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Actemra Linked to Heart Attacks and Deaths, But Label Remains Unchanged

November 20, 2017.
Washington, DC: A recent presentation at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology identified various factors that might predict the capacity for a patient suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to have success in tapering dosage of biologic medication such as Actemra (tocilizumab). The presentation was based on a study conducted by Dr. Takaaki Komiya and colleagues from Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine. However, according to WebMD (11/06/17), there was no mention of Actemra linked to heart attacks and deaths.
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California Startup Has Faced Three Class Action Lawsuits in its Young History

November 20, 2017.
San Francisco, CA: A shopping service that found favor with busy urban professionals but vilified by some of its service personnel is set to finalize a settlement worth $4.6 million in January 2018, reports the San Francisco Business Times (05/24/17). The class action California overtime lawsuit was brought by employees and independent contractors of Maplebear Inc., doing business as Instacart, and will settle plaintiff’s angst over various allegations, including a service fee that many users of the shopping service assumed was a built-in tip for drivers, but wasn’t.
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Respected Consumer Advocate Public Citizen wants Benicar Banned

November 18, 2017.
Santa Cruz, CA: Prospective plaintiffs who did not make it into the $300 million Benicar settlement and concerned about the capacity for filing a Benicar lawsuit going forward will be cheered by the latest petition to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.
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Is it Getting Just a Bit Harder to Bring an Eliquis Lawsuit?

November 18, 2017.
Manhattan, NY: A new study that appears to deflect some heat away from Eliquis bleeding risks, combines with a previous court decision by a federal judge back in May to intensify the challenge involved in bringing a successful Eliquis lawsuit.
Read [ Is it Getting Just a Bit Harder to Bring an Eliquis Lawsuit? ]

Trial for First Philadelphia Mass Tort Xarelto Lawsuit Finally Underway

November 17, 2017.
Philadelphia, PA: The first trial in the large Xarelto mass tort in Philadelphia is underway, with damning testimony already on the record from a former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While three bellwether lawsuits have already been tried in multidistrict litigation in Louisiana, the Xarelto lawsuit brought by plaintiff Lynn Hartman is the first of some 1,500 cases housed in the Philadelphia mass tort to face a jury.
Read [ Trial for First Philadelphia Mass Tort Xarelto Lawsuit Finally Underway ]

Medtronic SynchroMed Plaintiff Loses Case, But Will He Appeal?

November 17, 2017.
Sacramento, CA: A Medtronic SynchroMed Infusion pump lawsuit brought by a plaintiff who without doubt suffered as the result of an allegedly defective medical device, saw his case lost due to legal precedent and various legal roadblocks that preempted his claims and assertions under a Medical Device Amendment (MDA) to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).
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Ethicon Physiomesh Lawsuit Alleges Defective Product

November 16, 2017.
White Plains, NY: In spite of a product recall of the troubled Ethicon Physiomesh last year, lawsuits brought by hernia patients negatively impacted by the failed medical device continue to be filed. To that end, a surgical mesh lawsuit was filed this past September by a plaintiff in US District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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Unum Accused of Denying Disability Benefits as Corporate Profits Rise

November 14, 2017.
Philadelphia, PA: An Unum lawsuit alleging unpaid Unum disability benefits has been filed by a Pennsylvania nurse claiming her rightful benefits were not only denied, but that the insurer failed to consider evidence that duly supported her claim.
Read [ Unum Accused of Denying Disability Benefits as Corporate Profits Rise ]

Health Care Provider Faces ERISA Lawsuit, Plaintiffs Allege Standard of Care Not Met

November 13, 2017.
San Francisco, CA: A class action ERISA lawsuit that combines two separate cases is claiming that a provider of group health insurance is in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA, as amended 1974) as well as California state laws in denying coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatments.
Read [ Health Care Provider Faces ERISA Lawsuit, Plaintiffs Allege Standard of Care Not Met ]

Employees of Luxury California Resort Launch California Labor Lawsuit

November 13, 2017.
Los Angeles, CA: Labor industry watchers in the State of California opine that even as California observes what are described as very protective labor laws, and in some cases more protective of workers than corresponding federal labor laws, there are nonetheless employers who will risk litigation in exchange for saving money by shortchanging their workers, regardless of the resources of the employer. To that end, a California labor lawsuit has been filed against the operators of a high-end resort in Rancho Palos Verdes.
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