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Woman fights to revive putative class action against J&J

A woman asked the Third Circuit to revive her putative class action lawsuit against consumer healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson, arguing that she would not have bought the company’s talcum powder if she had known it could put her at risk for developing ovarian cancer. Plaintiff Mona Estrada hasn’t developed cancer, but claims she suffered economic damages because she never received the “benefit of the bargain” when she purchased Johnson’s Baby Powder through the years. Estrada filed the lawsuit in April 2014 against Johnson & Johnson in California federal court, but the case was dismissed in March 2015 because she ... Read More

Texas Man Claims Benzene Exposures At Work Caused Blood Disorder

A Texas man who alleges benzene exposure on the job left him with a serious blood disorder has filed a lawsuit against several petrochemical companies and other manufacturers he worked with for several years. Jack Turner and his wife Betty are seeking compensatory and punitive damages for Mr. Turner’s “consciousness of impending death,” the SE TexasRecord reports. Mr. Turner suffers from Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a form of blood disorder marked by poorly formed and/or malfunctioning blood cells. Exposure to benzene over a long period of time, even in low doses, can result in Myelodysplastic Syndrome and various other blood disorders which ... Read More

AbbVie faces more lawsuits in testosterone MDL

AbbVie Inc., prevailed in the latest bellwether trial accusing the company’s testosterone treatment AndroGel of causing heart attacks, strokes and blood clots, but AbbVie and other testosterone manufacturers still face thousands more lawsuits consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. This is the third of five bellwether trials that have been won by testosterone makers. The other two have resulted in a total of $143 million in verdicts for the plaintiffs. The latest trial involved the case of Rober Rowley who was prescribed AndroGel in 2012 to treat fatigue. Years earlier, ... Read More

Explosions Make E-Cigarettes Too Risky For Many Insurers

Are e-cigarettes and other products in the bustling vaping market too risky for insurance carriers? A recent report by Insurance Business America suggests so. When e-cigarettes and other vaping products emerged in the U.S. in 2007, insurance carriers eagerly embraced this new market for its growth potential and promising revenue source. But as e-cigarettes and other vaping devices exploded, causing serious burn injuries and other harm to vapers, “the great fire of interest quickly whittled down to a few smoldering embers,” Insurance Business America reported. Although other factors have played a role, the risk of e-cigarette explosions and serious physical ... Read More

Moving Fraud: 12 Red Flags to Look for When Choosing a Moving Company

If you are moving and plan to hire a moving company to pack and haul your belongings, being aware of moving fraud and the red flags to look for can spare you from a lot of distress and expense. Each year, more than 35 million U.S. residents move for personal reasons or for career opportunities. With all your memories and belongings packed up and a new life in a new place on the horizon, moving can be a stressful event even in the best of circumstances. Unfortunately, rogue moving companies that profit by scamming their customers know the special vulnerabilities ... Read More

CA sues toddler formula makers for excessive lead in products

Nutraceutrical Corp. and Graceleigh Inc., were hit with a lawsuit by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra over claims that the companies’ toddler formulas contained dangerously high levels of lead – 14 to 16 times higher than state requirements for businesses to issue lead exposure warnings. Natraceuticals, which makes Peaceful Planet Toddler Supreme, and Graceleigh, which makes Sammy’s Milk Free-Range Goat Milk Toddler Formula, agreed to stop selling their products in California after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the attorney general earlier this month. Becerra called the issue “a parent’s worst nightmare. Toddler formula should contain nutrients that help children grow, ... Read More

Whistleblowers’ Nursing Home Fraud Suit Leads to $30 Million Settlement

Two whistleblowers who filed False Claims Act allegations against a large Kentucky-based nursing home corporation have helped the U.S. government and the state of Tennessee recover more than $30 million for Medicare. The whistleblowers, both former employees of Signature Healthcare LLC, accused the company of defrauding Medicare by providing rehabilitation therapy services that were not reasonable, skilled, or needed by patients. Signature owns about 115 skilled nursing facilities, including seven in Tennessee’s middle district, where the whistleblowers filed their complaint in federal court. One of the whistleblowers, Kristi Emerson, told The Tennessean she worked at Signature Healthcare of Columbia for more ... Read More

Whistleblower Accuses CVS Caremark of Medicare Drug Pricing Fraud

A recently unsealed lawsuit filed by a whistleblower against CVS Caremark accuses the corporation of overcharging Medicare and Medicaid for prescription drugs. The bombshell lawsuit could potentially return hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to the government health care programs if the whistleblower’s False Claims Act allegations hold up in court. Sarah Behnke, who worked as an actuary for Aetna, claims CVS Caremark was good at negotiating lower prices with drug manufacturers as Aetna’s pharmacy benefit manager, but it did not pass those savings on to the government. The purpose of having companies such as Aetna, which provides ... Read More

FDA takes action against company selling ‘Ebola-preventing’ hand lotions

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants Innovative BioDefense Inc., and Colette Cozean, the company’s president and chief executive officer, to stop selling Zylast topical antiseptics – hand sanitizers, hand washes and lotions that claim to prevent infections like the norovirus, rotavirus, flu, MRSA and Ebola. Not only are the claims outrageous, the products have not been proven safe or effective for these uses, the agency cautioned in a News Release. “Despite being warned by the FDA about their unproven claims, this company has continued to market their products as a tool for preventing infection from serious disease-related pathogens, without ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Driver, Firms Sued For Deadly Fatigue-Related Crash

The mother of a South Carolina woman who was killed in February when a tractor-trailer rear-ended her car at a high speed has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging the truck’s driver was negligent when he fell asleep at the wheel. The deadly crash occurred in the early pre-dawn hours of Feb. 28 when 57-year-old Angela Gambrell of Greenwood, South Carolina, was stopped at a red light on her way to work, The Greenwood Index-Journal reported. At the same time, a 2015 Freightliner tractor-trailer owned by Salem Leasing Corp. was traveling east on the 72 Bypass in Greenwood when it ... Read More