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Texas man files lawsuit after getting sick from romaine lettuce

The first Texas lawsuit has emerged related to the romaine lettuce scare that has sickened dozens of people in 12 states due to E. coli contamination, according to the Southeast Texas Record. Brazos County resident Joe Stratta filed a lawsuit against Beef O’Brady’s Inc., and FSC Franchise Co. LLC, on Nov. 26, in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, alleging the companies manufactured and sold contaminated romaine lettuce. Stratta ate the lettuce in a Caesar salad at a Beef O’Brady’s restaurant in Crestview, Florida. Four days later, he allegedly fell ill with symptoms including “watery diarrhea and ... Read More

Romaine Growers To Implement New Labeling in Wake of Outbreak

The latest multistate outbreak of E. coli illnesses linked to romaine lettuce has prompted U.S. officials to announce new measures growers have agreed to take that will make future recalls more targeted and efficient. Two days before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised the public to avoid the consumption of all romaine lettuce and other products containing romaine lettuce, despite the source. The sweeping recall was necessary, health officials said, because at the time they lacked the information to accurately trace infections back to a specific source. Since the CDC’s original announcement, the outbreak has ... Read More

Bodies Recovered From Helicopter Crash in Alabama Lake

The pilot of a Columbus, Georgia law enforcement helicopter that crashed into an Alabama lake Friday, Nov. 16 was identified as David Hall, a recently retired Columbus Police Department officer and part-time reserve pilot. Mr. Hall, 53, and an unidentified passenger, were killed when the Columbus Metro Narcotics Task Force helicopter they were flying in crashed in Lake Mitchell, a section of the Coosa River in Chilton County, Alabama. Authorities said Mr. Hall and the passenger were on their way to Clanton, Alabama, from Columbus, to swap the Bell OH-58 helicopter for another helicopter that had already undergone routine maintenance ... Read More

Avoid All Romaine Lettuce, CDC Says As E. Coli Outbreak Widens

U.S. health officials are warning people to steer clear of romaine lettuce, which they say has caused an ongoing outbreak of E. coli responsible for 32 confirmed illnesses across the country, including 13 hospitalizations, and an additional 18 people in Canada. Although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health officials have traced the illnesses to romaine lettuce, they have not yet identified the exact source of the E. coli contamination. “It’s still early in this investigation and work remains to pinpoint the source of contamination that contributed to this outbreak,” U.S. Food and Drug Administration ... Read More

Goshen residents file lawsuit over building demolition

A group of 56 Goshen, Indiana, residents have filed a lawsuit against Johnson Controls alleging the demolition of its facility in the town exposed them and their properties to cancer-causing asbestos, and that tons of asbestos-contaminated debris was illegally buried in a farm just east of town. The lawsuit was filed last month in Elkhart County Circuit Court in Indiana, and names Johnson Controls Inc., (JCI) and TOCON Holdins LLC., which bought the building from Johnson Controls in 2007. First Federal Savings Bank (FFSB) of Huntington is also named as a defendant in the case because it holds the mortgage ... Read More

Panda Express Worker Suffers Burn Injuries in Kitchen Explosion

A worker suffered burn injuries in a suspected gas explosion in the kitchen of a Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Panda Express restaurant Nov. 5. Hawaii Fire Department Battalion Chief John Whitman told West Hawaii Today that the injured worker was taken to Kona Community Hospital for treatment of her burn injuries. A second person was also injured in the explosion, but the nature and extent of the injuries is unclear. The injured Panda Express worker told responders that she smelled gas after a rice cooker dropped on the floor in the kitchen area of the restaurant. When she bent down to pick ... Read More

German Shipping Co Pays $3.2 Million Criminal Fine for Oil Dumping

A German shipping company must pay a $3.2 million criminal fine to resolve charges stemming from its deliberate dumping of oil waste in U.S. waters and maintaining false records, a federal judge in Maine decided. MST Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition und Transport GmbH pleaded guilty to charges of obstruction of justice and for maintaining false official records to conceal the deliberate pollution from one of its ships, the M/V Marguerita, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Nov. 2 announcement stated. Federal prosecutors said the German shipping company violated the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and obstructed justice with its falsified log ... Read More

Georgia Corrections Officer Wins Whistleblower Retaliation Case

A former Valdosta State Prison Corrections Captain who filed a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections persuaded a jury that he was wrongfully fired for complaining about orders he claimed were illegal and dangerous. Captain Sherman Maine objected to orders that he provide an inmate working undercover with a cellphone as part of a sting operation Corrections was conducting to identify corrupt guards. According to the Daily Report, the scheme nearly got the informer killed in January 2012 when new prisoners transferred to Valdosta State Prison recognized him from his role in a similar operation at another ... Read More

Fryer Explosion in Maine Restaurant Leaves Workers With Burn Injuries

Two workers suffered serious burn injuries when a propane-powered deep fryer exploded in the kitchen of a popular southern Maine restaurant Oct. 11. The accident occurred just before 11 a.m. in the kitchen of Rick’s All Seasons Restaurant in York, Maine, when the fryolator suddenly burst into “a ball of fire,” according to Seacoast Online. A sprinkler system quickly put out the fire, but the explosion and hot oil left employees BreeAnne McDowell and Marianne Porter with serious burn injuries. According to Seacoast Online and the Bangor Daily News, York Village Fire Department Chief Chris Balentine said one of the employees ... Read More

Traffic Fatalities Dip Slightly in 2017

The number of traffic fatalities in the U.S. dropped slightly in 2017, reversing an upward trend that had been in place the two previous years, federal transportation authorities said. Despite the slight decline, 2017 was nevertheless the second deadliest year for traffic fatalities in the U.S. during the last decade. Distracted, smartphone-using drivers and motorists on prescription opioids and other drugs account for some of the highway carnage, which hit historic highs in recent years, but the factors behind fatal traffic crashes are always harder to pinpoint than to estimate. But one thing is certain: the recent decline in traffic fatalities may be ... Read More