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$15.3 Million Settlement over Predatory Lending

$15.3 Million Settlement over Predatory Lending 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.
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New Balance Hit with California Class Action

New Balance Hit with California Class Action 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.’
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Judge Approves $67MM Settlement in BP Defective Product Class Action Lawsuit

Judge Approves $67MM Settlement in BP Defective Product Class Action Lawsuit 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.
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$25M Accutane Settlement Reinstated

$25M Accutane Settlement Reinstated 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.
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Ford Increases Recall Over Defective Takata Airbags

Ford Increases Recall Over Defective Takata Airbags January 13, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: Ford Motor Co is issuing a recall of about 816,000 vehicles following a previous recall due to defective Takata Airbags.
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$13.7M Ethicon Vaginal Mesh Award Should Stand

$13.7M Ethicon Vaginal Mesh Award Should Stand January 6, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: A $13.7 million judgement in favor of a plaintiff who has sued Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Ethicon, over injuries related to Ethicon's mid-urethral sling device, should not be reversed on appeal. That’s the opinion of Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Kenneth J. Powell Jr., who is presiding over the case and who wrote "The evidence of defendant-appellant's wanton and willful disregard for plaintiff adequately supported the jury's award of punitive damages."
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DeVry University Settles FTC Fraud Lawsuit for $100M

DeVry University Settles FTC Fraud Lawsuit for $100M December 16, 2016. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: A $100 million settlement has been reached between DeVry University and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over allegations of for-profit education fraud, specifically, that the for-profit university used false statistics about its graduates’ job placement rates in order to lure students and increase enrollment.

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Cash for Whistleblowers in the Health Care Industry

Cash for Whistleblowers in the Health Care Industry December 15, 2016. By Brenda Craig.

The US government doesn’t like to be cheated. In fact, the government dislikes being cheated so much that it will pay people to tell on fraudsters that submit false or inflated bills for government services or try to avoid paying money they owe to the government.

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Updated FDA Review Suggests Link Between Actos and Bladder Cancer

Updated FDA Review Suggests Link Between Actos and Bladder Cancer December 13, 2016. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: Findings from an updated review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the use of type 2 diabetes medicine pioglitazone (Actos, Actoplus Met, Actoplus Met XR, Duetact, Oseni) suggests there may be an increased risk for bladder cancer associated with drug.
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Is Jessica Alba’s Honest Company Dishonest?

Is Jessica Alba’s Honest Company Dishonest? November 16, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: Several food supplements lawsuits claiming deceptive marketing and labelling have been filed against Jessica Alba’s Honest Company, arguing its products are "falsely" labeled as natural and plant-based. But what does “natural” mean? “From a liability standpoint, I don’t see the merit in these false advertising suits when there is no agreed upon definition of natural in the first place,” says attorney Ann Marie Mortimer, partner at Hunton & Williams law firm.
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