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Investigation reveals another sexual harassment settlement at CBS

A deeper look into CBS Corporation by attorneys hired by the Board of Directors in the wake of CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves’ departure amid sexual harassment allegations has revealed another cover up. In March 2017, actress Eliza Dushku, who was in line to be a major cast member in the CBS prime-time drama “Bull,” accused the show’s star Michael Weatherly of retaliation after she confronted him about his lewd behavior on the set. After mediation with the company, CBS agreed to a confidential settlement that would pay Dushku $9.5 million – about as much as she would have made ... Read More

Tennessee Doctor Arrested for Opioid Fraud, False Claims

A Tennessee doctor faces 45 criminal charges related to opioid distribution, health care fraud, and money laundering, according to federal prosecutors. Dr. Samson Orusa, 56, of Clarksville, could be sentenced to up to 30 years if convicted of the federal charges. He was arrested Dec. 13 and indicted on 22 counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance outside the bounds of professional medical practice, 13 counts of health care fraud, and nine counts of money laundering, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee announced. The government alleges that Dr. Orusa opened his pain clinic in 2014 ... Read More

J&J cannot escape failure-to-warn lawsuit brought by Mississippi AG

Johnson & Johnson and one of its distributors cannot skirt a lawsuit brought by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood alleging the companies did not warn Mississippians that their talc-containing products could put women at risk for ovarian cancer, Hinds County Chancellor J. DeWayne Thomas ruled. Hood’s lawsuit accuses J&J and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, distributor of its Shower to Shower talc-containing body powder, of violating the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act (MCPA) by not putting a warning on the label that genital use of the product for feminine hygiene could increase the risk for ovarian cancer. The two companies sought to have the ... Read More

Flint Water Crisis Investigation May Reopen Under Democrat-Led House

U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings says he intends to reopen investigative hearings on the Flint water crisis when he takes the helm of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee next month. Rep. Cummings (D-Maryland) has indicated he plans to put outgoing Michigan Governor Rick Snyder back in the hot seat to clarify the extent of his knowledge of the Flint water crisis and an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in the city after state officials changed its water supply from Detroit’s water system to the heavily contaminated Flint River. Gov. Snyder told the committee in previous hearings that he “has no ... Read More

J&J knew for decades its talc contained asbestos

Nearly 20 years ago, Darlene Coker sued Johnson & Johnson. She had been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. How could the 52-year-old who ran a massage school in eastern Texas while raising two daughters develop the disease? It must have been the Johnson’s Baby Powder she regularly dusted on her children and herself. Talc, like asbestos, is mined from the earth. To her and her attorney, it wasn’t too far a leap to suggest J&J’s talc-containing product could have contained asbestos and caused her deadly disease. Coker sought to ... Read More

New York Law Firm Pays U.S. $6.1 Million to Settle False Claims Case

A New York law firm specializing in mortgage foreclosures has agreed to pay the U.S. more than $6 million to settle allegations that it caused the submission of false claims to Fannie Mae with inflated service expenses. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced the agreement, saying that Rosicki Rosicki & Associates and its wholly owned affiliates, Enterprise Process Service and Paramount Land, “systematically generated false and inflated bills for foreclosure-related and eviction-related expenses,” and then caused the submission of those expenses to Fannie Mae. Fannie Mae approved Rosicki to perform legal work in connection with ... Read More

Actelion Pays $360 Million To Resolve Fraudulent Medicare Kickback Case

Actelion Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay $360 million to resolve claims that it used a charity to pay illegal kickbacks to Medicare patients to boost sales of its pulmonary arterial hypertension drugs. In a Dec. 7 announcement, the U.S. Department of Justice said that Actelion, which became a unit of Johnson & Johnson last year, arranged to pay the Medicare co-pay obligations for thousands of patients taking its pulmonary arterial hypertension drugs Tracleer, Ventavis, Veletri, and Opsumit. Medicare requires beneficiaries to partially pay for some prescription drugs as a way to keep prescription drug costs in check, including the prices ... Read More

Whistleblower Tips off Coast Guard to Ship’s Illegal Oil Dumping

Federal prosecutors said a whistleblower slipped a thumb drive containing videos showing a ship illegally dumping oil waste to U.S. Coast Guard inspectors, leading to a criminal conviction and a civil fine of $2 million for a Greek shipping company. According to a U.S. Department of Justice announcement, on Dec. 7, 2017, the Coast Guard boarded the Nave Cielo, a 750-foot-long oil tanker owned by Navimax of Piraeus, Greece. Prior to a formal inspection of the vessel near Delaware City, Delaware, a crewmember whistleblower gave the Coast Guard officers the thumb drive, which contained two videos depicting a high-volume discharge of dark-brown ... Read More

Deadly Grand Canyon Helicopter Crash Was Avoidable

The helicopter industry continues to put peoples’ lives at risk by failing to correct a serious safety deficiency, said a lawyer representing four of the five British tourists killed when their helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon in February 2018. “This accident was survivable. This accident was preventable. Further and future innocent lives are at risk without adequate crash-resistant fuel systems,” said U.K. attorney James Healy-Pratt, who is representing the families of four of the five victims, at a pre-inquest review in West Sussex coroner’s court in Crawley, England. Rebecca Dobson, 26, her boyfriend, Stuart Hill, 29, and his brother, ... Read More

Sexual harassment allegations may cost former CBS CEO severance

Former CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves, who left the company under a cloud of sexual misconduct allegations, may not get the $120 million severance package he was expecting. Attorneys hired by the network to investigate the claims say they have enough evidence to show that CBS has grounds to deny payment to the former executive. According to a draft report acquired by The New York Times, Moonves destroyed evidence and lied to investigators, essentially violating the terms of his employment contract. “Based on the facts developed to date, we believe that the board would have multiple bases upon which to ... Read More