Lawsuit filed against St. Joseph’s University for ‘sexually charged hazing’

As the discussions about sexual assaults in college campuses across America come to a full boil, another lawsuit adds kindling to the raging fire. As reported by AP, St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia is in the middle of a controversy involving a lawsuit filed by a former softball player alleging questionable hazing activities.

Xarelto Lawsuits can Go One Way or the Other

Xarelto lawsuit plaintiffs have recently submitted a motion to the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to consolidate the cases in multidistrict litigation (MDL). Defendants Bayer AG and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. (a division of Johnson & Johnson) have made a similar motion. The thing is, the motions are for different districts.

Red Bull Denies Misleading the Public

We have all seen it time and again; product marketing makes use of exaggeration to promote their products by using catchy taglines that may not be precisely factual. They say “the best in Somewhereville” or “once you pop you can’t stop” and similar claims, and in general the consumers know that it is all just talk. There is actually a term for this: puffery. No one really takes it seriously, and in most cases it is caveat emptor or buyers beware. In other words, use your common sense.

Dodd-Frank only Applies to Local Whistleblowers

According to a ruling by a US court in a lawsuit brought by a foreign worker against their employer for retaliation, the anti-retaliation statute for whistleblowers comes into effect only when the employee works in the US. Foreign employees have no redress if they are terminated for whistleblowing, even if the employer has significant dealings in the US i.e. sells to companies based in the US.

College Athletes May Not Need Summer Jobs Soon

Playing college football or basketball is often a good way to get a scholarship; that is, if you make the cut. However, colleges and universities are often restricted from giving out cash and other incentives by the rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and that can severely limit their options. When pitted against well-established institutions, lesser known colleges find it hard to compete for available talent.

Civil Action for Bullying

Bullying is not taken as seriously as it should be in under criminal law, so parents are now turning to civil litigation to address the problem.

Most people have grown up with at least one bully in school, and most of the time it is upsetting but most children quietly suffer through it. However, with an increasing number of bully-induced suicides and the 24-hour reach of bullies through social media, it is not something that can be safely tolerated any longer. Most states have anti-bullying laws in place, but legislation is a far cry from enforcement.

The No-fault Insurance Coverage or PIP – Coverage for the Liable Driver’s Injuries

Proving one’s capability to pay for injuries and/or damaged properties is a basic requirement for all drivers in the US. To this effect, all states mandate drivers to carry either the liability car insurance coverage or the no-fault insurance coverage (also called the Personal Injury Protection or PIP), that is, whichever their states require. If you've been in an accident contact http://chicagosocialsecuritylaw.com/.

Compensation Plan for GM Victims

General Motors has set up a settlement plan for those who have been injured or killed because of the defective ignition switch in their GM vehicles even as it recalls a further 7.6 million vehicles for the same defect. Those who make a successful claim waive the right to sue the automaker in civil court. Claims can be made from August 1 to December 31, 2014 through the dedicated website or by calling a toll-free number.
The provisions of the plan are as follows:

  • All vehicle occupants in an accident prior to December 31, 2014 that sustained injury or died not due to any driver negligence but by failure of the ignition switch of specific car models can make a claim
  • Claimants submitted all relevant documentation showing that the ignition switch was the proximate cause of the crash
  • Compensation will be
    • Minimum of 1 million for the family of those who died, plus $300,000 each for the spouse and any dependent for lost lifetime earnings
    • Variable for catastrophic injuries covering life-care and lost wages
    • Maximum of $500,000 for those with less serious injuries to cover hospital expenses
    • Maximum of $20,000 for those availing of outpatient services
  • Those who have already settled with GM prior to the recalls are also allowed to make a further claim

GM is currently in multidistrict litigation involving 85 cases claiming economic losses because their vehicles lost value due to the recalls (MDL 2543, In Re General Motors LLC Ignition Switch Litigation). The company expects some victims will not take advantage of the settlement program in order to sue the company for punitive damages in civil court.

Risperdal Lawsuit

Number eight on the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, colossal health care company Johnson & Johnson has plead guilty to charges filed against them regarding allegations of illegal promotion of their antipsychotic drugs for treatment of conditions that were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), particularly for the elderly who have dementia and children.

Based on the press release from the Department of Justice dated November 4, 2013, the antipsychotic drug Risperdal was not approved by the FDA as treatment for treatment of dementia, and has only limited uses for children. The charges also include allegation of Johnson & Johnson having a large payoff from physicians and from Omnicare Inc. (largest market for nursing homes who heavily marketed the sale and use of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal and Invega).

According to the plaintiffs of the lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson has concealed evidences of their drug causing their patients to develop gynecomastia (a condition where males develop breast and milk production), aside from improperly marketing the drug for children use. Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals has yet to admit their fault, which could put them in a compromising situation with the ongoing lawsuits. The company, however, has agreed to pay US$ 2.2 million dollars for misbranding Risperdal for lawsuits of issues not indicated in their label. This is so far the largest amount paid by a company for penalties regarding healthcare fraud.

If you believe you have been a victim of the side effects of Risperdal, you may have a right for compensation provided you can prove that: first, the injury is due to the side effects from taking Risperdal, second that the drug that was prescribed to you have taken had adverse side effects that you were not made aware of (whether by the doctor, manufacturer, or pharmacy), and lastly, that the medication is the direct cause of the injury.

The Trouble with BP Oil Spill Claims

There has been a lot of water—and oil—that has flowed under the bridge since the April 2010 oil spill resulting from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Eleven people died, and countless others have been forced to face the reality that life along the Gulf of Mexico coast would never be the same again. But at least UK-based oil company giant BP Plc is more than willing to make restitution to those affected by the disaster. Or it had been.
Two years after the tragic incident, BP Plc set in place the Economic and Property Damage Class Action Settlement Agreement which was designed to accept, process and pay personal or business injury claims. Under the terms of the agreement, anyone or any business that meet certain criteria can file a claim and expect compensation. Business owners did not have to prove that their losses were a direct result of the oil spill. And this is the biggest problem facing BP oil spill claimants today.

When it first established the Settlement, BP estimated that the total payouts would be in the neighborhood of $7.8 Billion, later readjusting it to $9.2 Billion, but insiders believe the figure could go much higher. BP began to challenge claims over $25,000, as stipulated in the agreement, in an attempt to control what the company claims to be a gross mismanagement of the funds. BP is currently appealing the federal courts to stop payments and to allow the realignment of the terms of the original agreement to more strictly qualify the claims being filed. BP is asking that only business claims that may be reasonably supposed to have been affected by the oil spill be eligible under the Settlement.

A final ruling has yet to be handed down by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals judges, which means that claims, legitimate or otherwise, are currently in limbo. Claimants who are appealing a denial or who have opted out of the Settlement may still make a claim with BP under the Oil Pollution Act in the meantime. Consult with a personal injury lawyer handling BP oil spill claims and request for updates on the situation of the Settlement and the judges’ decision.

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