DEC Investigate Saint-Gobain and Honeywell as Potentially Responsible for Hoosick Falls PFOA Contamination

Published: February 17, 2016 9:16pm 120 Views

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has determined that Saint-Gobain and Honeywell International are potentially responsible parties for the Hoosick Falls PFOA Contamination. The DEC issued a letter to Saint-Gobain and Honeywell demanding the parties to, &quo...

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EPA to Sample Ballfields in Hoosick Falls

Published: February 12, 2016 9:32pm 128 Views

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been working with the village of Hoosick Falls, the county health department, the New York State Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Conservation to look into the PFOA contamination in the town's water supply. The EPA is ad...

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Johnson and Johnson Faces $13.5 Million Pelvic Mesh Verdict

Published: February 11, 2016 9:35pm 87 Views

Johnson and Johnson was slammed with a 13.5 million dollar verdict on Wednesday for the manufacturer's defective pelvic mesh implants. The medical devices, which were made by J&J's Ethicon, Inc. division, caused permanent pain and discomfort to women who were implanted with it and le...

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Lesley E. Niebel Joins Faraci Lange

Published: February 9, 2016 7:52pm 131 Views

Lesley E. Niebel has joined the law firm of Faraci Lange as an Associate Attorney. Lesley focuses her practice on personal injury, including medical malpractice, auto accidents, labor law, products liability, and business litigation. Admitted to practice in New York a...

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U.S. Hospitals Focus on Preventing Harm

Published: February 8, 2016 9:51pm 96 Views

Hospitals across the United States are trying to systematically reduce the risk of infection and other preventable harm that can leave patients in a worse state than before their visit. Estimates show that between 98,000 and 440,000 people die each year due to preventable error...

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Katrina Connelly Promoted to Faraci Lange Chief Operating Officer

Published: February 3, 2016 4:24pm 139 Views

Faraci Lange's current Chief Administrative Officer, Katrina L. Connelly, has now been promoted to the firm's new Chief Operating Officer. Connelly will oversee all business and administrative related operations for both the Rochester headquarters, as well as the firm's...

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Walton v. Strong Memorial Hospital Medical Malpractice Case

Published: February 2, 2016 8:23pm 145 Views

Jennifer L. Fay Buffalo Attorney A Fourth Department Court of Appeals case against Strong Memorial Hospital was decided in June of 2015., in which the plaintiff alleged that, while conducting a heart surgery to correct a congenital malformation, defendants negligently left a foreign...

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FDA Recall Issued on St. Jude Optisure Defibrillation Leads

Published: February 1, 2016 5:14pm 112 Views

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued its strictest Class I recall on faulty parts of St. Jude Medical Inc. devices implanted into patients to control irregular heartbeats. The device under speculation, known as Optisure dual coil defibrillation leads, is connected t...

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EPA Recommends Tighter Water Quality Standards in Hoosick Falls

Published: January 29, 2016 10:02pm 108 Views

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has now recommended a stricter water quality standard in Hoosick Falls after the toxic chemical perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, was found in the village's water supply. The EPA is now developing a lifetime health advisory for PFOA,&nb...

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Company That May Have Contaminated Hoosick Falls Water Supply Hires Top Lobbying Firm

Published: January 29, 2016 3:17pm 78 Views

Saint-Gobain, the French company that has made Teflon-coated materials at a plant in the village of Hoosick Falls for decades, has retained a top lobbying firm as it braces for federal and state investigations and the possibility of enormous cleanup and legal costs for the contamination&nbs...

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Governor Cuomo's Administration To Declare Hoosick Falls a Superfund Site

Published: January 28, 2016 5:08pm 86 Views

During a press conference on Wednesday, Cuomo Administration officials announced that the state will declare the polluted water of Hoosick Falls a Superfund site, allowing the state to investigate the extent of any contamination and to begin remediation immediately. The Department of Environm...

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Faraci Lange Attorney Named Lead Co-Counsel in Excellus Class Action Lawsuit

Published: January 26, 2016 8:15pm 132 Views

A New York federal judge presiding over a set of 14 proposed class action lawsuits involving the Excellus breach of health insurance data named Hadley L. Matarazzo of the Rochester law firm Faraci Lange and Robin L. Greenwald of Weitz & Luxenberg in New York City as interim co...

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Obama Administration's New Guidelines Increase Patient Access to Medical Records

Published: January 20, 2016 7:59pm 102 Views

The Obama administration is lowering barriers that make it difficult for patients to access their own medical records, instructing doctors and hospitals that, in most cases, they must provide copies of these records within 30 days of receiving a request. Although patients have long...

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EPA Holds Public Meeting to Discuss PFOA Water Contamination in Village of Hoosick Falls

Published: January 15, 2016 7:35pm 92 Views

Faraci Lange attorneys Stephen Schwarz and Hadley Matarazzo attended a meeting last night convened by the Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Administrator, Judith Enck, and her staff to learn more about contamination of the Hoosick Falls public water supply with PFOA (perfluorooctanoic aci...

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Hoosick Falls to Hold Public Meeting on PFOA Water Contamination

Published: January 14, 2016 6:06pm 114 Views

The Hoosick Falls Central School District will host a public meeting this week to discuss health concerns due to the recent PFOA water contamination and possible plans for cleaning up the town's water supply. The meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium at Hoosic...

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Buffalo Attorneys Resolve Medical Malpractice Case Against Home Health Agency

Published: January 11, 2016 7:57pm 103 Views

Frank J. Frascogna Jennifer L. Fay Faraci Lange's Buffalo attorneys, Frank J. Frascogna and Jennifer L. Fay, successfully negotiated a settlement with a home health agency in a medical malpractice case regarding the negligent care of a ten month-year-old girl by the ...

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Medical Scope Manufacturer Kept Hospitals in the Dark about Deadly Infections

Published: January 8, 2016 7:28pm 90 Views

In 2012, when the hunt for a deadly superbug that sickened 22 patients at a Dutch Hospital began, technicians found the source of the superbug outbreak in a medical scope made by Olympus Corporation. The technicians spotted a brown, grimy film inside parts of the flexible, snake-like sco...

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FDA Strengthens Requirements for Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Published: January 7, 2016 3:47pm 90 Views

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued two final orders to manufacturers and the public this week to strengthen the data requirements for surgical mesh to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) transvaginally. The FDA issued one order to reclassify these medical devices from class II, which...

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Why Did Bard Keep Selling Fatal Blood-Clot Filters?

Published: January 4, 2016 8:21pm 173 Views

Why Did Bard Keep Selling Fatal Blood-Clot Filters?

The New Jersey-based medical device giant C.R. Bard, that made a blood-clot filter associated with 27 deaths and hundreds of problems, replaced the device with a modified version that it knew had similar and potentially fatal flaws soon after it was put on the market. Confidential compan...

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Protecting Our Elderly: Why Behavioral Intervention Is A Must

Published: January 2, 2016 3:47pm 110 Views

Do you know someone with dementia? Are you one of the many battling to make sure your loved one with dementia is being properly cared for? One in thirteen elders are abused each year. Abuse can take on many forms. We repeatedly see cases where nursing home residents with dementia are receivin...

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Buffalo Hospitals Face Medicare Penalties for High Infection Rates

Published: December 30, 2015 11:11pm 101 Views

Kaleida Health and Mercy Hospital, two of Buffalo's major hospital organizations will pay a penalty over the next year for having high rates of infections or other patient-safety problems as part of the federal government's program to reduce medical errors. Kaleida Health will see its...

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Are Device Manufacturers Playing Bait-And-Switch With The FDA?

Published: December 24, 2015 2:18am 119 Views

The problem with the FDA is that if often requires so much proof of safety and effectiveness that the time it takes to bring a new product to market can grow by three, four or even more years. FDA delays into the time that companies have to exclusively produce and sell their products. In reco...

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Faraci Lange Works with EndDD to Prevent Distracted Driving

Published: December 15, 2015 10:07pm 89 Views

Faraci Lange partner, Hadley Matarazzo, gave a Safety Talk at an Ontario, New York high school along with John Bair from Milestone Consulting last week for the organization EndDD, which works to prevent distracted driving. Tech columnist Jennifer Jolly talks to TODAY's Natalie Morales abo...

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“Loss of Chance” Doctrine in Medical Malpractice Cases

Published: December 8, 2015 3:47pm 152 Views

The "loss of chance" doctrine (LOC doctrine) is premised on the theory that the plaintiff should be compensated for the loss of achieving a more favorable outcome when a defendant's negligence destroys or reduces that prospect. Application of the doctrine assumes that the plaintiff...

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Faraci Lange Attorney Successfully Resolves Buffalo Medical Malpractice Case

Published: December 1, 2015 7:29pm 112 Views

Faraci Lange Partner, Frank J. Frascogna from the Buffalo office, successfully resolved a medical malpractice case for an elderly Buffalo resident who experienced constant and severe abdominal pain due to a lap towel that failed to be removed during a previous abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery....

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Faraci Lange Attorney Successfully Settles Auto Accident Case

Published: November 25, 2015 5:08pm 91 Views

Faraci Lange partner, Brian M. Zorn, successfully settled an auto accident case for a Scottsville, New York resident who sustained a hip fracture, femur fracture at the knee, ankle fracture, and other serious injuries requiring surgery. The client's vehicle was hit head on by an oncoming dri...

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Rare Cases of Underactive Thyroid in Infants Following Iodinated Contrast in Medical Imaging

Published: November 20, 2015 2:33pm 72 Views

The FDA published a drug safety alert this week advising that rare cases of underactive thyroid have been reported in infants following the use of contrast media containing iodine, also called "contrast dye," for X-rays and other medical imaging procedures. In all of the reported cases...

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Judge Waives Her Right to Any Excellus Money

Published: November 16, 2015 5:21pm 136 Views

The federal judge now presiding over many of the legal actions filed in relation to the massive Excellus computer breach has renounced her right to any settlement in the cases. U.S. District Judge, Elizabeth Wolford, said in a written order filed earlier this week that she realized that...

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Excellus Responds to Senator Nozzolio's Concerns About Data Breach

Published: November 13, 2015 8:38pm 114 Views

  Senator Michael Nozzolio (R-54th District) called on Excellus BlueCross BlueShield to provide answers to victims of the massive cyberattack that has possibly left thousands of Excellus customers and their information vulnerable to theft. "The massive security breach raises man...

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Lawsuits Against Excellus Pile Up

Published: November 11, 2015 7:25pm 95 Views

The unenviable task of mailing out 10.5 million letters warning people that their identities might be stolen is nearing completion. Next up for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield? Dealing with worried customers' fears that they've already been defrauded and defending itself against la...

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