Monthly Archives: June 2017

Another inmate and let jail staff know the next day

Instead of helping Lance, the suit claims, jail officials mocked him and did not transport him to a local hospital until four days after he swallowed the pill.

When the hospital indicated Lance needed to be transferred over to a urologist’s office for treatment, he was returned to the jail and was arranged to be released on his own recognizance due to “medical issues,” Tulsa World reported.

The lawsuit names police, government and medical individuals.

Lance is facing a misdemeanor charge of breaking and entering a dwelling without permission in a separate criminal case.

Dustin Lance claims in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Muskogee that he suffered permanent injury in December 2016 when Pittsburg County jail officials ignored his pleas for medical help, Tulsa World reported.

Lance claims in the lawsuit that he took a pill offered to him by another inmate and let jail staff know the next day that he was reeling from “unbearable pain” being caused by the erection.

Vega, who was 99 at the time of her death, was charged $958 on what would have been her 100th birthday. Carmen Fernandez, a relative, said she saw the charge and fee when she went to close the woman’s account, the news outlet reported.


“How are they going to charge a dead person?” Fernandez told The Sun Sentinel. “How is she going to pay that? I was enraged. They let her die and then they bill her. This was someone who was like a mother to me.”

Organization revokes appointment of Mugabe

The head of the World Health Organization revoked his appointment of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a “goodwill ambassador” on Sunday after the choice drew widespread outrage and criticism. Zimbabwe’s government said it respected the turnabout and that the U.N. health agency “benefited tremendously” from the attention.

WHO director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus last week told a conference in Uruguay on non-communicable diseases that Mugabe, who was present, had agreed to be a “goodwill ambassador” on the issue.

After the outcry by international leaders and health experts, Tedros said in a statement that he had reflected and decided to change his mind, calling it in the best interests of the U.N. health agency. Tedros said he had consulted with the Zimbabwe government about his decision.

The 93-year-old Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state, has long been criticized at home for going overseas for medical treatment as Zimbabwe’s once-prosperous economy falls apart and the country’s health care system deteriorates. Mugabe also faces U.S. sanctions over his government’s human rights abuses.

The United States had said the appointment of Mugabe by WHO’s first African leader “clearly contradicts the United Nations ideals of respect for human rights and human dignity.”

Two dozen organizations — including the World Heart Federation and Cancer Research U.K. — released a statement slamming the appointment, saying health officials were “shocked and deeply concerned.” The groups said they had raised their concerns with Tedros on the sidelines of the Uruguay conference, to no avail.

Zimbabwe’s government said it respected Tedros’ decision to withdraw Mugabe’s appointment.

Foreign Affairs Minister Walter Mzembi told state broadcaster ZBC that the U.N. health agency “benefited tremendously” from the original decision to name Mugabe to the post because of the global attention that resulted.

“On a name-recognition scale this name beats them all, but it is our business to protect its brand equity from unnecessary besmirching,” Mzembi said. “So on the balance, it is wiser to let go.”

The heads of U.N. agencies and the U.N. secretary-general typically choose celebrities and other prominent people as ambassadors to draw attention to global issues of concern, such as refugees (Angelina Jolie) and education (Malala Yousafzai). The choices are not subject to approval.

The ambassadors hold little actual power. They also can be fired. The comic book heroine Wonder Woman was removed from her honorary U.N. ambassador job in December following protests that a white, skimpily dressed American prone to violence wasn’t the best role model for girls.

Zimbabwe once was known as the region’s prosperous breadbasket. But in 2008, the charity Physicians for Human Rights released a report documenting failures in the southern African nation’s health system, saying Mugabe’s policies had led to a man-made crisis.

California woman who claimed she got ovarian cancer from using the company’s talcum powder

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson cited errors and jury misconduct when she overturned the fourth-largest jury award of the year, according to Bloomberg News and The Associated Press.

The ruling comes after a Missouri appeals court on Tuesday voided a $72 million talc cancer verdict, adding momentum to Johnson & Johnson’s defense against thousands of similar lawsuits, Bloomberg reported.

Nelson also ruled there wasn’t convincing evidence that Johnson & Johnson acted with malice and the award for damages was excessive.

Plaintiff Eva Echeverria alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers about talcum powder’s potential cancer risks. She used the company’s baby powder for feminine hygiene on a daily basis beginning in the 1950s until 2016 and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, according to court papers.

She died after the jury announced its verdict in August.

Her attorney, Mark Robinson Jr., vowed an immediate appeal, according to Bloomberg.

“We will continue to fight on behalf of all women who have been impacted by this dangerous product,” he said.

The company said it was pleased with the ruling, The AP reported.

“Ovarian cancer is a devastating disease — but it is not caused by the cosmetic-grade talc we have used in Johnson’s Baby Powder for decades. The science is clear and we will continue to defend the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder as we prepare for additional trials in the U.S.,” spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said, according to The AP.

The sum awarded to Echeverria was the largest ever against Johnson & Johnson in a talcum powder case.

The appeals court in Missouri cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that placed limits on where injury lawsuits could be filed, saying state courts cannot hear claims against companies not based in the state where alleged injuries occurred, The AP reported.