Distracted driving is a major cause of serious accidents in Louisiana. In fact, a recent study by AAA found that distracted driving is the most significant contributor to accidents in the United States. While many people believe that they are immune to such accidents, the risk continues to rise.
The number of traffic fatalities in Louisiana has been increasing since 2013, most notably in urban areas of the state. In a serious effort to improve traffic safety and increase accountability, Louisiana's Highway Safety Commission is championing several new traffic laws went into effect as of August 1, 2018.
A leading wholesale drug company that distributes a significant share of pharmaceuticals to Louisiana and the rest of the country, agreed to a settlement based on a claim that it repackaged and sold contaminated oncology drugs to the federal government. The $885 million settlement includes more than $600 million in civil damages.
A large cancer drug company recently settled a massive qui tam lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice worth more than $600 million. The lawsuit alleged that the AmerisourceBergen Corporation repackaged oncology drugs that contained bacteria and other non-sterile particles and sent them out to health care providers in Louisiana and throughout the United States. This legal action was initiated by a whistleblower whose actions are protected under the False Claims Act, also called Lincoln's Law.
A police officer suffered life-threatening injuries when the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a car on the afternoon of Sept. 25 according to media reports. The officer, who has served with the Slidell Police Department for more than a decade, was escorting a funeral procession at the time of the crash. Subsequent reports indicate that the officer's condition has stabilized, but doctors have not speculated about his chances or recovery.