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Patients suing maker of defective blood test kits

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Two people have filed a proposed class action lawsuit in Massachusetts federal court alleging health diagnostics company Alere Inc. used deceptive marketing practices to lure customers into buying its inaccurate home blood test kits that yielded inaccurate results and put patients’ lives at risk. J.E. from Virginia and J.D. from Arizona filed an amended complaint in October over Alere’s INRatio system, which is used to measure blood clotting factors in patients’ blood and lets patients know whether dosages of their blood thinning medication warfarin need to be adjusted to prevent spontaneous bleeding or the formation of a blood clot. According ... Read More

Plaintiffs ask judge not to transfer Invokana side effects lawsuits to NJ

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More than 100 people suing Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals over kidney damage allegedly caused by the companies’ diabetes drug Invokana are asking a Pennsylvania federal judge not to transfer their cases to a recently established multidistrict litigation (MDL) in New Jersey, arguing doing so would go against common logic. Johnson & Johnson and its unit Janssen filed a motion last November to stay and transfer or dismiss 106 of the 143 cases that had been filed in Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas and later removed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Plaintiffs argue ... Read More

Judge reduces award in medical ice pack device lawsuit

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A California appeals court found a $12.7 million jury verdict against the manufacturer of an ice pack device used to speed recovery following surgery and other defendants to be excessive, trimming the award to $1.45 million. The lawsuit was filed by the family Whitney Engler, who in 2003 at the age of 15 underwent knee surgery for an injury she sustained as a high school athlete. She was treated with a Polar Care 500, a device made by Breg Inc., designed like an ice pack that delivers continuous cold therapy to the injury site. Engler alleges she was told the ... Read More

DOL Sues Jerky Maker For Firing Whistleblower Who Tried To Help Injured Coworker

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When a worker at a West Virginia beef jerky manufacturing plant accidentally suffered a thumb amputation on the job, a coworker rushed to assistance, applying pressure to the wound and using her cell phone to call 911. But instead of rewarding her quick action in helping her injured coworker, Lone Star Western Beef of Fairmont, W. Va., punished the worker. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that John M. Bachman, the company’s owner, ordered the worker to hang up her phone before responders could answer. He then collected the severed portion of the wounded worker’s thumb and told a ... Read More

NeuStar to pay $180K For Using Severance Agreements to Silence Whistleblowers

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A Virginia-based technology firm has agreed to pay a $180,000 penalty to settle charges that it unlawfully used severance agreements to bar employees from communicating information about regulatory violations and other wrongdoing to federal regulators. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said that NeuStar Inc., a company that provides real-time information and analytics for the internet, telecommunications, entertainment, and marketing industries, used its severance agreements to block at least one employee from talking with the SEC in violation of a federal whistleblower protection rule in U.S. securities laws. According to the SEC, NeuStar routinely entered into severance agreements that contained a broad ... Read More

Volkswagen Executive Arrested For Duping U.S. In Emission Cheat Probe

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) authorities arrested a Volkswagen executive in Florida Saturday, accusing him of conspiracy to defraud the United States by blocking regulators from discovering that diesel-powered VW vehicles had been programmed to cheat emissions tests. According to the New York Times, the FBI accuses Oliver Schmidt, a German national, of misleading auto regulators after a University of West Virginia study in early 2014 uncovered discrepancies in VW diesel car emissions. The former top VW emissions compliance manager for Volkswagen in the U.S., Mr. Schmidt allegedly played a central role in trying to convince investigators that excessive emissions ... Read More

Tennessee-Based Hospice Provider Seeks Dismissal of Whistleblower Lawsuit

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Tennessee-based hospice care provider Caris Healthcare has asked a federal judge to toss a whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit alleging the company admitted and retained patients who were not terminally ill, collecting millions in false Medicare claims for several years of unnecessary care. The complaint, filed on behalf of the U.S. government in 2014 by whistleblower Barbara Hinkle, was unsealed in June after the federal government chose to intervene in the suit, effectively taking over its litigation. Government prosecutors chose to pursue some of the lawsuit’s claims, and the others were voluntarily dismissed. Ms. Hinkle, a former nurse who worked ... Read More

Sikorsky Reaches Settlement Over Deadly 2014 Navy Helicopter Crash

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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to settle wrongful death and negligence claims filed in connection with a January 2014 crash of a Navy helicopter that killed three crewmembers during a routine training exercise off the coast of Virginia Beach. According to the Associated Press, the Connecticut-based helicopter manufacturer reached a “settlement in principle” with the widows of the three crewmembers and a survivor of the crash. Claims against General Electric, DuPont, and L-3 Communications Corp., also named as defendants for their alleged role in the crash, are still in litigation. On Jan. 8, 2014, a Sikorsky MH-53E Sea Dragon was ... Read More

Credit Card Skimming Suspects Operating in Several States Nabbed in Alabama

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Only two days left before Christmas and most people are focused on family and friends and maybe finishing last minute shopping. But arrests made earlier this week by law enforcement agencies in Dale and Baldwin County, Ala., serve as a reminder that thieves can take the fun out of the holidays and much more from our wallets. Attorney General Luther Strange, Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker and the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office took down a multi-state theft operation on Wednesday. According to the Dothan Eagle, Reiner Perez Rives, age 34, and Eunises Llorca Meneses, age 30, both of the Orlando, ... Read More

Fuel Tanker Crashes And Explodes In Deadly Baltimore Multi-Vehicle Pileup

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A massive pile-up involving nearly 70 vehicles, including a fuel tanker truck that plummeted off a bridge and exploded, left two people dead and dozens of others injured on I-95 in Baltimore Saturday morning. Baltimore authorities investigating the deadly pileup haven’t determined what might have set off the chain reaction of crashes, but they took place at a time when ice and arctic temperatures caused havoc on interstates and roads across much of the country. Maryland Department of Transportation officials said that 68 vehicles were involved in the pileup. A man identified as Marvellous Amasiatu was filming traffic on I-95, ... Read More