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Mass Torts Update - Jun 16, 2015 12:21 - 0 Comments

Risperdal Trial Settles On Day Of Trial

Johnson & Johnson reached a settlement with a California boy on May 27, just hours before opening arguments were to start in what would have been the third opportunity for a Philadelphia jury to weigh the connection between antipsychotic drug Risperdal and abnormal breast growth in youth. The settlement was in the case of plaintiff Christopher Walker, which is part of Philadelphia’s mass tort program involving the drug. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

The plaintiffs in this case are represented by Steven Sheller and Christopher Gomez of Sheller and Thomas Kline of Kline & Specter. They did a very good job in this very important case. The case is Christopher Walker v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

Source: Law360.com

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Health Care Issues - Jun 23, 2015 9:55 - 0 Comments

FDA Warns Of Diabetes Drugs From AstraZeneca And Janssen

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month warned of serious blood problems linked to use of six diabetes drugs, including AstraZeneca PLC’s Farxiga and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Invokana. In a safety alert, the FDA announced receiving 20 reports from March 2013 to June 2014 of so-called diabetic ketoacidosis — a disorder involving elevated levels of blood acids known as ketones — in patients using the six drugs. Every patient had to be hospitalized or visit the emergency room, and other patients have continued to be affected in ensuing months, regulators said. Continue…

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Fraud - Jun 25, 2015 9:34 - 0 Comments

An Update On Projects In Our Consumer Fraud And Consumer Litigation Section

I will give a brief summary of a few of the projects currently being worked on by lawyers in our firm’s Consumer Fraud and Commercial Litigation Section. Dee Miles heads up this Section and Michelle Fulmer is the Section Administrator.

False Claims Act / Whistleblower- Lawyers in the Section are handling and investigating whistleblower claims of government fraud ranging from Medicare/Medicaid to military contracts, and any other type of fraud involving a government contract. Under the False Claims Act the whistleblower is entitled to a percentage of the recovery. Studies show that as much as 10 percent of Medicare/Medicaid charges are fraudulent. Common schemes involve double-billing for the same service, inaccurately coding services, and billing for services not performed. Additionally, the Commission on Wartime Contracting has warned that the lack of oversight of government contractors has led to massive fraud and waste. Contacts; Lance.Gould@beasleyallen.com, Larry.Golston@beasleyallen.com, or Andrew.Brashier@beasleyallen.com.

Antitrust – Our lawyers are handling claims related to the violation of federal and state antitrust laws. They are currently involved in claims alleging a wide array of anticompetitive conduct, including illegal tying, exclusive dealing, monopolization, and price fixing. Contacts: Archie.Grubb@beasleyallen.com, Roman.Shaul@beasleyallen.com or Alison.Hawthorne@beasleyallen.com.

Health Care Fraud – Lawyers in the Section are also looking into cases of fraud in the health care industry. Contacts: Roman.Shaul@beasleyallen.com, Clay.Barnett@beasleyallen.com, or Rebecca.Gilliland@beasleyallen.com.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – They are working on several cases involving Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations. The FLSA cases are brought on behalf of clients whose job title is misclassified by their employers so that employees are not compensated for overtime worked. Cases may also involve unequal pay, where women are paid less for doing the same job as men. Contacts: Lance.Gould@beasleyallen.com or Larry.Golston@beasleyallen.com.

State and Municipalities Litigation – Lawyers in our firm have represented a number of states throughout the country. These cases have been handled through the Attorneys General of the state and have involved various civil actions. Many times, individuals are barred from bringing a consumer fraud type claim but the state government is not. In the Medicaid litigation (AWP) we recently concluded litigation in six of eight states for a recovery of more than $1 billion, with still two states remaining. Contacts: Dee.Miles@beasleyallen.com, Roman.Shaul@beasleyallen.com or Alison.Hawthorne@beasleyallen.com.

If you need more information on any of the above projects, or other litigation that lawyers in the section are pursuing, contact Dee Miles or Michelle Fulmer, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Michelle.Fulmer@beasleyallen.com. She will have a respond to your request.

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