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Denied Insurance Coverage for Proton Beam Therapy

Denied Insurance Coverage for Proton Beam Therapy

February 24, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA Proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) is purportedly a safer and more effective cancer treatment than x-ray or photon-based treatments and less invasive than surgery, but some insurance companies deny coverage, which has led to bad faith insurance lawsuits.

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Amazon to Pay $61.7 Million to Settle FTC Charges of Tip Theft

Amazon to Pay $61.7 Million to Settle FTC Charges of Tip Theft

February 23, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC  On February 2, the FTC announced that Amazon will pay $6.17 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the company pocketed tips promised to Amazon Flex drivers. The company allegedly changed its driver compensation structure in 2016 without informing drivers. Pending California labor lawsuits against Amazon, those, like lawsuits in Massachusetts and other states can be expected to continue. Although the settlement has no precedential value for these lawsuits, it builds a larger picture of worker mistreatment and widespread disregard for the requirements of wage and hour and consumer protection laws.


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Bayer’s $2billion deal to finalize future Monsanto Claims

Bayer’s $2billion deal to finalize future Monsanto Claims

February 22, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA To resolve future claims that Monsanto’s Roundup causes cancer, Bayer is coughing up a $2 billion settlement that includes benefits for people—mainly farmers and gardeners-- who were exposed to Roundup and develop the cancer in the future.

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Ethicon Litigation Dragging but Bellwether Trials Rescheduled

Ethicon Litigation Dragging but Bellwether Trials Rescheduled

February 19, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Atlanta, GA The Ethicon Physiomesh bellwether trial schedule, which was delayed due to COVID-19, has been confirmed by U.S. District Judge Richard Story in the Northern District of Georgia. The first hernia mesh complications case will go before a jury in March 2021.

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Proton Pump Inhibitor Maker Facing Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Proton Pump Inhibitor Maker Facing Wrongful Death Lawsuit

February 18, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Las Vegas, NV Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) manufacturers and distributors AstraZeneca and Merck are facing a wrongful death lawsuit alleging the side effects of Nexium caused stomach cancer, which lead to death.


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COVID Long-Haulers Prepare for Wrongly Denied Disability Claims

COVID Long-Haulers Prepare for Wrongly Denied Disability Claims

February 17, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DCCOVID long-haulers, who suffer from debilitating COVID symptoms long after an initial infection, have had their complaints dismissed as “malingering.” The cruelest cut of all, though, may be the financial blow that lands when long term disability benefit claims are denied. As yet, there are few reported COVID related long term denied disability lawsuits, but long-haulers should anticipate that they are just around the corner.

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Firefighting Foam $17.5M Settlement a “Huge Milestone”

Firefighting Foam $17.5M Settlement a “Huge Milestone”

February 16, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Peshtigo, WI Peshtigo residents have reached a $17.5 M settlement in a firefighting foam lawsuit filed against Tyco Fire Products and two other companies over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination. Plaintiffs claimed their drinking water from private wells was contaminated with “forever chemicals” from the use of firefighting foam at Tyco’s Fire Technology Center in Marinette and nearby sites.

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