As you have probably heard by now, Equifax, a consumer credit reporting agency , has been hacked. Reportedly, the hackers have accessed personal information, including social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and credit card numbers for 143 million U.S. customers. That is nearly two-thirds of the adult U.S. population! Identity theft has a crippling effect on individuals and can take years to recover from. An identity theft operation affecting this many people would be unprecedented and could potentially cause major disruptions that would take years to untangle. To find out if you are one of the people whose data was breached, Read More…
By Cindy Nations
August 30, 2017
To our friends in Texas. The Texas insurance laws are changing this week. FILE your property damage claims BEFORE FRIDAY SEPT 1st. Any claims filed after tomorrow will be under the new law. The new law, HB 1774, reduces your protection and remedies against the insurance company should they deny your claim or drag their feet in processing and paying valid claims. File with every property insurance company you have. Flood insurance is sold separately from your homeowner’s policy. Property owners along the coast may have an additional policy with the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. THIS IS NOT A SCAM.
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By Cindy L. Nations –
Drug company Mylan agreed to pay $465 million to quickly settle a Justice Department investigation into claims that it deliberately overcharged Medicaid for its EpiPen anti-allergy device. Why would a company agree so quickly to such a large settlement? Well, it might have something to do with this … The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General reports that the Medicaid misclassification of EpiPen may have cost taxpayers $1.27 billion from 2006 to 2016. Senator Richard Blumenthal and a group representing state Medicaid directors are now demanding that Mylan pay Medicaid the full amount up to $1.27 billion that it owes. Fortunately, the previous settlement agreement, which is a fraction of the true costs, has not yet been finalized.
By Cindy L. Nations –
On May 24 and 25, the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus descended on Capitol Hill to lobby Congress to beat back legislation designed to close the courthouse doors on our clients. Overall, 150 women from 41 states attended over 250 Congressional meetings.
Women trial lawyers stormed the Hill armed with their clients’ stories to oppose H.R. 1215—a draconian medical malpractice/drug, device, and nursing home bill and H.R. 985—a bill that would virtually end class actions and multidistrict litigation, and make it much harder for asbestos victims to obtain compensation through asbestos trusts.
These bills are just two out of more than 300 congressional bills AAJ is tracking so far this year. Each of these bills is harmful to consumers, patients, or workers, in some way. AAJ is always on the lookout for bills that infringe on civil justice. Among the bills AAJ is currently tracking is one that would have a profound effect on civil rights litigation by limiting the rights of victims of law enforcement violence.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a series of reports involving Takata’s defective air bag inflators, around 100 million of which have been declared defective worldwide, with nearly 70 million inflators in the U.S. alone. In the report, Takata also holds its U.S. arm, not the parent company, responsible for designing, testing and producing defective air bag inflators.