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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Ford Motor

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Ford Motor Co. alleging the vehicle maker’s mileage claims for two new hybrid models are false and misleading.

Ford has made fuel economy a major part of its advertising pitch for new products, notably including the 2013 C-Max Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid models, NBC News said. However, its official ratings have been hit by criticism by sources such as Consumer Reports magazine. This is not the first major car manufacturer to find itself in a mileage scandal. Kia and Hyundai recently rolled back their mileage numbers by as much as 6 mpg after admitting they fudged the official government testing process, NBC News said. More Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Ford Motor

Victory Pharma, Inc. to Pay $11.4 Million to Resolve Federal Charges

San Diego, California-based Victory Pharma, Inc. has agreed to pay $11.4 million to resolve federal civil and criminal liability relating to its marketing of Naprelan, Xodol, Fexmid and Dolgic. The company was accused of providing kickbacks to doctors in a recent whistleblower case.

As part of the agreement, Victory Pharma entered into a deferred prosecution agreement and paid a criminal forfeiture of $1.4 million to end Anti-Kickback Statute violation allegations. The firm also paid $9,938,310 to resolve False Claims Act violations. The company allegedly devised a scheme to promote its products by giving doctors kickbacks in exchange for writing more prescriptions for their drugs. Doctors who went along with the scheme enjoyed tickets to professional and collegiate sporting events, tickets to concerts and plays, spa outings, golf and ski outings, dinners at expensive restaurants, and numerous other perks, said the Washington Times. More Victory Pharma, Inc. to Pay $11.4 Million to Resolve Federal Charges

Woman Files Lawsuit, Claims Actos Caused Her Husband’s Illness, Death

National law firm Parker Waichman LLP has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who claims her husband suffered from bladder cancer and subsequently died because of the diabetes drug Actos.

The suit was filed on November 16th in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana and has been filed into the Actos multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. f/k/a Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, and Eli Lilly and Company. The complaint states the plaintiff’s husband began taking Actos in 2004, developed cancer in 2009, and died in 2010, allegedly due to Actos. The plaintiff alleges her husband also suffered extensive pain and suffering, severe emotional distress, and a reduced ability to enjoy his life because of the drug. The lawsuit also alleges loss of consortium on behalf of the decedent’s wife. More Woman Files Lawsuit, Claims Actos Caused Her Husband’s Illness, Death

Toyota Agrees to Settle Unintended Acceleration Cases

In one of the largest settlements in automotive history, Toyota Motor has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle a class-action lawsuit involving unintended acceleration in its vehicles.

The proposed settlement was just filed in Federal District Court in California, where it is awaiting approval from Judge James V. Selna, The New York Times said. Toyota will make cash payments for the deduction of value on vehicles impacted by multiple recalls and install new safety features on up to 3.2 million cars. Individual personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits are still pending against Toyota, in addition to an unfair business practice lawsuit brought by the attorneys general of 28 states, The New York Times added. More Toyota Agrees to Settle Unintended Acceleration Cases

Medical Practices May Be Using Foreign, Unapproved Botox

Eight Massachusetts Botox providers received a letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week warning that they may have stocks of unapproved and unsafe injections in their possession.

The FDA warned more than 350 medical practices nationwide that they may have received unapproved Botox from foreign suppliers owned by Canada Drugs. The safety of the Botox cannot be guaranteed by the FDA because the drug did not go through the agency’s approval process. The FDA also can’t be sure that the Botox contains the proper box warnings, said CBS News Boston. More Medical Practices May Be Using Foreign, Unapproved Botox

Woman Warns About The Dangers of Certain Hip Resurfacing Devices

A retired British teacher hopes to warn others about the dangers of hip resurfacing.

After undergoing hip resurfacing in 2007, Lottie Clarke now faces two surgeries to replace the devices that she says are now failing. At the end of 2012, Clarke began experiencing a strange “clunking” in one hip and was in pain with the other. She started reading up on side effects associated with hip resurfacing implants and found that her problems were not at all unique, according to Hemel Today. A recent British study revealed that hip resurfacing implants, which are considered less invasive than total hip replacement, fail five times faster in women than they do in men, and researchers concluded they should never be used in women. More Woman Warns About The Dangers of Certain Hip Resurfacing Devices

Class Action Suit Filed Against NYC Bus Tour Companies

National law firm Parker Waichman LLP has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf two Tennessee residents who purchased tickets to “hop on, hop off” bus tours in New York City.

The lawsuit, filed December 17, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleges that Coach USA and City Sights, LLC formed a monopoly to dominate the market by inflating prices for tourists and consumers. The complaint lists Twin America, LLC, Coach USA, Inc., International Bus Services, Inc., City Sights LLC and City Sights Twin, LLC as defendants. More Class Action Suit Filed Against NYC Bus Tour Companies

Complaint Filed Against Maker Of High-Powered Magnet Toys

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) filed an administrative complaint against Star Networks USA, LLC, because it says their Magnicube Magnet Balls and Magnet Cubes contain defects in their design, packaging, warnings and instructions, which pose a threat of injury to consumers.

In a 2-1 vote, the CPSC approved the filing on the complaint, which seeks an order to stop the company from selling the products, and would notify the public of the defect and offer consumers a full refund. The Commission made the decision to file the complaint after talks with Star Networks USA LLC and its representatives failed to result in an “adequate” voluntary recall of the Magnicube Magnet Balls and Magnet Cubes. Eleven other companies responded to the CPSC’s July 2012 request for firms to stop selling toys with the high-powered tiny magnets by voluntarily pulling their products from shelves. More Complaint Filed Against Maker Of High-Powered Magnet Toys

Doctor Who Performed Unnecessary Medical Procedures Will Start 10-Year-Sentence This Month

Dr. Mehmood Patel will begin serving a 10-year prison sentence this month for performing unnecessary medical procedures on his patients and fraudulently billing Medicare.

Patel was an interventional cardiologist from Louisiana who had been accused of performing unnecessary heart procedures on his patients. In 2009, Patel was convicted of 51 counts of fraudulently billing Medicare and other insurance companies for medical procedures deemed unnecessary. His 10-year sentence was set to begin in July 2009, but Patel tried to appeal the conviction until a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s decision this month, MassDevice.com reported. More Doctor Who Performed Unnecessary Medical Procedures Will Start 10-Year-Sentence This Month

Family of Pro Wrestler Awarded $2 Million in Nursing Home Neglect Case

A jury has awarded $2 million to the wife and children of pro wrestler George “Chief White Owl” Dahmer. The family alleges that Dahmer wasted away after only two months at an allegedly abusive and neglectful Florida nursing home.

George Dahmer was 72 when he entered Lake Worth Manor, now Oasis Health, in February 2008, where he struggled on and off with dementia. According to his wife, over the course of just two months, her husband dropped 30 pounds, could not walk or talk, and had bone-deep ulcers on both of his feet and his tailbone. When he was finally transferred to a hospital, he was too weak to have a feeding tube inserted, and doctors considered amputating his feet. Dahmer died in May, according to Lawyers.com. More Family of Pro Wrestler Awarded $2 Million in Nursing Home Neglect Case