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Counsel appointed for Taxotere MDL

On Nov. 17, 2016, the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana’s Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt issued Pretrial Order No. 2, appointing two New Orleans attorneys as Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel and one as Defendants’ Liaison Counsel in the Taxotere (Docetaxel) Products Liability Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). Taxotere is a chemotherapy drug that is used to treat many kinds of cancers including breast, lung, prostate, stomach, and head and neck cancer. The manufacturer of the drug, Sanofi SA, is accused of illegally, untruthfully marketing Taxotere as superior to similar competing drugs, while concealing from American consumers that the drug caused permanent ... Read More

Popular PPI heartburn drugs may increase risk of stroke

Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, such as Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid or Nexium have been linked to another dangerous side effect. “PPIs have been associated with unhealthy vascular function, including heart attacks, kidney disease and dementia,” noted the lead researcher in a recent study, which will be peer reviewed and published soon, according to KFOR. At an American Heart Association conference in New Orleans, the researchers presented preliminary findings that these widely used drugs, in addition to many other worrying side effects already being noted, may also increase users’ risk of ischemic stroke. This is the most common type of stroke, ... Read More

New Orleans Health care Providers Sentenced To Prison For Medicare Fraud

A federal court in New Orleans has sentenced the owner of a home health care company and a physician who served as its director to prison Wednesday for orchestrating a scheme to defraud Medicare out of millions of dollars. Chief U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt of the Eastern District of Louisiana sentenced Elaine Davis, 60, of New Orleans to 96 months in prison for her role in a $34-million Medicare fraud scheme run by her company, Christian Home Health Inc. Dr. Pramela Ganji, 67, of Harahan, Louisiana, who served as the medical director of Christian Home Health from 2010 ... Read More

Bus Driver In Deadly Louisiana Crash Says Employer Knew He Was Unlicensed

The driver who lost control of a bus near New Orleans last month, slamming into a fire truck and two other vehicles, told investigators his employer knew that he was unlicensed. Denis Yasmir Amaya Amaya-Rodriguez, a 37-year-old undocumented immigrant from Honduras, told Jambalaya News Louisiana that he didn’t want to drive a commercial bus on the morning of Aug. 28 because he was unlicensed and unqualified. Mr. Amaya-Rodriguez departed from the Target in Metairie with two dozen passengers headed to Baton Rouge.  About 20 miles later, his bus plowed into two passenger vehicles and a fire truck stopped at the ... Read More

Sculpture Honoring Eleven Workers Killed Aboard Deepwater Horizon Appears In New Orleans

When sculptor Michael Manjarris found the person sitting next to him on a flight from Texas to New Orleans was a grieving parent of one of the 11 workers killed in BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion, an idea for a public art project commemorating the fallen workers began to take shape. On Friday, Sept. 9, that idea became a reality with the installation of a sculpture by Laurel, Miss., artist Jason Kimes named ELEVEN on the Elysian Fields Avenue median near the corner of Dauphine in New Orleans. For many family members of the 11 workers killed in the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon ... Read More

Damaged Pipeline Releases Crude Oil spill Off Louisiana Coast

A ship performing excavation work off the Louisiana coast struck an oil pipeline Monday morning, setting off an oil spill that released more than 5,000 gallons of crude. The U.S. Coast Guard said that the pipeline, owned by Harvest Pipeline Company, discharged about 5,300 gallons of crude oil 590 miles south of New Orleans and 12 miles east of Grand Isle after it was damaged by a vessel operated by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company. The Coast Guard received a call about the oil spill just after 10 a.m. Monday. Coast Guard officials said Great Lake Dredge and Dock ... Read More

Man Taking First Flight, Pilot, Die In New Orleans Sightseeing Flight Crash

A Baton Rouge artist who pushed past his fear of flying and took his first airplane ride was one of two people killed when the sightseeing aircraft crashed into Lake Pontchartrain Saturday night after a nighttime tour of New Orleans. Reginald Hillard, 25, a tattoo artist and rapper, received the “Big Easy Lights at Night” sightseeing flight as a surprise gift from his girlfriend, Briana Davis. The flight was the first time Mr. Hillard had ever been in an airplane. “I ain’t never been this close to a plane before,” Mr. Hillard says as he approaches the airplane in an ... Read More

Driver Survives Plunge Into Pontchartrain After Truck Leaps Causeway Rails

NEW ORLEANS, LA. — Another vehicle jumped the low railings of the southbound lanes of the Pontchartrain Causeway Monday morning, plummeting into the lake below. Authorities investigating the accident said that a Toyota Tundra pickup truck attempting to change lanes collided with a Ford F150, forcing the Ford off the bridge. The Ford’s driver emerged from the lake moments after the crash with minor injuries. He was the only occupant of the vehicle. Monday’s accident was the 15th time in 20 years a vehicle has accidentally leapt the low railings and crashed into the lake, underscoring once again the need ... Read More

Invokana effective in type 1 diabetics but side effects persist

Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals announced promising efficacy results from a Phase II study showing improvements in blood sugar levels in type 1 diabetics who were treated with its type 2 diabetes drug Invokana. But the news was dampened when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new warnings for Invokana the same week as the pharmaceutical company’s announcement. Invokana, known chemically as canagliflozin, is in a class of diabetes drugs known as SGLT2 inhibitors. The medication is approved to treat patients with type 2 diabetes, but Janssen’s latest study focused on patients with type 1 diabetes, formerly known ... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court To Review Whistleblower Case Against State Farm

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by State Farm Fire and Casualty disputing the outcome of a whistleblower complaint accusing the insurance company of defrauding the federal government by misclassifying Hurricane Katrina damage on the Gulf Coast. The court will review a ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which last year upheld a 2013 jury finding in favor of the plaintiffs. Sisters Cori and Kerri Rigsby of Ocean Springs, Miss., filed the lawsuit under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. The sisters, who worked for an Alabama contractor hired ... Read More