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Tennessee Boy’s Hot Car Death The 23rd in U.S. This Year

A 3-year-old Tennessee boy who became locked inside a hot car Monday, July 10, has died of heat-related illness. The boy’s grandmother, who is also his guardian, told authorities that a teenager had been babysitting the boy and several others at a neighbor’s house where she had been mowing the lawn, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office reported, according to ABC News. When the grandmother finished mowing the lawn, she and the babysitter realized the boy was missing. They found him locked inside a 2006 Honda Accord parked at the home. Authorities say the boy had been locked inside the car ... Read More

Whistleblower Key in Recovering $8.5 Million from Tennessee Hospice Provider

A Tennessee hospice provider will pay the U.S. $8.5 million plus interest to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former nurse who claimed the company defrauding Medicare and Medicaid with false claims. The settlement resolves allegations lodged against Caris Healthcare L.P. by whistleblower Barbara Hinkle, a registered nurse who formerly worked for the hospice provider.  Ms. Hinkle sued Caris on behalf of the U.S. government under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, which helped prosecute the case, Caris sought and admitted patients into its hospice ... Read More

Judge urges superior court to uphold $70 million Risperdal verdict

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Paula Patrick, who oversaw the 2016 trial that ended with a $70 million award for a child who claimed the antipsychotic drug Risperdal disfigured him, urged the Pennsylvania Superior Court to uphold the verdict saying the multimillion-dollar award was within the jury’s discretion. “Upon consideration of the evidence presented at the trial and the damages sustained by the plaintiffs, this court believes that the jury’s findings should not be disturbed,” Judge Patrick said. Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals appealed the verdict to the Superior Court, arguing that the verdict was excessive. It was ... Read More

Endo agrees to settle 400+ testosterone side effects lawsuits

Endo International has reached a “master settlement agreement” to resolve “all known” cases accusing the company of overstating the benefits of its testosterone replacement therapy and failing to warn men that use of the drug increases the risk for heart attacks, strokes and blood clots. Endo faces about 1,300 testosterone lawsuits, about 900 of which are pending in a federal multidistrict litigation in the Northern District of Illinois against Endo and several other testosterone manufacturers. Other testosterone cases are pending in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas and other states. In February, Endo announced a tentative settlement agreement and ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Melons Grows

A melon recall triggered by a multistate outbreak of Salmonella-related illnesses has been expanded to include 10 additional states, bringing the total number of states affected by the outbreak to 23, according to federal health officials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the recall encompasses pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit salads containing one or more of those melons produced and distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana. Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee have been added to the list of states where the melon may be contaminated with salmonella, the ... Read More

73 people infected with Salmonella after eating Honey Smacks cereal

At least 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill from Salmonella infections and health authorities say the likely culprit is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal. As a result, the Kellogg Company has recalled the cereal, which was distributed throughout the United States as well as Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. Consumers are urged not to eat any of the recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products include Honey Smacks 15.3 oz boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019, and ... Read More

Whistleblowers’ Nursing Home Fraud Suit Leads to $30 Million Settlement

Two whistleblowers who filed False Claims Act allegations against a large Kentucky-based nursing home corporation have helped the U.S. government and the state of Tennessee recover more than $30 million for Medicare. The whistleblowers, both former employees of Signature Healthcare LLC, accused the company of defrauding Medicare by providing rehabilitation therapy services that were not reasonable, skilled, or needed by patients. Signature owns about 115 skilled nursing facilities, including seven in Tennessee’s middle district, where the whistleblowers filed their complaint in federal court. One of the whistleblowers, Kristi Emerson, told The Tennessean she worked at Signature Healthcare of Columbia for more ... Read More

Unattended Boy Dies In Hot Car After Grandmother Passes Out

The death of a 1-year-old South Carolina boy trapped inside a hot car underscores the importance of never leaving a child alone in a sealed car, even for a moment. Greenville, South Carolina’s WHNS reported that Crista McElhannon said her son Joe “Jojo” Lockaby was at his grandmother’s house for a sleepover May 31 when he took a short nap but woke up irritable. The grandmother loaded Jojo up in the car. Her plan was to take her grandson to McDonald’s for a Happy Meal – something that the two of them often enjoyed doing. But once Jojo was secured ... Read More

Nashville’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Sickens At Least 14

Public health authorities in Tennessee say an outbreak of hepatitis A in the state has sickened at least 14 people in the Nashville area. The outbreak is one of a multitude of recent outbreaks ongoing nationwide, some of which have become unusually virile. Although the number of confirmed hepatitis A cases in Tennessee seems small, officials say the Nashville outbreak is almost certainly larger than it seems because the virus can exist dormant and undetected in the body for several weeks. This allows the highly contagious virus to spread exponentially among a population while health authorities search for sources. “However ... Read More

NTSB Calls For Seat Belts in All New School Buses

Spurred by its findings in two recent deadly school bus crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling for lap and shoulder seat belts in all new school buses. It’s the first time the agency has called for a requirement that would eventually lead to seat belts being present in all school buses. Requiring seat belts in school buses has long been a widely debated but unresolved safety issue. Studies have shown lap and shoulder seat belts would save lives in some crashes but could prove fatal in others. This trade-off has led to years of debate resulting in ... Read More