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MO supplement maker faces prison time, fines for felony fraud

A Joplin, Missouri dietary supplement manufacturer is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to felony fraud in federal court. Jeff Hicks, owner of JT Naturals, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri for misrepresenting ingredients in his dietary supplements his company made and sold to several retail outlets in Florida, New York, California and Oklahoma. Hicks also admitted to lying about conducting tests for potentially dangerous ingredients in the supplements when he actually did not. Hicks was released on a personal recognizance bond. He faces up to 20 years in prison ... Read More

Cook fights second IVC filter lawsuit

Arthur Gage waited too long to sue Cook Medical Inc., over claims that the company’s blood clot-catching device caused him serious injuries, according to Law360. Gage sued the company in 2014, but an Indiana federal judge ruled that he should have filed within a year and a day of the product’s delivery in 2011. Gage’s case was the second bellwether in a multidistrict litigation accusing Cook Medical’s IVC filters of causing injuries. IVC filters are tiny cage-like devices that are implanted in the inferior vena cava (IVC), a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood from the lower extremities to the ... Read More

$1 Billion Whistleblower Case Against Hospice Provider Unsealed

A whistleblower lawsuit against one of the nation’s largest hospice care providers was unsealed last week after the federal government declined to intervene. The lawsuit, filed in 2010 against HCR ManorCare by a former regional director of operations under whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, alleges the company engaged in a “corporate-wide pattern of conduct that has resulted in the submission of thousands of false claims” and payments of “millions of dollars” to Medicare for patients who were not terminally ill. When a terminally ill Medicare patient enters hospice care, Medicare stops covering traditional medical care designed to improve ... Read More

Shell Ordered To Pay $5 MillionTo Benzene-Polluted Community

Benzene can have a devastating impact on human health over the long term, especially to workers who are exposed to even the smallest levels of it. But the chemical can also have an extremely toxic effect on communities in proximity to oil and gas refineries, as a recent $5 million federal case shows. U.S. Judge Nancy Rosenstengel ordered Shell Oil and ConocoPhillips to settle a class action Feb. 23 brought by hundreds of people living in and around the city of Roxana, Illinois., a community just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri. The claimants alleged that the companies ... Read More

Testosterone injections linked to heart risk in older men

Older men who received injections of testosterone were at greater risk of having a heart attack, stroke or unstable angina within a week after receiving the testosterone treatment, according to a new study published in the journal Endocrine Today. However, younger men given testosterone injections were not at increased risk for cardiovascular or cerebrovascular events. “The necessity of injection treatment should be carefully considered before initiating testosterone, particularly in older men,” said J. Bradley Layton, PhD, a pharmacoepidemiologist at RTI Health Solutions in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Testosterone replacement therapy is available by prescription in various forms including injections, ... Read More

Beasley Allen files new opioid lawsuits on behalf of Alabama city, county

Beasley Allen Law Firm has filed its fourth and fifth lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of highly addictive opioid painkillers on behalf of Alabama city or county governments, a bold move taken by numerous local governments across the country to counter the nation’s opioid epidemic. Both lawsuits were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. The complaints were filed on behalf of Limestone County and the City of Anniston, respectively, and allege the governments have sustained economic damages and continue to bear a significant financial burden due to the opioid crisis. Beasley Allen has previously ... Read More

Hawking Sealed Whistleblower Lawsuits Gets DC Lawyer Prison Sentence

A former U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) lawyer who pleaded guilty to charges related to his stealing and selling copies of whistleblower lawsuits has been sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison. Jeffrey Wertkin, 41, left his Justice Department job in 2016 and joined a prominent Washington D.C. law firm, taking with him copies of 40 whistleblower complaints that were under seal. At the Justice Department, Mr. Wertkin worked in a division that handles civil whistleblower complaints filed under the False Claims Act. The lawsuits, filed by informants who allege fraud against federal programs and agencies, remain under ... Read More

Propelled by Fraud, Opioid Overdose Soars To New Levels

The opioid crisis is on a disturbingly sharp upward trend across the U.S. despite the federal government’s tough talk and costly crackdown efforts, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From July 2016 through September 2017, emergency hospital visits due to opioid overdose rocketed 30 percent overall and 35 percent in the 16 states hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, according to the CDC. “We have an emergency on our hands,” said acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat, according to NPR. “The fast-moving opioid overdose epidemic continues and is accelerating.” The U.S. Department of Justice ... Read More

Whistleblower Case Recovers $1.65 Million From Vermont Hospital

A whistleblower complaint filed against a Vermont hospital by one of its former administrators has ended in a $1.65 million settlement. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital agreed to pay the U.S. and the State of Vermont the sum to resolve allegations that it knowingly submitted or caused the submission of false claims to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Amy Beth Main filed the lawsuit on behalf of the U.S. and Vermont under the whistleblower provisions of the federal and Vermont False Claims Acts. Plaintiff’s counsel told the Brattleboro Reformer that Ms. Main, an administrator in Brattleboro Memorial’s financial services department, “protested internally” ... Read More

Fatal Amputation Injury Leads to Heavy Fines For Alabama Co

A fatal amputation injury at an Alabama plastics manufacturing company has led to nearly $200,000 in proposed fines for violations the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says could have been prevented with the proper safety measures in place. OSHA says it cited ABC Polymer Industries LLC of Helena for multiple safety violations including one willful violation – the agency’s most serious – for failing to prevent workers from suffering amputation and other injuries in its industrial machinery. According to AL.com, Catalina Estillado, aka Eva Saenz, died Aug. 16 at the ABC Polymer Industries plant after she was pulled into ... Read More