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Wells Fargo Says Unauthorized Accounts Scandal May Be Much Larger

Wells Fargo warned in an Aug. 4 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it expects to find a “significant increase” in the number of unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts it opened for customers. “We expect that our review of the expanded time periods … may lead to a significant increase in the identified number of potentially unauthorized accounts,” Wells Fargo said in its SEC filing, according to CNBC. The bank added it does “not expect any incremental customer remediation costs as a result of these efforts to have a significant financial impact on the Company.” That ... Read More

Church Bus Crash Victims To Share $2 Million Settlement

The insurer for a South Carolina church has agreed to pay $2 million to the victims of a September 2016 bus crash that killed four passengers and injured dozens of others, most of them members of a community college football program. Southern Mutual Church Insurance Company agreed to pay the full amount of the insurance policy held by Sandy River Baptist Church of Chester, South Carolina. The payout includes $1 million for liability claims and $1 million for under-insured motorist claims, The (Charlotte, North Carolina) Herald reports. The Sandy River Baptist Church bus was transporting about two dozen football players from Clinton ... Read More

NTSB Says Workers Were Moving Natural Gas Meter When School Exploded

A natural gas explosion that ripped through a private Minneapolis school Aug. 2, killing two school employees and injuring nine others, occurred when utility workers were moving a gas meter, federal investigators said Friday. A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) team of investigators arrived at Minnehaha Academy’s upper campus in south Minneapolis Aug. 3 for a preliminary look at the blast site, which set part of the building ablaze, causing a partial collapse. “We understand that this explosion happened in the course of moving a gas meter; that’s what we’ll be exploring starting tomorrow,” NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said during ... Read More

Multiple Attempts to Retrieve Temporary IVC Filter Fail

A lawsuit has been filed against the manufacturer of a temporary IVC filter when multiple attempts to retrieve it failed. Jon F. from Oklahoma was implanted with an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter on Aug. 5, 2014, according to the Daily Hornet. Dr. Cordell L. Privat at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa performed the minor surgery to help prevent a pulmonary embolism (PE) from occurring. IVC filters are devices resembling a spider that are inserted into the vena cava, the largest vein in the body. They are intended to catch blood clots before they can travel to the heart or ... Read More

Monsanto Documents Elevate Roundup Safety concerns

Monsanto executives engaged in deceitful practices to boost the reputation of the company’s blockbuster weed killer Roundup in the media as it debated the safety of the product behind closed doors, company emails and other court documents released in ongoing litigation suggest. According to The New York Times, the documents are part of a case in federal court in San Francisco. Plaintiffs lawyers who released the documents say that Monsanto failed to file a motion that would have continued to keep the records under seal. “Now the world gets to see these documents that would otherwise remain secret,” one of ... Read More

Corrosion Linked To Deadly Ohio State Fair Ride Catastrophe

The ride was the Fire Ball, a spinning, swinging pendulum at the Ohio State Fair. It fell apart on July 26, tossing an entire car of people, The family of Tyler Jarrell is making plans with lawyers to file a wrongful death lawsuit. “Everyone who knew Tyler is grief-stricken and in shock,” Amber Duffield, Tyler's mother, said. "We just need to know how and why this happened, and whether it could have been avoided. We hope our demand for real answers will save others from being hurt or killed because of bad or dangerous amusement park rides.” ... Read More

Wells Fargo Pays $108 Million For Allegedly Defrauding Veterans

Wells Fargo & Co. has agreed to pay $108 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging the bank hit veterans with unauthorized fees on mortgage refinance loans and then hid those fees from the government when it applied for federal loan guarantees. The settlement brings to a close a protracted dispute brought by whistleblowers Victor Bibby and Brian Donnelly, both Georgia mortgage brokers, who sued the bank on behalf of the U.S. government in 2006 under the False Claims Act. The lawsuit remained under seal until 2011, when federal prosecutors declined to intervene in the case. Mr. Bibby and Mr. ... Read More

Whistleblower Complaint Ends With $6.5 Million Settlement

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has paid more than $6.5 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit alleging the hospital engaged in wrongful billing practices that resulted in it receiving higher reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid. The settlement brings to an end a protracted dispute initiated by anesthesiologists formerly employed by VUMC. The physicians filed the lawsuit on behalf of the U.S. government and the state of Tennessee in 2011 under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. The federal government and Tennessee government declined to intervene in the case, but the whistleblowers pressed ahead with their allegations. According to the ... Read More

Class action filed for victims of Wells Fargo auto insurance scheme

Another Wells Fargo scandal erupted in recent days following a New York Times report that the San Francisco-based bank enrolled more than 800,000 of its auto loan customers in unneeded car insurance policies without their consent. The dust barely began to settle on a series of previous Wells Fargo scandals – mortgage fraud that contributed to the 2009 financial crisis, sham credit card and deposit accounts, mortgage rate-lock fraud allegations, and whistleblower retaliation – when news broke July 27 that the bank defrauded its own auto loan customers. Wells Fargo and National General Insurance Company allegedly stole millions of dollars ... Read More

Celgene Pays $280 Million To Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit

Celgene Corp. has agreed to pay the U.S. $280 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging the pharmaceutical company defrauded Medicare and several state health care programs by promoting two drugs for purposes unapproved by federal regulators. According to the office of Sandra Brown, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, the New Jersey-based drug company promoted the cancer treatment drugs Thalomid and Revlimid for off-label uses that the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) never approved and which were not covered by federal health care programs. But it was Celgene’s promotion of Thalomid, a drug originally prescribed ... Read More