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Oklahoma doctor charged with 2nd degree murder in patient deaths from opioids, other medications

An Oklahoma doctor has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the overdose deaths of five patients who were prescribed “horrifyingly excessive” quantities of opioid painkillers and other medications. Oklahoma officials say that Regan Ganoung Nichols prescribed more than 3 million doses of opioids and other controlled medications between 2010 and 2014, including prescriptions to the five patients who died from overdoses. Read the full article…

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Lawsuit in New Jersey alleges Prilosec caused woman’s death from kidney failure

The family of a woman from New York who died from kidney failure after using the acid reducing medication Prilosec has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturers of the drug, Procter & Gamble and AstraZeneca. Recent studies have linked the use of Prilosec and other acid reducers known as proton pump inhibitors to an increased risk of kidney damage and other complications. Read the full article…

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Equifax faces lawsuits over financial data breach affecting 143 million consumers

The credit reporting company Equifax is facing more than 30 lawsuits after hackers stole the personal information of about 143 million Americans. The lawsuits that have been filed in federal court include one case accusing Equifax of securities fraud. Legal experts say that lawsuits raising similar claims against Equifax may be consolidated in a single nationwide case. Read the full article…

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GM denies allegations of emissions cheating on Chevy and GMC Duramax diesel trucks

General Motors released a statement denying allegations of emissions cheating involving its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Duramax diesel truck models. GM is facing a class action lawsuit involving allegations that it installed emissions “defeat devices” on these vehicles, as well as other lawsuits filed on behalf of individual Chevy and GMC truck owners. Read the full article…

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New Jersey family files wrongful death lawsuit over daughter’s death from a Subsys fentanyl overdose

The family of a New Jersey woman who died from an overdose of the fentanyl spray Subsys has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a doctor and a mail-order pharmacy in New York that supplied her with the drug. The lawsuit – filed by Deborah and David Fuller on behalf of their daughter, Sarah – alleges that she should never have been prescribed Subsys to treat her chronic head and neck pain. The Fullers allege that Sarah’s doctor prescribed more than $250,000 worth of the fentanyl spray, due in part to the aggressive marketing efforts of a sale reps for Insys, the company that manufactures the drug. Read the full article…

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HO&P files wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Texas teen who died on Boy Scouts hiking trip

The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of a Fort Worth teenager who died from heatstroke in June while hiking as part of a Boy Scouts summer camp.  The lawsuit alleges that the Boy Scouts of America were negligent for failing to provide adequate supervision during the hike and for allowing their son to go hiking during extreme temperature conditions. Read the full article…

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S&P, Wells Fargo face class action over fraudulent life expectancies for life settlement investments

A group of investors has filed a class action lawsuit against the ratings agency S&P Global, life expectancy provider 21st Services, Wells Fargo Bank, and other entities over the sale of life settlement investments.  The lawsuit alleges that S&P misled investors in the Lifetrade Fund by giving the fund an investment-grade rating for years despite the riskiness of life settlements purchased by the fund and despite the fact that the life settlements were priced based on fraudulent life expectancy estimates by 21st Services. The lawsuit also alleges that Wells Fargo, co-trustee for the fund and a lender to the fund, breached its fiduciary duty by putting its own financial interests ahead of its obligation to protect the assets of the fund and its investors. Read the full article…

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Johnson & Johnson accused of concealing talcum powder-ovarian cancer link in California lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson concealed information about the increased cancer risk associated with talcum powder products in order to protect its corporate image, a lawsuit filed against the company in California alleges. The lawsuits – filed by a woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc products – is the first lawsuit involving Johnson & Johnson talcum powder to go to trial in California. Read the full article…

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Audi, VW, other German automakers face antitrust class action over alleged cartel

A class action lawsuit over alleged antitrust violations has been filed in California against five German carmakers: Audi, Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen. The lawsuit accuses the companies of illegally conspiring through a secret agreement to share information and limit technological innovations. The lawsuit would include anyone who purchased vehicles made by one of the five automakers in the U.S. between 2006 and 2017. Read the full article…

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