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Posted 12 months ago in Class Actions Consumer Law Podcasts by Matt Plessner  
Insurer Sued over Eating Disorders [Podcast]

  (iStockPhoto/Thinkstock)   Shelby Oppel Suffers from a Severe Eating Disorder Shelby Oppel suffers from bulimia, a psychiatric problem of excessive eating, followed by induced vomiting, or use of diuretics and laxatives. A doctor at a psychiatric hospital recommended Oppel receive 6 months inpatient treatment and 6 months outpatient treatment. Oppel’s insurer, Blue Cross Life & Health Insurance Co. (in California also called Anthem Blue Cross), would only cover six days of inpatient services and 17 days of outpatient treatment. As …

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Judge Says Gay Marriage Must Come to New Jersey

New Jersey must allow same-sex couples to get married, a judge ordered Friday. “The ineligibility of same-sex couples for federal benefits is currently harming same-sex couples in New Jersey in a wide range of contexts,” Judge Mary C. Jacobson said in the opinion. “Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution.” The judge based her reasoning on last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that invalidated part of …

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Facebook ‘Like’ is Speech Protected by First Amendment

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Sept. 23 that clicking “like” on Facebook can be protected speech for First Amendment purposes, reversing a lower court that had found in favor of a Virginia sheriff who was sued for retaliation when he fired several employees who had “liked” his opponent in an election.   Like This, Like That  A federal trial court in Virginia had ruled in 2012 that the employees’ suit for employment discrimination against Sheriff B. …

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Posted 12 months ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Jawbone Death from Osteoporosis Drug Costs Novartis $1.3M

A Florida woman who took Zometa to prevent the risk of osteoporosis has won a $1.3 million jury award against drug maker Novartis for causing destruction of her jawbone. Nancy Guenther was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. When her doctors discovered that the cancer had metastasized to her bones, they prescribed Zometa to reduce her risk of bone fractures. Guenther received 46 injections of the drug over four years between 2002 and 2006. During that time, she claimed she …

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Posted 12 months ago in Your Personal Rights by Janet Raasch  
‘Gluten Free’ Now a Required Option Under the ADA

Gluten refers to the proteins that occur naturally in wheat, rye, barley and crossbreeds of these grains. The U.S. market for gluten-free products has grown rapidly, reaching $4.2 billion in 2013. It is on pace to reach $6.6 billion by 2017. Why do consumers care if a product is gluten-free?   Gluten Causes Certain Diseases About 3 million Americans, or about one in 133, suffer from celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which consumption of gluten causes …

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