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Lawsuit claims Roundup herbicide disrupts healthy gut bacteria

Monsanto, which was acquired by Bayer AG last year, is facing thousands of lawsuits alleging an ingredient in its Roundup weed killer causes cancer. But a new class action lawsuit filed in Kansas City, Missouri, claims that the glyphosate in the herbicide attacks a gut enzyme found in the beneficial intestinal flora of humans and some animals. The suit says the companies deceived consumers about the product’s safety. In recent years, gut bacteria have played a more prominent role in medical research, with unhealthy intestinal microbiome being blamed on everything from depression to obesity. The lawsuit claims that Monsanto misled ... Read More

Utility contractors fined after fatal explosion

An explosion last July in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, that killed a firefighter was caused by two utility contractors when they failed to establish the location of underground utilities prior to beginning excavation work, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said in a news release. Verizon Wireless had contracted with Bear Communications LLC of Lawrence, Kansas, for a fiber optics project in Sun Prairie. Bear had subcontracted with VC Tech Inc., of Ypsilanti, Michigan. VT Tech’s employees were working in the vicinity of the explosion but had evacuated before the explosion, according to a Bear spokesperson. ... Read More

Patient accuses plastic surgeon of sexual exploitation

A Wisconsin woman is suing her plastic surgeon for sexual exploitation and medical negligence, and a University of Wisconsin-Madison practice for hiring the doctor knowing he had a history of sexual misconduct in other states. Keri Anne Connaughty of Wausau, Wisconsin, is married mother of three who is an avid runner, triathlete and boxer.  She said she went to see Dr. John Siebert at UW Health Transformations because she was dissatisfied with her appearance. She wanted a tummy tuck and breast augmentation. Siebert promised to “make her look beautiful again.” According to Connaughty’s lawsuit, which was filed in Dane County ... Read More

Contractors Cited for Wisconsin Gas Explosion

Federal authorities investigating a natural gas explosion that destroyed a city block of downtown Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and killed a business owner have faulted two utility contractors, alleging they failed to follow proper safety procedures before drilling underground lines. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) assessed one serious penalty each for Kansas-based Bear Communications and VC Tech of Michigan and proposed the maximum allowable fine of $12,934. Verizon contracted Bear Communications to run fiber optic cable lines under the city. Bear Communications subcontracted VC Tech to perform horizontal directional boring – a technique used in laying underground lines without ... Read More

Wisconsin Gas Explosion Victims Seek Justice

Three people harmed by the gas explosion that leveled an entire block of downtown Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, have filed lawsuits against the utilities and contractors they say are responsible for the deadly blast. Abigail Barr, the widow of firefighter Cory Barr, filed a lawsuit Dec. 20, the same day authorities announced there would be no criminal charges in connection with the blast. Mr. Barr was killed in the July 10 gas explosion that destroyed a bar he owned and several other buildings. According to the lawsuit, Mr. Barr was not on the premises to respond to the emergency. The blast ... Read More

Contractor Caused Deadly Gas Explosion in Canton, Illinois, NTSB Finds

A contractor drilling cable lines damaged a gas pipe, triggering an explosion in downtown Canton, Illinois, two years ago that killed one man and injured nearly a dozen others, federal investigators determined. The National Transportation Safety Board’s report on the Nov. 16, 2016, gas explosion pinned blame on Sure Shot Communications of Brimfield, Illinois, but also found the utility company Ameren failed to adequately evacuate the affected area once the breach was discovered. According to the Peoria Journal Star, Sure Shot violated a state law when it failed to excavate a concrete sidewalk atop the gas line before drilling. Illinois ... Read More

Jennie-O Recalls Raw Turkey Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

U.S. health officials have announced a recall of raw turkey products they say is linked to an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses in multiple states, including one death. On Nov. 15, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC, of Barron, Wisconsin, announced it is recalling more than 91,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products. The recall was triggered when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found a sample of Jennie-O raw turkey tested positive for Salmonella Reading – the same Salmonella strain linked to an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections that has sickened at least 164 people in 35 states, including one death in California. The ... Read More

Toddler Suffers Burn Injuries From Pressure Cooker Accident

An Idaho toddler is recovering from severe burn injuries he suffered when the contents of a pressure cooker erupted, showering him with scalding hot liquid and food. Two-year-old Chayse Bodily was in the kitchen with his mother Angela Bodily the evening of Sept. 9 as she was about to put the finishing touches on Sunday dinner. She told the Twin Falls Times-News that she released the pressure from the pressure cooker and removed the lid to add some potatoes to a roast that was nearly done. Without warning, a bubble that was trapped under the roast shot the contents to ... Read More

Wisconsin Manufacturer Settles Whistleblower Retaliation Complaint With OSHA

A machine operator who was allegedly fired in retaliation for reporting injuries that he and a co-worker suffered on the job at a Wisconsin manufacturing facility has been awarded $100,000 in back wages and compensatory damages. The judgment resolves a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor against Menasha, Wisconsin-based Dura-Fibre LLC under the anti-retaliation provision of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the court heard arguments that Dura-Fibre terminated the employee based on the company’s practice of assigning “disciplinary points” to employees who reported work-related injuries. The ... Read More

Two Risperdal cases allowed to seek punitive damages

Two boys can seek punitive damages from Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals on their claims that the company failed to warn them that its antipsychotic Risperdal could cause them to develop female-like breasts, a Pennsylvania judge ruled. The cases were a part of a mass tort program in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, where about 6,700 cases are pending. In May 2014, Judge New had issued a global order for the Risperdal mass tort program that because of Janssen’s business ties to New Jersey, the company could fall under that state’s law, which protects drug companies against punitive damages ... Read More