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Did Panthers Return Cam Newton To Saints Game With a Concussion?

More NFL concussion controversy has erupted after Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took a hit in Sunday’s wild-card game against the New Orleans Saints and appeared to suffer the symptoms of a concussion. But instead of going to the locker room as the League’s brand-new concussion rules require, Newton was evaluated on the sideline and returned to the game in four minutes. Just after Saints defensive tackle Tyeler Davison tackled Newton with 9:12 left in the fourth quarter, defensive tackle David Onyemata pummeled Newton hard in the head. Newton was slow to stand back up and then, as he was ... Read More

Delta Flight Nearly Landed on Taxiway in Atlanta

A Delta Air Lines plane approaching Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport almost landed on a taxiway that was occupied by another airplane, prompting a federal aviation safety investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that Delta Flight 2196 from Indianapolis had been cleared to land on runway 09R about 11:06 on the morning of Nov. 29. Initially, the Delta plane was lined up properly with the runway, but about one mile from the runway the plane started to drift to the left, lining up with taxiway N where another Delta plane was taxiing. Delta Flight 2196, a Boeing B737, descended ... Read More

Texans’ Tom Savage Returned To Game With Concussion

Concussion experts, professional athletes, NFL fans, and others expressed their shock and disgust that Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage was returned to play in Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers immediately after being hit and clearly showing signs of concussion. Mr. Savage remained on the ground after being hit on a third-down play, his arms outstretched and twitching in a seizure-like manner known to concussion experts as a “fencing response.” Team doctors evaluated Mr. Savage on the field, but instead of docking him and getting him the treatment he needed, they returned him to the game. It wasn’t until he ... 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

Gas Leak Explosion Rocks San Francisco Neighborhood

A PG&E gas line leak triggered an explosion inside a San Francisco home Monday morning, Nov. 27, forcing the evacuation of several homes and street closures in the Bernal Heights section of the city. The blast occurred in a residence in the 3900 block of Mission Street near St. Mary’s Ave. around 10:40 a.m., just as firefighters arrived at the scene to investigate reports of a gas leak in the area. Nobody was home at the time of the blast and no injuries were reported. The gas explosion blew out the windows of the residence and sent debris flying into ... Read More

Lawsuits Blame PG&E For Deadly California Wildfires

Lawsuits continue to mount against Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) blaming the California utility giant for the deadly wildfires that swept through several Northern California counties last month, killing 43 people and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. The precise causes of the wildfires, the deadliest in California’s history, have not been determined, but “preliminary investigations suggest that this fire might have been caused by electrical equipment that was owned, installed and maintained by a third party,” PG&E attorneys wrote in court documents, according to The Mercury News. The October wildfires decimated large swaths of the state’s Wine Country, consuming ... Read More

Vehicles With Soy-Based Wiring May Attract Hungry Rodents

As the weather turns cooler, some car owners are finding that their Honda and Toyota vehicles have become a bed and breakfast for mice and other rodents, thanks to the use of soy-based wiring. Rodent damage in the electrical systems of Honda and Toyota vehicles containing soy-based wiring – wires with an environmentally friendly soy-based outer coating, that is – is not a new problem, but it is a persistent one. Some owners of vehicles with the specially coated wiring say it attracts rodents to nest in their vehicles and feed on the soy wiring. Lisa Barrett told Raleigh-Durham’s WRAL ... Read More

Wells Fargo Pays Additional $5.4 Million For Illegally Repossessing Servicemembers’ Vehicles

Servicemembers who had their vehicles unlawfully repossessed by Wells Fargo Bank now have access to an additional $5.4 million in relief, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced. The funds come as part of a 2016 settlement that resolved a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against Wells Fargo, alleging the bank violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The initial settlement provided about $4.7 million to about 410 servicemembers. The additional compensation provides an additional $5.4 million to be paid to about 450 servicemembers. The U.S. sued Wells Fargo, doing business as Wells Fargo Dealer Services, in Sept. 2016, accusing the ... Read More

VT man files Invega, Risperdal side effects lawsuit

A Vermont man is suing several drug companies alleging that two different antipsychotic drugs caused a surge of the hormone prolactin in his bloodstream, a condition that causes enhanced breast development during pregnancy to induce lactation, according to the Northern California Record. Justin Champion filed the lawsuit in San Francisco County Superior Court against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., also known as Ortho McNeil-Jansen Pharmaceuticals, claiming the company’s Risperdal and Invega caused him to gain weight and develop hyperprolactinemia, a condition that can lead to gynecomastia, or the development of female-like breasts. Both Risperdal and Invega are used ... Read More

Phillips 66 Drops Controversial California Oil Train Expansion Plan

Phillips 66 has agreed to drop its lawsuit challenging the California county of San Louis Obispo’s denial of a proposed oil train terminal the energy corporation wanted to build in the coastal town of Nipomo. Phillips 66 started pushing its Rail Spur Project in 2013, hoping to build the terminal in Nipomo that would have required oil trains to haul more than 7 million gallons of crude oil per week through California. Much of the oil train’s haul would have included tar sands crude, a highly viscous form of oil that oil companies treat with a multitude of toxic chemicals ... Read More