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Neglect Lawsuit Filed Against New York Nursing Home

The national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP has filed a nursing home abuse lawsuit in the Supreme Court of the State of New York against Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation and Winthrop-University Hospital, on behalf of the estate of a Nassau County woman who allegedly died from nursing home negligence.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was a resident of the nursing home from January 26, 2011 to March 9, 2011, where she developed numerous infections, skin breakdown, malnutrition, dehydration, decubitus ulcers, as well as other injuries, allegedly caused by the negligence of the nursing home. More Neglect Lawsuit Filed Against New York Nursing Home

Countrywide Financial Whistleblower Receives $14.5 million

Kyle Lagow, a former home appraiser, will receive $14.5 million as part of a settlement of his whistleblower lawsuit filed against Bank of America Corp which alleged that Countrywide Financial inflated appraisals on government insured loans, Reuters reported.

The Lagow lawsuit sparked the probe into the banking industry and mortgage fraud. Lagow’s whistleblower lawsuit was one of five complaints that were involved in a $25 billion settlement made between Bank of America, which bought Countrywide Financial in 2008, and four other lenders and the U.S. Department of Justice. More Countrywide Financial Whistleblower Receives $14.5 million

Bartenders, Servers Win Wage and Tip Lawsuit

Ohio bartenders and servers who worked for 533 Short North LLC, which operates Park Street Patio has agreed to settle a federal wage and hour lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Columbus inn June 2010, alleging that minimum wage employees were forced to share tips with managers. In the settlement, 533 Short North LLC agreed to pay former and current employees of Park Street Patio and three other bars $150,000 in back wages.

To receive settlement monies, employees must have participated in pooling tips with a “head bartender” or worked over 40 hours per week at some time during May 8, 2010 and December 31, 2010. The Columbus Dispatch reports that over 100 bartenders and servers work for Park Street Patio and the other bars run by 533 Short North LLC. More Bartenders, Servers Win Wage and Tip Lawsuit

NY Jury Awards $120 million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Jacqueline Martin, 45, has been awarded $120 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit brought by her mother against three New York hospitals and one neurologist after Martin was left incapacitated and brain damaged following a series of hospital visits back in 2004.

According to the New York Times, Jacobi Medical Center was 50 percent responsible, Kings County Hospital Center was 40 percent responsible, while 5 percent of the responsibility went to Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, and 4 percent was put on a neurologist. Martin herself was given one percent of the responsibility for her injuries, however her attorney feels that was a ‘quirk’ made by jury misunderstanding. More NY Jury Awards $120 million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Honolulu Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Abuse by Former Priest

Attorneys for an unidentified man have filed a lawsuit in Honolulu Circuit Court alleging that the plaintiff was sexually abused by Rev. Gerald Funcheon during an overnight retreat in the 1980s, when the plaintiff was 13-years-old. At that time, Funcheon was a teacher and chaplain at Damien Memorial School, an all-boys Catholic school.

The clergy abuse lawsuit alleges that despite reports made to the order of the Crosier Fathers and Brothers Province, Inc. regarding inappropriate sexual conduct towards children, Funcheon was given “unsupervised and unlimited access to children at Damien.” The lawsuit also alleges, “Before plaintiff was sexually abused, the Crosiers had serious concerns about Funcheon’s interactions with children, Funcheon’s sexuality and Funcheon’s abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs.” More Honolulu Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Abuse by Former Priest

Lawsuit Alleges Infant Sickened by Dog Food Salmonella

The family of an infant identified as C.A.E has filed a lawsuit in New Jersey federal court against Diamond Pet Food Processors and Costco alleging that two-month-old C.A.E became sick with salmonella from tainted Diamond dog food.

According to at least 15 people across Canada and nine US states have become sick from alleged contact with contaminated pet food. Diamond Pet Food initiated a food recall for salmonella contamination on April 6, 2012 and has expanded the recall to additional brands including Kirkland, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Premium Edge, and Canidae. More Lawsuit Alleges Infant Sickened by Dog Food Salmonella

Transvaginal Mesh Makers Target of Lawsuits and Federal Action

Over 650 women have filed lawsuits against transvaginal mesh manufacturers, alleging the mesh makers failed to adequately warn patients about the risks involved with transvaginal mesh, and knowingly produced defective products.

Transvaginal mesh is used to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The mesh supports organs like the bladder so they do not prolapse, or fall. The mesh is implanted through the abdomen or transvaginally and the surrounding tissue weaves itself through the mesh, making it a permanent support. More Transvaginal Mesh Makers Target of Lawsuits and Federal Action

Pennsylvania Families File Fracking Lawsuit

Three families from Washington County, Pennsylvania have filed a lawsuit in Washington County common Pleas Court against Range Resources, Microbac Laboratories Inc. and Test America, as well as two individuals, and 12 Range supplies and subcontractors. The lawsuit alleges that Range and the water testing laboratories conspired to publish fraudulent water test reports saying their well water was good, when in fact it was contaminated, causing the plaintiffs health problems.

According to the lawsuit, Range was aware that the groundwater around the Yeager farm on McAdams Road in Amwell was contaminated by a leaking waste pit and fluid flowback impoundment in November 2010. The complaint says that Range told the plaintiffs that their water was safe to drink, bathe in, and to use for cooking. Yet, the lawsuit contends that farm animals were provided with the same water and many have become sick, and some have died. The plaintiffs allege they suffer health problems including nausea, dizziness, headaches, ear infections, nosebleeds, skin rashes, and numbness. More Pennsylvania Families File Fracking Lawsuit

Tainted Cantaloupe Farm Files Bankruptcy

The farm that grew cantaloupes that were linked to a 2011 listeria outbreak has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, MSNBC New reported. Jensen Farms, located in Holly, Colorado filed documents with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Denver listing $2.5 million in liabilities against $2.1 million in assets and numerous wrongful death lawsuits it is currently facing from the outbreak.

According to a congressional committee, the listeria outbreak spread through 28 states and affected 146 people. The committee said it was the worst food-borne outbreak in more than 25 years.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspectors reported that Jensen Farms did not properly store the cantaloupes after harvesting, and failed to chlorinate the water it used to wash the cantaloupe, which allowed the bacteria to grow.

Distributors of the tainted cantaloupe are facing lawsuits as well, as are retail grocers including Wal-Mart and Kroger.

An attorney for several plaintiffs who have sued the farm said that Chapter 11 bankruptcy could free up insurance funds quicker, and is “step one” in a long process for compensation.



Franciscan Friars of California release Records as Part of Sex Abuse Settlement has posted thousands of pages of documents produced by the Franciscan Friars of California related to nine Franciscan brothers or priests who were confirmed as or admitted to being child molesters. The documents also include the transcripts of the depositions of the child abuse victims, clergy supervisors and others.

 The release of the documents comes years after 25 Santa Barbara abuse survivors brought a civil lawsuit against the Franciscan Friars in 2006. Part of the that settlement included a $28 million award to the victims from the Roman Catholic Church, the Los Angeles Times reports. More Franciscan Friars of California release Records as Part of Sex Abuse Settlement