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Nursing home faces two wrongful death lawsuits

Two families have filed lawsuits against a Massachusetts nursing home claiming the facilities are to blame for the residents’ wrongful deaths, according to the Lowell Sun. The lawsuits were filed against the Beaumont Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center by the families of 89-yer-old Betty “Betsy” Crane and 85-year-old Vincent Walsh. Both patients died from injuries sustained from falls. According to the complaint, Crane fell July 29, 2015, and died about a week later from blunt force head trauma. Walsh fell Sept. 15, 2015, and died four days later of blunt force head trauma. The lawsuits claim that the Department of ... Read More

Whistleblower Lawsuit Helps U.S. Recover $13.4 million

A whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit against four cardiac monitoring companies has led to a $13.4 million settlement, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said. The deal resolves allegations brought by whistleblower Eben Steele, a former sales manager at McKinney, Texas-based diagnostic firm Spectocor LLC against his employer and its affiliate AMI Monitoring Inc., also of McKinney, Texas, and their owner and president, Joseph H. Bogdan. Other defendants named in the whistleblower suit, Medi-Lynx Cardiac Monitoring LLC, of Plano, Texas, and its majority owner, MEDICALgorithmics S.A., a Warsaw, Poland-based biotechnology company, were also part of the settlement, the Justice Department ... Read More

Opioid industry, drugmakers targeted by Ohio

The State of Ohio is taking aim at the pharmaceutical industry, filing suit against four companies for allegedly conducting marketing campaigns that misled doctors and patients about the serious risk of addiction and overdose associated with opioids, according to the New York Times. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s lawsuit claims that the powerful painkillers were originally intended to treat acute, or short-term pain. But in the past 20 years, doctors have started doling out the drugs for less acute pain, and for stretches of months or years, contributing to a national prescription drug epidemic for which opioids reign supreme. More ... Read More

Diet pill maker pays $1.9M to settle false claims

Dietary supplement makers Pure Health LLC and Genesis Today Inc., continue to pay for deceiving consumers about miracle weight loss with its green coffee bean extract promoted on television programs like “The Dr. Oz Show,” according to Law360. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this week ordered the return of $1.9 million to 38,553 consumers who purchased the weight loss supplement from retail stores based on claims the product could help consumers shed 17 pounds and 16 percent of their body fat in just three months. Consumers who purchased the supplements at retail stores who submitted claims by the deadline received ... Read More

Next St. Louis talc-ovarian cancer trial to start in June

It’s been just over two weeks since the conclusion of the last trial in St. Louis against Johnson and Johnson over the ovarian cancer risk connected to its talc-containing products. In that trial the Missouri jury found the company and its talc provider, Imerys, to be responsible for the development of plaintiff Lois Slemp’s ovarian tumors. She had used Johnson and Johnson products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene for four decades prior to being diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Slemp’s was the fifth bellwether trial to be held in the state, where thousands ... Read More

Caleb Schwab’s Family Settled Waterslide Death for Nearly $20 Million

The family of Caleb Schwab, who was killed last summer on the Verrückt waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, will receive nearly $20 million in settlement payments from companies found to be liable for the accident. According to The Kansas City Star, “It’s believed to be the largest settlement of its kind paid in a wrongful death case involving a minor in either Kansas or Missouri.” Caleb, the son of Kansas State representative Scott Schwab, was decapitated on August 7 after becoming airborne on the 168-foot-tall waterslide, which the park touted as the tallest waterslide in the world since ... Read More

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller Picked To Administrate Takata Compensation Fund

A federal judge in Michigan has tapped former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to administrate nearly $1 billion in compensation claims for automakers and U.S. victims harmed by defective Takata airbags that deployed with excessive force or exploded. U.S. District Judge George Steeh issued a notice of intent April 6 to select Mr. Mueller to oversee the Takata compensation fund, which allocates $850 million to the car manufacturers that face costly recalls and lawsuits stemming from the defective airbags and $125 million to the human victims, both past and future. Judge Steeh chose Mr. Mueller to administrate the compensation ... Read More

Michigan advocacy group files lawsuit against nursing home over abuse, neglect claims

The Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service (MPAS) filed a lawsuit in Flint U.S. District court against Medilodge of Grand Blanc nursing home in Grand Blanc, Michigan, over reports of a male resident at the facility found unresponsive at the facility in 2016 who was taken to the hospital where he died the next day. The lawsuit alleges the man, who had physical and neurological disabilities, was not receiving adequate care from staff at the facility. MPAS claims in its lawsuit that there was probable cause to launch an investigation into the possibility of abuse or neglect at the long-term and ... Read More

Whistleblower settlement details should be open to public, New Jersey Lawmaker says

A New Jersey lawmaker has called on the state’s attorney general asking him to release documents related to a $1.5 million whistleblower settlement between the state and former Hunterdon County prosecutor Ben Barlyn, who claimed he was fired for speaking out against alleged misconduct in Governor Chris Christie’s administration. According to the Associated Press, Democratic New Jersey Assemblyman John McKeon wrote to state Attorney General Christopher Porrino on Monday, March 27, saying that taxpayers had a right to know if the state’s legal expenses in the case, which amounted to nearly $4 million, were justified. Mr. Barlyn, who now works ... Read More

Texas Woman Suffers Eye Injury When Takata Airbag Deploys In Honda Fender Bender

A South Texas woman says she suffered eye damage when a minor low-speed fender bender caused the Takata airbag inside her 2012 Honda Civic to deploy with violent force. Mary Lou Rodriguez, a resident of the Rio Grande Valley city of Harlingen, Texas, told LawyersAndSettlements.com that she was driving her Honda in her neighborhood no more than 15 mph when she clipped a parked truck. Although the impact was slight, it triggered the airbags in her Honda. Ms. Rodriguez said there was a loud bang and she was forcefully thrust backward into her seat when the airbag deployed. “I was ... Read More