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Pennsylvania Farmers Sue Insurer In Wake of Gas Explosion

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A  Southwest Pennsylvania couple whose cattle farm was partially destroyed by a natural gas explosion likely caused by corroded underground pipes are suing their insurance company in federal court, alleging it is holding out on paying them their full policy limit until it gets paid by pipeline owner and utility Spectra Energy Corp. Randy and Wendy Gillis, whose family-owned farm has produced crops and pastured cows for nearly a century, sued State Automobile Mutual Insurance Co. of Columbus, Ohio, alleging the insurer is compounding the suffering they’ve already experienced in the aftermath of the April 29 blast. The gas explosion ... Read More

Federal judge selects two Xarelto cases to serve as bellwethers

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U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon has selected two lawsuits to serve as the first bellwether trials among more than 7,200 cases involving bleeding risks with the blockbuster blood thinner Xarelto. The lawsuits, filed against Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Bayer, and their related companies, claim the companies failed to warn about the severity of Xarelto bleeding risks and that there is no antidote on the market to reverse the bleeding effects of the drug in the event of a bleeding emergency. The first trial, scheduled for February 2017, involves the case of a Louisiana man who claims to have developed ... Read More

FDA warns aloe vera farm over numerous violations

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) slammed a Texas aloe vera farm with a warning letter over the marketing and labeling of its juice and dietary supplements that the agency says are in violation of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. One issue involved the Aloe Farms’ classification of aloe as a vegetable. “Although we do not dispute that aloe vera is a member of the vegetable kingdom in the broad sense of classifying an article as ‘animal,’ ‘vegetable,’ or ‘mineral,’ FDA considers the term ‘vegetable’ in the context of the juice definition to refer more narrowly to edible ... Read More

Indiana Clinic To Pay $190,000 To Settle Whistleblower’s Medicaid Fraud Accusations

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An Indiana clinic has agreed to pay $190,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed under both the federal and Indiana False Claims Act alleging its pursuit of public funds turned it into a profit-driven “pill mill.” According to the Anderson, Ind., Herald Bulletin, which obtained a copy of the agreement, Dr. Nilda Durany sued the Madison County Community Health Center in 2012, accusing the clinic of unlawful activities that needlessly cost federal and state health care coffers. The complaint triggered an investigation and raid by the health center by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which turned up evidence to support Dr. Durany’s ... Read More

Influential closing arguments from talc trial reveal case for ovarian cancer link

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With new talc trials on the horizon, with two having been scheduled for September according to Law360, Courtroom Connect’s CVN brings a clip from this May’s talc trial out of the video vault. “It was a closing argument that swayed jurors on the purported dangers of talc, and opened the door to a $55 million verdict in a trial that will likely influence years of coming litigation,” the CVN broadcast reported. CVN focuses on the closing arguments of plaintiff’s attorney Allen Smith who had to convince jurors that a product they’d known and trusted their entire lives, Johnson’s Baby Powder, “can ... Read More

California Woman Sues E-cigarette manufacturers for Alleged Deceptive Misrepresentation of e-liquid products

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Jennifer Cox of Orange County, Calif., filed a lawsuit last November against sellers and manufacturers of e-cigarettes, claiming “deceptive misrepresentation” of their e-liquids. The class action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division is against Cuttwood, Molecule Labs and five others alleging violations of California’s Deceptive False and Misleading Advertising Law among others. Cuttwood is a brand of e-liquids used in e-cigarettes, and contains diacetyl (DA) and acetyl propionyl (AP), which, according to the FDA, is safe for consumption by eating or drinking. However, the inhalation of the chemicals has been linked to serious lung diseases such as chronic ... Read More

Whistleblower Case Against Florida Pump Manufacturer Could Go to U.S. Supreme Court

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Eighteen years ago, Robert Purcell filed a lawsuit under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, accusing his former employer, MWI Corp., of using federal funds to coax Nigerian officials in the course of selling irrigation pumps to the West African nation. Now, after nearly two decades of victories and defeats, the case could be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. A report by the Orlando Sentinel explains that the SCOTUS justices have a Sept. 19 deadline to decide whether they will review Mr. Purcell’s whistleblower case against MWI, a pump manufacturer based in Deerfield Beach, Fla. In the ... Read More

NJ Supreme Court allows state lawsuits against makers of generic Reglan to proceed

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The New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously upheld a lower court’s 2014 ruling that consumers with state law claims blaming the manufacturers of generic versions of the heartburn drug Reglan for not adequately warning about neurological side effects, are not preempted by federal law. The lawsuits claim that generics manufacturers, including Pliva Inc., Actavis Elizabeth LLC, and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., delayed changing the labels of generic Reglan, known chemically as metoclopramide so that it conformed with the brand-name version of the drug. The New Jersey Supreme Court said that by not changing the labels to match that of the brand-name drug, the ... Read More

Marinello Beauty Schools Pay $11 Million To settle Whistleblower Fraud Allegations

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A for-profit chain of cosmetology schools has agreed to pay $11 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought by six former employees who alleged the schools defrauded the federal government by falsifying student loan applications and exaggerating claims about enrollment and post-graduate employment. Marinello Schools of Beauty started in 1905 and grew to include 56 campuses throughout the U.S., including California, Connecticut, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Utah. The chain of schools closed abruptly in February after the U.S. Department of Education investigated the whistleblower claims and decided to bar Marinello schools from receiving any more federal financial aid funds. Lawyers ... Read More

Samsung Chip Workers Die of Leukemia at Alarming Rate

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Hwang Yu-mi died of leukemia when she was just 22 years old. Chung Ji-yeon died of leukemia when she was just 34 years old. Park Min-sook was diagnosed with breast cancer, but survived. Each of these South Korean patients have one thing in common: they were all Samsung chip workers exposed to hazardous, carcinogenic chemicals, namely benzene, a chemical that is heavily linked to blood cancers, leukemia, lymphomas and aplastic anemia, on a regular basis. Other chemicals that workers are exposed to daily are arsenic, acetone, methane, sulphuric acid and heavy metals such as lead. Yu-mi bathed silicone wafers in chemicals that ... Read More