A Suffolk County police officer is under arrest following a deadly wrong-way crash on Sunrise Highway in West Islip. Police said the off-duty officer, who works for the Third Precinct, was driving the wrong way and crashed into another vehicle, killing the other driver.
The police officer was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment. He is still hospitalized with serious injuries. Police say he was suspended without pay. Continue reading
The food company 502 Boundary Blvd. Inc., formerly known as Fletcher’s Fine Foods Ltd., has recalled approximately 8,700 pounds of ham products that may be contaminated with foreign matter, specifically rubber.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the recall on September 21, 2016. The products were produced and packed by Sofina Foods of London, Ontario. The products were exported to the United States on July 21, 2016 and were only distributed to the United States. Continue reading
An alleged drunk driving accident has destroyed one college student’s wheelchair accessible van, turning his half hour commute by car into 3 hours by public bus. The student, who attends Suffolk County college, was born with spinal muscular atrophy. He used the wheelchair accessible van to get to class each day with his mother.
According to Fios1 News, the student’s everyday life was disrupted when his van went up in flames. Allegedly, a drunk driver crashed into the van while it was parked in their family’s driveway. Police report that the driver was the student’s 27-year-old neighbor. The driver is allegedly a repeat offender. He was arrested and is out on $5,000 bail. Continue reading
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is updating its recommendations for cell phone radiation exposure in light of new study findings released by the US National Toxicology Program, which is part of the National Institutes of Health. Researchers found that higher exposure to wireless radiation significantly increased the rate of highly malignant heart and brain cancers in rodents. AAP, which is the largest group of children’s physicians in the country, has issued updated recommendations to reduce wireless cell phone radiation.
Jennifer A. Lowry, M.D., FAACT, FAAP, chair of the AAP Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee said in the press release, “They’re not toys. They have radiation that is emitted from them and the more we can keep it off the body and use (the phone) in other ways, it will be safer,” Continue reading
Among the many health concerns that have arisen since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there are concerns about asthma diagnosed in children and teenagers who were exposed to toxins during and following the September 11, 2001 attacks.
A September 2016 article in Pediatric Research reviewed both asthma and asthma control in exposed adolescents and teens for ten to 11 years after the attacks. Continue reading
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Gallo Meats LLC of Colville, Washington, recalled Sausage, Beef, and Lamb products because they were produced without benefit of inspection.
The recall was subsequently updated to include hot Italian sausage products that may contain undeclared allergens due to potential cross contamination with soy, wheat, fish (anchovies), and milk. Continue reading
A jury was selected last week in a case in the DePuy Pinnacle multidistrict litigation (MDL). The MDL—IN RE: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation—(MDL 2244) is being heard in the Northern District Court, Northern District of Texas.
A Second Mandamus was also filed this Saturday evening concerning the Court’s Satellite Transmission Order and a Motion to Quash was filed this week for a deposition that is currently being taken in England. The Motion was considered and denied. Meanwhile, opening statements begin next Monday. Continue reading
A couple has filed a new Eliquis lawsuit, alleging that the blood thinning medication prescribed to treat the wife’s atrial fibrillation has put her in danger with internal bleeding complications. Eliquis is made by Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb and is designed to reduce the overall risk of blood clot injuries.
The plaintiffs have alleged that Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squib neglected to warn of the potentially adverse effects of Eliquis. When the plaintiff who suffers from atrial fibrillation condition consulted with her physician about her treatment options, she chose Eliquis on the basis of the marketing materials that were presented by the pharmaceutical companies. Continue reading
On August 23, a request was made by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to dismiss claims of conspiracy, fraud, misrepresentation and warranty claims relating to its talcum powder, saying that the claims were not specific enough. The motion was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia and stated that the plaintiffs in the case have not given enough specific incidents of misconduct to continue with the case. The plaintiff has claimed that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2015 and that it had been caused by exposure to talcum powder products.
Thousands of women have come forward and begun filing lawsuits against companies like J&J alleging that the products lead to the development of ovarian cancer. Plaintiffs have filed on their own behalf or on the behalf of a deceased loved one. These lawsuits claim that not only do talcum powder products lead to ovarian cancer, but that the companies knew of the existing dangers and kept selling them without warning consumers. The result has been many plaintiffs have made claims for fraud, misrepresentation, and conspiracy. Continue reading
A voluntary recall is being issued for Blue Bell Ice Cream produced in its Sylacauga, Alabama facility because there is a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient supplied by a third party supplier, Aspen Hills, Inc., that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
According to a recall notice posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) website, the following half gallon products are affected (code dates are parentheses):
• Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (082618226)
• Blue Bell Cookie Two Step (080418222, 081818224)
One pint-sized product is also affected:
• Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (081518242, 082418242) Continue reading