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General Motors ignition switch death toll rises to 23

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The number of deaths linked to the ignition switch defect in more than a decade of General Motors (GM) vehicles continues to climb, with the latest toll hitting 23, according to a report by Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer overseeing a fund established to compensate crash victims and their families. After it finally began recalling vehicles affected by the potentially deadly ignition flaw last February, GM said that it had linked the defect to 13 deaths and 54 crashes. Underscoring the seriousness of the problem, safety advocates and plaintiffs’ lawyers, however, said the real toll was likely to be much higher. ... Read More

Judge strikes down BP’s efforts to recoup money paid on oil spill claims

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A federal judge in New Orleans overseeing the BP oil spill litigation said that the company will not be permitted to take back hundreds of millions of dollars it paid out to victims harmed by the massive 2010 Gulf oil spill. BP had sought to recoup payments it considered excessive from some oil spill claimants. Those payments were calculated under the accounting methods established by the 2012 settlement agreement, before Judge Carl Barbier ordered the claims administrator’s office last year to implement new accounting procedures BP considered fairer. However, Judge Barbier found in a hearing last week that the payments ... Read More

Pinnacle hip implant executive pressed to show safety tests on device

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Attorneys for a woman who was poisoned by an allegedly defective hip implant grilled an executive at Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit over what studies the company performed on its Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacement system in an attempt to show jurors that the company was negligent in proofing the device’s safety before they were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000. Plaintiff Kathy Herlihy-Paoli’s lawsuit is the first of more than 6,000 lawsuits claiming DePuy’s Pinnacle hip implants caused injuries from premature failures and corrosion of the metal parts causing a type of blood poisoning known ... Read More

Shire settles whistleblower allegations of improper drug marketing for $56.5 million

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Shire Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay the U.S. $56.5 million to settle two whistleblower lawsuits filed by former employees of the company who alleged the company illegally marketed several drugs for unapproved, off-label purposes and then billed Medicare, Medicaid, and other taxpayer-funded health care programs for them. Dublin, Ireland-based Shire operates in the U.S. out of its facility in Wayne, Penn. The company makes and markets Adderall XR, Vyvanse, and Daytrana, which are approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Pentasa and Lialda, which are approved for the treatment of mild to moderate ulcerative colitis. The ... Read More

Feds widen crackdown on $56-million Medicare fraud scheme in New Orleans

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Federal prosecutors have widened their crackdown on a $56-million health care fraud scheme in the New Orleans area, announcing charges against seven more individuals, including two physicians, who allegedly billed Medicare for home health care services that were not medically necessary or were never provided. The U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday that a New Orleans grand jury indicted the seven individuals, bringing the total number involved in the alleged fraud scheme to 13 defendants. The indicted individuals operated six health care companies. Federal prosecutors say the individuals participated in the scheme through these companies, billing Medicare for home health services ... Read More

Whistleblower gets nearly $I million for exposing potentially deadly Army Humvee fraud

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A Minnesota whistleblower who warned his employer, M.K. Battery, and the U.S. Defense Department of a battery change in Humvee vehicles that could have deadly consequences for U.S. combat soldiers has won nearly $1 million in a $5.5-million settlement. David McIntosh, 49, worked as a regional sales representative for M.K. Battery when he repeatedly tried and failed to get his superiors to inform the U.S. Army about a battery change that drastically reduced the life expectancy of the power sources controlling gun turrets on the Humvee. With his concerns falling on deaf ears, Mr. McIntosh contacted the Defense Department directly ... Read More

Pittsburgh bus drivers reportedly “goofing off” before rollover crash

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Pittsburgh authorities are investigating two Port Authority of Allegheny County bus drivers after one of the port’s buses careened off Interstate 279 and tumbled down a steep hillside onto a residential street, critically injuring the driver Monday afternoon. According to WTAE Pittsburgh, “the transit agency said the drivers were ‘gesturing’ to each other and swerving while goofing off just before the crash …” The Port Authority also said the drivers were driving “in a reckless manner” when the crash occurred. The bus driver who did not crash pulled over and got out of his bus when he saw the other ... Read More

Boston Scientific to pay $73.5 million in transvaginal mesh lawsuit

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Boston Scientific was found negligent and ordered to pay $73.5 million in damages for injuries caused by its transvaginal mesh device. Plaintiff Martha Salazar alleged she suffered nerve damage, pain and infections after having the company’s Obtryx mesh implanted in January 2011. She claims the mesh was defectively designed. Transvaginal mesh, also known as a bladder sling, is used to treat common pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. It is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped over time causing pain, discomfort and incontinence. Several medical device companies manufacture transvaginal mesh ... Read More

Whistleblower claims CDC study covered up possible link between vaccines and autism, sparks controversy

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Debate over the connection between childhood vaccinations and the development of autism is heating up again due to a YouTube video released Aug. 22 titled, “CDC Whistleblower Revealed.” This video includes a recorded conversation between Brian Hooker, Ph.D., a biomedical engineer, and Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Their conversation, which Dr. Thompson was not aware was being recorded, revealed a possible omission by the CDC from a study that could link the occurrence of autism in African American boys to vaccines given before age 2. In 2004, the U.S. Government ... Read More

Tour bus crash kills two, injures dozens more in Delaware

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Two women are dead and 48 others injured, some critically, after a New York City-based tour bus on its way to Washington D.C. crashed and rolled over on U.S. 13 in Delaware Sunday afternoon. Authorities responding to the crash said that none of the 50 people aboard the AM USA Express bus escaped injury. Delaware State Police said Idil Bahsi, 30, of Istanbul, Turkey, died last Sunday at a Wilmington hospital. The other fatality was Hua’y Chen, 54, of New York City, who was pronounced dead at the scene after being pinned underneath the overturned bus. The crash injured three ... Read More