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Whistleblower Nets $2.9 Million in Healthcare Fraud Lawsuit
Whistleblower Nets $2.9 Million in Healthcare Fraud Lawsuit
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.

Citibank Borrowers Beware
Citibank Borrowers Beware
Washington, DC Here’s a scary question: If a Citibank borrower:
  • signs a loan agreement that includes an arbitration clause;
  • falls behind on payments; and
  • is harassed with debt collection robocalls;
can he or she still join a class action debt collector harassment lawsuit based not on the debt, but on phone calsl that are illegal under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)? Borrowers beware if the answer is “no.”

Veterans Still Seeking Benefits Fifty One Years after Radiation Exposure
Veterans Still Seeking Benefits Fifty One Years after Radiation Exposure
A mid-air collision in 1966 during a military refueling exercise has provided the foundation for a disability claims lawsuit against the US Department of Defense brought by former service personnel who assert exposure to radiation.

Nurses Seek Class Action in Overtime Pay Lawsuit against CareMeridian
Nurses Seek Class Action in Overtime Pay Lawsuit against CareMeridian
On September 6, 2017, McKenzie Erwin, a registered nurse, filed suit on behalf of herself and a class of similarly situated non-exempt employees against CareMeridian, LLC (CareMeridian)and Mentor Management, Inc. (Mentor), a related company. The defendants in the unpaid overtime lawsuit operate skilled nursing facilities in California. The complaint alleges that CareMeridian and Mentor engaged in a pattern of conduct that was unfair, unlawful and which amounted to a deceptive business practice, all in violation of the California Labor Code.

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Plaintiff Alleges Nexium Caused Kidney Problems
Plaintiff Alleges Nexium Caused Kidney Problems
Industry giant AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals has been hit with another bellwether lawsuit alleging its blockbuster antacid product known as Nexium caused permanent kidney damage in a man from Maryland as a result of using the medication.

Monsanto’s Roundup Cancer Lawsuits Reveal Cover-Up and the Monsanto Plot Thickens…
Monsanto’s Roundup Cancer Lawsuits Reveal Cover-Up and the Monsanto Plot Thickens…
Over 250 Monsanto Roundup lawsuits are pending in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, and about 1,100 complaints filed in state courts, all filed by people claiming that they, or their loved ones, developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma and that Monsanto covered up the risks. And court documents do indeed indicate a Monsanto cover-up.

Long-Suffering Homeowners Hoping to Pursue Home Warranty Lawsuit
Long-Suffering Homeowners Hoping to Pursue Home Warranty Lawsuit
It’s been a long wait for prospective plaintiffs with home defect issues dating back to as far back as 1999. With a formal request Wednesday to a Delaware bankruptcy court to lift a litigation stay in a long-running Chapter 7 bankruptcy involving builder WL Homes LLC (WL), the plaintiffs hope to launch a home warranty lawsuit and pursue compensation from the builder’s insurance provider.

The Recalled Fetch 2 Aspiration Catheter Received FDA 510(k) Clearance
The Recalled Fetch 2 Aspiration Catheter Received FDA 510(k) Clearance
When the Fetch 2 Aspiration Catheter was originally launched by Bayer Medical Care Inc., (Bayer), there was no shortage of platitudes which, sometime later presented as a stark contrast to the eventual global recall that resulted in many a lawsuit amidst allegations of defective catheters causing injury.

Add Pancreatic Cancer to Your List of Saxagliptin Worries
Add Pancreatic Cancer to Your List of Saxagliptin Worries
While patient lawsuits have focused on the danger of heart failure as a Saxagliptin side effect, the risk of pancreatic cancer may be flying under the radar. It can be just as deadly, and research suggests a link between Saxagliptin and the disease.

Were Defective St. Jude Cardiac Defibrillators Implanted Even After Recall?
Were Defective St. Jude Cardiac Defibrillators Implanted Even After Recall?
The complaint in the ASEA/AFSCME Local 52 Health Benefits Trust defective St Jude cardiac defibrillator lawsuit contains shocking new allegations. The fact-finding that follows may give patients the information they need to seek redress.

Second Testosterone Bellwether Lawsuit Wraps in Illinois
Second Testosterone Bellwether Lawsuit Wraps in Illinois
The second bellwether testosterone lawsuit in testosterone multidistrict litigation ended in similar fashion to the first: a sizeable punitive damages award, together with a jury finding that defendant AbbVie Inc. was not liable for heart issues suffered by the plaintiffs in the respective trials.

Cook Celect IVC Filter Lawsuit Goes to Trial
Cook Celect IVC Filter Lawsuit Goes to Trial
On October 23, 2017, Hill v. Cook Medical, Inc., et al, 1:14-cv-6016 will go to trial in the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. This will be the first of three IVC filter lawsuits to be heard in the brewing multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Cook Medical, Inc. That MDL now includes approximately 1,900 individual lawsuits. Although the outcome of the Hill bellwether lawsuit will not be binding in the other cases, IVC filter patients and their attorneys are paying close attention. The outcome will affect the settlement value of similar cases.

Bayer Bans Essure Outside US, Is FDA Lagging?
Bayer Bans Essure Outside US, Is FDA Lagging?
Bayer has stopped selling its Essure outside of the U.S. citing “lack of interest” and “commercial reasons”. But those reasons may not be quite accurate. Many countries have banned the permanent sterilization device due to product and safety concerns. So, why is it safe for women in America?

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