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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

Wells Fargo Customers Reporting Unauthorized Amazon Charges

Scores of Wells Fargo customers are reporting unauthorized Amazon Prime charges on their debit cards even when they aren’t a Prime member. So far, the fraudulent charges, which are initiated by an unknown source, appear to be clustered in the Richmond, Virginia area, according to Richmond’s WWBT NBC12. Several other cases have been reported in North Carolina and Kentucky. An Amazon spokesperson said it is aware of the fraudulent charges and says that Wells Fargo customers should take the issue up with the bank. However, if the fraudulent charges continue to appear after alerting Wells Fargo, then consumers are advised ... Read More

Price Gouging Laws In Effect As Hurricane Florence Barrels Into the Carolinas

Hurricanes bring widespread destruction with them but they also bring out the best of human nature when residents and communities pull together to help each another recover. Unfortunately, hurricanes can also reveal the shady side of some individuals and businesses when they take advantage of a hurricane or other crisis to inflate prices excessively. Price-gouging takes many forms, from a $10 gallon of gas to thousands of dollars for a tree removal. As Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas, government officials urged residents to report any instances of price gouging they encounter. “My office is here to protect North ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Struck By Train On Steep Virginia Crossing

A tractor-trailer was split in half by a freight train in Virginia after it became stuck on the tracks at a notorious high-grade railroad crossing that has seen multiple similar accidents in recent years. The accident occurred Sept. 6 at the Curtis Street railroad crossing in Chester, Virginia. Dash-cam video of another driver stopped at the tracks shows the three occupants of the tractor-trailer’s cab running from the tracks as a freight train barrels toward their stranded truck. Moments later, the train rips through the trailer “like a knife in butter,” one witness told Richmond, Virginia’s WRIC 8News. The collision ... Read More