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Judge awards whistleblower $318k in case against Philly School District


A former Philadelphia School District administrator who claims he was fired in retaliation for blowing the whistle on a mishandled $7.5-million security-camera contract will receive a $318,000 award, a Philadelphia federal judge ordered on Monday. Francis X. Dougherty sued the Philadelphia School District, its former top human resources official, Estelle Matthews, and the estate of Arlene Ackerman, who died in February 2013, alleging he was wrongfully suspended and subsequently fired for talking to the press about the dubious contract. Mr. Dougherty’s lawsuit claimed that Ms. Ackerman violated his First Amendment right to free speech by placing him on leave from ... Read More

Lumber Liquidators CEO Bob Lynch “unexpectedly” resigns during formaldehyde controversy

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Lumber Liquidators CEO Bob Lynch has abruptly left his leadership position within the discount flooring retailer, adding even more uncertainty to the company’s standing during its recent formaldehyde controversy. In response to the surprising news, Thomas Sullivan, founder of Lumber Liquidators, announced he will serve as CEO until the company finds Lynch’s permanent replacement. Sullivan commented that Lynch’s resignation occurred “unexpectedly,” much to the shock of executives and investors alike. Lumber Liquidators CFO Dan Terrell also announced his departure from the company last month, effective the beginning of June. “60 Minutes” first broke the story on Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made laminate flooring ... Read More

Janssen agrees to pay $7.8 million to settle Risperdal lawsuit


Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $7.8 million to settle a lawsuit claiming the drug company’s subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals committed Medicaid fraud and violated state law in its promotion and labeling of the antipsychotic Risperdal to Arkansas doctors. The lawsuit was originally filed in 2008. Three years ago, a Pulaski County jury found the drug company guilty of the charges and imposed a $1.2 million fine on Johnson & Johnson. The Arkansas Supreme Court overturned the decision. Janssen Pharmaceuticals said the settlement agreement is not an admission of guilt. Risperdal, known generically as risperidone, was originally approved by the ... Read More

UPS whistleblower helps U.S. recover $25 million for late-delivery refunds


United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) has agreed to pay the U.S. government $25 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that alleged the delivery service took measures that prevented federal agencies from getting a refund on packages delivered after the guaranteed delivery date. The federal government contracts UPS through the General Services Administration (GSA) and U.S. Transportation Command to provide delivery services to the Defense Department and other federal agencies. Under these contracts, UPS guarantees it will deliver packages by specified times the following day. However, according to a former UPS employee, for at least a decade UPS concealed its failure ... Read More

First Blue Bell lawsuit filed after listeria-related illness

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Blue Bell has now been confronted by its first recall-related lawsuit, alleging the company’s products caused one ex-Houston, Texas, resident to contract listeria-related meningitis while working at a retirement complex. According to the Blue Bell lawsuit, David Philip Shockley was employed as the associate executive director of nursing at the retirement community, Eagle’s Trace. While on the job in October 2013, Shockley ate Blue Bell ice cream purchased by his superiors. Not long after consuming the Blue Bell products, Shockley called 911 for assistance, but was diagnosed with migraine and sent home. Shockley then collapsed alone at his home just hours ... Read More

Trucking firms allege Pilot Flying J rebate scam was bigger than most realized


Several trucking firms that refused to settle fraud claims with truck-stop chain Pilot Flying J say that they have discovered another dimension of the alleged fraud that other trucking companies overlooked. In November 2013, Pilot Flying J, the largest travel center chain in the U.S., agreed to pay $85 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging the company defrauded thousands of trucking firms by not paying them the proper fuel rebates. According to that complaint, the plaintiffs agreed to buy fuel exclusively from Pilot Flying J in exchange for lower fuel prices, which were to be based on the cost ... Read More

New adverse reaction added to Januvia, Janumet safety label

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The safety label of the type 2 diabetes drugs Januvia, Janumet and Janumet XR have been updated to include a warning for pruritus, also known as itching. Pruritus can be associated with a number of disorders, including dry skin, skin disease, pregnancy, and in some cases, cancer. It has also been associated with some medications. In some cases, pruritus is accompanied with a rash. Januvia, Janumet and Janumet XR contain the active ingredient sitagliptin. Janumet and Janumet also contain the diabetes medciation metformin. These drugs belong to a class of type 2 diabetes medications known as incretin mimetics. In 2013, ... Read More

FDA questions J&J request to update label of antipsychotic


Federal regulators slapped Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals with a “complete response letter” requesting more information about the supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to expand the label of its long-acting antipsychotic drug Invega Sustenna. The drug company wanted to include on the drug’s safety label data from the Paliperidone Palmitate Research in Demonstrating Effectiveness (PRIDE) clinical trials which evaluated the drug’s efficacy against other widely prescribed oral drugs for the treatment of schizophrenia. Invega Sustenna, known generically as paliperidone palmitate, is an injectable drug administered once a month. In July 2009, the medication became the first atypical long-acting injectable ... Read More

Endo announces transvaginal mesh settlement agreement

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Endo International PLC, has reached a settlement with about 108 plaintiffs in a multidistrict litigation claiming that the company’s subsidiary American Medical Systems’ transvaginal mesh was defectively designed and caused injuries. All parties have until April 2016 to submit an agreed order of dismissal with prejudice or the cases would be dismissed without prejudice. The settlement agreement comes about a month after Endo “compromised and settled all claims” from another 360 cases, 30 of which Endo had requested claims against other manufacturers of transvaginal mesh, including Boston Scientific and C.R. Bard, be transferred to multidistrict litigations for those companies. Last ... Read More

Fifth Circuit Court dismisses Actos bladder cancer appeal

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The Fifth Circuit Court dismissed an appeal by Takeda Pharmaceuticals Co. and Eli Lilly & Co.’s involving a $36.8 million award to a plaintiff who claimed the companies’ type 2 diabetes drug Actos caused bladder cancer. The action comes just weeks after Takeda announced it would pay $2.4 billion to settle about 97 percent of Actos bladder cancer lawsuits. In 2011, Susan and Terrence Allen filed a lawsuit against the companies claiming that Terrence’s seven-year use of Actos to treat type 2 diabetes caused him to develop bladder cancer. They also claimed that the drug companies covered up cancer risks with ... Read More