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State of Georgia part of whistleblower lawsuit

The state of Georgia has joined a class-action lawsuit along with 17 other states and several other entities. They allege that CVS Pharmacy violated the False Claims Act by submitting bogus claims for controlled drugs to Medicare. At issue, according to the plaintiffs, is that certain medications such as codeine and oxycodone are controlled by the Drug Enforcement Administration via the assignment of each drug prescription with a registered number. The plaintiffs allege that for a period of five years CVS knowingly omitted the controlled drug number in one out of every five claims it submitted to Medicare for payment.

Furthermore, it is the plaintiffs' assertion that as a result of CVS' fraudulent practices it allowed the increased availability of the controlled drugs to the black market. Even worse is that CVS accomplished that goal not through common error or mistake, but rather as a concerted effort to bilk state and federal programs for profit.

Toyota announces new recall for multiple defective products

Toyota Motor Corp. just announced what is said to be the second-largest recall in the automaker's history. It is recalling nearly 6.4 million vehicles worldwide. The recall, which impacts owners of almost 30 models, is being issued to fix multiple defects.

This latest recall comes just a month after Toyota settled a case with the U.S. Department of Justice for $1.2 billion over safety issues including sticking gas pedals and faulty brakes that led to recalls of some 10 million vehicles. That is the largest penalty ever paid by an automaker in the U.S.

Fatal Georgia truck accident prompts Mom to take action

Commercial tractor-trailers are massive vehicles which can cause serious harm if not properly operated. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is the federal agency tasked with ensuring that truck drivers and the vehicles they operate adhere to a set of national safety standards. According to a woman who lost both of her daughters to a truck accident, those requirements need to be tightened.

Last year in May, a North Carolina woman was traveling with her three children on Georgia's Interstate 20 when a tractor-trailer struck her from behind as she stopped for traffic. The woman and her son were both sitting in the front of the car and amazingly, they survived the accident, although the woman's two teenage daughters did not. They were killed as the force of the truck striking the car from behind pushed the vehicle into another semi-truck in front of it. The woman's car ended up becoming wedged under the rear of that truck.

Georgia pastor killed, wife injured by alleged drunk driver

A 47-year-old woman is facing multiple charges in a crash that killed a longtime Rome, Georgia, pastor. The accident occurred on the evening of March 30. The 55-year-old pastor and his wife were driving on Ga. 140 near Adairsville not long after attending a celebration for the pastor's 23rd anniversary with Thankful Baptist Church in the northwest Georgia city.

According to the Georgia State Police, the woman, a resident of Adairsville, was driving westbound on the state highway in Bartow County when her pickup truck crossed into the victims' lane. It crashed head-on into their car. The following day, she was charged with driving under the influence, first-degree vehicular homicide and several other moving violations, including driving without headlights.

Thousands of used cars for sale in Georgia have been recalled.

Earlier this year, the private automobile information provider Carfax issued a report, which claimed that over three million cars were up for sale over the internet last year that still had open orders for recall fixes required by the automobile manufacturer. According to that same report, over 105,000 of those vehicles still needing those fixes were for sale right here in Georgia. A spokesman for Carfax says that his company compiled the report by matching cars available for sale online with recalls issued by automobile manufactures.

Coming on the heels of that report, is news that the American carmaker General Motors has recently launched a recall of over a million cars it produced. That recall came from problems with defective products within those cars specifically related to faulty ignition switches.

Atlanta toddler, reportedly in safety seat, thrown from SUV

A 2-year-old girl was hospitalized with serious injuries after the vehicle she was riding in struck a dividing wall and she was thrown through the window. The accident occurred as the SUV was driving northbound on Interstate 85.

The Lincoln Navigator was being driven by the child's 31-year-old mother, who lives in Atlanta. According to the Georgia State Patrol, the driver lost control and hit the wall dividing the northbound and southbound lanes of the interstate. The little girl was ejected from the vehicle, flew across the interstate and landed in the emergency southbound lane.

Georgia man facing two counts of vehicular homicide in wreck

The Georgia State Patrol's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team recently concluded their investigation of a Nov. 10 double fatality that also injured four others on I-20 with the arrest of the 30-year-old man who allegedly drove impaired by drugs and alcohol.

The man from Conyers was charged with first degree vehicular homicide, second degree vehicular homicide, improper lane usage and DUI. He had previously been arrested last November after the auto accident but bonded out after several days. He remains locked up in the Newton County Detention Center while being held without bond on the two vehicular homicide charges.

More medical device scrutiny means more defective product recalls

Learning that a product you've purchased has been recalled can be concerning to any Georgia consumer. When that defective product has been surgically implanted in your body, however, a recall can be truly frightening. That's the case with many medical devices that patients use to help with a variety of conditions.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that the number of defective medical devices recalled almost doubled between 2003 and 2012, from 604 to 1,190. In some of these cases, called Class I recalls, there was a probability that the defective device could cause death. Class I recalls rose from seven in 2003 to 57 in 2012.

Watkinsville teen extricated from wreck with 18-wheeler

A 17-year-old student at North Oconee High School remains in intensive care following a recent wreck with an 18-wheeler that resulted in the teen's extrication from his 2006 Honda Civic.

The truck accident occurred approximately one mile from the teen's high school. He had stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of Clotfelter and Hog Mountain Roads around 8 a.m. when he turned left into the path of the 18-wheeler.

Is a class action suit against General Motors in the future?

Last month, we discussed the recall of some General Motors vehicles for a faulty ignition switch that could cause the air bags to fail to deploy. As we noted, this could happen if the car was bumped or if even if the driver had a heavy keychain. There was evidence that GM had been aware of the issue for close to a decade. GM had said it was aware of five deaths that occurred when air bags did not deploy.

A lot has changed in a month. As federal regulatory agencies, members of Congress and the media have turned their scrutiny to the problem, they are asking what GM knew and when it knew it. This has led to a review of crash data on the two GM cars most closely linked to incidents tied to the ignition defect -- 2003 to 2007 models of Saturn Ions and 2005 to 2007 models of Chevrolet Cobalts.

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