False Claims Act Reward

Texas Doctor Gets $11.4 Million False Claims Act Reward The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced a settlement with TeamHealth Holdings, a national provider of hospital staffing provider, in a lawsuit against group practice IPC Healthcare. According to the agreement, TeamHealth will pay the government $60 million plus interest to settle allegations that IPC Healthcare engaged in a prolonged billing scheme, in which they engaged in “up-coding,” which means…

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Texas Helicopter Crash

Texas Helicopter Crash Leaves One Dead, Two Seriously Injured A Texas helicopter crash in West Galveston Bay Monday evening was devasting for at least one family and possibly two others. The chopper was returning from an oil cargo survey of an oil tanker known as the Eagle Vancouver when it crashed into the water. The crash resulted in one passenger’s death and the pilot and another passenger seriously injured. The…

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Pet Food Recall

Drug Contamination Leads to Pet Food Recall A specialty dog food company, Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company, has issued a voluntary pet food recall of certain lots of their Hunk of Beef brand pet food because they believe it may be contaminated with a potentially dangerous drug. The recalled pet food has lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June…

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San Antonio Crashes

Two San Antonio Crashes Leave Families Reeling Last Friday was a terrible day on San Antonio area roads and several families have been negatively impacted as a result of two San Antonio crashes. For example, on Friday night, a crash on the Southeast side involving a large truck and several other vehicles left seven people seriously injured and hospitalized. That accident occurred on Loop 410 South between W.W. White Road…

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Texas Plane Crashes

Two Texas Plane Crashes Leave One Dead, Two Injured Tuesday afternoon was a bad day for Texas plane crashes, as two of them crashed about 15 minutes apart. The worst of them happened in Rusk County, Texas, when a small plane crashed in an area just west of Carlisle at about 3:45 p.m., killing one person. As of now, the Rusk County Office of Emergency Management is investigating, but they…

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Smokeless Tobacco Recall

Altria Division Issues Smokeless Tobacco Recall Those out there who use smokeless tobacco products should pay special attention to this smokeless tobacco recall, since it involves some of the most popular brands in the country and in Texas. Yesterday, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co (USSTC), which is a division of Altria Group Inc, issued a voluntary recall of a number of their products due to the possibility that some cans may…

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Texas Pedestrian Accident

Austin Police Looking for Driver in Hit-and-Run Texas Pedestrian Accident Officials with the Austin Police Department have released a graphic video of a terrible Texas pedestrian accident in which a five-year-old boy, Marquese Earls, was struck by a vehicle near his home. The driver immediately fled the scene. The accident happened at just after 7 a.m. Monday morning and Austin Police responded to a call at 7:09 for a failure to stop…

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Washing Machine Recall Update

Samsung Washing Machine Update: Texas Family’s Repaired Machine Explodes You may recall that a few months ago, Samsung issued a voluntary recall of some of their top-loading washers because the washer lids can become detached from the machine while they are in operation. During the spin cycle, those lids can explode off the machines with enough force to cause serious injury or damage. In fact, the company issued the recall after receiving…

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Laptop Battery Recall

HP Orders Laptop Battery Recall Due to Burn and Fire Hazard HP Development Company, manufacturers of HP and Compaq computers, has issued a very serious voluntary laptop battery recall for over 140,000 lithium-ion batteries that power some of its laptop computers because of the “fire and burn hazards” they may pose. This is actually the second such recall for this issue. Back in June 2015, HP issued a recall for 41,000 lithium-ion batteries…

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Texas Workplace Accident

Texas Workplace Accident Leaves Two in Critical Condition Two Texas construction workers suffered serious burns in a Texas workplace accident  at the Xcel Energy building under construction in downtown Amarillo over the weekend. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is on the scene, investigating. According to reports, the two workers were on the second floor of an under-construction parking garage, drilling into an electrical box when they may have made contact with the…

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Beer Recall

Glass flaws Lead to Craft Beer Recall The Sierra Nevada Brewery, which is the third-largest craft brewery in the country, issued a voluntary beer recall of several of their products over the weekend, so specialty beer enthusiasts should pay attention. This particular recall was not issued because of a problem with the beer. This time, the problem is the packaging, as a flaw in the glass used to make the…

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OSHA Whistleblower Settlement

OSHA Whistleblower Settlement Totals More Than $892k A longtime Amtrak law enforcement employee who lost his job after he raised concern over possible railroad safety, as well as possible fraud and abuse involving a railroad contractor, has gotten his job back and was awarded a settlement of $892,551 by order of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This enormous OSHA whistleblower settlement demonstrates that it is very important to…

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Takata Guilty Plea

Takata Guilty Plea in Airbag Case More than 42 million vehicles have been recalled so far, with the possibility of more coming, due to the problems presented by airbags manufactured by Takata Corp. Takata airbag inflators can explode with too much force in a crash, resulting in shrapnel being almost literally fired into drivers and passengers in the cabin. So far, the inflator explosions have killed 16 people worldwide (11…

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Baby Powder Recall

Microorganisms Trigger Honest Baby Powder Recall There seem to be an increased number of recalls and health issues associated with products made for babies. The latest product for babies to see a potential problem is organic baby powder produced by the Honest Company, a company founded by actress Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan back in 2012. The Honest Company has issued a voluntary baby powder recall for all bottles of its organic…

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Moldy Teething Toy

Should Parents Worry About a Moldy Teething Toy? There has been a lot of concern expressed by parents in recent days over one of the most popular infant teething toys in the world, Sophie the Giraffe, after parents have flooded social media with reports that the toy, which is made of 100% natural rubber from the Hevea tree,  has a tendency to develop disturbing levels of mold. This possibly moldy…

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Wrong-Way Accident

Tragic San Antonio Wrong-Way Accident Kills One, Injured Two The rash of wrong-way accidents continues to take its toll on San Antonio drivers. Very early Sunday morning, one person was killed and two others were injured to the point of needing hospitalization when a white pickup traveling north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 crashed head-on into a Mazda 6 heading south. This particular wrong-way accident happened at about…

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Fracking Earthquakes

Oklahoma Taking Steps to Limit Fracking Earthquakes; Will Texas Follow? There are signs that drilling in the various oil patches in Texas might be on its way up again. That could very well mean an increase in the number of earthquakes in the region. To see what Texas may be looking forward to as drilling increases, one need only look north to Oklahoma. That state’s officials have released the figures…

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