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Charter Bus Crash Kills Two, Injures Dozens in Virginia

A bus crash near Richmond, Virginia, killed two people and injured dozens of others, some critically, Tuesday morning when it overturned on an exit ramp. The charter bus, owned by Massachusetts-based Tao’s Travel, was traveling from Orlando, Florida, to New York City when it crashed about 5:30 p.m. just south of Richmond. There were 56 passengers on board plus the driver, whom authorities identified as Yui Man Chow, 40, of Staten Island, New York. The Virginia State Police said the driver was traveling at an excessive speed when he veered off a foggy exit ramp on Interstate 95 in King ... Read More

Lawsuits hold several parties responsible for fatal aircraft crash

A Canadian flight school, a North Carolina airplane parts manufacturer, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have been hit with lawsuits alleging negligence which led to an airplane crash that killed three people. The crash occurred Oct. 16, 2016, on an aircraft owned and operated by the St. Catharines Flying Club of Niagara on the Lake, on a flight from Richmond, Virginia to St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. All persons on board – two passengers and the pilot – were killed. The lawsuit claims that the crash was caused by the failure of the aircraft’s Tempest Vacuum Pump, which was manufactured by Aero ... Read More

Recent tractor-trailer accidents raise concerns about public safety

Two people were killed and one seriously injured in three separate accidents involving tractor-trailers in Central Virginia during the first two weeks of October, sparking concerns over federal regulations and public safety. That brings the total number of crashes in the area involving tractor-trailers in 2018 to 333, resulting in 170 injuries and four fatalities. A firefighter was killed and three other firefighters were injured Oct. 11 after a tractor-trailer crashed into a firetruck during a call on Interstate 295 during Tropical Storm Michael. The truck driver was charged with reckless driving and cited for having defective brakes. The following ... Read More

Wells Fargo Customers Reporting Unauthorized Amazon Charges

Scores of Wells Fargo customers are reporting unauthorized Amazon Prime charges on their debit cards even when they aren’t a Prime member. So far, the fraudulent charges, which are initiated by an unknown source, appear to be clustered in the Richmond, Virginia area, according to Richmond’s WWBT NBC12. Several other cases have been reported in North Carolina and Kentucky. An Amazon spokesperson said it is aware of the fraudulent charges and says that Wells Fargo customers should take the issue up with the bank. However, if the fraudulent charges continue to appear after alerting Wells Fargo, then consumers are advised ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Struck By Train On Steep Virginia Crossing

A tractor-trailer was split in half by a freight train in Virginia after it became stuck on the tracks at a notorious high-grade railroad crossing that has seen multiple similar accidents in recent years. The accident occurred Sept. 6 at the Curtis Street railroad crossing in Chester, Virginia. Dash-cam video of another driver stopped at the tracks shows the three occupants of the tractor-trailer’s cab running from the tracks as a freight train barrels toward their stranded truck. Moments later, the train rips through the trailer “like a knife in butter,” one witness told Richmond, Virginia’s WRIC 8News. The collision ... Read More

Some Hyundai and Kia Drivers Reporting Flames, Explosions

Federal auto safety regulators said they are “reviewing” reports that certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles are catching fire for unknown reasons, sometimes burning into unusable, charred ruins. That’s what happened to a Virginia woman’s 2012 Kia Soul. Michelle Belcher told Richmond’s WTVR Channel 6 that her son Bailey was driving the Kia Soul home from work when he noticed smoke coming from the vehicle and pulled over. Outside the vehicle, he noticed the glow of fire underneath the vehicle and  “the whole car went up in flames, it was crazy,” Bailey Belcher told WVTR. Neither Hyundai, which owns about a ... Read More

Florida Ambulance Co. Settles Whistleblower Fraud Case

A whistleblower was instrumental in helping the U.S. recover $1.2 million in federal health care funds from a Jacksonville, Florida-based ambulance company, the U.S. Attorney in Orlando said. Liberty Ambulance agreed to pay the $1.2 million to resolve allegations that it overbilled Medicare, Medicaid, and other taxpayer-funded health care programs for transporting patients. Liberty knowingly up-coded claims for life-support services from “basic” to “advanced” without justification, according to the whistleblower lawsuit. The complaint also alleged that Liberty billed Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program for unnecessary patient transportation. The alleged activity occurred between June 2005 and ... Read More

Whistleblower Case Leads to $1.7M Recovery From Florida Urogynecology Group

A Florida network of urogynecologists has agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle a whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit alleging the company billed Medicare for patient services that were never provided. The settlement resolves a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Holly Loebl, a former employee of FWC Urogynecology LLC, who accused the same company of knowingly misusing a certain Medicare billing code called “modifier 25,” which adds fees for extra services to Medicare billings, the U.S. Attorney in Orlando said. Orlando-based FWC Urogynecology operates more than a dozen clinics throughout Florida. Ms. Loebi filed her lawsuit under the whistleblower provisions of ... Read More

Whistleblower Key in Recovering $1.2 Million From Florida Pain Clinic

A doctor who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against a Jacksonville, Florida-based pain management clinic was instrumental in helping the U.S. government recover more than $1.2 million for Medicare, TRICARE, and other federally subsidized health care programs. U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez of the Middle District of Florida said Riverside Spine & Pain Physicians agreed to pay the U.S. $1,204,415 to settle a complaint filed by Dr. Carissa Stone, a former employee of the clinic. Dr. Stone filed the lawsuit under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, alleging the clinic billed Medicare and other U.S. health care programs for ... Read More

Jury wanted to add cancer warnings to J&J talcum powders

A California jury deliberating whether to punish Johnson & Johnson with more monetary damages on top of $21.7 million in compensatory damages it awarded just a day before asked the court if they could require Johnson & Johnson to put warnings on the product’s label instead. When the court said doing so was beyond the jurors’ ability, they slapped the health care company with an additional $4 million in punitive damages. The trial involved claims that the company’s baby powder contains asbestos and contributed to a woman’s mesothelioma diagnosis. Joanne Anderson, a 68-year-old woman, said her rare and deadly cancer ... Read More