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Houston Psychiatrist Gets 12 Years For Health care Fraud Scheme

A Houston, Texas, psychiatrist convicted by a federal jury of engaging in a $155 million health care fraud scheme has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison. Riyaz Mazcuri, 67, a former attending psychiatrist at Riverside General Hospital in Houston, received the sentence after a five-day trial that found him guilty on five counts of health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. In addition to the prison sentence, federal Judge Vanessa Gilmore in Houston ordered Dr. Mazcuri to pay $20.6 million in restitution to Medicare and $2.25 million in restitution to Medicaid. ... Read More

Two ‘eerily similar’ fatalities at ExxonMobil site

A trial is currently underway in Jefferson County District Court in Texas accusing ExxonMobile, B&G Crane Service, and AltairStrickland of the wrongful death of refinery worker Miguel Barron. The lawsuit, which seeks more than $1 million, was filed by Barron’s brother, Hector Barron. Both were employed at AltairStrickland. Barron was killed May 11, 2016, while working on an elevated platform at the Beaumont Texas Exxon refinery during turnaround operations, when he was struck by a heavy pipe that fell from overhead. The original petition claims that because an effective rescue plan was not in place, medics were unable to reach ... Read More

Two Years After Deadliest Hot Air Balloon Crash, No Safety Improvements in Sight

If another deadly hot-air balloon crash like the one that killed 16 people in Lockhart, Texas two years ago happens again, will aviation regulators and lawmakers be ok with that, knowing it happened on their watch? More than two years after the horrific Lockhart tragedy, those with the authority to improve safety have taken no meaningful action to help prevent such a devastating and entirely preventable accident from happening again in the U.S. If the deadliest balloon crash in U.S. history wasn’t enough to change the incredibly lax oversight of the hot air balloon industry, what would be? In a ... Read More

Whistleblower Suit Ends in $21 Million Recovery from Ambulance Kickback Schemers

A sprawling whistleblower lawsuit implicating an ambulance company, its affiliated companies, and several municipal clients in an illegal kickback scheme has been settled, federal prosecutors announced. East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System and East Texas Medical Center Regional Health Services (“the ETMC defendants”) their affiliated ambulance company, Paramedics Plus, and other defendants agreed to pay the U.S. more than $21 million to resolve the allegations, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The government’s case against the ambulance industry defendants stems from a complaint filed by Dr. Stephen Dean under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. The ... Read More

Deadly Texas Train Crash Caused By Errant Truck Driver

Authorities described a Trinity Railway Express train crash in East Fort Worth, Texas, that left two people dead and about a dozen injured when it struck a dump truck as a “preventable tragedy.” Officials investigating the train crash said a dump truck with two people inside went around the crossing arm after it had gone down. A two-level TRE train carrying commuters sounded the horn and went into maximum braking, but it was too late to prevent the 74-mph train from colliding with the truck. The impact of the train crash killed the truck’s two occupants, Arnell Deon Tolliver, 49, ... Read More

Two separate asbestos lawsuits filed in Texas courts

Two separate lawsuits have been filed in Jefferson County District Court in Texas against several companies alleging they negligently exposed workers to asbestos and asbestos-containing products which led to serious health problems, according to the Southeast Texas Record. Michael Haynes sued Chevron USA, ExxonMobil, Atlantic Richfield, Huntsman, Total, Texaco and other companies alleging he was exposed to asbestos fibers and defective products made with asbestos that were manufactured and sold by the defendants. Haynes says he was employed by Atlantic Richfield in Port Arthur in 1967, and later worked at Neches Butane (sued as Huntsman) for 10 years beginning in ... Read More

Benzene lawsuit names nearly two dozen companies

Travis Bergeron began working for a chemical company in Port Arthur, Texas more than 50 years ago, staying on the job for more than a decade. Now he claims the work gave him a deadly disease and he wants to hold accountable the companies that made him sick. Bergeron claims that while working for Sinclair Koppers from 1967 to 1978, he was exposed to benzene, a toxic volatile, flammable liquid chemical byproduct of coal distillation that is used as an industrial solvent in various products. Benzene exposure is linked to blood cancers including leukemia. Bergeron was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, ... Read More

Companies seek new trial date for benzene lawsuit

Chevron USA, Shell Oil, Motiva Enterprises and Goodyear Tire filed a motion in the Jefferson County District Court to move a case off the September 2018 trial docket and place it on the September 2019 docket. The case in which the companies are named involves claims that they knowingly exposed a worker to toxic benzene, which he alleges caused him to suffer from a serious medical condition. Louis Gest filed his complaint on Sept. 9, 2016, and a trial date was set for September 2018. Earlier this month, the companies said they have conducted preliminary discovery and wanted to push ... Read More

Texas man sues 21 companies alleging benzene exposure

A Texas man is suing 21 companies claiming that he was exposed to cancer-causing benzene while working with a chemicals and materials company in Port Arthur, Texas, which he says caused him to develop multiple myeloma. The case was filed on behalf of Ronald Smith, who was employed with Sinclair Koppers (sued as Atlantic Richfield) from 1967 to 1998. He claims he was exposed to benzene from the mid 1960s through the late 1970s. He says the companies knew that emissions of the carcinogenic chemical were released into the ambient air exposing workers to benzene risks. Yet they failed to ... Read More

Takata Airbag Explosion Damaged NC Woman’s Eye, Lawsuit Claims

A North Carolina woman has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Nissan North America, Takata Corporation, and related companies, alleging that a defective Takata airbag in her vehicle blasted metal fragments into her eye. In 2015, Kelijah Hall, then 19 years old, was driving her Nissan Sentra in Charlotte when she was involved in a collision on Lawyers Road. The driver-side Takata airbag in her vehicle deployed on impact, but instead of protecting her in the crash, it seriously damaged her eye, according to her lawsuit. Charlotte’s WSOCTV Channel 9 uncovered the lawsuit and noted in a recent report that ... Read More