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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

Three Killed, 10 Injured In Mississippi Halloween Hayride Crash

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Three people, including two children, were killed Monday night when a pickup truck careened into the back of a Halloween hayride trailer in central Mississippi. Meridian, Miss., WTOK-TV reported the accident occurred just before 8 p.m. near the town of Chunky in Newton County. Witnesses WTOK-TV spoke with said that a Ford F-150 rammed the back of another vehicle towing a trailer full of hay bales and passengers. At least 10 other people were injured in the crash, many of whom were being treated in three area hospitals for life-threatening injuries. Three medical helicopters and more than a dozen ambulances ... Read More

First Xarelto trial scheduled for February 2017

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The case of Joseph Boudreaux will be the first to be tried in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) accusing Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer of not adequately warning consumers about bleeding risks with their blockbuster blood thinner Xarelto. Boudreaux, of Louisiana, filed his lawsuit in December 2014, claiming he used Xarelto for less than a month before suffering a severe gastrointestinal bleed for which he was hospitalized and had to endure several blood transfusions. Boudreaux’s trial is schedule for February 2017 and will be tried in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and will be ... Read More

Beasley Allen is one of a dozen firms leading Xarelto side effects litigation

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Twelve plaintiff law firms from various parts of the country are involved in Xarelto side effects litigation, including Alabama law firm Beasley Allen. More than 9,000 lawsuits have been filed across the country against Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Bayer, and their related companies over claims that the top-selling blood thinner Xarelto, known chemically as rivaroxaban, caused bleeding injuries including gastrointestinal bleeds, brain hemorrhages and bleeding deaths. More than 7,000 of the lawsuits are in Louisiana, approximately 1,000 are on file in state court in Philadelphia, and an additional 1,000 are in Delaware. U.S. District Court Judge Eldon Fallon, who ... Read More

Listeria Concerns Trigger New Blue Bell Ice Cream Recall

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Blue Bell Ice Cream announced Wednesday that it is recalling two ice cream flavors over concerns they could be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. The recall is the first the Brenham, Texas, ice cream manufacturer has launched since a listeria outbreak in April 2015 linked to its facilities and products nearly destroyed the company. The Blue Bell products recalled Wednesday are Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough half-gallon and pint sizes and half-gallon containers of Blue Bell Cookie Two Step. Both products contain cookie dough that could be contaminated with listeria. Although the new recall comes as Blue Bell continues to ... Read More

Senate Passes $9.4 Billion Bill To Fund Water Infrastructure Projects

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The Senate passed a waterways bill Thursday authorizing nearly $9.5 billion in emergency funding to repair and improve water infrastructures across the U.S. in communities like Flint, Mich., that have lead-contaminated water supplies. The bi-partisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) passed the Senate 94-3 after the White House put pressure on Republican legislators to do something to help the people of Flint, the flood victims in Louisiana, and others throughout the country at risk of contaminated drinking water, failing levees, and other water-related infrastructures in disrepair. The American Water Works Association (AWWA) applauded the Senate for pushing the urgently needed bill through. ... Read More

Sculpture Honoring Eleven Workers Killed Aboard Deepwater Horizon Appears In New Orleans

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When sculptor Michael Manjarris found the person sitting next to him on a flight from Texas to New Orleans was a grieving parent of one of the 11 workers killed in BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion, an idea for a public art project commemorating the fallen workers began to take shape. On Friday, Sept. 9, that idea became a reality with the installation of a sculpture by Laurel, Miss., artist Jason Kimes named ELEVEN on the Elysian Fields Avenue median near the corner of Dauphine in New Orleans. For many family members of the 11 workers killed in the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon ... Read More

Vegetable recall announced by Country Fresh due to possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes

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Nearly 30,000 cases of various fresh-cut vegetables are now under recall by Country Fresh LLC due to potential Listeria contamination. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Listeria monocytogenes are responsible for causing serious and sometimes fatal infections in both young children and frail or elderly adults, especially those with weakened immune systems. The recalled vegetable products were shipped to retailers in the following states with the Country Fresh and store brand labels: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Each recalled vegetable product should have “BEST IF USED BY” dates ranging from ... Read More