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April 19, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: A $55 million jury verdict brought against Honda Motor Co, in 2014 will stand, according to a ruling by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. The settlement resulted from a personal injury lawsuit against Honda that alleged the automotive manufacturer ignored a seat belt defect. The suit was brought by a man who claimed that defect resulted in his becoming paralyzed.Read [ $55M Personal Injury Verdict Against Honda Stands ]
April 11, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: Plaintiffs involved in multi-district litigation (MDL) against 3M’s post-surgery patient-warming device, Bair Hugger, are on their way to court, following the selection of approximately 30 bellwether cases. The patients involved in the MDL allege that the Bair Hugger Forced-Air Warming system caused them to develop infections after undergoing surgical procedures. Specifically, the device, which blows hot air into a specially designed blanket covering a patient, spreads bacteria from the hospital floor or the inside of the device, the lawsuits state.Read [ 3M Bair Hugger Blanket Bellwether Cases Chosen for Trial ]
March 13, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Fort Worth, TX: The greed from need cycle of car title loans is far from new. In February, 2015 the Star-Telegram (02/14/15) in Fort Worth was reporting that the average resident of Texas was about $40,000 in debt. The car title loan was one quick and easy way for Texans to deal with short-term financial crises, such as a family emergency.Read [ The Predatory Lending Cycle of the Car Title Loan ]
March 3, 2017. By Brenda Craig.
Dallas, TX A Dallas doctor decided in 2009 to blow the whistle on a physician over a billing scam that was costing the healthcare system and American taxpayers millions and millions of dollars. Six years later, after a long investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Dr. Bijan Oughatiyan’s former employer, IPC Healthcare Inc., was ordered to pay $60 million plus interest, to settle a false claims case brought against the company based on the information the whistleblower doctor provided.Read [ Doctor from Dallas Collects $11.4 million for Blowing the Whistle on Healthcare Fraud ]
March 3, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: The first bellwether Fresenius trial for people who opted out of the earlier $250 million dollar settlement has failed to make its case, with the jury finding in favor of Fresenius Medical Care.Read [ Granuflo Bellwether Case Fails to Prove Fault ]
February 19, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC: “We even have qui tam whistleblower cases that involve doctors paying illegal runners to find people who are destitute on Medicare. They get a little treatment but the doctor bills for a lot,” says attorney Jason Brown. “They figure these people won’t complain but employees of that practice will blow the whistle.”Read [ Qui Tam Whistleblowers and Healthcare Fraud: “It’s a Completely Criminal Enterprise” ]
February 10, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Richmond, VA: An alleged purveyor of predatory lending is facing a settlement in excess of $15 million following protracted litigation lasting years and involving various interpretations pertaining to whether, or not the defendant(s) claims to immunity from state laws were legal, or justified.Read [ $15.3 Million Settlement over Predatory Lending ]
February 6, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Los Angeles, CA: The day before the Trump Administration initiated its contentious travel ban against individuals hailing from seven predominantly-Muslim countries, a move in part in support of the Administration’s mandate to safeguard and promote America and American workers, New Balance Athletics Inc. (New Balance) was hit with a putative California labor law class action over its claim that its shoes are ‘American-made.’Read [ New Balance Hit with California Class Action ]
February 3, 2017. By LAS Staff Writer.
Danville, CA: On December 22, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston granted final approval of a nationwide class action settlement between BP Solar International, Inc. and an estimated 8,000 class members. The effective date of the settlement was January 23, 2017, allowing for the distribution of settlement benefits to class members. There are two settlement categories. The first is a $45.33 million common fund to pay for the removal and replacement of a subset of Class Panels (Category 1), which have a high failure rate. The second is a separate $20 million claims made fund for the remaining subset of Class Panels (Category 2), which have a demonstrated lower failure rate. Additional details about the settlement is available at www.bpsolarsettlement.com.Read [ Judge Approves $67MM Settlement in BP Defective Product Class Action Lawsuit ]
January 26, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA A $25.16 million award in favor of a man who alleges he developed Crohn’s disease as a result of taking Accutane has been reinstated by the New Jersey Supreme Court. The issue of alleged association between the acne drug and Crohn’s disease has been the subject of a decade long mass torte. Plaintiff Andrew McCarrell’s lawsuit is just one of 3,628 pending Accutane cases.Read [ $25M Accutane Settlement Reinstated ]
- Ford Increases Recall Over Defective Takata Airbags By Lucy Campbell (Jan-13-17)
- $13.7M Ethicon Vaginal Mesh Award Should Stand By Lucy Campbell (Jan-6-17)
- DeVry University Settles FTC Fraud Lawsuit for $100M By Lucy Campbell (Dec-16-16)
- Cash for Whistleblowers in the Health Care Industry By Brenda Craig (Dec-15-16)
- Updated FDA Review Suggests Link Between Actos and Bladder Cancer By Lucy Campbell (Dec-13-16)
- Is Jessica Alba’s Honest Company Dishonest? By Jane Mundy (Nov-16-16)
- $240 Million Settlement Agreed in Wright Defective Hip Implant MDL By Lucy Campbell (Nov-10-16)
- $14.2B Settlement Finalized in VW Emissions Class Action By Lucy Campbell (Oct-26-16)
- Wells Fargo Fake Bank and Credit Card Account Fraud Revealed By Lucy Campbell (Sep-8-16)
- Feds Considering Exemptions to Illegal RoboCall Rules By Gordon Gibb (Aug-11-16)
- Bank Faces $10 Million Fine Linked to Overdraft Fees By Heidi Turner (Aug-11-16)
- Essure Good News and Bad News, from California to Connecticut By Jane Mundy (Aug-5-16)
- Essure Cases Can Proceed in California By Lucy Campbell (Aug-5-16)
- Wells Fargo Bank Settles TCPA Lawsuit By Heidi Turner (Jul-29-16)
- Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Settlements Could Take Time By Lucy Campbell (Jul-28-16)
- Olympus Failed to Warn US Hospital of Duodenoscope Infections By Lucy Campbell (Jul-26-16)
- Benicar Trials Postponed Until 2017 By Lucy Campbell (Jul-14-16)
- Proposed New Rules a Boon for Consumers Facing Excessive Credit Union Fees By Gordon Gibb (Jul-13-16)
- $70M Settlement Awarded in Risperdal Lawsuit By Lucy Campbell (Jul-5-16)
- Lawsuits Allege WEN Linked to Hair Loss By Heidi Turner (Jun-29-16)
- Anton Yelchin Killed by Jeep Grand Cherokee Under Recall By Lucy Campbell (Jun-21-16)
- Overdraft Fees Still a Big Payday for Financial Institutions By Heidi Turner (Jun-18-16)
- Does Charging Excessive Overdraft Fees Violate Credit Union Non-profit Status? By Gordon Gibb (May-14-16)
- Bounced Check Re-presentment Lawsuits Are Nothing New By Gordon Gibb (May-11-16)
- Takata Airbag Recalls Increases by 35 Million Vehicles By Lucy Campbell (May-5-16)
- Caffeinated Energy Drinks Linked to Risk of Type 2 Diabetes By Brenda Craig (Apr-27-16)
- VW Agrees to Buy Back or Fix 500,000 US Diesel Vehicles By Lucy Campbell (Apr-21-16)
- Maker Of “Neuro” Drinks Agrees To Pay $500,000 In Fines and Restitution By LAS Staff Writer (Apr-15-16)
- Wells Fargo Loses Overdraft Fee Appeal By Heidi Turner (Apr-13-16)
- VW Dealerships File Consumer Fraud Class Action By Lucy Campbell (Apr-8-16)
- Insurance Lawsuits: Even Honest Rejections of Claims Can Be Costly By Heidi Turner (Apr-7-16)
- FDA to Add Heart Failure Warnings to DPP-4 Type 2 Diabetes Medications By Lucy Campbell (Apr-6-16)
- 60% of Companies are Facing a Class Action – New Survey Report By The National Trial Lawyers (Apr-3-16)
- $11.1M Ethicon Vaginal Mesh Settlement Upheld on Appeal By Lucy Campbell (Apr-1-16)
- Check Re-presentment: What It Is and Why It Matters to You By Gordon Gibb (Apr-1-16)
- Billions at Stake in Canadian Tax Shelter Scam Lawsuit By Brenda Craig (Mar-28-16)
- Check Re-presentment Attorney: Consumers May Be Unknowingly Paying Re-presentment Fees By Heidi Turner (Mar-24-16)
- $75M in Damages Awarded in Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit By Lucy Campbell (Feb-24-16)
- Investigation Reveals Cause of Exploding Takata Airbags By Lucy Campbell (Feb-23-16)
- CDC: Lumber Liquidators Flooring Cancer Risk 3 Times Higher than Previously Predicted By Lucy Campbell (Feb-22-16)