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Los Angeles attorney questions drug’s use in nursing homes

Avanir Pharmaceuticals is now the subject of a Los Angeles City investigation to determine whether the drug company broke state or federal laws in aggressively marketing its medication Nuedexta to nursing home residents for whom the drug may be unnecessary and potentially harmful. CNN reported that Avanir may have inappropriately and possibly fraudulently marketed Nuedexta, even paying tens of thousands of dollars in kickbacks to doctors to help push the drug. “Those to whom this medication is being administered are as vulnerable as anyone can be. They rely on other people to make decisions for them,” said LA City Attorney ... Read More

Stars Gather to Celebrate Life of Anton Yelchin

Several celebrities gathered in a Hollywood Cemetery Sunday to celebrate the life of Anton Yelchin, the 27-year-old actor of Star Trek fame whose life was cut short in a rollaway accident involving his Jeep Grand Cherokee. The “Life Celebration” service brought together a spectrum of Hollywood stars who knew the actor professionally and personally, including Jennifer Lawrence, J.J. Abrams, Emile Hirsch, Jon Voight, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, and many others who worked with Mr. Yelchin during his 15-year film and television career. Mr. Yelchin’s parents, who immigrated to California from Russia when Anton was a child, were also in attendance ... Read More

Phillips 66 Drops Controversial California Oil Train Expansion Plan

Phillips 66 has agreed to drop its lawsuit challenging the California county of San Louis Obispo’s denial of a proposed oil train terminal the energy corporation wanted to build in the coastal town of Nipomo. Phillips 66 started pushing its Rail Spur Project in 2013, hoping to build the terminal in Nipomo that would have required oil trains to haul more than 7 million gallons of crude oil per week through California. Much of the oil train’s haul would have included tar sands crude, a highly viscous form of oil that oil companies treat with a multitude of toxic chemicals ... Read More

U.S. Claims Seafood Producer A Threat to Public Health

Federal authorities are taking legal action against a Los Angeles smoked fish and seafood manufacturer in an effort to prevent adulterated and potentially harmfully foods from entering the market. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said it filed a civil action against Michel Cordon Bleu Inc. and its owner Michel G. Blanchet, a French-trained chef, who prepare, pack, store, and distribute vacuum-packed, ready-to-eat smoked fish and shellfish. The government’s action mainly centers on the company’s failure to conduct a required hazard analysis to detect the presence of Listeria monocytogenes and Clostridium botulinum toxin formation in their vacuum-packed fish or fishery products. ... Read More

Purdue must face Washington city’s opioid lawsuit

Purdue Pharma, maker of the highly dependent opioid painkiller OxyContin, must face a lawsuit waged by the City of Everett, Washington, alleging the drug maker supplied the drug to “obviously suspicious” doctors and pharmacies, further exacerbating the country’s growing opioid epidemic, Law360 reports. Everett, a city near Seattle with a population of about 130,000, claimed Purdue failed to protect it from the spread of prescription opioids, putting the city at risk for drug trafficking by street gangs. Purdue had asked a Washington federal judge to dismiss the city’s complaint based on several reasons such as there being no direct link ... Read More

Lender To Pay Service Members For Wrongfully Repossessed Vehicles

A Los Angeles-based consumer auto financing company has agreed to pay nearly $800,000 to resolve allegations that the companies violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) by wrongfully repossessing SCRA-protected vehicles belonging to service members without obtaining the required court orders. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Westlake Services LLC and its subsidiary, Wilshire Consumer Capital LLC, agreed to pay the U.S. $760,788, which will provide relief to 70 service members who had their vehicles repossessed by Westlake. Westlake, which does business as Westlake Financial Services, specializes in purchasing and servicing subprime and near-subprime retail installment sales contracts. Wilshire, ... Read More

Toyota Hopes To Speed Takata Airbag Repairs With New Ad Campaign

In an ongoing push to raise awareness about the Takata airbag inflator recall, Toyota is launching a new ad campaign in Los Angeles and two other markets it considers a priority. The campaign, dubbed “In about an hour,” urges drivers to take an hour out of their day to get their Takata airbag repaired. Takata’s immense airbag recall – the largest automotive recall in U.S. history – affects more than 40 million vehicles made by 19 manufacturers. These vehicles are scattered throughout the country, but Toyota is focusing its marketing in Los Angeles first because the area’s hot, humid climate poses ... Read More

Air France Flight Diverts To Canada After Engine Explosion

An Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing in Labrador, Canada, Saturday, Sept. 30 after one of its engines exploded west of Greenland. Some of the passengers described hearing a sudden loud boom aboard the Airbus A380 plane followed by several minutes of vibrating and shaking that caused panic among many of the 496 passengers. BBC News reported that David Rehmar, a former aircraft mechanic who was on the flight, said that based on his experience the incident was caused by a failure of the stage-one fan, the exterior fan blades on ... Read More

Residents Near Battery Plant Demand State-Funded Cleanup

The residents living near a former battery plant in Los Angeles, California are reaching out to the state demanding help for the cleanup of toxins. According to CBSNews.com, within a 1.5-mile radius of the old Exide battery plant, nearly 10,000 homes are confirmed to have contaminated soil from the plant’s pollution. Cleanup crews have already been working for a year to clear up some of the lead, arsenic and benzene, but the funding is quickly running out. Benzene is a known carcinogen linked to life-threatening diseases such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), lymphomas and aplastic anemia. For Maria Ortega, ... Read More

Pollution from Lawn Equipment Considered Heath Concern

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared lawn equipment to be a health hazard due to the high level of pollution emitted while in use. According to the EPA, toxic emissions in 2016 from small engines such as mowers and blowers were 81 percent as high as the emissions from standard sedans. By 2020, it’s likely that small engines will contribute more to the smog issue than cars, particularly in the Los Angeles area. Recorder.com tells the story of Fredi Dubon, who quit his job to save his health after working five years for a landscaping crew. Sometimes the workday dragged on ... Read More