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Plaintiffs fight back against Fresenius motion to dismiss GranuFlo lawsuits


Attorneys representing plaintiffs in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) against dialysis giant Fresenius Medical Care over potentially fatal cardiac effects with the company’s GranuFlo and NaturaLyte dialysis products told a judge that hundreds of Massachusetts and Mississippi cases are eligible to join the MDL because there is no proof that patients or their doctors knew about a 2012 FDA warning regarding the products. Fresenius filed a motion to toss out hundreds of cases in the MDL because they were filed three years after the FDA warning, which issued on May 25, 2012. “Defendants pin their hopes on a single FDA safety ... Read More

Proposed class-action lawsuit takes aim at Dr. Oz

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Popular television host Dr. Oz used his position to influence viewers to purchase weight loss nutritional supplements deemed by the talk show host as “revolutionary fat busters” that were actually worthless pills with no scientific data supporting they help people lose weight, claims a California resident who seeks to represent a nationwide class action lawsuit against Dr. Mehmet Oz and the companies that manufacture the products. Vera Woodward says she was duped into spending between $15 to $20 per bottle of Labrada Garcinia Cambogia Dual Action Fat Buster, the Labrada Green Coffee Bean Extract Fat Loss Optimizer and the Labrada Raspberry Ketones ... Read More

Richmond, Calif., Pays Whistleblower $104,000 To Settle Retaliation Complaint


A finance manager for the City of Richmond, Calif., who filed a whistleblower lawsuit alleging she was retaliated against for voicing complaints about theft and misuse of city money and finances and other misconduct has settled with the city for $104,000. Stacie Plummer has worked for the City of Richmond for nearly three decades. She filed the whistleblower complaint in 2014 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, claiming the City, City Manager Bill Lindsay, and Assistant City Manager/Human Resources Director Leslie Knight “systematically and forcefully retaliated against her” by denying her promotions, docking her pay, transferring ... Read More

Chipotle slapped with lawsuits over food poisonings


Chipotle Mexican Grill has been hit by two lawsuits filed by people who were sickened during multiple food poisoning outbreaks at the restaurants across the country in recent months. Kelly Aherns filed a lawsuit in Minnesota when she became infected with salmonella after eating at a Chipotle in August. She claims her symptoms were so severe that she became dehydrated and needed emergency medical attention. That outbreak, linked to salmonella-tainted tomatoes, sickened 64 people in Minnesota. Haley Hadlock filed a lawsuit in Oklahoma after she developed a rare strain of E.coli that produces Shiga toxins three days after eating at ... Read More

Dialysis giant Fresenius urges judge to toss GranuFlo, NaturaLyte lawsuits


Fresenius USA, the world’s largest provider of dialysis services and products, pressed a federal judge to throw out hundreds of Massachusetts and Mississippi lawsuits consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) alleging the company’s dialysis products GranuFlo and NaturaLyte caused patients’ hearts to stop beating. Fresenius’ motion included 169 cases in Massachusetts and 61 in Mississippi. The company contends that the Massachusetts cases were filed more than three years after May 25, 2012 – the date the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety warning regarding the products. Fresenius claims the Mississippi cases involved injuries that occurred after May 25, ... Read More

Arianna Huffington suggests you try sleep instead of Viagra


Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, has had plenty to say about the benefits of sleep over the last nine years, but her most recent claim is particularly rousing. She specifically touts sleep as a free alternative to Viagra in her new book The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time, which will be in stores in April. Huffington says she learned the value of resting, very personally, in 2007, when she broke a cheekbone after collapsing from exhaustion. Since then she’s changed her own life, the lives of her employees, and she’s gone on ... Read More

Continental Automotive Systems announces 5M global airbag recall impacting many automakers

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Continental Automotive Systems has announced a massive airbag recall encompassing approximately 5 million airbags across the globe. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recalled airbags feature inefficient electrical systems that may become corroded over time, thus causing them to either deploy unexpectedly or not deploy at all. From 2006 through 2010, the recalled Continental airbags were manufactured for a number of automakers’ vehicles, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Honda, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Trucks (unrelated to the Volvo car company), Mazda, Kia and Mercedes-Benz. Honda has suffered the brunt of the recall damage, similar to its experience ... Read More

Lawyers seek resolution for transvaginal mesh cases, request move out of MDL

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Manufacturers of transvaginal mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence are being sued by tens of thousands of women who claim defective mesh caused internal injuries and left many in constant pain. Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reclassified transvaginal mesh as a high-risk device earlier this year, acknowledging more than 1,500 reports of problems, these numbers are only likely to increase. According to the FDA, reported complications from the transvaginal placement of the surgical mesh include erosion of the mesh into the vaginal tissue, organ perforation, pain, infection, painful intercourse, and urinary and fecal ... Read More

New Jersey companies accused of workers compensation fraud scheme to the tune of almost $600M


According to the Insurance Journal, two companies attempting to lower their premiums on workers compensation insurance were indicted on second-degree charges of conspiracy, fraud and theft by deception. Supreme Asset Management Recovery (SAMR), an electronic recycling company based in Lakewood, N.J., and The Amato Agency, an insurance agency also based in New Jersey, were investigated by New Jersey Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman. The investigation uncovered that the five co-defendants in the case claimed on insurance applications that SAMR’s employees were mostly office workers performing basic clerical tasks. However, prosecutors allege that the investigation revealed the majority of SAMR’s ... Read More

Whistleblower Accuses Pennsylvania School of Corruption, Nepotism, Retaliation


A former Pennsylvania elementary school principal who claims he was hired under false pretenses and then fired when he voiced concerns about corruption, fraud, and other wrongdoing among the school board and other school officials, has filed a whistleblower lawsuit in a New Jersey federal court. Plaintiff Todd Dupell filed the whistleblower complaint against Franklin Towne Carter School in Bridesburg, Penn., alleging the school board and several officials terminated him in retaliation for objecting to fraud and misconduct within the school, which houses an elementary school and college preparatory high school. According to The (Philadelphia) Enquirer, Mr. Dupell claimed to ... Read More