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New documents in ‘Happy Birthday’ copyright lawsuit may spell the end of intellectual property protection for famous tune

Film and television producers may soon be able to use the famous song “Happy Birthday To You” free of charge in movies and TV shows thanks to documents uncovered in an intellectual property class action lawsuit. Documentary filmmaker Jennifer Nelson filed a lawsuit against Warner/Chappell Music, a subsidiary of Warner Music Group, alleging that “Happy Birthday”—which the company claimed to hold the copyright for—was actually in the public domain and should be freely available to producers. Read the full article…

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Multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya linked to risk of PML brain infections, according to FDA warning

The Food and Drug Administration has warned that patients with multiple sclerosis who are treated with the drug Gilenya (fingolimod) may be at risk of developing a serious form of brain infection known as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). Gilenya is an immunomodulator that is prescribed to patients with relapsing forms of MS, who may experience occasional periods in which their symptoms become worse. Read the full article…

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Frequent prescribers of Subsys fentanyl nasal spray received payments from manufacturer Insys, federal records show

Federal and local investigations have revealed that Insys, the manufacturer of Subsys, paid thousands of dollars in several doctors and other medical professionals who were among the leading prescribers of the fentanyl sublingual spray. According to federal Medicare records, eight out of the top 10 most frequent prescribers of Subsys were paid more than $870,000 in “speaking fees” by Insys during 2013 and 2014. Several of these individuals have faced allegations of criminal or professional misconduct in connection with their prescribing practices regarding Subsys. Read the full article…

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Study finds that misinformation about life settlement investments persists despite industry growth

A recent survey has found that despite recent growth in the life settlements industry, these financial transactions remain misunderstood by many financial advisors. According to the survey by the Lifeline Program and WealthManagement.com, some financial advisors are confused about state and federal laws surrounding the sale of life settlements, or mistakenly believe that these transactions are not available to their clients. Read the full article…

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Levaquin lawsuit filed by Texas woman over nerve damage from antibiotics

Janssen Pharmaceuticals and distributor McKesson Corp. are facing a lawsuit filed by a Texas woman who suffered nerve damage after being prescribed the antibiotic drug Levaquin. According to a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania, Catherine Farmer developed permanent nerve damage after she was prescribed Levaquin during heart surgery treatment in 2006. Read the full article…

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NHSTA orders Fiat Chrysler to pay record $105 million fine over auto recall problems

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has entered into a consent order with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles which orders the vehicle manufacturer to pay a $105 million fine for repeatedly failing to properly execute numerous safety recalls that could lead to deadly accidents. The fine is the largest ever issued by the NHTSA, surpassing the $70 million fine levied against Honda in January. Read the full article…

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FDA warns about risk of gadolinium brain deposits following MRI contrast scans study

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans using gadolinium-based contrast agents may cause metal deposits in the brain that can lead to lasting health consequences. According to recent studies, the risk of these side effects may persist long after patients have undergone their last scan with gadolinium. Read the full article…

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Texas home builder faces lawsuit over extensive water damage to Galveston woman’s home

A Galveston area home builder is accused of negligence that resulted in severe water damage to the home of a League City, Texas woman who hired the company. The lawsuit against builder D.R. Horton Texas was filed by National Specialty Insurance Company over more than $71,000 in insurance claims paid for water damage to the home of policyholder Sheila Perrine. Read the full article…

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FLSA lawsuits filed over wage and hour violations climb for the second straight year

The number of wage and hour lawsuits filed by workers against their employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act rose for the second straight year in 2014, according to a recent analysis of U.S. federal court records. The numbers of FLSA lawsuits filed in federal court has risen sharply since 2002, prompting many employers to crack down on violations of federal labor laws in order to avoid the threat of litigation. Read the full article…

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