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Can Drug Companies Be Held Accountable For The Opioid Crisis?

Across America, communities large and small are grappling with a drug problem like nothing the nation has ever seen before. The opioid epidemic has devastated families reeling from the impacts of addiction, overwhelmed first responders scrambling to save lives from overdoses, and prompted government officials to launch investigations into the role prescription painkillers have played in triggering a public health crisis...

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TAKATA AIRBAGS: THE SCANDAL BEHIND THE BIGGEST AUTO RECALL EVER

In the annals of corporate misconduct, few schemes can compare in sheer magnitude to the one that led to the downfall of the Japanese auto parts supplier Takata. Over more than a decade, the company sold a dangerously defective product to auto makers around the world. And when reports of the problem began to surface, Takata executives engaged in a lengthy cover-up, despite increasing reports of injuries and deaths linked to malfunctioning Takata airbags...

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THE EQUIFAX BREACH: IS YOUR DATA SAFE?

Imagine, for a moment, that you’re the president of a bank. A very big bank. A bank entrusted with guarding the precious valuables of millions of customers. One day law enforcement warns you that your alarm system has a glitch that needs to be fixed. You pass the message on to members of your security team, who assure you that they’re on top of the problem. But a few months later, you get some distressing news. For at least the past ten weeks, a back door to the bank has been left unlocked every night, and the vault has been...

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ST. JUDE DEFIBRILLATOR: BATTERY DEFECT LEADS TO MASSIVE RECALL

As a digital society, we take a lot for granted in the technology that we use every day. We expect the local power company to provide us with heat and light without interruption; we expect our cars, our computers and our cell phones to work flawlessly — until the day they don’t. But certain system failures are a lot more serious than others. In some cases, the premature failure of a power source can be literally a matter of life and death. Hundreds of thousands of people who rely on medical devices implanted in their chests to help regulate their...

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Wells Fargo Auto Loans Debacle: Corporate Culture Gone Wrong?

Executives at Wells Fargo have done a lot of apologizing lately. A series of missteps by the company over the past two years has resulted in a flood of customer complaints, harsh criticism from lawmakers, and rebukes from regulators over alleged “widespread consumer abuses.” The situation has also prompted considerable head-scratching and commentary from business journalists and other observers trying to figure out “what went wrong” inside one of the world’s biggest banks. Explaining the misfires at Wells Fargo isn’t easy. The company was fined $185 million by federal banking regulators for creating millions of bank and credit card accounts...

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NEW HOME BUYERS BATTLE FORMALDEHYDE PROBLEM FROM WEYERHAEUSER JOISTS

For many Americans, there’s no prouder moment than the day they move into their newly constructed dream home. Unfortunately, for some house buyers in Colorado and several other states, that dream has turned into a nightmare — and something they once took for granted, the prospect of feeling safe and healthy in their own domicile, has become a burning issue. Also a wheezing, eye-watering, coughing, throat-irritating issue. The source of their complaints has to do with floor joists manufactured by the Weyerhaeuser Company. The joists are coated with a formaldehyde-based resin, which was intended to aid in fire prevention. But buyers say...

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5280 Top Lawyer

Franklin D. Azar Personal Injury Attorneys

At Azar & Associates, an experienced team of lawyers is the standard. From diverse backgrounds and different parts of the country, these attorneys represent the stability and longevity of Azar & Associates. Bob Markel, a litigator handling serious injury claims, has been with the firm for 24 years. Tonya Melnichenko and Kenneth Pennywell, a tandem of highly experienced attorneys, have both been at the firm over 17 years. With each handling complex personal injury claims, experience counts. Natalie Brown, named a 5280 Top Lawyer, joined Azar & Associates 3 years ago along with DezaRae LaCrue to focus on insurance and catastrophic...

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JUDGE THROWS OUT $27 MILLION VERDICT IN XARELTO CASE

A Pennsylvania judge has overturned a $27 million jury verdict awarded to an Indiana couple, in one of the first of thousands of claims to go to trial against the makers of a popular blood-thinning drug. A Philadelphia jury had decided that Johnson & Johnson and Bayer AG failed to provide adequate warning of internal bleeding risks and other possible side effects of Xarelto, an anticoagulant that’s earned billions for its marketers in the past five years. But the January 9 ruling by Judge Michael Erdos reverses that decision, based on what the couple’s attorney has described as “a very narrow...

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FINDING THE HIDDEN FEES IN YOUR 401K – AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT THEM

If you were suffering from some form of internal bleeding, no matter how gradual or difficult to detect, you’d want to know about it — and you’d probably seek immediate medical attention to address the problem before disaster strikes. By the same token, if you discovered that there was a leak in the water or gas lines in your home, you’d want it located and fixed ASAP to keep your loved ones safe and head off major repair costs down the road. Yet most Americans aren’t quite as vigilant when it comes to fixing leaks in their retirement savings plans that can...

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Let’s Get Dirty: Off-Roading in Colorado

Most people know that Colorado has a rich and expansive outdoor and recreation community, one of which being off-roading. Whether with an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), dirt bike, or a 4-wheel drive jeep, there are several places to get out and enjoy a wilder side that Colorado has to offer. ATVing and Jeeping offers a different type of challenge for the outdoorsman, and that means there are more things to think about before hopping on an ATV and heading to the mountains. Before riding, you should know about what vehicle you’re on, the terrain, and how to be safe. Listed below...

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