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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

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

Wells Fargo Says Unauthorized Accounts Scandal May Be Much Larger

Wells Fargo warned in an Aug. 4 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it expects to find a “significant increase” in the number of unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts it opened for customers. “We expect that our review of the expanded time periods … may lead to a significant increase in the identified number of potentially unauthorized accounts,” Wells Fargo said in its SEC filing, according to CNBC. The bank added it does “not expect any incremental customer remediation costs as a result of these efforts to have a significant financial impact on the Company.” That ... Read More

Church Bus Crash Victims To Share $2 Million Settlement

The insurer for a South Carolina church has agreed to pay $2 million to the victims of a September 2016 bus crash that killed four passengers and injured dozens of others, most of them members of a community college football program. Southern Mutual Church Insurance Company agreed to pay the full amount of the insurance policy held by Sandy River Baptist Church of Chester, South Carolina. The payout includes $1 million for liability claims and $1 million for under-insured motorist claims, The (Charlotte, North Carolina) Herald reports. The Sandy River Baptist Church bus was transporting about two dozen football players from Clinton ... Read More

Multiple Attempts to Retrieve Temporary IVC Filter Fail

A lawsuit has been filed against the manufacturer of a temporary IVC filter when multiple attempts to retrieve it failed. Jon F. from Oklahoma was implanted with an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter on Aug. 5, 2014, according to the Daily Hornet. Dr. Cordell L. Privat at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa performed the minor surgery to help prevent a pulmonary embolism (PE) from occurring. IVC filters are devices resembling a spider that are inserted into the vena cava, the largest vein in the body. They are intended to catch blood clots before they can travel to the heart or ... Read More

Monsanto Documents Elevate Roundup Safety concerns

Monsanto executives engaged in deceitful practices to boost the reputation of the company’s blockbuster weed killer Roundup in the media as it debated the safety of the product behind closed doors, company emails and other court documents released in ongoing litigation suggest. According to The New York Times, the documents are part of a case in federal court in San Francisco. Plaintiffs lawyers who released the documents say that Monsanto failed to file a motion that would have continued to keep the records under seal. “Now the world gets to see these documents that would otherwise remain secret,” one of ... Read More

Corrosion Linked To Deadly Ohio State Fair Ride Catastrophe

The ride was the Fire Ball, a spinning, swinging pendulum at the Ohio State Fair. It fell apart on July 26, tossing an entire car of people, The family of Tyler Jarrell is making plans with lawyers to file a wrongful death lawsuit. “Everyone who knew Tyler is grief-stricken and in shock,” Amber Duffield, Tyler's mother, said. "We just need to know how and why this happened, and whether it could have been avoided. We hope our demand for real answers will save others from being hurt or killed because of bad or dangerous amusement park rides.” ... Read More

Wells Fargo Pays $108 Million For Allegedly Defrauding Veterans

Wells Fargo & Co. has agreed to pay $108 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging the bank hit veterans with unauthorized fees on mortgage refinance loans and then hid those fees from the government when it applied for federal loan guarantees. The settlement brings to a close a protracted dispute brought by whistleblowers Victor Bibby and Brian Donnelly, both Georgia mortgage brokers, who sued the bank on behalf of the U.S. government in 2006 under the False Claims Act. The lawsuit remained under seal until 2011, when federal prosecutors declined to intervene in the case. Mr. Bibby and Mr. ... Read More