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Quarantined TB Patient is Atlanta Lawyer

A 31-year-old lawyer from Atlanta is the “extensively drug-resistant” tuberculosis patient whose flight to Europe on commercial airlines, against medical advice, prompted the first federal quarantine order since 1963 last…

Med Mal Creates Unlikely Safety Teams

Stereotypically, those injured or killed by medical errors and their family members sue for redress. But some victims and their relatives are banding together in partnership with representatives of the…

A $2.6 Million Verdict in Accutane Suit

An Atlantic City jury warded an Alabama man $2.62 million yesterday in his lawsuit against the makers of acne drug Accutane.

The verdict against Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. of Nutley, N.J.,…

CDC Quarantine First Since ’63

The federal government has quarantined a man who flew on two trans-Atlantic flights with a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis.

The quarantine order by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

Insurer to Settle Cancellation Class Action

In an effort to settle a class-action lawsuit, Blue Cross of California has agreed it won’t cancel health coverage unless it can show deception by a policyholder.

Consumer groups had…

DOJ Targets Drug Marketing

A guilty plea by the company that makes OxyContin caps the latest of several federal prosecutions against companies for making misleading statements about pharmaceuticals.

Purdue Pharma agreed to pay $600…

OxyContin Maker Pleads Guilty

Purdue Pharma L.P. has pleaded guilty to misleading the public about the risk of addiction to the painkiller OxyContin.

Three current and former company executives have also entered pleas, according…

High Court: Irish Teen has Right to UK Abortion

An Irish court has ruled that a pregnant 17-year-old who is in the care of the government has the right to travel to England for a legal abortion, as some…

350-Plus Seroquel Suits May Be Pressure Tactic

Patients who took the anti-psychotic drug Seroquel filed more than 350 lawsuits last month in Delaware state courts.

The filings could be an effort to force drug maker AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals…

New Zealand Vets Ask Billions re Agent Orange

New Zealand veterans of the Vietnam War reportedly may sue their government for billions of dollars in compensation for injuries allegedly caused by use of the dioxin-containing defoliant Agent Orange.

Fudged Weight Weighed in Insurance Appeal

A case pending before a California appeals court contends Blue Shield of California suddenly canceled coverage for a policyholder, resulting in delayed surgery and lasting injury.

At issue is whether…

No Punitive Damages in Wrongful Adoption Case

Even though an adoption agency apparently intentionally withheld information about severe mental illness among the parents and grandparents of a child from his adoptive family decades ago, it cannot be…

A Clash of Rights in TB Cases

A drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis pits the rights of those who are infected against those of the public.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the percentage of patients…

TB Patient Jailed for Risky Actions

An Arizona man with tuberculosis has been confined to a hospital’s jail ward since August because he did not wear a mask in public or take prescribed medications.

“It’s not…

Illinois First State to Pursue ‘Super Bug’ Bill

Responding to a drug-resistant bacteria that kills thousands of Americans annually, Illinois is likely to be the first state to mandate an aggressive hospital testing and treatment program to try…

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