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  • AstraZeneca to Pay $520 Million in Seroquel Settlement
    Sep-30-10 Harrisburg, PA The state of Pennsylvania will receive $9 million of the $520 million settlement AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical is paying for improperly marketing Seroquel , an anti-psychotic. Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett said that a state and federal investigation accused the drug maker of marketing Seroquel "off-label" and paying kickbacks...
  • Omnicare Qui Tam Whistleblowers
    Sep-29-10 Boston, MA Omnicare has deep pockets when it comes to qui tam whistleblower lawsuits. In the past few years, the nation's largest pharmacy for nursing homes has been involved in a number of lawsuits involving claims that it paid kickbacks and made improper medication substitutions for patients. It has already paid millions upon millions of dollars to s...
  • Maker of Celexa Pleads Guilty to Illegal Promotion
    Sep-29-10 Washington, DC Forest Pharmaceuticals Inc. has pled guilty to illegally promoting the antidepressant Celexa for use by adolescents and children. The drug company has agreed to pay $313 million and has pled guilty to obstruction of justice and the distribution of the then-unapproved thyroid-deficiency drug Levothroid, according to the Associated Pre...
  • Attorney Has a Lot of Clients with "Internet Regret"
    Sep-28-10 Los Angeles, CA Five years ago, Los Angeles attorney Erik Syverson saw the future. He decided to focus his legal practice on what happens in the world of cyberspace. "The internet is here to stay," says Syverson. "I realized a few years ago that the internet world is going to bring up all kinds of legal issues." As a 30-something-year-old, Syverson...
  • Hartford Class Action Settlement of $72.5M Approved
    Bridgeport, CN: A federal judge has approved a class-action settlement under which Hartford Financial Services Group will pay $72.5 million to settle claims that the company shortchanged some 22,000 injured claimants through structured settlements. U.S. District Court Judge Janet Hall approved the settlement on Sept. 21, according to court papers. Ha...
  • Preliminary $1M Settlement Reached in Bell Canada Late Fees Class Action
    Ottawa, ON: An out-of-court settlement has been concluded in the class action filed on behalf of Bell Canada and Bell Mobility's Ontario clients who may have paid late payment charges on payments made before the payment deadline provided on their bill. This settlement affects Ontario Bell Canada clients who paid their bill through their financial ins...
  • Debts Wiped Out for 140,000 Payday Loan Customers
    Sep-27-10 Washington, DC It took six years, 17,000 billable hours, three law firms and three public justice organizations, but in the end they managed to wrestle a payday loan company in North Carolina into a settling with thousands of unhappy customers. "We have had great reaction from clients," says Paul Bland, with the Public Justice organization in Washingto...
  • Preliminary Audi Volkswagen Settlement Approved
    Los Angeles, CA: Volkswagen and Audi have agreed to pay sludge-related maintenance costs for nearly 480,000 vehicles as part of a proposed settlement conditionally approved in federal court. The order filed Thursday, September 23, 2010 by Judge Joseph L. Tauro in Boston, defined the group, or "class," that can benefit from the settlement as all current an...
  • Did Fired Florida Bartender Work for Four Cents an Hour?
    Sep-26-10 Coral gables, FL According to the Miami New Times on 9/16/10, there are some fairly high-end establishments that have been accused of violating Florida labor law . Angela Suarez (not her real name) illustrates the problem. For one week when she claims to have worked 60 hours, her paycheck reflected only 38. Suarez told the Miami New Times that s...
  • WaMu Cash Balance Pension Plan - Partial Preliminary Settlement
    Seattle, WA: If you participated in, and were entitled to accrue benefits in, any of the following plans (referred to collectively as "the Plans"), your rights may be affected by the settlement of a class action lawsuit: 1. The WaMu Pension Plan (referred to as the "WaMu Plan") immediately prior to January 1, 1987, and your accrued benefits or pensio...
  • Advance America Cash Advance Centers Agrees $18.75 million Settlement
    Spartanburg, SC: Advance America, Cash Advance Centers Inc has agreed to pay $18.75 million to settle a class-action lawsuit without admitting violating any state consumer finance laws, according to an SEC filing. The Spartanburg-based provider of payday and other loans said it would establish a settlement pool to compensate North Carolina class m...
  • Woman Files Appeals in Legal Malpractice Lawsuit
    Sep-21-10 Mount Vernon, IL A woman is appealing a ruling in her legal malpractice lawsuit against the law firm that represented her in a case regarding her husband's asbestos-related death. Madison County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Crowder let a number of attorneys named as defendants in the case out of the legal malpractice lawsuit, but plaintiff Judy Buckl...
  • Third Party Mobile Content Charges Settlement
    Chicago, IL: A group of mobile content providers, including Cylon, Cellfish Media, Predicto Mobile, Too Lazy, the application provider 3C Interactive, and the aggregator OpenMarket, have agreed to settle a number of class action lawsuits against them, involving claims that these companies charged wireless subscribers for "mobile content" without auth...
  • Component Hardware Reaches Class Action Settlement
    Lakewood, NJ: Component Hardware Group, Inc. ("CHG") has reached a settlement with plaintiffs in the antitrust class action titled In re Food Service Equipment Hardware Antitrust Litigation. This litigation arises out of allegations that certain manufacturers and/or distributors of food service equipment products engaged in anticompetitive behavior fro...
  • Understanding the Stockbroker Arbitration Process
    Sep-16-10 Miami, FL For investors who have suffered at the hands of stockbroker fraud , stockbroker arbitration may not sound very appealing. It does not have all the glitz and glamour of a lawsuit, nor does it usually carry the ridiculously high awards. But for many investors, stock fraud arbitration is actually a much better option, because cases are resolved m...
  • $3 Million Settlement Reached in METO Class Action
    St. Paul, MN: A $3 million settlement has been reached in a federal class action lawsuit brought by three families against the State of Minnesota and other defendants for restraining and secluding residents with developmental disabilities, prior to September, 2008, at Minnesota Extended Treatment Options (METO), a state operated facility. In the...
  • Bayer Settles 200 Trasylol Cases
    Washington, DC: Bayer AG has agreed to settle 200 of 2,000 lawsuits filed over allegations that their drug, Trasylol, which was meant to control bleeding during heart surgery, has caused injuries to patients including kidney failure. The various cases are being represented by different lawfirms, with different settlement outcomes. According to a r...
  • Tentative $21M Settlement Agreed in Eastman Kodak Discrimination Class Action
    New York, NY: A class action settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against Eastman Kodak Compan ("Eastman Kodak" or "Kodak" or "Defendant") pending in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York alleging, among other things, that Kodak engaged in an ongoing pattern and practice of racial discrimination against its Afri...
  • Seroquel Maker Given More Time to Settle Lawsuits
    Sep-14-10 London, UK AstraZeneca, the manufacturer of Seroquel , has been granted more time to settle nearly 6,000 lawsuits. The lawsuits at issue are only a portion of some 17,500 lawsuits that the manufacturer has agreed to settle by way of a $198 million kitty. That announcement was made last month. However, the 6,000 will have to wait a little longer after...
  • Qui Tam Whistleblowers in Line for $37.8 Million
    Sep-12-10 Washington, DC Five qui tam whistleblowers will be in line for a combined $37.8 million as their share of a settlement stemming from a lawsuit against the manufacturer of Botox Therapeutic. The alleged promotion by Allergan Inc. of Botox Therapeutic for unapproved medical uses through Medicaid resulted in a combined $600 million in civil and criminal...
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