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Johnson & Johnson to pay $33 million for lapses that led to ‘phantom recalls’

first_img Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. By Ed Silverman May 24, 2017 Reprints Mel Evans/AP Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $33 million to 42 states to settle allegations that its over-the-counter subsidiary falsely claimed have to followed federal manufacturing practices that led to the recall of millions of bottles of Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, and Sudafed.The settlement comes eight years after an embarrassing scandal for the health care giant, which endured congressional investigations, shareholder lawsuits, and a disturbing loss of market share in a key business over its handling of the manufacturing lapses. [email protected] What is it? GET STARTED STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What’s included?center_img Johnson & Johnson to pay $33 million for lapses that led to ‘phantom recalls’ Log In | Learn More About the Author Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Ed Silverman Tags legalpharmaceuticalsSTAT+ @Pharmalot Pharmalot last_img read more

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Obama Pokes Fun at Washington, Himself (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner got underway Saturday night. It’s a chance for President Barack Obama to jab at the Washington establishment and perhaps chide his critics, all in fun. Video below may take a moment to load, or watch at TheNewsRoom… last_img read more

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Cosby’s lawyer attacks 1 accuser as sex assault trial opens

first_img SHARE Published: June 6, 2017 8:55 AM EDT Cosby’s lawyer attacks 1 accuser as sex assault trial opens Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Bill Cosby’s star on Hollywood Walk of Fame won’t be removed center_img NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) Bill Cosby’s lawyer asked jurors Monday not to view him as a fallen celebrity on trial in a sexual assault case, but as a flawed man “whose infidelities have made him vulnerable” to these types of accusations.Cosby, 79, the champion of fatherhood and family values, walked into court on the first day of the trial without his wife of more than 50 years, Camille, or any of their four daughters. He was instead joined by a TV daughter, Keshia Knight Pulliam, who was five when he made her a child star on the “The Cosby Show.”On Tuesday, Cosby arrived at the courthouse with his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt.A prosecutor in opening statements urged the jury to focus on the man, not the fictional characters he created.“Actors and actresses, celebrities as a whole … they become larger than life. We have a collective imagination of all of the characters they portray and, because of that, we think that we really know them,” Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden said. “In reality, we only have a glimpse of who they really are.”About 60 women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them since 1965, but Cosby is charged in just one case, involving a former Temple University basketball team employee who said he drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.“I have three friends for you to make you relax,” Cosby told Andrea Constand as he gave her three unmarked pills, Feden said, quoting from Cosby’s deposition.Constand, who said she thought it was an herbal product, told police she fell into a stupor, unable to rebuff him as he molested her on the couch. She is expected to testify later this week.Prosecutors on Monday opened the trial with a woman who broke down in tears as she testified that the comedian had violated her, eight years earlier, at a hotel bungalow in Los Angeles.Kelly Johnson, of Atlanta, worked for one of Cosby’s agents at the William Morris Agency. Prosecutors hope her testimony will show that Cosby had a pattern of assaulting women after befriending them.Johnson said Cosby pressured her to take a large white pill that knocked her out. When she woke up, she said, he put lotion on her hand and forced her to touch his genitals.“My dress was pulled up from the bottom, and it was pulled down from the top, and my breasts were out,” she said, crying. “And I felt naked.”Defense lawyer Brian McMonagle suggested Johnson was far from credible, arguing that she said years ago that the encounter took place in 1990, and failed to mention on Monday that Cosby had given her $400.Cosby grinned and tapped his cane at the defense table as McMonagle confronted her with the discrepancies. Johnson struggled to explain them.She first raised the accusations in 2015, when she spoke out at a news conference organized by celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred.“I felt embarrassed (at the time) because I had a secret about the biggest celebrity in the world at the time and it was just me, just my word against his, and I was very afraid,” Johnson said Monday, explaining the delay.Her mother and a lawyer involved in her related worker’s compensation case against William Morris could be the first witnesses Tuesday if the judge permits their testimony.Constand, 44, of the Toronto area, is expected to take the stand this week and tell her story in public for the first time.McMonagle also has attacked inconsistencies in her story, pointing out that she initially told police she never spoke with Cosby after the alleged assault. But phone records, he said, show the two talked 72 times that year, with 53 of those calls initiated by Constand.He told jurors their relationship was romantic. Constand’s lawyer has disputed that since Constand was dating a woman at the time.Regardless, Feden said Constand could not have consented that night given her condition.“She couldn’t say no,” Feden said. “She can’t move, she can’t talk. Completely paralyzed. Frozen. Lifeless.”Cosby, his good-guy reputation already in ruins, could get 10 years in prison if convicted of aggravated indecent assault.The AP does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they grant permission, which Constand and Johnson have done. Related Articles:Bill Cosby goes on trial, his freedom and legacy at stake2 more women join defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby4 more women join defamation suit against Bill CosbyBill Cosby ordered to stand trial in decade-old sex case Author: AP Bill Cosby sentenced to 3-10 years in state prison for sexual assault Recommendedlast_img read more

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Club president says he’s “focused on closing” transfer deal for Newcastle…

first_imgThe list includes the likes of Real Betis, Athletic Club Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Sevilla.We have carried several reports talking about interest from all of the above mentioned clubs. The player wanted his new club to offer him a five-year deal, assurance of regular playing time and a reasonable release clause in his contract.Sociedad have long been leading the race to secure Merino’s signature in the last two weeks. On June 21st, we carried a report from Spanish newspaper AS, who claimed the San Sebastian outfit’s president, Jokin Aperribay travelled to England to negotiate the midfielder’s transfer with Newcastle.Aperribay has now revealed that Sociedad are keen on adding Merino to their squad for the next season, but stressed the deal is still to be completed.Embed from Getty Images“We will see in the coming weeks if it can be done and then we have to respect times and ways with his club. I do not look too much at Athletic in these things, they follow his life and his way, a great club,” Aperribay said, as reported by Marca.“We are focused on closing the incorporation of Merino for the next season, we have not done it yet.”by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameThe Most Addictive Game of the Year 2019Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoPremier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond BoutiqueUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles find each other in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndo Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino has a lot of admirers in Spain as several La Liga clubs wanted to sign him in the summer transfer window.last_img read more

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Hristo Krusharski about the clash with Tottenham: I don’t play Toto,…

first_imgThe owner of Plovdiv’s Lokomotiv Hristo Krusharski commented on the draw for the second qualifying round in the Europa League in front of the site Sportal.bg.The winner of the Bulgarian Cup will face sixth-placed England Tottenham. The head of the “Smurfs” said that the goal of the team to pass three rounds in the tournament remains, and coach Bruno Akrapovich will face the legendary Portuguese Jose Mourinho. “The short stick? Are there such sticks? You see that there is no easy opponent? The stick is the same for everyone. If someone thinks he has short and long sticks, he is cruelly mistaken.There is no ultimatum, there is a purpose. The goal remains, of course. It’s a bit naughty that we are the hosts, because we play less at home, but I hope that this time we will turn the pancake.Bruno Akrapovich wished for Tottenham himself and got it. He has to deal with Jose Mourinho. I’m sure he will succeed. Forecast? I don’t play lotto, but I know we will beat them “, the football manager finished confidently.Loko (Pd) against Tottenham in the Europa League! “Lauta” to prepare for a historical show!In the first round Plovdiv overcame the resistance of the Montenegrin Iskra (Danilovgrad)last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Bantam Reps

first_imgThe Nelson Bantams are gearing up to host the 2017/18 British Columbia Bantam Tier Three Hockey Championships, which runs from March 18th – 22nd.Ten teams from each of the nine districts across BC and the Yukon are slated to attend the five-day tourney.The tournament is a terrific economic generator for the host community, drawing hundreds of families, friends and young athletes for a week, or more. Mallard’s Source for sports would like to wish the Nelson Bantams continued success as the players prepare for the tourney with Team of the Week honours.The Nelson Bantams include, Joseph Surina, Kyle Kooznetsoff, Dylan Mowery, Seamus Boyd, Noah Quinn, Bryce Sookro, Ethan Bennett, Simon Forrester, Kaleb Percival, Joseph Davidson, Alexander Andersen, Dylan Watts, Mason Ouchi, Rhett Hamilton, Koby Upper and Drake Proctor.last_img read more

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Getting on their Bikes for COPD Support Ireland

first_imgLocals are being urged to come out in force on Friday June 23 to support a 50-strong group of cycling enthusiasts who are gearing up to take off from Galway as part of a cycling challenge in aid of COPD Support Ireland. The “Get Breathless for COPD” charity cycle from Galway to Dublin, which is supported by A. Menarini and led by legendary cycling champion Seán Kelly, will see the riders get up close and personal with the people and the places of Galway city and county like never before. Legendary Cycling Champ Seán Kelly to Lead “Get Breathless for COPD” Cycle Challenge from Galway to Dublin COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is perhaps better known as bronchitis or emphysema, and is where the airways of the lungs are narrower than normal, leading to airflow obstruction and difficulty breathing. It is the fourth most common cause of death in Ireland after heart disease, lung cancer and stroke.The cycling challenge takes place over two days, with participants getting on their bikes in Galway on Friday June 23 and travelling as far as Athlone, before hitting the road again for Dublin on Saturday June 24. The challenge aims to generate awareness of COPD, while also raising up to €20,000 in much-needed funds for vital COPD services. Members of the public can lend their support by texting “COPD” to 50300 to donate €2* [*100% of a donation goes to COPD Support Ireland across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means that a minimum of €1.63 will go to COPD Support Ireland. Service Provider: LIKE CHARITY. Helpline: 076 690 5278]The route itinerary sees the riders visit the following locations on Friday June 23:Galway’s Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa at 11am for the start of the cycleAthenry – 12.15pm approximatelyBallinasloe – 3pm approximatelyLeader of the PackAs leader of the cycling pack for the “Get Breathless for COPD” challenge, world-renowned cycling champion, Seán Kelly, believes the event offers a great opportunity to showcase the importance of physical activity for better health:“I’m really looking forward to getting back in the saddle again for COPD Support Ireland and to joining a really enthusiastic gang of people keen to raise awareness of COPD. I’d encourage everyone to make themselves aware of the disease and the steps that they can take to minimise their risk by not smoking, by eating a healthy diet and by exercising for 30 minutes most days.“And, of course, what better way to enjoy physical activity than to go out for a regular spin on a bicycle? It’s great for blowing out the cobwebs, for getting back in touch with nature, and for giving our lungs a good workout. Please come along and say hello if we are in your neighbourhood – we’d love to see you!”Damien Peelo, Executive Director, COPD Support Ireland, is hoping for an enthusiastic and warm welcome from Galway locals for the fearless riders:“We are delighted to be hosting our second ‘Get Breathless for COPD’ cycle challenge, thanks to our amazing participants and the support of A. Menarini. With more than 100 kilometres being cycled on each day, our riders will need all the cheers they can get to see them through to the finish line and so we are really looking forward to a lively welcome from the people of Galway.“The cycle is a great opportunity to get the word out about COPD, which is estimated to affect some 380,000 people in Ireland, yet many remain undiagnosed. Equally, it’s an all-important opportunity to raise vital funds for our services, including our ever-expanding network of local support groups, including in Galway, and the provision of exercise rehabilitation classes for people with COPD.”Knowing the “ABC” of COPDCOPD Support Ireland has compiled this simple “ABC” of COPD to help people better understand the disease:– Avoid the risks of COPD such as smoking and environmental toxins– Be aware of the symptoms of COPD that include persistent cough with phlegm, chest infections and breathlessness– Consult a GP for a simple COPD spirometry breathing test, particularly if you are over 35 years, have symptoms, are or have been a smoker, or have a family history of lung conditions.For more information on COPD Support Ireland, call the COPD National Adviceline on Freefone 1800 83 21 46 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or visit www.copd.ieCOPD Support Ireland can also be found on Twitter @COPDSupportIre and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/COPDSupportIrelandprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Wells-Gibson and Arneson Named Volleyball Players of the Week

first_imgHonorable Mention: Hailey King, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Shelby Genung, Sam Houston State. Southland Volleyball Weekly Release (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State senior Deveney Wells-Gibson was named Southland Conference Women’s Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week while Northwestern State senior Keelie Arneson was named Defensive Player of the Week to begin the 2014 season, the league announced Monday. Offensive Player of the Week – Deveney Wells-Gibson, Sam Houston StateWells-Gibson was named Most Valuable Player at the 26th Annual Sam Houston State Invitational after leading the Bearkats to a 4-0 record and the first team championship of the tournament since 2011. The San Antonio, Texas (Churchill H.S.), native led Sam Houston with 25 kills in a win over Cal-State Bakersfield and 22 kills in a win over Southeastern Conference opponent Mississippi State. Wells-Gibson totaled 79 kills in 15 sets over the weekend and had a hitting percentage of .248 while recording five aces and five assists. Honorable Mention:  Mackenzie Neely, Northwestern State; Malina Sanchez, McNeese State; Brianna Brink, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.center_img Defensive Player of the Week – Keelie Arneson, Northwestern StateArneson played a major role in limiting the explosive offense of No. 15 Missouri by racking up 13 digs as the Lady Demons held the Tigers below 20 points in the first two sets of a sweep. The Tomball, Texas (Klein Oak H.S.), native led all players with 35 digs in five sets against North Texas and finished out the weekend with a total of 59 digs. Arneson averaged 5.36 digs in 11 sets and kept opponents hitting percentage to .088 in three matches. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.last_img read more

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Ode to the African chicken

first_imgPatrick the giant rooster. (Image: Bridget Hilton-Barber)Bridget Hilton-BarberToday was an important day in my life as a rural Limpopian (one who hails from Limpopo province). I gave away three live chickens that I had personally bred and raised. It marked a rite of passage in my becoming a true daughter of Limpopo soil, according to my friend Mama McNeill, a tiny, sylph-like 70-year-old Swiss-born African who has lived in rural Limpopo most of her life. To give and receive live chickens, she tells me is an African soul gesture.It is a conferral of abundance, a bestowal of blessing, because the chicken, after all, represents food security, either eggs or meat, depending on whether you can afford to kill the golden goose, as it were, or whether a bunch of hungry relatives suddenly appear at your door. The first time Mama McNeill received The Chicken Gift was when she was a young nurse at Elim Hospital, near Thohoyandou in the 1960s. She carried them home, one under each arm, grateful for the long term source of eggs.I think she may be right. When I offered the three healthy, handsome brown chickens to my gardener’s wife, Mrs Mhlarhi, she smiled like she’d won the chicken Lotto. I gave her one young rooster and two hens, an excellent combination for further breeding and laying, and they will undoubtedly provide her family with many eggs and the odd Sunday lunch. In exchange I received a large pumpkin and a bunch of sweetcorn.Mrs Mhlarhi and I drove the chickens (packed in a Zamalek crate) to her home in Julesberg, a remote mountain village about 50 kilometres from Agatha, near Tzaneen, where I live. We drove past Dan Village, Kujwana, Mhlaba Cross, Lenyenye, Tickyline and Maake, a series of rural settlements in the foothills of the northern Drakensberg. And as we travelled I was struck by the omnipresence of the chicken and the ancient nature of our relationship with them.You can buy live chickens almost anywhere along the roadside, at prices ranging from next to nothing to R500. There are hundreds of hand-made chicken signs, painted on wood, metal, cardboard, walls: Chickens 8km. Chickens now open. Xixevo. Dikgogo. You can buy them at taxi ranks and bus stops, alongside hair salons, mobile phone stalls, car washes and spaza shops.Of course you can also buy dead ones just about anywhere, from roadside walkie-talkie (head and feet) outlets to the ubiquitous KFC. Chickens are a central feature of rural village life, and people carry them around by their necks, by their feet, in boxes tied onto bicycles, in straw baskets on their heads. I even saw a woman carrying one in her very fashionable green leather handbag.Early mornings in these rural villages are cacophonous. Almost every household has chickens. In Julesberg I saw giant russet-coloured chickens, small speckled bantams, peacock-like African roosters, long-legged crossovers.They can be the source of dramatic soap operatic feuds between families and friends, said Mrs Mhlarhi, as we released her new batch. She has witnessed tremendous fights breaking out as a result of chickens being stolen or misappropriated.But she would treasure these ones, she assured me. I believed her because her husband, who works in my garden, although quite unable to tell the difference between a weed and a flower, proved to be an ace chicken sexer when my first lot of chicks hatched. He has an opinion on any chicken related matter and has given me invaluable advice.Chickens are not just a black thing. My gay Afrikaner garden landscaper, for example, grew up on a chicken farm near Gravelotte and has also proved to be a font of wisdom on anything from feather loss to inexplicable mood swings. And the comforting symbolism of the chicken endures out here despite creeping urbanisation. My auditor buddy instructed her architect to make a loft bedroom in their new designer home so she could “roost like a chicken from my childhood”.I realised soon after arriving in Limpopo that I would have absolutely no cred with anyone if I didn’t have chickens. No self-respecting rural dweller here would ever dream of not having chickens. Where could I buy some? Speak to Pieter the dry cleaner, said the landscaper, as if the connection between chickens and dry cleaning was obvious. But before I did, my mother gave me three fluffy little chicks she had got from a friend.My favourite chick, Patricia, hoovered up entire loaves of bread and 12-kilogram sacks of crushed mealies and grew and grew until it was apparent that she was in fact a he, and that he, now Patrick, was the biggest cock I could ever hope to find. Sometimes you get what you need, said the landscaper wisely.Patrick has become an object of great admiration in Agatha. His name is spoken with soft reverence and I have a long list of locals wanting his offspring. I could make a lot of money out of chickens, I am told, but just to ensure good karma, I heeded the advice of Mama McNeill and decided to give the first ones away.Bridget Hilton-Barber is a well-known travel writer based in Limpopo province. She has worked as editor of South African Airways’ inflight magazine Sawubona, debut editor of Lowveld Living, travel correspondent for Radio 702 and travel editor of FairLady magazine. She is the author of seven books.last_img read more

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Breaking News in the Industry: April 13, 2018

first_imgLP Worldwide: Man uses crowbar in brazen jewelry store theft [Viral Video]CCTV has captured the moment a man stormed a Melbourne jewelry store with a crowbar. Video shows the hoodie-wearing offender entering the Hampshire Road outlet in Sunshine about 2.20pm last Friday. He is shown tucking his right arm underneath his jacket in a bid to conceal a crowbar. Moments later, he takes out the weapon and begins smashing the glass cabinet at the front of the store. He then grabs thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry and flees the scene on foot. The robber, who remains on the run, is described as about 165cm (5′ 4″) tall and aged in his 40s. Investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.  [Source: Nine News]Police search for suspect who robbed; threatened LPAInvestigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Robbery Unit are asking for the public’s help in locating an unknown suspect wanted for a commercial armed robbery of a Target store located in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. On March 25, at approximately 10 p.m., a loss prevention associate (LPA) noticed a male inside the Target store located at 1288 Camino Del Rio North. The LPA recognized the male from previous encounters. As the LPA was monitoring the male, he saw the male grab three memory cards and attempt to remove them from their security cases. The male then went to the bedding area of the store and used a towel to conceal the cases. The male then removed one of the memory cards and placed it inside his pant pocket. The LPA confronted the male. The male placed the towel on the ground and walked towards the exit. The LPA followed the male. As the male was near the exit door, he pulled out a folding razor knife from his waistband and told the LPA to stand back. The male left the store and was last seen getting into an early 2000’s gray Cadillac CTS. The suspect is described as a White male, approximately 28-years-old, 6”0” tall, 170 lbs., wearing a tan colored long sleeve dress shirt, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes. Anyone with information on the identity or location of the suspect is asked to call the SDPD’s Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. [Source: KUSI News]A middle school teacher tried to shoplift; She blames opioidsA Daytona Beach, Florida, middle school teacher stole items from a Target store and trafficked drugs, police said — and she doesn’t even remember the arrest. Kimberly Vicars, 46, of New Smyrna Beach, took more than 32 different items last Wednesday from a  Target store, according to Daytona Beach Police department arrest records, and tried to hide them in Target tote bags. A loss prevention associate saw Vicars taking clothes, toiletries and other items, which totaled roughly $522.25, and exiting the store without trying to stop at a cashier of self checkout lane. The officer stopped Vicars and contacted police, according to the arrest report. A police officer arrived and arrested Vicars, who teaches eighth-grade language arts at David C. Hinson Sr. Middle School. After searching her purse, the officer found an Advil bottle with 5 Hydrocodone 325/10mg pills. The officer then found another Advil container with 21 pills also determined to be Hydrocodone 325/10mg. In addition, the officer identified another pill in that bottle as Carisoprodol 350 mg, which is used to treat muscle spasms, according to the arrest report. Vicars also had a pill bottle with her name and prescription for Carisoprodol. After searching some more, the officer found a third pill container with three more Hydrocodone pills. In total, the officer found 29 hydrocodone pills, weighing 12 grams; 4 Carisoprodol 350mg, weighing .02 grams; and small pieces of green and orange pills that weren’t identified. Vicars told The Daytona Beach News-Journal that she’s been suffering from chronic pain because of of two car crashes that led to three neck surgeries. She wasn’t able to provide the arresting officer with a prescription for hydrocodone, the police report read, but she told The News-Journal that she has one to help cope with the pain. She said she didn’t know that keeping the pills in an Advil bottle was illegal under state law, which defines trafficking as possession of more than 4 grams of hydrocodone, a schedule 2 controlled substance.  [Source: Tampa Bay Times]- Sponsor – Bon-Ton may be headed for liquidation after losing key bid conditionBon-Ton Stores’ lifeline may have slipped through the bankrupt retailer’s grasp. A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday rejected a $500,000 fee that Bon-Ton requested to pay a group of investors interested in buying the company out of bankruptcy to keep it operating. A spokesperson for Bon-Ton did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The fee was included in the letter of intent signed by the investor group, made up of financial firm DW Partners as well as real estate firms Namdar Realty Group and Washington Prime Group, which operate malls in which Bon-Ton is a significant tenant. The retailer disclosed the potential bid on Monday. Kelley Cornish, a partner with Paul Weiss, representing Bon-Ton in its bankruptcy case, said at the hearing the fee was to help the investor group recoup their costs of due diligence and was necessary to secure the bid, according to an audio file of the hearing. Steve Zelin, a partner with investment banking firm PJT Partners working on the department store retailer’s restructuring, said at a court hearing Wednesday that no other interested parties had received such reimbursement. Cornish described the bid from Namdar and Washington Prime as “the last and only opportunity for the debtors to continue operating in business.”  [Source: RetailDIVE]Man charged in store robbery that injured LPA White Lake Township, Michigan, man who robbed a Hartland Township store and injured employees who tried to stop him has been charged in the incident. Sean Thompson, 39, was arraigned Monday in 53rd District Court in Howell on charges of unarmed robbery and retail fraud. According to a Livingston County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies responded at about 5:17 p.m., April 7, to the Rural King store at 10400 Highland Road. Store employees reported that a man, later identified as Thompson, was observed attempting to conceal an unknown item in his coat. The employees pursued Thompson into the parking lot and tried to restrain him for suspected retail fraud, but he escaped and fled in his vehicle. It was not immediately clear how many employees were involved, but all sustained minor injuries and did not seek immediate medical attention. Thompson was later located by sheriff’s office deputies, who were assisted by the White Lake Township Police Department. Thompson posted bail on a $5,000 cash surety bond. The incident remains under investigation.  [Source: Livingston Daily]That’s all folks! Alabama becomes 50th state with breach notification lawOn March 28, 2018, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill that made Alabama the 50th and final state to enact a consumer data breach notification law. Prior to the signing, Alabama had been the last remaining state without such a law after South Dakota passed its data breach law last month. So what do you need to know about the new Alabama data breach notification law before it takes effect on May 1, 2018? In addition to notification requirements, the new Alabama law also includes provisions requiring covered entities and third-party agents to employ and maintain “reasonable security measures” and document destruction protocols. Under the new law, some of the reasonable security measures covered entities and third-party agents must implement and maintain to protect Alabama residents’ personally identifying information against unauthorized access would include • Designating an employee(s) to coordinate the entity’s security measures;  Identifying internal and external risks of a security breach; Adopting appropriate safeguards to address identified risks and assessing the effectiveness of such safeguards; Retaining service providers that are contractually required to maintain appropriate safeguards for sensitive personally identifying information, and keeping management, including the board of directors, appropriately informed of the overall status of security measures. The law also includes a disposal provision that requires covered entities and third-party agents to take reasonable measures to dispose of any records containing sensitive personally identifying information when the records are no longer needed pursuant to “applicable law, regulations, or business needs.” In general, Alabama’s new breach notification statute is similar to those of other states. But, as always, if you find yourself in a situation where you have to interpret these requirements, you should enlist the help of experienced and knowledgeable data breach and privacy attorneys.  [Source: Thompson Coburn LLP] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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