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Texas homeowner files water damage lawsuit against Allstate over wrongfully denied insurance claim

A Beaumont, Texas man has filed a lawsuit against his insurance company for allegedly failing to pay his claim involving water damage to his home. Herman Williams alleges that Allstate insurance wrongfully denied his insurance claim over damage to his property caused by a water leak in his home. Read the full article…

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CDC data underestimated opioid overdose deaths in U.S., study finds

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has found that CDC data significantly underestimated the number of patients killed by an overdose involving opioid painkiller medications. According to researchers, thousands more patients died in 2015 as a result of an opioid overdose than the 28,000 deaths that year reported by the CDC. Read the full article…

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Drugmakers face New Jersey MDL over kidney injuries caused by acid reducers

Several drugmakers – including AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, and Takeda – are facing lawsuits over complications linked to a class of drugs designed to reduce stomach acid. The lawsuits allege that medications known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) – which include the drugs Prilosec and Nexium – increase the risk of kidney damage and other life threatening complications in patients who use the drugs for an extended period. Read the full article…

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Chevy, GMC diesel truck owners file amended lawsuit against GM in emissions cheating class action

Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Duramax diesel truck owners have filed an amended complaint in their emissions cheating class action against General Motors. The lawsuit accuses GM of emissions cheating on 2011-2016 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD and 3500 HD diesel pickup trucks. Read the full article…

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Wrongful death lawsuit in Arkansas trucking accident moved to federal court

A truck accident lawsuit involving a fatal 2015 crash in Arkansas has been moved from state to federal court. Two drivers were killed in the 2015 accident, including Dennis Hyman, whose family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the trucking company and the driver of the truck involved in the collision. Read the full article…

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Walmart to pay $1.65 million over fraudulent prescription billing claims in whistleblower lawsuit

Walmart has agreed to pay $1.65 million to settle allegations of violations of the False Claims Act committed by the company. Walmart was accused by federal investigators of knowingly submitting claims for reimbursement under California’s Medi-Cal program that were not supported by diagnosis and documentation requirements called for by the law. Read the full article…

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Nationwide ordered to pay $8.2 million insurance claim over fatal Georgia car accident

A Georgia appeals court has ruled that Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. acted in bad faith by failing to settle insurance claims arising out of a fatal car accident. In upholding an $8.2 million ruling against Nationwide, a three-judge panel for the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lower court did not err in its pretrial rulings or jury instructions for a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who caused the fatal crash. Read the full article…

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Aggressive marketing of fentanyl in New Jersey fuels surge in opioid overdose deaths

A new study reveals that marketing campaigns by drug companies designed to get doctors in New Jersey to prescribe the fentanyl pain patch has led to an alarming rise in prescriptions in the state. The study found that many doctors are prescribing fentanyl to patients who are not eligible to take the drug under FDA regulations, placing them at risk of a fatal overdose. Read the full article…

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California will add cancer warning label to Roundup and other glyphosate herbicides

The State of California has announced that it will add glyphosate – the main ingredient in the pesticide Roundup – to a list of chemicals that it believes cause cancer. Starting next year, Roundup and other products containing glyphosate that are sold in California will be forced to carry a warning label about their cancer risk. Read the full article…

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Opioid addiction rates have climbed by 500% since 2010, new study reports

The rate of opioid addiction in the US has risen by 500% over the last seven years, according to a study conducted by the insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield. The study found that more than one in five Blue Cross Blue Shield customers filled at least one prescription for opioid painkillers in 2015. Read the full article…

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