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Tennessee home health care company settles whistleblower allegations for $25 million

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A Nashville, Tenn.-based home health care company and its affiliates have agreed to pay $25 million plus interest to settle whistleblower allegations that they violated the federal False Claims Act by submitting bills to Medicare and Medicaid that were wrongly coded and false in a scheme to boost profits. According to the U.S. Justice Department, CareAll Management LLC, one of Tennessee’s largest home health care providers, routinely overstated the severity of patients’ conditions to increase its billings. The company also billed Medicare and Medicaid for medically unnecessary services, often treating patients who were not homebound, federal prosecutors said. The alleged ... Read More

Dietary supplement for infants, children recalled due to fungal contamination

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Solgar, Inc. ABC Dophilus Powder, a dietary supplement for infants and children, is being recalled after testing revealed the products were contaminated with a fungus that can cause potentially dangerous infections. ABC Dophilus Powder is a supplement containing acidophilus, a bacteria that supports the healthy functioning of the intestinal system by promoting a favorable environment for the absorption of nutrients. Testing conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) revealed the presence of Rhizopus oryzae in 1.75 ounce (50 g) containers of Solgar ABC Dophilus Powder, which may cause Mucormycosis, a rare infection. Those at greater risk of developing ... Read More

Two lawsuits filed against truck carrier and driver over deadly college bus crash

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One wrongful-death and one personal-injury lawsuit have been filed against a commercial trucking company and driver in the wake of a tragic Sept. 26 crash that killed four members of a college softball team and injured a dozen others in Oklahoma. On Tuesday, the parents of 20-year-old Brooke Deckard filed a lawsuit in Tarrant County against Nashville, Tenn.-based Quickway Carriers and driver Russell Staley, 53, of Saginaw, Texas. Brooke was one of the four members of the North Central Texas College women’s softball team killed when Mr. Staley’s truck crossed the median on Interstate 35 and struck the team’s bus ... Read More

North Carolina church bus crash victims sue tire maker over alleged tire defect, blowout

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Survivors of a North Carolina church bus crash joined family members of those killed in a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the tire that is alleged to have caused the crash and the estate of the bus driver, who was also killed. The lawsuit, filed last week in Iredell County Superior Court, alleges that Hankook Tire Co., which made the front left tire that blew out and caused the driver to lose control, is to blame because it “knew or should have known … that the subject tire’s design and/or manufacture resulted in a defective product which exposed vehicle occupants ... Read More

Publix Recall on Bagels Affects Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina

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Four southern states have been affected by a recent recall of a popular breakfast food sold in Publix Super Markets. Publix has announced a recall of its store-brand jalapeno bagels following a warning from their supplier that these bagels may contain pieces of glass and small stones. Publix-brand jalapeno bagels are typically sold in the store’s self-service bins and the artisan cases in the bakery department. The potentially hazardous bagels were distributed to Publix store locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, meaning that stores in Tennessee and North Carolina are not impacted by the recall. Maria Brous, media ... Read More

Pilot fatigue, errors top causes of UPS plane crash in Birmingham, NTSB says

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BIRMINGHAM, AL — Multiple pilot errors likely caused a UPS cargo plane to crash into a hill near Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport last summer, killing the captain and first officer, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators said in a Thursday meeting and announcement. NTSB investigator Robert Sumwalt stressed that discussion of the crew’s errors was necessary to learn from them and was not in any way intended to judge their characters. “I want to make the point to begin with that these were very good people. They were loved by many, had many friends. I don’t want to sound like I ... Read More

Labor Day weekend: Law enforcement agencies partner to eliminate traffic fatalities

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The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates 395 people will be killed and an additional 42,300 will be injured in car crashes during the Labor Day holiday weekend. In order to best protect the public on the roadways, the Department of Transportation’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will help law enforcement agencies across the nation ramp up safety protocols during the Labor Day weekend. The NSC officially defines the Labor Day weekend period beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1. Deborah A.P. Hersman, President and CEO of NSC, says, ... Read More

“The UPS Store” in 24 states hit by a data breach

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A computer virus may have targeted 51 “The UPS Store” locations in 24 different states, resulting in the exposure of credit and debit card information of consumers all over the nation. According to UPS spokeswoman Chelsea Lee, the compromised information includes names, card numbers as well as postal and email addresses from at least 100,000 transactions taking place between Jan. 20 and Aug. 11 of this year. UPS is unaware of any fraudulent activity having occurred due to the attack, Lee said. A bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security brought the suspected malware to the attention of U.S. retailers, ... Read More

Former Tennessee Titan Tim Shaw takes Ice Bucket Challenge, reveals he has ALS

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Former Tennessee Titans football player Tim Shaw revealed this week in a video posted to the Titans website that he has the fatal neurodegenerative disease ALS for which thousands of people are taking the so-called Ice Bucket Challenge. During the video, the former linebacker and team captain dumped a Gatorade bucket full of ice water over his own head and challenged the Titans organization, the Penn State football team, coach James Franklin, and his community in Clarenceville, Mich., to do the same. “I’m here today to stand up and fight with all of you against the disease,” said the 30-year-old ... Read More

Lawsuits against Bayer alleging neurological side effects from Mirena IUD will not be centralized

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Nine lawsuits against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals alleging the company’s Mirena IUD caused neurological conditions will not be consolidated into a multidistrict litigation because there are just too few to justify the motion. Plaintiffs had asked that the lawsuits be centralized in Tennessee; Bayer opposed centralization or to have them consolidated in New York. Bayer already faces multidistrict litigation with its Mirena intrauterine device over uterine perforation, a different injury. These nine lawsuits claim that the Mirena IUD contraceptive device releases a synthetic hormone that can cause neurological problems, including a type of brain damage known as pseudo tumor cerebra (PTC) ... Read More