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Five-Year Study on IVC Filter Use In Progress

A large-scale clinical research trial involving multi-specialty prospective will study and evaluate the use of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters in the U.S. The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) are teaming up to conduct the first-ever IVC filter trial, which officially launched in Spring of 2015. The FDA issued a medical alert in August of 2010 warning of the potential for retrievable IVC filters such as C.R. Bard’s Recovery, G2 and G2 Express, as well as Cook Medical’s Gunther Tulip and Celect models to migrate or fracture, potentially putting the life of the patient in danger. This prompted ... Read More

Georgia Supreme Court orders new trial for plaintiffs in Ford rollover case

The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Ford Motor Co. “willfully” misled plaintiffs about its insurance coverage in a product liability case involving a vehicular rollover, and agreed with a lower court’s decision granting the plaintiffs a new trial. Plaintiffs Jordan and Renee Conley sued Ford in December 2007 for a Ford Explorer rollover crash in 2006 that killed one person and left another with traumatic brain injury. A state jury, however, returned a verdict in favor of Ford in the 2009 trial. Since that ruling, however, evidence emerged in another case that indicated Ford intentionally misled the plaintiffs during ... Read More

Jury convicts BP engineer for obstructing investigation of Gulf oil spill

A jury in a federal New Orleans court convicted former BP drilling engineer Kurt Mix on one count of obstruction for deleting text messages and voicemails from his cell phone that he was supposed to preserve as evidence in the ongoing BP trial and investigations of its massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The deadlocked jury appeared to be headed for a possible mistrial Tuesday before finally reaching a verdict in the case on Wednesday. The obstruction of justice charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. The jury acquitted Mr. Mix of ... Read More

Former Atlantic City Police Chief wins whistleblower suit alleging retaliation

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A New Jersey jury has awarded Atlantic City’s former chief of police John Mooney $3.7 million, finding that city officials retaliated against him by cutting his job in 2010 after he reported alleged fraud and illegal activity by the City, Mayor Lorenzo Langford, and then-Public Safety Director Christine Petersen. Mr. Mooney’s whistleblower lawsuit alleged that the City Hall retaliated against him, using mass layoffs as a guise because it had no other justification in firing him after he exposed the alleged wrongdoing. A New Jersey Superior Court judge previously ruled that he was not in a ... Read More

Justice Dept urges court to try whistleblower’s lawsuit against Lance Armstrong

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, who for years illegally used performance enhancing drugs to give him an edge over competition, says the U.S. Postal Service, his biggest sponsor, should have known about his doping. The dethroned cycling champion is attempting to have a USPS lawsuit against him thrown out by arguing that USPS officials “did nothing” and continued to back him when his Tour de France received widespread media coverage. Last week, the U.S. Justice Department objected to Mr. Armstrong’s assertions, which he presented to the court in July, saying that “the government and the rest of the world” ... Read More

California plaintiffs allegedly injured by ExxonMobil contamination win appeal

Dozens of personal injury claims filed by former residents of a Los Angeles County public housing complex against ExxonMobil Corp. may go to trial, a California appeals court ruled Sept. 24, reversing a decision of a trial court that found the cases had expired on statute of limitations. Fifty-eight occupants of the Ujima Village Apartments complex who sued ExxonMobil in 2010 after discovering contamination of the land and groundwater at the housing site posed serious health risks argued that those risks weren’t disclosed in 2007, the year county authorities held community meetings to announce future housing options in the event the ... Read More

Judge calls BP counsel “sloppy” in Texas City pollution trial

A Texas judge presiding over litigation involving BP’s alleged release of half a million tons of carcinogenic gases in Texas City, Texas, sharply rebuked the oil giant’s lawyer, calling him “sloppy” for improperly using and mischaracterizing evidence during trial. Galveston County District Judge Lonnie Cox heard a midtrial motion made by a plaintiffs’ attorney seeking to remove attorney Damond Mace as BP’s counsel. Despite the judge’s own objections to Mr. Mace’s court performance, however, he denied the motion. “I’m just going to tell you this, damn it. This is getting kind of sloppy here,” Judge Cox said after temporarily excusing ... Read More

Jury awards New Mexico whistleblower thousands in lost wages and benefits

SANTA FE, N.M. – A jury of 12 has ordered the New Mexico Department of Health to pay a former employee $134,000 in lost pay and benefits she lost after being fired from her job for reporting alleged wrongdoing within the agency. Jennifer Smith had been employed by the state health department for six years before she was fired in July 2012. She filed a whistleblower complaint against the department, alleging her supervisors harassed her and retaliated against her for calling out financial mismanagement within the HIV Services Program. Her allegations included failure to compensate providers, missing budget data, and ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh company settles lawsuit just before trial begins

Just minutes before a transvaginal mesh bellwether case in multidistrict litigation (MDL) was to begin, the judge announced that medical device manufacturer C.R. Bard had reached a settlement with defendants. The agreement comes less than a week after the company was ordered to pay $2 million in the first bellwether trial. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but it represents just a drop in the bucket of litigation facing the medical device company related to its Avaulta transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuits allege the mesh, which is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, caused internal injuries ... Read More

Watson Pharmaceuticals settles fraud allegations with Louisiana for $8.5 million

Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. has agreed to pay Louisiana $8.5 million to settle allegations that it defrauded the state’s Medicaid program by artificially inflating its wholesale drug prices. The resolution came on Tuesday just before state attorneys were to give opening statements before a 12-person jury in Louisiana’s 19th Judicial District Court. Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell initiated the complaint against Watson Pharmaceuticals, alleging the company had defrauded taxpayers and the state’s Medicaid program by violating the Louisiana Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act and Louisiana’s Medical Assistance Programs Integrity Law. “We are prepared to present these fraud cases to ... Read More