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AbbVie ignored heart risks with AndroGel, lawyer claims

AbbVie Inc., turned a blind eye on cardiovascular risks associated with its AndroGel testosterone replacement therapy, said the attorney for a man suing the company over claims that AndroGel caused a blood clot to develop deep in his veins. The only warning Robert Rowley had that his testosterone treatment could cause heart attacks, strokes and blood clots was a warning on the product’s safety label about an increased risk for polycythemia, a blood thickening disease that can lead to blood clots. “But it’s not the only way,” Rowley’s attorney told an Illinois federal jury during the latest bellwether trial in ... Read More

FTC Lawyers Granted Immunity for LabMD Data Breach Probe

Two Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawyers are immune from a lawsuit filed by the head of an Atlanta-based medical testing company who sued the FTC officials in 2015, claiming they stepped up an enforcement action against his company after he publicly criticized them. The ruling from the three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit shields FTC lawyers Alain Sheer and Ruth Yodaiken from retaliation allegations lodged by LabMD’s chief executive Michael Daugherty, whose company was being investigated for a data breach that exposed the personal information of nearly 10,000 patients. The decision of the Washington D.C. federal appeals court overturns an ... Read More

Jury Orders MARTA to Pay $9.6 Million in Falling Death Case

A Fulton County, Georgia, jury awarded $9.6 million to the son and estate of a man who was killed when he fell through a broken guardrail at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority’s (MARTA) Civic Center stop. Carlos Hicks, 42, was on the upper level of the MARTA station in February 2013 when he fell through a missing section of guardrail, causing him to plummet 20 feet to his death. The metal guardrail had been removed and replaced with a wooden section as part of a construction project that was never completed. Part of the wooden replacement had fallen off ... Read More

California Man Suffers Devastating Burns in E-Cigarette Explosion

A California man is suing the world’s leading battery manufacturer over severe burn injuries he suffered when his e-cigarette exploded in his pants pocket. According to the Los Angeles Times, 26-year-old Erik Howell of Glendale filed the personal injury lawsuit against LG Chem, the Korean chemical company that owns the lion’s share of the world’s battery market, in Los Angeles Superior Court. Mr. Howell alleges an LG Chem battery for his e-cigarette “violently exploded” in the front left pocket of his pants Jan. 15, setting his clothes on fire. The white-hot flames from the battery severely burned his legs and ... Read More

Wells Fargo Endangered Family in Protection Program, Lawsuit Alleges

A Minnesota family in a state victim protection program is suing Wells Fargo and one of its mortgage bankers, alleging the bank has endangered them by sending mail with the mother’s name to their secret location. The plaintiffs, a mother and daughter who went into victim protection after a neighbor sexually assaulted the daughter then threatened to kill them to prevent them from testifying, claim that Wells Fargo started mailing them after the mother applied for a mortgage in 2016. They also allege that they started receiving mail from outside vendors – a sign that Wells Fargo sold their information. ... Read More

On the job amputation results in safety citation for Ohio Manufacturer

In March 2018, Liqui-Box Corp., a plastic bag manufacturer based out of Ashland, Ohio, received citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for repeated violations of safety measures involving the machinery in its manufacturing facility. The corporation is currently facing projected penalties of $155,208 for this failure to implement the standards and regulations put in place by OSHA, which the company is required by law to follow. An investigation was opened by OSHA when an employee of Liqui-Box Corp. suffered a partial amputation of his thumb while attempting to clear a bag-sealing machine of a jam that was ... Read More

SEC Awards ‘Safe Harbor’ Whistleblower $2.2 Million

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has awarded a whistleblower more than $2.2 million for tips that led to a successful enforcement action against a company for violations of securities laws. This latest SEC whistleblower award is unique in that it was the first such award paid under the SEC’s “safe harbor” rule, which accommodates whistleblowers who submit tips and other information to another federal agency before reporting it to the SEC. The “safe harbor” provision of the Exchange Act Rule provides that if a whistleblower submits information to another federal agency and then submits the same information to ... Read More

Apartment Owner Settles Negligent Security Death Case For $6 Million

The former owner of an Atlanta-area apartment complex will pay $6 million to settle a negligent-security lawsuit brought by the family of a man who was killed by a gunshot to the head in his SUV while his children looked on. Larry Grigsby Jr., 42, was visiting someone who lived at the West Place apartment complex on Six Flags Drive in Austell in July 2016 with his children, an 8-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter. Mr. Grigsby was driving toward the exit of the apartment complex when he was killed by a single gunshot to the head. The vehicle crashed ... Read More

Wells Fargo Whistleblower Allegedly Fired For Reporting Foreign Exchange Violations

Wells Fargo Bank finds itself facing another whistleblower lawsuit, this time filed by the former head of the bank’s foreign exchange (FX) group who says the bank encouraged employees to “make false and misleading representations to customers, to engage in abusive sales practices, and to enrich themselves at the expense of clients.” According to The Mercury News, whistleblower Simon Fowles alleges he voiced complaints about the unlawful and unethical practices to managers at the San Francisco-based banking giant for years but that his concerns essentially fell on deaf ears. Mr. Fowles claims he warned high-level Wells Fargo executives about “significant ... Read More

Head injury risk in childrens sports a growing debate in family court

The debate about whether to let children play football due to the risk of repeated concussions which could have detrimental, lifelong consequences, has become a growing debate in divorce proceedings in family court. “You always heard it sometimes, when one parent would say ‘I don’t want him doing that because he might get hurt,’” said Allen E. Mayefsky, a leading divorce lawyer and former president of the New York chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. “Usually we thought the parent was just overprotective. Now, it’s more of a real medical issue.” That’s because scientific evidence has emerged in ... Read More