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Intel Plaintiffs Want Class Actions Consolidated In California

Plaintiffs in a proposed class of consumers suing Intel over its “Meltdown” and “Spectre” flaws are urging the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate five lawsuits in California’s Northern District. The plaintiffs allege that Intel’s security patch for the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, which potentially allow hackers to access the contents of computer systems and smartphones, slows computer processing speeds. According to Law 360, two plaintiffs filed a putative class action against Intel in California’s Northern District within a day that news of the Intel microprocessor vulnerabilities broke. Those initial lawsuits were followed by three additional class actions that ... Read More

Conductor Injured In Washington Derailment Sues Amtrak

An Amtrak conductor on a training run of the Cascades 501 that derailed in DuPont, Washington, Dec. 18 is one of the first people to sue the railroad as a result of the accident. Garrick Freeman, a 48-year-old Amtrak conductor, was among the 80 people injured when the train derailed as it sped into a downward curve at more than twice the speed limit. Thirteen of the train’s cars leaped the tracks on an overpass and landed on cars and trucks on Interstate 5 below. Three people were killed. Mr. Freeman, who was with the train’s engineer in the lead ... Read More

Food Plant Fined After Third Accidental Amputation in Three Years

A food processing plant in Pasco, Washington, faces more than $90,000 in fines for serious repeated safety violations after a worker had his finger partially amputated by moving machinery. The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) said that it cited Freeze Pak, a division of Oregon Potato Co., for six safety violations with fines of $92,400. The fines were issued after a plant worker’s accidental finger amputation triggered an inspection. The amputation was the third time in three years that a worker suffered an accidental amputation at the plant. Three of the safety violations involved serious violations for which ... Read More

Amtrak Train Derails in Savannah Station

An Amtrak train hauling more than 300 passengers and crew from Miami to New York City derailed at the Savannah, Georgia, station Wednesday night. Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams told the Associated Press that the derailment occurred as the Silver Meteor train #98 was backing into the Savannah station. The last three cars of the train – a baggage car and two sleeper cars – left the tracks but remained fully upright. No injuries were reported. The derailment occurred as a historic snowstorm was pummeling the Savannah area and other parts of the Eastern Seaboard. Passenger Joel Potischman, who was traveling ... Read More

Study links PPIs to stomach cancer

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), one of the most commonly used drugs the U.S., have been linked to an increased risk of stomach cancer, according to new research conducted by the University College London. The new research backs earlier research that linked the drugs to stomach cancer in previous studies. The heartburn and acid reflux medication sold both by prescription as well as over the counter, is often taken for months – or even years – despite the recommended maximum time-frame of two to four weeks. The latest study found that people who took PPIs for two weeks were twice as likely ... Read More

Amtrak Sped Excessively Before Deadly Washington Derailment

The Amtrak train that derailed south of Tacoma, Washington, Monday morning, killing three people and injuring dozens of others, was traveling nearly three times the speed limit, federal investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that Amtrak’s Cascade Train 501 was speeding at 80 mph in a 30 mph zone as it entered an overpass in DuPont, where all but one of the train’s 14 cars careened off the tracks. At a news conference late Monday, NTSB board member Bella Dinh-Zarr said that investigators had retrieved the train’s event data recorder from the rear locomotive and are using ... Read More

Multiple Deaths, Injuries in Washington Amtrak Derailment

An Amtrak derailment in DuPont, Washington, Monday morning has resulted in multiple deaths and injuries. Authorities say at least three people are dead after part of Amtrak’s newly opened Cascades 501 line careened off an overpass near Mounts Road in Dupont and landing on the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 below. Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma is serving as the main hospital receiving casualties from the train crash, but the hospital did not disclose how many patients it has seen. A spokesman for Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia told The Seattle Times that it had received about a ... Read More

Lawyer Caught Selling Sealed Whistleblower Suit Pleads Guilty

A former Washington D.C. law firm partner pleaded guilty last week to charges that he attempted to sell copies of sealed whistleblower lawsuits that he took with him before leaving his job at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Jeffrey Wertkin, 41, was arrested in the lobby of a Cupertino, California, hotel in January when he showed up to make an illegal transaction wearing a disguise. Mr. Wertkin had arranged to exchange the sealed whistleblower lawsuit for a duffel bag of cash with an undercover FBI agent. According to Reuters, court records show that Mr. Wertkin pleaded guilty in federal ... Read More

Numbing creams recalled due to quality concerns

Ridge Properties, doing business as Pain Relief Naturally, is recalling several bedsore cream, hemorrhoid ointment, and tattoo numbing balm products after federal inspectors found significant violations of current good manufacturing practice regulations that put the quality and safety of the products into question. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an inspection of the company’s Salem, Oregon, facility and reported that manufacturing practices were not in adequate control to rule out the possibility that products were not of decreased quality and consistency. Ridge Properties has received reports of sub-potency with its Extra Strength PreTAT by TAT Balm Carbomer Free Gel. ... Read More

Mary’s Harvest Fresh poultry products may be contaminated

Poultry products produced by Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods Inc., may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause serious illness in some individuals, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced in a public health alert. A recall was not issued because it is believed that all products are no longer in commerce and are past their “Best by” dates. The affected product includes 8..75-ounce containers of “Kale & Broccoli Slaw Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast (Rib Meat)” with item #20346 and a “Use By” dates of 10/12/17 through 10/16/17. They were produced ... Read More