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Charges Laid Against 412 Individuals for Medicaid Fraud and Opioid Prescribing

Charges Laid Against 412 Individuals for Medicaid Fraud and Opioid Prescribing July 13, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: The US Attorney General’s office has charged 412 defendants in 41 federal districts with Medicaid fraud resulting from false billings, and prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous drugs. The fraud is estimated to have cost Medicaid $1.3 billion resulting from false billings. More than 120 defendants have been charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics, including doctors. In addition, Health and Human Services has initiated suspension actions against 295 providers, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists.
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From $20 Million to Fifty Bucks: Could the Same Thing Happen in Texas?

From $20 Million to Fifty Bucks: Could the Same Thing Happen in Texas? May 25, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Dallas,TX: A legal showdown is brewing in the state of Texas over that state’s cap on punitive damages. Texas medical malpractice lawyers representing plaintiffs who saw their $502 million jury award over failed DePuy Pinnacle hip implants reduced to $150 million, are challenging the state caps at the same time that DePuy principle Johnson & Johnson is appealing the original verdict.
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Another Unarmed Black Man Shot and Killed by Police

Another Unarmed Black Man Shot and Killed by Police September 28, 2016. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: Another police shooting of an innocent African American man, this time in a San Diego suburb, has sparked further protests claiming police misconduct and racism.
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FDA Solidly on the Fence with Regard to Troubled Endoscope Reprocessor

FDA Solidly on the Fence with Regard to Troubled Endoscope Reprocessor September 8, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: It is turning into a saga worthy of reality TV: the on-again, off-again relationship between the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Custom Ultrasonics Inc. (Custom) over the manufacturer’s System 83 Plus automated endoscope cleaning systems. Many an Endoscope lawsuit has alleged that infection has been passed from one patient to another due to lack of success in completely eradicating bacteria and previous infection from reusable endoscopes.
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Continued Fallout from Three-Year Delay to Recall Problematic Endoscopes

Continued Fallout from Three-Year Delay to Recall Problematic Endoscopes August 12, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: One distinct ‘added value’ of any lawsuit, regardless of genre or subject matter, is the unearthing of useful documentation during the discovery process. Such has been the case with an Endoscope lawsuit filed earlier this year in a Pennsylvania court against Olympus Corp. (Olympus), the manufacturer of an allegedly problematic duodenoscope thought to be at the center of serious infections.
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Dallas Jury in $6.8M Verdict Against Hospital that Let Heart Patient Go Blind

Dallas Jury in $6.8M Verdict Against Hospital that Let Heart Patient Go Blind August 10, 2016. By The National Trial Lawyers.
A jury in Texas returned a $6,844,543 verdict against the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano for allowing a heart patient to go permanently blind from a complication of open heart surgery.
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Problems with Power Morcellators Lead to Government Action

Problems with Power Morcellators Lead to Government Action July 8, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Washington, DC: Power morcellators might not be the only medical device the US government is concerned about but it is the one that seems to have spurred regulators into action. Power morcellator lawsuits, alleging women were not adequately warned about the risks of spreading aggressive cancer throughout their abdomen when they underwent a procedure that used power morcellation, have been filed against the maker of the devices. Now regulators have proposed bills designed to get faulty medical devices off the market more quickly, in the hope that lives will be saved.
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New Study Shows Just How Difficult Endoscope Disinfection Is

New Study Shows Just How Difficult Endoscope Disinfection Is July 6, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Seattle, WA: A new study suggests endoscope disinfection remains difficult for hospitals, meaning even with rigorous cleaning some endoscopes are still not fully clean. The study, conducted at a variety of hospitals and medical centers, highlights the difficulty of ensuring the medical devices are bacteria free. In 2015, the FDA issued a warning about the improper cleaning of endoscopes, while lawsuits have been filed against the makers of some of the medical devices.
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Lawsuit Filed against City for Officer’s Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Lawsuit Filed against City for Officer’s Alleged Sexual Misconduct June 21, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Helena, MT: A woman who worked as a confidential informant for the Missouri River Drug Task Force has filed a lawsuit against the City of Helena alleging professional sexual misconduct on the part of one of the city’s police officers. The unnamed plaintiff alleges that she was sexually assaulted multiple times by a police officer from May 2012 to October 2012. The lawsuit further alleges that the same police officer sexually exploited other victims as well.
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Suicide as a Wrongful Death or Medical Malpractice Suit

Suicide as a Wrongful Death or Medical Malpractice Suit June 14, 2016. By Brenda Craig.
Frisco, TX: Although there are a number of lawyers who have had suicide as a wrongful death suit, there is no one who focuses their entire practice on wrongful death by suicide like veteran Texas attorney, Skip Simpson.
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