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Brighton Beach Hi-Tek Car Wash Hit with Wage and Overtime Lawsuit

Seventeen former and current employees of Hi-Tek Car Wash in Brighton Beach, New York have filed a federal wage lawsuit against company owners, alleging they earn less than minimum wage including tips.

The lawsuit was filed with the help of WASH New York, a Make the road New York and New York Communities for Change campaign which is backed by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, the NY Daily News reports. More Brighton Beach Hi-Tek Car Wash Hit with Wage and Overtime Lawsuit

GlaxoSmithKline Loses Court Appeal over Avandia

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Court in Philadelphia has decided that Humana insurance company can sue GSK over Avandia in an effort to recoop monies paid for Medicare patients who used the diabetes drug, which was removed from market after studies showed it caused cardiac problems.

The Appeals court ruling could have far-ranging and costly effects on drug manufacturers whose goods are investigated, recalled, and involved in lawsuits, especially if Humana wins its case, which will give insurance companies the ability to join the government, states, and individuals in litigation and awards. More GlaxoSmithKline Loses Court Appeal over Avandia

Philly Archdiocese to Sell Beach Home to Cover Sex Abuse Legal Fees and Budget Deficit

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is putting a nine-bedroom, New Jersey beachfront home up for sale in an effort to pay up a $17 million budget deficit including an estimated $10 million in legal fees acquired during a child sex abuse case which found Monsignor William Lynn guilty of child endangerment for his role in covering up the actions of a pedophile priest.

The beach house, worth an estimated $6.2 million, was acquired by the archdiocese in 1963 and is used as a vacation home for retired priests. The property is known as Villa St. Joseph by the Sea. The New Haven Register reports the archdiocese paid $115,000 in property taxes for the beach house last year, and paid for the beach house staff, including cooks, waiters, and caretakers. More Philly Archdiocese to Sell Beach Home to Cover Sex Abuse Legal Fees and Budget Deficit

MDL Consolidation Considered for Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuits

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has scheduled a hearing regarding the consolidation of all Pradaxa lawsuits filed in U.S. District Courts across the country. The hearing will be heard at the Carl B. Stokes U.S. Courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio on July 26.

Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against drug manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim over the anticoagulant Pradaxa. The drug entered the market in 2010 as an alternative to Coumadin for the prevention of stroke in people who suffer non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Since entering the market, the FDA has recorded over 2,000 adverse event reports of patient hemorrhaging, and the Institute for Safe Medicine says there were 542 patient death reports in 2011 alone. More MDL Consolidation Considered for Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuits

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against West Islip Nursing Home

The national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a New York woman who died while a resident of the Our Lady of Consolation Geriatric Care Center in West Islip, New York. The lawsuit was filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York, and alleges negligence caused her death.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was a resident of the nursing home from December 2008 to May 16, 2011, when she fell and fractured her left tibia and fibula, allegedly because of the negligence of the facility. The plaintiff died on May 22, 2011 from complications of her injuries. More Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against West Islip Nursing Home

Baltimore Jury Awards $55 Million Against Johns Hopkins

A Baltimore jury has awarded the family of two-year-old Enzo $55 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit that blames doctors at Johns Hopkins for causing the child’s cerebral palsy.

In 2010, Rebecca Fielding, Enzo’s mother, was attempting to give birth at home when the baby became stuck. She rushed to Johns Hopkins where she waited for hours for a c-section. “They said they were waiting for blood tests, and I remember waiting and waiting and waiting and screaming ‘Where are the blood tests?’” CBS Baltimore reported Fielding as saying. “I just couldn’t believe how long it took for me to have my C-section.” More Baltimore Jury Awards $55 Million Against Johns Hopkins

At Least One Victim to File Penn State Civil Lawsuit

Attorneys say they are recommending that their client, one of the victims who testified in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial, move forward with a civil lawsuit against Penn State University. Earlier this week, Penn State officials invited the victims to discuss potential settlement demands, hoping to settle many of the claims out of court.

Jerry Sandusky’s adopted son Matt has also come forward with allegations that he was subjected to sexual abuse by his father. Originally considered a defense witness, Matt informed the police that he was subjected to “the showering, with the hugging, with the rubbing,” that the other victims talked about during the trial. He said he “wanted to die” after the abuse occurred.

The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office has not said if additional charges will be filed against Jerry Sandusky concerning Matt’s allegations; however Judge John Cleland indicated the Pennsylvania grand jury was continuing its investigations, and issued a protective order, to “assure the integrity of the ongoing criminal investigation.”

Claims Continue to Rise over DuPonts’ Imprelis

DuPont’s Crop Protection President Rik Miller said nearly 30,000 claims have already been submitted claims over the herbicide Imprelis, which was put on the market last year and was quickly linked to the deaths of thousands of trees. Less than half of the claims received have been processed, though officials hope to have all processed by fall. The New York Times reports that compensation for the claims has run “into the hundreds of millions of dollars,” according to DuPont officials, and though they declined to estimate just how many trees across the country have died from the herbicide, claims are still be filed.

DuPont pulled Imprelis from the market last August after trees started dying within week of Imprelis being applied. The Environmental Protection Agency later banned Imprelis. More Claims Continue to Rise over DuPonts’ Imprelis

National Law Firm Files Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

The national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Virginia man who claims he developed bladder cancer after taking the diabetes drug Actos. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana against pharmaceutical drug maker Takeda. The lawsuit joins pending multidistrict litigation proceedings under Judge Rebecca F. Doherty. Jerrold S. Parker, co-founder of Parker Waichman has been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee.

The lawsuit alleges the plaintiff took the drug from 2006 to 2011 before he developed bladder cancer. The lawsuit also alleges that Takeda failed to warn consumers that taking Actos for an extended period of time increases the risk of bladder cancer. The complaint says the plaintiff would not have used the drug if he had known of those risks.  According to the lawsuit, the defendants have yet to alert customers of the increased risk of bladder cancer when using the drug for more than one year. More National Law Firm Files Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

FDA Meeting will Scrutinize Metal-on-Metal Hip Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will begin a two-day meeting on Wednesday to evaluate the safety and efficacy of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, following thousands of adverse event reports of pain and premature failure that can result in patients having to undergo risky revision surgery to remove and replace the device.

Earlier this year, the British joint registry issued a notice that metal-on-metal hip devices should not be used, citing data that showed the devices often needed replaced sooner than alternative ceramic or plastic-joint devices. More FDA Meeting will Scrutinize Metal-on-Metal Hip Devices