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Blog Posts in February, 2007

  • Lilly Settles With 18,000 Over Zyprexa

    Here’s interesting news about Zyprexa : Eli Lilly agreed yesterday to pay up to $500 million to settle 18,000 lawsuits from people who claimed they had developed diabetes or other diseases after taking Zyprexa, Lilly’s drug for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Including earlier settlements over Zyprexa, Lilly has now agreed to pay at least $1.2 billion to 28,500 people who said they were ...
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  • Supreme Court Overturns $79.2 Million Dollar Punitive Verdict Against Philip Morris

    Today, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Oregon Supreme Court’s determination that a $79.2 million dollar punitive award was appropriate. The facts and procedural wranglings in the case can be read in the Wall Street Journal, but I thought the opinion deserved some comment.The Court reasoned that the award essentially penalized the cigarette maker for harms to those other than the ...
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  • Delay, Deny, Defend

    CNN’s Anderson Cooper recently performed an investigation into the insurance claims practices of America’s largest insurers. What did he find? Not to our surprise: insurers put profits over people. The investigation focused on way insurers like Allstate and State Farm actively reject claims made by those injured in automobile accidents. The insurers make it their policy to employ the “three D’s”, ...
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  • Voters Turned Victims: Supporting Tort Reform Is Coming Back to Haunt Victims of Med Mal

    People in ‘tort reform’ states, such as Texas and Illinois, are coming to realize their folly. In Texas, tort reform measures were voted on by the public. Insurance companies spent millions to misinform the public, and the public supported the measure. Now, it is coming back to haunt them. Below is an excerpt from the Austin Chronicle : “Back in 2003, 71-year-old Alvin Berry of Copperas Cove went ...
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  • Patient Dumped on Skid Row

    “A hospital van dropped off a paraplegic man on Skid Row, allegedly leaving him crawling in the street with nothing more than a soiled gown and a broken colostomy bag, police said. Witnesses who said they saw the incident Thursday wrote down a phone number on the van and took down its license-plate number, which helped detectives connect the vehicle to Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, the ...
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  • Tort Reform Groups Accused of Violating Illinois Campaign Laws

    “Two nonprofit groups that gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Southern Illinois appellate judge this past fall appear to have violated the state’s election laws. Together, the American Tort Reform Association and the American Justice Partnership, both business-friendly groups that have supported calls for tort reform, pumped $785,000 into Illinois politics this year. That includes $425,000 ...
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  • Dangers With Popular Heartburn Drugs Nexium, Prilosec

    “Taking such popular heartburn drugs as Nexium, Prevacid or Prilosec for a year or more can raise the risk of a broken hip markedly in people over 50, a large study in Britain found. The study raises questions about the safety of some of the most widely used and heavily promoted prescription drugs on the market, taken by millions of people. The researchers speculated that when the drugs reduce ...
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