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May 21, 2018: Oncologist and Office Manager Sentenced in Connection with Administering Unapproved, Foreign Drugs
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - May 22, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

May 21, 2018: Mississippi Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud Scheme Involving the Reselling of Food Products That Were to Be Destroyed
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - May 22, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Nigeria:Ebola Scare - Airports On High Alert, Screen Passengers to Prevent Spread
[This Day] Abuja -Airport facilities and medical structures that served Nigeria in the aftermath of the 2014 Ebola virus disease outbreak are being reactivated as the country tries to be on the alert for possible reoccurrence following the confirmation of several EVD cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. THISDAY learnt at the weekend that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria had activated its Ebola preventive programme. The programme had been put in place after the late Liberian-American lawyer, Patrick Sawyer (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 20, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Doctor accused of keeping human fat in closet back at work
A North Carolina doctor accused of reusing syringes and keeping human fat in plastic bags is back in business after her lawyer persuaded a judge that the suspension of her medical license violated her due process rights (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Former Novartis CEO Explains Why His Company Paid Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen $1.2 Million
Joseph Jimenez says that he hired Cohen because he was the only person around who seemed to know how the Trump administration thought. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Matthew Herper, Forbes Staff Tags: NYSE:NVS Source Type: news

Novartis ’ s Top Lawyer is Out After Payments to Michael Cohen
The Swiss pharmaceutical giant said Felix R. Ehrat would retire, after the company said this month it had made payments to President Trump ’ s personal lawyer. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PRASHANT S. RAO and KATIE THOMAS Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Appointments and Executive Changes Novartis AG Cohen, Michael D (1966- ) Switzerland Felix R. Ehrat Trump, Donald J Source Type: news

Novartis ’ s Top Lawyer is Out Amid Furor Over Payments to Michael Cohen
The Swiss pharmaceutical giant said Felix R. Ehrat would retire, after the company said this month it had made payments to President Trump ’ s personal lawyer. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PRASHANT S. RAO and KATIE THOMAS Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Appointments and Executive Changes Novartis AG Cohen, Michael D (1966- ) Switzerland Felix R. Ehrat Trump, Donald J Source Type: news

Novartis Says General Counsel Will Retire Over Cohen Payments
The Swiss pharmaceutical giant said Felix R. Ehrat would retire, after the company said this month it had made payments to President Trump ’ s personal lawyer. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PRASHANT S. RAO Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Appointments and Executive Changes Novartis AG Cohen, Michael D (1966- ) Switzerland Felix R. Ehrat Trump, Donald J Source Type: news

Novartis ’ s Top Lawyer is Out After Michael Cohen Payments
The Swiss pharmaceutical giant said Felix R. Ehrat would retire, after the company said this month it had made payments to President Trump ’ s personal lawyer. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PRASHANT S. RAO Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Appointments and Executive Changes Novartis AG Cohen, Michael D (1966- ) Switzerland Felix R. Ehrat Trump, Donald J Source Type: news

Top Novartis lawyer quits after payments to Trump aide
Felix Ehrat to ‘take personal responsibility’ for agreement with Michael Cohen (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - May 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Magistrate Says Causation Opinions Of 3 Experts In Radiation Case All Flawed
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal magistrate judge on May 7 recommended excluding the causation opinions of three experts for a couple seeking to hold General Electric Co. liable for the husband's dementia based on his exposure to radiation while working at nuclear power plants (Steven Lawson, et al. v. General Electric Company, No. 16-04299, N.D. Ill.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Agency Amends Beryllium Exposure Rule, Adopts General Industry Standard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on May 7 amended its final rule adopting a comprehensive general industry standard for exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Firm: Attorney Fee Appeal For Work In Nuclear Waste Injury Case 'Frivolous'
DENVER - A panel of the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will consider a law firm's motion for damages, costs and sanctions for what the firm calls a frivolous appeal in an underlying lawsuit for injuries against Dow Chemical Co. related to injuries from exposure to nuclear waste, according to an order issued by the 10th Circuit clerk on May 10 (Louise M. Roselle, et al. v. Berger& Montague P.C., No. 17-1328, 10th Cir.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Some Claims For Groundwater Contamination May Proceed Against New GM, Judge Says
NEW YORK - A judge in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on May 4 partially granted an injunction sought by debtor General Motors LLC, known as New GM, and concluded that some groundwater contamination claims asserted by Michigan residents could proceed, but only with regard to assumed liability for compliance with statutory based environmental laws for violations that occurred after the bankruptcy asset sale (In re: Motors Liquidation Company, f/k/a General Motors Corp., et al., No. 09-50026, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Residents Sue Remediation Company For Falsifying Soil Samples From Superfund Site
SAN FRANCISCO - One hundred forty-nine residents who live near a Superfund site in San Francisco sued an environmental remediation company in California state court May 1, claiming that the company falsified soil samples during its alleged cleanup of the property and that its failure to fully complete the work it was paid $1.1 billion to do has led to higher rates of breast and cervical cancer and asthma (Bayview Hunters Point Residents, et al. v. Tetra Tech Inc., et al., No. CGC-18-566188, Calif. Super., San Francisco Co.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Company: Groundwater Ruling Should Not Be Reconsidered; Groups Lack Standing
TRENTON, N.J. - NL Industries Inc. on May 7 filed a supplemental brief in New Jersey federal court arguing that the court should deny environmental groups' motion for reconsideration of its prior ruling that they failed to produce sufficient evidence to show that NL and other companies violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) when they discharged pollutants in levels that exceeded federal permits and contaminated local groundwater (Raritan Baykeeper, et al. v. NL Industries Ind., et al., No. 09-4117, D. N.J.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

JPMDL Transfers Cases Against DuPont To C8 Injury MDL, For A Total Of 3,423
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) on May 10 transferred seven cases to the multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (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 - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Texas Panel Reverses $6.98M Benzene Ruling, Says Causation 'Legally Insufficient'
DALLAS - A Texas appellate panel on May 8 reversed a trial court judgment of $6,985,535.25 and rendered a take-nothing judgment in favor of E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. after the panel determined that the evidence of causation regarding the company's liability for a man's cancer diagnosis related to benzene exposure was "legally insufficient" (E.I. DuPont de Nemours& Company v. Virgil Hood, et al., No. 05-16-00609-CV, Texas. App., 5th Dist.; 2018 Tex. App. LEXIS 3228). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Residents: EPA Reports Should Be Excluded From Evidence In Groundwater Case
GREENVILLE, Miss. - Residents who allege that a group of companies are liable for groundwater contamination on May 10 filed a brief in Mississippi federal court contending that it should exclude all reports and opinions of the EPA Region 4 that are included in the companies' disclosure of expert witnesses (Joe E. Sledge, et al. v. Meritor Inc., et al., No. 16-CV-053, N.D. Miss.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Parties Dispute Amount Of Lead Paint Abatement Fund In California Lawsuit
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The former makers of lead paint and the municipalities that sued those companies alleging that they are responsible for a public nuisance that was created by the presence of lead paint each filed briefs in California state court on April 17 making separate arguments for the recalculation of the abatement fund (California v. ConAgra Grocery Products Company, et al., No. 00-CV-788657, Calif. Super., Santa Clara Co.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Iowa Man's Glyphosate Cancer Case Against Monsanto Sent To Roundup MDL
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) on May 10 transferred to the multidistrict litigation for Roundup products liability litigation a case in which an Iowa man contends that he developed T-cell lymphoma as a result of exposure to glyphosate and other chemicals in the herbicide Roundup (In re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2741, N.D. Calif.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Co-Liaison Counsel In Flint Water Case: Class Counsel Should Be Removed
DETROIT - The co-liaison counsel that represents some of the individual plaintiffs in the lead-contaminated water crisis lawsuit brought against the city of Flint, Mich., on May 7 filed a reply brief in Michigan federal court contending that joint representation of the class and thousands of individuals constitutes a conflict of interest that supports removal of the co-lead class counsel (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 - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Attorneys Debate Flint Water Crisis Retaliation Claims At 6th Circuit
CINCINNATI - Attorneys for the city of Flint, Mich., and those for the woman who was formerly the city administrator before she became a whistleblower presented arguments on May 4 before the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals debating the validity of the woman's claim for retaliation under the Michigan Whistleblowers Protection Act (WPA), and the U.S. Constitution (Natasha Henderson v. 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 - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

May 7, 2018: Abingdon Nurse Practitioner Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Illegally Prescribe Buprenorphine, Clonazepam, and Gabapentin at Substance Abuse Treatment Program
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Details, Criticism Of How Class Action Attorneys Charged $75M Might Be Kept From Public
The public might not get to view the findings of a special master tasked with examining why a $300 million class action settlement included inflated hourly rates and a suspicious $200,000 payment to a public defender who is the brother of the lead plaintiffs lawyer. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Legal Newsline, Contributor Source Type: news

Disability Benefits Must Be Reinstated; Evidence Supports Claimant's Inability To Work
CINCINNATI - A disability claimant's benefits must be reinstated because the disability insurer failed to give sufficient weight to the opinions of the claimant's treating physicians, who stated that the claimant was unable to return to work after a leg injury, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said May 3 in reversing a district court's judgment in favor of the insurer (Richard Wagner v. American United Life Insurance, No. 17-4072, 6th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 11477). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - May 14, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Insurer Acted Arbitrarily, Capriciously In Terminating Benefits
DENVER - A disability insurer acted arbitrarily and capriciously in failing to request additional evidence from a disability claimant and in failing to conduct an independent medical exam because there was evidence suggesting that the claimant was still disabled when the insurer terminated her benefits, a Colorado federal magistrate judge said April 25 in recommending that the insurer's denial of benefits be reversed (Julia Mark v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 17-441, D. Colo., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 69561). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - May 14, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

LTD Benefits Were Properly Denied Under Plan, Michigan Federal Judge Concludes
DETROIT - A disability claimant is not entitled to long-term disability benefits because he failed to present objective evidence of any functional limitations that would entitle him to benefits under the plan, a Michigan federal judge concluded April 26 (Marc Jackson v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Long Term Disability Program, No. 17-12537, E.D. Mich., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70191). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - May 14, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Claimant's Suit Dismissed With Leave To Refile Complaint
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A South Carolina federal judge on April 26 dismissed a disability claimant's suit but said that the claimant could refile the complaint to include the facts and arguments raised for the first time in the claimant's response to the insurer's motion to dismiss (Cheryl Deas v. Prudential Insurance Company of America, No. 17-3016, D. S.C., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70659). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - May 14, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Claims Against Disability Insurer Dismissed As Benefits Were Awarded To Claimant
LAFAYETTE, La. - A Louisiana federal magistrate judge on April 13 dismissed a disability claimant's suit seeking benefits after determining that the claims against the disability insurer cannot stand because the insurer eventually awarded the claimant short-term disability and long-term disability benefits (Jack V. Venable Jr. v. Schlumberger Technology Corp., et al., No. 16-01336, W.D. La., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63101). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - May 14, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Claimant Seeks High Court's Review Of 9th Circuit's Offset Ruling
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A disability claimant filed a petition for writ of certiorari on April 24 in the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the high court to review the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals' finding 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 received on behalf of the claimant's dependents (Susan Rene Jones v. Merck Sharpe& Dohme Corp., et al., No. 17-1478, U.S. Sup., 2018 U.S. S. Ct. Briefs LEXIS 1725). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - May 14, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Benefits Offset Permitted Under Policy At Issue, Federal Judge Says
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A Pennsylvania federal judge on March 28 dismissed a disability claimant's suit arising out of an offset applied to long-term disability benefits because the policy at issue clearly allows the insurer to offset benefits by the amount of benefits the claimant's children receive from the Social Security Administration (Anthony Patchell et al., v. Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 17-161, W.D. Pa.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - May 14, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Eye Condition Qualifies As Pre-Existing Condition, Iowa Federal Magistrate Says
DES MOINES, Iowa - An Iowa federal magistrate judge on April 9 recommended granting judgment in favor a disability insurer because the plan's pre-existing condition provision bars benefits for an eye condition that caused the claimant's blindness (Jeremy J. Timm v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 17-3019, N.D. Iowa, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59522). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - May 14, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Claimant Met Burden Of Proving Radiculopathy Is Cause Of Disability
OAKLAND, Calif. - A California federal judge on May 1 determined that a disability claimant is entitled to long-term disability benefits because the claimant provided ample evidence that he suffers from radiculopathy, an exception to the plan's two-year limitation for disabilities caused by neuromuscular, musculoskeletal or soft tissue disorder (David Do v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., No. 16-5097, N.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73712). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - May 14, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Claimant Failed To File Suit Within 3-Year Limit, Judge Says
JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi federal judge on April 19 granted a disability insurer's motion to dismiss a disability claimant's suit on the basis that the claimant failed to file suit within the three-year limitations period provided for in the policy (Alexander Williams v. Hartford Life& Accident Insurance Co., No. 17-927, S.D. Miss., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65881). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - May 14, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Claimant Did Not Exhaust Administrative Remedies, Panel Says
CINCINNATI - The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 13 affirmed a district court's ruling in favor of a disability insurer after determining that the disability claimant's suit seeking long-term disability benefits fails because the claimant did not exhaust all administrative remedies before filing suit (William Kennedy v. Life Insurance Company of North America, No. 17-5901, 6th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 9214). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - May 14, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Breach Of Contract Claims Preempted By ERISA, North Carolina Federal Judge Says
GREENSBORO, N.C. - A North Carolina federal judge on March 26 determined that a disability claimant's breach of contract allegations are preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act because the claimant is suing to recover benefits under plans governed by ERISA (Stacie Lawrence v. Randolph Hospital Inc., No. 17-363, M.D. N.C.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - May 14, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

District Court Erred In Dismissing Suit Against Accidental Disability Insurers
NEW YORK - The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 12 reversed a district court's dismissal of a suit filed by individuals seeking reimbursement of premiums paid for accidental disability policies after determining that the plaintiffs have standing to assert the claims against the issuers of the policies (Manette DuBuisson, et al. v. Stonebridge Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 16-3526, 2nd Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 9180). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - May 14, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Claimant Does Not Have Standing To File Suit Against Insurer
OAKLAND, Calif. - A California federal judge on May 7 granted a disability insurer's motion for summary judgment after determining that the claimant does not have standing to bring suit against the insurer because she was actually not a participant in the long-term disability plan (Brenda Spies v. Life Insurance Company of North America, No. 17-2012, N.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76987). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - May 14, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Insurer Has Standing To Enforce Separation Agreement
PHILADELPHIA - A Pennsylvania federal judge on May 8 denied a disability claimant's motion to dismiss a disability insurer's breach of contract counterclaim after determining that the insurer was included as a released party in a separation agreement signed by the claimant and his employer and, therefore, has standing to enforce the terms of the separation agreement (Roger Michael Thomas v. Prudential Insurance Company of America, No. 17-4522, E.D. Pa., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77732). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Disability Claimant's Interest In Privacy Supports Sealing Entire Administrative Record
PORTLAND, Ore. - An Oregon federal judge on April 17 granted a disability claimant's motion to file the entire administrative record under seal after determining that the claimant's interest in keeping her personal and medical information private outweighs the right of public access to the information (Alison Gary v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 17-1414, D. Ore., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64186). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Insurer's Reserves Data Deemed Relevant, Discoverable In Long-Term Disability Suit
NEW ALBANY, N.Y. - An Indiana federal judge on May 2 partly sustained an insured's objection to a magistrate's decision not to compel certain documents from her long-term disability insurance provider, concluding that information about the insurer's reserves was relevant to contractual claims over termination of benefits (Lanisa Kelly v. Lincoln National Life Insurance Co., No. 4:15-cv-00126, S.D. Ind., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74741). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Disability Claimant Can Supplement Administrative Record With Some Information
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - A disability claimant is permitted to supplement the administrative record with information from a disability insurer's claims manual pertaining to the handling of vocational analyses and subjective pain complaints because the information is relevant to the review of the claimant's long-term disability benefits claim, a Massachusetts federal magistrate judge said April 23 (Natalya Prohkorova v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 17-30064, D. Mass., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67548). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Disability Insurer Ordered To Supplement Interrogatories With Compensation Information
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana federal magistrate judge on April 23 determined that a disability insurer must supplement its answers to a disability claimant's interrogatories regarding compensation paid to attorneys and physicians who advised the disability insurer during the administration of the plan participant's claim, but said the disability insurer is not required to produce information regarding previously investigated and adjusted claims (Anne Wittmann v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 17-9501, E.D. La., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68145). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Disability Claimant Is Not Permitted To Depose Insurer's Employee, Judge Says
BOSTON - A Massachusetts federal judge on May 2 denied a disability claimant's motion to reopen the administrative record to conduct additional discovery because the claimant failed to present sufficient evidence that would justify reopening the administrative record (Amy Scolnick v. Prudential Insurance Company of America, No. 17-11430, D. Mass., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73976). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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9th Circuit Panel Denies Disability Plan's Motion For Attorney Fees
SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeal on April 27 denied a motion for attorney fees filed by a disability plan and its insurer following the appeals panel's recent finding that a work incentive benefit in a disability policy's summary plan description does not violate the disclosure requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (Howard Lyle Abrams v. Life Insurance Company of North America, et al., No. 16-55858, 9th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 10919). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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The bizarre tell-tale signs that show your loved ones could have Parkinson's
Lawyer Nick Freeman, AKA Mr Loophole for his record at winning acquittals in motoring cases, was stunned when his younger brother developed Parkinson's. This is his story. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

May 10, 2018: South Carolina Couple Sentenced to a Total of 138 Months in Prison for Trafficking Counterfeit Goods, Including Misbranded Pet Medicine
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - May 11, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

May 10, 2018: Former New Hampshire Pharmacist Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Drug-Related Offenses
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - May 10, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Can Bad Men Change? What It ’s Like Inside Sex Offender Therapy
The men file in, a few wearing pressed button-down shirts, others jeans caked in mud from work on a construction site. They meet in the living room of an old taupe bungalow on a leafy street in a small Southern city. Someone has shoved a workout bike into the corner to make room for a circle of overstuffed chairs dug up at the local Goodwill. The men jockey for a coveted recliner and settle in. They are complaining about co-workers and debating the relative merits of various trucks when a faint beeping interrupts the conversation. One man picks up a throw pillow and tries to muffle the sound of the battery running low on h...
Source: TIME: Health - May 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eliana Dockterman Tags: Uncategorized nation sex offender therapy Source Type: news