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Whistleblower lawsuit says the Art Institutes corporation is duping veterans


Education Management Corporation (EDMC), a for-profit chain of colleges, manipulated student job placement data to attract as many students as possible and to maximize the amount of taxpayer-subsidized federal student loan money, a whistleblower lawsuit unsealed in federal court last week alleges. The lawsuit is the third whistleblower case to be filed against the EDMC, which owns the giant Art Institutes chain comprised of more than 50 campuses throughout North America. The U.S. Justice Department and four states intervened in another whistleblower complaint brought against EDMC in 2007 alleging the college corporation defrauded the government by paying recruiters based on ... Read More

The Doctors warn women of ovarian cancer risk with talcum powder products

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Physicians on The Doctors talk show are warning women that using talcum powder products in the genital area for personal hygiene can increase a woman’s chances of developing ovarian cancer. This week, The Doctors introduced Deane, who won the first major lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson claiming the company knew of the risks associated with its baby powder and Shower to Shower body powder but failed to warn consumers of the risks. Deane said when she was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she searched for some understanding about how she could have developed the disease. “I had no family history. ... Read More

Mercedes-Benz faces lawsuit over fuel leaks in E-Class vehicles


Mercedes-Benz USA, parent company Daimler AG, and 15 Meredes-Benz dealerships in New Jersey have been hit with a federal lawsuit claiming gasoline leaks in certain E-Class model vehicles exposed occupants to serious health risks. Defects in the fuel delivery system of 2003 to 2009 E-Class model vehicles cause gasoline and vapor to seep into the cars, the lawsuit alleges. Gasoline vapor is a suspected carcinogen that can cause liver damage, harm to developing fetuses and problems with female fertility. The fumes are also a fire hazard because the vehicles are sold with ashtrays and cigarette lighters. Since Mercedes-Benz reasonably expects ... Read More

Lawsuit questions exorbitant price tag of Hepatitis C drug Sovaldi

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Even before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the marketing of drug to treat the most common form of Hepatitis C, questions were raised about the seemingly exorbitant price tag. Now the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has filed a lawsuit against Gilead Sciences, makers of the drug Sovaldi. The class action lawsuit claims that Gilead’s patent protection is not enough to justify the tens of thousands it costs per treatment course. Since the drug was approved late last year, SEPTA has spent $2.4 million on Sovaldi for its employees. A single 12-week regime of Sovaldi costs $84,000. In ... Read More

New Jersey city settles whistleblower retaliation lawsuit with police lieutenant

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A South New Jersey police officer who claimed his department retaliated against him for reporting a traffic ticket-fixing incident could receive a $100,000 if his whistleblower settlement is approved by the Millville City Commission. Lieutenant Edward Zadroga sued the City of Millville last January, alleging he has endured harassment, ridicule, and other forms of retaliation for reporting the ticket incident to the Cumberland, N.J., County Prosecutor’s Office. Mr. Zadroga’s whistleblower retaliation lawsuit alleges the Millville Police Department ordered police officer Edmund Ansara “void an otherwise valid traffic summons for a family friend and a retired officer’s daughter” connected to an ... Read More

Virginia sues Trinity over potentially deadly guardrails

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Virginia has become the first state to take legal action against Trinity industries over its ET-Plus guardrail systems, claiming the manufacturer sold it guardrails that were unapproved, untested, and potentially dangerous to motorists. The state’s complaint was prompted by a lawsuit filed against Trinity by whistleblower Joshua Harman under the federal False Claims Act. Mr. Harman accused Trinity of secretly altering its widely used ET-Plus guardrails in 2005 without the consent or approval of U.S. highway safety regulators. The redesign, Mr. Harman asserted, made the guardrails dangerous, turning them into giant spears that could impale vehicles and their occupants. A federal ... Read More

Dying man warns others of Actos bladder cancer risks

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Before Tom Harbert died, he wanted to warn others not to let suspicious symptoms go unchecked. By the time he doctors found the source of his painful abdominal cramps, the cancerous tumor in his bladder had already made its way through the bladder wall. Doctors told him the prognosis was grim. About 70,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year and about 15,600 die from the disease annually. The No. 1 risk factor for bladder cancer is smoking. But Harbert, 51, was not a smoker nor was he around any chemicals that would have increased ... Read More

Xarelto side effects lawsuits consolidated in multidistrict litigation

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The U.S. Judiciary Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has consolidated nearly two dozen lawsuits in Louisiana federal court filed against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Corp., alleging the drug companies failed to warn that the blood thinner Xarelto could cause serious bleeding events. Defendants fought centralizing the lawsuits, claiming discrepancies in dosage and patients’ medical history made the cases too dissimilar. But the panel found the Xarelto side effects lawsuits struck a similar chord in their claims that the drug companies withheld information from clinical trials that showed the drug could increase the risk for life-threatening bleeding events. ... Read More

Injuries from Takata exploding airbags often resemble bullet and knife wounds

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Motorists injured by exploding airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata often look like they have been stabbed or shot, CNN reported, citing police who responded to emergencies involving the potentially deadly airbags. In September 2013, Police who first arrived at the scene of a minor car accident in Alhambra, Calif., thought that the driver, Hai Ming Xu, had sustained a gunshot to the face. But Mr. Hai wasn’t the victim of foul play. He was simply maneuvering his 2002 Acura TL in the parking lot of a restaurant where he worked when he accidentally struck the wall of an adjoining ... Read More

Report questions financial ties between FDA advisors and power morcellator makers


An advisor for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who sat on a panel in July to review serious safety concerns involving a surgical tool known as a power morcellator had received tens of thousands of dollars from manufacturers of the tools from 2009 to 2013, according to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal. Laparoscopic power morcellators are devices used to mince uterine growths or entire uteruses inside the body and remove them through a small incision in the abdomen. The tools have become favored by many doctors because they are less invasive, offer shorter recovery and leave less scarring ... Read More