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671 Sickened, 3 Dead from 34-State Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cucumbers

An Salmonella outbreak of illnesses linked to Mexican-grown cucumbers has expanded to 34 states, prompting federal officials to step up multistate recall efforts. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a number of state and local health officials continue to investigate the outbreak of illnesses caused by a strain of Salmonella Poona, which has infected nearly 700 people in 34 states. The FDA announced Wednesday that 113 people have been hospitalized with salmonellosis and three people have died after eating contaminated cucumbers grown in Baja, Mexico, and supplied by Andrew ... Read More

Fair Labor Standards Act: How open-source businesses like Uber are challenging employee classifications

The Fraud List: Fair Labor Edition

This Is The Third Installment in The Fraud List: Fair Labor Series Despite laws enacted by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to help protect the livelihood of our nation’s workforce, there are still grey areas actively manipulated by employers to curve employee costs related to basic minimum wage and overtime pay. By intentionally classifying workers as independent contractors instead of employees – even when the job duties seem to clearly entitle workers to employee status – employers can get around paying certain wages and benefits. This is known as “employee misclassification,” and it’s becoming an FLSA crisis in the U.S. The issue developed in recent years ... Read More

Cal State suffers data breach affecting about 80K students on eight campuses

Approximately 80,000 California State University (CSU / Cal State) students on eight different campuses are now victims of a data breach after enrolling in an online sexual violence prevention course, the LA Times reports. “We End Violence,” the vendor hired by Cal State, was to provide college students with a state-required noncredit sexual harassment class; however, the students who applied for the special training have had their personal information, including their sign-in names, gender and email addresses, exposed. So far, Cal State officials have only confirmed that the hack was caused by a, “vulnerability in the underlying code,” but have ... Read More

Woman Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Deadly Midair Collision

A California woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the pilots of two airplanes that collided midair near San Diego August 16, killing her husband, both pilots, and two others. Sofia Palos told KGTV San Diego’s Team 10 that her husband, Carlos Palos, 40, was a confident flyer who flew frequently for work. He shot a video of himself on his cell phone during the flight and Mrs. Palos said she holds that last image of him close, KGTV reported. Mr. Palos was aboard a twin-engine Sabreliner jet leased by BAE Systems, an aerospace and defense company, when it ... Read More

Cucumbers Linked To 27-State Salmonella Outbreak

A multi-state outbreak of Salmonella linked to American-style or “slicer” cucumbers grown in Mexico has sickened hundreds of people in 27 states, federal health authorities said Friday. At least one person has died after becoming infected. Investigators said that the contaminated cucumbers were supplied by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego and grown in Baja, Mexico. The outbreak has not been linked to domestically grown cucumbers. As of Sept. 3, nearly 300 people have been infected and 53 have been hospitalized with Salmonella poisoning linked the cucumbers. The states with the highest number of infections are Arizona (60 ... Read More

Air Force Contractor Agrees To Pay Employees Nearly $1 Million In Back Wages

Air Force contractor General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a San Diego-based manufacturer of unmanned aircraft and surveillance systems is paying nearly $1 million in back wages to employees throughout the country who were paid less than the prevailing rates at work sites away from their home base. Corporations that want government contracts are required to pay their workers the prevailing wage rates and benefits of the geographical area where their work site is located. The law aims to ensure that companies do not make their services less costly at the expense of their workers or drive down wages for other ... Read More

New Mexico Whistleblower Lawsuit Recovers $5.9 Million for U.S. Nuclear Agency

A San Diego technology vendor that provided computers to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) through another seller has agreed to pay the U.S. $5.9 million to settle allegations that it fraudulently inflated the price of the computers for profit. Maverick Granger, a former Technology Integration Group executive in Albuquerque, N.M., made the allegations in a whistleblower lawsuit he filed against his employer under the False Claims Act. According to Mr. Granger’s complaint, San Diego-based Technology Integration Group (also known as PC Specialists Inc.) sold Dell computers to Sandia Corporation from 2003 to 2013. Sandia Corporation, a contractor of the ... Read More

Whistleblower files retaliation lawsuit against San Diego Red Cross

A former executive at the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the chapter alleging she was wrongfully terminated for objecting to unethical practices, violations of state and federal law, and other misconduct within the upper ranks. The Red Cross of San Diego hired the executive last year as the chief development officer. She was terminated on January 5 after just four months on the job, Voice of San Diego reported. “Plaintiff walked into a culture of mismanagement and unethical practices,” the lawsuit asserts. “It came to Plaintiff’s attention that sharing donor information externally was ... Read More

Statins linked to increased irritability in postmenopausal women

Cholesterol-lowering statin medications may make women more fussy but may help temper aggression in men, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Statins, such as the widely prescribed Lipitor, are used to lower cholesterol levels in order to reduce a person’s risk of heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. Previous studies have shown that low cholesterol has been linked to a risk of violent actions and death from violence. There have also been reports of people using statins being more irritable and aggressive. Dr. Beatrice A. Golomb, professor of medicine at the University of California-San Diego ... Read More

Statin drugs may interfere with men’s sexual performance

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may hamper a man’s sexual function, according to a recent study. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, looked at statin use and sexual function in 1,000 men and women, half of whom were treated with statins and the other half with a placebo. They found that men who were taking statin drugs were about twice as likely to report that their ability to achieve orgasm had become “somewhat worse” or “much worse” compared to men taking a placebo. The reasons are not easy to pinpoint. For one, medical problems that lead to treatment with statin drugs ... Read More