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Young man files Risperdal lawsuit after growing female breasts


Shaquil Byrd’s childhood was difficult enough, with a mental condition that required antipsychotic medication. At age 10, things got increasingly worse when he grew female breasts. He dealt with constant teasing from his classmates. “I was going to war to protect myself from the things people would say to me,” he said. His mother, Eugenia Jordan, says her son’s tender and lactating breasts robbed him of a normal childhood. “He did a lot of crying. He was very uncomfortable around other people,” she said. When she and Shaquil, now 22, learned that his condition, called gynecomastia, was possibly caused by ... Read More

Attorneys say PPI heartburn drugs may be overused, warn of kidney risk


Nexium, one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States, is a proton pump inhibitor or PPI. Attorneys Mike Papantonio and Neil Overholtz, on a recent program broadcast on Ring of Fire Network, discuss the potential dangers of these drugs (which also include well-known Prilosec and Prevacid). Used to treat heartburn and acid reflux symptoms, they are available both by prescription and over the counter. But according to both men, recent literature published on the subject is saying that only 25 percent of PPI users actually need the medicine. Overutilization of PPIs is troubling not only because the drugs ... Read More

Refineries Reach $425 Million Settlement With U.S. Over Air Pollution

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Tesoro Corporation and Par Hawaii Refining have reached a $425-million settlement with the U.S. government that resolves numerous Clean Air Act violations and introduces a plan to drastically reduce air pollution at six refineries across the western U.S. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jointly announced the settlement Monday, saying that the bulk of the settlement — $403 million – would go toward the installation and operation of pollution control equipment at refineries in Kenai, Alaska; Martinez, Calif.; Kapolei, Hawaii; Mandan, N.D.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Anacortes, Wash. Each year, these improvements at ... Read More

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Linked to Benzene Exposure


Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) is a cancer that starts in the cells of bone marrow, the spongy inner part of certain bones where fresh blood cells are made. Most of the time, AML begins in blasts, the early forms of white blood cells, preventing them from fully developing, which prevents them from warding off infection. AML, a form of leukemia, is a fast-growing cancer that invades the blood rapidly and can sometimes spread to other parts of the body such as the liver, spleen, brain, spinal cord, and testicles. There are several subtypes of AML: M0 – Undifferentiated acute myeloblastic leukemia M1 – ... Read More

Hospice Provider Pays U.S. $18 Million To Settle False Claims Act Allegations

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A Minnesota-based hospice care provider has agreed to pay the U.S. $18 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare for end-of-life care to patients who were not eligible to receive Hospice care because they weren’t terminally ill. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), a group of former employees of Evercare Hospice, now known as Optum Palliative and Hospice Care (Palliative), sued the company under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, alleging it knowingly billed Medicare for hospice care that patients didn’t need. When a terminally ill Medicare patient enters ... Read More

Attorney accuses J&J of hiring ‘biostitutes’ to make talc appear safe


In a recent episode of the Ring of Fire radio program, attorney Mike Papantonio referenced several of the two dozen or so studies that have been published since the 1970s finding that women who use talc regularly for feminine hygiene have an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. He explained, “…the minerals from the talcum powder absorb into the body… They create an inflammatory process. The Journal of the National Cancer Institute talked about the use of talc in ovarian cancer in 2014. They weren’t equivocal about their findings.” In a discussion with program host Sam Seder, Papantonio went on to ... Read More

Psychiatrist To Pay Connecticut $400,000 To Settle Medicaid Fraud Case

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A Connecticut psychiatrist and her husband have agreed to pay the state $400,000 to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging they engaged in schemes designed to cheat Medicaid. Dr. Ashwini Sabnis, a licensed psychiatrist enrolled as a provider in the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program (CMAP) and her husband Saurav “Sam” Mohanty, co-own a practice called Brighter Concept Inc. with offices in New Haven and Fairfield. According to a complaint originally filed by Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, Dr. Sabnis and her husband illegally billed the state’s Medicaid program for services that they never actually provided. Dr. Sabnis allegedly scheduled ... Read More

MDL Filed Against DePuy Orthopaedics is Set to Continue in September


The multidistrict litigation (MDL) filed against DePuy Orthopaedics has been cleared by a federal judge in Dallas to continue in September. The MDL is filed by patients who have received a Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant made by DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, who claim to have suffered medical problems because of it. DePuy had requested a trial delay following a verdict in March in which jurors awarded the plaintiffs $500 million. The verdict has since been reduced to  $151 million. “This ruling ensures that our clients will get their day in court despite the defendants’ attempt to delay justice,” a lead plaintiff attorney said of ... Read More

MD2U Admits To Healthcare Fraud And Liability For Millions Of Misspent Taxpayer Dollars

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Louisville, Ky.-based home health care provider MD2U and its owners admitted they committed healthcare fraud and agreed they are liable to pay millions of dollars to the U.S., federal officials announced. U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn Jr. for the Western District of Kentucky said MD2U is part of a “small minority of providers” that have put the U.S. health care system “under assault” with schemes that target Medicare and other taxpayer-funded health insurance programs. The government’s complaint accused MD2U of overbilling and fraudulently billing the U.S. government, as well as providing unnecessary medical services in an effort to increase Medicare ... Read More

UK Metal-on-Metal Hip implant Group Action Litigation Trial Date Set for October 2017


The injuries allegedly caused by metal-on-metal hip implants extends overseas into the UK, where group action litigation is moving forward against manufacturers Smith & Nephew, Zimmer, Corin Cormet and Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary, Depuy Syntheses. More than 600 claimants have come forward now, alleging they were injured by the failure and subsequent removal of their metal-on-metal hip implant device. A Court hearing in November of last year determined how the large number of separate group actions would be managed for trial. During the hearing, the Court decided that a case management structure would be needed for both efficiency and thoroughness. A trial date has been set ... Read More