Drivers Deemed Employees of FedEx, Not Independent Contractors

Drivers Deemed Employees of FedEx, Not Independent Contractors

In an opinion issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal Express delivery drivers have been legally classified as employees of FedEx, rather than independent contractors ...

Phoenix VA Hospital Under Fire After New OIG Report

Phoenix VA Hospital Under Fire After New OIG Report

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that a new report issued by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has shed new light on the degree of ...

Class Action Against Whole Foods Challenges Homeopathic Claims

Class Action Against Whole Foods Challenges Homeopathic Claims

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that a new class action lawsuit recently brought in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida challenges claims made by Whole F ...

Luvena Lawsuit by FDA Seeks to Curtail Sales

Luvena Lawsuit by FDA Seeks to Curtail Sales

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California ag ...

Quaker Class Action Settlement Prompts Removal of Trans Fats

Quaker Class Action Settlement Prompts Removal of Trans Fats

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that Quaker Oats Co. has settled a class action brought in 2010 alleging false advertising related to statements concerning the use of trans fats, ...

Risperdal Lawsuits Will Not Include Claims for Punitive Damages

Risperdal Lawsuits Will Not Include Claims for Punitive Damages

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that a judge in Pennsylvania overseeing hundreds of Risperdal lawsuits has ruled that the plaintiffs in these lawsuits will be barred under New Je ...

Overprescription of Antipsychotic Drugs to Seniors Class Action Lawsuit Settled

Overprescription of Antipsychotic Drugs to Seniors Class Action Lawsuit Settled

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that, in what may be the first class action lawsuit of its kind, a California nursing home has settled claims brought on behalf of 305 current and ...

Drivers Deemed Employees of FedEx, Not Independent Contractors

In an opinion issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal Express delivery drivers have been legally classified as employees of FedEx, rather than independent contractors as was argued by the company.  Audet & Partners, LLP has handled many wage and hour employment class actions on behalf of thousands of employees and believes that this FedEx ruling will have wide-ranging implications in many ...

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Phoenix VA Hospital Under Fire After New OIG Report

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that a new report issued by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has shed new light on the degree of substandard care rendered to U.S. veterans within the Phoenix VA hospital system. The extensive OIG Report (click here to access the complete Report) scrutinized medical records and additional information related to the care of 3, ...

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Class Action Against Whole Foods Challenges Homeopathic Claims

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that a new class action lawsuit recently brought in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida challenges claims made by Whole Foods Market, Inc. regarding products including Cough Ease for Kids, Cough Ease, Flu Ease and Arnica Montana 30C.  Each of these claims are based on the assertion that the company extracted a premium for these products from potenti ...

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Class Action Against Whole Foods Challenges Homeopathic Claims

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that a new class action lawsuit recently brought in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida challenges claims made by Whole Foods Market, Inc. regarding products including Cough Ease for Kids, Cough Ease, Flu Ease and Arnica Montana 30C.  Each of these claims are based on the assertion that the company extracted a premium for these products from potenti ...

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Pay-for-Delay Lawsuit Alleges Scheme Against Generic Opana Painkiller

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that a lawsuit has been brought in an Illinois federal court on behalf of an employee trust fund alleging an illegal scheme to deprive the market of generic Opana ER, an extended-release painkiller.  The Pennsylnavia Employees Benefit Trust Fund has accused Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., and its subsidiary Penwest Pharmaceuticals Co., of orchestrating and implementing a strateg ...

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Luvena Lawsuit by FDA Seeks to Curtail Sales

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against Laclede, the manufacturer of Luvena vaginal moisturizer, to enjoin future sales of the Luvena product. In taking this extraordinary action, the FDA has alleged that Luvena falls within the FDA designation as a "New Drug."  B ...

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Quaker Class Action Settlement Prompts Removal of Trans Fats

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that Quaker Oats Co. has settled a class action brought in 2010 alleging false advertising related to statements concerning the use of trans fats, or partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in various Quaker products. The plaintiffs in the Quaker Oats class action had alleged standing as repeat purchasers of Quaker Oatmeal to Go, and Instant Quaker Oatmeal products.  Plaintiffs ...

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Targeting C.R. Bard May Soon Settle

Audet & Partners, LLP has learned that Covidien, a medical device manufacturer that supplied material to C.R. Bard that was incorporated into transvaginal mesh products, recently announced that they will set aside $180 million to cover losses expected in connection with transvaginal mesh lawsuits. Thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuits are currently pending against C.R. Bard in federal multidistrict litigat ...

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Risperdal Lawsuits Will Not Include Claims for Punitive Damages

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that a judge in Pennsylvania overseeing hundreds of Risperdal lawsuits has ruled that the plaintiffs in these lawsuits will be barred under New Jersey law from asserting claims for punitive damages.  This ruling, that upheld an earlier ruling in May 2014, in no way affects claims for compensatory damages to cover medical expenses, reconstructive surgery, and the costs of ot ...

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Overprescription of Antipsychotic Drugs to Seniors Class Action Lawsuit Settled

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that, in what may be the first class action lawsuit of its kind, a California nursing home has settled claims brought on behalf of 305 current and former residents that the hospital overprescribed antipsychotic medication to residents.  The lawsuit brought against the Ventura Convalescent Hospital in 2010 alleged that the facility engaged in the practice of  administering a ...

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