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Customer Says She Unknowingly Paid for Home Warranty Insurance

Customer Says She Unknowingly Paid for Home Warranty Insurance April 1, 2014. By Heidi Turner.
Lynn Haven, FL A bank customer says she was unknowingly paying for home warranty insurance for almost four years, despite not having enrolled with a home warranty company.
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GM Issues Third Massive Recall for Alleged Defective Power Steering

GM Issues Third Massive Recall for Alleged Defective Power Steering April 1, 2014. By Lucy Campbell.
Detroit, MI Further to the massive GM recalls involving alleged defects in air bag deployment and ignition switches, General Motors has now issued a third large recall involving more than 1.3 million vehicles in the US and 145,700 in Canada that may experience a sudden loss of electric power steering assist.
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Keeping Track of a Bad Faith Insurance Claim

Keeping Track of a Bad Faith Insurance Claim March 29, 2014. By Heidi Turner.
San Diego, CA When it comes to reasons why people experience denied disability insurance, the list can be long. Sometimes, a California insurance claim is denied for legitimate reasons. But all too frequently, denials are the result of bad faith insurance, when the insurer acts with disregard for its policyholders and the contracts they have signed. In such cases, lawsuits have been filed - some by policyholders and some by regulators - to force the insurance company to uphold its end of the contract.
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Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Settled for $11.1 Million

Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Settled for $11.1 Million March 26, 2014. By Lucy Campbell.
Atlantic City, NJ A 47-year old nurse has been awarded a total settlement of $11.1 million in her Ethicon Gynecare Prolift transvaginal mesh (TVM) personal injury lawsuit. Linda Gross testified during the trial that following her initial surgery to implant the device, she had 18 subsequent unsuccessful revision procedures. She has described her life after surgery as a “living hell,” alleging that she and thousands of other women have been used as “guinea pigs” by the vaginal mesh maker, Johnson & Johnson.
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Landmark Ruling Threatens Internet Payday Loan Loophole

Landmark Ruling Threatens Internet Payday Loan Loophole March 22, 2014. By Gordon Gibb.
Las Vegas, NV A landmark legal ruling appears to have stripped away any perceived immunity by Internet payday loan vendors who have, until now, operated under the premise of protection through an affiliation with a Native American tribe. The ruling, affirmed this month by a Nevada federal judge, provides the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with almost limitless power to pursue cases involving online payday lending, and other alleged infractions, against individuals or enterprises so affiliated.
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J&J Wins Reversal of $1.2B Risperdal Settlement

J&J Wins Reversal of $1.2B Risperdal Settlement March 21, 2014. By Lucy Campbell.
Washington, DC Johnson & Johnson has won a reversal of a $1.2 billion settlement of a consumer fraud action concerning the marketing of Risperdal. On Thursday, an Arkansas Supreme Court reversed the earlier ruling which concluded that J&J had improperly marketed its anti-psychotic drug and concealed the its health risks.
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Families Suing GM Because Recall Comes Too Late

Families Suing GM Because Recall Comes Too Late March 12, 2014. By Lucy Campbell.
New York, NY Further to a recent massive General Motors recall involving certain model year 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, and 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles, at least one family who lost a child as a result of the defect is suing GM.
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Plaintiffs Seeking $22 Million in Home Warranty Insurance Lawsuit

Plaintiffs Seeking $22 Million in Home Warranty Insurance Lawsuit March 3, 2014. By Gordon Gibb.
San Diego, CA The thrust and intent behind home warranty insurance is to protect the parties involved from defects in workmanship and materials. New construction is usually accompanied by coverage warranting against defects from initial occupation until an agreed period of termination, at which time many homeowners will seek out home warranty companies vending extended warranty coverage, should hidden defects come to the fore later in a structure’s initial life cycle.
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Hounded by Swedish Medical Center for ER Overcharges Payment

Hounded by Swedish Medical Center for ER Overcharges Payment March 1, 2014. By Jane Mundy.
Denver, CO Not long after having a biopsy for possible breast cancer, Deirdre checked into the Swedish Medical Center - she was concerned about a possible infection. “First, my wife and I asked about costs because we heard about emergency room overcharges but never got an answer,” says Thom. “Swedish also said they don’t overcharge so imagine our anger when we received their outrageous emergency room charges!”
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Following Suit: Telemarketing Lawsuit Update

Following Suit: Telemarketing Lawsuit Update February 27, 2014. By Lucy Campbell.

A recent Supreme Court decision involving a lawsuit brought against Arrow Financial Services LLC over alleged nuisance phone calls has put other similar businesses and telemarketers on notice. The high court’s decision effectively allows people who are annoyed by nuisance phone calls to sue in state and federal courts.

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