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NYT Report: Automakers Helped Takata Create Airbag Crisis

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Automakers facing costly recalls and lawsuits stemming from Takata airbags are not victims of the Japanese auto supplier’s engineering blunders as much as they are co-conspirators in a push to boost profits at the expense of safety, according to a New York Times report. On Friday, the New York Times published a story investigating how the road to Takata’s deadly airbag crisis was forged nearly 20 years ago, and it’s a story that would not have been possible if it weren’t for auto industry executives who chose to ignore safety risks associated with the new, cheaper airbags being made by ... Read More

Cook Medical’s initial attempts at settling IVC Filter litigation Fail

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Hundreds of people who have filed legal claims alleging they have been injured by failed inferior vena cava (IVC) filters have been considering Cook Medical’s talks of settlements. Howevre, U.S. Magistrate Judge Tim Baker and attorneys for both the medical device manufacturer and patients were unable to find common ground to reach a settlement. The meeting ended “without further order.” If the negotiations regarding the settlements fail, then the lawsuits filed by the patients claiming injury related to the IVC filters will go to trial. As of Aug. 15, the number of federal lawsuits in the Multi-District Litigation (MDL) against Cook Medical ... Read More

Mount Sinai Hospitals Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleging They Held Onto Medicare, Medicaid Overpayments

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Three Mount Sinai Health System hospitals have agreed to pay the U.S. government nearly $3 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a whistleblower who accused them of keeping Medicare and Medicaid overpayments beyond the 60-day repayment window. According to Modern Healthcare, the New York City hospitals named in the complaint – Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and Mount Sinai Roosevelt – were a part of Continuum Health Partners when the alleged overpayments were made in 2009 and 2010. The 444 overpayments at the crux of the case total $844,000. Mount Sinai Health System ... Read More

Lawsuits Filed In Virginia Against Tropical Smoothie Over Hepatitis A Contamination

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Tropical Smoothie Café faces two lawsuits in Virginia filed in connection with a hepatitis A outbreak linked to Egyptian strawberries, including one potential class-action that includes scores of plaintiffs who have had a smoothie at one of the chain’s Virginia cafes before Aug 8. Using genetic testing, Virginia Department of Health officials were able to identify the hepatitis A strain as one that has been associated with past outbreaks stemming from frozen strawberries imported from Egypt. Further research led the health officials to discover certain Tropical Smoothie Café chains used such strawberries in many of their blended drinks. The smoothie ... Read More

Metal-on-Metal Hips Marketed as ‘Better’ Despite Lack of Long-Term Data to Prove It

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One of the most successful medical advancements of  the 20th century is the total hip replacement. In 2010 alone, more than 300,000 hip procedures were performed in the U.S. Many materials have been used in hip prosthetics, and metal-on-metal surfaces have been used as early as 1948. Because the metal-on-plastic models have shown to have higher revision rates for younger, more active patients, there has been a push toward reviving metal-on-metal hip implant designs. The metal-on-metal hips showed positive results during early short-term clinical studies. Because of this, orthopedic surgeons readily accepted this modernized version of an old prosthetic and recommended ... Read More

Women who claim they were injured by Essure fighting for their day in court

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Becky Beesley struggles not to cry when she thinks back on the day in 2012 that she decided to get the Essure permanent birth control. “Immediately my body rejected the procedure,” she told ABC 15 News. “My leg started to tremor and I threw up a couple of times.” Within a few months, serious health issues began to emerge. “I felt like there were little gremlins…that were just trying to claw their way out.” She says the pain became so excruciating, she had to quit her teaching job. Her doctor finally removed the implant, but the pain persisted. Beesley saw ... Read More

Pfizer shifts focus to consumers after planned merger tanks

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Pfizer is under fire legally with a multidistrict litigation (MDL) underway against its blockbuster drug Viagra, which has been linked to an increased risk of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Men suing the company claim Pfizer failed to properly test the drug before releasing it to market, defective design, fraudulent misrepresentation and negligence to warn patients of the drug’s risks. One plaintiff alleges, according to the Madison County Record, that “Pfizer designed, manufactured, distributed and sold the unsafe drug, Viagra, intentionally concealed or misrepresented the risks, dangers and defects of taking the drug and failed to conduct adequate ... Read More

Whistleblower Files $1.5-Million Retaliation Suit Against Kennesaw State University

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An employee of Kennesaw State University has filed a $1.5-million whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against the school, alleging she continues to be harassed for calling out ethics violations by certain university leaders. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Tracy Nunn, a former administrative assistant to the executive director of culinary services, filed the lawsuit Monday in the Superior Court of Fulton County, seeking compensation for the university’s alleged violations of the Georgia Whistleblower Protection Act. The lawsuit comes amid a series of high-level firings and abrupt resignations that have plagued the university in recent months, including President Dan Papp, who resigned after ... Read More

First four lawsuits set the stage for Xarelto bleeding events litigation

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Joseph Boudreaux was prescribed the blood thinner Xarelto, but a month later he began bleeding internally so badly that he was hospitalized and required several blood transfusions. Joseph Orr’s wife used Xarelto for about a month before she died from a brain hemorrhage. Dora Mingo took Xarelto after developing blood clots, but had to discontinue treatment after she began bleeding in her gastrointestinal tract. William Henry died from a gastrointestinal bleed after taking Xarelto to prevent strokes associated with his heart condition, atrial fibrillation. These are the first four cases set to go to trial among more than 7,200 in a ... Read More

Hawaii Sushi Restaurant Chain Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Hepatitis A Outbreak

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Hawaii’s Hepatitis A outbreak continues to grow even after state health officials identified the source of the virus. The outbreak, now the state’s largest-ever Hepatitis A outbreak, has prompted a class action against the Genki Sushi chain of restaurants that could potentially include 10,000 or more plaintiffs – essentially anyone who dined at a Genki Sushi location in Oahu or Kauai during the past five months, lawyers involved in the case say. On Aug. 15, the Hawaii Department of Health determined that raw, frozen scallops imported from the Philippines were the source of the Hepatitis A virus that has sickened at ... Read More