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Oil Well worker Crushed To Death in Well Malfunction Near Houston

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A contract oil well worker was crushed to death Tuesday, March 14, by malfunctioning oil rig equipment at a Denbury Resources well in Alvin, Texas. The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 43-year-old Antonio Perez of El Campo, Texas. Mr. Perez was a long-time employee of Pryor Packers, a company based in Laurel, Mississippi. Lieutenant Varon Snelgrove told ABC 13 Eyewitness News Houston that Mr. Perez was an experienced well worker who had worked on the type of wells such as the one that killed him many times in the past. The Associated Press described Mr. Perez as ... Read More

First Lawsuits Filed in Wake of Deadly Biloxi Bus Crash

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Four lawsuits have been filed as of March 14 in connection to the collision of a tour bus and freight train in Biloxi, Mississippi, the Austin Statesman reports. Two of the lawsuits were filed by family members of Peggy Hoffman and Kenneth Hoffman, a couple who died at the scene of the March 7 crash. Two additional lawsuits have been filed by five surviving passengers of the collision. The crash happened when a tour bus carrying mostly seniors from the Bastrop Senior Center near Austin became stuck on the tracks at a railroad crossing in downtown Biloxi. By the time ... Read More

Biloxi Site of Deadly crash between Train and Bus Has History of Accidents

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Early reports indicate the Biloxi, Mississippi, railroad crossing where a freight train struck a tour bus Feb. 7 has a long history of similar crashes. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators arrived in Biloxi hours after the deadly crash to launch a probe of the incident, which killed four bus passengers and injured dozens more, including seven critically. The crash investigation has just started, but the NTSB says there have been 17 accidents at the same downtown Biloxi crossing since 1976, the most recent crash being in January when a CSX train hit a delivery truck. Residents who live near ... Read More

Four Dead, Several Injured After Train Collides With Tour Bus in Biloxi

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At least four bus passengers were killed when a CSX freight train barreled into a casino-bound bus from Texas that reportedly became stuck on a railroad track in Biloxi, Mississippi, Tuesday afternoon. Dozens more people were injured, some critically. The Biloxi SunHerald reported that the charter bus was carrying 46 people from the Austin, Texas, area on a six-day tour of the Gulf Coast. The tour bus was scheduled to stop at a Biloxi casino before continuing west to New Orleans when it got stuck on the tracks at Main Street around 2:10 p.m. Most of the passengers are residents ... Read More

BNSF Pays Illinois $50,000 Civil Penalty For 2015 Oil Train Derailment

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Railroad giant BNSF has agreed to pay $50,000 in civil penalties for a 2015 oil train derailment in Galena, Illinois, that released several thousand gallons of oil , triggered a  massive fire that burned for days, and forced the evacuation of area residents. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said the settlement resolves environmental concerns triggered by the March 2015 derailment and spill, which Delaware-based BNSF was court-ordered to clean and monitor. Nobody was injured by the derailment, but the accident released about 30,000 gallons of crude oil, contaminating the ground and threatening local water sources, including the Galena and Mississippi ... Read More

First bellwether trial in Xarelto MDL pushed back to April


The first bellwether trial in the massive Xarelto multidistrict litigation (MDL) initially scheduled to be tried in in February has been pushed back another month at the request of both plaintiffs and defendants. The first Xarelto bellwether trial was initially set for February in Louisiana’s Eastern District. But with the NBA All-Star game moved to New Orleans and the usual congestion from Mardi Gras, Judge Eldon E. Fallon was prompted to push the start date to March. Now, by agreement of all parties, Judge Fallen has postponed the trials yet another month, to April. The updated schedule is as follows: April 24, ... Read More

Advanced Pharma recalls sterile injectable products labeled ‘latex free’

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Advanced Pharma Inc., doing business as Avella of Houston, issued a recall of all unexpired sterile injectable products labeled “latex free” produced at Advanced Pharma’s Houston location from Sept. 1, 2016, to Feb. 16, 2017, because they may contain synthetic latex and/or natural latex. Avella and Advanced Pharam have been unable to confirm whether the “latex free” label statements on their products were accurate in all cases, and issued the recall as a precaution. The risk of potential adverse events related to a latex allergy range from local site reactions including swelling and inflammation to allergic reactions, which can be ... Read More

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


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