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Beasley Allen files opioid lawsuits on behalf of more AL cities, counties

Beasley Allen Law Firm has filed additional lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers on behalf of two Alabama cities and two Alabama counties. The lawsuits blame opioid makers and distributors of creating an opioid epidemic, a public health and safety crisis that is financially burdening communities and killing citizens. The lawsuits were filed in April on behalf of the cities of Tuskegee and Weaver, as well as Henry County and Cleburne County. Beasley Allen has filed similar lawsuits on behalf of other Alabama municipalities and counties, as well as governmental entities in several other states including Tennessee and ... Read More

Train Derailment Evacuees Seek Damages From Rail Car Maker

A trial opened Monday for a group of Tennessee residents seeking damages from the manufacturer of a freight train car involved in a 2015 train derailment that released toxic gases and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Blount County, Tennessee residents are part of a group of evacuees and emergency and police responders seeking damages from Union Tank Car Co. The plaintiffs already settled with CSX over the October 2015 train derailment. The train derailment occurred after an axle broke on the train car made by Union. That car and others were ... Read More

Kratom linked to reports of Salmonella infections

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is continuing its crackdown on the herbal supplement kratom announcing this week that it, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other state and local officials are investigating a multi-state breakout of Salmonella infections linked to products reportedly containing kratom. Because of this health risk, the FDA is advising consumers to avoid kratom and kratom-containing products. Salmonella infections cause symptoms such as diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most people recover without treatment, but the diarrhea may be so severe for some people that they need to be hospitalized. In some ... Read More

Troy Gentry’s Widow Alleges Helicopter Had Deadly Defects

The widow of country singer Troy Gentry has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the helicopter her husband was in when it plunged to the ground in September, killing him and the pilot. Angela Gentry, 52, filed the lawsuit Feb. 14 in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. She accuses Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Sikorsky Global Helicopters, Inc. and Keystone Helicopter Corporation for making, selling and maintaining a helicopter that was “defective and unreasonably dangerous.” Ms. Gentry, who resides in Tennessee, claims in the lawsuit that the defendants manufactured the helicopter without any crashworthiness and safety features ... Read More

Hankook Tire Settles Church Bus Crash Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by the victims of a deadly church bus crash and their families against Hankook Tire has been settled for an “undisclosed confidential amount” after years of litigation. The case centered on the Oct. 2, 2013, crash of a Front Street Baptist Church bus in Statesville, North Carolina, that killed six church members, the driver of a tractor-trailer, and a passenger in an SUV. The bus was returning to North Carolina from a yearly Fall Jubilee at the Gatlinburg Convention Center when the left front tire blew out, causing driver Randolph “Randy” Morrison to lose control of the ... Read More

Furniture Importer Settles Whistleblower’s Customs Fraud Allegations for $500K

A whistleblower lawsuit has helped the U.S. government recover $500,000 from a Tennessee furniture importer that allegedly misclassified some of the products it imported from China to avoid paying antidumping fees, the U.S. Department of Justice said. According to the Justice Department, the settlement resolves a whistleblower complaint filed by University Loft Company against Home Furnishings Resource Group Inc. of Hermitage, Tennessee. University Loft, a competitor company, brought the lawsuit under the False Claims Act, which allows private parties to sue on behalf of the U.S. government in cases of fraud targeting federal programs and agencies. The whistleblower complaint alleged ... Read More

Still too many nursing home residents given antipsychotic drugs

Laurel C. says her mother, who has Alzheimer’s and lived in different nursing homes, was often left unattended for hours at a time in her wheelchair hopped up on antipsychotic drugs to sedate her. “Instead of seeing what’s wrong with her,” she said, “they just want to drug her up.” Antipsychotic medications, like Risperdal indicated for conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, were given to about 24 percent of nursing home patients across the country in late 2011. Due to an aggressive campaign from human rights groups, that number dropped to below 15 percent last year. Decreases were reported in ... Read More

Tennessee Chiropractor Settles Whistleblower’s Opioid Allegations

A Tennessee chiropractor who allegedly prescribed opioids with no legitimate medical purpose through his four pain clinics and then billed Medicare and Medicaid for them will pay the U.S. more than $1.45 million plus interest to settle the accusations, which were initiated by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act. The U.S. Department of Justice said that from 2011 through 2014, Lenior City chiropractor Matthew Anderson and his management company PMC LLC, which managed four now-defunct pain clinics, wrote opioid prescriptions for patients who had no legitimate need for them. The patients, many of them Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, had ... Read More

Feds Dismantle Opioid Distribution Center and Southern Pill Mills

Federal prosecutors said they have taken down the operators of a health care fraud and opioid trafficking and distribution operation that stretched from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Rome, Italy and contributed to the deaths of about 700 people. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said indictments were unsealed Jan. 4 charging two Italian citizens and five American citizens for their roles in a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) conspiracy and opioid drug trafficking conspiracy to distribute and dispense oxycodone, oxymorphone, and morphine outside the scope of professional practice and not for legitimate medical purposes. The DOJ says that the defendants ran ... Read More

PharMEDium expands recall of compounded drug products

PharMEDium Services LLC is expanding a Dec. 27, 2017, recall to include additional lots of sterile drug products due to the sterility concerns that could cause serious and potentially life-threatening infections to patients. A list of affected products can be found on the company’s website. The recall was expanded because PharMEDium conducted an extensive review of all commercially distributed product lots compounded in the Memphis, Tennessee, location currently within their labeled expiration date in response to a request by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding microbial program controls for the ISO5 environment, personnel glove sampling results, media fill results, ... Read More