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Ohio law aims to curb prescription painkiller abuse among minors with parental consent requirements

Ohio Governor John Kasich is spearheading a movement with the backing of the state’s legislature to curb prescription drug abuse among teenagers by strengthening Ohio’s informed consent laws regarding the prescription of opioid painkillers to minors. These efforts led to the passage of a new law last year—known as “Start Talking!”—which requires health care providers to obtain the consent of a minor’s parent or guardian before issuing prescription painkillers to patients under the age of 18. Read the full article…

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Fluoroquinolone antibiotics Ciprio, Avelox, Levaquin linked to increased peripheral neuropathy risk

A new study published by the American Academy of Neurology has found that patients who begin treatment with a popular class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones may double their risk of developing peripheral neuropathy, a serious and potentially permanent form of nerve damage. The study also found that current users of fluoroquinolones—which include Ciprio, Avelox, and Levaquin— also face a serious risk of nerve damage from these medications. Read the full article…

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Groundwater trespassing questions left unanswered in Texas Supreme Court drilling wastewater ruling

The Texas Supreme Court issued a recent ruling that raised more questions than answers on the legal issue of whether groundwater contamination from industrial wastewater constitutes trespassing under Texas state law. The court’s ruling in Environmental Processing Systems, L.C. v. FPL Farming, Ltd. was highly anticipated by the energy industry and environmentalists due to its potential to impact on the ongoing tug-of-war between petroleum drillers and water conservationists in Texas. However, the state Supreme Court’s limited ruling in the case offered little clarity to these interests outside the scope of the case. Read the full article…

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Low testosterone drugs may cause increased heart attack, stroke risk according to FDA warning

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about a potential increased risk of heart attacks and strokes for men who use testosterone products for the treatment of decreased testosterone caused by aging. The agency’s warning about the potentially fatal health risks of drugs used to treat low testosterone (or “Low T”) comes less than a year after the FDA ordered the makers of these products to warn patients about their risk of causing blood clots in the veins. Read the full article…

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Taiwanese Siemens whistleblower not entitled to anti-retaliatory protections under Dodd-Frank, Second Circuit rules

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently ruled that the anti-retaliatory provisions for whistleblowers passed by Congress in the Dodd-Frank Act apply “only within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.” The court ruled in Liu v. Siemens A.G., No. 13-4385 that foreign-based employees who report corporate misconduct on the part of multinational companies are not entitled to whistleblower protection under Dodd-Frank, even if the companies do business in the U.S. Read the full article…

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Prescriptions for anxiety, depression, ADHD drugs growing more common among young children, new study finds

Mental health advocates are raising concerns about the number of young children that are being prescribed psychiatric drugs to treat mental health issues. A report by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) found that hundreds of thousands of infants and toddlers in the U.S. are taking prescription medications to treat anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other psychiatric conditions, despite concerns from experts about the appropriateness of giving these drugs to young children. Read the full article…

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Life settlement investors’ proposed lawsuit alleges British regulator’s warning cost them millions in investments

A group of British life settlement investors is planning to file a class action lawsuit against a UK financial regulatory agency whose actions they allege may have cost them millions in investments. The proposed lawsuit by the Life Settlements Action Group against Britain’s Financial Services Authority involves nearly 2,700 investors and nearly $900 million in life settlement investments. Read the full article…

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FLSA Lawsuits Alleged Unpaid Overtime and Other Labor Law Violations

Several recent lawsuits and class action claims have been filed by workers over allegations involving the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other labor laws:

Court overturns ruling that denied certification in Applebee’s class action lawsuit

The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of former Applebee’s employees who had filed a class action lawsuit against T.L. Cannon Corp. , the owner of the restaurant chain, over state labor law violations for missed rest breaks and “spread of hour” claims. In Roach v. T.L. Cannon Corp., No. 3:10-CV-0591, the court overturned a lower court decision denying class certification in the case, ruling that the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Comcast v. Behrend doesn’t mean that the need for individualized damage calculations precludes class certification. Read the full article…

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Ruby Tuesday will pay $3 million settlement in FLSA unpaid overtime class action lawsuit

The restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday agreed to pay $3 million to settle a class action lawsuit filed against the company under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The lawsuit alleged that Ruby Tuesday had violated the FLSA by failing to properly pay employees for the hours that they had worked and for denying employees overtime pay that they were entitled to receive under the law. Read the full article…

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Water Damage Lawsuit Filed On Behalf of Texas Homeowner by Heygood, Orr & Pearson

A lawsuit on behalf of an Austin, Texas homeowner whose property suffered water damage and flooding as a result of runoff from his neighbor’s property has been filed by the law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson. The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs’ neighbor diverted the flow of water through his property, causing damage to both their land and their home. Read the full article…

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