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U.S. drug recalls common, not well publicized: study

June 04, 2012, Andrew M. Seaman, Reuters NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalls potentially harmful drugs about once every month, but they could be doing a better job of letting doctors and patients know about them, says a new study. Over an eight-year span, researchers found that the FDA failed to send notifications for one in five of the most serious recalls through its two electronic systems used to alert doctors and the public. The so called Class I recalls, according to the FDA, are issued for drugs that, if taken, have the potential to cause...

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Daley appointee: Working for the taxpayers while suing them

A former Cook County prosecutor, Bobb is one of Chicago’s top female trial lawyers. She spends most of her time at her law practice, handling personal-injury cases. Even as she worked as the commission’s part-time inspector general, Bobb began representing Shelley Davis and her husband Omar Roberts, in a lawsuit against City Hall. Davis and Roberts were injured five years ago when a 50-pound chunk of concrete fell from a viaduct downtown and landed inside their car. Bobb argued that City Hall knew concrete had been falling from the viaduct, but “they just didn’t do anything” to fix it. The city...

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Wrongful death lawsuit in 2011 drowning at Geneva dam

By Harry Hitzeman Relatives of a Naperville man who died last August saving a child from drowning near a dam along the Fox River in Geneva has sued the city for wrongful death, arguing the city knew about the dangers posed by the lowhead dam but did not do enough to restrict access to that area. Randy Suchy, 59, died Aug. 5, 2011, saving a 12-year-old boy who slipped and fell into the water during a church outing. The Bolingbrook boy was rescued, but Suchy was caught in the boil for several minutes despite rescuers’ efforts to save him. Wrongful death lawsuit in 2011...

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United Continental Sued by Black Pilots Alleging Bias

United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL) (UAL), the world’s largest airline, was sued for racial discrimination by 22 black pilots who allege the company offers minority employees fewer promotions to upper management than whites. The company’s “highly subjective decision making” about promotions discriminates against minority captains and operations supervisors, according to a complaint filed today in federal court in San Francisco. Minority captains are subject to a “dual employment track” and relegated to part-time jobs with less job security and opportunity for promotions, while non- minority employees get full-time, higher wage positions, the pilots said in the complaint. Virtually all black employees at...

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3 burned in southern Illinois silo explosion awarded a total of $180 million

3 burned in southern Illinois silo explosion awarded a total of $180 million By Andy Grimm, Chicago Tribune reporter June 5, 2012 Three workers who were badly burned in a 2010 grain elevator explosion in southern Illinois are to split a $180 million jury award. John W. Jentz, Robert Schmidt and Justin Becker were on a crew cleaning out a grain bin in Chester, south of St. Louis, that, unbeknown to them, had been smoldering for days and exploded while the three were removing their tools, said Robert Clifford, lawyer for Jentz and Schmidt. After a month long trial and 10 hours of deliberations,...

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Settlement reached in motorcyclist’s crash death

City to pay $1.55 Million settlement in officer-involved accident The father of a man killed when an Indianapolis police officer's cruiser crashed into his motorcycle said the family has reached a $1.55 million settlement with the city in their wrongful death lawsuit. Aaron Wells told The Indianapolis Star the settlement in his son Eric Well's death doesn't make him feel better but it helps "any time you can put something behind you in this whole matter." Wells said the family's suit was on appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago. Settlement reached in motorcyclist's crash death...

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CPS Employee Says Supervisor Sexually Harassed Her Repeatedly

CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman who works for the Chicago School Board is suing her employer and her supervisor claiming she was regularly sexually harassed at work for more than a year. As WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports, the woman filed suit against the Board of Education Thursday in U.S. District Court. She says her supervisor sent her sexually suggestive messages and made inappropriate sexual comment, and even made her change her work habits so he could be around her more. The woman, who works as a youth outreach worker for the Board of Education, claims her supervisor repeatedly told her the...

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Race Discrimination, or Just Workplace Conflict?

An Illinois material handler testified that he’d been treated badly throughout his 4 years of employment. And, he said, it was all because he is African American. But his employer disagreed, saying he deserved the discipline he was given. What happened. “Lennon” drove a forklift for Jacobson Transportation Co., a third-party logistics firm, at its Chicago Heights warehouse. For the first year of his employment, from 2003 to 2004, he was on the day shift with two supervisors. He later said they made fun of him, but the taunting wasn’t race-based. Then he was put on the night shift as the...

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Most medical malpractice claims litigated, but few go to trial: Study

Most medical malpractice claims lead to litigation, but a majority of these are dismissed, and more than three-quarters of the relatively few against specialists that lead to a trial verdict are resolved in the physician's favor, says a new study. The study, whose lead researcher was Dr. Anupam B. Jena of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, appears in the Chicago-based American Medical Assn.'s current issue of Archives in Internal Medicine. The study examined all claims closed between 2002 and 2005 that involved some defense costs. Among all claims, 55.2% resulted in litigation, ranging from 46.7% for claims against...

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Father of teen killed on camping trip sues tour company

The father of a Lake Forest teen killed by a falling tree while on a student camping trip in Wyoming last summer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the tour operators. Elizabeth Burns of Lake Forest was helping set up camp in Wyoming’s Teton Wilderness about 66 feet away from the base of a 75-foot tree when the tree fell and struck her. She never regained consciousness, witnesses said. Her father, Michael Burns, filed the federal wrongful death lawsuit in Chicago on Wednesday against Wilderness Ventures, the commercial backpacking company based in Jackson Hole, Wyo., that operated the tour. Father of teen...

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New veterans set record for war-disability claims

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer America's newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate, claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the nation has ever seen. A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related. That is more than double the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after some other relatively recent wars, top government officials told The Associated Press. What's more, these new veterans are claiming eight to nine ailments on average,...

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Whistleblower Woodford to tackle Olympus in court

May 27, 2012|Kirstin Ridley | Reuters LONDON (Reuters) - Michael Woodford, the ousted chief executive of Olympus, will try to persuade a London judge his embattled former employer fired him because he blew the cover off one of Japan's most high-profile corporate frauds. The five-day hearing, which starts on Monday, will throw the spotlight back onto a $1.7 billion accounting scandal that has cost the camera-to-endoscope maker its board and reputation. Whistleblower Woodford to tackle Olympus in court...

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State revoking license of Joliet nursing home

By Janet Lundquist and Bob Okon Staff writers May 2, 2012 5:08PM State public health officials confirmed Wednesday they are in the process of revoking the license for a troubled Joliet nursing home. Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 777 Draper Ave., also was scheduled to be decertified for Medicare on April 1, said Melaney Arnold, communications manager for the Illinois Department of Public Health. Arnold could not confirm Wednesday that the center was scheduled to close May 15. A woman who answered the phone at Hillcrest on Wednesday said Amy Sparks, who is listed as the administrator of the facility on both the...

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Report: Sexual abuse of female farmworkers common

By Tracie Cone, Published: May 16 FRESNO, Calif. — Female farmworkers across the United States are commonly sexually harassed and assaulted, in part because their immigration status makes them fearful of calling police, according to a report being released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch. The survey by the international rights group mirrors two previous reports on the risks facing women and girls that had focused on California, where most of the nation’s farmworkers reside. “Our research confirms what farmworker advocates across the country believe: sexual violence and sexual harassment experienced by farmworkers is common enough that some farmworker women see these abuses as...

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Readers talk insurance, accidents during chat with personal injury lawyer

LAUREN BOYER York Daily Record, Pa. 1:10 p.m. CDT, May 9, 2012 YORK, Pa. Teens driving. Treading through icy parking lots. Super gluing. These, and other potentially hazardous activities, were discussed Friday in a ydr.com live chat featuring attorney Gregory Bair of Stock & Leader. Bair is a member of the York firm's litigation practice group. His concentrations include injury law; domestic law and other issues, such as auto and motorcycle accidents; wrongful death; product liability; animal injuries; and injuries resulting from falls. Readers logged on to ask Bair questions -- the good, the bad, and the downright amusing. Readers talk insurance, accidents during chat with...

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Insane Clown Posse Show Was Too Crazy, Fan Says

By JOE HARRIS (CN) - A fan of the Insane Clown Posse sued the hip-hop group and the organizers of a southern Illinois music festival in Federal Court for personal injury. James Ford, a Delaware resident, says he was among dozens of fans invited onto stage during the Aug. 15, 2010, concert, dubbed as the "Gathering of the Juggalos" at Cave in Rock, Ill. Ford claims he suffered severe and permanent leg injuries after he fell into a modified trampoline on stage. Ford seeks damages for his injuries in the Southern District of Illinois. He is represented by Jeffrey Deutschman of Deutschman &...

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Ex-punter Jim Arnold sues NFL, says he had “several concussions”

Posted by Michael David Smith on May 10, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT Two-time Pro Bowl punter Jim Arnold, who has joined the latest lawsuit against the NFL, says punters suffer brain damage in on-field collisions, too. Arnold told the Detroit News a neurologist examined him about a year and a half ago and told him he suffered “several concussions” during his lifetime. In a career that saw him play three seasons for the Chiefs, seven for the Lions and one for the Dolphins, Arnold says he prided himself on being able to make a tackle on a punt return if he had to....

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Psych Ward May Have Been Overkill for Mom

By LORRAINE BAILEY CHICAGO (CN) - Police and doctors may be liable for institutionalizing a grief-stricken mother who learned that her son had been shot and said, "If something happens to my son, I'll just die," a federal judge ruled. Susan and Thomas Dobrzeniecki live in Sauk Village, a suburb south of Chicago. In November 2009, the Dobrzenieckis' son Peter was shot in the face by an armed robber in Chicago Heights. When the police told Susan about the shooting, she allegedly said: "I'm a good person. Why does this keep happening to me? If something happens to my son, I'll just die." Susan...

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Utility Appeals Loss In Sexual Harassment Case

Consumers Energy is appealing a $300,000 verdict and thousands more in legal fees after a woman won a sexual harassment lawsuit. A federal judge in Grand Rapids recently awarded $684,000 in fees to Theresa Waldo's lawyers. The case was filed in 2006 and went through two trials. Waldo said she was a victim of repeated harassment by men in the utility's transmission lines department. There was evidence that Waldo was required to climb transmission towers on a cold, windy day without proper safety equipment. Utility Appeals Loss In Sexual Harassment Case...

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Overlooked and looked over: women veterans tell their story

by: John Bachtell May 1 2012 CHICAGO -- With extraordinarily high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder and skyrocketing suicides, US military veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraq occupations urgently need a means to share experiences and deal with the pain and trauma of war. And the growing number of active duty and veteran women in the armed forces need a means to share their unique experiences not least the pain and trauma of rampant sexual harassment, rape, assault and other violence while in the military. Women veterans are sharing their experiences in a powerful and eye opening exhibit at the National Veterans Art...

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Sexual Harassment in the Warehouse

By Kari Lydersen April 20, 2012 "We don’t go to work to be touched, to be talked down to, to be told what our bodies look like. We know what our bodies look like when we put on our clothes in the morning," Uylonda Dickerson said. But constant remarks about their bodies, and unwanted touching, advances, mean-spirited "pranks" and other forms of sexual harassment are a regular occurrence for many of the more than 30,000 women—like Dickerson—who work in the warehouse industry in the Chicago area, according to a report (PDF) released this week by the group Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ)....

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For colleges, rape cases a legal minefield

Posted: Apr 21, 2012 11:14 AM CDT Updated: Apr 21, 2012 11:14 AM CDT, By JUSTIN POPE AP Education Writer A closed- door encounter between two college acquaintances. Both have been drinking. One says she was raped; the other insists it was consensual. There are no other witnesses. It's a common scenario in college sexual assault cases, and a potential nightmare to resolve. But under the 40-year-old federal gender equity law Title IX - and guidance handed down last year by the Obama administration on how to apply it - colleges can't just turn such cases over to criminal prosecutors, who often...

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SECOND Former NFL star kills himself after lifetime of depression

'brought on by concussion during career' - the SECOND in a year By Julian Gavaghan PUBLISHED: 05:29 EST, 23 April 2012 Ray Easterling 'shot himself' at home after struggling to cope with dementia The 62-year-old former Atlanta Falcons star was suing NFL amid claims it covered up links between football and brain injuries He is thought to have developed chronic traumatic encephalopathy - or  'punch drunk syndrome' after repeated blows to the head during career Follows suicides of NFL star Dave Duerson and NHL player Wade Belak Former football star Ray Easterling has become the latest sportsman to kill himself after suffering from depression believed to...

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U of C Agrees to $10 Million Settlement in James Tyree Death

U of C signed the settlement without admitting fault, even though the suit claimed negligence The family of former Sun-Times publisher and Chicago Businessman James Tyree has reportedly agreed to a $10 million settlement with the University of Chicago medical center over a wrongful death suit, according to reports. The 53-year-old died accidentally last year after a dialysis procedure created a fatal air-embolism created when a catheter was removed. Pneumonia and metastatic stomach cancer were listed as secondary causes of death, according to the Medical Examiner. Half of the settlement, about $5 million, will be paid to Tyree's widow, Eve Tyree, and Tyree's...

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Clients: Attorney Took Our Money, Left Us High And Dry

KANKAKEE, Ill. (CBS) — A lawyer is accused of taking his clients’ money and leaving them high and dry, as he tried to decide whether to party in Chicago or California. As WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, the Facebook page of Illinois attorney Michael Duval says he’s updated his current city to Newport Beach, Calif. One client says Duval posted the question on Facebook — should he ring in the New Year in Chicago or California? Clients: Attorney Took Our Money, Left Us High And Dry...

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7 Rules for Recording Police

The law in 38 states plainly allows citizens to record police, as long as you don't physically interfere with their work. Police might still unfairly harass you, detain you, or confiscate your camera. They might even arrest you for some catchall misdemeanor such as obstruction of justice or disorderly conduct. But you will not be charged for illegally recording police. Twelve states-California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington-require the consent of all parties for you to record a conversation. However, all but 2 of these states-Massachusetts and Illinois-have an "expectation of privacy provision" to their...

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Top Democratic staffer steps down amid claims of sexual harassment

By John Frank - jfrank@newsobserver.com RALEIGH -- The executive director of the N.C. Democratic Party resigned Sunday as questions mounted about a secret agreement to pay a former staffer to keep quiet about sexual harassment allegations. Jay Parmley, who served less than a year at the helm of the party, denied harassing any employee and blamed right-wing political enemies for “spreading a false and misleading story.” “Even though I have not done anything wrong, it is clear to me that I need to move on,” Parmley wrote in his resignation letter. “I refuse to be a distraction.” Link Chicago Sexual Harassment Attorney...

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One facility’s record of alleged violence

Chicago police responded to 34 reports alleging battery, assault or sexual violence from 2009 to 2011 at Rainbow Beach Care Center, while health inspectors cited other violence. "The facility vehemently denies any allegations of wrongdoing and is aggressively defending against" the state citations, said facility attorney Holly Turner. March 2009 to January 2010: An "extremely violent" 54-year-old man repeatedly struck residents, breaking one woman's nose and eyeglasses. Inspectors said the facility did not have a plan for dealing with his aggressive behavior. August 2009 to January 2010: A 43-year-old male resident allegedly assaulted at least seven people in the facility, punching several...

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More CEOs resign amid controversy

MARK HURD, EX-CEO OF HEWLETT-PACKARD In late June 2010, lawyer Gloria Allred, on behalf of former marketing contractor Jodie Fisher, sent a letter accusing Hurd and HP of sexual harassment. A company investigation found no merit to her claims. Through the course of the investigation, though, HP said it discovered that Hurd had falsified some reports to disguise some expenses he incurred that ranged from $1,000 to $20,000 each for meals and travel with Fisher. Both Hurd and Fisher said that the relationship was not sexual. Hurd also insisted that the expenses he made were for legitimate business purposes and offered to pay...

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Report finds many girls and LGBTQ students feel unsafe in Chicago public schools

by Lacy Schley April 12, 2012 Sexual harassment strikes nearly half of Chicago public middle and high school students, according to a report released Wednesday evening by Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education (CReATE). And nearly 65 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer and questioning students feel unsafe, according to the same report. Other statistics released in the report showed nearly 11 percent of Chicago high school girls stated feeling too unsafe to go to school. Link...

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