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State Farm appeals verdict in whistleblower lawsuit involving Hurricane Katrina damages

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NEW ORLEANS, La. – The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Feb. 5 as Illinois-based State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. appeals a verdict that it pay $3 million in damages and legal fees stemming from a whistleblower lawsuit. A Mississippi jury sided with sisters Cori and Kerri Rigsby of Ocean Springs, Miss., in 2013, who filed a lawsuit under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which authorizes private citizens to sue on behalf of the federal government. The sisters accused State Farm of manipulating damage reports after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in ... Read More

Listeria illnesses, deaths linked to Happy Apples Company prepackaged caramel apples

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Happy Apples Company of Washington, Mo., is recalling its prepackaged caramel apples after the products were found to be the source of a listeria monocytogenes outbreak that sickened 29 and killed five in 10 states. All 29 people who were sickened were hospitalized, and nine of the illnesses occurred in pregnant women. The recall comes about a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning to consumers not to eat prepackaged caramel apples as it investigated which commercially made brands were responsible for the outbreak. Though the apples are most popular around Halloween, the CDC ... Read More

Defective Takata air bag inflators lead to second recall expansion by Chrysler amid safety worries

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There is more drama stirring in the defective Takata air bag inflators situation as Chrysler announces its second recall expansion, this time of 208,783 vehicles, in one week. The expansion comes likely as a reaction from regulators like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which are following the issue closely. Since June, Chrysler has recalled more than 600,000 vehicles featuring the infamous Takata air bags due to reports that the defective Takata air bag inflators may explode, firing tiny metal fragments into drivers and passengers within the vehicle. Honda vehicles in areas of high humidity, such as Florida, have experienced ... Read More

Honda expands exploding airbag recall again after deadly Malaysia accident

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Honda Motor Corp. has widened its recall of vehicles fitted with faulty airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. by another 170,000 units. The announcement came after the company said that a driver died in Malaysia after being blasted with shrapnel from one of the defective airbags. The fatality in Malaysia was the fifth known record of a driver or passenger being killed by an exploding airbag in a Honda vehicle and the first such death to occur outside of the United States. The Takata airbags at the center of the Honda recall and recalls by 11 different other car ... Read More

U.S. safety probe leads to Honda recall expansion over dangerous Takata air bags

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Following reports of a U.S. safety probe being placed on the automaker, Honda has announced an expansion to its previous recall of vehicles containing potentially dangerous Takata Corp air bags. The air bags in question, which have been responsible for multiple deaths and injuries, are prone to deploy with excessive force, blasting metal fragments into the car’s interior. The amount of cars Honda has added to its recall is undisclosed; however, all the vehicles are from model years 2001-2006 and were sold/registered in areas with high humidity. According to Takata, humid areas are where the affected vehicles are the most ... Read More

Feds order Takata to hand over exploding airbag communications, documents

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The National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) ordered Japanese automotive supplier Takata Corp. to hand over internal documents by December 1 and answer questions under oath about the defective airbags it made for installation in millions of vehicles. Takata’s airbags, which 10 auto manufacturers have installed in more than 17 million vehicles worldwide, are prone to deploy with excessive force, blasting metal fragments into the car’s interior. The defective devices have been linked to at least four deaths and several injuries. NHTSA regulators have been investigating Takata’s defective airbags since June, focusing on the inflator mechanisms in airbags made from 2000 to ... Read More

Fresenius moves to dismiss GranuFlo wrongful death, personal injury lawsuits

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Fresenius Medical Care moved to dismiss 127 GranuFlo lawsuits filed by dialysis patients from Mississippi arguing the cases fall outside Mississippi’s three-year statute of limitations. The group of plaintiffs, who filed their lawsuits in Massachusetts, claim the company’s dialysis products GranuFlo Dry Acid Concentrate and NaturaLyte caused cardiopulmonary arrest and death. The Mississippi cases joined a pending multidistrict litigation in Massachusetts federal court. Some of the lawsuits were originally filed in Mississippi but transferred . Others were filed directly in Massachusetts. One complication is that some of the plaintiffs named Massachusetts as their home forum but others did not. Fresenius Medical ... Read More

Lawmakers target Takata, NHTSA, automakers with scathing inquiries into exploding airbags

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Federal auto safety regulators have again fallen under sharp criticism for their handling of exploding air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata. The defective airbags, which have been installed in millions of U.S. vehicles, are prone to deploying with excessive force, blasting metal shrapnel through the vehicle’s interior, sometimes with deadly consequences. On Thursday Senators Richard Blumental (D-CT) and Edward Markey (D-Mass) planned to send “a sternly worded letter,” The New York Times reported, scolding the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for its lackadaisical handling of the Takata airbag recalls. Specifically, the lawmakers want to know why NHTSA is ... Read More

NHTSA updates air bag defect warning to include another three million vehicles

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Shortly following the U.S. government’s plea to nearly five million car owners to learn more about a life-threatening air bag defect, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has updated its warning to include three million more car owners believed to be driving under dangerous circumstances. According to the safety alert, the NHTSA is making the public aware of inflator mechanisms within the affected vehicles’ airbag systems that may rupture upon impact, triggering an arsenal of metal fragments to violently fly out as the bags are being deployed. Takata Corp., one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers in the world, manufacturing air ... Read More

BP oil spill fine money gives Louisiana coastal restoration plans new hope

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In the last 80 years, Louisiana has lost a football field of land every day to the sea – the fastest known case of coastal erosion in the world and one triggered, then accelerated, by more and more shipping canals carved through fragile wetlands by offshore oil drillers. Today, a push to reverse the erosion and rebuild some of the land that now lies under the Gulf has pinned its hopes on funds that will come from Louisiana’s share of pollution fines BP will pay for violating the Clean Water Act with its 2010 oil spill. Last month, U.S. District ... Read More