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Federal Jury Awards U.S. $92 Million In Allied Mortgage Fraud Case

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A Texas federal court jury awarded the U.S. government about $92 million in a False Claims Act case brought against Allied Capital and bank principal Jim Hodge by a whistleblower who accused the company and some affiliates of knowingly originating and underwriting more than a thousand home loans that did not meet the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) insurance requirements. The U.S. Department of Justice intervened in the case in 2011, the same year a whistleblower filed it in a New York federal court, naming both Allied Home Mortgage Capital and Allied Home Mortgage Corp. as defendants. The government moved the ... Read More

Lawsuits filed over injuries allegedly caused by Ethicon’s Physiomesh for hernia repair

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A Florida woman is suing Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon alleging the company’s Physiomesh device implanted in her during hernia repair embedded into her abdominal wall, blocked her intestines and caused her chronic pain. Her lawsuit comes just five months after an Illinois man filed a similar lawsuit over Ethicon’s Physiomesh alleging the device caused him to develop an infection, two abscesses and an intestinal fistula. Physiomesh is a fibrous plastic device that is intended for hernia repair. It is made from polypropylene, the same product used in Ethicon’s controversial transvaginal mesh, which has been the subject of hundreds of lawsuits ... Read More

AbbVie asks judge to toss bellwether case in testosterone side effects MDL

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Drug maker AbbVie Inc. asked a federal judge to toss a lawsuit alleging the company’s testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel causes injuries, arguing the plaintiff withheld information about his condition until after the discovery process was completed. AbbVie told U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly in Chicago that Froylan Garcia’s claim was no longer valid because his attorney did not find an expert witness to back up his claims that AndroGel caused him to develop a blood clot in 2013. Garcia’s case was one of eight selected by Judge Kennelly to serve as bellwether trials in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) of more than 5,500 ... Read More

J&J pays big for Risperdal’s gynecomastia side effect

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Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals face more than 13,000 lawsuits over claims that their antipsychotic drug Risperdal causes adolescent boys to grow large, disfiguring breasts. The sixth trial is currently underway and time will tell if jurors will hold the drug companies accountable. In February 2015, the first Risperdal side effects lawsuit went to trial. The jury awarded Austin Pledger, who was 20 at the time, $2.5 million after finding that Johnson & Johnson and Janssen didn’t adequately warn that the medication could cause boys and young men to grow female breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia. ... Read More

Two Lawsuits Filed In Florida Over E-Cigarette Explosion Injuries

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A Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., man has filed a lawsuit against an e-cigarette manufacturer, distributer, and retailer after the vaping device exploded in his mouth at work, leaving him with severe burns and facial injuries. According to the Orlando Sentinel, James Lauria was taking a break from his job as a concierge at the Beach House in Destin on July 29, 2015, when the e-cigarette he had purchased at a local vape shop in June exploded. The blast and subsequent fire punctured the roof of Mr. Lauria’s mouth, leaving with a “gaping hole all the way through to his naval ... Read More

NIOSH conducts health hazard evaluations at coffee-processing facilities after identifying diacetyl exposure hazard

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the workplace-safety arm of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency has recently increased its interest in the hazards of exposure to diacetyl and other similar workplace chemicals. Diacetyl a flavoring agent that mimics the creamy taste of butter, and is used in products such as baking mixes, microwave popcorn, beer, and e-cigarette liquids. A recent study has linked the chemical to Alzheimer’s Disease. It has also been linked to lung damage that leads to bronchiolitis obliterans, better known as “popcorn lung,” a disease where the smallest airways of the lungs have ... Read More

Long Island Radiology Chain Pays $10 Million to Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit and Criminal Penalties

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A pair of billing specialists formerly employed by a Long Island radiology company helped the U.S. government and the State of New York recover more than $10 million through a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging systemic Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Whistleblowers Linda Gibb and Donna Geraci sued Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology on behalf of the U.S. government, accusing the company of overbilling the Medicare and Medicaid programs for a multitude of radiological services, including CT Scans, MRIs, and x-rays. Soon after joining Zwanger-Pesiri in 2010, Ms. Geraci discovered the company regularly falsified Medicare and Medicaid claims for service they provided that were ... Read More

Canadian health officials offer new guidelines for diagnosing, treating Low T

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Canadian health officials have issued new guidelines designed to help doctors and patients with the diagnosis and treatment of low testosterone, and to curb over-prescribing in particular to men whose testosterone levels were never checked for low levels of the hormone. The guidelines, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, were created by a task force a year after Health Canada warned that testosterone replacement therapy may lead to “serious and possible life-threatening health and blood vessel problems such as heart attack, stroke,” blood clots and irregular heart rhythm. Health Canada has also warned that research suggests that men with ... Read More

Cobalt Toxicity is a Serious Risk for Metal-on-Metal Hip Patients

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When Robert Peters wrote the Daily Mail for advice from Dr. Scurr about concerns with his metal-on-metal hip implants, the response seemed to only confirm his greatest fears – that his hip implants could be poisoning him. Peters’ blood was tested after his surgeon informed him of the recent reports of metal-on-metal hip failures. “Blood tests revealed I have 100 times more than normal the amount of cobalt in my blood,” Peters wrote, “as well as dangerous amounts of chromium.” Dr. Scurr explained that metal-on-metal hips are usually made of a stainless steel alloy containing cobalt and chromium, and were intended to ... Read More

Next Risperdal side effects trial set for Friday

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It appears that Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals have no plans to settle the Risperdal side effects trial scheduled to open this week despite settling the last case before it went to trial and losing another, which resulted in a landmark $70 million verdict. The lawsuits allege that the drug companies’ antipsychotic drug Risperdal causes adolescent boys to develop female breasts, a condition called gynecomastia. It can be both emotionally and physically painful, putting boys at risk for bullying and ridicule, and leaving them susceptible to symptoms such as breast tenderness and lactation. Treatment generally involves surgeries such as ... Read More