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U.S. Backs Whistleblower Lawsuit Accusing DOE Nuclear Contractor of Fraud

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has chosen to intervene in a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by a whistleblower against a government contractor hired by the Department of Energy (DOE) to work on a South Carolina nuclear waste treatment facility. According to the Justice Department, the DOE paid Energy & Process Corporation (E&P), of Tucker, Ga., a premium to supply rebar that met stringent regulatory standards for a treatment facility within the Savannah River Site nuclear reservation near Aiken, S.C. The quality of the materials used in the construction of the nuclear waste site was critical for safety reasons, ... Read More

U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation Assigns New Judge to DePuy ASR Hip Implant MDL

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Judge David A. Katz of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, who has been presiding over the ongoing DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation docket from the beginning in December of 2010, passed away in July at the age of 82. The MDL has been assigned a new judge by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. As of Sept. 2, Hon. Jeffrey J. Helmick has been assigned to coordinate pretrial proceedings. According to the New York Times, the ASR metal-on-metal hip made by DePuy Orthopaedics, subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has been dubbed “one of the biggest medical ... Read More

Vibra Healthcare Pays $32.7 Million To Resolve Medicare Fraud Allegations

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A national hospital chain headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Penn., has agreed to pay the U.S. $32.7 million plus interest to resolve allegations stemming from a whistleblower lawsuit that it violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare for medical services that its patients did not need. The U.S. Department of Justice said that Vibra Healthcare LLC, which operates approximately 36 freestanding long-term care hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation facilities in 18 states, agreed to settle the whistleblower lawsuit this week, resolving allegations that it cheated U.S. taxpayers out of vital health care funds by taking advantage of Medicare patients. Sylvia Daniel, a ... Read More

Studies continue to confirm PPIs link to kidney damage

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Another group of researchers has concluded that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec, may not be safe for the kidneys and are warning doctors to use caution when prescribing them. “Present study however gives two important guidelines or indications PPI can produce renal damage with or without concurrent administration of other drugs. Especially in nephrology unit patients, caution must be exercised while using PPI,” write the authors of a study just published in the International Journal of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology. Earlier this year, two different academic studies were published linking the very popular acid reducing drugs to kidney ... Read More

$2.6 Million Awarded to California Man in Popcorn Lung Lawsuit

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Last year, Tanu Vatuvei was awarded $2.6 million in a lawsuit against Citrus and Allied Essences Ltd., claiming they were responsible for his prolonged exposure to diacetyl that led to the development of bronchiolitis obliterans. Bronchiolitis obliterans, better known as “popcorn lung” for the eight workers at a popcorn plant who were diagnosed with the disease after prolonged exposure in the early 2000s, is a serious lung disease in which the smallest airways of the lungs become obstructed by scar tissue. The only treatment is lung transplant. The disease has been heavily linked to diacetyl, a flavoring additive used in foods to mimic ... Read More

Plaintiffs suing Invokana makers seek to consolidate litigation

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There is more movement in the growing litigation involving injuries allegedly caused by the type 2 diabetes drug Invokana. Plaintiffs with claims pending in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas are seeking to consolidate their claims into a mass tort program. Currently, 87 cases are pending in Philadelphia. They are reportedly virtually identical. Consolidating them would cut down on legal costs and increase efficiency. Meanwhile, a motion was filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) Requesting that federal claims be consolidated into the Trenton Division of the U.S. District Court of the District of New Jersey. At least ... Read More

Judge extends deadline for filing Xarelto lawsuits

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The deadline for filing Xarelto lawsuits alleging bleeding injuries with the popular blood thinner has been extended 90 days for certain plaintiffs groups due to an influx of complaints that have reportedly inundated the clerk’s office, Judge Eldon Fallon ordered. Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer are facing more than 7,000 lawsuits in a multidistrict litigation alleging the companies’ blood thinner Xarelto caused major bleeding events including gastrointestinal bleeds and brain hemorrhages. Four bellwether trials have already been scheduled for 2017. Another 950 lawsuits have been consolidated into a mass tort program in Pennsylvania with the first scheduled ... Read More

Law firm will try ‘case after case’ to get justice in talcum powder litigation

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On May 4, Jere Beasley asked Johnson and Johnson to put an end to the ongoing talcum powder litigation and to remove its talcum powder products from store shelves, or at least warn women about the danger of ovarian cancer linked to talc use for feminine hygiene. But the company has not responded to his letter except to publicly stand behind its products and to say that it plans to appeal the two previous decisions. In an interview with the Montgomery Advertiser, Beasley, who is Principal & Founder of the Montgomery-based law firm that was co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the two talcum powder ... Read More

Wrongful Death Suit Blames Airplane Crash on Defective Air Pressurization System

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The son of a couple who died when their private airplane crashed into the Caribbean Sea between Cuba and Jamaica has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the airplane’s manufacturer and several affiliated companies, alleging a defective cabin pressurization system caused the crash. Kenneth Glazer, the youngest son of Larry and Jane Glazer, both of whom were 68, filed the lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court Aug. 30. He seeks damages for all beneficiaries of his parents’ estate, including their two other children. On Sept. 5, 2014, the day of the crash, the Glazers departed from Rochester International Airport ... Read More

35 states file antitrust lawsuit against drug companies alleging unlawful marketing of addiction treatment

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Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia are accusing British drugmaker Indivior of unlawfully manipulating the marketplace to maximize profits when it allegedly conspired to keep less expensive, generic versions of the narcotic addiction treatment Suboxone off the market, California’s attorney general announced. The states filed an antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Indivior and MonoSol Rx, a New Jersey-based pharmaceutical dissolving-film company. In 2002, Indivior was granted exclusive rights to market Suboxone tablets until 2009. When the patent expired, the attorneys general claim that Indivior worked out a deal with MonoSol ... Read More