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Ohio Truck Driver Barred From Road After Two Deadly Collisions

An Ohio-licensed commercial truck driver who struck and killed two people with his tractor-trailer in separate accidents within six months has been deemed a hazard to public safety, federal officials said. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ordered truck driver Doug Jones to cease driving a tractor-trailer or operating any other commercial motor vehicle across state lines after the second deadly accident. On July 2, 2018, Mr. Jones was driving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, when he struck a man who was standing near his disabled vehicle on the right shoulder. After investigating that accident, ... Read More

OSHA Orders Salon To Pay Employee Fired For Whistleblower Complaint

A Pennsylvania hair salon will have to pay a former employee $40,000 in back pay after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found the salon owners unlawfully fired the employee in retaliation for contacting OSHA with health and safety concerns. OSHA said the U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against Blown Away Dry Bar and Salon in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, on behalf of the hairstylist. The lawsuit was prompted by a complaint the hairstylist’s husband reported to OSHA. Business Insurance fills in some of the details of the case, announced by OSHA on Feb. 19. In March 2017, ... Read More

Prime Health Care Settles Another Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleging Medicare Fraud

Two employees of a Philadelphia hospital who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the hospital’s parent company and its founder have helped the U.S. government recover $1.25 million in Medicare funds. Prime Health Care Services and Dr. Prem Reddy, the company’s founder and CEO, agreed to settle the whistleblower lawsuit Feb. 14, resolving allegations that two of its hospitals, Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol Township, Pennsylvania, and Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, engaged in schemes to increase their Medicare billings. According to federal prosecutors, the whistleblowers alleged that the hospitals admitted Medicare beneficiaries who visited the ER when they should have ... Read More

Company recently headed by Trump nominee established fund for harassed women

The family-owned company where President Donald Trump’s nominee for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently served as CEO has agreed to pay dozens of women $290,000 over sexual harassment claims. Barry Myers, who was nominated to head up NOAA in October 2017, stepped down as CEO of AccuWeather in January, the same month his nomination was resubmitted. The settlement agreement was signed in June by AccuWeather President Joel Myers, older brother of Barry Myers, following an Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs investigation. Officials found that women who worked at the State College, Pennsylvania-based AccuWeather when Barry Myers ... Read More

Whistleblower Lawsuit Leads to $17 Million Recovery from Pentec Health

A whistleblower who filed a False Claims Act lawsuit against her former employer, Pentec Health Inc., has helped the U.S. government recover $17 million for Medicare and other federal health care programs. Jean Brasher filed the whistleblower lawsuit in October 2013 accusing Pennsylvania-based Penter Health Inc. of billing Medicare and other government programs for excessive amounts of its renal drug Proplete. According to the U.S. Justice Department, the whistleblower lawsuit alleged that Pentec also routinely waived patient copayments and deductible obligations to incentivize beneficiaries of the government programs to get Proplete prescriptions, even when more affordable options were available. Additionally, ... Read More

U.S. Traffic Deaths Exceed 40K for Third Consecutive Year

U.S. traffic deaths exceeded 40,000 in 2018, the third year in a row that the number of people killed in traffic accidents surpassed the 40k mark. Additionally, 4.5 million people were seriously injured last year in traffic crashes, a 1-percent rise over 2017’s figures, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Although data shows that traffic deaths have dipped slightly since 2016 (40,327 deaths) and 2017 (40,231 deaths), the estimated 40,000 people killed in 2018 is still 14 percent higher than four years ago. The spikes in traffic deaths were found in Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania ... Read More

Fruit Recalled in Several States Over Listeria Concerns

Concerns of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination in fresh produce have prompted ALDI, Costco, Walmart, and other retailers to recall bags of peaches, nectarines, and plums from stores in several states. Listeria is a foodborne pathogen that can cause serious illness and death. The recalled produce was distributed by fruit distributor Jac Vandenberg Inc. of Yonkers, New York. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recall affects 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines, and 365 cartons of fresh plums. ALDI said in a recall announcement that it has removed recalled peaches, nectarines, and plums ... Read More

Imerys can’t escape latest talc meso lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, tried to worm its way out of the latest case in the growing talc litigation, but U.S. District Judge Michael M. Baylson shot down the company’s bid. Carrie and Mark Youse filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court against Johnson & Johnson as well as Imerys alleging that the talc used in Johnson’s Baby Powder and other talcum powder products contained asbestos, which contributed to Carrie Youse’s mesothelioma diagnosis. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen and chest. It is caused by exposure ... Read More

Helicopter company to pay widow $6 million in wrongful death case

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania-based Haverfield Aviation Inc., will pay a New York woman $6 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit involving a 2012 helicopter crash that killed her husband. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Wolford granted the motion to approved the settlement between the aerial power line inspection company and Brenda Crout, whose husband, Dale, 41, died while inspecting power lines in Corning, New York, for New York State Electric and Gas Corporation (NYSEG). The crash also took the life of pilot Mackenzie Bleth, 24, of Grand Ronde, Oregon. Though young, Bleth was an experienced pilot, having worked previously for Coastal Helicopters ... Read More

California Romaine Grower Linked to E.Coli Outbreak Recalls Other Produce  

A California farm linked to the E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce that triggered a massive nationwide recall is now recalling other types of produce as a precaution. Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. of Santa Maria, California, said the new recalls include red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, and cauliflower harvested on Nov. 27 through Nov. 30, 2018. Although none of the produce has tested positive for the E. coli strain associated with the outbreak (E. coli O157:H7) and no illnesses have been reported, the company says it’s voluntarily recalling the extra produce out of an abundance of caution. The recalled cauliflower was ... Read More