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Black Hawk Defects Caused Deadly Maryland Crash, Lawsuit Claims

The widow of an Army specialist who died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Maryland last year and two other servicemen who were critically injured in the same crash are suing Sikorsky Aircraft and its parent company Lockheed Martin, alleging a defect in the helicopter’s tail rotor caused the aircraft to spin out of control and plummet to the ground. Spc. Jeremy Tomlin, 22, of Chapel Hill, Tennessee, was killed in the Black Hawk UH-60 helicopter crash. Capt. Terikazu Onoda, the pilot, and Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Nicholas were critically injured and continue to suffer from permanent physical and ... Read More

Proposed class of babies born addicted to opioids targets drug companies

More than 20 drug companies were hit with a proposed class action brought by dozens of children who were born addicted to opioid painkillers, a condition known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS. The latest attack in the fight to curb the opioid epidemic blames the pharmaceutical companies for ignoring regulations in order to increase their profits, which allowed the drugs into the black market, further fueling the nation’s opioid crisis. According to the 95-page complaint, the number of babies born addicted to opioids in the United States has jumped from 1.2 per 1,000 babies in 2000 to 5.8 per ... Read More

First Lady calls opioid epidemic ‘worst drug crisis’ in U.S. history

First Lady Melania Trump has adopted opioid addiction as a signature FLOTUS cause and says she wants to lift the “stigma of shame” from addiction. She aims to generate more public discussion about the crisis so more people who are addicted to the powerful painkillers can get help. Trump spoke at a town hall-type gathering on addiction at Liberty University in southwestern Virginia along with ex-Fox News’ Eric Bolling, Demi Lovato’s mother Dianna Hart, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, where she called the opioid epidemic the “worst drug crisis in American history.” During her nine-minute speech, Trump urged students ... Read More

Lawsuits hold several parties responsible for fatal aircraft crash

A Canadian flight school, a North Carolina airplane parts manufacturer, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have been hit with lawsuits alleging negligence which led to an airplane crash that killed three people. The crash occurred Oct. 16, 2016, on an aircraft owned and operated by the St. Catharines Flying Club of Niagara on the Lake, on a flight from Richmond, Virginia to St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. All persons on board – two passengers and the pilot – were killed. The lawsuit claims that the crash was caused by the failure of the aircraft’s Tempest Vacuum Pump, which was manufactured by Aero ... Read More

EPA draft questions safety of nonstick chemical compounds

Long-term exposure to a chemical compound used in nonstick coatings for products like pans, fast-food wrappers and firefighting foam, even in trace amounts, appears to be dangerous to humans, according to a draft released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The chemical compound known as GenX was designed to be safer than previous stick- and stain-resistant compounds, known as PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalyl substances). The older versions have been found in dangerous levels in drinking water supplies across the country. That family of chemicals has been phased out of manufacturing in the U.S. due to health concerns. But EPA’s draft ... Read More

Northrop Grumman Pays $31.65M To Settle Air Force Contract Fraud Allegations

A Northrop Grumman subsidiary will pay the U.S. a total of $31.65 million to settle civil and criminal allegations that it intentionally overbilled the federal government for work on two U.S. Air Force contracts for battlefield communications technology. Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation admitted that its employees deployed to a Middle East air base defrauded the U.S. Air Force by overbilling time charged to the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) contract. The Virginia-based company, which maintains operations in Los Angeles and San Diego, also inflated labor hours for employees working under the Dynamic Re-tasking Capabilities Contracts, according to the U.S. Attorney’s ... Read More

Recent tractor-trailer accidents raise concerns about public safety

Two people were killed and one seriously injured in three separate accidents involving tractor-trailers in Central Virginia during the first two weeks of October, sparking concerns over federal regulations and public safety. That brings the total number of crashes in the area involving tractor-trailers in 2018 to 333, resulting in 170 injuries and four fatalities. A firefighter was killed and three other firefighters were injured Oct. 11 after a tractor-trailer crashed into a firetruck during a call on Interstate 295 during Tropical Storm Michael. The truck driver was charged with reckless driving and cited for having defective brakes. The following ... Read More

Firefighter dies after tractor-trailer crashes into firetruck

A Hanover County, Virginia firefighter was killed and three others injured while working a call on Interstate 295 when a tractor-trailer struck their firetruck. The accident, which claimed the life of Lt. Brad Clark, happened last week during Tropical Storm Michael while firefighters were responding to a two-vehicle crash on the interstate. “The fire engine had its emergency lights activated while stopping in the far left lane and shoulder,” said Virginia State Police Public Relations Director Corinne Geller. The tractor-trailer was heading southbound on I-295 when it rear-ended the fire engine and struck four firefighters who were outside the fire ... Read More

Company has duty to worker’s family sickened by secondary asbestos exposure

Companies of workers exposed to asbestos owe a duty to their workers’ family members who face asbestos exposure through their loved one’s asbestos-covered clothing, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled, siding with plaintiff Wesley Quisenberry who sued Huntington Ingalls Inc. Senior Justice Le Roy Millette, Jr., likened Quisenberry’s situation to a farmer whose cows wander onto a roadway, or a company that dumps toxic chemicals into a body of water. Through their actions, both the farmer and the company created a recognizable risk to people even if no interaction between the parties ever occurred. Wesley Quisenberry filed the lawsuit against Huntingdon ... Read More

Listeria Outbreak Linked to Recalled Ham Kills One

A multistate outbreak of Listeria infections linked to ham, including one death, has triggered Johnston County Hams of Smithfield, North Carolina, to recall nearly 90,000 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products. Federal and state health officials say the outbreak of listeriosis has sickened at least three people in North Carolina and Virginia and has been linked to one death in Virginia. Ongoing investigations of the outbreak are being led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, and health officials in the affected states. Listeria illnesses are relatively rare ... Read More