Monthly Archives: July 2012

Appeals court leaves intact a judgment against tobacco companies.

The AP (7/27, Yost) reported, “A federal appeals court on Friday left intact a court judgment that ordered tobacco companies to do corrective advertising about the dangers of smoking.” The tobacco companies, including Philip Morris USA, had sought to “overturn a federal judge’s order on grounds that the order had been superceded by a 2009 law that gave the Food and Drug Administration authority over the industry, including power to require graphic cigarette warnings.” The appeals court ruled in a 3-0 decision that “the regulatory oversight provided by the 2009 Tobacco Control Act is not a replacement for the judge’s ruling on corrective advertising.” 

McKesson Agrees to to Pay in Price-Inflation Lawsuit

  Drug company McKesson Corp. has agreed to pay $151 million to settle a lawsuit with 29 states over alleged price inflation of hundreds of prescription drugs, which defrauded state Medicaid programs. The lawsuit accused the company of artificially inflating prices by as much as 25 percent over nearly a decade starting in 2001.  WireContinue Reading

Ford recalls 421,000 Escapes.

ABC World News (7/26, story 7, 0:25, Elliot, 8.2M) reported “nearly half a million SUVs, Ford Escapes and Mavericks being recalled after our Phoenix affiliate aired a series of investigations. The cars have what’s called a sticky pedal. A defect in the cruise control cable that can cause the cars to speed out of control.”Continue Reading

California appeals court reinstates product liability suit against Glock.

In light of the recent attention to Gun violence and safety the case below could have significant ramifications The AP (7/26) reports, “A California appeals court has reinstated a now-retired paralyzed Los Angeles police officer’s product liability lawsuit against gun manufacturer Glock.” The retired officer, Enrique Chavez, “was paralyzed from the waist down when hisContinue Reading

New England Journal of Medicine Exposé on Drug Scandals

The following is excerpt from the article by Dr. Jerry Avorn published today in the New England Journal The Journal played a centralrole in two prominent drug-safe-ty developments of the 21st cen-tury, involving the cyclooxygen-ase-2 inhibitor rofecoxib (Vioxx)and the oral hypoglycemic agentrosiglitazone (Avandia). Accord- stroke (2005a). Accumulating evi-dence clarified that the VIGORfindings on myocardial infarctionwereContinue Reading

Law Schools Need To Redefine Success

  I am very concerned for the the well being of the young members of our noble profession. Please see below from today’s NJ Law Journal..   Voice of the Bar Law Schools Need To Redefine Success New Jersey Law Journal July 13, 2012 Print  Email  Reprints & Permissions  Post a Comment To the Editor:Continue Reading

Wells Fargo settles mortgage bias complaints with DOJ for $175 million.

  The Justice Department announced Thursday it had settled mortgage discrimination charges with Wells Fargo, the nation's largest home mortgage lender. Under the settlement, Wells Fargo will pay $175 million to 34,000 individuals who were discriminated against in the mortgage application process. The news garnered considerable print media coverage, but only a brief mention onContinue Reading