Deceased Radiologist’s Estate on the Hook for $8.1M Jury Verdict

The estate of deceased radiologist Palmer Jane Blakley, MD, and the corporation tied to her defunct practice must pay $8.125 million to remedy a missed cancer diagnosis in 2013, an Illinois jury determined last month. 

Althea Wright first visited the now-shuttered MetroSouth Medical Center in August 2013 for chest x-rays, but Blakley failed to spot a round density in her left lung at the time. It wasn’t until October 2014 that providers at another South Illinois hospital pinpointed the cancer, but it had already progressed from stage 1 to 3. 

She subsequently died five months later, compelling the family to file suit, resulting in the verdict.

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$3.55M Settlement Reached in Medical Malpractice Suit

A medical malpractice lawsuit will settle out of court for $3.55 million, an amount both sides had asked to keep confidential.

Last month, U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Randal Hall denied the request to seal the settlement reached between Sherecia Willis, as the mother of “C.W.”, and Community Health Systems, Dr. Venkatesan Gorantla and the Augusta Physicians Group. Willis also filed suit against the United States, and a separate settlement is to be finalized.

Willis’ initial federal lawsuit was filed against the government in early 2017. 

According to the lawsuit, Willis went into labor Jan. 31, 2016, and her baby was delivered the next day at Trinity Hospital, which Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center contracted with to deliver babies. Willis alleged that the medical staff failed to realize the baby was in fetal distress, which resulted in severe brain damage.

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Sears Corp. Reaches $18M Settlement of Sale Dispute

Deal requires Transform Holdco to hand over $12 million in cash to Sears

Sears Holdings Corp., the estate of the iconic department store left behind in bankruptcy, has agreed to settle litigation over new owner Edward Lampert’s $5 billion purchase of the retailer’s best stores for more than $18 million.

Sears sold its best assets including 425 of its most profitable stores back to Mr. Lampert’s hedge fund, ESL Investments Inc., last year, and an ESL-backed company, Transform Holdco LLC, became the new owner. 

 

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$248 Million Chinese Drywall Settlement

 A proposed $248 million settlement has been filed in a decade-old federal court case over defective Chinese drywall blamed for damaging home appliances and sickening residents.

The proposed settlement between property owners and Taishan Gypsum Co. was filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Tuesday. It comes nearly eight years after a major settlement in another case involving a different Chinese company, Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co., and in the wake of other settlements with various homebuilders, equipment suppliers and installers who used the material.

All of the litigation arose from the use of defective drywall in thousands of homes between about 2005 and 2008. The product was alleged to have given off sulfur fumes that corroded metal in appliances, air conditioning equipment, wiring and plumbing fixtures. In some cases the fumes were blamed for illnesses.

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Company Agrees to $5M Settlement Over Fatal Crash

An Idaho company has agreed to pay $5 million to the daughters of a woman killed by one of its employees in a drunk-driving crash. 

The Idaho-Press Tribune reported BSR Ventures and former employee Larry Halbert agreed to pay the family of Cheryl Miller to settle a lawsuit over her December 2017 death. Halbert was an employee driving a truck owned by Advanced Heating and Cooling, a business name assumed by BSR Ventures. 

Authorities say Halbert crossed the center line on U.S. 93 and collided with Miller’s car. He later pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.

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CNN Agrees to $76M Labor Settlement

CNN has agreed to pay $76 million in backpay as part of a record settlement with the federal labor board after the cable television network terminated the contracts of unionized camera operators in 2003.

The settlement is the “largest monetary remedy” in the National Labor Relations Board’s 85-year history, the agency said. The settlement will benefit more than 300 people, officials said.

“The settlement demonstrates the Board’s continued commitment to enforcing the law and ensuring employees who were treated unfairly obtain the monetary relief ordered by the Board,” General Counsel Peter B. Robb said in the statement.

The NLRB said CNN ended its contract with a unionized subcontractor, Team Video Services, and then replaced the workers with new employees “without recognizing or bargaining with the two unions that had represented the TVS employees.”

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Wells Fargo to Pay USAA $200M for Patent Infringement

Wells Fargo was ordered to pay $200 million to USAA for infringement of its patents on mobile deposit capture technology may have significant ripple effects across the industry.

The technology at issue was developed by Mitek and is used by 6,500 other institutions. If the verdict stands, it may mean many other institutions will have to negotiate with USAA to pay additional licensing fees for their mobile deposit tech. 

USAA said in a statement that it “continues to seek opportunities to create reasonable and mutually beneficial licensing agreements with banks and credit unions.”

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Johnson and Johnson will Pay $6.3M in Tylenol Settlement

If you purchased Infants’ Tylenol in the last five years, you could be eligible to receive a portion of a $6.3 million class action settlement. 

The settlement comes in response to a lawsuit filed against Johnson and Johnson, which claimed the pharmaceutical company falsely advertised the medicine as uniquely formulated for infants when it was the same strength as Children’s Tylenol. 

Customers who purchased Infants’ Tylenol from October 2014 through Jan. 6, 2020, can participate in the settlement by filing a claim

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First Solar Inc. to Pay $350M in Lawsuit Settlement

First Solar Inc. has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging it mislead investors during a boom period for the company, with the bill coming in at $350 million.

The case, initially brought by investor Mark Smilovits and eventually certified as a class action, was initially filed in 2012 and came after several years of Tempe-based First Solar landing multiple deals to land massive solar power plant projects.

The lawsuit alleged First Solar officials mislead investors about the challenges the company faced in regards to replacing defective panels at those power plants. It was filed after the company reported it was paying more than $164 million in warranty claims on it panels during the fourth-quarter 2011.

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USC’s $215M Settlement with Ex-Gynecologist’s Patients

More than 18,000 women are expected to receive $2,500 to $250,000 from the University of Southern California.

A federal judge in Los Angeles said this week that he was inclined to give final approval to the University of Southern California’s $215 million class-action settlement with former patients of Dr. George Tyndall, the campus gynecologist accused of sexual misconductinvolving hundreds of patients during his decades-long tenure. 

The judge, Stephen V. Wilson of United States District Court, said in court on Monday that he was “inclined to accept” the settlement, which would clear the way for the university to start writing checks to more than 18,000 women who saw Dr. Tyndall during their time at the university, according to lawyers involved in the case.

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