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Pennsylvania court upholds $5.9 million verdict against Ford in vehicle crashworthiness lawsuit

The Pennsylvania state Superior Court has upheld a $5.9 million verdict in favor of a man who was paralyzed when the airbag in his Mercury Sable failed to deploy in a head on collision. Following the crash, the driver, John Cancelleri, filed a lawsuit against the Ford Motor Company over the crashworthiness of the vehicle, alleging that the crash sensor and the restraint control module in the vehicle malfunctioned during his accident and were defectively designed. Read the full article…

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Justice Department files lawsuit against Volkswagen over Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal

The U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG over the emissions cheating scandal involving the company’s diesel-powered vehicles. Volkswagen could face as much as $48 billion in fines and penalties over the company’s deliberate efforts to mislead consumers and federal regulators over the emissions levels of its “TDI Clean Diesel” models. Read the full article…

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House passes bill to restrict the rights of class action plaintiffs, asbestos exposure victims

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a new bill that would make it harder for prospective plaintiffs to join a class action lawsuit. The bill, known officially as the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act, would also place restrictions on the ability of victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases to seek compensation for their injuries from manufacturers of asbestos products. Read the full article…

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Takeda illegally promoted Actos to treat patients with prediabetes, former executive alleges in Massachusetts whistleblower lawsuit

Executives with Takeda Pharmaceutical, the manufacturer of Actos, admitted that they had paid physicians to prescribe the drug to patients with pre-diabetes, a former GlaxoSmithKline executive and whistleblower testified recently in Massachusetts federal court. Peter P. Lawton, the former director of patent life-cycle maximization at GSK, said that Takeda engaged in a kickback scheme despite the fact that the drug was not approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat patients with prediabetes. Read the full article…

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EPA, California regulators reject Volkswagen diesel recall plan over failure to address emissions problems

The Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have rejected a Volkswagen recall proposal for 2-liter diesel-powered VW and Audi models sold between 2009 and 2015. In a press release, CARB stated that Volkswagen would need to address key underlying emissions issues with the 2009-2015 models before the agency would approve a plan by the company to recall the “TDI Clean Diesel” models involved in the emissions cheating scandal. Read the full article…

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Family files wrongful death lawsuit over Austin, Texas trucking accident that killed two passengers, infant

Two women and an infant were killed in a trucking accident when the vehicle in which they were traveling was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler on a highway in Austin, Texas. The family of the victims has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the truck and the trucking company who operated the vehicle. Read the full article…

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Lawsuits filed in Texas over employer violations of FLSA unpaid overtime laws

Several recent lawsuits have been filed in Texas by workers who allege that they were not properly compensated for overtime work by their employers. The lawsuits allege that the companies violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), a federal law that guarantees a 40 hour work week and additional compensation for overtime work in excess of 40 hours. Read the full article…

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Texas Supreme Court rules for Harris County residents in water damage lawsuit over flooding caused by upstream real estate development

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that 400 residents and homeowners located in Harris County can proceed with a lawsuit against county officials for causing water damage to their homes by approving plans for housing developments without properly planning for water runoff. In a narrowly decided 5-4 ruling, the state Supreme Court upheld an appellate court decision to allow the residents’ water damage lawsuit against Harris County to proceed to trial. Read the full article…

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What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a type of nerve damage affecting the peripheral nerves of the body. Peripheral neuropathy usually affects the hand or the feet, although it can be present in other areas of the extremities. Read the full article…

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Nine in 10 opioid overdose victims receive additional painkiller prescriptions, often from the same physician, study finds

A shocking new study has found that more than nine out of 10 patients who suffered a non-fatal opioid overdose were prescribed opioid painkillers again, often by the same doctor who had treated them before their overdose. The study highlights growing concerns about the role that physicians who improperly write painkiller prescriptions play in the epidemic of opioid overdoses that has arisen in the U.S. over the last two decades. Read the full article…

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