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Veterans Sue 3M for Defective Combat Earplugs

Department of Defense contractor 3M faces a series of lawsuits representing hundreds of veterans who allege the company provided U.S. armed forces with defective combat earplugs that failed to work as intended and led to hearing loss and tinnitus as a result. The lawsuits, filed in multiple states including Maryland, Texas, South Carolina and Florida, follow a $9.1 million settlement between 3M and the U.S. government over the same dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2. That agreement resolved allegations that Aearo Technologies, a company that 3M later bought, violated the False Claims Act by selling the U.S. defective combat earplugs ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Nab California Urology Chain For Medicare Fraud

A whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit has led to a $1.85 million settlement between Skyline Urology and the U.S. government, resolving allegations that the Torrance, California-based health care company deliberately overbilled Medicare. Federal prosecutors investigated the whistleblower’s claims and alleged that from January 1, 2013, through 2016, Skyline Urology systematically billed Medicare for evaluation and management services in violation of federal rules. Although some exceptions exist, health care providers are not permitted to bill Medicare for evaluation and management services on the same day a related procedure is performed. This is because the cost of evaluating a patient is included ... Read More

Civilian Black Hawk Helicopter Crash Injures 2

A HH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter owned by Arista Aviation based in Enterprise, Alabama, was en route to an industry trade show in Atlanta last week when it crashed near Tullahoma, Tennessee. The two pilots, Jack Cook and Larry Cornell, both former Army Aviators from Alabama, were injured but were reported to be recovering in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Hospital. They are Arista Aviation employees. The helicopter went down on private property in a rural area around 3 p.m. local time last Thursday. The pilots were able to crawl out of the aircraft and one called 9-1-1. Tullahoma Police Sgt. ... Read More

Mesothelioma symposium focuses on development of patient registry

The International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, scheduled for March 25-27 in Bethesda, Maryland, gives families touched by mesothelioma a community where they can interact with clinicians, scientists and advocates as well as patients, caregivers, and other families. It also gives attendees a rare opportunity to learn more about the science of mesothelioma and advances in treatment directly from researchers and clinicians conducting these studies. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. It develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or chest. It can take years for the disease to develop. Once diagnosed, mesothelioma generally proves ... Read More

Naval Academy addresses sexual misconduct among midshipmen

Nearly 60 percent of women and 20 percent of men felt sexually harassed while attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, last year, according to an annual Defense Department report on misconduct at the service academies. But despite an increase in sexual misconduct found in the voluntary survey of midshipmen, such incidents go largely unreported. The Naval Academy has an anonymous reporting system where midshipmen can report sexual harassment and other issues without fear of retaliation. Despite this, midshipmen made only two informal reports and no formal reports of sexual harassment last year. The year prior, there were ... Read More

U.S. Government Sues Lockheed Martin, Alleging Hanford Nuclear Cleanup Fraud

The notorious Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Southeastern Washington has been mired in fraud and corruption for decades, ever since the U.S. government started paying contractors billions of dollars to clean up and convert 56 million gallons of radioactive sludge. On Feb. 8, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it has lodged a False Claims Act lawsuit against Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin, alleging the company and its executives used a $232 million support contract for nuclear waste disposal to enrich themselves. According to federal prosecutors, Lockheed Martin engaged in a fraudulent kickback scheme by paying more than $1 million to ... Read More

Bus Rollover Crash Injures WV Girls Basketball Team

West Virginia authorities are investigating a charter bus rollover crash that injured several members of the Martinsburg High School girls basketball team Feb. 2. The crash occurred just before 9 p.m. as the charter bus was rounding an entrance ramp to Interstate 64 after leaving the Big Atlantic Classic basketball tournament in Beckley, West Virginia. According to The Journal of Martinsburg, West Virginia, the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department said that the bus was about to merge onto I-64 East when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle. The bus exited the ramp on the right side and flipped four ... Read More

Fruit Recalled in Several States Over Listeria Concerns

Concerns of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination in fresh produce have prompted ALDI, Costco, Walmart, and other retailers to recall bags of peaches, nectarines, and plums from stores in several states. Listeria is a foodborne pathogen that can cause serious illness and death. The recalled produce was distributed by fruit distributor Jac Vandenberg Inc. of Yonkers, New York. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recall affects 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines, and 365 cartons of fresh plums. ALDI said in a recall announcement that it has removed recalled peaches, nectarines, and plums ... Read More

Mesothelioma patient registry to be established in 2019

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is implementing the first formal national registry to track mesothelioma patients’ demographics and other important information to help identify gaps in current treatment for the deadly asbestos-related disease. Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2019 bill in September, which includes $100,000 for the development of a National Mesothelioma Patient Registry. Funding is provided through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a federal agency charged with conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. The Mesothelioma Applied Research ... Read More

California Romaine Grower Linked to E.Coli Outbreak Recalls Other Produce  

A California farm linked to the E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce that triggered a massive nationwide recall is now recalling other types of produce as a precaution. Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. of Santa Maria, California, said the new recalls include red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, and cauliflower harvested on Nov. 27 through Nov. 30, 2018. Although none of the produce has tested positive for the E. coli strain associated with the outbreak (E. coli O157:H7) and no illnesses have been reported, the company says it’s voluntarily recalling the extra produce out of an abundance of caution. The recalled cauliflower was ... Read More