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Refinery to pay nearly $11 million to settle Clean Air Act violations

Wood River Refinery in Roxana, Illinois, will spend just shy of $11 million to settle a federal lawsuit accusing the company of violating the Clean Air Act by emitting an excessive amount of dangerous chemicals. The lawsuit was brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Justice, and the Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Wood River Refinery, located on the Mississippi River about 15 miles northeast of St. Louis, is owned by Phillips 66 and Cenovus Energy and is operated by WRB Refining LP. In 2009, the refinery made operation changes that resulted in more than a dozen ... Read More

Former NOLA councilman sues local government for asbestos exposure

Former Louisiana Jefferson Parish Councilman Jimmy Lawson is suing the local government, the Jefferson School Board and dozens of other entities over claims that he was exposed to toxic asbestos, which contributed to his recent mesothelioma diagnosis. He claims he repeatedly encountered the carcinogenic mineral decades ago while working at New Orleans school properties in the 1960s, in local government offices, and at the Avondale Shipyard, where he was briefly employed in the late 1960s. Other companies named in the lawsuit include insurers, equipment manufacturers, and corporations like Huntington Ingalls and Union Pacific Railroad. Lawson, 71, served on the Jefferson ... 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

CSX hit with several lawsuits over workplace hazards

CSX Transportation Inc., has been hit with a deluge of cancer-related lawsuits in the past year by employees who worked for the company as far back as early as 1969 through the 2000s. The latest lawsuit, filed by family members of a former CSX electrician, claims the company was negligent by failing to provide the worker with a respirator while working on and around trains. As a result, the electrician was exposed to dangerous chemicals that contributed to the development of his stomach cancer, the lawsuit claims. The family is suing for “loss of future benefits including a loss of ... Read More

Insurance companies fret J&J’s multibillion-dollar verdict in talc case

The $4.69 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson over claims that its talcum powder products contain asbestos and caused women to develop ovarian cancer has the insurance industry in a tizzy wondering how much of the cost insurance companies will have to shoulder. “The J&J news prompted us to revisit this topic,” Buckingham Research Group analyst Amit Kumar told Reuters. He brought up the issue during W.R. Berkley Corp’s recent call. “I wanted to get a sense as to whether this is going to turn into a bigger deal and catch us by surprise.” Since the verdict, analysts have tapped talc ... Read More

J&J profits grow despite multibillion-dollar talc verdict

A St. Louis jury hit Johnson & Johnson with a $4.69 billion verdict after finding that the company knew its talcum powder products contained asbestos that contributed to ovarian cancer in the 22 women who filed the complaint. But the company will hardly feel the financial blow. Last week, J&J announced sales of $20.8 billion for the second quarter of 2018 – a 10.6 percent increase compared to the second quarter f 2017. And yes, that’s a quarter of sales. Just one-fourth of the year. “Our strong second-quarter results reflect double-digit growth in our Pharmaceutical business and the accelerating sales momentum ... Read More

Listeria Threat Persists at NYC Food Processing Facility, Feds Say

In an effort to eliminate the threat of Listeria monocytogenes and other serious foodborne pathogens from a Staten Island food manufacturing and distribution facility, a federal court in Brooklyn has entered a permanent injunction against the affiliated companies and their owners. The court action stems from a complaint filed in May by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) against Euroline Foods LLC and Royal Seafood Baza Inc. Together, the companies make and distribute ready-to-eat fish products, vegetable salads, and cheese in a Staten Island plant that federal authorities said is chronically ... Read More

Woman fights to reinstate $417 million jury award in talc case

Elisha Echeverria, overseeing the estate of her deceased mother Eva Echeverria, who won a $417 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson in August over claims that its talcum powder products caused ovarian cancer, appealed to a California judge to rethink his decision to toss the award arguing that there was sufficient evidence to support the jury’s findings. Eva Echeverria and six other women filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson in Los Angeles Superior Court in July 2016, arguing that regular genital use of J&J talcum powders, like Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, for feminine hygiene were ... Read More

Whistleblowers Help Recover $10 Million From Alabama, Florida Nursing homes

Two management consulting companies and nine affiliated Alabama and Florida nursing homes will pay $10 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by a whistleblower who accused the defendants of scheming to provide patients with unnecessary therapy and then billing Medicare for the unneeded services. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Southern SNF Management, Inc., Rehab Services in Motion (doing business as Dynamic Rehab) and the nursing homes instituted corporate policies and practices that encouraged the nursing facilities to provide patients with “medically unreasonable and unnecessary therapy without regard for patients’ individual clinical needs.” The defendants then ... Read More

1.6 billion opioid pills distributed in Missouri fueled opioid crisis

Pharmaceutical companies and distributors shipped 1.6 billion opioids into Missouri – enough to give each resident 260 doses of the highly addictive painkillers over a six-year period, Sen. Claire McCaskill announced. McCaskill is investigating the extent of the opioid epidemic in her home state, and had requested opioid data from 2012 to 2017 from drug distributors McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health, as well as opioid makers Allergan, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., Mallinckrodt PLC and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. All companies agreed to cooperate with McCaskill’s request except Teva, and Allergan, after months of delay, provided only limited data. “The opioid crisis ... Read More