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NJ jury finds gay conversion therapy violates consumer fraud laws

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In a landmark decision, a New Jersey jury has found religious organization JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing) violated New Jersey consumer fraud laws when it claimed that its gay conversion therapy could turn homosexuals to heterosexuals. The organization’s founder, Arthur Goldberg, and a counselor with the religious group, Alan Downing, were found liable for advertising misrepresentations and unconscionable commercial practices, and five plaintiffs were awarded a total of $72,400 for fees they paid for the treatment as well as mental health counseling one plaintiff had to undergo afterward. The lawsuit was filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center ... Read More

Another power morcellator lawsuit filed against Johnson and Johnson

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Jonel Davis-Johnson underwent a thorough cancer screening, which turned out negative, before she underwent a power morcellation procedure in June 2012 for a hysterectomy to remove uterine fibroids. Her husband Arthur claims the operation ultimately killed her. Power morcellatiors are a type of surgical tool that is fitted with a blade that minces entire uteruses or uterine fibroids within the body and removes them through a small incision in the abdomen. The procedures have been favored over open surgeries by many doctors in years past because they are less invasive, leave less scar tissue and offer less recovery time. About ... Read More

On-call employment scheduling ended by Victoria’s Secret

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Earlier this month, on-call employment came into question when one Victoria’s Secret employee filed a lawsuit stating that mandatory on-call shifts resulted in wage theft in the retail industry. According to BuzzFeed News, Victoria’s Secret has now put an end to its on-call scheduling practices. On-call employment is a common practice still utilized by many employers, primarily in the retail industry, as a means of ensuring they have backup employees available if needed. However, since employees are required to call in at least two hours before their scheduled shift, and be available between those hours, on-call workers are unable to accurately schedule ... Read More

Statin users with subclinical hypothyroidism at greater risk of diabetes

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People with hypothyroidism are at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes; however, people with subclinical hypothyroidism, or the earlier stages of the condition, are only at increased risk of developing diabetes if they are using cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, according to new research. Researchers with the Israel Institute of Technology and other institutions conducted a two-phase investigation that included analyzing electronic medical data from more than 20,000 patients with diabetes who began statin treatment from 2004 to 2005 who were randomly matched to nearly twice as many non-statin users. Patients were followed until December 2010. Researchers evaluated to cohorts for thyroid ... Read More

NYC officials find Whole Foods routinely overcharges its customers

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Whole Foods Market, Inc. has been systemically overcharging customers for pre-packaged foods in all of its New York City retail stores, the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) announced last week. The DCA said its investigation of the natural food chain remains ongoing, but so far it has mirrored the findings of a California investigation launched in 2012 the found widespread pricing irregularities. Those finding led to a civil consumer protection lawsuit, which Whole Foods settled after agreeing to pay nearly $800,000 penalties and designate an employee at each California store to enforce pricing accuracy and other measures to help ... Read More

Alaska “flightseeing” plane crash kills 8 cruise ship passengers, pilot

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KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Eight Holland America cruise ship passengers and their pilot were killed in a plane crash Thursday afternoon during an Alaskan fjord excursion when the DHC-3 Otter floatplane crashed into the side of a cliff. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is investigating the crash, said that the plane crashed in “an area of steep, mountainous terrain about 25 miles northeast of Ketchikan,” part of Misty Fjords National Monument. The pilot of another Ketchikan-based charter and sightseeing airplane company first spotted the crash on a granite rock face about 800 feet above Ella Lake, Alaska state troopers ... Read More

U.S. government asks court to block immunity shield in Alegrity Whistleblower Case

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The U.S. government motioned Friday to block a former security contractor’s bid to shield itself and its executives from liability in a whistleblower lawsuit accusing it of fraudulently overcharging the government and billing it tens of millions of dollars for work it never performed. Alegrity Inc., the bankrupt parent company of U.S. Investigations Services (USIS) which used to provide top-level security screenings for the government, plans to emerge from bankruptcy with all of its businesses except USIS intact. Alegrity is currently liquidating USIS amid a False Claims Act lawsuit that accuses the company of “flushing” or “dumping” unfinished security investigations ... Read More

Attorneys request consolidation of power morcellator lawsuits

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Attorneys for six women suing Johnson & Johnson over injuries they claim to have suffered after undergoing gynecological procedures with the company’s power morcellator device have filed a request with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate with at least 22 similar lawsuits pending in 16 different federal district courts. The motion seeks to transfer the cases to U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil in Kansas. The request comes just weeks after the Wall Street Journal reported that Johnson & Johnson was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about how much the company knew about cancer ... Read More

Insurance companies sue Vegas doctors, hospitals for healthcare fraud

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A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by several insurance companies accuses two surgeons and four hospitals in Las Vegas of engaging in a profitable healthcare fraud scheme that led to scores of patients becoming implanted with counterfeit spinal devices. The lawsuit, filed in February and recently unsealed, alleges that Spinal Solutions, a now-defunct California medical device manufacturer, and co-conspirators made fake spinal hardware “at a fraction of the cost when compared with genuine product, and insidiously co-mingled fake implantable hardware with genuine product to make it difficult to trace.” The suit asserts Spinal Solutions paid kickbacks to ... Read More

Attorneys request moving hundreds of transvaginal mesh lawsuits to PA

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Plaintiffs in more than 500 lawsuits spread across two separate multidistrict litigations alleging defectively designed transvaginal mesh made by Bard Inc. and Ethicon Inc. caused serious injuries have requested their cases be moved out of West Virginia and into Pennsylvania federal court so that their claims could be dealt with faster. More than 70,000 lawsuits in seven separate multidistrict litigations alleging injuries with transvaginal mesh from various manufacturers are pending in West Virginia. At least 23,000 of those are waged against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, and another 10,000 have been filed against Bard. This week, U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin, ... Read More