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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

Whistleblower’s Import Fraud Case Helps U.S. Recover $10.5 Million

A whistleblower who filed a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging Bassett Mirror Company was evading customs duties by misclassifying its imported furniture has helped the U.S. government recover $10.5 million. Bassett Mirror Company, a Virginia-based home furnishing company, imports wooden bedroom furniture from the People’s Republic of China. According to the whistleblower allegations, Bassett evaded paying antidumping duties on those furniture imports by intentionally misclassifying them as non-bedroom furniture. Antidumping duties are put in place to protect U.S. manufacturers from foreign companies “dumping” products on the U.S. market at prices below cost. The U.S. Commerce Department assesses the duties and the ... Read More

VW Emissions Settlements Don’t Affect County Claims, Plaintiffs Argue

Settlements resolving claims over Volkswagen’s (VW) emissions cheat and the federal Clean Air Act do not bar air pollution complaints lodged by Hillsborough County, Florida, and Salt Lake County, Utah, lawyers for the counties told a California federal court. Volkswagen is pressing the U.S. District Court in San Francisco to toss the counties’ claims that they are entitled to compensation for pollution caused by VW’s emissions cheat under state laws. Those complaints are currently included in multidistrict litigation (MDL) consolidated in the California court. In 2014, West Virginia University researchers and other members of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) discovered ... Read More

Auxilium settles testosterone side effects case before trial

Days before Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc., was scheduled to go to court over claims that its testosterone replacement therapy Testim caused an Alabama man to suffer a stroke, the drug company announced it had settled with the plaintiff, the terms of which have not been disclosed. The lawsuit was brought by Robert Hoehl and his wife Kathleen, and the trial was scheduled to begin Jan. 8. At one point, the case was positioned as the lead in a proposed mass tort over testosterone side effects. Hoehl sued Auxilium in 2014 alleging that in October 2011, at the age of 62, he ... Read More

Takata Airbag Class Settlements Get Final Approval

A $741-million settlement resolving consumer class actions against BMW, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota for dangerously defective Takata airbag the automakers used in their vehicles has been granted final approval. U.S. District Court Judge Federico A. Moreno in Florida approved the settlements on Nov. 1. The four automakers are the first to exit sweeping multidistrict litigation (MDL) over consumer economic-loss claims stemming from Takata airbags, which prompted the largest auto safety recall in U.S. history. The settlements were initially announced in May, with Toyota agreeing to pay $278.5 million. BMW of North America agreed to pay $131 million to resolve the ... Read More

Financial analyst questions J&J’s adherence to Credo

Analysts at Investment website Seeking Alpha, which features stock market insights and financial analysis provided by investors and industry experts, have been asking questions about the cost of talc litigation and Johnson and Johnson’s reputation. One recently wrote an in-depth piece highlighting the vast number of products that J&J has faced liability claims over in the recent past, specifically calling attention to the company’s “criminal admissions.” DoctoRx says that the will list, “several legal issues which both challenge the company’s adherence to its highly promoted ‘Credo’ and may challenge its finances.” The following quote is posted on the company’s “Our ... Read More

Nissan Settles Takata Economic-Loss Dispute For $98 Million

Nissan Motor Co. has agreed to pay nearly $98 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by car owners who claim defective Takata airbags diminished the value of their vehicles. The $97.7 million economic-loss complaint covers about 4.4 million Nissan vehicles in the U.S. It follows similar settlements between car owners and BMW AG, Mazda Motor Corp, Toyota Motor Corp, and Subaru Corp, which arrived at settlements totaling $553 million. A federal judge in Miami granted preliminary approval to those agreements in June and a final approval date has been set for Oct. 25. The agreements cover nearly 16 million ... Read More

W. Va. law protects nursing homes against elder abuse claims

A new law that went into effect in West Virginia this month gives nursing homes an added layer of protection in the event they are sued for elder abuse or neglect, or wrongful death. As of July 1, people who want to sue a nursing home have one year to file their lawsuit and and can only file it in the county in which the nursing home is located. Previously, residents and their family members had two years to file and could do so in either the county they resided or worked in. The law is just another example of how ... Read More