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Outrageous Emergency Room Overcharges for Uninsured

Outrageous Emergency Room Overcharges for Uninsured February 26, 2015. By Jane Mundy.
Ocala, FL When John asked the Munroe Regional Medical Center billing department why his emergency room overcharges and other hospital charges were 10 times more than the going rate, he was told it is because he is uninsured!
“They have a contract based on rates with the insurance company and I don’t have a contract with them so they can bill me whatever they want,” says John.
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Energy Drink Lawsuit Filed After Consumer’s Death

Energy Drink Lawsuit Filed After Consumer’s Death February 20, 2015. By Heidi Turner.
Kansas City, MO Another energy drink lawsuit has been filed following the death of a consumer who drank numerous energy drinks in the days leading up to his death. The lawsuit, filed by the man’s wife, alleges energy drinks are falsely marketed as safe when in fact they are dangerous. According to some reports, the FDA has received numerous reports of deaths linked to certain energy drinks.
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Herbal Supplements Under Attack from Regulators and Consumers

Herbal Supplements Under Attack from Regulators and Consumers February 18, 2015. By Heidi Turner.
Washington, DC If you take any pill, you’re supposed to know what’s in that pill. That’s the basis for regulations concerning pharmaceuticals. But when it comes to herbal supplements, the rules are more relaxed, and it turns out that some herbal supplements may have been sold without the ingredients their labels claimed they contained. Now, some herbal supplement makers have received warning letters from New York’s Attorney General - and lawsuits from consumers angry that the herbal supplements they thought they were purchasing might not have been all they were cracked up to be, with ingredient labels not telling the full story of what the herbal supplements contained.
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Persistence Pays Off for Chapel Hill Extended Warranty Plaintiffs

Persistence Pays Off for Chapel Hill Extended Warranty Plaintiffs February 17, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Chapel Hill, NC A couple from Chapel Hill who brought a Home Warranty Lawsuit against the contractor and a supplier of their custom-built home encountered a few setbacks in their litigation. But they stuck with it and late last year were rewarded with a partial victory by the North Carolina Supreme Court.
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Major Retailers Asked To Stop Sales Of Store Brand Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Asked To Stop Sales Of Store Brand Herbal Supplements February 5, 2015. By Lucy Campbell.
Los Angeles, CA Four major retailers, GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens, received letters earlier this week from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office regarding the alleged selling of store brand herbal supplement products in New York that either could not be verified to contain the labeled substance, or were found to contain ingredients not listed on the labels.
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$11M Awarded in Toyota Camry Sudden Unintended Acceleration Lawsuit

$11M Awarded in Toyota Camry Sudden Unintended Acceleration Lawsuit February 4, 2015. By Lucy Campbell.
Los Angeles, CA An $11 million verdict has been awarded to the plaintiffs in a Toyota sudden acceleration personal injury lawsuit resulting from a defect in a 1996 Camry. The jury ruled that the defect contributed to an accident which left three people dead and two seriously injured.
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The Fight to Have Mental Illness Properly Covered by Insurance

The Fight to Have Mental Illness Properly Covered by Insurance February 3, 2015. By Heidi Turner.
Los Angeles, CA As patients with physical ailments fight to have their denied disability claims overturned, patients with mental illness also fight to receive proper treatment from insurance companies. Recent news reports and denied disability lawsuits allege some insurers in the US routinely discriminate against patients with mental illness, denying them medically necessary - and legally mandated - care.
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ER Overcharges: Better to Seek Treatment Elsewhere

ER Overcharges: Better to Seek Treatment Elsewhere January 25, 2015. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC Next time you consider going to an emergency room for a non-life-threatening issue, you might save thousands of dollars in emergency room overcharges by checking into an urgent care center instead. Even costlier than hospital ERs are free-standing Emergency Room Clinics. You could potentially save even more by flying first class to Europe, where treatment is typically a fraction of the cost than it is in the US.
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Generic Fosamax Injury Lawsuit to Proceed

Generic Fosamax Injury Lawsuit to Proceed January 21, 2015. By Lucy Campbell.
Los Angeles, CA Teva Pharmaceuticals has been denied a hearing of its appeal against a lawsuit that claims the company failed to warn of the health risks linked to generic versions of the osteoporosis drug Fosamax. The appeal stems from a lawsuit brought by Olga Pikerie, who claims her fractured thighbone resulted from her prolonged use of generic Fosamax. Pikerie alleged that Teva and other generic makers hadn't brought their warnings in line with an update of the branded Fosamax's label.
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The Case against Monster Beverage Powers Up

The Case against Monster Beverage Powers Up January 10, 2015. By Brenda Craig.
Lancaster, CA Attorney Jacob Karczewski is gearing up for trial in April 2015. That’s when his clients, the family of Alex Morris, will get their day in Alameda County Court, California, and the American public may learn more about the safety of those very popular energy drinks.
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