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Lawsuit Targets Texas Nursing Home for Negligence
A lawsuit alleging negligence has been filed against a nursing home in San Antonio, Texas. The lawsuit contends that the facility failed to provide adequate health care for three residents who stayed at the facility during 2011. One of the elderly residents was left without assistance for 14 hours after he was injured in a fall. According to the lawsuit, staffing issues have caused most of the negligence problems.
Paul Venema, KSAT.com 04/15/2014
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Class-Action Suit Alleges Health Care Personnel Owed $9M
A class-action lawsuit that alleges fraud and breach of contract has been filed against a company that "provides doctors and other medical personnel for Kentucky hospitals and their emergency departments." The lawsuit alleges that emergency room employees were "paid less money than they earned and were entitled to as wages and ... have had other amounts wrongfully withheld from their pay." According to the lawsuit, the company misused about $9 million over a nine year period that was actually owed to its employees.
Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 04/15/2014
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Lawsuit Filed Against Former Church Leader for Affair
A lawsuit has been filed against a former church leader from San Antonio by a woman who alleges he forced her into an affair while she was a nanny for his family. The affair began when the plaintiff was 21 years old and worked for the defendant's family. According to the filing, the home-schooling activist and former church leader "promised to marry [the plaintiff] and leveraged his status as her mentor and religious leader to continue the liaison for years after she stopped working for his family in 2008." The former church leader stepped down from his position last fall when he publicly acknowledged the inappropriate relationship.
Abe Levy, Houston Chronicle 04/15/2014
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GM to Seek Court Protection Against Ignition Suits
GM said it would ask a U.S. bankruptcy court to bar plaintiffs from proceeding with lawsuits against the automaker for claims related to any actions before it filed for bankruptcy in 2009. The defect has been linked to the deaths of at least 13 people and resulted in the recall of 2.6 million GM vehicles. In a filing with U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Tuesday, GM asked for a stay on litigation related to ignition claims until a judicial panel on multidistrict litigation decides on a motion to consolidate the claims and the bankruptcy court rules on whether the claims violate GM's 2009 bankruptcy sale order.
Sweta Singh, Reuters 04/16/2014
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Despite Rise in Spills, Hazardous Cargo Rides Rails in Secret
American railroads have long operated under federal laws that shield them from local or state oversight and provide a blanket of secrecy over much of their operations. But now a rapid rise in the number of trains carrying crude oil — along with a series of derailments and explosions — has brought new concern about the risks of transporting dangerous cargo by rail. Local and state officials complain that they receive very little information about when hazardous materials are shipped through their communities or how railroads pick their routes.
JAD MOUAWAD, The New York Times 04/16/2014
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When Spine Implants Cause Paralysis, Who Is to Blame?
More than 100 patients have experienced partial or permanent paralysis in recent years after having spinal-cord stimulators inserted in their backs, according to a WSJ analysis of adverse-event reports submitted to the FDA, and a review of medical malpractice lawsuits. In many cases, the injuries occurred after patients' spinal cords were punctured or compressed by the stimulator electrodes. Doctors who implant the devices point to a problem that may be causing the injuries: poor physician awareness about the risks of operating near the spinal cord and the techniques for mitigating dangers. Insufficient training and a lack of surgical guidelines have left some doctors ill-prepared to perform the procedure, experts say.
Joseph Walker, Wall Street Journal - $$ Subscription Required 04/16/2014
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