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Proposal Would Allow Pothole Damage Claims Year-round

Some New York lawmakers are pushing a bill that would require the state to reimburse drivers for pothole-related repairs all year-round. Currently in New York, who is responsible for car damage from potholes depends on the time of the year. If it’s between November and May, when most potholes form, you cannot file a claim. Some state legislators are proposing a bill that would change that. One version of the legislation would create a reporting system that gives the state 14 days to fix the pothole – otherwise it would have to start paying claims. AAA New York says something needs to change...

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Johnson & Johnson, U.S. States Settle Hip Implant Claims For $120 Million

Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit have agreed to pay $120 million to resolve deceptive marketing claims by several U.S. states over the company’s metal-on-metal hip implants. Attorneys general of 46 U.S. states announced the settlement agreement in statements on Tuesday. They alleged DePuy engaged in unfair and deceptive practices in the promotion of its ASR XL and Pinnacle Ultamet hip implant devices. The states claimed J&J made misleading claims about the longevity of its metal-on-metal hip implants. Patients frequently had to undergo a revision surgery before the company’s advertised timeframe of five years. DePuy in 2010 announced a worldwide voluntary recall of 93,000...

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Intoxicated Driver Struck 41 Cars

Rhode Island police have arrested a man they say was driving under the influence when he struck more than 40 other vehicles. Police say 45-year-old Christopher Paolissi, of Foster, was “zig-zagging” his pickup truck when he struck 41 vehicles in Providence on Tuesday afternoon. Police say Paolissi was intoxicated, and he was driving about 15 mph when officers stopped him. He was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported. Police Chief Hugh Clements says officers are compiling a “lengthy report” due to the number of vehicles hit. Paolissi is facing multiple charges, including driving under the influence, reckless driving and failure to...

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Limo Drivers Settle for $750K over Misclassification as Contractors, Not Employees

A limousine company dispute in Connecticut has resulted in a $750,000 settlement for 23 current and former drivers. The Connecticut Law Tribune reports that drivers for Connecticut Limousine recently agreed to settle their lawsuit over allegations the New Haven-based company illegally withheld wages by misclassifying the drivers as independent contractors, instead of employees. A lawyer for Connecticut Limousine said the company would have no comment on the settlement. The company had filed court papers denying allegations of unjust enrichment and illegally withholding wages. A lawyer for the drivers, Michael Petela Jr., said the company improperly shifted many business expenses onto the drivers, who had...

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NYPD: Woman Struck and Killed by Bus in Lower Manhattan

A federal court clerk from Melville who excelled at law and friendship, winning the love and admiration of her colleagues and professors, died after being struck by a private bus Thursday evening in lower Manhattan, officials said. The driver, Xi Chen, 50, of Manhattan, remained at the scene, and was arrested and charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian and exercise due care, according to the NYPD. Kimberly Greer, 28, was hit while trying to cross Leonard Street in a marked crosswalk about 7:30 p.m., according to police. The court complaint states that video surveillance shows Greer was walking across the street while the pedestrian signal...

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FDA Warns Against Teething Necklaces, Bracelets Over Choking, Strangulation Concerns

The Food and Drug Administration is warning parents not to give their children teething necklaces or bracelets that are commonly used to relieve pain or provide sensory stimulation. The FDA made the announcement Thursday, saying it has received reports of death and serious injuries caused by the teething jewelry, including strangulation and choking. In one case, the FDA says an 18-month-old  boy was strangled to death by his amber teething necklace during a nap. The products in question are produced and sold by a large number of manufacturers and individuals. The beads of the products may be made with various materials such as...

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Medical Malpractice, Sex With Patients and Misconduct: What to Know About Your Doctor

Some New York doctors accused of unprofessional conduct in other states are practicing without a blemish on their records, exposing patients to harm. That’s one of the many findings of a USA TODAY Network investigation of more than 250 doctors across the country who surrendered their licenses in one state to protect their reputations and relocate to another state. The probe comes after The Journal News/lohud exposed flaws in state physician records in New York, as well as concerns about regulators showing clemency to doctors to ensure they keep practicing medicine. What follows are tips for patients who want to learn more about their doctors, along...

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Man Decapitated Falling Onto Manhattan Subway tracks While Walking Between Cars

A man fell to the the tracks at a Manhattan subway stop and was struck and killed after trying to walk between the train cars. An unidentified 25-year-old man was hit by a southbound 2 train and pronounced dead at the scene, the New York Daily News reports. The fatal accident happened before 11pm at Chelsea station at 23rd Street and 7th Avenue on Wednesday night. Southbound 1 and 2 trains have been diverted to traveling express due to the disruption from the accident, the New York City Transit Twitter account posted. By Michael Nam [DailyMail]...

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Old headlights may produce only 20 percent of the light created by new ones

As your car gets older, its headlights may be giving you far less visibility than you think, according to a new study. Over time, the plastic coating on headlights can become so clouded or yellowed that they give off only 20 percent of the light they had when you first bought the car, the AAA study says. That puts drivers at great risk of crashes as their car ages. The findings reinforce the idea that car owners should routinely check the coating on their headlights and, if necessary, get them restored. (See tips on how to do that below.) There are inexpensive kits...

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Lead in Toy Jewelry Prompts Lawsuit Against Target, Walmart and Importer

Two of the nation’s largest retailers and a third company are named in a New York lawsuit claiming the companies imported and sold children’s toys with lead levels up to 10 times higher than federal limits. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said in the lawsuit filed in an Albany court Thursday that Walmart, Target and Randolph, New Jersey-based LaRose Industries, importer of the “Cra-Z-Jewelz” jewelry-making kits, “committed thousands of violations” of state laws regulating the safety of children’s toys sold in New York. Underwood, a Democrat, said tests the attorney general’s office conducted on kits purchased across the state in 2015 and ’16 found that...

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