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More record recoveries among the trends expected for corporate whistleblowers in 2015


Last year the Wall Street Journal asked a number of experts for their predictions on corporate whistleblowers. Those interviewed foresaw that 2014 would be a great year for whistleblowers, and every prediction they made came true – from the emergence of Securities and Exchange (SEC) whistleblower awards to the number of False Claims Act cases hitting an all-time high. So once again, WSJ turned to the same experts for their 2015 whistleblower predictions. The SEC has started closely monitoring employment contracts for language that prohibits employees from reporting fraud and other wrongdoing to the government. The WSJ’s panel of experts ... Read More

Boston bus crash victims sue GPS navigation system makers for directing bus under low overpass

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A group of Bucks County, Penn., residents who were injured when their charter bus slammed into a low overpass in Boston two years ago have filed a $15-million civil suit alleging the GPS navigation system used by the driver directed him onto a road with height restrictions. The plaintiffs, some of them teens who received severe head, neck, and back injuries in the crash, were among 35 students and seven chaperones headed home to the Philadelphia area after a daylong tour of Harvard University. According to the Bucks County Courier Times, the trip was sponsored for Destined for a Dream, a nonprofit ... Read More

Woman disabled by shoulder pain pump gets another day in court


An Oregon woman who claims she was permanently disabled by a pain pump used following shoulder surgery is being given another stab at suing the company that manufactured the alleged defective device. Christina McClellan underwent two surgeries to repair her shoulder joint, after which she was prescribed painkillers delivered through I-Flow’s Pain Buster pain pump, manufactured by Kimberly-Clark. After her second surgery in 2004, she was diagnosed with chondrolysis, or the loss of cartilage, in her shoulder joint. This caused the ball-and-socket portion of her shoulder to fuse together. She now has no motion in her shoulder joint and doctors say ... Read More

Janssen knew Risperdal could cause boys to grow breasts


Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals knew for years that its antipsychotic drug Risperdal could cause the abnormal growth of breasts in boys and young men, yet the company failed to warn the mother of an Alabama boy or his doctors of these “distressing results,” the mother’s attorney told a Philadelphia jury. “We’re going to show you that Janssen knew all the time that he took the drug that the drug caused an increase in prolactin levels, and that it was associated with children and adolescents having this distressing result,” the attorney said. Austin Pledger, now 20, was prescribed Risperdal ... Read More

Plaintiffs identify Philadelphia woman as model case for Zimmer knee implant lawsuit

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Plaintiffs in a multidistrict litigation involving alleged defects with Zimmer knee implants asked an Illinois federal judge to select the case of a Philadelphia woman to serve as the first bellwether trial, claiming that the woman’s age, gender and implant type best represent plaintiffs’ issues with the implants. Ramona Diano, 72, had Zimmer LPS Flex Gender femoral components implanted in both knees. Both implants failed. Plaintiffs say that Diano is in the most common age group and gender for the procedure, and her case has the least individual issues among the other cases previously identified as possible bellwethers. Dinao’s lawsuit ... Read More

Bellwether cases soon to be selected for Mentor Corp transvaginal mesh

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A Georgia federal judge identified six possible bellwether cases out of hundreds accusing Johnson & Johnson unit Mentor Corp of not informing patients or doctors of the risks associated with its ObTape sling transvaginal mesh device used to treat urinary incontinence in women. U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land ordered the parties to select two of the six lawsuits within three weeks. The cases will be tried in October and November 2015. The lawsuits allege Mentor marketed the defective devices, which caused serious injuries to women. Mentor discontinued the implants in 2006. Transvaginal mesh is used to treat pelvic organ ... Read More

Judge rules $2 million verdict stands against transvaginal mesh maker

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A federal judge denied a mistrial and left intact a $2 million jury verdict against medical device manufacturer C. R. Bard Inc., in a bellwether trial over claims that its transvaginal mesh implant was defective and caused serious injuries. U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin said the motion stood because the company had not proven a miscarriage of justice. However, Goodwin also did not find unconstitutional a provision in Georgia’s Tort Reform Act of 1987 that requires product liability plaintiffs to give up 75 percent of their punitive damage earnings to the state. This comes as a blow to plaintiffs Donna and ... Read More

Most Medicare recipients not filling statin prescriptions after heart-related hospitalization


The majority of Medicare beneficiaries do not fill prescriptions for high-intensity statin drugs after being hospitalized for complications related to coronary heart disease, a new study has found. Researchers with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City examined the proportion of Medicare recipients filing statin prescriptions after being discharged from the hospital for a cardiac event. They found that only 27 percent of first post-discharge prescription fills among 8,762 Medicare beneficiaries filling a statin prescription after a cardiovascular event were for a high-intensity statin. Cholesterol-lowering statins are prescribed to help prevent heart attacks and strokes ... Read More

Fund requested to manage awards paid to women injured by transvaginal mesh

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Women from more than 100 lawsuits in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) alleging injuries caused by Johnson & Johnson unit Mentor Corp.’s defective transvaginal mesh implant asked a Georgia federal judge this week to approve the establishment of a settlement fund trust to resolve their claims. The qualified settlement fund trust would hold, manage and distribute funds in the account under the settlements reached in April for 111 lawsuits in the multidistrict litigation. The trust would also cover additional lawsuits as they resolve. Both the settlements and the total amount in the trust are confidential. The lawsuits allege that Mentor Corp.’s ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson wants victims of transvaginal mesh to prove their injuries

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Johnson & Johnson wants women in a multidistrict litigation alleging defects with the company’s transvaginal mesh device to prove they were injured by the mesh or that they even have the device in the first place. Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson claim that people from fictitious firms are calling women often repeatedly to join the lawsuit against the company in order to reap tens of thousands of dollars in compensation. In some cases, Johnson & Johnson claims, women are being told to lie and say they have been injured by the mesh even if they have never been implanted with ... Read More