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Duck Boat Operators Trying to Ward off Lawsuits with 1800s Law

The two companies defending themselves in litigation over the tragic duck boat accident in Branson, Missouri, that killed 17 people in July invoked a maritime law from the 1800s in their argument that they owe no money to victims’ families. The duck boat operators, Ripley Entertainment and Branson Duck Vehicles, filed a lawsuit in federal court on Monday seeking to use the Limitation of Liability Act of 1851 as a shield against more than two dozen lawsuits. The lawsuits were filed by family members of the 17 people aboard the duck boat that sank July 19. There were 31 people ... Read More

U.S. Intervenes in Three Whistleblower Cases Against Navy Contractor

U.S. authorities have intervened in three whistleblower cases filed against Tetra Tech EC Inc. alleging that the engineering and consulting firm submitted false claims to the U.S. government in connection with its role in testing for radiation at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco. According to the U.S. Justice Department, the U.S. Navy awarded contracts to Tetra Tech to test parcels of land at the shipyard for radiation and to remediate any areas where the company found the radiation levels to be excessive. The three whistleblower lawsuits alleged that Tetra Tech misrepresented the source of soil samples it submitted ... Read More

Workplace Sexual Harassment Triggers Google Employees’ Protest

On Thursday, Google employees from around the world walked off the job briefly to protest the company’s alleged mishandling of sexual misconduct claims against some of its executives. The walkout was the latest protest by employees expressing frustration over the treatment of women in the workplace, specifically sexual harassment, and efforts to cover up rather than address bad behavior. Approximately 1,000 Google workers protested in San Francisco and thousands more showed up at Google’s Mountain View, California, headquarters, according to the Associated Press. Protests were also held in Tokyo, Singapore, London, New York and Seattle as engineers and other workers ... Read More

J&J agrees to settle many Invokana side effects lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to settle a large number of lawsuits pending in a multidistrict litigation in New Jersey accusing the company’s diabetes drug Invokana of causing kidney failure, diabetic ketoacidosis or amputations, according to the New Jersey Law Journal. A settlement fund is expected to be ruled on by Nov. 19. It’s unclear how many of the more than 1,000 cases are included in the settlement, but attorneys say more settlements are likely. Bellwethers from the multidistrict litigation were set to go to trial as early as January 2019, but those orders were ... Read More

Whistleblowers Help U.S. Recover $3.8 Million From Vascular Care Company

Two whistleblowers who alleged that a Philadelphia-based vascular health company and several of its subsidiaries were cheating Medicare and engaging in illegal kickback schemes have helped the U.S. recover more than $3.8 million. The whistleblowers filed separate lawsuits alleging Vascular Access Centers LP and 23 of its subsidiary companies violated the federal False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute, both of which are intended to protect U.S. taxpayer money from being squandered and misspent. The U.S. Department of Justice investigated the whistleblowers’ claims and chose to intervene, thereby taking over their litigation. ‘ According to the Justice Department, Vascular Access Centers ... Read More

Smokers, workers exposed to asbestos from Kent-brand cigarettes

In the 1950s, the Lorillard Tobacco Co., advertised in the former New York Daily News that its Kent-brand cigarettes were the safest smokes in town with an exclusive micronite filter that removed seven times more nicotine and tars than any other leading cigarette filter. The filters were so pure they were ideal for sensitive smokers, the company claimed. The company even encouraged consumers to try them for a week or two to give them “time enough to allow your taste to adjust to so much less irritants in the smoke.” What the company didn’t tell consumers is that its exclusive ... Read More

Workers, women seek compensation for asbestos-related cancer

The initial reaction to a cancer diagnosis is often shock and disbelief, and it’s not uncommon for patients to try to understand why their cancer developed in the first place, according to the consumer publication CURE (Cancer Updates, Research & Education). Ovarian cancer and mesothelioma victims often find out too late that they were exposed to the carcinogenic mineral asbestos either at the workplace or from using talcum powder products. Ovarian cancer is the most deadly form of cancer of the female reproductive organs. Studies suggest using talcum powder products on the genitals for feminine hygiene could put women at ... Read More

Judge Finds Amazon Not Liable For Hoverboard House Fire

A Georgia man who was severely burned and lost his home to a fire triggered by a Chinese-made hoverboard had his lawsuit against Amazon and several other companies dismissed by a federal judge, who said the plaintiff failed to provide sufficient evidence that Amazon knew the device it sold was unsafe. Chief Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. of the Northern District of Georgia responded favorably to Amazon’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit – a decision that lawyers for plaintiff Irvin Love Jr. said came before any factual discovery could be conducted into what and when Amazon knew about the defective hoverboard ... Read More

Monsanto Trial Jurors Petition Judge To Preserve $289 Million Jury Verdict

Monsanto has asked San Francisco Superior Court judge Suzanne Bolanos to overturn a $289 million jury verdict awarded to a California man who claims glyphosate herbicides caused his terminal cancer, prompting some of the jurors to petition the court to preserve the verdict. In seeking to reverse the verdict, Monsanto argues lawyers for plaintiff Dewayne Johnson used “legal theatrics” to emotionally manipulate the jury with inflammatory remarks and influence its decision. Judge Bolanos issued a tentative written ruling Oct. 10 indicating that she would overturn the $250 million in punitive damages the jurors awarded Mr. Johnson and reduce the $33 ... Read More

San Diego city employees exposed to asbestos, lawsuit claims

Hundreds of San Diego city employees remained in leased office space during building renovations and were exposed to cancer-causing asbestos because city officials did not want to risk being fined for breaking the lease, according to a lawsuit filed by a city employee. The lawsuit was filed by Bryan Monaghan, a city building inspector. As many as 550 may eventually join the litigation. According to the claim, beginning in January 2016, the city began moving employees from the planning department, auditor’s office, homeland security, information technology and other departments into the leased building. In July 2017, the Air Pollution Control ... Read More