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OSHA Orders Salon To Pay Employee Fired For Whistleblower Complaint

A Pennsylvania hair salon will have to pay a former employee $40,000 in back pay after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found the salon owners unlawfully fired the employee in retaliation for contacting OSHA with health and safety concerns. OSHA said the U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against Blown Away Dry Bar and Salon in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, on behalf of the hairstylist. The lawsuit was prompted by a complaint the hairstylist’s husband reported to OSHA. Business Insurance fills in some of the details of the case, announced by OSHA on Feb. 19. In March 2017, ... Read More

Prime Health Care Settles Another Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleging Medicare Fraud

Two employees of a Philadelphia hospital who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the hospital’s parent company and its founder have helped the U.S. government recover $1.25 million in Medicare funds. Prime Health Care Services and Dr. Prem Reddy, the company’s founder and CEO, agreed to settle the whistleblower lawsuit Feb. 14, resolving allegations that two of its hospitals, Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol Township, Pennsylvania, and Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, engaged in schemes to increase their Medicare billings. According to federal prosecutors, the whistleblowers alleged that the hospitals admitted Medicare beneficiaries who visited the ER when they should have ... Read More

First talc-related mesothelioma case to be tried in Philadelphia

The first trial alleging a talcum powder product was contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos and caused a woman’s fatal mesothelioma is scheduled to begin this week in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. But instead of Johnson & Johnson in the hot seat, Colgate-Palmolive Co. will be defending the case. The trial involves the case of Sally Brandt, who was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in November 2015. She and her husband filed a lawsuit a month later alleging she was exposed to the carcinogenic mineral through years of using Colgate-Palmolive’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder. Brandt has since passed away. Brandt’s trial ... Read More

Ethicon hit with $41 million verdict over defective transvaginal mesh claims

A woman who endured nine surgeries and nearly a dozen chemical cauterizations after her transvaginal mesh device eroded inside her body was awarded $41 million by a Philadelphia jury. Jurors found Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc., had negligently designed the mesh implant and never warned that the device could erode though the body’s soft tissue in the pelvis and cause permanent scarring, debilitating pain, and other problems, Law360 reported. Transvaginal mesh was designed to treat conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence. The mesh was implanted through the vagina. It was billed as a minimally ... Read More

Woman blames J&J talcum powder for her ovarian cancer diagnosis

Krystal Kim’s ovarian cancer was found by chance, during a minor surgery. She had no symptoms like bloating or pain. “That’s why it’s known as the silent killer,” she told The Philadelphia Tribune.  She underwent six rounds of chemotherapy before going into remission. When the cancer returned, she had a hysterectomy and had parts of her colon and intestines removed. That’s when she randomly took a quiz on social media asking if she had ovarian cancer and had she ever used talcum powder on her genitals for personal hygiene. She said yes to both. Then she was contacted by attorneys who ... Read More

Widow Sues Honeywell Over Husband’s Gas Explosion Death

The widow of a utility worker who was killed in a July 2017 gas explosion in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Honeywell International and other defendants, alleging their errors claimed the life of her husband. Richard Bouder, 54, was part of a three-worker UGI crew responding to reports of a gas odor at a house in Manor Township when a gas explosion leveled the house and rocked the surrounding neighborhood. Mr. Bouder was killed in the blast and the other two workers were seriously injured. Kim Bouder’s complaint, filed in Philadelphia County Court, includes claims ... Read More

Whistleblowers Help U.S. Recover $3.8 Million From Vascular Care Company

Two whistleblowers who alleged that a Philadelphia-based vascular health company and several of its subsidiaries were cheating Medicare and engaging in illegal kickback schemes have helped the U.S. recover more than $3.8 million. The whistleblowers filed separate lawsuits alleging Vascular Access Centers LP and 23 of its subsidiary companies violated the federal False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute, both of which are intended to protect U.S. taxpayer money from being squandered and misspent. The U.S. Department of Justice investigated the whistleblowers’ claims and chose to intervene, thereby taking over their litigation. ‘ According to the Justice Department, Vascular Access Centers ... Read More

J&J settles lawsuit alleging Risperdal caused boy to grow breasts

Johnson & Johnson and its unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals have agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a Mississippi family that claimed the companies’ antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused their son to develop breasts, a disfiguring condition known as gynecomastia, according to Law360. The announcement came just days before the case was slated to go to trial in Pennsylvania state court. The settlement follows a Superior Court ruling in January during which a global order barring punitive damages on gynecomastia claims with Risperdal in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas was upended. Suddenly faced with the potential of  punitive damages, Johnson ... Read More

McMaster family sues nursing home for father’s wrongful death

The family of H. R. McMaster Sr., the father of President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, has filed a lawsuit against Cathedral Village in Philadelphia alleging the senior living facility was negligent in the care of McMaster, which led to his wrongful death. Nurse Christann Gainey was also charged in the incident with neglect of a care-dependent person, involuntary manslaughter, and tampering with records related to McMaster’s death. She was held for trial after waiving her preliminary hearing. McMaster, a resident at Cathedral Village, allegedly suffered a fall on April 13. Gainey is charged with failing to administer eight ... Read More

Seaman’s lawsuit says companies exposed him to toxic benzene

A Philadelphia man is suing a long list of corporations alleging that they exposed him to “significant amounts” of carcinogenic benzene and other chemicals during his employment as a seaman and crewmember on several U.S. Merchant Marine vessels performing ship maintenance and repairs. He claims benzene exposure contributed to his leukemia diagnosis, the Pennsylvania Record reported. Jose A. Vivas filed his lawsuit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas against companies like Manhattan Tankers Company Inc., Exxon Mobil Corporation (c/o Corporation Services Company), Sunoco (R&M) LLC, Hudson Waterways Corporation, U.S. Steel Corporation, Marathon Oil Corporation, Residual Enterprises Corporation, Sea ... Read More