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  • Medtronic Sprint Fidelis: Four Have Died During Extractions
    Apr-8-09 Washington, DC Two years after Medtronic stopped selling the vilified Sprint Fidelis lead, there is a growing concern as to its continued viability—and while Medtronic and the medical community in general recommend not replacing working leads unless they fail, some doctors are doing just that. The problem lay with the tricky surgery necessary to...
  • Mothers Act Fuels Multibillion Dollar Industry - Part 1 of 3
    Apr-7-09 Motherhood has fallen prey to the psycho-pharmaceutical complex. If new legislation known as the Mother's Act becomes law, the drugging of infants through pregnant and nursing mothers will no doubt increase. Congress has rightfully refused to pass this bill for eight years. The official title is currently the "Melanie Blocker Stokes Mom's Opportunity to...
  • The Debit Card Surprise at Hess Gas Stations
    Apr-2-09 Clearwater, FL Somewhere in the U.S. this story is probably playing out right now. A driver has decided to top up the tank and pulled into a service station owned by the Hess Corporation . They slide that handy debit card into the slot and pump maybe $20 worth of gas into the vehicle and then they're on their way. But the next time they try to use th...
  • The Whistleblower and The Smithsonian
    Mar-29-09 Washington, DC The Whistleblower Act protects workers from retaliation when injurious or unsafe situations are revealed. The mere act of whistleblowing is, in itself, a courageous act that often puts the whistleblower in a difficult position. Such is the case with Richard Pullman, an exhibits specialist at the National Air and Space Museum in Washing...
  • Byetta Pancreatitis Gives Diabetes Patients Something More to Worry About
    Mar-24-09 San Diego, CA If you have been taking Byetta for a year or more, you may have noticed a change in the drug's labeling. That is because there has been a reported link between Byetta and acute pancreatitis. In fact, some patients who took Byetta apparently developed pancreatitis and, in extreme cases, died from their Byetta pancreatitis. So far, the nu...
  • Light Cigarettes Could Carry Heavy Price Tag for Philip Morris
    Mar-21-09 Boston, MA A landmark decision brought down by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, has paved the way for smokers to sue cigarette manufacturers for misleading advertising . The ruling, announced in the media March 19, effectively green lights a 10-year-old lawsuit against cigarette giant Philip Morris. The suit alleges that the use of the terms 'lig...
  • The Pain of Levaquin
    Mar-11-09 Chicago, IL For patients taking the antibiotic Levaquin, the cure may be worse than the disease. The problem is that Levaquin side effects can be incredibly painful, requiring surgery. Such side effects include torn tendons and ligaments. Patients who have suffered those complications following the use of Levaquin are now investigating lawsuits against t...
  • Your Computer Monitor Could be Part of Antitrust Scheme
    Mar-3-09 San Francisco, CA You may not know it as antitrust , or you may not appreciate the antitrust laws that govern antitrust policy. But price-fixing you know. And when it costs you more of your hard-earned dollars due to the greed and unlawfulness of someone else, somebody should be made to pay. After all, you trust a vendor that you are getting fair value at...
  • Largest Single-Plaintiff Defective Product Jury Award for Indiana
    Mar-2-09 Lafayette, IN It was supposed to save his life. However, as is the sad case with some defective products the precautionary piece of equipment killed him instead. The widow of Timothy Simonton launched a defective product personal injury lawsuit and was awarded the largest single-plaintiff defective product jury award in the State of Indiana. It also help...
  • Is There a Doctor in the Firm?
    Feb-20-09 Bainbridge Island, WA Attorney Chris Otorowski has built a medical malpractice law firm in Washington State on solid judgment, expert skills and from listening to the way he talks about the people he represents, a great deal of humanism. "On Friday, we visited a client in a nursing home who is in just a terrible situation, just a horrific story," says Otor...
  • Tragic Helicopter Crashes Lead to Lawsuit
    Feb-19-09 San Francisco, CA Much like airplane crashes, helicopter crashes are often tragic events that result in the loss of life and serious injuries. The past year has seen a lot of helicopter accident news, including a Medivac helicopter that crashed while flying 2 young women to hospital and a helicopter that crashed while flying firefighters to the scene of...
  • Investors Lose Money to Swindlers
    Jan-30-09 New York, NY In this time of massive stock market losses, investors are left wondering if anything could have been done to protect their money and minimize their losses. In some cases, the stock losses are due to the unethical actions of financial advisors or brokers, who either recommended unsuitable investments, ignored warning signs about fraudulent i...
  • Heparin can Promote rather than Prevent Thrombosis
    Jan-29-09 Vernon, TX George's wife has had many heparin flushes over the past several years and he believes her health has deteriorated because of the blood thinning drug. "Laverne had an injury in 2002 and was on pain medication," says George. "They tried to give her an IV but couldn't find a vein so the doctor recommended putting in a pic line. It was flushed wi...
  • Variable Annuities Law Changed
    Jan-25-09 Miami, FL Seniors living in Florida now have some added protection from unscrupulous brokers who sell them unsuitable variable annuities. The state has toughened the suitability requirements that such brokers must meet when they sell variable annuity insurance products to consumers. The state has also strengthened fines against those brokers who use frau...
  • IT Giveth, IT Taketh Away…
    Jan-21-09 Sacramento, CA You can forgive any California software developer , or computer professionals in general for feeling taken advantage of by their state legislators, and their apparent pandering to employers and special interests. How else can one explain the lost ground suffered by the California computer professional that puts in long hours, but is taking...
  • Asbestos Mesothelioma – One Boilermaker's Story
    Jan-19-09 New Port, RI: John worked as a boilermaker all his life, which involved working extensively with asbestos in the repair and fabrication of asbestos gaskets. When John became ill with the asbestos mesothelioma he had to have a lung removed. His case recently went to court and the jury awarded him a settlement of $4,390,000. A Terrible Price to Pay f...
  • Long Term Care Insurance Consultant discusses Prompt Pay Law and more…
    Jan-7-09 Indianapolis, IN Heather Harley is a long term care health insurance consultant: It is her job to help attorneys and firms—and the public—to better understand health insurance claims and the insurance processes, including Prompt Payment laws. Harley says claims are reviewed on a case by case basis by one or multiple adjustors, depending on the s...
  • Determining the Mental Capacity of a Decedent
    Jan-7-09 Forensic psychologists and neuropsychologists regularly give expert opinions about a person's mental capacity in the criminal, family law and civil courts. The evaluative process involves clinical interviews, psychological/neuropsychological testing, review of the records and interviews with individuals who have personal knowledge of the defendant's beha...
  • Adopted Children from China Exposed to Melamine in Milk?
    Jan-6-09 Los Angeles, CA When the world first learned of melamine contamination in Chinese milk products , the initial reaction was an instant flashback to melamine in pet food, and other China-sourced products that have been found to be contaminated. "Those poor babies over there," you may have caught yourself saying. "At least it's not happening here in the US."...
  • California Labor Law's Tipping Pool
    Dec-29-08 The California labor law prohibits managers and supervisors from sharing in employee tips, yet judging by the number of questions LawyersandSettlements has received regarding payment of tips to restaurant employees, California's tipping pool is still murky. Many businesses apparently still practice tip pooling and other shady dealings, despite last year...
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