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September 2016 Archives

Federal Judge Certifies Class Action Against State Farm in $7.6 Billion+ "Dark Money" Action

An Illinois federal judge late Friday (Sept. 16, 2016) granted class certification to plaintiffs representing 4.7 million State Farm policyholders involved in a complex Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO") regarding an alleged scheme involving campaign contributions being poured into an Illinois Supreme Court justice's race to influence the reversal of a $1.05 billion decision. If successful, that could result in a more than $7.6 billion payout from State Farm for the class given the interest that has accrued.

Talc mining company named in ovarian cancer lawsuits

In recent years, some women who used CLO Talc September.jpgtalcum powder as part of their daily routine have developed ovarian cancer. Presently, more than 1000 women and surviving family members have filed suit against Johnson & Johnson, the makers of Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. In 2016, juries in Missouri ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million and $55 million respectively in cases involving long-time talc users who developed ovarian cancer. 

Update to Epipen Cost Controversy

No sooner than the CEO of the maker of the EpiPen allergy medication aggressively defends the price of the drug than the company announces that it will have available in just a few weeks a generic version of the drug at half the price.

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