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Qui Tam Action Results in $500 M Settlement

Baltimore, Maryland – Douglas F. “Doug” Gansler, the attorney general of Maryland, announced on 14th May that the state has joined with the federal government and 49 other American states in the $500 m settlement that resolves criminal and civil allegations against Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, a drug manufacturing company based in India which introduced impure drugs into the interstate commerce. Because of this fraudulent or false claims were filed with the Medicaid program of Maryland. Continue reading “Qui Tam Action Results in $500 M Settlement”

Kohler Loses $9.6 m Patent Infringement Case against Westerbeke Corporation

Kohler, WS – Kohler Company has been asked a federal judge to pay US$9.6 m to a manufacturing company in MA for allegedly infringing upon 2 patents owned by the company. According to the Massachusetts firm, the components used in Kohler’s low Carbon Monoxide (CO) marine generators for minimizing exhaust gas emissions infringed upon 2 of the plaintiff’s patents. Continue reading “Kohler Loses $9.6 m Patent Infringement Case against Westerbeke Corporation”

Federal Court Upholds $7 M Verdict in “Popcorn Workers Lung” Case

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado has dismissed the post-trial motions filed by the defendant for judgment of a new court trial, upholding a US$7.5 m jury verdict on behalf of the plaintiff Mr. Wayne Watson.

Watson sued the maker and several dealers of microwave popcorn which allegedly caused him to contract a disease known as "popcorn workers lung" (or bronchiolitis obliterans) after consuming 2 bags every day for a decade. The main defendant was Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. Watson was the 1st microwave popcorn consumer who was diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans. Continue reading “Federal Court Upholds $7 M Verdict in “Popcorn Workers Lung” Case”

Former City Mayor and Wife Indicted on Tax Evasion Charges

Hialeah, South Florida – Former mayor of South Florida City is facing federal charges including tax evasion.

Julio Robaina – a former Mayor of Hialeah – and Raiza Robaina – his wife, allegedly conspired for evading their taxes. Additionally, they allegedly failed to report their actual income to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Something called "shadow banking" also is a part of allegations against Robainas. Continue reading “Former City Mayor and Wife Indicted on Tax Evasion Charges”

Criminal Investigation Began into West Fertilizer Plant Explosion

An emergency responder at the deadly explosion of a Texas fertilizer factory has been charged now with processing substances for pipe bomb, according to court documents. The explosion took place on 17th April in the West town.

On Friday, authorities said they were starting a criminal probe into the explosion. However, they did not reveal whether Bryce Reed's arrest is linked. Continue reading “Criminal Investigation Began into West Fertilizer Plant Explosion”

OSHA Issues Fines against Newark Company for Exposing Workers to Diacetyl

Newark, New Jersey — The United States Labor Department's Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a Newark-based company for twelve workplace safety & health violations occurred at one of its facilities.

OSHA started its investigation against Natural Flavors, Inc. after receiving info that workers had been exposed to a chemical known as diacetyl, which is generally used to give butter and several other food flavorings a typical buttery flavor and aroma. The proposed fines total $60400. Continue reading “OSHA Issues Fines against Newark Company for Exposing Workers to Diacetyl”

Asbestos Exposure Kills Computer Engineer

A retired computer engineer passed away just a day prior to his 81st birthday from complications due to an asbestos-related illness. He had been exposed to the cancer-causing mineral while sleeping on a ship when he was just a teenager.

Gerald Grant had worked as sailor for nearly 14 years in the RN (Royal Navy), the major naval warfare service division of the British Armed Forces. In those days, he usually slept near the lethal dust in a bunk bed, a recent inquest heard. Continue reading “Asbestos Exposure Kills Computer Engineer”

Student Says Yaz Caused Blood Clot and Heart Attack

A 22-year-old student from Redmond, Washington, is suing Bayer Pharmaceutical, claiming that the use of the company's birth control medication Yaz caused her pulmonary embolism, a deadly blood clot in the lung.

Zurka Wolford, a W. Washington University senior, says she does not want financial compensation, but want to remove Yaz from the market. Continue reading “Student Says Yaz Caused Blood Clot and Heart Attack”

Mexican Fishermen Sue BP over Gulf Oil Spill

A number of Mexican fishermen's coalitions are suing British oil giant BP, Switzerland based drilling contractor Transocean Ltd, and Houston-based drilling service provider Halliburton Co, over the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. The plaintiffs seek unspecified damages.

The suit, which was filed in the Texas Western District Court, San Antonio, is seeking punitive and compensatory damages from the defendants for alleged mistakes and negligence that resulted in the blowout of BP-operated Macondo oil well on the Deepwater Horizon rig. Continue reading “Mexican Fishermen Sue BP over Gulf Oil Spill”