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February 21, 2018: Pharmacy Tech Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Tampering with Opioids for IV Fluid
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - February 22, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge turns tables, chastises Boston Scientific lawyers in Nevro patent spat
Lawyers for Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) took their turns in the hot water as part of a patent infringement battle with neurostimulation rival Nevro (NYSE:NVRO). Back in October 2017, Judge Vince Chhabria of the U.S. District Court for Norther California found that, although the Nevro attorneys’ failure to correct a patent examiner’s misunderstanding of prior art was a little “sleazy,” it didn’t amount to inequitable conduct. Last week Chhabria chastised the other side, this time for “frivolous and vexatious” conduct for their roles in bids to redact documents t...
Source: Mass Device - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Legal News Neuromodulation/Neurostimulation Patent Infringement Boston Scientific nevro Source Type: news

February 20, 2018: U.S. Attorney Announces 69-count Indictment Charging Owners, Managers and Physicians Associated with Hope Clinic
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

February 14, 2018: Palmer Man Sentenced for Conspiring to Import Prescription Drugs from Pakistan
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Constitutional attorney Jonathan Emord calls for FEDERAL investigation into link between psych drugs and school shootings
(Natural News) A top-rated lawyer who has beaten the Food and Drug Administration more times in court than any other attorney is calling on the Trump administration to launch a probe into possible links between commonly-prescribed psychiatric drugs and the epidemic of school shootings. “The financial interests of the psychiatric industry is to feed this... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Shell To Pay $10M To Reduce Excessive Emissions From Industrial Flares
NEW ORLEANS - Shell Chemical LP on Feb. 12 entered into a consent decree in Louisiana federal court with the government and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) in which the company agreed to spend $10 million to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the use of four industrial flares at its Norco, La., facility (United States of America, et al. v. Shell Chemical LP, No. 18-cv-104, E.D. La.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Study: Fracking Fluids Alter Mice At 'Environmentally Relevant' Exposure Levels
AMHERST, Mass. - Researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of Missouri-Columbia on Feb. 7 released a hydraulic fracturing study that suggests that the mammary gland in female mice is sensitive to mixtures of chemicals used in fracking at exposure levels that are "environmentally relevant." The researchers conclude that "the impact of these findings on the long-term health of the mammary gland, including its lactational capacity and its risk of cancer, should be evaluated in future studies." (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

When Strategies Go Awry: Part 4 In A Series On Cognitive Biases And Their Impact
By Laura A. Frase But Wait - I Remember It Differently: Cognitive Biases That Mess with Our Memories "'It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards' the Queen remarked." (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Class Of Oil Platform, Processing Facility Workers Certified In Oil Spill Suit
LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Feb. 9 certified one of two proposed subclasses, comprising oil platform and processing facility workers, in a lawsuit against the operators of a Santa Barbara, Calif., pipeline that leaked into the Pacific Ocean in May 2015, finding that common questions predominate (Keith Andrews, et al. v. Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., et al., No. 15-4113, C.D. Calif.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Whistleblower: Issues Remain About Protected Speech In Flint Water Crisis Case
CINCINNATI - A woman who was formerly the administrator for the city of Flint, Mich., and then became a whistleblower after the lead-contaminated water crisis in that city on Feb. 14 filed a brief in the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals contending that a district court erred when it granted the city's motion for summary judgment because there are genuine disputes of material facts regarding her claims under state law, as well as the First Amendment (Natasha Henderson v. City of Flint, Mich., No. 17-2031, 6th Cir.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Class, Defendants Debate Jurisdiction And Discovery In Flint Lead Water Case
DETROIT - Engineering consultants named as defendants in the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint, Mich., and the class of plaintiffs alleging that they have been injured by that water on Feb. 9 filed briefs debating whether the federal district court has jurisdiction to order certain discovery at the current stage of the litigation (In re Flint Water Cases [Luke Waid, et al. v. Richard D. Snyder, et al.], No. 16-10444, E.D. Mich.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Agency Seeks To Rescind Most Of 2016 Methane Waste Prevention Rule
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Feb. 13 announced its proposed changes to the 2016 Waste Prevention Rule, calling for the rescission of the majority of regulations on oil and gas operators who had been required to control the venting and flaring of methane produced by drilling activities. (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

California High Court Denies Review Of $1.15B Award In Lead Paint Lawsuit
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The California Supreme Court on Feb. 14 denied a petition for review filed by the former makers of lead-based paint who contended that the high court should hear their appeal because an appellate court "misstated and omitted material facts" when it found that there was "substantial evidence" that the companies promoted paints containing white lead pigments for interior residential use (The People v. ConAgra Grocery Products Company, et al., No. S246102, Calif. Sup.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Plaintiffs In Lead Case Seek Sanctions, Say Defense Counsel Withheld Evidence
MILWAUKEE - Three residents filed a brief in a Wisconsin federal court on Feb. 8 asking it to consider sanctions against the attorney of a company they sued for allegedly causing their injuries from exposure to lead-based paint, on grounds that the attorney withheld evidence concerning the successor-in-interest status of his client (Glenn Burton v. American Cyanamid, et al., No. 07-0303, E.D. Wis.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

DuPont C8 Trial Judge Approves Payment Of More Than $1.78M To Claims Administrator
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A federal judge in Ohio on Feb. 9 granted a motion by plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation brought against E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. for alleged injuries connected to exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (known as C8), approving the interim disbursement of $1,787,500 to the claims administrator for services rendered (In re: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. C8 Personal Injury Litigation, MDL No. 2433, No. 13-2433, S.D. Ohio). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge: MDL Court Applied 'Incorrect' Legal Standard; MTBE Negligence Claim Valid
SANTA ANA, Calif. - A federal judge in California on Feb. 8 granted a motion for reconsideration filed by the Orange County Water District (OCWD) in its methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) groundwater contamination lawsuit against various gasoline companies, ruling that the multidistrict litigation court wrongly dismissed the OCWD's negligence causes of action by relying on "an incorrect legal standard" (Orange County Water District v. Unocal Corporation, et al., No. 03-1742, C.D. Calif.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Chemical Injury Case Barred By Workers' Compensation Law, Companies Say
LANCASTER, Pa. - Armstrong World Industries Inc. and a German chemical company on Feb. 8 filed a joint brief in Pennsylvania state court contending that the third amended complaint filed by a former employee who says he was injured from exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE) and methylene chloride (MC) should be dismissed because the claims are barred by the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act (WCA) (Jose Rivera v. Armstrong World Industries Inc., et al., No. CI-15-06542, Pa. Comm. Pls., Lancaster Co.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Winemaker Agrees To Pay $330,000 For Deadly Ammonia Leak
FRESNO, Calif. - Gibson Wine Co. on Jan. 29 entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in which it said it would pay a $330,000 civil penalty and spend $300,000 to make improvements to its facility following a deadly leak of anhydrous ammonia at its Sanger, Calif., site (United States of America v. Gibson Wine Co., No. 15-cv-1900, E.D. Calif.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

City Sues Chemical Companies For Damages To Groundwater From Fire-Fighting Foam
BOSTON - The city of Westfield, Mass., on Feb. 14 filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts federal court against 3M Co. and other chemical companies, seeking to recover costs associated with soil and groundwater cleanup due to contamination from the defendants' manufacture and use of aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) (City of Westfield, Massachusetts v. 3M, et al., No. 18-30027, D. Mass.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Plaintiffs' Attempt To Lift Discovery Stay 'Improper,' Company Argues
SAN FRANCISCO - Pacific Gas& Electric Co. (PGE) filed a brief in California federal court on Jan. 25 arguing that the plaintiffs, who allege that the company's manufactured gas plant (MGP) has contaminated local groundwater, made an "improper" motion for an order confirming the lack of any stay of discovery in the action or, alternatively, an order lifting the stay (San Francisco Herring Association, et al. v. Pacific Gas& Electric Company, No. 14-04393, N.D. Calif.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Groups: Review Of EPA Permit For Dumping Fracking Waste In Gulf Of Mexico Needed
NEW ORLEANS - The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and two other environmental advocacy groups on Feb. 13 filed a petition in the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals contending that the Circuit Court should review an Environmental Protection Agency permit that allows oil companies to discharge toxins into the Gulf of Mexico, which the CBD argues puts coastal communities at risk (Center for Biological Diversity, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al., No. N/A, 5th Cir.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge Affirms Denial Of Resident's Intervention Request In Contamination Suit
HAMMOND, Ind. - A federal judge in Indiana on Feb. 9 upheld a magistrate judge's ruling denying a motion to intervene filed by nearby residents of a Superfund site, holding that the request, which came two years after a settlement was reached between companies and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was untimely (United States of America v. Atlantic Richfield Co., et al., No. 14-cv-312, N.D. Ind., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21524). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

A Possible Financial Boost Awaits Thousands Of Out-Of-State Plaintiffs In Philadelphia
Though a recent Superior Court ruling has livened plaintiff attorneys as to the potential of winning punitive damages in Philadelphia's packed Risperdal program, one lawyer is cautioning against “banking” on such a possibility. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Legal Newsline, Contributor Source Type: news

February 14, 2018: Two Indian Citizens and India-based Corporation Sentenced for Conspiring to Smuggle Counterfeit Cigarettes
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - February 14, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Expert pressed about risk in closing N.S. facilities for people with disabilities
A Nova Scotia government lawyer pressed an expert witness today over the risks of shifting people with intellectual disabilities out of institutional settings into the community, as a human rights inquiry entered its third day. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

South Africa:Why Are State Lawyers Fighting to Keep Millions Away From #lifeesidimeni Families?
[Bhekisisa] 'Families should be compensated for trauma, but not for what the deceased went through', says state advocate. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Disability Claimant's Suit Dismissed; Nevada Not Proper Venue, Federal Judge Says
LAS VEGAS - A Nevada federal judge on Jan. 24 dismissed a disability claimant's suit against a disability insurer after determining that the claimant failed to prove that Nevada is the proper jurisdiction for the suit (Edgar Ortiz v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., No. 17-580, D. Nev., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11374). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Motion To Transfer Disability Suit Denied; Suit Remains In California
LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Feb. 6 denied a motion to transfer a disability claimant's suit to Pennsylvania federal court because the defendants failed to prove that transferring the suit would serve the convenience of the parties and would promote the interests of justice (Stephanie Stefan v. Life Insurance Company of North America, et al., No. 17-6165, C.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20356). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

District Court Erred By Reducing Attorney Fees, 1st Circuit Panel Determines
BOSTON - The First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 18 affirmed a district court's ruling that a disability claimant is entitled to disability benefits but vacated the lower court's calculation of attorney fees and prejudgment interest awarded to the claimant after determining that the court's downward adjustment in the attorney fee award was not appropriate (Diahann L. Gross v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, Nos. 16-2002, 16-1958, 1st Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 1190). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Magistrate Judge Says Discovery Not Warranted In Disability Dispute
INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana federal magistrate judge on Feb. 2 denied a disability claimant's motion to compel discovery on the basis that the claimant failed to meet her burden of proving that the plan operated under a conflict of interest that would entitle her to conduct discovery (Angel Allen v. The Lilly Extended Disability Plan, et al., No. 16-2224, S.D. Ind., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17290). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Claimant Failed To Exhaust Administrative Remedies, 6th Circuit Says
CINCINNATI - A claim alleging that a disability insurer violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act when it offset a plan participant's disability benefits was properly dismissed because the claim arose under the disability plan and the claimant was required to administratively exhaust the plan's remedies or plead futility, neither of which the claimant did, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Jan. 23 (Oliver H. Barber III, et al. v. Lincoln National Life Insurance Co., No. 17-5588, 6th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 1560). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Statute Of Limitations Bars Disability Claimant's Suit, Maryland Federal Judge Says
BALTIMORE - A Maryland federal judge on Feb. 1 determined that a disability claimant's breach of contract suit is barred by the applicable statute of limitations because the statute of limitations began to run when the insurer issued its denial letter and not when the insurer denied the claimant's appeal (Nancy F. George v. Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., No. 17-1073, D. Md., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16528). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Texas Federal Judge Dismisses Remaining Bias Claim In Gender Dysphoria Suit
DALLAS - A Texas federal judge on Jan. 26 dismissed the remaining discrimination claim in a disability claimant's suit seeking benefits under a short-term disability (STD) plan for breast augmentation surgery to treat the illness of gender dysphoria after determining that the claimant failed to prove that the employer discriminated against her under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Charlize Marie Baker v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 15-3679, N.D. Texas; 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12854). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Insurer's Denial Of Claim Warranted Based On Pre-Existing Condition
JACKSON, Miss. - A disability claimant is not entitled to long-term disability (LTD) benefits because the plan's pre-existing condition limitation bars benefits because the claimant was treated for back pain within the plan's look-back period, a Mississippi federal judge said Jan. 24 (Gary Bales v. Hartford Life& Accident Insurance Co., No. 15-790, S.D. Miss., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11180). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

9th Circuit Panel Denies Petition For Rehearing In Disability Offset Suit
SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 9 refused to reconsider its ruling that a disability plan administrator did not abuse its discretion in offsetting a claimant's long-term disability (LTD) benefits to account for Social Security disability income (SSDI) benefits that she receives for her dependents (Susan Rene Jones v. Life Insurance Company of North America, et al., No. 16-16172, 9th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 565). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Insurer Must Reimburse Claimant For Amount Of Offset Benefits
MISSOULA, Mont. - A Montana federal judge on Jan. 30 reinstated a disability claimant's long-term disability benefits and ordered the disability insurer to reimburse the claimant for the amount offset by the insurer after determining that a settlement received by the claimant was not subject to offset because the settlement was not for the same disability for which the claimant was receiving disability benefits (Dawn Rustad-Link v. Providence Health and Services, et al., No. 16-136, D. Mont., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14928). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Claimant Is Owed Benefits Under Any-Occupation Standard, Federal Judge Says
TUCSON, Ariz. - An Arizona federal judge on Jan. 19 determined that a disability claimant is entitled to current and retroactive long-term disability (LTD) benefits because the evidence supports a finding that the claimant is clearly disabled from performing the duties of any occupation (Rebecca Brown v. Life Insurance Company of North America, et al., No. 16-162, D. Ariz., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9759). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Benefits Claim Was Properly Denied, California Federal Judge Determines
SAN FRANCISCO - A claim for pension disability benefits was properly denied because the disability claimant failed to submit medical records detailing his disability as requested on multiple occasions by the plan at issue, a California federal judge said Feb. 6 (Vanmark Strickland v. AT&T Pension Benefit Plan, No. 17-01393, N.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19566). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Panel Remands Disability Claim After Finding Questions Of Fact Exist Regarding Denial
PHILADELPHIA - The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 24 determined that a district court properly applied an abuse-of-discretion standard of review in a disability benefits dispute but remanded the suit after determining that questions of facts exist regarding the disability insurer's decision not to conduct an independent medical evaluation and disregard of the claimant's fatigue and pain complaints (Renee Killebrew v. The Prudential Insurance Company of America, No. 17-2137, 3rd Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 1672). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Denial Of Disability Benefits Was Not Arbitrary, Capricious, Federal Judge Says
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Kentucky federal judge on Feb. 5 affirmed a disability plan's denial of long-term disability benefits after determining that the evidence supports the denial of benefits for the claimant's injury and that the plan provided a reasoned explanation for its denial of benefits (Tracy Kellar v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 17-81, E.D. Ky., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18065). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Indiana Federal Judge Says Plan's Denial Of Disability Benefits Must Be Affirmed
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Noting that an arbitrary and capricious standard of review applies in a disability benefits dispute based on a district court's prior decision, an Indiana federal judge on Jan. 17 affirmed the disability insurer's denial of benefits on the basis that there is rational support for the insurer's denial of benefits (Donald Fessenden v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 15-370, N.D. Ind., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7754). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Helicopter Crash in Grand Canyon Leaves 3 Dead, 4 Injured
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A helicopter crash that killed three British tourists and left four others critically injured happened on tribal land in the Grand Canyon where air tours are not as highly regulated as those inside the national park. The group of friends was in Las Vegas to celebrate a birthday and took a helicopter sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai reservation, family and friends said. Killed were veterinary receptionist Becky Dobson, 27; her boyfriend Stuart Hill, a 30-year-old car salesman; and his brother, Jason Hill, a 32-year-old lawyer. Unlike the national park, air tours on the Huala...
Source: JEMS Operations - February 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

Helicopter Crash in Grand Canyon Leaves 3 Dead, 4 Injured
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A helicopter crash that killed three British tourists and left four others critically injured happened on tribal land in the Grand Canyon where air tours are not as highly regulated as those inside the national park. The group of friends was in Las Vegas to celebrate a birthday and took a helicopter sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai reservation, family and friends said. Killed were veterinary receptionist Becky Dobson, 27; her boyfriend Stuart Hill, a 30-year-old car salesman; and his brother, Jason Hill, a 32-year-old lawyer. Unlike the national park, air tours on the Huala...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

February 9, 2018: Tampa Resident Convicted for Involvement with Tricare Health Care Fraud Scheme
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - February 12, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

November 8, 2018: Queensbury Oncologist and Spouse to Pay $500,000 for Submitting False Claims to Medicare for the Administration of Unapproved Cancer Drugs
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - February 9, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

February 8, 2018: Queensbury Oncologist and Spouse to Pay $500,000 for Submitting False Claims to Medicare for the Administration of Unapproved Cancer Drugs
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - February 9, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Washington Post begs Natural News to give them "WashingtonPost.news" domain name for free... after failing to register it themselves
(Natural News) For your Friday serving of hilarious entertainment, today we bring you the true news about a fake news giant known as the Washington Post. The fiction-pimping, anti-American, fact-hating newspaper, owned by Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame, directed lawyers to contact Natural News and demand we turn over the WashingtonPost.news domain to their team…... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid Judge Doesn't Want The Media To Know Details Of Settlement Talks
The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors has named the teams of lawyers who will try to negotiate a settlement of hundreds of federal lawsuits (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 8, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Legal Newsline, Contributor Source Type: news

Judge Says CERLCA Commencement Date Applicable In Injury Suit
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- A federal judge in Georgia on Jan. 23 denied motions for summary judgment filed by two companies arguing that 14 lawsuits for personal injuries and property damage caused by the operation of a pipe-making facility are time-barred, holding that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) commencement date could be applied to the plaintiffs' claims (William Abner v. United States Pipe& Foundry Co., No. 15-cv-02040-KOB, N.D. Ala., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10146). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 8, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Panel: Lead Paint Case Properly Dismissed; Sanctions Against Tenant Reversed
LANSING, Mich. - A Michigan appellate panel on Jan. 18 affirmed a trial court ruling dismissing lead-based paint allegations brought by a tenant against his landlord but reversed an award of $54,378.56 in sanctions that had been levied against the tenant for litigation costs in a consolidated appeal of six individual lawsuits (Nathaniel E. Chapman v. Zaki Jamil Alawi, et al., Nos. 331750, 334164 and 334948, Michigan Rental, et al. v. Nathaniel E. Chapman, No. 332711, Nathaniel E. Chapman v. Zaki Jamil Alawi, No. 333259 and Michigan Rental, et al. v. Nathaniel E. Chapman, No. 334165, Mich. App.; 2018 Mich. App. LEXIS 141). ...
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 8, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news