A Los Angeles jury Monday awarded a former legendary columnist for the Los Angeles Times more than $15 million in damages over claims of age and disability discrimination.
The verdict in the retrial of Simers v Tribune Co., et. al. followed a finding by the Court of Appeals that T.J. Simers had proven liability in his first trial back in 2015. Simers’ employment with the LA Times spanned 22-years before he was forced out. On appeal, the Court of Appeals sided with Simers, determining that liability had been proven by Simers’ attorneys, Shegerian and Associates, and damages had to be retried.
Attorney General Bill Barr is testifying to Congress for the first time since he released his summary of the Mueller Report. Barr is appearing to discuss the Department of Justice budget with the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, but he’s expected to face questions from Democrats on the Mueller report. NBC News is carrying Barr’s testimony live:
A federal jury has awarded $2 million to a former state prison inmate who sued the New Mexico Department of Corrections and two prison guards, alleging he was subjected to cruel and unusual punishment after being confined in a metal box inside a transport van for hours on a hot summer day in 2013.
The inmate, Isaha Casias, claimed that at one point during a 339-mile ride he lost consciousness and when the guards opened the van door he fell out, hitting his face on the van’s bumper, after which he had a seizure on the ground.
A Polk County, Iowa jury awarded $12.25 million to a man who underwent a debilitating and unnecessary prostate cancer surgery, which resulted in the shortening of his penis, complete loss of the ability to have an erection, and urinary incontinence. The Iowa Clinic and pathologist mixed Mr. Huitt up with another patient who actually did have cancer.
Virginia Hoover wept in a courtroom as a judge announced rulings that mean the $1.03 million jury verdict in a lawsuit against the Camarillo hospital that fired her after a workplace injury still stands.
Hoover, 61, sued St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and its parent company, Dignity Health, in May 2016. She was fired in December 2014 after more than 24 years as a radiologic technologist after she hurt herself while preparing for a CT scan.
The injury, suffered in December 2012, brought doctor-ordered restrictions on use of her left arm, including not reaching overhead or lifting more than 15 pounds.
Below are 13 legal actions involving the drug supply chain, including pharmaceutical companies, PBMs and distributors, reported by Becker’s Hospital Review in the last month.
1. Biotech accuses Dr. Soon-Shiong of orchestrating a ‘catch and kill’ scheme to protect cancer drug A California biotech claims that controversial billionaire biotech entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, orchestrated a “catch and kill” scheme to stop development of an experimental cancer drug that may have saved the U.S. healthcare system more than $1 billion.
2. Novartis must face trial over alleged physician kickbacks, judge rules
The total settlement value of securities class actions rose sharply to $5 billion in 2018, driven by five settlements of at least $100 million, according to a report by Cornerstone Research. The report, Securities Class Action Settlements—2018 Review and Analysis, …