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CSX To Appeal Jury Verdict For Camerawoman Killed

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CSX Railroad intends to appeal a jury verdict ordering it to pay $3.9 million to the family of a woman killed on the set of “Midnight Rider,” a movie about the life of singer Gregg Allman, after it had just started shooting in southeastern Georgia. Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was killed when she was hit by a CSX train Feb. 20, 2014, on a railroad trestle spanning the Altamaha River in Doctortown, Georgia. Six other members of the film crew were injured by flying debris and shrapnel. Richard and Elizabeth Jones, Sarah’s parents, sued CSX and 11 others ... Read More

Family of film worker Killed By CSX Train Awarded $3.9M

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A Chatham County, Georgia, jury ordered CSX Transportation to pay nearly $4 million to the family of a film crew member killed on a railroad trestle in 2014 during the shooting of a biopic about Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was run over by a CSX freight train and killed during the first day of filming “Midnight Rider” on Feb. 20, 2014. The crew was on a railroad trestle in Southeastern Georgia filming a scene with actor William Hurt, who was cast to play Mr. Allman, when a CSX train barreled through ... Read More

Work injury, amputation results in $17M verdict

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A Riverside, California, man whose work-related injuries led to multiple surgeries and an eventual leg amputation was awarded $17 million by a Riverside Superior Court jury. Steven Meier, 62, a former security guard for Securitas Security Services, was patrolling a PennySaver USA facility in Mira Loma, California, when a forklift backed into him and ran him over in October 2013. The forklift crushed Mr. Meier’s leg and dragged him several feet, tearing the skin from his leg below the knee.  Another forklift was used to get the first forklift off of him. Mr. Meier had to undergo 11 surgeries over ... Read More

Medicare Advantage whistleblower suit recovers $32.5M

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Medicare Advantage plan providers Freedom Health, Optimum Healthcare, and their affiliates agreed to pay the U.S. government and State of Florida a combined $32.5 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that alleged the companies exaggerated patient diagnosis codes and overstated the resources it had available to patients. The whistleblower lawsuit was filed in federal court in Tampa in 2009 by Dr. Darren Sewell, who worked for Freedom and Optimum for five years, most recently as a vice president. Dr. Sewell alleged that the companies violated the False Claims Act by submitting false information to Medicare about their members’ medical conditions ... Read More

GM Ignition Switch Bellwether Trial Begins

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A fourth bellwether trial that will help determine the course of litigation for hundreds of lawsuits seeking damages from General Motors (GM) allegedly caused by defective ignition switches opened Monday, July 10, in New York. In the newest trial, plaintiff Dennis Ward claims the ignition defect that GM concealed for years caused his Chevrolet HHR to crash in Tucson, Arizona. He alleges the March 2014 crash left him with a permanent leg injury. According to the New York Law Journal, Mr. Ward claims in court documents that he was traveling on South Kolb Rd. in Tucson when he noticed a ... Read More

Physiomesh MDL established in Atlanta


Nearly 70 lawsuits against Ethicon over its Physiomesh hernia repair mesh device have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Atlanta, Georgia. Ethicon is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated the lawsuits in the Northern District of Georgia before Judge Richard W. Story. Mass Tort Nexus reports that the consolidation has centralized the actions pending throughout 36 various district courts, with dozens of lawyers scattered among them. Although each case is unique, the complaints shared common elements of device failure such as herniation through the mesh itself, recurrent hernia formation and hernia rupture, ... Read More

Taxotere Plaintiffs call for Sanofi sanctions

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The National Law Journal reports that plaintiffs’ attorneys in the federal Taxotere multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Louisiana, which as of May 15 included more than 1,000 lawsuits, filed a motion on May 30 saying that Sanofi should be sanctioned for a motion it filed in April. Sanctions are penalties or other means of enforcement imposed by judges for violation of a court rule, meant to provide incentives for obedience with the law and to maintain both order and fairness in court. Sanofi attorneys asked a federal judge to look into possible third-party funding of the litigation, which accuses the company ... Read More

Will FDA budget cuts affect talc-ovarian cancer research?

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In the recent talc-ovarian cancer trials, one of Johnson and Johnson’s primary defenses has been to cite that a number of health and safety regulatory agencies have not labeled talc as a carcinogen. As we have reported previously on Righting Injustice, in court J&J’s lawyers claim that these “watchdogs” have already “intensively analyzed whether talc causes cancer” and stand firmly on the side of the safety of talc, but this is misleading. One of the regulatory agencies always included in Johnson and Johnson’s list is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which in fact last year awarded an Office of ... Read More

Colorado Family Sues Over Natural Gas Explosion that Killed Neighbors


A family who lives next door to a Firestone, Colorado, house that exploded because of an uncapped underground natural gas pipeline filed a lawsuit May 15, seeking damages from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and other companies they allege are responsible for the fatal incident. On April 17, brothers-in-law Mark Martinez and Joey Irwin were working on a water heater in the basement of the Martinez home when an accumulation of gas that had seeped into the home from a nearby well ignited. The ensuing explosion killed both Mr. Martinez and Mr. Irwin. Erin Martinez, Mark Martinez’s wife and child survived with ... Read More

Alleged Monsanto Roundup Cancer Victim Shares Plight With CNN

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After years of spraying Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on her coffee farm in Hawaii, Christine Sheppard developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Now, as a stage IV cancer patient, she is one of more than 800 other cancer patients who are pursuing legal action against the agrochemical giant, alleging Roundup caused their cancer. Ms. Sheppard, 67, told CNN that she learned of her cancer after her right leg “swelled up enormously.” An ultrasound found that her body was full of late-stage, large-cell cancer. She is undergoing chemotherapy, which has diminished her mobility and quality of life. Beyond her constant pain, she is experiencing “a ... Read More