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Trucking firms allege Pilot Flying J rebate scam was bigger than most realized

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Several trucking firms that refused to settle fraud claims with truck-stop chain Pilot Flying J say that they have discovered another dimension of the alleged fraud that other trucking companies overlooked. In November 2013, Pilot Flying J, the largest travel center chain in the U.S., agreed to pay $85 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging the company defrauded thousands of trucking firms by not paying them the proper fuel rebates. According to that complaint, the plaintiffs agreed to buy fuel exclusively from Pilot Flying J in exchange for lower fuel prices, which were to be based on the cost ... Read More

Deceased man’s estate sues Viagra maker over melanoma-related death

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The wife of a deceased Tennessee man is suing Pfizer Inc., alleging the pharmaceutical company’s erectile dysfunction drug Viagra caused her husband’s melanoma-related death. The lawsuit was filed by Tina M. Stockton, on behalf of the estate of David Stockton, who died Sept. 9, 2008, from a pulmonary embolism consequent to metastatic mucosal melanoma, according to his death certificate. David Stockton began taking Viagra for erectile dysfunction in 2000 and continued with the medication through 2007. The lawsuit claims that had the deceased known that using Viagra would put him at risk of developing the deadly skin cancer he would ... Read More

Judge nixes Bayer’s plan to reinstate whistleblower

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An Arkansas federal judge who ordered the reinstatement of a whistleblower terminated after implicating Bayer Corp. in a Medicare fraud scheme rebuked the pharmaceutical giant for attempting to reinstate the former employee to a job 500 miles away. Bayer fired sales representative Mike Townsend in 2010 after he blew the whistle on a scheme by a major Bayer customer to defraud Medicaid by illicitly billing the program for intrauterine contraceptives. Mr. Townsend had worked as a Bayer sales rep for six years when he caught on to a Medicaid scam he alleges was orchestrated by Arkansas physician Kelly Dean Shrum, ... Read More

Blue Bell won’t resume making ice cream for several months

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Blue Bell Creameries said on its website that its ice cream won’t be back in stores for several months as the company cleans it three manufacturing facilities in the wake of a deadly listeria outbreak and develops a plan for its ice cream products to return to production. “Unfortunately, we do not yet have a firm timeline for when Blue Bell Ice Cream will be back in stores, but we believe at this time that it will be several months at a minimum,” said Blue Bell CEO and President Paul Kruse. “We are evaluating all of our operations in light ... Read More

Blue Bell recall expanded to all products

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After initiating two large recalls and suspending operations at an Oklahoma plant, Blue Bell will now be recalling all of its products in order to implement a “test and hold” procedure. The process will allow Blue Bell time to test all of its many ice cream products and determine which are safe and which are not. According to Blue Bell’s press release, all of its ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks are included in this recall due to the potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes, which causes the infection Listeriosis. The ingestion and infection of Listeria monocytogenes in a ... Read More

Van crash kills four heavy metal band members, injures eight others

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A van carrying members of two heavy metal bands, one of which is based in Huntsville, Ala., crashed on I-85 in Georgia Monday morning, killing four band members and injuring eight others. Investigators don’t yet know for certain why the van hauling 15 members of Wormreich, a heavy metal band from Huntsville, and Khaotika, an Atlanta band, veered off the interstate around 7 a.m. in the town of Commerce, about 70 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta, but they suspect that Khaotika member Sergio Quesada, 27, may have fallen asleep at the wheel. The bands were on their way from Spartanburg, ... Read More

McNeil denied appeal in $10 million Children’s Motrin verdict

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by Johnson & Johnson unit McNeil-PPC Inc., of a $10 million verdict levied against the company by the family of a girl who suffered a serious allergic reaction and blindness after taking Children’s Motrin as prescribed for fever. McNeil had petitioned the state high court to hear the case after its bid for appeal was rejected by the Pennsylvania Superior Court panel last September. The panel supported the lower court’s decision in July, which found the consumer health care company failed to warn that its over-the-counter medicine could cause the serious ... Read More

Bus crash injures Indiana Tech bowling team members

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A bus carrying the Indiana Tech men’s and women’s bowling teams crashed Thursday morning on Interstate 65 in southern Indiana, injuring 21 team members. Henryville, Ind., State Police officials said the bus veered off the road “for an unknown reason” as it traveled south from Fort Wayne, Indiana en route to competitions in Smyrna, Tennessee. The driver was able to return the bus to the road, but possibly overcompensated because it veered to the opposite side of the southbound lanes and toppled over. The crash occurred around 10:25 a.am about 20 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. All 21 people on ... Read More

Whistleblower accuses largest U.S. hospital operator of fraud

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A former employee of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the largest publicly traded hospital system in the nation, filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company, alleging it subjected patients to medically unnecessary heart surgeries and submitted false claims to the federal government for reimbursement. Christopher Gentile, who served as the professional liability claims director for an HCA subsidiary in Tennessee, filed the whistleblower lawsuit in February 2012 in a Miami, Fla., federal court. The lawsuit was unsealed on Monday. Mr. Gentile accuses two HCA hospitals in Florida of performing high-risk, invasive and medically unneeded cardiology procedures on patients so it ... Read More

CO poisoning rises as temps drop

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During the coldest months of winter, it’s always good to ensure your heating sources are used properly to avoid what health experts refer to as “the silent killer” – carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas, claims the lives of more than 400 citizens annually when carbon-based fuels, such as gasoline, natural gas, oil, charcoal or wood, are burned without enough oxygen present. The toxic CO fumes then accumulate in nearby areas, poisoning any people or animals nearby. CO poisoning occurs more often as a result of power outages from hurricanes and winter storms when fuel ... Read More