-Martinez, 53; Aseged Mekonen, 34; Deibi “David” Samir Lainez Morales, 8; Fernando Josue Hernandez ... Read More

Jury Orders Monsanto to Pay Plaintiff $289 Million in Glyphosate Cancer Trial

A terminally ill California man who claims routine exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro weed killers caused his cancer was awarded $289 million Friday, Aug. 10. A jury at San Francisco’s Superior Court of California deliberated for three days before finding that Monsanto had failed to warn Mr. Johnson and other consumers that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide products, can cause cancer. Mr. Johnson, a 46-year-old father of two, worked as a school groundskeeper in the San Francisco Bay Area. He says he sprayed the Monsanto chemicals about 30 times per year and went through hundreds of gallons of it during ... Read More

E-cigarette Explosions Trigger Two Product Liability Complaints in Bakersfield

Two Bakersfield, California, men who were seriously injured in separate e-cigarette explosions have filed product liability lawsuits against the manufacturers and sellers of the devices. According to Bakersfield.com, e-cigarette user Vincent Garza alleges his device exploded in his mouth in the course of regular use. Bakersfiled.com reports that court documents state Mr. Garza was vaping when his e-cigarette blew up in his face, causing severe injuries to his mouth, tongue, and index finger. In addition to undergoing surgery on his tongue immediately after the e-cigarette explosion, Mr. Garza also had to have his left index finger amputated at the knuckle. ... Read More

Family of Duck Boat Victims Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

An Indiana family gutted by the loss of nine family members who died when their duck boat sank during a Branson, Missouri tour have filed a lawsuit seeking $100 million from the boat’s operators and other parties. More than 50 members of the extended Coleman family filed the lawsuit Monday, July 30, in a federal court in Missouri. The plaintiffs name Ripley Entertainment Inc., Ride the Ducks International, Ride the Ducks of Branson, the Herschend Family Entertainment Corp., and Amphibious Vehicle Manufacturing, alleging the companies prioritize profits over the safety of their customers. A second lawsuit was filed July 31 ... Read More