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Yale doc says AndroGel caused blood clots in man’s lungs

A Yale School of Medicine physician, testifying on behalf of a man who blamed AbbVie Inc.’s AndroGel for causing blood clots in his lungs, said that the hormone replacement therapy does, in fact, increase the risk of dangerous blood clots in men who use the treatment. Yale hematologist Dr. Henry Rinder told an Illinois federal jury earlier this week that he believes that plaintiff Robert Nolte would not have suffered from a pulmonary embolism – or blood clots in his lungs – and several related injuries had he not been taking AndroGel. Nolte is suing AbbVie for failing to warn ... Read More

Whistleblower’s Import Fraud Case Helps U.S. Recover $10.5 Million

A whistleblower who filed a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging Bassett Mirror Company was evading customs duties by misclassifying its imported furniture has helped the U.S. government recover $10.5 million. Bassett Mirror Company, a Virginia-based home furnishing company, imports wooden bedroom furniture from the People’s Republic of China. According to the whistleblower allegations, Bassett evaded paying antidumping duties on those furniture imports by intentionally misclassifying them as non-bedroom furniture. Antidumping duties are put in place to protect U.S. manufacturers from foreign companies “dumping” products on the U.S. market at prices below cost. The U.S. Commerce Department assesses the duties and the ... Read More

VW Emissions Settlements Don’t Affect County Claims, Plaintiffs Argue

Settlements resolving claims over Volkswagen’s (VW) emissions cheat and the federal Clean Air Act do not bar air pollution complaints lodged by Hillsborough County, Florida, and Salt Lake County, Utah, lawyers for the counties told a California federal court. Volkswagen is pressing the U.S. District Court in San Francisco to toss the counties’ claims that they are entitled to compensation for pollution caused by VW’s emissions cheat under state laws. Those complaints are currently included in multidistrict litigation (MDL) consolidated in the California court. In 2014, West Virginia University researchers and other members of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) discovered ... Read More

Texas Man Injured By E-Cigarette Blast Files Lawsuit

A Houston man whose e-cigarette exploded in his face a year ago, leaving him with serious facial and bodily injuries, has filed a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the lithium-ion battery that allegedly caused the blast and the vape shop that sold it to him. According to the SE TexasRecord, plaintiff Dunta White, a resident of Harris County, claims that H Town Vape Inc., the vape shop where he bought the allegedly defective lithium-ion battery, and LG Chem Ltd., the Korean electronics company that made the battery, are liable for the injuries that the exploding e-cigarette caused. When ... Read More

California Whistleblower Case Against BP Recovers $102 Million

BP has agreed to pay $102 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought under California’s False Claims Act alleging the oil company intentionally overcharged the state for natural gas for more than a decade. The law firm representing the whistleblower in the case said it is the largest whistleblower settlement involving an oil company in California’s history, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The case started on July 3, 2012, when former BP employee Chris Schroen filed a whistleblower complaint with the state alleging BP was knowingly quoting and charging the state gas prices above the contractual price cap. The ... Read More

Whistleblowers Aid in $24 Million Recovery From Kool Smiles Dental Chain

Multiple whistleblower lawsuits alleging a pediatric dental chain and a dental management company systematically defrauded Medicaid programs in several states have led to a settlement of nearly $24 million. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Kool Smiles Dental Clinics and dental management company Benevis LLC (formerly NCDR LLC) conspired to bill Medicaid programs for root canals and other dental procedures on children that weren’t medically necessary or never provided. According to the whistleblower complaints, Kool Smiles, which operates more than 130 dental clinics in 17 states, routinely pressured and incentivized dentists to meet production goals through a system that ... Read More

Supplement maker sued by FTC over false claims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is suing CellMark Biopharma LLC and its founder over the marketing of dietary supplements that claim to treat cancer-related malnutrition and improve cognitive impairment. The FTC alleges that from January 2016 to January 2017, founder Derek Vest and his company marketed and sold a malnutrition-fighting supplement drink called CellAssure and a cognitive impairment-fighting supplement Cognify as clinically proven to treat these conditions. But, the FTC charges, there are no human tests with these products to back up the claims. These false claims violate the FTC Act, and as a result, the supplement company should be ... Read More

Team of lawyers to assist with lawsuits targeting opioid makers

U.S. District Judge Dan Polster approved a team of 22 lawyers to oversee the more than 180 lawsuits against companies accused of helping to fuel the national opioid epidemic. The team includes many of the same attorneys who helped land the $246 billion settlement with Big Tobacco. The proposed slate is broken down into various committees and working groups, and has room for more attorneys. The groups would be overseen by a plaintiffs steering committee, which has yet to be decided. A larger and much more detailed system for tackling the opioid litigation is needed because it is too large ... Read More

Jury selection begins in NJ talc case alleging mesothelioma

Jury selection is currently underway for the first case in New Jersey state court to go to trial against Johnson & Johnson over allegations that the consumer health care giant’s talcum powder-based personal hygiene products caused mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. Opening arguments are scheduled for Jan. 16, in Middlesex County Superior Court before Judge Ana Viscomi. The New Jersey case is the second to go to trial involving allegations that products like Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower cause mesothelioma. The first, which ended late last ... Read More

AndroGel’s label did not warn of cardiovascular risks

AbbVie Inc., never mentioned on the safety label of its testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel that users were at an increased risk of cardiovascular events, including blood clots like those that lodged in the lungs of a man suing the drug company, his attorneys said in opening arguments to an Illinois federal jury this week. Robert Nolte’s case is the third bellwether trial AbbVie has faced in a multidistrict litigation of consisting of about 7,500 cases of men alleging testosterone treatment makers did not adequately warn doctors or consumers that their products were linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, ... Read More