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Florida’s largest insurer to stop covering OxyContin

Beginning Jan. 1, Florida’s largest health insurer, Florida Blue, will no longer cover OxyContin prescriptions in light of the growing opioid epidemic that is plaguing the U.S. The move comes just weeks after President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. Opioids are powerful painkillers that give users a feeling of euphoria, and are highly addictive. More than 90 Americans die every day due to opioid overdose from misuse and abuse. “Most physicians, most plans have had a hands-off approach for a number of years, and we see where we are now,” Scott McClelland, Florida Blue’s vice ... 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

Ohio Woman Joins Thousands with IVC Filter Injury Lawsuit

An Ohio woman filed a lawsuit over an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter injury, joining thousands of other patients who claim injuries from the same device. The Daily Hornet reports that Cassandra B. filed a lawsuit alleging she was injured by the Gunther Tulip, made by Cook Medical Inc. and William Cook Europe ApS, and is asking the manufacturer to take responsibility for its defective device. Cassandra’s IVC filter was implanted in her inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body, on Oct. 15, 2007, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. The surgeon, Dr. Syed Zamir, thought the ... 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

Ninth resident of Florida nursing home dies after Irma

A ninth resident has died as a result of injuries suffered in the Hollywood, Florida, nursing home that lost its air conditioning for days after Hurricane Irma ripped through the state. The 93-year-old man was evacuated last week with the other residents of Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after authorities discovered three patients had died in the facility, where temperatures had risen to dangerous levels. By that afternoon, five more patients had died and dozens more were treated for dehydration, breathing difficulties and other heat-related symptoms. The dead ranged in age from 71 to 99, and all appeared to have ... Read More

Florida nursing home in hurricane death scandal also tied to Medicare fraud

The closer investigators look into the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, where eight residents died after a power outage in the wake of Hurricane Irma knocked out the air conditioning, the dirtier things look. Court records show that the nursing home was part of the biggest Medicare fraud case ever filed against individuals in U.S. history. The Hollywood, Florida nursing home is affiliated with Larkin Community Hospital, both of which are owned by Dr. Jack Michel. Larkin and Michel, along with Michael’s former business associate Philip Esformes, were named in a 2004 civil case, which was also filed in Miami. Michel, Esformes ... Read More

Miami Fair Death Likely A Workplace Fatality

Miami, Florida, authorities are investigating the workplace fatality of a security guard who was crushed by a falling gate at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition Center Monday, Aug. 7. Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Robin Pinkard told the Miami Herald that the security guard appeared to have been killed while he was closing a gate after opening it to let a vehicle through the front entrance to the fairgrounds property. Another worker found the guard’s body about 6:20 a.m. and called the police. The guard was dead at the scene. Coworkers told WSVN Channel 7 Miami that the employee who discovered ... Read More

Nissan Settles Takata Economic-Loss Dispute For $98 Million

Nissan Motor Co. has agreed to pay nearly $98 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by car owners who claim defective Takata airbags diminished the value of their vehicles. The $97.7 million economic-loss complaint covers about 4.4 million Nissan vehicles in the U.S. It follows similar settlements between car owners and BMW AG, Mazda Motor Corp, Toyota Motor Corp, and Subaru Corp, which arrived at settlements totaling $553 million. A federal judge in Miami granted preliminary approval to those agreements in June and a final approval date has been set for Oct. 25. The agreements cover nearly 16 million ... Read More

Residents Sue Michelin, BF Goodrich for contamination

Residents of an Ottawa County, Oklahoma, neighborhood have filed a lawsuit against Michelin and its parent company, BF Goodrich, for “knowingly” contaminating the soil and groundwater with benzene and naphtha. The 112 former and current residents, six of whom are children, allege Michelin and BF Goodrich intentionally didn’t notify appropriate authorities for the disposal of the hazardous chemicals, according to the Miami News-Record. The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA), which includes a legal requirement for industries to report the storage, use and releases of hazardous substances at federal, state, and local government levels, is working in the plaintiffs’ favor. “Defendants’ violations ... Read More

Benzene lawsuit claims Michelin plant still polluted

Michelin dumped benzene and other toxic chemicals throughout a now-abandoned rubber- and tire-manufacturing plant, a group of residents from an Oklahoma subdivision alleges in a lawsuit against the tire company and its parent B.F. Goodrich. According to the Miami (Oklahoma) News-Record, 112 former and current residents of the Miami Heights subdivision, including six children, claim the companies knew that loads of benzene, naphtha, and other harmful chemicals were present throughout the shuttered manufacturing facility in Miami, Oklahoma, but failed to clean up and properly dispose of the substances. The plant employed about 1,900 workers before it shut down in 1985. ... Read More