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Unum: You Win Some, You Lose Some

Unum: You Win Some, You Lose Some March 26, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
Grand Rapids, MI: While you rarely hear about it, the fact remains that in some cases an insurance company that denies an insured short, or long-term disability benefits sometimes gets it right. To wit, a federal magistrate in Michigan earlier this month determined that Unum Life Insurance Company of America was within its rights to discontinue disability benefits after two years, noting that the plaintiff's wrongly denied disability claims were not credible.
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A Tale of Two Unum Lawsuits

A Tale of Two Unum Lawsuits March 12, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
Gibsonia, PA: Tucked in amongst a seemingly never-ending barrage of positivity stemming from the Unum camp with regard to investment, expansion and financial performance are the ever-lurking Unum insurance lawsuits alleging bad faith insurance and similar frustrations after an insurer that happily accepts monthly premiums suddenly does an about-face and pulls that plug when it comes time to pay up.
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Disabled Pediatrician Sues Unum for Denied Long Term Disability

Disabled Pediatrician Sues Unum for Denied Long Term Disability December 17, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Portland, OR: A medical doctor who carried Unum insurance for long-term disability has launched an Unum lawsuit against the global supplier of LTD insurance after the insured’s benefits were abruptly stopped, and his LTD claim denied. The benefit to the plaintiff, according to claims made in the Unum disability claims lawsuit, amounts to $12,500 gross per month the plaintiff asserts is owed to him pursuant to the terms of his disability policy.
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Abdominal Mesh Agony and Advice

Abdominal Mesh Agony and Advice July 26, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Bend, OR: Since undergoing abdominal mesh surgery four years ago, Dale has experienced more pain than he did before the mesh was used to repair a hernia. “I get severe pain in the area of my hernia repair and sometimes a burning feeling but I never knew what was causing it, and neither did my doctor,” he says. These symptoms and more are similar to other abdominal mesh victims who needed revision surgery to remove it—or some of it.
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Hernia Mesh Implants: Risks Outweigh Benefits

Hernia Mesh Implants: Risks Outweigh Benefits February 5, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Portland, OR: Given the amount of recent complaints following hernia repair surgery, abdominal mesh complications could soon equal, or even surpass, transvaginal mesh complaints, of which more than 100,000 lawsuits have been filed.
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After a Decade of Litigation, FedEx Drivers Settle for $15.45 Million

After a Decade of Litigation, FedEx Drivers Settle for $15.45 Million January 26, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Portland, OR: An ongoing dispute on the books for some ten years was resolved late last year in federal court in Oregon by way of a $15.45 Million settlement laying to rest claims by defendant FedEx their drivers were working as independent contractors when, in the view of the plaintiffs, they were bone fide employees of the company. The class action Oregon Employment lawsuit involved some 400 plaintiffs.
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More Talcum Powder Lawsuits Filed as Woman Awarded $70 Million

More Talcum Powder Lawsuits Filed as Woman Awarded $70 Million November 26, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Seattle, WA: As one plaintiff in a talcum powder lawsuit celebrates her $70 million award, more lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson, alleging the company knew about a potential link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer but did not warn consumers about that risk.
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Abilify Good for Casinos and Credit Card Companies, but for Humans?

Abilify Good for Casinos and Credit Card Companies, but for Humans? November 10, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Portland, OR: The anti-psychotic drug Abilify may be good for casinos and credit card companies, but it may not even benefit those people who have schizophrenia—a disorder it was originally approved to treat.
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Stomaching the Side Effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors

Stomaching the Side Effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors August 22, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Portland, OR: They're the pills millions of people use to treat symptoms of acid reflux, but in addition to being linked to serious side effects, proton pump inhibitors may also be linked to health problems when people discontinue the medications. Studies suggest proton pump inhibitors (known also as PPIs), are linked to an increased risk of bone fractures, heart attacks, and kidney disease. Concerns have also been raised, however, that when patients discontinue their use of PPIs, they suffer more serious heartburn symptoms.
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Mesothelioma Victim Awarded $8.75 Million Has Only Months to Live

Mesothelioma Victim Awarded $8.75 Million Has Only Months to Live August 21, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Beaverton, OR: He’s 65, a father, a grandfather and a few years into his retirement, looking toward his twilight years that statistically should number about 17. That translates into a life expectancy that would take him into his early eighties. But it has not worked out that way for David Hoff, a resident of Beaverton, Oregon. Hoff is living with a diagnosis of Mesothelioma. He’ll be lucky if he sees 67, as opposed to 82.
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