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BP oil spill settlement the largest of its kind in U.S. history

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BP reached a record $18.73-billion agreement with the U.S. government and five Gulf states Thursday to resolve most legal claims stemming from its 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, considered the biggest environmental catastrophe in the U.S. The settlement is the largest environmental settlement in U.S. history. If approved by the court, the settlement will require BP to pay the federal government $5.5 billion in civil penalties for violating the Clean Water Act. NP subsidiary BPXP will make those payments over a 15-year period. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said that 80 percent of the Clean ... Read More

Whistleblower complaint helps U.S. recover $75.5 million from technology contractors


A whistleblower lawsuit alleging two contractors overcharged the U.S. government and cheated it out of discounts available to commercial customers has ended with a $75.5-million settlement. Dale Smith, a former executive of VMware Inc., a Palo Alto, Calif.-based computer virtualization software company, filed that lawsuit under the federal False Claims Act, which allows private individuals with evidence of fraud to sue on behalf of the U.S. government. In the complaint, Smith alleged that VMware and information technology services company Carahsoft Technology Corporation of Reston, Va., which distributes IT products to federal, state, and local governments, failed to honor the terms ... Read More

Atlanta whistleblowers may get $110 million after DaVita settlement


An Atlanta doctor and nurse who filed a whistleblower complaint against DaVita Healthcare Partners and helped the U.S. government recover $450 in federal health care funds may receive an award of more than $110 million. Dr. Alon Vainer of Atlanta and nurse Daniel Barbir of Cumming, Ga., both former DaVita employees, filed the whistleblower lawsuit under the federal False Claims Act in 2011, accusing DaVita – the largest provider of kidney dialysis services in the U.S. – of developing a scheme of fraud that led to huge payouts for the company at the taxpayers’ expense. The whistleblowers alleged the Denver, Colo.,-based company ... Read More

The Fraud List: Medtronic Inc. – A Cheating Heart

The Fraud List

Go Medtronic’s website and you’ll see lots of features touting how this Minneapolis-based medical device manufacturer builds communities, gives to people in need, enhances life for people in all reaches of the globe, and other philanthropic achievements. Not as widely advertised is its history of chronic corporate misconduct – a long rap sheet that includes violating government contracts and trade laws, engaging in illegal kickback schemes to boost its sales, and submitting false claims to Medicare and other government health care programs – a scheme that effectively takes money out of taxpayers’ pockets and deposits it into Medtronic’s multi-billion-dollar bank ... Read More

Another power morcellator lawsuit filed against Johnson and Johnson


Jonel Davis-Johnson underwent a thorough cancer screening, which turned out negative, before she underwent a power morcellation procedure in June 2012 for a hysterectomy to remove uterine fibroids. Her husband Arthur claims the operation ultimately killed her. Power morcellatiors are a type of surgical tool that is fitted with a blade that minces entire uteruses or uterine fibroids within the body and removes them through a small incision in the abdomen. The procedures have been favored over open surgeries by many doctors in years past because they are less invasive, leave less scar tissue and offer less recovery time. About ... Read More

FDA panel to address injuries, deaths with Essure birth control device


Reported health problems – including at least four deaths – not listed on the safety label of the implantable permanent birth control Essure have prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct an investigation into the safety of the devices. Essure is a nonsurgical permanent birth control implant shaped in a spiral that is inserted through the cervix and through the uterus into the fallopian tubes to block fertilization. Bayer Healthcare’s unit Conceptus Inc., received FDA approval to market the device in 2002. Since then, nearly 5,100 reports of complications have been associated with the device, including four deaths. ... Read More

U.S. government asks court to block immunity shield in Alegrity Whistleblower Case


The U.S. government motioned Friday to block a former security contractor’s bid to shield itself and its executives from liability in a whistleblower lawsuit accusing it of fraudulently overcharging the government and billing it tens of millions of dollars for work it never performed. Alegrity Inc., the bankrupt parent company of U.S. Investigations Services (USIS) which used to provide top-level security screenings for the government, plans to emerge from bankruptcy with all of its businesses except USIS intact. Alegrity is currently liquidating USIS amid a False Claims Act lawsuit that accuses the company of “flushing” or “dumping” unfinished security investigations ... Read More

Attorneys request consolidation of power morcellator lawsuits


Attorneys for six women suing Johnson & Johnson over injuries they claim to have suffered after undergoing gynecological procedures with the company’s power morcellator device have filed a request with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate with at least 22 similar lawsuits pending in 16 different federal district courts. The motion seeks to transfer the cases to U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil in Kansas. The request comes just weeks after the Wall Street Journal reported that Johnson & Johnson was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about how much the company knew about cancer ... Read More

Law firm takes on FDA over gynecomastia risks with Risperdal


A law firm is going head-to-head with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over documents the agency refused to make public about specific side effects in children taking the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. Sheller PC claims it was stifled in its efforts to advocate on behalf of children injured by Risperdal when it was barred from turning over to the FDA confidential documents it had obtained through discovery in litigation against the makers of the drug. The firm petitioned the FDA in November to change the safety labels on Risperdal and revoke its pediatric indication because of reports that the drug caused ... Read More

Oregon doctor faces sanctions for overprescribing testosterone treatments, opioids

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A Redmond, Ore., physician could lose her license and be fined thousand of dollars for a long list of violations including prescribing unnecessary and excessive testosterone treatments to a man who developed side effects. The Oregon Medical Review Board’s report claims Dr. Rose Kenny, a family practice physician at a Family Care Center was “grossly negligent” in her treatment of patients. In one case, she over prescribed narcotics to a truck driver who reported having six alcoholic drinks per day. She also prescribed excessive and contraindicated medication to treat diaper rash, and doled out several months of antibiotics to pediatric ... Read More