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Jury awards $70 million to boy who grew breasts after taking Risperdal

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A Philadelphia jury has slapped Johnson & Johnson with a $70 million verdict after finding that its antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused an adolescent boy to develop female breasts, leading some to speculate whether the pharmaceutical giant may be ready to settle the more than 1,700 Risperdal side effects lawsuits pending in Philadelphia. The staggering verdict in the fifth Risperdal case to go to trial is the fourth win for plaintiffs but it vastly overshadows the other jury awards, which total $4.75 million. The lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals withheld side effects data with Risperdal, ... Read More

The Huffington Post reports J&J ‘purposely concealed critical information about talcum’s safety’

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In a recent article called “The Talcum Powder Lawsuit – The Truth, The Lies, and The Cancer Victims,” the Huffington Post tackles the important questions about the significance of the recent jury verdicts against Johnson and Johnson, what they actually mean, and why the science community is continuing to send mixed messages to the public, saying that there is not a consensus about talc. “One of the most important reasons why J&J was found eventually guilty of its accusations, was the fact that the pharmaceutical company purposely concealed critical information about talcum’s safety for more than 40 years,” the article said. ... Read More

Texas Cab Companies, Execs Pay $1.125 Million To Settle Allegations of Medicaid Fraud

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Three North Texas cab company executives, their companies, and their affiliates have agreed to pay the U.S. $1.125 million to resolve allegations made in a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by whistleblowers who accused the defendants of Medicaid fraud. According to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, the settlement resolves a portion of a lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act by Robert Spence, Mike Jones, and Cheryl Jones – all former employees of Yellow Cab and its parent company Irving Holdings Inc. Yellow Cab contracted with Medicare and Medicaid to provide non-emergency medical transportation ... Read More

Contractor Settles False Claims Act Complaint With Massachusetts alleging ‘Sham’ Business Practices

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A Chicopee, Mass.-based mechanical contractor has agreed to pay more than $220,000 to resolve allegations it violated the Massachusetts False Claims Act by falsely certifying its compliance with equal opportunity requirements on two public contracts. According to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, B-G Mechanical Contractors, Inc. violated the state’s consumer protection laws and False Claims Act with its failure to comply with provisions in two public design and construction contracts that required the bid winner to subcontract a certain percentage of work to minority- or women-owned businesses. Like the federal government, Massachusetts has laws that establish programs to promote equal opportunity ... Read More

Ocwen Financial Settles Whistleblower Lawsuits Alleging Mortgage Fraud

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Ocwen Financial Corp. has agreed to pay $30 million to tentatively settle a pair of False Claims Act lawsuits filed by whistleblowers who accused the mortgage lender of failing to comply with disclosure rules in connection with the federal Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). The agreement in principle, which must be approved by the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ), came days before the case was to go to trial June 27. The agreement requires the West Palm Beach, Fla., company to pay the federal government $15 million. The other half will cover attorneys’ fees and other costs accrued by the whistleblowers. ... Read More

Plaintiff’s witness breaks down criticisms of ‘inconsistent’ talc science

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In February, a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay the family of an ovarian cancer victim $72 million, finding the company liable for the plaintiff’s ovarian cancer death. The complaint alleged J&J talcum powder products increase the risk of ovarian cancer. Of the total verdict, $62 million was in punitive damages, which are generally awarded by juries to punish a company for wrongdoing. The plaintiff’s attorney describes the jury as “stunned” by evidence presented at trial. “When the jury saw the reports on studies, along with internal letters and memos that Johnson and Johnson had in its files ... Read More

Judge Moves Forward with Hip implant Bellwether Cases despite $500 Million Verdict Appeal

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Johnson & Johnson requested a stay on upcoming bellwether cases regarding defective Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants made by its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, but the Texas federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation (MDL) has chosen seven cases to prepare for trial starting Sept. 6. Last March, Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopedics took a hit when the jury in a bellwether trial in hip implant litigation sided with the five plaintiffs, awarding them a jaw-dropping verdict of $497.6 million. The lawsuits were regarding injuries allegedly resulting from the metal-on-metal hip implant devices for failure-to-warn and design defect claims. Beasley Allen Principal Navan Ward, Jr. served as a member of the Plaintiffs’ ... Read More

Implications of internal documents at talc trials have not impacted millennials

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PR Weekly reports on the results of recent research released by the Reputation Institute looking into the impact of the recent jury verdicts against Johnson and Johnson. The company’s talc products have been alleged to cause ovarian cancer and two juries have in the past few months ordered the company to pay $72 million dollars and $55 million dollars to compensate for failing to warn the plaintiffs about the dangers of the talc-containing products. The Reputation Institute found that the bad publicity surrounding these cases didn’t hurt the company’s reputation with millennials in particular. Johnson and Johnson ranked third among ... Read More

Woman sues Bayer over Mirena IUD side effects

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A Louisiana woman is suing Bayer Healthcare alleging its contraceptive Mirena IUD caused her serious and permanent injuries. Kasinda Carpenter filed her lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Bayer Healthcare and its related companies alleging the injuries she suffered from the Mirena IUD violated the Louisiana Products Liability Act. Carpenter claims she was implanted with the Mirena IUD in July 2014, but the device migrated from her cervix to her ovary. She was admitted to Christus Schumpert Highland Hospital on Aug. 26, 2014, during which the IUD was surgically removed. She claims she ... Read More

Cleanup Efforts Underway In Ventura County Oil Spill

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Hazmat teams are at the site of another coastal California oil spill, this time in Ventura County where an underground pipeline owned by Crimson Pipeline is said to have released about 30,000 gallons of crude oil into a gorge. The good news is that initial reports estimated that 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) of oil had been released, but that number was later reduced to 700 barrels (29,400 gallons). Ventura County officials also said that while the oil formed a small lake across the street from a Hall Canyon Road neighborhood, it failed to enter storm drains or barrancas that empty ... Read More