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Lawyers Focus On 3M After $5 Million Tennessee River Contamination Settlement


Rural water customers in northern Alabama’s Tennessee River Valley are preparing to take on multinational manufacturer 3M in court, alleging its Decatur plant contaminated the drinking water supply with harmful chemicals. Last week, Alabama federal judge Abdul Kallon approved a $5 million settlement between Daikin America Inc. and the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority and its customers. The settlement resolves Daikin’s portion of the complaint. “We can now, on behalf of everyone harmed by these chemicals, take dead aim at the biggest corporate villain in the Tennessee Valley, 3M, and work aggressively to hold them accountable,” an attorney representing the ... Read More

Publix recalls dip that may contain glass shards

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Check what’s for lunch before digging in. If you have purchased Publix Supermarket Brand Deli Artichoke and Spinach Dip, lunch could contain an unwelcome surprise. The grocery chain is voluntarily recalling the dip because it could contain small shards of glass, which would be sure to disrupt a lunch break. The 16-ounce artichoke and spinach dip was sold at Publix stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee and was found in the refrigerated cases in the store’s deli department. Purchases with a UPC of 000-41415-15961, and a use-by-date of May 16 A1 and May 16 C1 ... Read More

Risperdal lawsuits increasing in PA mass tort program


More than 3,000 new Risperdal lawsuits were filed in the first quarter of 2017, increasing the number of filings in the mass tort program to more than 5,500, according to the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. Attorneys for plaintiffs suing the makers of Risperdal over claims that the antipsychotic drug could cause disfiguring side effects are cautioning consumers that the clock is now clicking on similar claims with the possibility of a statue of limitations now looming. Risperdal, known chemically as risperidone, is used to treat adults and children with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability with autism. The drug ... Read More

Enfamil faces contamination claims in $5 million class action lawsuit

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Brooklyn mother Paulina Rodriguez fed her daughter Enfamil infant formula. Shortly afterward, the baby became gravely ill with high fever, vomiting and diarrhea. She rushed her daughter to the emergency room and the baby was later hospitalized. Over the course of a week, the baby’s health improved and she was sent home. A week later, Rodriguez opened another can of Enfamil to feed her baby and found insects crawling around inside. She called Enfamil’s maker Mead Johnson & Co. requesting an investigation and learned that the entire shipment of Enfamil that was sent to her local Key Foods retail store had ... Read More

Pigeon Forge Sightseeing Helicopter Crash Raises Aircraft Safety Questions

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An initial report on the investigation of a sightseeing helicopter crash in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, that killed five people a year ago has shed some light on the deadly accident, but provided little comfort to family members seeking some closure. On April 4, 2016, the helicopter, a Bell 206L operated by Great Smoky Mountain Helicopters, was flying a family on a routine tour of the area when it seemingly lost power, crashed in a field, and burst into flames. The crash killed pilot Jason Dahl, 39; Johna Morvant, 49; her children Peyton and Parker Rasmussen, 22 and 18 respectively; and ... Read More

Latest Risperdal trial resumes in Pennsylvania courtroom


The trial for a 23-yer-old Pennsylvania man suing Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals over disfiguring side effects allegedly caused the by company’s antipsychotic Risperdal resumed this week with a new jury. The previous jury was dismissed and a mistrial was declared by Judge Kenneth J. Powell Jr., after the plaintiff’s expert witness jumped up in the middle of his testimony to provide medical assistance when a juror was stricken by a medial emergency. Both sides settled on a new jury Monday and opening arguments began again. This is the seventh Risperdal side effects case to go to trial in the Philadelphia ... Read More

Benzene found in well water in Tennessee; City and County argue over funding repairs

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For six years, many residents of Lewisburg, Tennessee can only drink bottled water. They refuse to drink their own tap water after the state found benzene and other contaminates in the well water back in 2011. When the State of Tennessee offered a grant to pay half the cost of repairing the water contamination issue, the city and county began fighting over the money. Pipelines to carry city water to the residents on both sides of Craig Moore Road have already been installed, but a two-mile section is missing from the middle. Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham said the city can’t afford ... Read More

Three People Killed In Lindsay X-LITE Guardrail Collisions In Tennessee In Less Than A Year

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A lot of press has been focused on highway guardrails made by Trinity Industries of Texas since the company became the target of a massive whistleblower lawsuit alleging the safety devices malfunctioned after an unapproved redesign. But according to a Knoxville News Sentinel report, Trinity’s ET-Plus guardrails are not the only rail systems malfunctioning, sometimes with deadly consequences. Since June 2016, at least four people in Tennessee were killed when their vehicles struck the end terminals of guardrails that failed to buckle and absorb the impact of the collision. Instead, the rails stayed rigid and impaled the vehicles like a ... Read More

Tennessee Bills Deceased Teen For Defective Guardrail That Killed Her

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The State of Tennessee billed a deceased teen for “damage to state property” and the costs involved in replacing a section of guardrail that malfunctioned and killed her in a November crash. Hannah Eimers, 17, was killed instantly Nov. 1 when the 2000 Volvo S80 she was driving on I-75 near Niota, Tennessee, veered onto the median from the northbound lane and struck the end terminal of a guardrail. Instead of collapsing like a telescope as it was designed to do, however, the Lindsay X-LITE guardrail system impaled the vehicle and struck Hannah in the head and neck, pushing her ... Read More

Plane crash in central Alabama kills Tennessee Family of Four

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Federal investigators are in Hayden, Alabama, collecting crash debris and interviewing witnesses after an airplane carrying a family of four crashed on its way from Kissimmee, Florida, to Jackson, Tennessee, on the afternoon of Saturday, March 25. All four members of the Crenshaw family were killed in the plane crash. They have been identified as Joseph Crenshaw, his wife Jennifer, and their two children, 16-year-old Jacob, and 14-yer-old Jillian. According to WKRN Nashville, the Blount County Fire District said the airplane, a Cessna 210, may have started coming apart in the sky –a supposition based on the length of the ... Read More