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Restaurant Owners Threatened Employees Into Silence Over FLSA Violations


The U.S. Department of Labor said it has entered into an agreement with a suburban Washington D.C., restaurant requiring its owners and managers to stop intimidating or retaliating against employees who cooperate with a Labor Department investigation and ongoing litigation involving Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) violations. The Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division started an investigation of alleged labor violations at Aroma Indian Cuisine in Arlington, Va., in August 2013. The investigation uncovered numerous FLSA violations, and the Labor Department subsequently filed suit to enforce federal regulations. “Our investigation concluded, and our suit alleges, that the owners failed to ... Read More

VA woman sues Xarelto makers over bleeding risks


Virginia resident Jean Coltes is suing the makers of the blood thinner Xarelto, claiming the medication caused her to bleed internally. Xarelto was approved in 2011 and is used to prevent strokes in patients with the heart rhythm abnormality atrial fibrillation, prevent and treat deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and to prevent blood clots in patients who have recently undergone hip or knee replacement surgery. Xarelto has been linked to life threatening bleeding events including gastrointestinal bleeds and brain hemorrhages. There is also no antidote currently on the market to reverse the blood thinning effects of Xarelto in the ... Read More

Nebraska Girl Recovering After Being Scalped by Carnival Ride

carnival ride injury, LuLu - photo courtesy Aushanay Allen via WOWT 6 News

An 11-year old Nebraska girl is recovering in the hospital after a carnival ride in Omaha ripped off her scalp and part of her face Saturday afternoon. WOWT 6 News reported that 11-year-old Elizabeth Gilreath was on a spinning ride called the King’s Crown at a Cinco de Mayo carnival when her hair got caught in one of the ride’s rotating mechanisms. Her father estimated his daughter was yanked around by her head for five to 10 minutes before the ride was stopped. Video shows the ride’s operator running from the scene, presumably to seek help. Meanwhile, Jolene Cisneros, a mother ... Read More

B. Braun recalls defective hemodialysis machines


B. Braun Medical Inc is recalling Dialog+ Hemodialysis Systems because they may have defective conductivity sensors that could cause improper blood filtration. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall reserved for products in which use may cause serious injuries or death. The recall involves 1,033 units with the model numbers 710200L, 710200K, 710200S, 710200U, 710500L, and 710500K. The devices were manufactured April 1, 2013 to July 3, 2013 and distributed June 25, 2013 to October 7, 2015. Affected hemodialysis systems were distributed to hospitals, health facilities, and ... Read More

At Least two in critical condition after W.Va. gas line explosion

W Va gas explosion - image courtesy WOWK News

A natural gas explosion inside a Madison, W. Va. apartment complex injured six people Friday afternoon, including two who are in critical condition with severe burn injuries. The State Fire Marshal told West Virginia’s 13 News that the blast remains under investigation, but it is known that work was being performed on a gas line before the explosion and that the blast was the result of an accident. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that workers were installing a gas heater at the time. Additional details about the gas line and the work crew were not immediately available. One of the injured residents, Loretta ... Read More

Olympus Corp. Pays $306 Million To Settle whistleblower Lawsuit alleging it paid illegal kickbacks


Olympus Corporation agreed to pay $306 million to the U.S. government and a coalition of states to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a whistleblower who accused the company of paying illegal kickbacks to health care providers to boost its sales. The complaint alleged that between Jan. 1, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2011, Olympus Corporation of the Americas, a subsidiary of Olympus Corporation of Japan, illegally used financial incentives to coax doctors and hospital executives to buy a range of Olympus-manufactured endoscopes and other surgical equipment. According to the lawsuit, Olympus effectively bribed medical decision-makers into buying its products ... Read More

Second Proposed Class Action Claims Old Spice Deodorant Causes Chemical Burns

Old Spice deodorant, burn injuries

A California man has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Proctor & Gambel alleging its Old Spice deodorant caused a severe chemical burn and rash that “turned into open sores.” The lawsuit, filed in a California federal court by Gregory Johnson of San Francisco, is the second such complaint to be filed in connection with Procter & Gambel’s Old Spice-brand deodorant for men. Mr. Johnson alleges that he used Old Spice Swagger and Old Spice Classic deodorants for a month when he developed a painful red rash under his arms that required medical attention and a prescription drug to heal. ... Read More

Resolution for nearly 50 women allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh


Law360 reports that this week close to 50 women have settled with C.R. Bard Inc. and agreed to end their lawsuits against the company. The lawsuits sought to hold Bard liable for injuries they say they sustained due to allegedly faulty transvaginal mesh implants. The suits were dismissed with prejudice from the pelvic mesh multidistrict litigation (MDL) by U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, who is overseeing the seven separate MDLs in West Virginia. MDLs against the seven manufacturers of transvaginal mesh have been consolidated into one giant litigation with a total of around 70,000 pending cases. Law360 reports that according ... Read More

Frozen vegetables recalled due to possible listeria contamination

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CRF Frozen Foods, based in Pasco, Wash., is recalling 15 of its frozen vegetable items due to concerns that the frozen foods may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Listeria was found in one lot of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) organic petite green peas and organic white sweet cut corn during routine testing at the facility by Ohio health officials. Affected products were distributed to retailers and distribution centers between Sept. 13 and March 16, 2016, to the following states – Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, ... Read More

UVa Baseball Team In Miami Bus Crash After Driver Loses Consciousness

bus crash, UVa baseball team - photo by Miami Fire Rescue via CBS6 News

Members of the University of Virginia’s defending national championship baseball team staff were involved in bus crash in Miami Thursday evening after the vehicle’s driver suffered an undisclosed medical emergency and lost consciousness. The bus, belonging to Abbott Trailways of Virginia, was carrying members of the Cavaliers and coaching staff to their hotel from Miami International Airport when the accident occurred. According to Miami Fire-Rescue, the bus rolled through a busy intersection on U.S. Route 1 at rush hour but avoided colliding with other moving vehicles on the road at the time. Members of the Cavaliers coaching staff helped steer ... Read More