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Intel Plaintiffs Want Class Actions Consolidated In California

Plaintiffs in a proposed class of consumers suing Intel over its “Meltdown” and “Spectre” flaws are urging the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate five lawsuits in California’s Northern District. The plaintiffs allege that Intel’s security patch for the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, which potentially allow hackers to access the contents of computer systems and smartphones, slows computer processing speeds. According to Law 360, two plaintiffs filed a putative class action against Intel in California’s Northern District within a day that news of the Intel microprocessor vulnerabilities broke. Those initial lawsuits were followed by three additional class actions that ... Read More

Florida Woman Killed By Takata Airbag Should Have Survived Crash

A Takata airbag that deployed with lethal force killed a Florida woman in a July 19 collision that she should have survived, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a report released Jan. 17 and obtained by the Associated Press. Nichol Barker, 34, of Holiday, Florida, died July 19 when her 2002 Honda Accord collided with a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am driven by a 19-year-old male who had made a left turn in front of Ms. Barker’s vehicle. Ms. Barker was driving about 30 mph when her Honda Accord struck the Trans Am. Her 10-year-old son, 5-year-old daughter, and mother were ... Read More

Women blame birth control app for unwanted pregnancies

A contraceptive app available in several countries including the U.S. is being blamed for causing 37 unwanted pregnancies in Sweden and has been reported to Swedish Medical Product Agency (MPA). The unintended pregnancies were reported by women who visited Södersjukhuset hospital in Stockholm seeking abortions. Natural Cycles, the only certified birth control app, uses an algorithm to measure factors including temperature and menstruation cycle to determine when a woman is fertile. The app is free in the U.S. The company says the method is popular because many women prefer a natural alternative to hormonal contraceptives, like the birth control pill, ... Read More

Feds Declare Montana Tractor-Trailer Driver Hazard to Public Safety

Federal transportation authorities have declared a Montana-licensed commercial tractor-trailer driver to be an “imminent hazard to public safety” after he caused two crashes and failed a drug test. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) imminent-hazard declaration immediately bars Robert Schefflmaer from operating any commercial vehicle in interstate commerce. According to the FMCSA, on Oct. 18, Schefflmaer was transporting hazardous material in a large commercial tanker truck on Interstate 80 in Elko County, Nevada, when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed the median, and entered the opposing traffic lanes. The tanker trailer then became detached from the tractor and ... Read More

Baldness drug Propecia linked to disturbing adverse events

According to President Donald Trump’s physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, the president is a picture of health aside from weighing in just under the definition of “obese” and showing signs of heart disease. He also takes what his doctor says is a pretty standard range of medications for his age, including Ambien to help him sleep when he travels overseas, the cholesterol-lowering statin Crestor, a low-dose aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease, antibiotics to control rosacea, and a multivitamin. But it is his use of Propecia for baldness that sends up red flags. The drug has been linked to numerous side effects, ... Read More

Family blames Tamiflu for young girl’s delirium

A 6-year-old Texas girl hallucinated and tried to leap from a second-story window after taking a dose of Tamiflu to treat the flu. Her parents are blaming the drug and are speaking out to warn other parents of this frightening potential adverse event. “Know that side effects are (listed on the drug’s label) for a reason,” said the girl’s father, who wishes to remain anonymous. “They’re written down for a reason. I guess they can happen, and we got the short end of the stick.” While rare, delusions, hallucinations and other neuropsychiatric events are a possible side effect of Tamiflu, ... Read More

Three Convicted in $4.3 Million Kickback Scheme Targeting TRICARE

The owner of a Florida pharmacy, a physician, and a patient recruiter have been convicted of criminal charges for their involvement in an illegal kickback scheme that cheated a taxpayer-funded health care program for active military members out of $4.3 million. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Larry Howard, 53, the owner of Fertility Pharmacy in Oviedo, Florida, paid illegal health care kickbacks to patient recruiter Raymond Stone, 57, of Orlando. Mr. Stone in return referred patients to doctors selected by Mr. Howard. Those doctors then prescribed expensive pain and scar creams to Tricare patients. The prescriptions were ... Read More

Federal court swells with additional talc ovarian cancer cases

A Supreme Court ruling in a Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) case that limited where companies could be sued by requiring a stronger connection between the plaintiff’s claim and the company’s misconduct, has resulted in the near doubling of talc ovarian cancer cases consolidated in New Jersey federal court. Following the BMS ruling, Judge Freda L. Wolfson of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey issued an order that allowed plaintiffs to re-file their cases in the consolidated litigation in order to avoid the potential challenge of jurisdiction. Since Wolfson’s order, more than 1,900 plaintiffs – most of whom ... Read More

Baxter expands recall of intravenous heart drug

Baxter International is expanding a November 2017 recall of the heart drug Nexterone due to the presence of particle matter found floating in bags of the solution. If a patient receives an intravenous dose of a solution containing sterile particulate matter, he could experience adverse health reactions, the extent and severity of which depends on the size, number and composition of the foreign material and the patient’s underlying medical condition. “In the absence of in-line filtration,” the company said in a news release, “these particles may cause local vein irritation, inflammatory reaction, aggravation of preexisting infections, allergic reactions, phlebitis, pulmonary ... Read More

Whistleblower’s Import Fraud Case Helps U.S. Recover $10.5 Million

A whistleblower who filed a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging Bassett Mirror Company was evading customs duties by misclassifying its imported furniture has helped the U.S. government recover $10.5 million. Bassett Mirror Company, a Virginia-based home furnishing company, imports wooden bedroom furniture from the People’s Republic of China. According to the whistleblower allegations, Bassett evaded paying antidumping duties on those furniture imports by intentionally misclassifying them as non-bedroom furniture. Antidumping duties are put in place to protect U.S. manufacturers from foreign companies “dumping” products on the U.S. market at prices below cost. The U.S. Commerce Department assesses the duties and the ... Read More