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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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Ban Sought for Force-Placed Insurance Policy Fees

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The Federal Housing Financing Agency (FHFA) is seeking to ban on fees for so-called “force-placed” insurance policies. The policies are for costly insurance coverage that borrowers are forced to take when their homeowners’ policies have lapsed, according to The Wall … Continue reading

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Unpaid Life Insurance Benefits Subject of New York Joint Investigation

Life insurance companies are under scrutiny in New York for the way they handle < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Unclaimed-Life-Insurance-Death-Benefits-Lawsuit">unpaid life insurance death benefits. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced late last week that they would be collaborating … Continue reading

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New York AG Investigating Life Insurance Death Benefit Payouts

The New York Attorney General has launched an investigation into the way life insurance companies identify deceased insured and pay death benefits. According to several media reports, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman last month sent subpoenas to nine companies … Continue reading

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AMA Sues Aetna, CIGNA Over Out-of-Network Care

Aetna and CIGNA have been named in a lawsuit filed by the American Medical Association (AMA) over health insurance reimbursement payments.  According to the AMA, the lawsuit charges that Aetna and CIGNA used a flawed database to pay physicians artificially … Continue reading

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Cigna, Wellpoint Settle with Cuomo Over Reimbursements

Wellpoint and Cigna, two of the country’s largest insurers, have as agreed to stop using the much-maligned Ingenix database for determining reimbursements for customers who seek out-of-network care.  Wellpoint and Cigna are just the latest insurers to reach an agreement … Continue reading

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Independent Health, HealthNow New York Latest Insurers to Swear Off Ingenix Database

Two Buffalo, New York insurers have reached an agreement with the state’s Attorney General to stop using Ingenix, the reimbursement database owned by < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/UnitedHealth_Care_Reimbursement_Fraud">UnitedHealth Group.   Independent Health and HealthNow New York Inc. are just the latest insurers to agree … Continue reading

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Cigna and Aetna Named in Ingenix Reimbursement Lawsuit

Cigna and Aetna  are the latest insurers to be hit with a lawsuit over the Ingenix database, which is used by many large health insurers to determine reimbursement rates.  The lawsuits, filed by the American Medical Association (AMA) and several … Continue reading

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UnitedHealth Settles Class Action Lawsuit with Doctor Group

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/UnitedHealth_Care_Reimbursement_Fraud">UnitedHealth Group has settled a class action lawsuit over its Ingenix database.  The $400 million settlement with the American Medical Association (AMA) comes just days after UnitedHealth settled similar charges with the state of New York for $50 million. … Continue reading

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UnitedHealth Group to Pay $50 Million to Settle Claims it Over Charged Millions

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/UnitedHealth_Care_Reimbursement_Fraud">UnitedHealth Group has agreed to pay $50 million to settle charges that it overcharged millions of customers.  As part of the settlement with the New York State Attorney General’s Office, UnitedHealth Group will also revise the process that health … Continue reading

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Hurricane Ike Damage Estimates Surge

A risk assessment group now says damage costs from < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Hurricane_IKE_Insurance_Claims">Hurricane Ike could go as high as $21 billion.  That figure would make Hurricane Ike the third most expensive storm in U.S history, behind Hurricanes Katrina and Andrew. The new … Continue reading

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