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Whistleblower Nets $2.9 Million in Healthcare Fraud Lawsuit

Whistleblower Nets $2.9 Million in Healthcare Fraud Lawsuit October 4, 2017. By Anne Wallace.
Columbus, OH: The Department of Justice has announced that Olympia Therapy, Inc. (Olympia), an Ohio nursing home, and its management service provider, Provider Services, Inc. (Provider) have agreed to settle a healthcare fraud lawsuit  brought by Vladimir Trakhter, a former Olympia employee. The case puts a uniquely human face on the damage done by Medicare fraud.
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Transvaginal Mesh “Like Being Cut with a Cheese Wire”

Transvaginal Mesh “Like Being Cut with a Cheese Wire” October 3, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
London, UK: An exhaustive story in The Guardian (08/31/17) sheds some interesting sidelights into transvaginal mesh side effects, an issue that has proven to mushroom in size and breadth since the advent of transvaginal mesh, or TVM mesh repair for various health issues affecting a wide cross section of women at middle age. The number of plaintiffs having filed a transvaginal mesh lawsuit has mushroomed in kind: The Guardian reports that no fewer than 100,000 lawsuits have been filed in the US alone by women alleging TVM mesh complications.
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Smith & Nephew Defective Knee Replacements Under the Microscope

Smith & Nephew Defective Knee Replacements Under the Microscope October 2, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: When the Smith & Nephew Journey Deuce Bi-Compartmental Knee System was introduced in 2007, it was billed as “a new, innovative solution that may give nearly 70% (sic) of all patients receiving a total knee replacement a more minimally invasive, bone and ligament preserving treatment alternative,” so stated a press release issued by the manufacturer on July 9, 2007. Would such platitudes, three years ahead of a knee replacement failure recall, placate any plaintiff filing a Smith & Nephew lawsuit?
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New Invokana Research (Funded by Manufacturer) Disputes Earlier Studies Showing Amputation Risk

New Invokana Research (Funded by Manufacturer) Disputes Earlier Studies Showing Amputation Risk October 2, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC: Despite exhaustive studies that found an increased risk of amputation among Invokana diabetes patients, Janssen Pharmaceuticals has published its own version of research.
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J&J Seeks Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict in Talcum Powder Lawsuit

J&J Seeks Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict in Talcum Powder Lawsuit September 30, 2017. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA: On September 15, 2017, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) filed a Motion for Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict  (JNOV) in the Echeverria talcum powder lawsuit . This is in addition to a motion for a new trial.
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Mesothelioma Lawsuit Jury Verdict Goes to Plaintiff for $12.9 Million

Mesothelioma Lawsuit Jury Verdict Goes to Plaintiff for $12.9 Million September 30, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Oakland, CA: No one conversant with environmental law remains so without a full understanding of the risks associated with asbestos, a substance once widely-used for its insulating properties in spite of growing evidence that asbestos is a carcinogen. While asbestos is still employed in some industrial applications, its use is tightly regulated. This, unlike the backdrop of decades past when policies and protocols around asbestos were, as alleged in scores of lawsuits, found lacking. To that end, a mesothelioma lawsuit filed by the widow of an asbestos mesothelioma victim speaks to the risks associated with direct, as well as indirect contact with asbestos fibers.
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Opioid Epidemic Lawsuits Filed Nationwide while Big Pharma Makes Big Profits

Opioid Epidemic Lawsuits Filed Nationwide while Big Pharma Makes Big Profits September 28, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Miami, FL: In the wake of the Opioid Epidemic now declared a national emergency, big Pharma faces a tsunami of litigation. Miami has just announced it may file a prescription opioid lawsuit against the manufacturers, adding to the long list of cities and municipalities that have declared an opioid crisis.
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St. Jude Battery Failure, Delayed Recall and it all comes down to Money

St. Jude Battery Failure, Delayed Recall and it all comes down to Money September 28, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Cruz, CA: The battery seems to have run out, so to speak, on St. Jude’s recall process. The company made a change to its battery design back in 2015 but didn’t acknowledge the reasoning behind the design—until the lithium battery defects were confirmed internally.
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Attorney Explains Difference between Definition of Disability

Attorney Explains Difference between Definition of Disability September 28, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Minneapolis, MN: Chances are, if you are asked to define disability, it won’t be the same definition as written in your disability insurance policy. Attorney Kristen Gyolai with Fields Law Firm wants you to know that there is a discrepancy between policy holders and how that policy defines disability.
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Why so many Catheters Recalled?

Why so many Catheters Recalled? September 27, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Cruz, CA: Another catheter was recalled last week, and this one got a Class 1 recall category, meaning the most serious kind.
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