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February 15, 2019
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2018 Busy Year for HealthCare Whistleblowers
#1  2018 Busy Year for HealthCare Whistleblowers
Washington, DC: Of more than $ 2.8 billion that the Department of Justice (DOJ)obtained in settlements and judgments from fraudsters in 2018, $2.5 billion involved the health care industry, and the largest recoveries came from drug and medical device manufacturers. And 2018 was a very good year for most all Whistleblowers (three whistleblower fraudsters were also busted last year.)

Johnson & Johnson Settles Deceptive Hip Implant Marketing Lawsuits for $120 Million
#2  Johnson & Johnson Settles Deceptive Hip Implant Marketing Lawsuits for $120 Million
Washington, DC Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) has agreed to pay $120 million to the attorneys general of 46 states and Washington, D.C. to settle claims that the company made unfair and deceptive statements in the promotion of its ASR XL and Pinnacle Ultamet hip implant systems. A separate agreement is expected to resolve most of the thousands of consumer-driven defective hip implant lawsuits against J&J and its DePuy unit.

Trouble ahead for California trucker wage lawsuits?
#3  Trouble ahead for California trucker wage lawsuits?
Los Angeles, CA The California Labor Commissioner awarded 24 truck port drivers a total of $6 million for unpaid wages and benefits. The underpayment arose from NFI/California Cartage Express’s practice of intentionally misclassifying the drivers as independent contractors, rather than as employees. Since the 2018 California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, many California unpaid wage lawsuits that deal with misclassification problem have gone for workers. Dynamex is under legal assault, however, particularly in the trucking industry.

Lisinopril—Hidden Dangers
#4  Lisinopril—Hidden Dangers
Las Vegas, NV Many prescription drugs are as common as aspirin; it's no wonder that many consumers don't read warning labels or consider that a medication could be associated with side effects. Take Lisinopril, for instance. It is one of the most widely prescribed drugs in the US, and it also has the potential to harm a lot of people.

Lisinopril Associated with Many Serious Side Effects, Including Angioedema and Liver Damage
#5  Lisinopril Associated with Many Serious Side Effects, Including Angioedema and Liver Damage
Houston, TXLisinopril, used to treat hypertension, congestive heart failure and heart attack, is associated with many side effects including liver damage. Beverly was diagnosed with angioedema (which can be life-threatening) as a direct result of Lisinopril, according to her hospital doctors.

Lawyer Helps People Escape Timeshare Hell
#6  Lawyer Helps People Escape Timeshare Hell
Largo, FL Timeshare contracts are easy to get into and hell to get out of says veteran Florida attorney Michael Finn.

California Startup Has Faced Three Class Action Lawsuits in its Young History
#7  California Startup Has Faced Three Class Action Lawsuits in its Young History
A shopping service that found favor with busy urban professionals but vilified by some of its service personnel is set to finalize a settlement worth $4.6 million in January 2018, reports the San Francisco Business Times (05/24/17). The class action California overtime lawsuit was brought by employees and independent contractors of Maplebear Inc., doing business as Instacart, and will settle plaintiff’s angst over various allegations, including a service fee that many users of the shopping service assumed was a built-in tip for drivers, but wasn’t.

Lisinopril Suspected As Cause of Death
#8  Lisinopril Suspected As Cause of Death
Buffalo, NY A negative impact on liver function is not amongst the more common Lisinopril side effects. Be that as it may, some patients taking the oft-prescribed treatment for high blood pressure have experienced Lisinopril liver damage, including a woman who posted to a blog in late 2010 that her (acute liver failure) was caused "by a blood pressure medicine called Lisinopril," Jennifer Roberts wrote in October of that year, by way of a post to the blog transplantcafe.com. "(Lisinopril) shut my liver down within six weeks."

United Healthcare Faces Class Action Lawsuit For 'Arbitrary' Therapy Payment Policy
#9  United Healthcare Faces Class Action Lawsuit For 'Arbitrary' Therapy Payment Policy
Sacramento, CA: Workers in the U.S. who received psychotherapy through their employers’ plans with United Healthcare Insurance Co. and United Behavioral Health (UBH) in California have filed a proposed class action, claiming the insurers have violated mental health laws

"Chantix Nearly Killed My Wife"
#10  "Chantix Nearly Killed My Wife"
North Fort Myers, FL "My wife, Louella, was a life-long smoker, so our doctor convinced her that she has to quit," says Jim. "He prescribed Chantix last April but she got weird—bizarre mood swings, and everything made her angry. Louella had tried quitting before, so it wasn't because of nicotine withdrawal, not this kind of anger."

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Content Tips for Law Firm Bloggers
Content Tips for Law Firm Bloggers
It is standard practice these days for every firm—large, medium, or small—to have some type of blog.  Some of the larger firms have complex pages with many different sub-niche blogs.

Reputation Marketing for Lawyers: What It Is and How to Manage It
Reputation Marketing for Lawyers: What It Is and How to Manage It
Most of us associate “reputation management” with the idea of hiring someone to do public relations (“PR”) when some type of crisis has negatively affected a firm’s public image.


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