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Navy Whistleblower Alleges Major Safety Violations

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A civilian Navy engineer who spoke out about potentially deadly safety violations and other problems that threaten the lives of Navy pilots says he was fired in June in retaliation for raising concerns. Glenn Schwarz, a civilian aeronautical-engineering technician, claims that his supervisors put him in a highly technical and sensitive job calibrating equipment for weapons systems testing and aircraft support even though he lacked the skills and qualifications for the job, The Washington Free Beacon reports. Mr. Schwarz also claims that on-the-job training managers failed to comply with Navy regulations at the Metrology and Calibration (METCAL) laboratory and across ... Read More

Lawsuit over Merck’s shingles vaccine

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A group of consumers across the country claim they have suffered a persistent strain of shingles after receiving Merck & Co.’s shingles vaccine Zostavax, and have launched a product liability action against the drug maker in New Jersey state court for not adequately warning about the risks associated with the vaccine, Law360 reported. Some consumers claim to have developed a condition called postherpetic neuralgia, resulting in nerve damage and pain. One victim says her symptoms were accompanied by scarring. The lawsuit was filed July 11 in Middlesex County Superior Court by 18 plaintiffs from Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, ... Read More

Deadly C-130 Crash Kills 16 U.S. Troops

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Although the military is still investigating what brought down a U.S. Marine KC-130 on July 10, U.S. Marines Brig. Gen. Bradley James told CNN, “Indications are something went wrong at cruise altitude.” The aircraft, known for its reliability, according to the New York Times, went down in a western rural Mississippi soybean field and killed all 16 service members on board including 15 U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy medical corpsman. The five-mile debris field was spread across both sides of U.S. Highway 82 between the towns of Itta Bena and Moorhead, which is about 100 miles north of Jackson. ... Read More

Bus Crash on Golden Gate Bridge Injures 11

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Police are investigating a casino bus crash on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco that injured 11 people Wednesday afternoon. California Highway Patrol spokesman Andrew Barclay told the SF Gate that the crash occurred when a car came to a stop at the toll plaza on the bridge and was hit from behind by a pickup truck. The bus then slammed into the back of the pickup. The crash happened at 12:42 in the southbound lanes just north of the toll plaza on the San Francisco side of the bridge. The bus, operated by the Graton Resort & Casino ... Read More

Lead Xarelto lawyer finds success in perseverance

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Beasley Allen principal and mass tort section head Andy D. Birchfield Jr., said he learned invaluable lessons on perseverance during the Vioxx litigation. “We represented a large number of clients who suffered heart attacks or strokes – many fatal – after taking a prescription pain medication that was one of the most popular painkillers of all time. When we began the litigation, the drug was still on the market and widely prescribed,” Birchfield told Law360. The federal litigation for the Vioxx multidistrict litigation (MDL) was centered in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city just before the first bellwether trial ... Read More

California talc ovarian cancer trial scheduled for July 10

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According to Law360, the first California talc trial is scheduled for July 10. Plaintiff Eva Echeverria is one of hundreds of women who have filed complaints in Los Angeles Superior Court against Johnson and Johnson and Imerys Talc America. Similar suits filed all across the country allege that talc, when used for feminine hygiene, can travel through the female reproductive system and cause ovarian cancer. The suits also allege that J&J and Imerys have been aware of studies linking talc to ovarian cancer for decades but, rather than warn consumers, they tried to deny and suppress the risk. Echeverria alleges ... Read More

Food Safety: Before, During and After Bad Weather

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Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall early Thursday morning and it will likely not be the last storm of what is expected to be a busy hurricane season. Flooding and power outages frequently accompany these bad weather events, compromising the safety of food for those in a storm’s wake. Residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida’s panhandle who are bearing the brunt of Tropical Storm Cindy may consider the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s  (USDA) recommendations for handling food safely following a storm or other bad weather event. Food safety during power outages: Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. ... Read More

Talc jury hears J&J marketed to minorities

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In the sixth Missouri talc trial, Johnson and Johnson is being accused of intentionally marketing its talc products to minority women in order to boost flagging sales when it was allegedly aware that these products were associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer. In particular, studies have found that African-American women have an even greater risk of developing ovarian cancer with genital talc use. R. Allen Smith of the Mississippi-based Smith Law Firm, is an attorney for the three plaintiffs representing women who died of ovarian cancer.  He said of Johnson and Johnson in opening arguments, according to Courtroom View Network, ... Read More

Cashews recalled; may contain glass shards

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Customer complaints of finding shards of glass in 8-ounce cans of Southern Grove Cashew Halves and Pieces with Sea Salt has prompted the manufacturer to voluntarily recall two lots of the product. The Food and Drug Administration reports that New Jersey-based Star Snacks Co. produced the cashews and distributed them to ALDI stores in Washington DC and 28 states including: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia. The containers include the UPC code ... Read More

Opioid industry, drugmakers targeted by Ohio

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The State of Ohio is taking aim at the pharmaceutical industry, filing suit against four companies for allegedly conducting marketing campaigns that misled doctors and patients about the serious risk of addiction and overdose associated with opioids, according to the New York Times. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s lawsuit claims that the powerful painkillers were originally intended to treat acute, or short-term pain. But in the past 20 years, doctors have started doling out the drugs for less acute pain, and for stretches of months or years, contributing to a national prescription drug epidemic for which opioids reign supreme. More ... Read More