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February 2014 Archives

Mohonk Norovirus Outbreak

Mohonk Norovirus Outbreak Confirmed: An outbreak at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York that infected staff and hotel guests in late January and early February has been confirmed by the New York State Department of Health.  It is reported that hundreds have been sickened by the outbreak.

Product Liability Update: $56 Million Biomet Hip Settlement Announced

Product Liability Update: Biomet Inc will pay a minimum of $56 million to settle lawsuits relating to alleged defective metal-on-metal hip replacements. The settlement concerns lawsuits filed regard the Biomet M2a metal-on-metal hip product. These lawsuits were combined for discovery purposes in a "multi-district litigation" (MDL) venued in federal court in Indiana, where Biomet is headquartered.

Explosion at State Office Campus Due to Chemical Leak

The suspected explosion at the Harriman State Office Campus that injured two fire protection workers on January 30, 2014, has been confirmed to be a halon chemical leak.  The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control determined that while the two Tyco SimplexGrinnel fire protection workers, Carlton Smith and Michael Lambertsen, were removing a 500 pound halon tank from Building 12, the valve became damaged and discharged the halon gas, resulting in thermal burns to the two men.  OSHA and the New York State Police are continuing to investigate the matter.

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