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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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$240 Million Settlement Agreed in Wright Defective Hip Implant MDL

$240 Million Settlement Agreed in Wright Defective Hip Implant MDL November 10, 2016. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: A $240 million settlement has been reached in multidistrict product liability litigation over defective Wright hip implants. The settlement effectively ends five years of litigation brought by 1,300 claimants who alleged their Wright hip implants failed anywhere from 150 days to eight years following hip replacement surgery.
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$14.2B Settlement Finalized in VW Emissions Class Action

$14.2B Settlement Finalized in VW Emissions Class Action October 26, 2016. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: A $14.75 billion settlement between consumers, the federal government and Volkwagen has been granted final approval. The deal includes an aggressive timeline for VW to begin buying back cars that have the infamous emissions cheating software.
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Wells Fargo Fake Bank and Credit Card Account Fraud Revealed

Wells Fargo Fake Bank and Credit Card Account Fraud Revealed September 8, 2016. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: Wells Fargo is facing $185 million in fines, after authorities uncovered millions of fraudulent bank and credit card accounts set up by bank employees in order to boost or hit sales targets. Further, the employees also made up PIN numbers and email accounts in connection with the false accounts, to get people to sign up for online banking services, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) said in a statement.
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Feds Considering Exemptions to Illegal RoboCall Rules

Feds Considering Exemptions to Illegal RoboCall Rules August 11, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: You’ve heard it before: what the government giveth, the government taketh away. That’s the crux of a divergence of goals and protections that pit one arm of the federal government against the other in the name of collecting delinquent accounts. The result is a major crack in an armor intended to protect Americans already under siege from illegal robocalls.
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Bank Faces $10 Million Fine Linked to Overdraft Fees

Bank Faces $10 Million Fine Linked to Overdraft Fees August 11, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Boston, MA: Santander Bank reportedly faces $10 million in fines after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found the company misled customers about its overdraft protection program. Banks and credit unions have faced increasing scrutiny in recent years over excessive overdraft fees and other unethical practices, and consumers have fought back, in some cases filing lawsuits against financial institutions for egregious activities.
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Essure Good News and Bad News, from California to Connecticut

Essure Good News and Bad News, from California to Connecticut August 5, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Hartford, CT: Judging from the recent Essure dismissal in a Connecticut court, you might want to keep a journal to record details of your Essure injury. If you have an Essure complaint in California, however, such documentation may not be as crucial.
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