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October 22, 2013

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Lawsuits Filed Over Child Deaths

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Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and its director of pharmacy purchased a contaminated cardiac drug from an unaccredited compounding pharmacy that ultimately led to the 2012 deaths of two Las Vegas children, two lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court allege. They did so, according to the suit filed last week, largely because the pharmacy offered cheaper prices. The suit also contends Sunrise did not follow recognized standards to confirm the drug's safety.
PAUL HARASIM, Las Vegas Review Journal 10/22/2013 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Alabama Residents Aim to Stop Windmill Project

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Five residents of Cherokee county in Alabama have filed a lawsuit against a Texas-based energy company aimed at stopping the development of a windmill farm in their community. The lawsuit alleges that the project will "harm property values and cause damage to the area's natural beauty." It further states that the project will not create enough energy to justify its development due to the area's lack of potential wind energy. The lawsuit was filed on Monday in Cherokee County Circuit Court.
William Thornton, 10/21/2013 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Family Files Suit Over Pharmacy's Incorrect Dosage

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The family of a young girl has filed a $750,000 lawsuit claiming that a pharmacy was negligent when it put the incorrect dosage on the label of the girl's medication. According to that lawsuit, the label of the medication listed the dosage as five times the normal amount. After the girl took two teaspoons of the medicine, she fell to the floor, suffered seizures and was hospitalized. Because of the incident, the girl temporarily lost the ability to walk and lost about 18 pounds. The lawsuit states that the girl still suffers side effects from the incorrect drug dosage.
Amy Leigh Womack, Macon Telegraph 10/21/2013 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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TX Lawsuit Says Customs Officer Used Excessive Force

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A woman from South Texas has filed a lawsuit alleging that a customs officer used excessive force which led to her miscarriage and other injuries. The lawsuit alleges that customs officers in Brownsville approached the plaintiff after she closed up a duty-free store with a co-worker and proceeded to search her car. One of the officers threw the disabled plaintiff to the ground, causing her to suffer injuries including a miscarriage. The officers handcuffed the plaintiff so tightly that they had to be cut off her arms.
Wire Report, KHOU-TV 10/22/2013 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Harris County Couple Sues Carnival Over 'Unsafe and Unsanitary' Cruise

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A Harris County couple has filed suit against Carnival Cruise Lines after their wedding plans were thrown off-course by mechanical issues aboard the Triumph earlier this year. An engine-room fire on the Triumph ship in February left 3,100 passengers stranded at sea for days with limited food and toilet service, quickly becoming a media and business problem for the cruise line. According to documents filed Oct. 17, Luke Cash and Ami Gallagher are suing Carnival for breach of contract, negligence, negligent misrepresentation and fraud. The couple had scheduled the cruise to celebrate their nuptials with a wedding party and relatives. They were among those unlucky 3,100 stranded on the Triumph.
Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle 10/22/2013 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Another Child Death Raises Safety Concerns About TX Foster Children

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A weekend head-injury death of an 11-month-old girl in foster care in Austin has heightened child welfare workers' worries about a spike in suspicious deaths among Texas foster children, officials said Monday. Eight foster children died as a result of abuse and neglect in the fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, a fourfold increase over the previous year.
ROBERT T. GARRETT, The Dallas Morning News 10/22/2013 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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TX Judge Who Texted Prosecutors From Bench Resigns

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A Texas judge accused of sending text messages from the bench to help prosecutors build their case during the trial of a man accused of injuring a child has agreed to resign to avoid disciplinary action, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct revealed Monday. District Judge Elizabeth E. Coker agreed to step down from the 258th Judicial District Court, ending an inquiry into allegations that she coached a prosecutor via text message about how to question a witness during the criminal trial of David Reeves, who was fighting felony child abuse charges, according to an agreed order released by the commission.
Jeremy Heallen, 10/22/2013 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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David Lazarus: Your Prescription History is Their Business

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A secretive, for-profit service called ScriptCheck keeps track of all your prescriptions, even those you pay for with cash. Life insurers pay for the data. ScriptCheck, offered by ExamOne, a subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics, is yet another example of data mining ” using sophisticated programs to scour databases in search of people's personal information and then selling that info to interested parties.
David Lazarus, LA Times 10/22/2013 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Police Shooting

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The family of a man who was shot down by a Dallas, Texas police officer responding to a disturbance call has filed a lawsuit against the city of Dallas and the officer who fired the gun. The victim was a schizophrenic man whose mother had called 911 to report her son was off his medication and sitting outside with a knife. Police have claimed that they shot him when he became aggressive towards them, but surveillance footage debunks that claim. According to the lawsuit, "Dallas police were negligent and used excessive and deadly forced in an unlawful manner."
Susy Solis, CBS 11 10/20/2013 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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