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Veterans Sue 3M for Defective Combat Earplugs

Department of Defense contractor 3M faces a series of lawsuits representing hundreds of veterans who allege the company provided U.S. armed forces with defective combat earplugs that failed to work as intended and led to hearing loss and tinnitus as a result. The lawsuits, filed in multiple states including Maryland, Texas, South Carolina and Florida, follow a $9.1 million settlement between 3M and the U.S. government over the same dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2. That agreement resolved allegations that Aearo Technologies, a company that 3M later bought, violated the False Claims Act by selling the U.S. defective combat earplugs ... Read More

Ride Inspector Suffers Hand Amputation at Carolina Amusement Park

A worker suffered an accidental hand amputation while inspecting a ride at Carowinds amusement park, a sprawling Charlotte, North Carolina theme park that straddles the North Carolina and South Carolina state lines. Authorities investigating the accidental hand amputation say it occurred March 6 while the worker was inspecting the 300-foot-tall Windseeker ride in the York County, South Carolina side of the park. The man was at the top of the tower when his hand reportedly became caught up in the ride’s pulley system. The Flint Hill, South Carolina Fire Department received a call reporting the emergency around 9 a.m. and ... Read More

Appeals court upholds family’s $14 million asbestos award

The $14 million award given to the family of a man who died from a disease caused by asbestos exposure was upheld this week by a South Carolina appeals court. Dennis Seay had sued Celanese Corp., in September 2013, a month after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. He died December 2014. Seay was employed by Daniel Construction Company, which was hired by Celanese. Seay did maintenance and repair work on machinery at a Celanese facility from 1971 to 1980 during which he was exposed to materials containing asbestos. Asbestos was widely used in construction materials until the 1980s, when its ... Read More

Underride Crash Kills One Person, Injures Two in South Carolina

Authorities are investigating a deadly underride crash that killed one person and critically injured two others when the van they were in collided with the back of a tractor-trailer in Beaufort, South Carolina, Feb. 17. The underride crash occurred around 7:20 a.m. when for reasons not yet known the van crashed into the back of the tractor-trailer. According to Charleston’s ABC News Channel 4, the City of Beaufort-Town of Port Royal Fire Department said all three van occupants were significantly entrapped in the wreckage. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires tractor-trailers to be equipped with rear underride guards ... Read More

Whistleblower Instrumental in Recovering $2.5 Million in Taxpayer Funds From SC University

A whistleblower was instrumental in helping the U.S. government recover $2.5 million in taxpayer funds from a private South Carolina “Christian” university that allegedly engaged in unlawful incentive-based recruitment schemes. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, North Greenville University (NGU) entered a settlement agreement with the federal government resolving a False Claims Act lawsuit initiated by whistleblower Maurice Shoe. The complaint alleged NGU made payments in the form of commissions, bonuses, and other incentives to a company named Joined Inc., a marketing and recruiting company for Christian colleges and universities. The unlawful payments were based on the company’s success in ... Read More

Widow awarded $5.1 million for husband’s asbestos-related death

Fisher Controls International LLC was hit with a $5.1 million verdict by a South Carolina jury that found the company’s asbestos-containing valves were the cause of a deceased employee’s fatal mesothelioma. Thomas Harold Glenn worked as a pipe fitter and instrumentation technician at various Duke Energy power plants, including three nuclear power plants, for 27 years from 1970 to 1997. As part of his job, Glenn would remove and inspect pumps and valves from pipelines, and often worked with gaskets that contained asbestos, as well as around others who were replacing valves made by Fisher. In late 2014, Glenn was ... Read More

Chicken Products Recalled in Southern States For Allergy Risks

Federal authorities announced a recall of about 100,000 pounds of prepared chicken products sold in retail stores throughout the Southern states due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service says that three chicken products made by VICS Acquisition of Harlingen, Texas, and sold under the “happi foodi” or “SE Grocers” brand names contain eggs that are not declared on the product labeling. The products included in the recall were made between Aug. 7 and Oct. 15, 2018, and sold in stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South ... Read More

Woman blames asbestos exposure for lung cancer diagnosis

When June Hollinger was diagnosed with lung cancer in June 2016, and learned that it was likely caused by exposure to asbestos, she knew who to blame – the companies that manufactured, sold, distributed or installed products that contained asbestos at the companies where she was employed during her career in South Carolina. Hollinger filed the lawsuit Nov. 8 in the St. Louis (Missouri) 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against FMC Corp., and General Electric Co, alleging the companies knew their asbestos-containing products were dangerous but failed to warn workers or provide them with instructions on how to handle the highly ... Read More

Second mistrial in case alleging J&J talc caused rare cancer

The second jury charged with deciding whether Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products were tainted with asbestos and caused a woman’s rare cancer, ended in a deadlock. The news rang eerily similar to the first trial in the case of the late Bertila Boyd-Bostic. It ended in May with a hung jury as well. Boyd-Bostic and her surviving husband and former law partner, Antoine Bostic, brought the case against Johnson & Johnson shortly after Boyd-Bostic was diagnosed with mesothelioma in the spring of 2017. She died October 2017. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer is caused by asbestos exposure. ... Read More

J&J should pay for deceased talc user’s death, attorney says

Counsel for the husband of an attorney who died from a rare and deadly disease allegedly caused by years of using asbestos-tainted Johnson’s Baby Powder told a South Carolina jury this week that Johnson & Johnson should pay more tens of millions of dollars for the woman’s wrongful death. Bertila Boyd-Bostic claimed she used Johnson’s Baby Powder her entire life containing talc that came from a particular mine in Vermont. Johnson & Johnson allegedly knew for years that the talc mined there also contained cancer-causing asbestos, yet the company continued to use the talc in its products and never warned ... Read More