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TVA facing lawsuit that seeks to enforce emission reduction

The hits just keep on coming for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). First, a massive spill from its east Tennessee coal-burning site results in a near-$1 billion cleanup, millions in payouts to the county it nearly destroyed, and mounting lawsuits from parties injured by the spill. Now, a Second Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated global warming lawsuits brought by eight states, New York City, and three land trusts against the TVA and other large utility companies, which seek to limit their carbon dioxide emissions, according to The Australian Business. The order overrides a district judge’s 2005 ruling, which dismissed ... Read More

deaths and strangulations prompt series of shade and blind recalls

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a series of vertical blind and window shade recalls after the death of three children and near-strangulation injuries of several others. The recalls include horizontal and vertical blinds and cellular shades made by Vertical Land Inc. of Panama City Beach, Florida. Approximately 15,400 horizontal blinds manufactured by Vertical Land were found to lack inner cord stop devices that prevent the inner cords from forming an exterior loop in which children can become entangled and suffocate. About 16,400 vertical blinds and 800 cellular shades featuring freely hanging loop chains and cords that pose a similar ... Read More

Merck and Schering pay $41.5 million to settle NJ lawsuits

Merck and Schering-Plough, the pharmaceutical giants whose joint venture produced the blockbuster cholesterol drug Vytorin, agreed to pay $41.5 million to settle 140-plus New Jersey lawsuits lodged against the manufacturers for misleading and improper marketing of the drug and for withholding the results of a clinical trial that showed Vytorin to be a dud. The Enhance study revealed that the pairing of Schering-Plough’s Zetia and Merck’s Zocor, which constitutes Vytorin, to be no more effective and possibly even less effective than Zocor alone or other much cheaper, generic statins in treating arterial plaque. But more than the disappointing results, there was ... Read More

OSHA investigates chocolate supplier after employee death

Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials and authorities from the city of Camden, New Jersey, are investigating the death of a 29-year-old employee of Cocoa Services, a plant that supplies and processes chocolate for manufacturers such as Hershey. The employee, Vincent Smith, had been pouring chocolate into a melting vat from atop platform when he fell into the chocolate. Authorities say Vincent likely died after being struck on the head by a revolving paddle that stirred the chocolate , not by the temperature of the chocolate, which was warmed to 120 degrees. Cocoa Services , which operates in an old Campbell’s Soup ... Read More

Women with diabetes more likely to suffer postpartum depression

Pregnant women and new mothers who have diabetes are nearly twice as likely to suffer from symptoms of postpartum depression compared to pregnant women and new mothers who do not have diabetes, according to a Harvard Medical School and University of Minnesota School of Public Health study. The study, published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association, examined more than 11,000 low-income mothers in New Jersey. The data indicated that 9.6 percent of women with diabetes who had no indication of depression during pregnancy, developed depression during the year following delivery. Researchers say that the findings ... Read More

Patients converge on Capital Hill for right to sue Medtronic

People with Medtronic cardiac defibrillators implanted in their chests converged on Washington, D.C., this week to lobby for the passage of the Medical Device Safety Act. The act will allow consumers who have been hurt by defective medical devices to sue the device’s maker even if the devices have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The bill was introduced by Democratic Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey and Henry Waxman of California after a Minnesota federal district court dismissed lawsuits filed against Medtronic by 1,496 individuals harmed by their malfunctioning Medtronic defibrillators. In 1997, Medtronic suspended ... Read More

Actavis signs consent decree to resume making Digitek

Actavis Inc. has signed a proposed consent decree agreeing to fix the manufacturing problems at its New Jersey plant where it produced and sold the heart drug, Digitek, a brand of digoxin, according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Digitek was cited by the Center for Public Integrity as the “primary suspect” in 667 deaths reported between April 1, 2008 and June 30, 2008. Digitek is prescribed for various heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter and sometimes heart failure. An incorrect dosage or overdosage can be dangerous and even fatal to heart patients taking the medication, causing even ... Read More

Jury sides with plaintiffs in Staples class action lawsuit

Misclassification of store managers is a ruse sometimes used by businesses to avoid paying certain employees overtime. As we reported in December, a federal appeals court upheld a $35.6 million judgment against Family Dollar Stores, Inc. for wrongly classifying store employees as managers and then denying them overtime pay. Last week, a federal jury in the U.S. District Court for New Jersey ordered Staples, Inc., the world’s largest chain of office supply stores, to pay nearly $2.5 million to 343 plaintiffs because of similar violations to the Fair Labor Standards Act. The store managers, represented in the class action lawsuit ... Read More

Hepatitis C treatment proven effective but linked to SJS

PEGASYS, a new medication proven effective in the treatment of hepatitis C for Latino patients caused a severe adverse skin reaction known as erythema multiforme major, or Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), in patients during post-approval use, according to Cloud Computing Journal. The article referenced a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study is the largest conducted to-date focusing on Latino patients with the hepatitis C virus. The virus is a blood-borne infectious disease of the liver that can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer and the need for liver transplants. Hepatitis C is reported to affect Latino ... Read More

FDA awaits Actavis permanent injunction

The drug company Actavis, producer of the heart drug Digitek, agreed to close several plants in New Jersey and will not resume operations at these plants until U.S. standards for testing and manufacturing have been met by the FDA. According to Pharma Tech Live, the FDA has filed a consent degree, banning Actavis from distributing drugs in Totowa and Little Falls, N.J. The agreement also gives the FDA the right to close the plants if violations persist and to fine the company $15,000 a day afterward. The FDA filed an action against Actavis Dec. 23, which was signed by Actavis on ... Read More