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Jury Sides With Whistleblowers in School Board Retaliation Case

Two whistleblowers who were allegedly fired from California’s Montebello Unified School District (MUSD) in East Los Angeles in retaliation for calling out “lies, fraud, and corruption” within the Board’s leadership have been awarded more than $3 million. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury heard the whistleblower retaliation complaint, brought by Susanna Contreras Smith the ex-superintendent of the school district, and Cleve Pell, the district’s former operations officer, in June 2017. The plaintiffs argued they were wrongfully fired for standing up to cronyism and other misconduct by then-Board of Education and Chief Business Officer Ruben J. Rojas. Lawyers for the whistleblowers ... Read More

New Jersey man gets $2.2 Million In Amputation Lawsuit Settlement

A New Jersey man who was forced to undergo a double-leg amputation following a faulty prostate exam has received $2.2 million compensation in a recent settlement. Herbert Wilburn, a 67-year-old resident of Neptune, New Jersey, underwent a prostate exam at Mid-Atlantic Multi-Specialty Surgical Group in Howell, New Jersey, to determine if he had developed prostate cancer. The procedure involved the physician inserting a needle-like probe from the rectum to the prostate, even though medical literature indicates that the procedure could cause an internal infection, the New Jersey Law Journal reported, citing Mr. Wilburn’s lawyer. Mr. Wilburn underwent the prostate exam ... Read More

Monsanto’s Criticism of IARC Cancer Research Is ‘Idiotic,’ Top Oncologist Says

In the first-ever lawsuit to go to trial alleging that Monsanto’s glyphosate products cause cancer, lawyers for the agrichemical giant asserted the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) thinks everything it studies causes cancer – a claim that a renowned medical oncologist and cancer expert called “idiotic.” Monsanto lawyers made the claim during the trial of a lawsuit filed in 2016 by Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a retired groundskeeper who alleges that routine exposure to the glyphosate in Monsanto products caused him to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The high-stakes lawsuit is the first of potentially hundreds or even thousands of such ... Read More

Miami Beach Apartment Settles Negligent Security Case For $3 Million

A Miami man who sued the owner of a North Miami Beach apartment complex for negligent security after he was shot multiple times on the property has reached a $3 million settlement. According to the Daily Business Review, Dennis Gore was visiting his mother’s apartment with a friend one night after work in May 2014. After watching a playoff basketball game there, Mr. Gore and his friend left to go to Walgreen’s after the game. While walking to the car, Mr. Gore realized he left his wallet in the apartment and ran back inside to retrieve it. While making his ... Read More

Woodchucks Devoured Soy-Based Wiring in Paul Ryan’s Chevy Suburban

Rodent-attracting soy-based wiring in automobiles is a growing problem, and House Speaker Paul Ryan says his Chevrolet Suburban is among the vehicles that have been damaged by hungry rodent scavengers. “My car was eaten by animals,” Ryan told an audience at the Economic Club of Washington, according to The Washington Times. Ryan said that his Suburban has been parked at his mother’s house in Wisconsin ever since he became House Speaker in 2015 and was assigned a security detail. He hasn’t driven since then. According to Ryan, his mother went to Florida for the winter and when she returned she ... Read More

Robinson helicopters associated with post-crash fires

Robinson R44 Raven II helicopters, like the one involved in a fiery crash in Williamsburg, Virginia, earlier this week that set a 10-unit building on fire and killed two people, has a statistically higher accident rate than other helicopters and had been hit with several special airworthiness information bulletins from the Federal Aviation Administration. The R44 is one of the most popular helicopter models in the air even though it has been associated with certain mechanical issues and post-crash fires. Critics say that the helicopter that killed 91-year-old Jean Lonchak Danylko and pilot Henry E. Schwartz, shouldn’t have been in ... Read More

Whistleblower’s Suit Against Roche, Humana Survives Motions to Dismiss

A whistleblower’s $45 million False Claims Act lawsuit alleging Humana and Roche Diagnostics engaged in an illegal kickback scheme and other health care fraud will stand after an Illinois federal judge rejected two motions to dismiss the allegations. Crystal Derrick, a former Roche account manager, filed the whistleblower complaint on behalf of the U.S. government in 2014, HealthPayer Intelligence reports. She alleges that Roche improperly dismissed debt Humana owed to Roche in a bid to keep Roche Diagnostic’s diabetes testing products on Humana’s formularies. The deal also helped bar competitor products from Humana’s formularies, the whistleblower complaint alleged. According to Louisville Business ... Read More

AbbVie ignored heart risks with AndroGel, lawyer claims

AbbVie Inc., turned a blind eye on cardiovascular risks associated with its AndroGel testosterone replacement therapy, said the attorney for a man suing the company over claims that AndroGel caused a blood clot to develop deep in his veins. The only warning Robert Rowley had that his testosterone treatment could cause heart attacks, strokes and blood clots was a warning on the product’s safety label about an increased risk for polycythemia, a blood thickening disease that can lead to blood clots. “But it’s not the only way,” Rowley’s attorney told an Illinois federal jury during the latest bellwether trial in ... Read More

FTC Lawyers Granted Immunity for LabMD Data Breach Probe

Two Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawyers are immune from a lawsuit filed by the head of an Atlanta-based medical testing company who sued the FTC officials in 2015, claiming they stepped up an enforcement action against his company after he publicly criticized them. The ruling from the three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit shields FTC lawyers Alain Sheer and Ruth Yodaiken from retaliation allegations lodged by LabMD’s chief executive Michael Daugherty, whose company was being investigated for a data breach that exposed the personal information of nearly 10,000 patients. The decision of the Washington D.C. federal appeals court overturns an ... Read More

Jury Orders MARTA to Pay $9.6 Million in Falling Death Case

A Fulton County, Georgia, jury awarded $9.6 million to the son and estate of a man who was killed when he fell through a broken guardrail at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority’s (MARTA) Civic Center stop. Carlos Hicks, 42, was on the upper level of the MARTA station in February 2013 when he fell through a missing section of guardrail, causing him to plummet 20 feet to his death. The metal guardrail had been removed and replaced with a wooden section as part of a construction project that was never completed. Part of the wooden replacement had fallen off ... Read More