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Think Before You Post: Injuries and Social Media

Social media continues to become more and more ingrained into the fabric of our daily lives. It allows us to communicate with friends and family, share photos, and discuss current events. For some of us, it has become our primary means of keeping in touch with those we care about, […]

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EPA Removes Restrictions On Super-Polluting Trucks

July 9, 2018

In addition to asbestos deregulation, the Environmental Protection Agency has also removed restrictions on other pollutants, such as those in the vehicle industry. Former agency director Scott Pruitt announced on his last day in office that the agency will remove production limits on “super-polluting” glider trucks. As part of the […]

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Health Insurance and Managed Care Abuse: What are your rights when care is denied?

November 30, 2017

Remember the days when you purchased a health insurance plan from a health insurer, and you brought that health plan to the doctor when you were sick? You met with your doctor, the doctor prescribed treatment that you needed, and your health plan paid its portion of the doctor’s bill […]

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DEQ, DHHS and CFPUA all Taking Steps to Address GenX in Wilmington’s Drinking Water

On June 16, 2017, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) Board of Directors met to discuss the presence of GenX in the Cape Fear River, and what steps should be taken. The board unanimously passed two resolutions: (1) Chemours should remove the compound entirely from the Cape Fear River; […]

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Were you sold Universal Life Insurance and told the premium would never increase?

September 16, 2016

When interest rates were very high in the 1980s and 1990s, insurance companies aggressively sold Universal Life Insurance policies promising the customers that their monthly premiums would never increase. However, these insurance companies knew that the premiums on these policies would increase when interest rates inevitably went down, but chose […]

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CFPB Proposes Federal Protections for Prepaid Products

December 2, 2014

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has proposed new, strong federal consumer protections for the prepaid market. Prepaid products are consumer accounts typically loaded with funds by a consumer or a third party, such as an employer. Consumers can use these products to make payments, store funds, receive direct deposits, […]

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Dignity Health to Pay $37 Million in False Claims Suit

November 7, 2014

Dignity Health has agreed to pay the United States $37 million to settle allegations that 13 of its hospitals in California, Nevada and Arizona defrauded Medicare and TRICARE by admitting patients who could have been treated on a less costly out-patient basis. Dignity Health is based in San Francisco and […]

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North Florida Shipyards To Pay $1 Million

November 6, 2014

North Florida Shipyards and its president have agreed to pay $1 million to the United States to settle claims that they violated the False Claims Act by creating a front company in order to be awarded Coast Guard contracts that were designated for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs). […]

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Whistleblower Trial Finds Trinity Guilty of Defrauding Federal Government

October 30, 2014

On October 20, 2014, a jury in Texas returned a verdict of $175 million against guardrail manufacturer, Trinity Industries, Inc. (“Trinity”). The jury found that Trinity deliberately withheld information about cost-saving changes to the design of its highway guardrail system that increased the dangers faced by motorists on the nation’s […]

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President of Guardrail Company Admits Trinity Did Not Provide Notice of Design Changes

October 30, 2014

The president of Trinity Highway Products, Gregory Mitchell, testified at trial that his company did not tell a single state about design changes when they were made in 2005. The testimony came on October 16, 2014 in a False Claims Act case against Trinity. The lawsuit alleged that the company […]

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