Allegations Against the Maker of OxyContin Are Piling Up. Here ’s What They Could Mean for the Billionaire Family Behind Purdue Pharma
Executives from Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the powerful opioid painkiller OxyContin, admitted in federal court in 2007 that Purdue’s marketing practices and interactions with doctors had understated the strength and addictive potential of the drug — an omission that many experts believe contributed to an opioid epidemic that claimed nearly 50,000 American lives in 2017 alone. But on Thursday, the release of a previously sealed deposition from 2015 showed that Purdue executives knew of OxyContin’s strength long before that $600 million settlement. The deposition, which had been filed in court, reve...
Source: TIME: Health - February 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Drugs healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Dropped Thermos May Have Caused Deadly New York Bus Crash
NEW YORK (AP) — A freak accident involving a dropped thermos might have caused a bus crash that killed three people in New York City, federal safety investigators said Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board said a thermal bottle could have gotten wedged in the brake and accelerator pedals of the charter bus at the center of the September 2017 crash, preventing the driver from braking. Investigators said they weren't sure the thermos got stuck but couldn't rule it out. Ultimately, they pegged the probable cause of the wreck as unintentional acceleration and an inability to brake "for reasons that coul...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 22, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

Dropped Thermos May Have Caused Deadly New York Bus Crash
NEW YORK (AP) — A freak accident involving a dropped thermos might have caused a bus crash that killed three people in New York City, federal safety investigators said Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board said a thermal bottle could have gotten wedged in the brake and accelerator pedals of the charter bus at the center of the September 2017 crash, preventing the driver from braking. Investigators said they weren't sure the thermos got stuck but couldn't rule it out. Ultimately, they pegged the probable cause of the wreck as unintentional acceleration and an inability to brake "for reasons that coul...
Source: JEMS Operations - February 22, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

February 21, 2019: Traveling Nurse Who Worked in Roanoke Sentenced for Tampering with Fentanyl
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - February 21, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Lawyer whose cough was dismissed as 'bad flu' for TWO YEARS has blood cancer
Karla Lora-Cabán, 24, of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was just 16 when she lost one-and-a-half stone (21lbs) and developed asthma. Doctors prescribed syrups and iron tablets. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flint Woman Seeks $857,000 In Damages As Whistleblower Case Heads To Trial
DETROIT - A federal judge in Michigan on Feb. 6 issued a final order indicating that the woman who brought a claim for retaliation under the Michigan Whistleblowers Protection Act (WPA) in the aftermath of the Flint lead-contaminated water crisis will seek $857,000 in damages at trial (Natasha Henderson v. Flint, et al., No. 16-11648, E.D. Mich.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 19, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Flint Plaintiffs Say They Should Be Allowed To Amend Water Complaint
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Plaintiffs in the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint, Mich., on Jan. 29 filed a supplemental brief in Michigan federal court arguing that they should be allowed to amend their complaint against Michigan state employees because they assert detailed allegations against individuals that "shock the conscience" (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 19, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Monsanto Knowingly Misled Public About Glyphosate's Safety, Class Argues
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A putative class on Feb. 13 sued Monsanto Co. in Missouri federal court seeking compensation for money spent on the herbicide Roundup, which the class contends Monsanto falsely advertised as safe for humans when the company knew that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, targets an enzyme used by beneficial gut bacteria that is "critical" to human health (Lisa Jones, et al. v. Monsanto Company, et al., No. 19-102, W.D. Mo). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 19, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Plaintiffs: Monsanto's 'Fraud' About Glyphosate Liable for Causing Their Cancers
ST. LOUIS - A Colorado cancer victim on Feb. 11 sued Monsanto Co. in Missouri federal court, alleging that it committed "scientific fraud" and "colluded" with the Environmental Protection Agency in promoting as safe the herbicide Roundup, which contains that active ingredient glyphosate. The attorneys representing the man have filed identical complaints on behalf of multiple plaintiffs (Steven Burchfield v. Monsanto Co., No. 19-205, E.D. Mo.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 19, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Parties Modify $87M Lead Service Line Agreement For 9,036 Homes in Flint, Mich.
DETROIT - A group of Flint, Mich., residents, former city employees and state employees who reached an $87 million settlement related to the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint on Feb. 12 issued a stipulation and notice that they are modifying the terms of the settlement to prioritize lead service line replacement at 9,036 homes that are most likely to have lead or galvanized steel service lines (Concerned Pastors for Social Action, et al. v. Nick A. Khouri, et al., No. 16-10277, E.D. Mich.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
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9th Circuit Orders Rehearing En Banc For Case About Chlorpyrifos Tolerance Level
SAN FRANCISCO - A panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 6 issued two orders calling for a rehearing of oral arguments en banc regarding a split decision that found that there was no justification for the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to maintain a tolerance for the chemical chlorpyrifos in the face of scientific evidence that its residue on food causes neurodevelopmental damage to children (League of United Latin American Citizens, et al. v. Andrew Wheeler, acting administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, et al., No. 17-71636, 9th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 3715). (Source: ...
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 19, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Study: Glyphosate-Based Herbicide Exposure Increases Cancer Risk By 41 Percent
BERKELEY, Calif. - A team of researchers led by a scientist at the University of California Berkeley released a study on Feb. 5 that concludes that "the overall meta-relative risk" of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in a person exposed to glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) is 41 percent higher than in those who are not exposed to the chemical. (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 19, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge Orders Lago Agrio Attorney To Comply With Chevron's Discovery Requests
NEW YORK - A federal judge in New York on Feb. 11 ordered Steven R. Donziger, the attorney who won an $18.5 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. in a court in Ecuador for injuries only to have it reversed, to comply with a discovery request Chevron made in which it seeks to seize, "image" and search all of Donziger's electronic devices and online accounts (Chevron Corporation v. Steven Donziger, No. 11-691, S.D. N.Y.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 19, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge Partially Allows, Excludes 2 Experts' Opinions In Tainted Groundwater Case
GREENVILLE, Miss. - A federal judge in Mississippi on Feb. 11 partially granted and partially denied defendants' motions to dismiss the testimony of two experts in a groundwater contamination lawsuit, ruling that their opinions were admissible except with regard to impaired values of properties and the diminution of the value of the properties in question (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 - February 19, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Companies Seek Clarification, Reconsideration Of Expert Exclusion In Lead Case
MILWAUKEE - Paint companies sued by people who contend that they have suffered injuries from exposure to lead-based paint filed a brief in a Wisconsin federal court on Feb. 4, asking it to reconsider and/or clarify an order it issued that could be read to exclude the testimony of one of the companies' experts (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 19, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge Partially Dismisses Lead Case Against School, Finds Right Of Action Lacking
BOSTON - A federal judge in Massachusetts on Feb. 11 partially dismissed a lead-contaminated drinking water complaint against a school, ruling that the plaintiff may bring a claim for violation of bodily integrity, but he may not assert a private right of action because he is not a student in the school and he did not name a student as one of the plaintiffs (Michael Hootstein v. Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee, No. 17-30146, D. Mass., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21793). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 19, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge Finds Owner's Takings Clause Action Over Contaminated Site Untimely
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal claims court judge on Feb. 8 ruled that the court lacked jurisdiction over a suit brought by the current owner of a Superfund site in Pennsylvania against the federal government under the takings clause of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution because the action was barred by the six-year statute of limitations (Whiteland Holdings L.P., et al. v. United States, No. 18-1081L, Fed. Clms., 2019 U.S. Claims LEXIS 56). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 19, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge: EPA Directive Barring Grant Recipients From Committees Is Not A Violation
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Feb. 12 ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency directive that bars recipients of EPA grants from serving on that agency's federal advisory committees does not violate federal law pertaining to conflicts of interest (Physicians for Social Responsibility, et al. v. Scott Pruitt, No. 17-2742, D. D.C., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22276). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 19, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

EPA Plan Will Begin To Propose Naming Perfluoroalkyl Chemicals As 'Hazardous'
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Feb. 14 released an action plan in which it said it would begin the steps to propose designating perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) as "hazardous substances" as it develops groundwater cleanup recommendations for those chemicals at contaminated sites. (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 19, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

February 15, 2019: Participant in Fraudulent Opioid Prescription Conspiracy Sentenced
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - February 19, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

This Pennsylvania Committee Is Proposing Changes That Benefit Five Of Its Members' Law Firms
A Pennsylvania Supreme Court committee is proposing a new rule that will help medical malpractice lawyers, but a look at the makeup of the committee shows five lawyers, including its chair, who work at firms that file medical malpractice cases. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 19, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Legal Newsline, Contributor Source Type: news

Montrealers argue for right to assisted dying in pivotal court challenge
In closing arguments, the lawyer for two Montrealers challenging Canada's medical aid in dying laws says his clients have demonstrated their clear desire to die and should not be denied that right, even if they are not yet close to the end of their natural lives. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

Malvinder files complaint against Shivinder, spiritual leader; alleges cheating, siphoning of funds
Malvinder Singh alleged that Gurinder Singh Dhillon or Baba through his lawyer Ferida Chopra has threatened to kill him. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

"Determined" French farmer who became disabled following exposure to Monsanto's "Lasso" weedkiller now suing chemical giant
(Natural News) For more than a decade, French farmer Paul François has been seeking justice against Monsanto, the world’s most evil corporation, over injuries he incurred as a result of using the Missouri-based chemical giant’s “Lasso” weedkiller on his crops. And despite numerous setbacks, he’s still just as “determined” as ever, according to his lawyer,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Of course: Senior Apple lawyer responsible for insider trading policies busted ... for insider trading
(Natural News) As if working for tech behemoth Apple on an executive level wouldn’t be lucrative enough, the company’s top lawyer for developing (and presumably following) insider trading policy has just been arrested for…you guessed it: insider trading. Gene Daniel Levoff, Apple’s head of corporate law and senior corporate counsel, was charged just before the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Good news with strings attached: implications of the GP network contract
General practice has every reason to welcome the NHS Long Term Plan and the contract settlement that followed in its wake, according to lawyer Nils Christiansen. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 13, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

February 7, 2019: Three Federal Cases Allege Illegal Importation and Sale of ‘Herbal’ Sexual Enhancement Pills that Contained Pharmaceutical Drugs
February 7, 2019: Three Federal Cases Allege Illegal Importation and Sale of ‘Herbal’ Sexual Enhancement Pills that Contained Pharmaceutical Drugs (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

February 7, 2019: Three Federal Cases Allege Illegal Importation and Sale of ‘ Herbal ’ Sexual Enhancement Pills that Contained Pharmaceutical Drugs
February 7, 2019: Three Federal Cases Allege Illegal Importation and Sale of ‘ Herbal ’ Sexual Enhancement Pills that Contained Pharmaceutical Drugs (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Benefits Were Properly Denied Under Plan, 6th Circuit Panel Affirms
CINCINNATI - A disability claimant is not entitled to long-term disability (LTD) benefits because the plan's decision to terminate his benefits was reasonable based on a review of the medical evidence, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Jan. 22 in affirming a district court's decision in favor of the plan (Marc Jackson v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Long Term Disability Program, No. 18-1542, 6th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 1978). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Insurer Must Consider Actual Duties Of Claimant's Own Occupation
PHILADELPHIA - A disability insurer was required to consider the actual duties of a claimant's occupation rather than the duties of the occupation as performed in the national economy because the plan clearly defined the term "own occupation" as the work the claimant was performing immediately before the onset of the disability, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Feb. 7 in affirming a district court's opinion (Christopher Patterson v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., No. 17-3566, 3rd Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 3902). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Plan Administrator Abused Discretion In Terminating LTD Benefits, Majority Says
SAN FRANCISCO - A long-term disability (LTD) plan administrator abused its discretion in denying LTD benefits under the plan's any-occupation standard because the plan administrator failed to properly consider restrictions placed on the claimant, a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel majority said Jan. 18 (Jennifer Kott v. Agilent Technologies Inc. Disability Plan, No. 17-16584, 9th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 1768). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Termination Of LTD Benefits Was Reasonable Based On Evidence, Judge Says
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A disability insurer's termination of long-term disability (LTD) benefits based on its determination that the claimant was capable of performing a number of identified gainful occupations was reasonable and supported by substantial evidence, a Kansas federal judge said Feb. 5 in granting the insurer's motion for summary judgment (Andrew Scott v. Union Security Insurance Co., No. 17-2686, D. Kan., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17853). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Claimant Is Not Disabled Under Any-Occupation Standard, Judge Says
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A disability insurer did not wrongfully terminate a claimant's long-term disability (LTD) benefits because the claimant failed to prove that she was incapable of performing the duties of any occupation, a District of Columbia federal judge said Feb. 1 (Josephine Kemathe v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., No. 17-903, D. D.C., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16248). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Substantial Evidence Supports Insurer's Termination Of LTD Benefits
FORT SMITH, Ark. - A disability insurer did not abuse its discretion in terminating a claimant's long-term disability(LTD) benefits under the plan's any-occupation standard because there is substantial evidence supporting the insurer's termination of benefits, an Arkansas federal judge said Jan. 16 (Dwight W. Phelan v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 18-2049, W.D. Ark., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7699). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Evidence Supports Insurer's Finding That Claimant Was Not Totally Disabled
PHOENIX - A disability insurer did not breach its contract or act in bad faith by denying a claim for benefits because the evidence supports a finding that the claimant was not totally disabled, an Arizona federal judge said Jan. 30 (Cynthia Cheney v. United States Life Insurance Company in the City of New York, et al., No. 17-0004, D. Ariz., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14742). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Insurer Failed To Prove Disabling Condition Was Caused By Pre-Existing Condition
SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 22 reversed a district court's ruling in favor of a disability plan after determining that the insurer failed to carry its burden of proving that the plan's pre-existing condition exclusion applied to bar a claim for long-term disability (LTD) benefits (Fadi G. Haddad, M.D. v. SMG Long Term Disability Plan, et al., No. 17-16729, 9th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 2003). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Insurer Reasonably Applied Pre-Existing Condition Limitation To Deny Benefits
BOSTON - A disability insurer's denial of long-term disability (LTD) benefits based on the policy's pre-existing condition limitation was reasonable because the insurer offered a reasonable interpretation of the policy that clearly precludes coverage for LTD benefits if the claimant was treated for the same sickness during the 90 days prior to the effective date of coverage, a Massachusetts federal judge said Jan. 14 (William Holzman v. The Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Co., No. 17-11436, D. Mass., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6049). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Federal Judge Remands LTD Claim To Administrator For Recalculation Of Benefits
LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Feb. 1 remanded a long-term disability (LTD) claim to the plan administrator to recalculate a claimant's monthly benefits to include the claimant's commissions and monthly and quarterly bonuses after determining that the plan is ambiguous as to what constitutes monthly earnings (Remy Renault v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of America, et al., No. 16-7078, C.D. Calif., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17622). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Plan Administrator's Motion To Reconsider Partially Granted Based On Elimination Period
BALTIMORE - A Maryland federal judge on Feb. 1 partially granted a plan administrator's motion to reconsider after determining that the administrator's denial of long-term disability (LTD) benefits for one of two periods of time was justified based on the plan's elimination period, which neither party addressed when the judge initially ruled against the plan (Leslie R. Vetter v. American Airlines Inc., et al., No. 16-2833, D. Md., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15550). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Default Judgment Entered Against Disability Claimant; Plan Owed For Overpayment
CINCINNATI - After noting that it is clear that a disability claimant has no intention of defending himself against a disability plan's lawsuit seeking to recover an overpayment of disability benefits, an Ohio federal judge on Jan. 29 entered a default judgment against the claimant for more than $7,500 that is owed to the plan (P&G Health& Longterm Disability Plan v. Javier Molinary, No. 18-283, S.D. Ohio, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13667). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Untimely Demand For Jury Trial Permitted In Disability Coverage Suit
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana federal judge on Jan. 29 denied an insurer's motion to strike a disability claimant's untimely demand for a jury trial after determining that the untimely demand will cause no disruption to the court's calendar and will not cause any prejudice to the insurer (Jeffrey Avena v. Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., No. 18-9406, E.D. La., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13902). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Panel Denies Disability Claimant's Motion To Transfer Attorney Fee Question
SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 14 denied a disability claimant's motion to transfer consideration of attorney fees to the district court, which will be considering the source of a claimant's disability on remand, because the claimant has not yet achieved any degree of success on the merits (Miae Decovich v. Anthem Life Insurance Co., No. 17-15324, 9th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 1218). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Claimant Achieved Success When Disability Claim Was Remanded, Federal Judge Says
BOSTON - A disability claimant is entitled to an award of attorney fees based on the claimant's success in having the claim remanded to the administrator for further review; however, the amount of attorney fees to which the claimant is entitled cannot be calculated until after the claimant's administrative appeal is resolved, a Massachusetts federal judge said Jan. 28 (Brian Host v. First Unum Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 13-11578, D. Mass., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12832). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

AHA News: Her New Workout Routine Helped Spot a Rare Heart Defect
FRIDAY, Feb. 8, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- As a medical malpractice lawyer, Diana Mauro is no stranger to stress. Her job in the New York area consists of long hours and challenging cases. Some days, she would stay at the office until... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 8, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

GP surgeries could host lawyer clinics for patients
GP surgery-based legal advice being considered Related items fromOnMedica Human rights of disabled people 'being eroded' MDU objects to duty of candour for GPs Government announces £76m homes scheme for vulnerable people Blurred lines (where Improving Access and Out of Hours meet) Missed GP appointments raises risk for patients (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Board Meeting Minutes, November 27, 2018
Participants:  Dave deBronkart, Judy Danielson, Peter Elias, Nancy Finn, Sarah Krüg, Janice McCallum, Jan Oldenburg, Burt Rosen, Danny Sands, Joe Ternullo Minutes from October 23, 2018 meeting approved. Leadership for 2018 – Crunch Time                   Danny and Joe Board members need to recommend or self-nominate candidates for members-at-large. Strongest need is for president-elect and treasurer candidates. Danny has talked to a few potential candidates, but none so far have time to take on the responsibilities f...
Source: Society for Participatory Medicine - February 7, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Janice McCallum Tags: Board Minutes Board Meetings Source Type: news

J & J, Plaintiffs'Close' to Deal on Pinnacle Hip Implant Lawsuits: Lawyer J & J, Plaintiffs'Close' to Deal on Pinnacle Hip Implant Lawsuits: Lawyer
Johnson& Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics unit is in settlement talks to resolve the bulk of individual lawsuits alleging the company's metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants were defective and caused severe injuries, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said on Monday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Senate Responds As Pennsylvania Supreme Court Could Annul A 2002 Law, To Trial Lawyers' Benefit
The Pennsylvania Senate will study whether forum-shopping by medical malpractice lawyers raises health care costs in the areas they target - a move that comes as the state Supreme Court considers allowing those lawyers to file cases in the courts of their choosing. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 6, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Legal Newsline, Contributor Source Type: news

A Truly Global Effort is Needed to Eradicate FGM by 2030
At Narok County, Kenya, during a discussion by anti-FGM campaigner Agnes Pareyio from Tasaru Ntomonok Initiative (TNI). The picture was taken at a school run by TNI for girls escaping FGM and child marriage. Credit: Equality Now/ Tara CareyBy Divya SrinivasanNEW DELHI, Feb 6 2019 (IPS)According to official data on the global prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) released by UNICEF there are 200 million women and girls in the world who have been cut. Shocking though this statistic is, it seriously underestimates the nature and scale of the problem. In 2015, when the United Nations was in the process of adopting the ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Divya Srinivasan Tags: Aid Crime & Justice Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Religion TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Lawyer for Covington teen releases jaw-dropping video laying out lies spread by mainstream media and Native American activist
(Natural News) The American Left and the ‘mainstream’ media (MSM) that serves as its propaganda wing aren’t used to having their fabricated cultural, political, and social narratives disputed and opposed, but after what happened to a group of teen boys from a Catholic high school in Kentucky last month, one lawyer is seriously challenging them.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news