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Judge halves $1 billion award in J&J hip implants case

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A U.S. judge almost halved the award in a December jury verdict that ordered Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit to pay more than $1 billion to plaintiffs in six lawsuits who said they were injured by DePuy’s Pinnacle hip implants. U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade in Dallas cited “constitutional considerations” that limit how much plaintiffs may…

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WWE seeks to have brain injury lawsuit tossed

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World Wrestling Entertainment is asking a federal judge to dismiss the sixth lawsuit filed on behalf of a former wrestler who claims he suffered a traumatic brain injury. The Connecticut Law Tribune reports that the 47-page brief filed in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport on Friday, also asks the judge to sanction the wrestler’s attorney, Konstantine Kyros, and for Kyros…

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OSHA Finds Wisconsin Medical Clinic Exposed Workers to Asbestos Hazards

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Monroe, WI (WorkersCompensation .com) – Federal investigators found a local medical clinic failed to tell maintenance workers they were being exposed to hazardous asbestos material – which the company identified in 2008 – and did not provide workers with protective equipment. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found The Monroe Clinic Inc. violated…

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Chicago Metal Container Manufacturer Faces Penalties After 3rd Worker Suffers Amputation Injury

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On Dec. 27, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued B-Way Corp. one repeated and one serious safety violation, carrying proposed penalties of $81,062, following its investigation of the most recent injury. On Sept. 10, 2016, a machine amputated a 52-year-old temporary worker’s right middle finger tip when it came in contact with the machine’s…

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United Airlines/OSHA Settlement In Newark Airport Case May Reduce Injuries For All Baggage Handlers

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reached an agreement with United Airlines that will eliminate a series of hazardous conditions in the carrier’s baggage-handling operation at Newark Airport, and could potentially trigger ergonomic improvements for baggage handlers at airports throughout the country. OSHA, a division of the Department of Labor, says this week’s agreement settles a lawsuit against United,…

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New NFL Federal Concussion Case Abruptly Withdrawn

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The federal court case brought by 38 former National Football League players seeking to force the NFL to recognize chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) as a covered disease under workers’ compensation has been withdrawn. Instead of pursuing their joint case, the players will file separate workers’ compensation claims in individual states, according to their lawyer. On Dec. 21, in the U.S….

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Fatal Work Injuries in Utah Decrease in 2015

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Salt Lake City, UT (WorkersCompensation.com) – The Utah Labor Commission in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the 2015 fatal occupational injury data for Utah which was obtained through the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the Utah Occupational Safety and Health (UOSH) Division, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). A…

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Labor vigil calls for improved worker safety

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About 70 laborers and their families gathered outside the State House Tuesday night to call for tougher workplace safety standards in Massachusetts, after a commercial diver drowned last week after being trapped inside a municipal water tank in Braintree. Speakers at the vigil, organized by the Massachusetts Coalition For Occupational Safety and Health, also demanded the passage of a bill…

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OSHA Fines USPS $178K After Inspectors Find Workers Exposed to Safety Hazards at Merrifield Distribution Center

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Merrifield,VA.(WorkersCompensation.com) – Employer name: U.S. Postal Service Processing and Distribution Center Inspection site: 8409 Lee Hwy, Merrifield, Virginia Citations issued: On Dec. 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations to the postal service for three repeat and two serious safety violations, including one issued as a violation of the OSH Act’s general duty…

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Labor Report Urges Study Of A Federal Role In State Workers’ Comp Laws

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Today’s post comes from guest author Edgar Romano, from Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano. Howard Berkes and Michael Grabell have been shining a light on the deterioration of state workers’ compensation benefits over the last decade. A new U.S. Department of Labor report bolsters their investigative journalism, noting that those hurt on the job are at “great risk…

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