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All news posts from May 01, 2002 to May 31, 2002

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May 31, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a new report released this week by the Pentagon, Navy sailors were intentionally exposed to several nerve agents in an operation known as Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense (SHAD) during the 1960s. Six tests carried out in the Pacific Ocean from 1964 to 1968 exposed thousands of men to sarin gas, a biol

Posted by Staff Writer
May 30, 2002 12:00 AM

The United States Marine Corps resumed testing of the controversial V-22 Osprey this week, two years after the aircraft was grounded following two fatal accidents. Four Marines were killed in North Carolina and 19 others died in Arizona when their Ospreys malfunctioned and crashed. Several military watchdog organizat

Posted by Staff Writer
May 30, 2002 12:00 AM

Sara Lee Foods Corp., one of the world's largest food, beverage, and household products manufacturers, settled dozens of racial discrimination lawsuits Tuesday. As part of the settlement, the company agreed to pay $3.5 million to 139 African-American employees at a Pennsylvania hot-dog facility. The former workers al

Posted by Staff Writer
May 29, 2002 12:00 AM

Petroleum and energy provider Halliburton Company announced Tuesday that it has settled 30 lawsuits stemming from toxic asbestos exposure. According to the complaints, the company and its subsidiaries made construction products with the material, which led to the plaintiffs' lung cancers. The terms of the settlements

Posted by Staff Writer
May 29, 2002 12:00 AM

The makers of the anti-inflammatory medications Vioxx and Celebrex received more troubling news this week as a newly released study warned the drugs may delay bone healing. According to the report published in this month's issue of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, inhibiting cox-2, an enzyme that causes pain

Posted by Staff Writer
May 23, 2002 12:00 AM

A neutral arbitrator awarded a former employee of Philadelphia Electric Company Energy (PECO) $4.5 million Tuesday for injuries the worker sustained while attempting to install a gas service for a residential customer. In March 1999, Joseph Johnson was measuring the amount of pipe it would take to run an underground g

Posted by Staff Writer
May 23, 2002 12:00 AM

The families of two Arizona police officers who died when their Crown Victoria cruisers were rear-ended and caught fire have settled their lawsuits with Ford Motor Company. Officer Juan Cruz was killed in December 1998 and Floyd Fink died in February 2000 when their vehicles were struck from behind at speeds in excess

Posted by Staff Writer
May 23, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a Federal judge's ruling, the family of a Native American Indian who died from injuries he sustained while working at a logging site in Montana will receive $3.1 million from the U.S. government. Leland Kicking Woman died in September 1993 when a tree cut down by a coworker landed on his neck, leaving him

Posted by Staff Writer
May 22, 2002 12:00 AM

The interest group Public Citizen has asked Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson to bring criminal charges against Abbott Laboratories for illegally withholding information regarding its diet drug Meridia. According to Public Citizen, which obtained its information from an April U.S. Food and Drug Admini

Posted by Staff Writer
May 22, 2002 12:00 AM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has pulled a television commercial promoting the use of the migraine medication Imitrex. According to FDA officials, the advertisement portrays the drug as being superior to all other pain reliever medications, but because no studies currently exist comparing Imitrex to othe

Posted by Staff Writer
May 22, 2002 12:00 AM

The family of an Illinois judge settled an accidental death lawsuit recently for $10.6 million. In 1999, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Joan Corboy was returning to her family's Florida condominium from a bike ride when she was crushed by the complex's electronic gate as it closed. Corboy's family sued the condomini

Posted by Staff Writer
May 21, 2002 12:00 AM

An Ohio jury recently awarded $1.8 million to a man who was wrongly accused of phoning in bomb threats to a place of business. In February 1998, authorities accused James Poma of making several threatening phone calls to Modern Building Supply (MBS), a window and door manufacturer in Youngstown. A police trace reveal

Posted by Staff Writer
May 21, 2002 12:00 AM

The children of a 75-year-old woman who died from injuries she allegedly sustained while riding on a monorail at Tampa International Airport have filed a lawsuit against the airport and the county aviation authority. Adele Simpson fractured her hip in December 1999 when a monorail that transports passengers from the a

Posted by Staff Writer
May 21, 2002 12:00 AM

Drug maker Hoffman-La Roche recently triumphed in the first trial involving the acne medication Accutane, which has been linked to suicide in patients. Carla Gray, 38, alleged she became severely depressed after using Accutane for several years, a psychological effect that she claimed eventually destroyed her marriage

Posted by Staff Writer
May 21, 2002 12:00 AM

A California jury recently awarded $4.3 million to a former Los Angeles high school teacher who was sexually harassed by students. Beginning in March 2000, several students at Palisades High School began printing sexually offensive stories about Janis Adams, an English teacher, in a campus underground newspaper. In o

Posted by Staff Writer
May 21, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a new study released this week by the US Pharmacopeia (USP), a national standards-setting organization, hospitals are not only reporting more medical errors but are still making the same patient mistakes. The report, released Monday, reveals that in 1999 as well as in 2000, 3 percent of all hospital error

Posted by Staff Writer
May 20, 2002 12:00 AM

An international government watchdog organization has asked British health officials to immediately ban the acne medication Roaccutane because of its link to patient suicides. A spokesperson for the International Roaccutane Action Group (IRAG) told members of the Medicines Control Agency (MCA) last week that the drug,

Posted by Staff Writer
May 20, 2002 12:00 AM

A Florida man left paralyzed after a horrific traffic accident in 1995 was awarded $9 million by a jury last week in a faulty seatbelt case involving General Motors Corp. Carl Porritt, 37, was riding in the passenger seat of his friend's Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck when a drunk driver rear-ended the vehicle. Porritt

Posted by Staff Writer
May 20, 2002 12:00 AM

The family of a man who died while incarcerated in an Indiana jail was awarded $56.5 million recently on a civil rights claim. Christopher Moreland, 30, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in October 1997. Shortly after officers took the suspect to St. Joseph County Jail in South Bend, Moreland w

Posted by Staff Writer
May 20, 2002 12:00 AM

Florida's child welfare agency recently settled a lawsuit filed by six foster children who were physically and sexually abused by their adoptive parents. The lawsuit alleged that workers with the Department of Children & Families wrongly placed the siblings with Frank and Jackie Lynch, who had a history of child abuse

Posted by Staff Writer
May 20, 2002 12:00 AM

A Federal jury recently awarded nine white Chicago firefighters more than $2.3 million after determining that their 1986 lieutenant's test scores were purposely lowered in an effort to promote minorities. The lawsuit, which sought back pay and damages, alleged the city intentionally lowered the firefighters' scores in

Posted by Staff Writer
May 17, 2002 12:00 AM

An Ohio jury awarded $8.2 million Wednesday to a man who became paralyzed due to medical malpractice. In 1999, Rick Kaszar ruptured several discs in his back while loading a box of catalogues into his car trunk. As a result, his spinal cord was compressed, blocking blood flow to the area. Upon Kaszar's admittance to

Posted by Staff Writer
May 17, 2002 12:00 AM

Serono, Inc. has recently become aware of a counterfeit lot of Serono's Serostim [somatropin (rDNA origin) for injection]. The counterfeit material has been packaged to appear as drug product lot number S810-1A1. This is not a legitimate Serostim lot number. Serono has notified the appropriate regulatory and law enforc

Posted by Staff Writer
May 17, 2002 12:00 AM

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported yesterday that faulty maintenance conducted by CSX Transportation may have contributed to last month's Amtrak crash in Florida. A spokesperson for the NTSB said in the months before the accident, CSX, which owns and maintains the tracks just s

Posted by Staff Writer
May 17, 2002 12:00 AM

Drug manufacturer Schering-Plough announced today that it will pay the U.S. government $500 million to settle complaints about quality control problems at two of its facilities. In February 2001, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that manufacturing procedures at Schering-Plough's New Jersey and Puerto

Posted by Staff Writer
May 16, 2002 12:00 AM

The American Environmental Safety Institute has filed a lawsuit against three of the nation's leading chocolate manufacturers alleging their products contain dangerous levels of lead and cadmium. The lawsuit, which names Nestle USA Inc., Hershey Foods Corp. and Kraft Foods North America Inc., was filed Wednesday in Lo

Posted by Staff Writer
May 16, 2002 12:00 AM

CSX Transportation recently settled a lawsuit with the family of a 15-year-old boy who was killed when a coal train derailed and crashed into his home. The 80-car CSX train slammed into Eddie L. Rogers' house at close to 60 mph, spilling several tons of coal in the process. Asleep on his living room couch, Rogers suf

Posted by Staff Writer
May 16, 2002 12:00 AM

The Ingram Barge Company has settled a lawsuit with a former employee who suffered serious head injuries while working on a boat on the Ohio River. Christopher Eldridge, 24, was severely injured in 1999 when a cable aboard the barge snapped and struck him in the head. The $10 million settlement, reached Tuesday, is b

Posted by Staff Writer
May 15, 2002 12:00 AM

The Federal Trade Commission has filed three separate complaints against the following marketers of electronic exercise belts: AB Energizer marketers : Electronic Products Distribution, L.L.C., based in San Diego, California, and its general partners, Thomas Nelson and Holly Hernandez, also known as Holly Bryan;

Posted by Staff Writer
May 15, 2002 12:00 AM

According to Abbott Laboratories Inc., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found that one of the pharmaceutical maker's manufacturing plants does not meet quality and safety standards. A spokesperson for Abbott said the company has not thoroughly reviewed the report on the Lake County, Illinois facility bu

Posted by Staff Writer
May 15, 2002 12:00 AM

A Missouri nursing home recently paid $275,000 to the family of a woman who died after choking on food that caretakers had been directed not to serve her. In September 2001, Barbara Welch, 48, choked to death on solid food when her diet was restricted to liquids. The wrongful death lawsuit, filed by the woman's mothe

Posted by Staff Writer
May 14, 2002 12:00 AM

An Amtrak passenger train carrying 137 people derailed this morning outside of Ridgeland, South Carolina. Ten rail cars went off the track when the train slammed into a log truck at a crossing. Jasper County investigators say there were no fatalities although fifteen passengers were reported injured, two seriously.

Posted by Staff Writer
May 14, 2002 12:00 AM

Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially confirmed the anemia drug Eprex's link to pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) in a letter published in this week's issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. Eprex's link to PRCA, a condition characterized by a near absence of red blood cell precursors,

Posted by Staff Writer
May 13, 2002 12:00 AM

GlaxoSmithKline announced Friday that the company has received four reports of suspect bottles containing 60 tablets of Combivir (lamivudine plus zidovudine) that actually contained another medicine, Ziagen (abacavir sulfate) Tablets. The company has determined that counterfeit labels for Combivir Tablets were placed o

Posted by Staff Writer
May 13, 2002 12:00 AM

An Illinois Federal Appeals Court has denied class action certification of millions of product liability claims stemming from the recent Ford Explorer/Firestone tire fiasco. The appeals court said competing state laws and the countless reasons for tire failure would have made class action litigation "unmanageable." B

Posted by Staff Writer
May 07, 2002 12:00 AM

NASA recently settled a class action racial discrimination lawsuit filed by dozens of African-American employees. According to the complaint, which was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency's Manpower Utilization Review Council intentionally denied the plaintiffs promotions because of thei

Posted by Staff Writer
May 07, 2002 12:00 AM

A new report presented at yesterday's meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Baltimore reveals that a child's exposure to secondhand smoke may lead to substandard test scores. The study, conducted by researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, examined over 4,000 children using tobacco data c

Posted by Staff Writer
May 06, 2002 12:00 AM

Three Hispanic employees of California State University-Monterey Bay have settled a racial discrimination lawsuit with the school for $2.5 million. Cecilia Burciaga, Bert Rivas and Octavio Villalpondo filed suit against the university in 2000 after Burciaga was dismissed from his position as assistant to the school's

Posted by Staff Writer
May 06, 2002 12:00 AM

An Alabama jury ordered General Motors Corporation (GM) last week to pay $122 million to the family of a boy who suffered permanent brain injuries in an auto accident. In 1999, Jeffrey Jernigan, then 12, was riding in the passenger seat of a 1993 Oldsmobile Delta 88 when the vehicle, driven by his brother, collided wi

Posted by Staff Writer
May 06, 2002 12:00 AM

A new study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals that lap belts on school buses may increase the risk of a child suffering a neck injury in the event of an accident. The NHTSA plans to present the report, which is based on several years of research, to Congress. Currently, F

Posted by Staff Writer
May 03, 2002 12:00 AM

The city of Miami recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a 19-year-old man who was killed by police officers while unarmed in November 1995. Authorities with the Miami Police Department shot Derrick Wiltshire and an accomplice, Antonio Young, as they fled a robbery. Wiltshire jumped off an I

Posted by Staff Writer
May 03, 2002 12:00 AM

Nearly 500,000 African-Americans will share $27 million in a class action settlement reached yesterday with Unitrin Inc., a life insurance provider that allegedly overcharged blacks because of their race. The policies were mainly sold door to door to unsuspecting poor black customers between the late 1920's and 1970.

Posted by Staff Writer
May 02, 2002 12:00 AM

The families of fifteen people who died aboard American Airlines Flight 587 on November 12, 2001 have filed lawsuits against the airliner. The suits allege American failed to adequately train employees to work on the aircraft and neglected to properly inspect the jet before it took off from New York's Kennedy Internat

Posted by Staff Writer
May 02, 2002 12:00 AM

A woman who was severely injured when a garbage truck ran over her at a rest stop in Ashland, Virginia recently settled a lawsuit with the truck's owner for $2 million. Gloria Hodges, a long-distance truck driver at the time of the accident, suffered a knee injury and a broken pelvis. Most seriously, the skin of her

Posted by Staff Writer
May 02, 2002 12:00 AM

An Oklahoma jury recently awarded $11.55 million to the family of a man who died after using the now banned diabetes drug Rezulin. Michael Wakefield, 41, died of liver failure in 1999 after using Rezulin for five weeks. In late 1997, Great Britain removed the drug from the market after several users were hospitalized

Posted by Staff Writer
May 01, 2002 12:00 AM

An Ohio jury recently ordered Abbott Laboratories to pay $25.7 million to a 59-year-old sales representative who alleged the company forced him into retirement because of his age. David Jelinek was an employee for Abbott's Ross Products Division in Columbus for over three decades. In 1997, officials with the company,

Posted by Staff Writer
May 01, 2002 12:00 AM

A new study conducted by researchers in Finland indicates that exposure to mercury may increase one's risk of developing heart disease. In the study, presented last week to the American Heart Association's Asia Pacific Scientific Forum, Finnish scientists examined 2,005 men without a history of heart disease for a per

Posted by Staff Writer
May 01, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a new report published in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association, doctors should prescribe older medications with proven track records instead of recently approved drugs that may be riskier to a patient's health. The study, conducted by researchers with Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical

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