AAJ: Delay in Provision Targeting Medicaid Clients
Message from Linda Lipsen, AAJ CEO "We have achieved a two-year delay on a provision included in the recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) that was harmful to Medicaid plaintiffs. The provision would enable a state to claim all of a Medicaid client’s settlement or judgment." Click on the headline to learn more.
$1.1M Awarded to Widow in Hospital Lawsuit
A jury has awarded $1.1 million to the widow of a man who died only a few days after a heart procedure at a medical center in Maine. The man was considered healthy and given a good prognosis for the procedure by the hospital but died just four days after a heart bypass surgery caused him significant blood loss. Last Friday, a jury determined that one of the doctors was negligent in the man's care and announced the $1.1 million award to the plaintiff.
Bill Trotter, Bangor Daily News 04/03/2014
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Trampled Concertgoers File Suit Against Beyonce
Two women who were injured at a Beyonce concert in Chicago have filed a lawsuit against the pop singer. The two plaintiffs were both injured when fellow concertgoers trampled them outside of the gates to the concert. One of the women was knocked unconscious and the other suffered a broken ankle. The lawsuit alleges that "United Center Joint Venture, Live Nation, Entertainment Inc. and Beyonce were negligent in their management of the crowd and that they should have known the premium ticket holders, who didn't have assigned seats, would gather hours before the concert started."
Meredith Rodriguez, Chicago Tribune 04/02/2014
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First Lawsuit Filed Over Hepatitis C Outbreak
Two people have filed the first of what could be several lawsuits over a hepatitis C outbreak at a nursing home in Minot, N.D. In all, 44 people contracted the virus at the care facility and are now reportedly dealing with chronic problems. The lawsuit is seeking class-action status and seeks unspecified monetary damages.
Blake Nicholson, San Francisco Chronicle 04/03/2014
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Anadarko Will Pay More than $5B in Pollution Settlement
Anadarko Petroleum has opted to pay $5.15 billion to settle long-running legal battles over environmental damage and chemical waste that have pockmarked sites across the United States for decades. Regulators said the deal is the largest environmental enforcement payment in U.S. history, and more than three-quarters of the settlement will be used to clean up toxic chemicals left behind in a series of corporate ownership shuffles nearly 10 years ago.
Collin Eaton, Houston Chronicle 04/04/2014
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Exxon Mobil Agrees to Share More Data on Fracking Risks
Exxon Mobil Corp has agreed to disclose more information about the environmental risks of fracking. In an agreement with New York City's pension funds the company would report on risks surrounding disposal of fracking waste water, air pollution, methane emissions from oil and natural gas wells, and other issues. Exxon plans to compile the information and publish it as a report on its website by September.
Ernest Scheyder, Reuters 04/04/2014
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Firefighter's Death Triggers Lawsuit Against School
The widow of a firefighter who was killed when a walkway he was on at a University of Missouri apartment complex collapsed has filed a lawsuit against the school. The wrongful death suit filed against the school's board of curators alleges that the board was responsible for the man's death as they did not properly maintain or construct the University Village Apartments. The accident took place on Feb. 22 when the firefighter "was responding to reports of a possible building collapse at the apartment complex."
Wire Report, Washington Times 04/04/2014
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