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Whistleblower Sues U.S. For Ignoring Oil Rig Chemical Dumping Evidence

A whistleblower who allegedly witnessed environmental crimes being committed aboard an oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico is suing the Unites States, claiming a federal prosecutor ignored his evidence and cost the government $28 million in fines. According to Courthouse News Service, Evan Howington filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court May 4, disputing assistant U.S. attorney Jon Maestri’s conclusion that the Uncle John oil rig, anchored by an oil well about 60 miles off the Louisiana coast, did not fit the definition of a ship under the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. Mr. Howington, an Eagle ... Read More

DEA raids LA pharmacy over ‘off the charts’ opioid prescriptions

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials raided a Chalmette, Louisiana, pharmacy about 10 miles east of New Orleans reportedly for dispensing opioids at a rate that was “off the charts,” making it one of the highest-prescribing pharmacies in the state, according to The Advocate. DEA authorities issued seizure warrants at Wilkinson Family Pharmacy and arrest warrants for the pharmacy’s owner Keith Wilkinson, and business partner. The agency worked in conjunction with the Sheriff’s office. The operation comes as neighboring New Orleans experienced a surge in accidental overdose deaths in 2016, for the first time surpassing murders in the parish. The problem ... Read More

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

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

Xarelto makers want to know if plaintiffs cases are funded by third parties

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer, facing more than 1,200 cases in a mass tort over bleeding risks with their jointly produced blood thinner Xarelto, filed a motion requesting that the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas force plaintiffs to reveal whether their lawsuits are being funded by a third party. The motion specifically targets cases that may be picked for the first wave of bellwether trials. If they are being financed, then the defendants want to know by whom. The defendants also requested access to any “third-party control, consultation, or funding” agreements. Currently, both parties are working to determine which ... Read More

Side Underride Crashes Kill 200-Plus Motorists Per Year, No Solution In Sight

Side underride crashes aren’t just among the most common types of crashes involving tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles; they’re one of the most gruesome. These crashes occur when a car or other type of vehicle slams into the side of a tractor trailer and crashes underneath the vehicle, usually after having its top sheared off by the high clearance between the bottom of the trailer and the road. Victims of side underride crashes are often decapitated. Government data shows that more than 200 people are killed every year in side underride crashes with tractor trailers, which could largely be prevented with ... Read More

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

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

Study links PPIs to heart failure and death in patients with coronary artery disease

In a prospective cohort study recently published in PLoS One, use of proton pump inhibitors (or PPIs) was associated with increased risk for heart failure and death in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). The Cardiology Advisor explains that CAD patients are often treated with PPIs as prevention or treatment of GI complications to chronic antiplatelet therapy. PPI use has been linked to pneumonia, micronutrient deficiencies, bone fractures, and risk of infection. Studies have also linked long-term use of the acid-reducing drugs to decreased cognitive function, chronic kidney disease and kidney failure as well as cardiovascular events. The researchers analyzed ... Read More

SUV Runs Into Mardi Gras Parade, Injuring Twelve Gulf Shores Band Members

Twelve members of a high school marching band were injured, including four critically, when a parade vehicle plowed into them at the start of a Mardi Gras parade route in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Tuesday morning. The band, from Gulf Shores High School, was rounding a corner about a block before the crowds lined the street when a vehicle behind them suddenly accelerated and hit the group from behind, the Associated Press reported. Witnesses said the SUV had an “MOAA” sign on its side. Gulf Shores public information officer Grant Brown said a 73-year-old man from Gulf Shores, Alabama, was at ... Read More

Louisiana Man Says Products Containing Benzene Caused Injuries

A New Orleans couple are suing multiple companies over injuries they allege are caused by exposure to benzene containing products. Miles and Angeline Elder have filed a lawsuit against the makers of Liquid Wrench and Gunk, saying the benzene in the product caused Miles’ tissue damage that led to multiple myeloma. Elder claims to have had prolonged exposure as well as extended uses of the product and other benzene-containing household chemicals. The companies include CRC Industries, Berryman Products, W.M. Barr & Co., Radiator Specialty Co., U.S. Steel, Shell Oil, Harry’s Hardware, and Mike’s Hardware and Supply. The companies are being accused of negligence ... Read More

Risperdal, Xarelto mass tort programs dominate in Pennsylvania court system

Only two mass tort programs in Philadelphia’s Complex Litigation Center involving pharmaceuticals grew in 2016: the litigation involving the antipsychotic drug Risperdal and the blood thinner Xarelto. All other pharmaceutical mass torts lost between 6 and 100 percent of their inventory in 2016. As of Jan. 1, 5,601 pharmaceutical cases were pending in Philadelphia – nearly 200 more than were pending at the start of 2012, the year the court started implementing changes designed to clear its mass tort inventory. The Xarelto mass tort grew by 664 cases in 2016, bringing the total of cases pending to 1,214. The program ... Read More