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Imerys files for bankruptcy amid mounting talc litigation

Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an effort to protect itself against more than 14,600 lawsuits in the U.S. that claim its talc causes cancer. Imerys Talc Vermont and Imerys Talc Canada Inc., also filed for bankruptcy. All three are subsidiaries of Paris-based Imerys SA. The filing will enable the companies to establish a trust to fund current and future claims. All lawsuits against the company involving cancer claims will also be centralized under one judge. “After carefully evaluating all possible options, we determined pursuing Chapter 11 protection is the best ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson will pay for $4.69 billion talc verdict one way or the other

Last July, Johnson & Johnson was hit with a staggering $4.69 billion verdict – one of the largest jury awards in the country – over claims that its Johnson’s Baby Powder and other talcum powder products contain asbestos – a known carcinogen – and contributed to the ovarian cancer diagnoses of 22 women. The news sent the company’s stock into its biggest annual share loss in a decade. But the company may never pay a dime of that verdict. The consumer health care giant is appealing the massive verdict. Its chances of seeing the award slashed or even stricken completely ... Read More

U.S. Attorney General Nominee Vows to Uphold False Claims Act

Stepping back from previous criticism of the False Claims Act, William Barr, Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General, pledged he would stand by the law that authorizes whistleblowers to sue on behalf of the U.S. government and American taxpayers. Mr. Barr, who served as the attorney general in President George H.W. Bush’s administration from 1991 to 1993, once described the False Claims Act as an “abomination” and displayed an appetite to challenge the law, which he viewed as unconstitutional. In 1989, Mr. Barr wrote that the whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act replaced the Judicial Department’s prosecutorial discretion ... Read More

After much negotiation, Congress passes sexual harassment bill

After nearly a year of negotiations prompted by the #MeToo movement and highlighted by a battery of lawmaker resignations, the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation to address the issue of sexual harassment in Congress. The measure updates the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, and holds lawmakers financially responsible for any settlements made to resolve sexual harassment allegations. It also eases the process for congressional employees to report inappropriate behavior and adds more transparency to any settlements made to resolve such claims. “We believe this is a strong step toward creating a new standard in Congress that will set a ... Read More

J&J agrees to settle many Invokana side effects lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to settle a large number of lawsuits pending in a multidistrict litigation in New Jersey accusing the company’s diabetes drug Invokana of causing kidney failure, diabetic ketoacidosis or amputations, according to the New Jersey Law Journal. A settlement fund is expected to be ruled on by Nov. 19. It’s unclear how many of the more than 1,000 cases are included in the settlement, but attorneys say more settlements are likely. Bellwethers from the multidistrict litigation were set to go to trial as early as January 2019, but those orders were ... Read More

Defense Contractor Pays $7.8 Million To Resolve Fraud Allegations

A defense contractor has agreed to pay $7.8 million to settle allegations with the U.S. government that it illegally exploited military contracts set aside for small businesses. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia said that Arena Event Services Inc., which does business as Arena Americas, coordinated with Military Training Solutions LLC (MTS) to obtain the small business contracts. Congress mandates that a certain amount of government contracts go to small businesses as a way to encourage small business growth. These contracts prohibit the small business from being affiliated with a non-small business, while also limiting the ... Read More

Florida Ambulance Co. Settles Whistleblower Fraud Case

A whistleblower was instrumental in helping the U.S. recover $1.2 million in federal health care funds from a Jacksonville, Florida-based ambulance company, the U.S. Attorney in Orlando said. Liberty Ambulance agreed to pay the $1.2 million to resolve allegations that it overbilled Medicare, Medicaid, and other taxpayer-funded health care programs for transporting patients. Liberty knowingly up-coded claims for life-support services from “basic” to “advanced” without justification, according to the whistleblower lawsuit. The complaint also alleged that Liberty billed Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program for unnecessary patient transportation. The alleged activity occurred between June 2005 and ... Read More

AbbVie faces more lawsuits in testosterone MDL

AbbVie Inc., prevailed in the latest bellwether trial accusing the company’s testosterone treatment AndroGel of causing heart attacks, strokes and blood clots, but AbbVie and other testosterone manufacturers still face thousands more lawsuits consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. This is the third of five bellwether trials that have been won by testosterone makers. The other two have resulted in a total of $143 million in verdicts for the plaintiffs. The latest trial involved the case of Rober Rowley who was prescribed AndroGel in 2012 to treat fatigue. Years earlier, ... Read More

Verdict reached in latest testosterone side effects trial

Jurors in the fifth bellwether to be tried a multi district litigation (MDL) accusing testosterone replacement therapies of causing serious cardiovascular events found in favor of the defense. More than 6,500 cases remain in the MDL against testosterone makers, where previous verdicts have resulted in multimillion dollar awards to victims of testosterone side effects. Arthur Myers and his wife Heather sued AbbVie Inc., in 2015, claiming Arthur was lured to seek specific testing and treatment for low testosterone by the drug company’s direct-to-consumer advertising for its top-selling testosterone treatment AndroGel. In February 2008, Arthur suffered a pulmonary embolism, or blood ... Read More

Tennessee Chiropractor Settles Whistleblower’s Opioid Allegations

A Tennessee chiropractor who allegedly prescribed opioids with no legitimate medical purpose through his four pain clinics and then billed Medicare and Medicaid for them will pay the U.S. more than $1.45 million plus interest to settle the accusations, which were initiated by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act. The U.S. Department of Justice said that from 2011 through 2014, Lenior City chiropractor Matthew Anderson and his management company PMC LLC, which managed four now-defunct pain clinics, wrote opioid prescriptions for patients who had no legitimate need for them. The patients, many of them Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, had ... Read More