Tagged Articles

Oklahoma 182 articles

Adventureland worker dies after fall on the job

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the wife of an Adventureland worker who was killed last year while operating a water ride. Steve Booher, 68, was a retired postal worker, a former pastor, and was enjoying retirement with this wife, Gladys, by traveling the country in their RV. When the Oklahoma couple arrived in the middle of Iowa, Booher decided to take a job at Adventureland in Altoona.. “Steve was having a great time,” Gladys posted on Facebook. “He loved watching the kids enjoying the rides.” Six days into his new job, on June 7, Booher was tending the Raging River ... Read More

Retrievable IVC filter failure promps Lawsuit Against Rex Medical

An Oklahoma man has filed a lawsuit against Rex Medical alleging injuries related to the manufacturer’s inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, which was designed to be temporary but which doctors have been unable to remove. On Feb. 12, 2016, Ronald L. had an Option ELITE Retrievable IVC filter surgically inserted by doctors at Community Hospital in Oklahoma City. He had been admitted for hip surgery, and the filter was placed just in case he might form a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in the legs. The filter is designed catch blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs, resulting in pulmonary embolism. A DVT is ... Read More

Pawnee Tribe Sues Oil Companies In Tribal Court For Earthquake Damage

The Pawnee Nation filed a lawsuit in its tribal court March 3, accusing several oil companies actively drilling in Oklahoma of causing that state’s largest-ever recorded earthquake and damaging historical tribal buildings that are nearly a century old. The lawsuit represents the 3,200-member Pawnee tribe in north-central Oklahoma. According to the complaint, the oil companies named as defendants triggered the earthquake by injecting wastewater into wells and destabilizing subterranean layers of bedrock and faults, causing the earth to shift. The complaint is the first earthquake-related litigation to be heard in a tribal court. If it goes to trial, it will ... Read More

Montgomery area alopecia support group starting March 11

A new-to-Montgomery, Alabama, family has started an alopecia support group that will hold its first meeting at the Prattville YMCA at 10 a.m. on March 11. The Montgomery Advertiser tells the story of the Air Force family who moved here in July so that 5-year-old Lilly’s dad, United States Air Force Maj. Jason Stack, could attend Air Command and Staff College. Lilly suffers from an autoimmune skin disease called alopecia areata, which causes hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes other parts of the body. According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation the disease often appears in childhood as it did ... Read More

Advanced Pharma recalls sterile injectable products labeled ‘latex free’

Advanced Pharma Inc., doing business as Avella of Houston, issued a recall of all unexpired sterile injectable products labeled “latex free” produced at Advanced Pharma’s Houston location from Sept. 1, 2016, to Feb. 16, 2017, because they may contain synthetic latex and/or natural latex. Avella and Advanced Pharam have been unable to confirm whether the “latex free” label statements on their products were accurate in all cases, and issued the recall as a precaution. The risk of potential adverse events related to a latex allergy range from local site reactions including swelling and inflammation to allergic reactions, which can be ... Read More

Trader Joe apple sauces recalled after glass particles found in jars

Manna Products Co., is recalling three types of Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Apple Sauces because pieces of glass were found mixed into some jars of the product. Consumers with specific containers of Trader Joe’s All Natural Unsweetened Apple Sauce, Trader Joe’s Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce, and Trader Joe’s First Crush Unsweetened Gravenstein Apple Sauce are advised not to eat the products and to return them to Trader Joe’s for a full refund, or dispose of them. Products affected by the recall include Trader Joe’s All Natural Apple Sauce with the UPC 00014359, and all “Best Before” Date Codes through DEC 16, 2018. This brand ... Read More

Oklahoma Joins Federal Government in whistleblower Lawsuit Alleging Kickbacks, False Claims

The state of Oklahoma has joined federal prosecutors in alleging that the Oklahoma-based Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) and its director Stephen Williamson accepted millions of dollars in illegal kickbacks from a company that formerly provided Oklahoma’s ambulance services. The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office filed a complaint in a Texas federal court seeking to partially intervene in a whistleblower lawsuit against EMSA, a public trust that provides ambulance service to more than 1.1 million people in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas. The state alleges that EMSA and Mr. Williamson engaged in a kickback scheme regarding highly profitable ambulance services ... Read More

U.S. Backs Whistleblower Suit against Texas hospital System, Ambulance Provider

The U.S. government has chosen to intervene in a False Claims Act lawsuit filed against a Texas hospital system and an ambulance company by a whistleblower who alleges the defendants entered into an illegal kickback scheme to secure and retain a lucrative public ambulance services contract. The lawsuit names multiple defendants: East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System, Inc., East Texas Medical Center Regional Health Services, Inc. (together, ETMC), Paramedics Plus, LLC, Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), and EMSA’s President, Herbert Stephen Williamson. According to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, ETMC, one of the largest health ... Read More

Magellan Pipeline Spill Releases 38,000 gallons of diesel in North-Central Iowa

Federal investigators joined Iowa authorities to investigate an underground pipeline breach that released 138,000 gallons of diesel fuel in a farm field and surrounding land in north-central Iowa Jan. 25. The pipeline is owned by Magellan Midstream Partners, a subsidiary of Magellan Pipeline Company, which has been fined several times over the last few years for numerous oil spills, most of which have occurred in the Midwest. “It’s a big one. It’s significant,” Jeff Vansteenburg of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources told the Des Moines Register. According to a safety plan Magellan submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the 2-inch ... Read More

Magellan Pipeline Settles Violations Related To Fuel Spills in Three States

Magellan Pipeline Company has reached an $18-million agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) settling alleged violations of the Clean Water Act related to pipeline spills of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel in Texas City, Texas; Nemaha, Nebraska; and El Dorado, Kansas. Under the agreement, Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Magellan will spend $16 million on improving training for its staff and monitoring the integrity of its 11,000 miles of pipeline. A public transparency measure also requires the company to report information about certain types of pipeline releases and its responses to them. The other $2 ... Read More