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IberiaBank Whistleblowers Recover $11.7 Million For Taxpayers

A whistleblower lawsuit accusing IberiaBank of wrongfully certifying mortgage loans for federal insurance has led to an $11.7 million settlement, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced. According to the Justice Department, two former IberiaBank employees, Kelley Shackleford and Karen Mills, filed the whistleblower complaint on behalf of the U.S. government under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA). Both women formerly worked for IberiaBank in Little Rock, Arkansas. The whistleblower complaint alleged that the Lafayette, Louisiana-headquartered bank committed mortgage fraud by knowingly originating and underwriting federally insured mortgage loans that did not meet regulatory requirements. The agreement makes ... Read More

Taxotere MDL maintains rapid growth, lawsuits over permanent hair loss

This summer we reported that the Taxotere federal multidistrict litigation had grown from 33 lawsuits to more than 1,000 in just a little more than seven months. Now six months later, the litigation has continued to see dramatic increase. More than another 1,000 suits have been added to the MDL, with a total of 2,304 claims as of Nov. 15, 2017, according to the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. MDL -2740 Taxotere (Docetaxel) Products Liability Litigation under U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt was established in the Eastern District of Louisiana in October of last year. The federal ... Read More

FMCSA: Tennessee Truck Driver A Deadly Threat To Other Motorists

Federal authorities have declared a Tennessee commercial truck driver to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered him to stop operating any commercial motor vehicle after he caused a deadly accident and left the scene. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that Earnest Paul Biddwell, who holds a commercial driver’s license from Tennessee, was operating a large commercial truck on Tennessee State Route 305 in McMinn County in August when the gooseneck trailer hitched to his truck came loose and separated. When the gooseneck trailer, a long flatbed trailer that can support other structures, detached from ... Read More

3 Crew Dead After Medical Helicopter Crash in Arkansas

Three crew members were killed when their medical helicopter crashed Sunday night in DeWitt, Arkansas, approximately 60 miles southeast of Little Rock, the Associated Press reported. A post-crash fire engulfed the helicopter in flames, preventing first responders from approaching the crash site when they arrived. The Bell 407 helicopter, known as Pafford AIR ONE, was owned and operated by Pafford EMS and Air Methods. Pafford EMS confirmed no patients were on board at the time of the crash, but that the aircraft was flying from Pine Bluff to pick up a patient in West Helena. The three crew members who ... Read More

CPSC Issues Another LayZ Board Hoverboard Warning, Multiple Recalls

A second house fire caused by a LayZ Board hoverboard has triggered another warning from federal authorities urging consumers to stop using that brand of self-balancing mobile device immediately. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued its latest warning about LayZ Board hoverboards Tuesday, Nov. 14, along with seven safety recalls for other hoverboards, all of which contain rechargeable lithium batteries that pose the threat of overheating, exploding, and starting fires. The CPSC issued its first warning about fire and explosion risks posed by LayZ Board hoverboards on May 1, after one of the hoverboards started a fire in ... Read More

New study confirms heartburn drugs linked to progression of kidney disease

Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, used to treat heartburn, acid reflux and ulcers, are some of the most prescribed drugs in the world. PPIs are sold under name brands such as Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec, by prescription and over the counter, and they are taken by more than 20 million Americans in any given year. “PPIs have been regarded as generally safe and without serious adverse effects. However, this perspective is changing,” said Danish scientists earlier this year when they published a study linking the drugs to an increased risk for serious foodborne infection, listeriosis. The drugs have been linked ... Read More

Hernia Mesh Blamed for Injuries and Excruciating Pain

Physiomesh, made by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, isn’t the only hernia mesh currently under fire for its allegedly defective design. The Ventralex ST Mesh, made by C.R. Bard and Davol, Inc., is getting its fair share of criticism, with similar claims of pain and infection as its sister product, Physiomesh. Richard Stipelcovich of Orleans Parish, Louisiana, was implanted with a Ventralex ST Mesh to treat an incarcerated umbilical hernia on Oct. 4, 2016, at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. The surgeon was Dr. James E. Brown, who trusted Bard’s product to be as safe as it claimed to be. Following the placement ... Read More

Produce packer’s recall spurs chain reaction of recalls

Dozens of vegetable products are being pulled from grocery store shelves across the country after California-based Mann Packing announced it was recalling several of its products due to concerns that the vegetables had been contaminated with listeria, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with compromised immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. Mann Packaging’s recall spurred a chain of recalls from other companies who carry or use Mann Packaging’s produce products. Meijer, a Midwestern chain similar to Walmart, recalled nearly 20 different ... Read More

Jambalaya suspected of sickening 150+ after Louisiana event

A softball fundraiser in a small Louisiana town went sorely wrong when the jambalaya served up by one vendor was linked to 158 illnesses, to date. At least 40 people had to go to the hospital as a result of their illness. A 56-year-old woman who ate the suspect jambalaya died. An autopsy was conducted to determine whether the cause was from foodborne illness. Results are pending. Health officials fear that the number of people sickened could climb in the days to come, and is urging those who ate the popular Louisiana dish at the festival to call the Louisiana ... Read More

Jambalaya suspected of sickening dozens in Louisiana parish

Louisiana health authorities believe an outbreak of at least 49 salmonella poisonings and possibly one death may be linked to jambalaya sold Oct. 16 at a fundraiser in Caldwell Parish in northern Louisiana. Health officials say they anticipate more reports of illnesses to surface in the days ahead. Jambalaya, a stew-like Louisiana dish often made with chicken, sausage, seafood, vegetables and rice, is a Louisiana staple. The suspect jambalaya was served to at least 300 people. An autopsy is being performed to determine whether the death was caused by salmonella or other causes. Health authorities are advising anyone who has ... Read More