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May 2017 Archives

Wal-Mart Seeks to Protect Investigator's Documents

To follow up on our previous blog, "Wal-Mart and Investors Contest Privileged Docs Regarding Bribery Scandal," Wal-Mart Stores Inc. ("Wal-Mart" or the "Company") has urged U.S. District Court Judge Susan Hickey to reverse her decision earlier this month that would allow shareholders to depose and gather documents from Ronald Halter, a former FBI investigator hired by Wal-Mart to look into the allegations that its Mexican operation ran on bribes.

Proposed Class Demands Docs in Namenda Antitrust Suit

The high costs of health care is a major issue in the U.S., which was highlighted in 2015 when Turing Pharmaceuticals notoriously increased the price of the drug that is used as the standard of care for treating a life-threatening parasitic infection from $13 to $750 overnight. When drug companies monopolize a drug through patents, it makes it extremely hard to maintain affordable prices, which becomes particularly unjust when dealing with people's health. Luckily, antitrust laws can help remedy this effect of monopolized drugs.

Feds intervene in health care fraud whistleblower lawsuits

What do you do if you are a billing employee for a health care entity in Connecticut or elsewhere -- a doctor's office, say, or a hospital, clinic, pharmacy, medical device maker, pharmaceutical manufacturer or other participant -- and you note an incongruity between a product or services code and what a patient or other party actually received?

McDonald's to Pay Close to $750k in Unpaid Overtime Wages for Overnight Workers

McDonald's Restaurants of California Inc. ("McDonald's" or the "Company") will likely have to pay approximately $750,000 for violating state overtime laws due to its handling of overnight shifts. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ann Jones decided on April 20, 2017 that the Company violated the state's overtime law, and therefore, was liable to pay damages to the affected workers. However, Judge Jones subsequently ruled, on June 9th, that the workers failed to prove the violations were willful, which limited the damages to approximately $750,000.

Product liability focus: SCOTUS lets lower-court's GM ruling stand

General Motors' executives and shareholders have been decidedly unhappy for over a week now, in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court action that essentially crushed hopes that the behemoth automaker might escape future liability that could potentially cost the company a flatly astronomical amount of money.