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  • Overtime Pay Issue Avoided at This Year's Mid-South Fair
    Sep-22-10 Memphis, TN A dispute between the operators of the Mid-South Fair in Tennessee and the Desoto County Sheriff's Office regarding the overtime pay for police officers who provided security for the event is partially responsible for a change in policy at this year's fair. Desoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco and the general manager for last year's Mid-Sout...
  • Forest Pharmaceuticals Agrees to Pay $300M in Criminal Penalties
    Sep-21-10 Washington, DC The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), working in close coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ), has announced that Forest Pharmaceuticals Inc, has entered into a plea agreement in which the company accepted responsibility for criminal actions including distribution of an unapproved new drug, distribution of a misbra...
  • Chasing Demons: "Securities Fraud Is Still Happening"
    Sep-20-10 Sante Fe, NM Securities fraud seems to have dropped from the headlines, and Bernie Madoff is in safely locked up far from other peoples' money. But make no mistake, says Louis Straney, a super expert on fraud detection, litigation, prevention and control of financial misconduct—there is a never-ending stream of heartless pretenders intent on stealing you...
  • UK Research Contradicts Earlier Study on Bisphosphonate (Fosamax) Cancer
    Sep-11-10 Oxford, UK The debate over Fosamax side effects took another turn earlier this month after a UK-based study found evidence of a link between bisphosphonates and esophageal cancer. The study appeared to contradict the findings of a US-based study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The competing studies address...
  • Attorney Discusses Whistleblowers and Qui Tam Lawsuits
    Sep-9-10 Los Angeles, CA Bijan Esfandiari, an attorney at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, has participated in a number of cases that have shaped and developed the law for the benefit of injured victims and consumers of pharmaceutical products. He also assists potential whistleblowers to determine whether they have a qui tam case and, if so, will file a cl...
  • Veterans May Receive More Disability Pay Linked to Agent Orange
    Sep-7-10 Dallas, TX In what might be welcome news to veterans who receive VA disability benefits , the list of conditions approved for benefits is about to get longer. The change concerns VA benefits and how they are given to veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange. The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will add more health problems to the list of conditi...
  • When It's Time to Stop, Coming off Effexor Can Be Difficult
    Sep-5-10 Chicago, IL Use of Effexor and other antidepressants in the US doubled to 10 percent of the population between 1996 and 2005. Such widespread use of antidepressants begs consideration of the question: what happens when you have to or want to stop? The doubling of antidepressant use, according to statistics published in a study last year in the Arch...
  • Did Seroquel Cause Veteran's Death?
    Sep-5-10 Washington, DC Families of soldiers and veterans who have died while taking Seroquel have requested an investigation, citing concerns that the antipsychotic medication may have caused their loved ones' deaths. The Associated Press ( AP ) reported on 8/30/10 that Andrew White returned from a tour of duty in Iraq showing signs of post-traumatic...
  • Securities Fraud Stings Delaware Woman for Over $300,000
    Sep-4-10 Wilmington, DE Securities fraud can occur when a major corporation is taken to the cleaners or when an individual finds herself at the receiving end of bad advice and cunning deception. Whether undertaken by a practicing stockbroker or an enterprising con man, stock fraud litigation is always a source for recourse for the victim. A Detroit man faces...
  • Shoulder Pain Pump Plaintiff Loses Case on Technicality
    Sep-2-10 Atlanta, GA There is little doubt that the use of a shoulder pain pump has proven debilitating to many. Some have won huge awards for shoulder injuries stemming from the use of a machine to feed pain medication directly to a surgical site and, specifically, into irreplaceable shoulder cartilage. But not all shoulder pain pump lawsuits favor the plai...
  • Indiana AG Urges Qui Tam Lawsuits for Medicare Fraud
    Aug-25-10 Indianapolis, IN Indiana's attorney general, Greg Zoeller, is encouraging residents to report instances of Medicare fraud to his office or to file a qui tam lawsuit . Zoeller urges Hoosiers to follow the lead of Kathleen McCoy, a South Bend child therapist, said she had seen health professionals give treatments that patients didn't need and then bill...
  • ERISA Advisory Council to Meet in Washington
    Aug-23-10 Washington, DC The Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, commonly known as the ERISA Advisory Council, will meet in the nation's capital from August 31 to September 2 to hear testimony from witnesses regarding ERISA pension and to discuss other important matters. Over the course of the three days, the Advisory Council will...
  • Washington Car Crash Proves Fatal
    Aug-20-10 Sedro-Woolley, WA A two-car collision involving an SUV and a smaller car has left one person dead and injured another. Thirty-year-old Sara Cornis of Seattle was killed in the Washington car accident , which occurred on August 1 on Highway 20 near Minkler Road, about five miles east of Sedro-Woolley. According to Washington State Patrol, the victim wa...
  • The FDA's Avandia Decision
    Aug-13-10 Washington, DC Now that the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) advisory panel has met and made their recommendations, the FDA must now decide what to do about Avandia . Recent studies have suggested a risk of serious Avandia side effects, including an increased risk of heart attack. Although the advisory panel voted to keep Avandia on the market, w...
  • Feds Intervene in Qui Tam Whistleblower Lawsuit
    Aug-11-10 Waycross, GA A Qui Tam Whistleblower lawsuit has been elevated to a formal complaint by the US Government after the feds decided to intervene in an action originally brought by a qui tam government whistleblower. According to the federal whistleblower act a private citizen can bring a lawsuit on behalf of the federal government and share in the proceed...
  • Not All Clinical Trial Results Published: Study
    Aug-8-10 Washington, DC A recent issue of Newsweek contains a disturbing revelation with regard to the publication of clinical trial results and other information inherent with pharmaceutical drugs. According to an analysis published recently in the Annals of Internal Medicine, results from a third of clinical trials inherent with five classes of drugs are neve...
  • Unum Subpoenaed by New York Attorney General
    Aug-5-10 Chattanooga, TN The insurance company Unum was recently subpoenaed by New York's attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, in connection to allegations of fraud over how insurers pay benefits on life insurance after the policy holder passes way. Cuomo and his office are investigating a number of insurance companies over the practice of retaining funds from li...
  • Four Dead in Air Force Plane Crash
    Aug-4-10 Anchorage, AK A US Air Force cargo plane crash in Alaska killed all four crew members aboard. The C-17 Globemaster was practicing for an aviation show at Elmendorf Air Force Base when it went down in a wooded area near Anchorage, according to Reuters. Some eyewitnesses told the news source that the plane was flying low and turning strangely befor...
  • Nail Guns in the Wrong Hands Lead to Nail Gun Injury, Even Death
    Aug-1-10 Durham, NC The good news is that nail gun injuries amongst contractors, carpenters and other skilled and qualified laborers are on the decline. The bad news is that high-powered nail guns are increasingly available and used by home handymen and so-called "weekend warriors" looking for a faster and more efficient way to complete home renovations. Cr...
  • Title lX Doesn't Protect Against Bullying
    Aug-1-10 Detroit, MI It is hard to say what may happen in the future when it comes to litigating against bullying. "The law the way it is written doesn't provide a solution for every kind of harassment ," says attorney Richard Winslow. "The way the law is written it is quite narrow, but I think the issues are broader than Title lX, which is limited to sexual har...
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