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Pre-workout supplements recalled due to undeclared allergen

Independent Nutrition Inc., doing business as Back to Health, is recalling certain lots of its Ignite High Endurance Pre-Workout dietary supplements because they may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk who consume this product are at risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. To date, Independent Nutrition has received no reports of illness related to this recall issue. Affected lots of Ignite High Endurance Pre-Workout Supplement products were sold at health food stores in California, Oregon, New Jersey and Texas between March 1, 2015, and March 31, 2018. The products were sold in ... Read More

Ohio Sues Monsanto Over PCB Pollution

The State of Ohio filed a lawsuit against Monsanto March 5, alleging the agrochemical giant polluted the state with polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and concealed its knowledge of the chemical’s toxic effects for decades. Environmental scientists from coast to coast are finding rivers, lakes, wetlands, shorelines, harbors, and other environmental habitats contaminated with residual PCBs. Monsanto manufactured virtually all the PCBs in the world starting in 1929 until they were banned in 1977. Monsanto sold its PCBs to other companies, which used them in manufacturing a multitude of products, including paint, ink, caulk, sealants, lubricants, electrical equipment, and carbonless copy paper, to name a ... Read More

Plaintiff awarded $3.2M in AndroGel side effects retrial

An Illinois federal jury awarded an Oregon man $3.2 million, finding drug maker AbbVie Inc., was negligent in its promotion of the testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel. The verdict in the case of plaintiff Jesse Mitchell came after a more than two-week-long trial and resulted in an award of $200,000 in compensatory damages and $3 million in punitive damages. It was the second time a jury deliberated on whether AndroGel caused Mitchell’s heart attack. The first trial ended last summer with a jury finding AndroGel was not the cause of Mitchell’s heart attack and thus no compensatory damages were awarded. But the ... Read More

Kratom linked to reports of Salmonella infections

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is continuing its crackdown on the herbal supplement kratom announcing this week that it, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other state and local officials are investigating a multi-state breakout of Salmonella infections linked to products reportedly containing kratom. Because of this health risk, the FDA is advising consumers to avoid kratom and kratom-containing products. Salmonella infections cause symptoms such as diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most people recover without treatment, but the diarrhea may be so severe for some people that they need to be hospitalized. In some ... Read More

Lithium Battery Explosion Eyed as Cause of Oregon House fire

A charging lithium battery inside a laptop could be to blame for causing a fire that forced a family to evacuate their Portland, Oregon-area home in the middle of the night. Homeowner Mark Rust told Portland, Oregon’s KPTV FOX 12 he and his family were asleep in their home in Tigard when they were awakened by a loud explosion in another part of the house. They called for help upon finding their living room ablaze. Mr. Rust said an older laptop computer had been charging. “Earlier in the evening I had plugged in an older laptop to recharge it, and ... Read More

DOJ In Damage Control After DC Lawyer Hawked Whistleblower Lawsuits

A promising Washington D.C. lawyer who admittedly stole and peddled sealed whistleblower lawsuits from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), his former employer, is now cooperating with federal officials to help them prevent future False Claims Acts (FCA) cases and their relators from being jeopardized. Jeffrey Wertkin, a 41-year-old partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, was busted in the lobby of a Cupertino, California, hotel last year trying to sell a sealed whistleblower complaint to an undercover FBI agent. The lawsuit was one of several False Claims Act complaints he illegally removed from the Justice Department before he ... Read More

Whistleblower Retaliation Case Triggers Push For Better Laws in Oregon

A whistleblower who was fired after calling out dangerous working conditions, waste, contractor overbilling, and other misconduct in Oregon’s Motor Carrier Division has triggered a push for expanded whistleblower protections in the state. Gerritt Law, a weigh-scale technician in the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Motor Carrier Division reported his concerns about problems within the agency to his superiors multiple times since taking the job in 2013. But instead of addressing the reported problems, Mr. Law’s superiors fired him. A story about Mr. Law’s whistleblower experience that Salem’s Statesman Journal ran in November caught the attention of state Senator Jackie Winters. ... Read More

Collagen protein supplement recalled, contains undeclared milk

Bulletproof 360 Inc., is recalling one lot of Bulletproof Collagen Protein dietary supplement, promoted for tissue, muscle and bone recovery after exercise, because the product contains undeclared milk. People with allergies or severe sensitivity to milk are at risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. The recall affects lot #1017088 of Bulletproof Collagen Protein, packaged in a 16-ounce composite-film bag. It has the UPC 8 15709 -2115 3 printed on the label, along with the expiration date, listed as EXP03/19. All other lots of Bulletproof Collagen Protein and other products purchased at bulletproof.com are not ... Read More

Jury Awards Whistleblower $1 Million in Retaliation Case

A federal jury in Portland, Oregon awarded a former whistleblower $1 million in a retaliation case against a now out-of-business telemarketing firm. According to The Oregonian, Max Zweizig of New Jersey worked as the information technology director for the Oregon-based Northwest Direct Teleservices Inc. from 2001-2003. In 2004, he filed a lawsuit against Timothy Rote, the company’s owner and president, alleging he was fired in retaliation for alerting law enforcement authorities that the company was overbilling some clients. Mr. Zweizig’s whistleblower complaint originally went to arbitration and he was awarded $75,375 for lost wages and damages, but the judgement hasn’t ... Read More

Shredded coconut linked to salmonella outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut, distributed by Evershing International Trading Company. The outbreak has sickened at least 25 people in nine states. Six of those infected were hospitalized. To date, no deaths have been reported. On Jan. 3, 2018, Evershing International Trading Company recalled all 16-ounce packages of Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut after the product was identified by Massachusetts officials as the source of ... Read More