Lawsuit: Nevada School For Disabled Children Hid Abuse
A Nevada couple has filed a lawsuit alleging that a school for disabled children, which both of their autistic sons attend, has been hiding abuse allegations involving school employees. After discovering that both of their non-verbal sons, as well as at least three other students, were physically abused at the school, the plaintiffs filed suit. The lawsuit was amended in 2013 and accused the school of "allowing disabled students to remain in a dangerous situation with an abusive aide."
Carri Geer Thevenot, Las Vegas Review Journal 04/06/2014
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Exxon Faces Lawsuit Over Release of Bad Gasoline
ExxonMobil is facing a lawsuit over a batch of bad gasoline that was released in Baton Rouge, La. and caused damage to local drivers' vehicles. The company released 5 million gallons of the defective gas "which caused some local drivers to experience problems with their intake and valve systems gumming up." The lawsuit seeks class-action status and monetary compensation on behalf of "tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of individuals and entities with damages."
Joe Gyan, Jr. , The Advocate 04/07/2014
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Woman Alleges Nurse Assaulted Her at LA Hospital
A California woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was sexually assaulted during her stay at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles by a certified nursing assistant after she underwent surgery at the facility. The lawsuit further contends that the hospital failed to address nearly a decade of reports of abuse by the nursing assistant. The nurse has denied any reports of wrongdoing in police interviews.
Jack Leonard and Ani Ucar, LA Times 04/07/2014
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Takeda, Lilly Jury Awards $9 Billion Over Actos Risks
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly & Co. were ordered to pay a combined $9 billion in punitive damages after a federal court jury found they hid the cancer risks of their Actos diabetes medicine in the first U.S. trial of its kind. The jury earlier awarded $1.5 million in compensatory damages to former Actos user Terrence Allen, who blamed the drug for his cancer. After deliberating for about four hours yesterday, jurors found Takeda and Lilly “failed to adequately warn” about Actos’ bladder-cancer risks and that the drug caused Allen’s disease, according to court filings. Jurors also found the companies' executives “acted with wanton and reckless disregard” for patients’ safety in their handling of the drug and that justified a punitive damage award against both companies.
Jef Feeley and Kanoko Matsuyama , Bloomberg 04/08/2014
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Family Says BP Lied About Man’s Cause of Death
The family of a Houston man killed in a terror attack on a BP plant in Algeria early last year claims the oil company lied about how the man died and that its Internet access policy contributed to his death. According to the civil suit filed March 31, Frederick Martin Buttaccio did not die of a heart attack as reported by BP, but from a ring of explosives that were placed around his neck by a terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaida. The Buttaccio family is requesting a jury trial and hopes to force the BP into creating more rigorous safety standards for employees in dangerous parts of the world.
Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle 04/08/2014
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Safety Group Says Chevy Impala Air-Bag Defect Linked to 143 Deaths
The Center for Auto Safety, in a letter to U.S. regulators today, cited a government petition by a former GM researcher who said he found a software fault that can misread a passenger’s weight and render frontal air bags inoperative. The consultant, Donald Friedman, is asking the U.S. NHTSA to open a defect investigation into 2003-2010 model-year Impalas. There have been at least 143 fatalities in frontal crashes when an Impala’s air bag didn’t deploy, Friedman said, citing data collected from NHTSA’s fatal-crash database. In 98 of those cases, occupants who died were wearing seat belts.
Jeff Green and Jeff Plungis, Bloomberg 04/08/2014
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