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Emergency Room Charges and What to Do About Them

Emergency Room Charges and What to Do About Them January 14, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: A study into medical bills, treatment costs at hospitals and emergency room charges undertaken last year and published in May by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine confirmed what we already know: charges for medical care can be excessive when compared to what Medicare and Medicaid interprets as the true value for services.
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Canadian Class Action Launched Against Defective St. Jude Cardiac Defibrillators

Canadian Class Action Launched Against Defective St. Jude Cardiac Defibrillators January 13, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
Toronto, ON: Imagine the panic one might feel when told the defibrillator relied upon to help keep you alive, could fail at any time and with little warning. In reality, that circumstance is one Canadian lawsuit plaintiff Shirley Houle didn’t have to imagine. Amongst the St. Jude ICD and CRT-D device lawsuits, is a Canadian class action launched this past May.
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Game Changer Ruling for Risperdal Plaintiffs in Pennsylvania

Game Changer Ruling for Risperdal Plaintiffs in Pennsylvania January 12, 2018. By Brenda Craig.
Philadelphia, PA: A ruling by three appeal court judges in Pennsylvania has turned the tables on Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Janssen saying that some 5,500 Risperdal plaintiffs with cases consolidated in a state mass tort litigation have the right to pursue punitive damages.
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Denied Disability Claimant Wins when Administrator Blows Deadline

Denied Disability Claimant Wins when Administrator Blows Deadline January 10, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
San Jose, CA Employers can change the terms of their long-term disability plans whenever they want. Those changes often affect what employees must show to make a disability claim, and they rarely make it easy to collect. Plans usually apply changed provisions even to employees who are already receiving benefits. They often lose those payments. But when a claimant brings a lawsuit, the US District Court for the Northern District of California recently held that rule-of-thumb is different. The plan provisions in effect when the disability accrued should govern.
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Androgel Bellwether Case Gets New Legal Team

Androgel Bellwether Case Gets New Legal Team January 9, 2018. By Lucy Campbell.
Chicago, IL: Just days before the third Androgel lawsuit was set to go to court, the multi-million dollar verdict-winning lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the testosterone multidistrict litigation (MDL) swapped out their key lawyers.
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Xarelto Bellwether Score is 3-1 for the Defendants: MDL to Map out Strategy

Xarelto Bellwether Score is 3-1 for the Defendants: MDL to Map out Strategy January 7, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
New Orleans, LA:With three federal bellwether cases having gone to the defendant and a fourth in state court favoring the plaintiff, the judge heading up the 18,500 consolidated cases in federal court has signaled he is looking for guidance from the various parties involved, with oral arguments on the docket for the end of the month following a status report. The Xarelto Lawsuit MDL is under the guidance and management of US District Judge Eldon Fallon in US District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.
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Court Rules in Favor of Essure Contraceptive Device Maker

Court Rules in Favor of Essure Contraceptive Device Maker January 4, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Jefferson City, MO:A St. Louis Circuit Judge in 2016 ruled that an Essure lawsuit filed by 92 women against Bayer could proceed in Missouri, but now that may not be the case. All the plaintiffs claimed they suffered injuries after having the permanent birth control device implanted, and they contended that Bayer is subject to jurisdiction in this state because it does business, generates revenue and conducts marketing for Essure in Missouri.
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Opioid Epidemic Biggest News Story in 2017, Opioid Litigation May be Biggest Legal News in 2018

Opioid Epidemic Biggest News Story in 2017, Opioid Litigation May be Biggest Legal News in 2018 January 1, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Cleveland, OH:Across the U.S., city and county newspapers looking back on 2017 say the top news story was the opioid crisis. And opioid litigation already looks like it will dominate legal news in 2018.
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‘Failure to Warn’ at Heart of Onglyza Lawsuits

‘Failure to Warn’ at Heart of Onglyza Lawsuits December 31, 2017. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA: Once the procedural wrangling is over, the argument that patients were hurt because drug manufacturers, AstraZeneca and Bristol-Meyers Squibb, failed to warn them of the dangers of Onglyza side effects will be at the heart of the Onglyza lawsuits.
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“I want this Mirena IUD out, over and done with.”

“I want this Mirena IUD out, over and done with.” December 30, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Toronto, ON. Nickey followed her doctor’s orders, and the Mirena manufacturer’s orders: five years after the IUD was implanted, she made an appointment to have it removed. But it wasn’t that easy. Next month will be the fourth, and she hopes final, attempt to have all of the birth control device removed from her uterus.
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