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  • SSRI Maker Reportedly Agreed to Pay $1 Billion to Settle Lawsuits
    Jul-29-10 Tacoma, WA GlaxoSmithKline, maker of Paxil, has reportedly agreed to pay $1 billion to settle lawsuits concerning its selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. Whether this settlement has any bearing on other SSRI lawsuits remains to be seen. Lawsuits allege patients were not adequately warned about the risk of Paxil side effects. ...
  • GlaxoSmithKline to Pay $460 Million to Avandia Plaintiffs
    Jul-28-10 Philadelphia, PA GlaxoSmithKline has reportedly agreed to pay $460 million to settle lawsuits alleging that diabetes medication Avandia caused an increased risk of heart attacks. News of the settlement comes as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held an advisory panel to discuss Avandia side effects and determine what action, if any, to take on...
  • Chinese Drywall Litigation Heats Up
    Jul-28-10 Miami, FL Having recently lost a Chinese drywall lawsuit, Banner Supply Company is now facing a class action lawsuit, which will attempt to include all Florida homeowners who bought drywall from the distributor. The class action alleges that Banner knew the drywall was defective in 2006 and was negligent in not warning consumers. Meanwhile, homeowne...
  • Glaxo Settles Paxil Side Effects Lawsuits, Average Settlement $1.2 Million
    Jul-28-10 Newark, NJ GlaxoSmithKline (Glaxo), the largest drug manufacturer in the UK, is believed to have paid out about $1 billion to settle various Paxil lawsuits since the drug first came onto the market in 1993. Earlier this month it was announced that Glaxo has agreed to pay another $1 billion to settle more than 800 outstanding cases alleging Paxil birth de...
  • Attorney Kip Scott Answers Personal Injury Questions
    Jul-27-10 Los Angeles, CA Attorney Kip Scott and the Personal Injury Law Center team have been assisting people who have suffered a personal injury for over a decade by maximizing the compensation they receive for their injuries. The firm has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of their injured clients. LawyersandSettlements: What personal injury cases d...
  • Bill Would Protect Pensions of Veterans Who Won Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
    Jul-27-10 Washington, DC Congress is currently considering a bill that would protect low-income veterans' pensions if they receive a veterans medical malpractice lawsuit settlement or other such windfall. Florida Representative Alcee Hastings introduced the Veterans Pensions Protection Act after one of his constituents, a low-income veteran, contacted him, ac...
  • California Judge Approves IT Overtime Lawsuit Settlement
    Jul-26-10 San Jose, CA A California judge recently gave his preliminary approval of a $5 million settlement to end an IT overtime lawsuit. In 2006, a total of 152 technical writers who worked for Sun Microsystems sued the company, challenging its policy of classifying such workers as professionals exempt from California's overtime laws, according to the San F...
  • Dell Agrees to $100 in Penalties to Settle SEC Accounting Fraud Charges
    Jul-24-10 Washington, DC Once upon a time, computer supply giant Dell was able to boast that it consistently met or exceeded investor expectations with regard to performance. Then performance fell. The reasons for that drop is revealed in a settlement, announced on Thursday, adding up to $100 million in penalties to settle charges of disclosure accounting fraud...
  • Record New York Labor Law Compliance Award
    Jul-23-10 New York, NY In what is described as the largest recovery of lost wages in the building services industry in New York, the city's Comptroller's office announced a $1 million New York employment recovery and settlement agreement with Capital Cleaning Contractors Inc. The compliance award was negotiated on behalf of 33 underpaid New York employees. Ac...
  • AZ Settles 200 Seroquel Suits for $2 Million
    New York, NY: AstraZeneca, makers of the antipsychotic medication Seroquel, have agreed to pay $2 million to settle over 200 cases alleging the medicine causes diabetes. The settlement could mean an average payment per case of $10,000. The settlement is the result of a US-court ordered mediation involving some 26,000 cases filed in the UK against...
  • $24.4 Million Flag Telecom Settlement Proposed
    New York, NY: All persons or entities who purchased the common stock of FLAG Telecom Holdings Limited ("FLAG") between March 6, 2000 and February 13, 2002, or purchased FLAG common stock pursuant to or traceable to FLAG's IPO between February 11, 2000 and May 10, 2000, inclusive, and who were damaged thereby, except for those who sold all their shares...
  • Jury Awards $82.5M in Workplace Death Lawsuit
    Harris County, TX: An $82.5 million settlement has been awarded to the estate of 27-year old Josua Wade Petrie, who was killed in a workplace accident. His estate had initiated a wrongful death suit. On May 25, 2007, Mr. Petrie was working as a plant operator at a natural gas processing plant. A hot oil heater had stopped during the previous shif...
  • Chinese Drywall Manufacturer Pursues Contractor Settlements
    Jul-20-10 Manatee, FL As huge numbers of Chinese drywall lawsuits proceed in a massive consolidated action before US District Court Judge Eldon Fallon, legal representatives of homeowners have expressed fear that settling with manufacturers could undermine homeowners' rights. The 7/16/10 issue of the Bradenton Herald revealed the lawyers' concerns that Knauf...
  • AIG Agrees $725 Million Settlement in Pension Funds Class Action
    Washington, DC: A $725 million settlement has been agreed by American International Group, and the states of Florida and Ohio, in what is reportedly the tenth-largest securities class-action settlement in United States history. The settlement brings the total recovery for public pension funds to over $1 billion. The Attorney General for Ohio said this...
  • Mega-T brand Weight Loss Products Class Action Settlement
    Los Angeles, CA: If you are a consumer who purchased (for personal use) any of any of the following: Mega-T dietary supplements: Mega-T Ultra, Mega-T Plus, Mega-T Effervescent, Mega-T Green Tea Dietary Supplement and/or Mega-T Dietary Supplement, between Sept 29, 2005 to June 9, 2010, who lives in the United States, the makers of that line of supplements...
  • $240,000 Preliminary Settlement Reached in Hotel Employee Class Action
    Williamstown, MA: A $240,000 settlement has been proposed in a wages class action lawsuit brought against The Orchards Hotel by 150 current and former hourly employees. The suit alleged that the hotel had withheld tips and wages. State law dictates that food establishments found to withholding either or both, must play employees three times as...
  • Strip-Search Lawsuit Settled for $1.1 Million
    Springfield, MA: A $1.1 million settlement has been approved ending a class action brought against the Franklin County Jail by hundreds of detainees who allege they were strip searched without justification, and that it was unconstitutional. Some 486 plaintiffs, who are former detainees, will each be eligible for as much as $3500 under the set...
  • A Tale of Two Qui Tam Whistleblower Suits
    Jul-13-10 South Bend, IN So far the month of July has been financially lucrative for at least two and possibly more qui tam whistleblowers . The Office of the Attorney General of Indiana filed notice that it will join two whistleblowers' Medicaid fraud lawsuit, and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) Federal Bureau of Investigation's Los Angeles Field Office annou...
  • Billboard Manufacturer Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
    Jul-12-10 O'Fallon, MO A workplace harassment case alleging sexual harassment appears to have been settled with an agreement by the defendant in the case to pay $55,000. According to a 7/6/10 statement, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought the lawsuit after a failed initial attempt to reach a voluntary settlement through conciliation. Ac...
  • Florida Attorney's Solutions to the Consumer Debt Trap
    Jul-10-10 Miami, FL Attorney Stephen Nagin is a big picture guy. A well-known Florida attorney and an expert in debt settlement for consumers, Nagin sees even more cash flow trouble for people in the southern states that are directly or indirectly affected by the BP catastrophe . The damage to the tourism industry means more job losses, foreclosures and b...
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