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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

Gulf Rebounds 8 Years After BP Oil Spill, But Threats Persist

BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill was an unprecedented disaster for the Gulf of Mexico, but eight years after the runaway spill was capped, many scientists monitoring the Gulf are cautiously optimistic that the worst of it has passed. Considered by some researchers to be the biggest ecological disaster in history, BP’s oil spill started when the Macondo well a mile beneath the Deepwater Horizon blasted nearly 5 million barrels of oil (about 210 million gallons) into the Gulf. Water currents mainly carried it north and east, depositing millions of gallons on the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. While ... Read More

Whistleblower Key in Mississippi Hospital’s $1.1 Million Medicare Fraud Settlement

A Mississippi public hospital has agreed to pay the U.S. more than $1.1 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging it unlawfully billed Medicare for services patients didn’t need. Grenada Lakes Medical Center, which is operated by the University of Mississippi Medical Center, agreed to settle the government’s False Claims Act allegations accusing the hospital of falsely billing Medicare for medically unnecessary and unreasonable psychotherapy services it provided to beneficiaries of the government health care program. According to the U.S. Justice Department, starting in January 2005 and continuing until April 2013, the Grenada Lakes Medical Center submitted claims for intensive ... Read More

Shell agrees to clean up dangerous chemicals from LA plant

Shell Chemical LP agreed to eliminate more than 150 tons of excess emissions of harmful air pollutants including the carcinogenic chemical benzene from its chemical plant in Norco, Louisiana, in St. Charles Parish, as part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ). Shell was accused of violations of the Clean Air Act and state law for failing to properly operate industrial flares at the plant. The company also agreed to pay $350,000 in civil penalties, including $87,500 to LDEQ. The settlement in the form of a consent decree requires Shell ... Read More

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak sickens 100

Boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal tainted with Salmonella are still being sold in some stores despite being recalled last month by the company, increasing the number of people who have fallen ill after eating the sweetened puffed wheat cereal to 100 in 33 states, 30 of whom have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date. Kellogg Company agreed to recall affected boxes of Honey Smacks in June after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners. The products had been distributed across the United States including Guam ... Read More

73 people infected with Salmonella after eating Honey Smacks cereal

At least 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill from Salmonella infections and health authorities say the likely culprit is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal. As a result, the Kellogg Company has recalled the cereal, which was distributed throughout the United States as well as Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. Consumers are urged not to eat any of the recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products include Honey Smacks 15.3 oz boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019, and ... Read More

Unattended Boy Dies In Hot Car After Grandmother Passes Out

The death of a 1-year-old South Carolina boy trapped inside a hot car underscores the importance of never leaving a child alone in a sealed car, even for a moment. Greenville, South Carolina’s WHNS reported that Crista McElhannon said her son Joe “Jojo” Lockaby was at his grandmother’s house for a sleepover May 31 when he took a short nap but woke up irritable. The grandmother loaded Jojo up in the car. Her plan was to take her grandson to McDonald’s for a Happy Meal – something that the two of them often enjoyed doing. But once Jojo was secured ... Read More

Woman joins lawsuit over permanent baldness with Taxotere

Connie Shatswell knew in 2010 when she took chemotherapy to treat her breast cancer that she would temporarily lose her thick, brown hair. She assumed her hair would grow back once her treatment ended. But she never guessed that she’d wind up permanently bald. No one could explain why Connie’s hair never grew back. It wasn’t until she saw a social media post blaming Taxotere chemotherapy as a possible culprit that she realized it was likely the cause. Connie dug deeper and discovered that five years before she took Taxotere, its manufacturer Sanofi-Aventos conducted a study and found that about ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover $1.7 Million in Bogus Medicare Claims

A whistleblower has helped the U.S. recover more than $1.7 million from Allegiance Health Management, Inc., a Shreveport, Louisiana-based hospital owner and manager, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week. Ryan Ladner, a former employee of an Allegiance-owned hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, filed suit on behalf of the U.S. government, alleging the company submitted and caused other hospitals to submit False Claims to Medicare for services that were “not medically reasonable or necessary,” federal officials said. Mr. Ladner filed the complaint under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, a longstanding federal law that allows private parties to ... Read More

Tennessee man files Xarelto lawsuit

A Tennessee man is suing the makers of the blood thinner Xarelto alleging the companies filed to warn that the medication could cause serious and life-threatening bleeding events. John Lovier claims that he suffered a gastrointestinal bleed in June 2016 after being treated with Xarelto, which not only caused him physical pain, but left him with medical, hospital and surgical expenses. He filed his lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and is seeking compensation from Janssen Research & Development LLC, Janssen Ortho LLC, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Bayer Healthcare LLC, Bayer Healthcare ... Read More