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Duck Boat Operators Trying to Ward off Lawsuits with 1800s Law

The two companies defending themselves in litigation over the tragic duck boat accident in Branson, Missouri, that killed 17 people in July invoked a maritime law from the 1800s in their argument that they owe no money to victims’ families. The duck boat operators, Ripley Entertainment and Branson Duck Vehicles, filed a lawsuit in federal court on Monday seeking to use the Limitation of Liability Act of 1851 as a shield against more than two dozen lawsuits. The lawsuits were filed by family members of the 17 people aboard the duck boat that sank July 19. There were 31 people ... Read More

Workers, women seek compensation for asbestos-related cancer

The initial reaction to a cancer diagnosis is often shock and disbelief, and it’s not uncommon for patients to try to understand why their cancer developed in the first place, according to the consumer publication CURE (Cancer Updates, Research & Education). Ovarian cancer and mesothelioma victims often find out too late that they were exposed to the carcinogenic mineral asbestos either at the workplace or from using talcum powder products. Ovarian cancer is the most deadly form of cancer of the female reproductive organs. Studies suggest using talcum powder products on the genitals for feminine hygiene could put women at ... Read More

Class action filed against makers, distributors of contaminated BP drug

A St. Louis man filed a class action lawsuit against a number of drug companies for manufacturing and distributing certain blood pressure and heart failure medications containing the active ingredient valsartan that may have been contaminated with a probable carcinogen. James Jones filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri two months after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed the public about the issue and announced the first wave of recalls of drugs that contained valsartan. Companies named in the lawsuit are Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., Prinston Pharmaceuticals, Solco Healthcare U.S. LLC, ... Read More

Mistrial declared in second J&J talc trial alleging meso link

The latest case accusing Johnson & Johnson of knowing its talcum powders caused cancer ended in a deadlock. Kirk Von Salzen, 74, sued the consumer health care giant alleging he used Johnson’s Baby Powder for about 30 years, as well as talc products from other manufacturers. He claimed that J&J knew the talc it used contained cancer-causing asbestos but refused to warn consumers of the risks of asbestos exposure. As a result, he claims he developed mesothelioma in 2017, and was seeking more than $12 million in damages. Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form a cancer that develops in the ... Read More

Asbestos lawsuit blames several manufacturers for lung cancer diagnosis

A Missouri man has filed a lawsuit against several manufacturers alleging that while working with their products from 1961 to the early 1970s, he was exposed to asbestos which he claims contributed to his lung cancer diagnosis. Oscar Oppegard filed his lawsuit Sept. 12, in the St. Louis, Missouri 22nd Judicial Circuit Court, naming Agco Corp., Deere & Co., ITT Corp., and other manufacturers. Oppegard claims that while working in North Dakota and Minnesota he was exposed to asbestos contained in products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the companies. Oppegard was diagnosed with lung cancer in January and soon ... Read More

Greyhound-Tractor Trailer Crash Kills Seven on New Mexico Highway

At least seven people are dead and several others injured after a tractor-trailer plowed into a Greyhound bus head-on on I-40 in western New Mexico Thursday morning. The deadly collision occurred in the westbound lanes of I-40 near the town of Thoreau, New Mexico, about 100 miles west of Albuquerque and near the Arizona border. New Mexico authorities investigating the crash said that a tractor-trailer traveling eastbound crossed the median and collided with the bus head-on. They said it appears the driver of the tractor-trailer lost control of the vehicle after a tire blowout. Aerial footage of the crash site ... Read More

Doctors Warn Wire Grill Brushes Can Cause Serious Injury

Wire grill brushes many backyard cooks use to clean their grills may look innocent enough, but there is a lurking danger associated with them that could become deadly for some people. According to a study published in 2016 in the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, approximately 1,700 people in the U.S were rushed to emergency rooms between 2002 and 2014 after inadvertently swallowing a bit of stray grill brush wire that clung to the grill during cleaning and ended up in their food. This figure, however, is believed to be significantly larger because it does not count patients who seek ... Read More

Family of Duck Boat Victims Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

An Indiana family gutted by the loss of nine family members who died when their duck boat sank during a Branson, Missouri tour have filed a lawsuit seeking $100 million from the boat’s operators and other parties. More than 50 members of the extended Coleman family filed the lawsuit Monday, July 30, in a federal court in Missouri. The plaintiffs name Ripley Entertainment Inc., Ride the Ducks International, Ride the Ducks of Branson, the Herschend Family Entertainment Corp., and Amphibious Vehicle Manufacturing, alleging the companies prioritize profits over the safety of their customers. A second lawsuit was filed July 31 ... Read More

CDC: McDonald’s Salads Sickened Hundreds in 15 States

Federal health authorities said an outbreak of Cyclospora parasite linked to McDonald’s restaurants in the Midwest has sickened about 400 people in 15 states. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) update said that U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials traced the Cyclospora to Fresh Express salad mix with romaine lettuce and carrots. Fresh Express supplied the salad mix to McDonald’s. When people throughout the Midwest started getting sick last month, public health officials discovered that the majority of them had eaten salads from McDonald’s. That finding prompted McDonald’s to stop selling salads at about 4,000 of its ... Read More

Sen. McCaskill Seeks Duck Boat Safety Measures

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) has drafted new legislation that would require the duck boat industry to implement safety measures that could prevent the amphibious vehicles from sinking like the one that killed 17 people in her home state July 19. McCaskill bases her proposed legislation on recommendations the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) urged nearly two decades ago after the Miss Majestic duck boat sank in Arkansas, killing 13 people. Those recommendations included adding flotation measures that would keep the duck boats upright and afloat when flooded and getting rid of the overhead canopies that can trap people underwater ... Read More