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Mississippi man hospitalized after guardrail impales his car

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A Mississippi man is in stable condition in a Northern Virginia hospital after losing control of his vehicle on a wet highway and colliding with a guardrail Wednesday. Reports and images taken of the crash show the guardrail apparently malfunctioned and impaled the man’s vehicle, further raising concerns that some guardrails may be defective and potentially deadly. Authorities investigating the crash aren’t certain whether the guardrails that sliced through 31-year-old Clayton Dominic Johnson’s 1996 Nissan were made by Trinity Industries, the Texas company that manufactured the controversial ET-Plus guardrail systems targeted by a recent whistleblower lawsuit. Joshua Harmon, himself a ... Read More

Kroger recalls seasonings for possible salmonella contamination

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Popular supermarket chain Kroger has announced a sizable recall of four Kroger-brand seasonings sold in its stores. The Kroger recall was sparked by the FDA’s discovery of Salmonella in a sample of the Kroger-brand Garlic Powder sold by a South Carolina store. According to the supermarket’s press release, the following Kroger-brand seasonings were produced in the same facility with the same equipment as the Salmonella-tainted Garlic Powder and are now under recall: Kroger Bac’n Buds: 12 oz containers (Sell by: May 20 18PS4) Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper: 17.1 oz containers (Sell by: May 18 18PS4, Sell by: May 19 ... Read More

Chinese Drywall Class Action plaintiffs await ruling on damages

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Nearly 3,000 homeowners who claim their homes and personal property have been ruined by cheaply made Chinese drywall await a federal judge’s decision after a trial to determine damages in a class-action lawsuit concluded Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Edon Fallon, who certified the class, heard testimony from expert witnesses in New Orleans and will decide damages without the participation of a jury. The judge plans to make a decision toward the end of the month, after meeting with attorneys from both sides. The class action includes homeowners from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia who contend the defective drywall ... Read More

BP oil spill settlement the largest of its kind in U.S. history

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BP reached a record $18.73-billion agreement with the U.S. government and five Gulf states Thursday to resolve most legal claims stemming from its 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, considered the biggest environmental catastrophe in the U.S. The settlement is the largest environmental settlement in U.S. history. If approved by the court, the settlement will require BP to pay the federal government $5.5 billion in civil penalties for violating the Clean Water Act. NP subsidiary BPXP will make those payments over a 15-year period. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said that 80 percent of the Clean ... Read More

The Fraud List: Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) 

The Fraud List

When the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) needed technical and consulting services in considering a rule involving the handling and reprocessing of low-grade radioactive waste, it turned to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) – a Reston, Va.-based firm that provides scientific and engineering services to government agencies and commercial enterprises. Given the implications of the rule for the health of the general public, the NRC required whatever contractor it chose to be free of conflicts of interest that could lead to biased decisions. NRC regulators were considering a rule that would have permitted the release or recycling of certain materials ... Read More

Whistleblower complaint leads to $15.69 million recovery for Medicare

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Sixteen U.S. hospitals and their parent companies have agreed to pay the U.S. $15.69 million collectively to resolve allegations brought by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act that they fraudulently billed Medicare for services that were not medically reasonable or necessary. The case concerns claims for reimbursement the hospitals made to Medicare for Intensive Outpatient Psychotherapy services. Medicare pays for an appropriate course of the psychotherapy services when a number of specific requirements are met, the most notable being that the services provided are needed for the diagnosis and treatment of the patient’s condition. The whistleblower lawsuit alleged that from ... Read More

Blue Bell won’t resume making ice cream for several months

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Blue Bell Creameries said on its website that its ice cream won’t be back in stores for several months as the company cleans it three manufacturing facilities in the wake of a deadly listeria outbreak and develops a plan for its ice cream products to return to production. “Unfortunately, we do not yet have a firm timeline for when Blue Bell Ice Cream will be back in stores, but we believe at this time that it will be several months at a minimum,” said Blue Bell CEO and President Paul Kruse. “We are evaluating all of our operations in light ... Read More

Speed limits too fast for truck tire endurance

Truck Speed Limits

On many U.S. interstate highways west of the Mississippi River, speed limits often exceed the limits that tires on commercial tractor-trailers are designed to handle, creating a higher risk of tire blowouts and crashes. Compounding the problem is a lack of knowledge from state regulators and legislators who don’t know anything about truck tire endurance speed ratings, and truck drivers themselves who have no idea how much speed their truck’s tires can safely handle. Truck tires are almost always built to handle a maximum speed of 75 mph. But since the mid-2000s states have been allowed to boost their speed ... Read More

Tractor trailer multi-vehicle crash near Savannah kills five nursing students

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Flags flew at half-staff across Georgia Thursday following a crash near Savannah that resulted in the deaths of five Georgia Southern University nursing students early Wednesday morning. Investigators believe the chain-reaction crash started with a tractor trailer slamming into slowed traffic. The crash occurred at 5:45 a.m. on Interstate 16 near Savannah where the students were headed for their last day of clinical rotations at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Four women died at the scene of the crash and three others were rushed to a Savannah hospital, where a fifth student died. Authorities identified the deceased students as Caitlyn Baggett, 21, of ... Read More

Blue Bell recall expanded to all products

Blue Bell Recalled Products

After initiating two large recalls and suspending operations at an Oklahoma plant, Blue Bell will now be recalling all of its products in order to implement a “test and hold” procedure. The process will allow Blue Bell time to test all of its many ice cream products and determine which are safe and which are not. According to Blue Bell’s press release, all of its ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks are included in this recall due to the potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes, which causes the infection Listeriosis. The ingestion and infection of Listeria monocytogenes in a ... Read More