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Whistleblower may appeal verdict in DuPont chemical plant case

The lawyer representing a whistleblower who lost his False Claims Act lawsuit against DuPont chemical company said the case isn’t dead and that his client would explore other options in holding the company liable for an alleged leak of cancer causing gases. Jeffrey Simoneaux, a 22-year employee of DuPont’s sulfuric acid plant in Burnside, La., filed the whistleblower lawsuit in 2012, alleging the company escaped paying fines for its environmental pollution by concealing the leaks from regulators. Mr. Simoneaux’s lawsuit asserted that DuPont owes the federal government $25,000 per day for every day its plant, situated near a residential neighborhood ... Read More

Boston bus crash victims sue GPS navigation system makers for directing bus under low overpass

A group of Bucks County, Penn., residents who were injured when their charter bus slammed into a low overpass in Boston two years ago have filed a $15-million civil suit alleging the GPS navigation system used by the driver directed him onto a road with height restrictions. The plaintiffs, some of them teens who received severe head, neck, and back injuries in the crash, were among 35 students and seven chaperones headed home to the Philadelphia area after a daylong tour of Harvard University. According to the Bucks County Courier Times, the trip was sponsored for Destined for a Dream, a nonprofit ... Read More

Safety barriers for gas fireplaces help prevent burn injuries

Starting this New Year’s Day, protective barriers around gas-powered fireplaces and fireplace heaters won’t just be a good idea. They will be a requirement. New federal regulations will take effect that day with the aim of preventing severe burns, especially for young children. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the surfaces on the front of gas fireplaces and fireplace heaters that vent to the outside are 500° to 1,000° F when lit. Toddlers and children in a home with an unshielded fireplace are risk of serious injury. CPSC data indicate that more than 3,000 children age 5 and ... Read More

Small jet crashes into suburban DC house, killing at least three

Three people are dead and three remain unaccounted for after a small jet crashed into a home in Gaithersburg, Md., Monday morning. Montgomery County Fire Chief Steven Lohr told reporters that three people aboard the airplane were killed in the crash, while three in the house that was hit, reportedly a mother and her two young children, remain unaccounted for. Investigators are trying to determine whether there was a fourth person aboard the downed airplane. The 10-seat corporate jet was a 2009 Embraer EMB-500/Phenom 100 twin-engine jet registered to Sage Aviation of Chapel Hill, N.C. The airplane was on approach ... Read More

OSHA, others investigate death of college gymnast inside restaurant dumbwaiter

Investigators said a 21-year-old employee who was killed inside of a dumbwaiter in a Wisconsin restaurant may have reached inside the elevator after pressing the button to send items down. The body of Brooke Baures, a Winona State University senior and star gymnast, was discovered inside the dumbwaiter, used to haul food and dishes between the restaurant’s first and second floors, by a coworker around 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1. On a 911 recording obtained by the Winona Daily News, a distraught fellow employee of the WingDam Saloon and Grill said “I think one of my co-workers got (caught) in, ... Read More

Commercial truck safety improvements slow to become law despite rise in crashes

Two high-profile commercial truck crashes this year have re-ignited calls for new rules that would enhance highway safety for tractor trailers, but federal regulators have been slow to act, Bloomberg reports. On June 17, 30 Rock star and Saturday Night Live veteran Tracy Morgan was critically injured when an allegedly fatigued Walmart driver plowed his tractor trailer into Mr. Morgan’s limo van. In addition to injuring Mr. Morgan, the collision killed comedian James McNair and critically injured three others. Then on Sept. 26, a tractor trailer driving north on Interstate 35 in Oklahoma ran across the median into the southbound ... Read More

Too many U.S. drivers neglectful of proper tire pressure, study finds

“Tires are the Rodney Dangerfield of cars — they get no respect,” Dan Zielinski of the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) told TheStreet.com. “They always look round and black no matter what shape they’re in, so people say: ‘Oh, they look OK.” According to TheStreet.com, a recent test conducted by the RMA of about 3,300 vehicles in 26 cities across the U.S. found that only 9 percent of drivers had all four tires inflated to the proper levels. Improperly inflated tires can cause blowouts and other dangerous problems, whether they are underinflated or overinflated. The study also found that 69 percent ... Read More

Women should not be treated with testosterone therapy, Endocrine Society advises

Low testosterone is not a valid diagnosis in healthy women, and most women with low amounts of the hormone should not use testosterone-replacement drugs, the Endocrine Society said in a new guideline. “Although limited research suggests testosterone therapy in menopausal women may be linked to improved sexual function, there are too many unanswered questions to justify prescribing testosterone therapy to otherwise healthy women,” guideline task force chair Dr. Margaret Wierman, of the University of Colorado, said in news release. Dr. Wierman said that in a review of past studies, women who had low testosterone levels did not exhibit any signs ... Read More

Lawsuit claims Johnson & Johnson should have warned consumers about ovarian cancer risk with baby powder

A woman suing consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson alleging the company should have included ovarian cancer warnings on its baby powder says it is irrelevant that she never developed the disease; she still suffered financial injury from buying the product under false pretenses year after year. Plaintiff Barbara Mihalich’s response was aimed at Johnson & Johnson’s motion to dismiss her case and mischaracterize her claims as a personal injury lawsuit. Mihalich claims that she –and other women like her – would likely have never purchased the product had they known the powder could increase their risk of developing ... Read More

Two lawsuits filed against truck carrier and driver over deadly college bus crash

One wrongful-death and one personal-injury lawsuit have been filed against a commercial trucking company and driver in the wake of a tragic Sept. 26 crash that killed four members of a college softball team and injured a dozen others in Oklahoma. On Tuesday, the parents of 20-year-old Brooke Deckard filed a lawsuit in Tarrant County against Nashville, Tenn.-based Quickway Carriers and driver Russell Staley, 53, of Saginaw, Texas. Brooke was one of the four members of the North Central Texas College women’s softball team killed when Mr. Staley’s truck crossed the median on Interstate 35 and struck the team’s bus ... Read More