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Viking agrees to pay $4.65 million to settle gas range defect claims

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A Mississippi company agreed to pay a $4.65 million civil penalty to settle charges the company failed to report and recall a defective product, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Viking Range LLC of Greenwood, Mississippi, and its parent company, The Middleby Corporation, of Elgin, Illinois, collectively known as Viking, agreed to settle claims its gas ranges contained a defect causing them to spontaneously turn on and not shut off via control knobs. Between 2008 and 2014, Viking received 170 reports of incidents, including from consumers who were burned when trying to disconnect the ranges from a power ... Read More

First Xarelto bellwether trial to begin April 24


After two delays, the first lawsuit to stand trial in a massive multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving bleeding risks with the blood thinner Xarelto is scheduled for April 24. More than 15,000 lawsuits were consolidated in the Eastern District of Louisiana under Judge Eldon E. Fallon. The first bellwether case to go to trial involves the case of Joseph Boudreaux Jr., who says he took Xarelto to prevent strokes due to his heart condition, atrial fibrillation, and soon afterward suffered internal bleeding requiring multiple blood transfusions. His case will be heard in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Boudreaux’s trial will be ... Read More

Truck Driver Killed in Fiery Highway Collision With Fuel Tanker Near New Orleans

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A 44-year-old Louisiana woman was killed Thursday morning when a cargo tank hauling 8,000 gallons of gasoline plowed into the back of the dump truck she was driving along Interstate 310 in Luling, Louisiana, about 25 miles west of New Orleans. Chalanta Brown of LaPlace, Louisiana, was killed in the crash and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the fuel tanker, Glenn Robichaux, Jr., 31, of the Lafourche Parish community of Gheens, was airlifted to a Baton Rouge burn injury center. Mr. Robichaux was able to escape the fiery wreckage with moderate injuries. A facebook profile for a Glenn ... Read More

Lawsuit Filed For Mississippi Students Severely Burned By Teacher’s “Experiment”

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A group of parents and guardians have filed a federal lawsuit against the Hinds County, Mississippi, School District on behalf of five high school students severely burned when their teacher sprayed them with a caustic chemical. The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports that the incident occurred on May 15, 2015, when Raymond High School math teacher Dalvia Mitchell, 35, sprayed a large quantity of an air-spray cleaner onto the hands and lower arms of the students, causing them to suffer second-degree burns. “The believed motive for this grossly negligent act on the part of Dalvia Mitchell is her desire to demonstrate to ... Read More

Biloxi Bus Crash Lawsuit Alleges CSX freight Train Had Ample Time To Stop

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Fifteen passengers of a Texas tour bus struck by a CSX freight train in Biloxi, Mississippi, last month have joined a lawsuit along with some of their family members against the railroad company seeking $250 million in damages. The Biloxi bus crash lawsuit, filed in Harris County state court in Houston, claims that the conductor of the CSX train had more than adequate time to bring the freight train to a stop when he became aware of the bus straddling the tracks. The Texas tour bus was carrying 46 people from the Austin, Texas, area, most of them members of ... Read More

Xarelto bellwethers in MDL could offer insight for cases pending in PA mass tort


Trials alleging bleeding risks with the blood thinner Xarelto are scheduled to begin this month in a Louisiana federal court, which may serve as a guide to determine how similar cases pending in Philadelphia will play out. Judge Eldon E. Fallon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has set the date for the first Xarelto bellwether trial in a massive multidistrict litigation (MDL) for April. The federal Xarelto MDL names as defendants Xarelto manufacturers Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Bayer. Plaintiffs accuse the drug companies of failing to warn patients that by taking Xarelto once ... Read More

Abandoned Hilcorp Well source of oil spill in Southern Mississippi River

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The U.S. Coast Guard, Hilcorp Energy, and a handful of oil remediation companies are working to contain a natural gas and oil spill on the lower Mississippi river near Venice, Louisiana. The oil spill, which as of Wednesday covered about eight square miles of water and wetlands, was first reported on the afternoon of Monday, March 20, from an abandoned wellhead owned by Hilcorp, a Houston-based oil and gas exploration and production company. Hilcorp told the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Response Center that it had secured the old wellhead at approximately 9:45 p.m. Tuesday night. First estimates reported the well released ... Read More

Elevated Rail Tracks Open in Burbank, Ending Train Collisions With Motor Vehicles at troubled crossing

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California transportation officials cut the ribbon on the newly opened $40-million elevated rail tracks for Metrolink commuter trains and Union Pacific freight trains in Burbank, designed to prevent deadly street-level collisions between trains and motor vehicles. “The elevated railroad tracks allow us to say goodbye — permanently — to the at-grade crossing on Buena Vista Street at San Fernando Boulevard, where people tragically lost their lives and too many families suffered unbearable pain,” said Carrie Bowen, District 7 director for the California Department of Transportation. Construction of the 2.2-mile stretch of track paralleling Interstate 5 from Buena Vista Street to ... Read More

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