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Ford Ordered to Pay $4.8 Million in Damages to Man Harmed in Ford Explorer Accident

On August 29, 2018, jurors in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas awarded damages of $4.8 million to Jose Leos-Ortiz (“Leos-Ortiz”), who had to have his arm amputated after his 1999 Ford Explorer (“Explorer”) rolled over. After six days of testimony and four hours of deliberation, the jury decided Leos-Ortiz’s […]

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Class of Thai Restaurant Employees in New York City Win Certification

On August 29, 2018, federal Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron granted conditional collective certification to a class of former restaurant employees, all of whom worked at now-closed Thai restaurants in Manhattan and claim they were not paid minimum wage or overtime. The class, comprised of cashiers, delivery people, kitchen workers, and waiters who worked between […]

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Fraudulent Claims Land Multinational Drug Company in Hot Water

The antipsychotic medication Seroquel was once the equivalent of a goldmine for global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Reportedly, sales of the drug reached an otherworldly level of $5.3 billion in 2010. And then earth came calling. When the company’s patent protection rights expired, Seroquel-linked profits fell sharply. In fact, they fell to about $500 million last […]

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Deutsche Bank Agrees to $21.9 Million ERISA Settlement

A class of Deutsche Bank (“Deutsche” or the “Bank”) employees has announced a $21.9 million settlement to resolve ERISA claims that Deutsche funneled their retirement savings into expensive and underperforming proprietary funds. The operative complaint accuses Deutsche of violating its ERISA fiduciary duties and placing its own interests ahead of those of its employees by […]

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Huge Award for Plaintiff in Monsanto Product Liability Case

If what just happened in a California courtroom is a sign of things to come, executives from the agricultural company Monsanto (acquired recently by pharmaceutical giant Bayer) are sweating proverbial bullets. Things didn’t turn out as hoped for by company principals in a case that a CNN report termed last week as “groundbreaking.” That case […]

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Hitachi Automotive and Mitsubishi Agree to $23 Million Settlement in Multi-District Price-Fixing Litigation

Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. (“Hitachi”) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (“Mitsubishi”) have agreed to pay a combined sum of more than $23 million to settle claims filed in Michigan federal court alleging that they participated in an extensive, global price-fixing conspiracy involving ignition coils, alternators, and starters. According to requests for approval for the series of […]

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Bayer’s implant device Essure under a growing storm cloud

There’s kind of a flip side — both stark and dramatic — to every stated upside concerning Bayer’s longtime industry-leading birth control implant Essure. The device garnered formal FDA endorsement back in 2002. Despite approval, though, regulators expressed explicit concerns regarding their lack of basic knowledge about the device. A recent Consumer Affairs article stresses […]

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BostonCoach to Pay Class of California Chauffeurs More Than $1 Million

U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California, Dana M. Sabraw, has granted preliminary approval of a $1.05 million settlement to end a lawsuit accusing limousine company, BostonCoach, of denying its chauffeurs rest breaks and overtime pay. The class, comprised of hundreds of chauffeurs in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, will receive […]

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AstraZeneca Agrees to $110 Million Texas Medicaid Settlement

On August 7, 2018, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (“Paxton”) announced that the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca LP (“AstraZeneca”) has agreed to a $110 million settlement to satisfy claims it violated the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act by falsely marketing its Crestor and Seroquel drugs. AstraZeneca was already under the increased regulations of a corporate integrity […]

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Detroit Hospital System to Settle FCA Kickback Allegations for $84.5 Million

The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced on August 2, 2018, that Beaumont Health (“Beaumont”), a Detroit area hospital system, has agreed to an $84.5 million settlement to resolve a case setting forth False Claims Act (“FCA”) allegations that it defrauded Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare by paying kickbacks to physicians in return for false billing […]