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GM retains former BP oil spill fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg to help with ignition switch crisis

Posted: April 2, 2014 Product Liability

General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra said her company has retained former BP oil spill administrator Kenneth Feinberg to shepherd the company through its options amid its ignition switch crisis.

Advocacy group calls for criminal investigation into destruction of documents in transvaginal mesh lawsuit

Posted: March 31, 2014 Pharmaceutical

A consumer advocacy group is asking the U.S. Department of Justice  (DOJ) to investigate whether Johnson & Johnson purposely destroyed documents relevant to multidistrict litigation involving its transvaginal mesh device.

FDA shuts down cheese factory linked to deadly listeria outbreak

Posted: March 13, 2014 Recalls

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has shut down production at a Delaware cheese factory linked to a deadly listeria outbreak after an inspection revealed numerous unsanitary conditions that the agency said created a “reasonable probability” that cheese produced there

One death, multiple illnesses linked to listeria-contaminated Mexican cheeses

Posted: February 25, 2014 Recalls

Sixteen varieties of Mexican cheeses sold in the United States are being recalled after they were linked to a listeria outbreak that has killed one person and sickened newborns and pregnant women.

Whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit recovers $6.5 million for U.S. Navy

Posted: February 25, 2014 Consumer Fraud

A whistleblower will receive $1.28 million for helping the U.S. Department of Defense recover millions of dollars in funds fraudulently taken from the U.S. Navy by a defense contractor, the U.S. Justice Department announced.

Massive data breach puts more than 300,000 University of Maryland personal records at risk

Posted: February 22, 2014 Consumer Fraud

A data breach has recently been announced by University of Maryland officials, who stated more than 300,000 faculty, staff, students and others who were given an ID at their College Park and Shady Grove campuses have had their personal information

Endo expecting to pay $520 million to settle transvaginal mesh lawsuits

Posted: February 22, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Endo Health Solutions is expecting to pay out about $520 million to settle product liability lawsuits primarily dealing with injuries allegedly caused by its transvaginal mesh device. The company’s American Medical Systems unit faces about 22,000 lawsuits in multidistrict litigation

Toxic coal ash sludge blankets more than 70 miles of riverbed, lake bottoms

Posted: February 20, 2014 Environmental

While North Carolina environmental regulators have been downplaying the risks posed by Duke Energy’s massive coal ash spill, U.S. officials said Tuesday that the highly toxic coal ash has coated the bottom of the Dan River up to 70 miles

N.C. toxic coal ash cleanup mired in political interests

Posted: February 19, 2014 Environmental

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources asked a judge last week to throw out its own proposed settlement with Duke Energy over pollution leaking from waste dumps at its power plants. The state agency requested the action

Bus driver loses appeal to overturn sentence in wake of deadly crash

Posted: February 17, 2014 Personal Injury

RICHMOND, Va. – An appeals court Tuesday upheld the convictions of a former low-fare bus driver who allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed, killing four passengers and injuring dozens of others.