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Teacher with Debilitating Injuries Twice Denied Disability Insurance

Teacher with Debilitating Injuries Twice Denied Disability Insurance April 30, 2014. By Gordon Gibb.
Riverside, CA A school teacher in California who stepped in to help prevent a second fight between two teenage students on school premises and was subsequently injured has launched a lawsuit against the insurance carrier who twice denied disability insurance to the woman.
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Internet Payday Lender Accused of Charging Minnesotans Predatory Interest Rates

Internet Payday Lender Accused of Charging Minnesotans Predatory Interest Rates April 25, 2014. By Gordon Gibb.
Ramsey County, MN An Internet payday lender that attempted to duck behind the protective shield of the Dormant Commerce Clause of the US Constitution, will have that cloak yanked away following a decision by the Court of Appeals.
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Judge Finds Insurer Guilty of Bad Faith

Judge Finds Insurer Guilty of Bad Faith April 20, 2014. By Heidi Turner.
Los Angeles, CA News of bad faith insurance does not surprise a lot of people any more, but news of a company acting egregiously and hiding evidence might come as a bit of a shock. A lawsuit in Massachusetts against an insurer shows that insurance companies, even national companies, can allegedly act in bad faith when denying a disability claim or avoiding a settlement. It also shows that people who have had their California insurance claim denied may be able to file a lawsuit against the company.
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Following Suit: Student Loan Lawsuit Update

Following Suit: Student Loan Lawsuit Update April 10, 2014. By Heidi Turner.

Allegations have been made about unethical practices on the part of student loan companies. These allegations include financial fraud and violations of consumer protection laws.

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“I’d Rather Pay an Attorney Than the Hospital for ER Overcharges”

“I’d Rather Pay an Attorney Than the Hospital for ER Overcharges” April 3, 2014. By Jane Mundy.
Seattle, WA Not only were Steve and his wife charged “ludicrous” emergency room overcharges, Steve says that the hospital flat-out lied about the treatment, or non-treatment, on their invoice. And not all patients are treated equal, as Nancy attests.
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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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