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2008-07-01 06:00:48

By The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jul. 1--Eighteen patients who had operations at Duke hospitals in 2004 sued Duke University Health System on Monday, charging that it committed fraud and negligence in connection with the patients' exposure to surgical instruments mistakenly washed in elevator hydraulic fluid. The suit, filed in Durham County Superior Court by Raleigh lawyer Henry Temple, asks that Duke and other defendants pay an undisclosed amount in compensatory and punitive...

2008-06-19 06:00:34

By Thomas Goldsmith, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jun. 19--Duke University Health System has settled claims by patients who alleged they suffered health problems after being exposed to hydraulic fluid on surgical instruments at two Duke hospitals in 2004. The settlement, which remains confidential, resolved claims against Duke by an unknown number of clients represented by HensonFuerst, a law firm with offices in Raleigh and Rocky Mount. Both parties said in a statement that...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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