Security Researcher Creates ‘Vaccine’ Against Ransomware Attack

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It’s a simple fact that ransomware attacks are becoming far more frequent, and hackers are continuing to use ransomware viruses in the hopes that at least some of those affected by the virus will pay the ransom to have their computers unlocked. Following up on the widespread WannaCry ransomware virus from earlier this year, the Petya ransomware virus recently affected …

Fitness Blogger Dies After Whipped Cream Canister Explodes

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A popular fitness blogger tragically lost her life after a whipped cream dispenser exploded and struck her in the chest. The impact caused a heart attack that proved fatal. Rebecca Burger was just age 33. Hundreds of thousands of fans followed Burger on Facebook and Instagram. Local authorities are investigating the incident which they believe occurred because of a defective …

Testimony Set to Begin in First Xarelto Bellwether Trial

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Jurors in New Orleans were recently selected for the first Xarelto trial. Xarelto is a blood-thinner that is marketed by Johnson and Johnson. It is a bellwether trial, which means that the outcome of this case will determine how judges may rule in future cases. Over 18,000 lawsuits involving Xarelto have been filed in the U.S. District Court in the …

ExxonMobil Hit With $20 Million Penalty For Polluting Air With Hazardous Chemicals

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In a recent decision by a federal judge, ExxonMobil has been ordered to pay almost $20 million in penalties for releasing more pollution than is legally allowed from a facility located near Houston, Texas. Two private groups were responsible for the original lawsuit that was filed in 2010, and those groups were Environment Texas and The Sierra Club. The suit …

Unsafe Practices With Dangerous Chemicals Could Result in Fine for Barrel Company

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The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited Mid-America Steel Drum facility for 15 violations, which include exposing workers toxic fumes, chemical and heat burns, and more. OSHA reported the company exposed employees to dangerous conditions when they mixed dangerous materials left in the bottom of the barrels. Mid-America Steel Drum facility could face up to $108,000 …

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $17.5 Million for Defective Mesh Inserts

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Johnson & Johnson is feeling the pain after a jury awarded a Cinnaminson woman a total of $20 million in a lawsuit against the company. The lawsuit claimed that Johnson & Johnson withheld known information about their defective pelvic mesh. The award represents a $2.5 million compensatory damage award in addition to $17.5 million in punitive damages. Engleman v. Ethicon …

New York Workers’ Compensation Rates Set to Decrease

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In the state of New York, workers’ compensation rates are scheduled to decrease, resulting in businesses being able to save as much as $400 million or more, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. This will certainly be a relief to companies but will adversely affect workers who suffer an injury or illness while on the job as the premiums will most …

Tracking Hazardous Chemicals From Fast-Food Wrappers in the Body

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Researchers Discover New Method To Track Dangerous Chemicals From Fast Food Wrappers Researchers from Notre Dame University and The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s school of Medicine have developed a unique method that allows researchers to label multiple forms of dangerous chemical compounds and track them once they enter a person’s body. This is a significant and important advancement in …

The Class Action Lawsuit May Offer Hope For Student Loan Borrowers In Bankruptcy

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Student Loan Debt and Bankruptcy People who have student loan debt and have filed for bankruptcy now have temporary relief. A student loan giant made an agreement to suspend collection activities of some borrowers who have filed for bankruptcy. Navient, which is a student loan provider, has agreed to stop collection activities on loans for borrowers who filed for bankruptcy …