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Archives for December 2014

13 South Carolina Hospitals Fined for Hospital Error and Patient Harm

Federal Medicare Program Fines 13 South Carolina Hospitals for Patient Harm and Hospital Error As the federal government works to reduce hospital errors, the Medicare program announced that it intends to penalize 700 hospitals in the United States, including 13 in South Carolina, by reducing federal health insurance payments by 1% for a fiscal … [Read more...]

State Farm Appeals Katrina Whistleblower Lawsuit

Hurricane Katrina Whistleblower Lawsuit Goes Back to Court with State Farm’s Appeal Insurance company State Farm was ordered earlier this year to pay $3 million in legal fees and damages for defrauding the federal government after a judge ruled in favor of two sisters who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company. Now, State Farm will … [Read more...]

Class Action Filed Against Uber for $1 “Safe Ride” Fare

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Uber Misrepresented $1 “Safe Ride” Fare to Customers A class action lawsuit against Uber – one of the fastest-growing and most controversial technology companies in the United States this year – was filed in a federal court in San Francisco on Tuesday, December 23rd, claiming that the company misrepresented $1 “Safe … [Read more...]

SC DUIs Increase During the Sober or Slammer Campaign

Sober or Slammer Campaign Catches More DUIs During Holiday Season During many holiday seasons, South Carolina launches the Sober or Slammer program –placing increased police officer attention on monitoring traffic to catch drunk drivers to help prevent DUI accidents. The program catches more drunk drivers, according to law enforcement officials, … [Read more...]

1944 South Carolina Teenage Murder Convict Exonerated

South Carolina Teenager Exonerated of Murder Charges After 70 Years South Carolina exonerated a black teenager who was convicted of murdering two white girls in 1944 on Tuesday, December 16th. George Stinney Jr was charged with murder at the young age of 14, convicted and sentenced to death. He stood convicted for 7o years of murdering two young … [Read more...]

Two Co-Defendants in Armstrong Whistleblower Lawsuit Settle

Two of Lance Armstrong’s Co-Defendants in Whistleblower Lawsuit Agree to Settlement In 2010, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong’s filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the team, alleging that Armstrong defrauded the federal government by accepting funding through the United States Postal Service, and claiming that there was no doping occurring … [Read more...]

Former Compounding Pharmacy Owners Face Murder Charges

Owners of Compounding Pharmacy Linked to Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Face Murder Charges Former employees and the owners of the New England Compounding Center (NECC), the compounding pharmacy responsible for the huge fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012, now face criminal charges including murder. On Wednesday, December 17th, indictments were … [Read more...]

China Approves Syngenta GMO Corn

Amidst Lawsuits and Financial Loss, China Finally Approves Syngenta GMO Corn As several farmers and grain handlers file lawsuits against Syngenta, one of the largest corn markets in the world – China – has finally approved Syngenta’s Viptera strain of GMO corn for consumption in the country. The Syngenta Corn GMO lawsuits allege that Syngenta … [Read more...]

Apple Wins iTunes Antitrust Lawsuit

Apple Wins $1 Billion Antitrust Lawsuit Over iTunes and iPods After just a week at trial, the 10-year-old antitrust lawsuit claiming Apple intentionally bricked iPods that did not exclusively use iTunes went to deliberation, and the technology company won. On December 16th, the California jury found that Apple did not violate antitrust laws by … [Read more...]

Research Links Viagra to Skin Cancer

Study Finds Viagra Use Increases Risk of Skin Cancer New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that men who take Viagra may have up to double the risk of skin cancer. The study, published in the June edition of JAMA, evaluated 26,000 male patients who disclosed during a 2000 Harvard study that used … [Read more...]

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