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Mississippi University Agrees To Return $1.17 Million In Grant money To U.S.

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Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, will pay the United States $1.17 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that it mismanaged National Science Foundation grants and violated rules of the federal grant program. According to U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, Southern District of Mississippi, when Jackson State used National Science Foundation grant funds it effectively certified that every claim and expenditure was supportable and allowable under grant rules and that it would maintain adequate records to support its claims and expenditures. But in 2012, the NSF Office of Inspector General contracted auditors to review the NSF grants. The audits ... Read More

Jury awards survivor of chain-reaction crash that killed five nursing students $15 million

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A jury awarded a survivor of a chain-reaction crash that killed five Georgia Southern University nursing students $15 million after about four hours of deliberation, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Megan Richards, a former Georgia Southern nursing student who was injured in the crash that killed five of her friends, filed suit against trucking company Total Transportation of Mississippi and its parent company, U.S. Express, after one of its truck drivers failed to brake and collided with several cars sitting in traffic. Righting Injustice reported the crash occurred at 5:45 a.m. April 22, 2015, on Interstate 16 near Savannah, Georgia, ... Read More

First Xarelto bleeding risks trial scheduled for March 2017

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The first trial in a massive multidistrict litigation of nearly 14,000 cases involving bleeding risks allegedly caused by the blood thinner Xarelto is scheduled for March, with other trials, each serving as bellwethers, slated for April and May. The first case to be tried involves that of Joseph Boudreaux, who claims he began taking Xarelto in January 2014 as a treatment for his heart condition called atrial fibrillation. About a month later, he was hospitalized for internal bleeding, resulting in multiple blood transfusions. Like the thousands of other lawsuits, Boudreaux claims that Xarelto’s makers, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and ... Read More

New Railroad Crossing Safety Ad Targets Male Drivers

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The Department of Transportation is taking aim at young male drivers with a graphic new video showing what happens when a passenger vehicle fails to yield for a train. The ad, produced as a collaborative effort between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), shows a freight train plowing into the side of a SUV stopped on the tracks. The train brakes, but not soon enough to prevent the SUV from being demolished. But that it is the point the ad conveys: “Stop! Trains Can’t.” U.S. regulators made the ad because many drivers don’t ... Read More

First Xarelto lawsuits over bleeding risks to be tried in 2017

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The multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Corp. involving bleeding injuries with the blood thinner Xarelto was originally consolidated in December 2014, and has since swelled to nearly 14,000 cases pending before U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Additional lawsuits have also been filed in state court. Xarelto was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 and used to prevent strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation, to prevent and treat deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and to prevent blood clots in patients who have recently ... Read More

“It’s not the location that makes a venue difficult for corporations like J&J, it’s the facts.”

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In a recent press release, Plaintiffs’ attorneys in the talc cases against Johnson and Johnson come forward to speak on behalf of Missouri courts, which are being portrayed by some media as “judicial hellholes.” These attorneys who represent women whose ovarian cancer has been linked to perineal use of Johnson’s talc-containing products, claim that this information is coming straight from corporate-funded defense lawyers and organizations and is “misguided and insulting to juries.” “These attacks on the civil justice system are trumpeted each year by organizations that are bought and paid for by corporate interests,” said Allen Smith of Mississippi-based The ... Read More

The dangers of vaping around kids

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Using e-cigarettes – or vaping – indoors exposes kids to nicotine and other chemicals, and leaves deposits of nicotine on walls and surfaces. However, many parents are unaware. According to a survey conducted last year, only 37 percent of the 3,070 survey respondents knew that exhaled e-cigarette vapor contains nicotine, and that the nicotine leaves deposits behind on surfaces. Nearly half were unaware that vaping around children exposes them to nicotine and other chemicals. Oddly enough, 84 percent of respondents said that e-cigarette use should not be allowed in places where smoking is prohibited, and 74 percent said that parents should not use e-cigarettes in front ... Read More

Research grant focuses on better materials to protect against Traumatic Brain Injury

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Temple University received a $20 million grant from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to conduct research on a new class of materials designed to better protect soldiers against traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The research will focus on three major areas – understanding and improving the performance of materials through computer modeling; understanding the mechanisms and thresholds of traumatic brain injury by reviewing clinical, behavioral and biochemical changes related to traumatic brain injuries and concussions; and exploring new ways to improve protection against ballistic impacts. “The project will also develop technologies that can be commercialized and brought to market, broadening ... Read More

Nursing home industry’s lawsuit stalls CMS rule designed to protect rights of frail residents

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A federal district court in Mississippi has issued an injunction blocking a new rule announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that would withhold reimbursement payments to nursing homes that included binding arbitration clauses in their new resident contracts, despite the court’s acknowledgement that “nursing home arbitration litigation suffers from fundamental defects.” The American Health Care Association, an industry group representing most nursing homes in the U.S., filed a lawsuit in October after the CMS announced the new rule. The court said it based its decision to grant the injunction because it believes the new rule represents ... Read More

Early SCOTUS Statements Indicate Whistleblower Win In State Farm Fraud Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court justices made statements Nov. 1 indicating the high court is unlikely to toss a jury verdict against State Farm in a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by a pair of whistleblowers who accused the insurer of defrauding the federal government by misclassifying wind damage caused by Hurricane Katrina as flood damage. Sisters Cori and Kerri Rigsby filed the whistleblower lawsuit on behalf of the U.S. government in 2006. The Rigsbys formerly worked for an Alabama contractor hired to assess property damage after the disastrous 2005 hurricane. Their complaint alleges the Bloomington, Ill.-based insurance company attempted to stick the ... Read More