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J&J Knew DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Would Fail

J&J Knew DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Would Fail January 23, 2013. By Lucy Campbell.
New York, NY Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) artificial hip replacement, the Articular Surface Replacement (ASR), was estimated to fail in approximately 40 percent of patients, based on data from its own internal analysis, made public for the first time this week. The document is one of hundreds of internal company documents expected to become public over the coming months, as the first of over 10,000 lawsuits by patients who received a faulty ASR implant gets ready to go to court.
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Kicking the Tires Shouldn’t Result in Car Dealer Kickbacks

Kicking the Tires Shouldn’t Result in Car Dealer Kickbacks January 19, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Sacramento, CA The internet has changed the way we shop, for everything from clothes, to appliances, to cars. But there are, at the same time, countless examples of car dealer fraud that encompass both the bonefide dealer looking to increase his sales through unsavory means, or individuals taking advantage of the convenience and technology offered by sites such as Craigslist and eBay, to dupe well-meaning consumers.
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California Car Kickbacks Alleged

California Car Kickbacks Alleged January 9, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Los Angeles, CA An online car referral company is alleged to have received illegal kickbacks from new and used car dealerships in exchange for referring customers to those automobile dealerships. These kickbacks would amount to several hundred dollars per vehicle if the customer purchased the car. Regulators in several states sent letters to car dealers stating that legal problems exist with this business model, and car dealer associations in other states, including California, say the practice may violate their state law.
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Home Warranty Lawsuits: Not All Appliances Created Equal

Home Warranty Lawsuits: Not All Appliances Created Equal January 8, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Minneapolis, MN When it comes to home warranty insurance, not all warranties and not all appliances are created equal. As with any type of insurance, customers claim that some home warranty companies practice bad faith insurance. Meanwhile, some appliance companies have been accused of misleading consumers about the nature of their appliances, putting customers at risk of having their insurance claim denied.
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Settlement Reached that Doctors Over-treated and Over-billed

Settlement Reached that Doctors Over-treated and Over-billed January 6, 2013. By Jane Mundy.

Thanks to a whistleblower complaint back in 2006, a settlement of almost $4 million was reached with the Justice Department over accusations that a community hospital in Ohio billed Medicare for unnecessary angioplasty procedures, a practice that also put patients’ lives at risk.

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Credit Card Abuse Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

Credit Card Abuse Comes in All Shapes and Sizes January 1, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Brooklyn, NY While the settlement may be worth CDN $8 million, the value to credit card holders affected by the agreement is worth about five bucks. On the other side of the credit card abuse ledger is a case that may easily translate to the largest antitrust case in US history.
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Consumers Unhappy with Home Warranty Companies

Consumers Unhappy with Home Warranty Companies December 10, 2012. By Heidi Turner.
Los Angeles, CA Although they are not covered in the media as frequently as big insurance companies, home warranty companies have started to get the attention of customers and clients who say these companies also practice bad faith insurance. Among the tactics allegedly used by insurance companies—some of which have faced a home warranty lawsuit or two—are unfair denials of legitimate claims, refusal to pay for repairs that should be covered and instructing repair technicians to use the cheapest repair possible.
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California Bad Faith Insurance Lawsuit Filed

California Bad Faith Insurance Lawsuit Filed November 30, 2012. By Heidi Turner.
Yucaipa, CA A California bad faith insurance lawsuit has been filed against an insurance company, alleging the company committed insurance fraud by misleading clients. In addition to health insurance fraud claims, the lawsuit also alleges breach of contract on the part of the insurance company.
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“Unum Put Me One Day Away From Being Homeless”

“Unum Put Me One Day Away From Being Homeless” November 21, 2012. By Jane Mundy.
Fort Worth, TX You could say that giving someone with a heart condition one day’s notice that his long term disability benefits will be terminated is life-threatening. Yet Unum, (also known as Unum Provident and the largest health insurance provider in the US) did just that, according to Byron.
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A Year After Fatal Shooting, Bad Faith Insurance Plaintiff Still Waits for Her Money

A Year After Fatal Shooting, Bad Faith Insurance Plaintiff Still Waits for Her Money November 21, 2012. By Gordon Gibb.
Santa Ana, CA It wasn't enough that Sandi Fannin lost her husband, many of her friends and her business in a horrific shooting in the Golden State last fall. Now, according to a bad faith insurance lawsuit, Fannin is allegedly experiencing untoward delays and denials at the hands of her insurer, adding further heartbreak to an already devastating event.
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