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Is Equifax Shopping for a Coffin After Data Breach?

Equifax’s failure to fend off hackers, who accessed the personal and financial information of 143 million Americans, has doomed the credit-reporting company, a technology attorney predicts. New York City-based technology law expert Mark Grossman told CNBC that he doesn’t see how Equifax could recover from the massive data breach. “We’ve seen a $6 billion loss in market cap, estimated losses from these breaches in excess of $20 billion,” he said in an interview on CNBC’s program “Closing Bell.” “This is ugly. The facts are still unfolding. It’s going to get worse. … We’re pointing to a bankruptcy. We’re pointing to ... Read More

Hours-of-Service Rules Relaxed In Wake of Harvey Flooding

Federal transportation officials have declared a state of emergency relaxing hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers in 26 states to help expedite the overland shipment of fuel in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made the announcement August 31 in response to “fuel shortages due to refinery delays and interruption of delivery through pipelines as a result of damage from Tropical Storm Harvey.” The storm dropped a record amount of rainfall in Houston and other parts of coastal Texas and Louisiana, resulting in the loss of power to major U.S. oil refineries, including ... Read More

Spinal Cord Injury Patients are Better Off Without IVC Filter

Patients who have a traumatic spinal cord injury are better off without an IVC filter, according to researchers. Surgeons from New York City’s Jacobi Medical Center and Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine evaluated large volumes of data to find out about the efficacy and safety of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters in spinal cord injury patients. The information from a national databank was used to compare the results of those who have received a filter to those who have received chemoprophylaxis alone, General Surgery News reports. The surgeons’ goal was to gain clarity as to whether or not an IVC filter for ... Read More

Truck Driver Barred From Road After Fatal Crash

Federal regulators declared a North Carolina-licensed commercial truck driver to be “an imminent hazard to public safety” and barred him from operating any commercial vehicles after he allegedly caused a fatal accident in New York City and left the scene. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that Simranjeet Singh Sandhu, 23, of Durham, North Carolina, was driving a tractor-trailer on the Cross Bronx Expressway in New York March 27 when he erratically switched lanes without signaling and struck a car, fatally injuring the driver. Caesar Contreras, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover $155 Million

One of the nation’s largest vendors of electronic health records software, eClinicalWorks, and certain of its employees will pay a total of $155 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging they misrepresented the capabilities of their software and paid kickbacks to customers in exchange for promotional favors. The U.S. Department of Justice said that the Westborough, Massachusetts-based software firm “falsely obtained” government-required certification for its electronic health records software by concealing from its certifying agency the software’s noncompliance with federal certification requirements. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 established the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program to encourage ... Read More

Lawsuit: IVC Filter broke 10 days after insertion

A New York man has filed a lawsuit against B. Braun, the maker of his IVC filter, which broke after just 10 days following insertion, reports the Daily Hornet. Robert Z., a man from Valhalla, New York, received a Vena Tech inferior vena cava (IVC) filter on Nov. 18, 2015. Dr. Carlos Tulla surgically implanted the device at White Plains Hospital Center in New York. Ten days later, on Nov. 28, Robert underwent a CT scan of his chest. The results showed the Vena Tech had migrated to the right atrium of his heart. He was immediately transferred to Weill Cornell Medicine in ... Read More

NTSB Report: Fatigue Led To Deadly Tugboat Disaster

Crewmember fatigue stemming from a crew shortage was largely to blame for a tugboat accident in the Hudson River just north of New York City last year that left three people dead. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators found the Specialist tugboat sank almost instantly after crashing into a construction barge March 12, 2016, near where construction workers are building the new Tappan Zee Bridge. All three men aboard the Specialist tugboat, owned by New York Marine Transport, died. They were identified as Paul Amon, 62, of Bayville, New Jersey; Timothy Conklin, 29, of Westbury, New York; and Harry Hernandez, ... Read More

Deadly Queens House Fire Stuns Community, Raises Safety Concerns

Fire, arson, and forensic investigators are at combing through the charred ruins of a Queens, New York, home that caught fire Sunday afternoon, killing five people younger than 20. The fire stunned the local community, many of whom said they witnessed the flames and saw the young victims screaming for help from the attic of a multilevel home. “I’m just here to pay my respects,” one neighbor told 1010 WINS/CBS Local. “To know that we lose five lives in the daytime, I just want to know what I can learn from this when it comes to safety even for my ... Read More

Lax inspections hurt nursing home patients

Significant understaffing of nursing home inspectors by the Ohio Department of Health has resulted in year-over-year failures by the state to meet federal deadlines for evaluating nursing home facilities, according to records obtained by The Plain Dealer. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contracts with states to inspect nursing homes across the country. The average interval between inspections of the same facility are to take place within 12.9 months, according to the federal agency’s requirements. These surveys are intended to ensure quality care for residents. However, many states, including Ohio, fall outside the 12.9-month inspection interval average. Ohio ... Read More

Alabama company Pays New York State $40 Million To Settle False Claims Act Tax Fraud Case

An Alabama investment group and some of its top executives have agreed to pay New York State $40 million to settle a New York False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a whistleblower who claimed the company committed tax fraud, cheating New York out of millions of dollars in taxes. The settlement is the largest-ever recovery of its kind since New York’s False Claims Act law was expanded to include tax claims. It resolves allegations that Birmingham-based Harbert Management Corporation, sponsor of Harbinger Capital Partners, a $26 billion New York City-based hedge fund, failed to pay millions in state taxes on ... Read More