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    1. $192M Shareholder Settlement Reached Over Failed NC Nuclear Project

      $192M Shareholder Settlement Reached Over Failed NC Nuclear Project

      A federal judge signed off on a $192.5 million legal settlement Thursday between the former shareholders of SCANA Corp. and the company’s new owner Dominion Energy.

      The deal, which is being celebrated as the largest investor-related settlement in South Carolina history, stems from the failed V.C. Summer nuclear expansion project in Fairfield County. 

      That project, which lasted for nearly a decade, was undertaken by Cayce-based SCANA and Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s state-run utility. 

      The payout to SCANA’s investors is the latest settlement to come out of the failed nuclear project in which $9 billion was sunk into two unfinished reactors before construction was halted.

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    2. Oklahoma City Hospital Reaches $72.3M Settlement Over Alleged Kickback Scheme

      Oklahoma City Hospital Reaches $72.3M Settlement Over Alleged Kickback Scheme

      An Oklahoma City hospital, physician group and management company have reached a $72.3 million settlement over allegations of a kickback scheme brought forth by a whistleblower.

      Oklahoma Center for Orthopaedic and Multi-Specialty Surgery, and its part-owner and management company, USP OKC Inc. and USP OKC Manager Inc., along with Southwest Orthopaedic Specialists and two of their physicians, will pay the massive settlement to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act and the Oklahoma Medicaid False Claims Act.

      The settlement is over allegations of improper relationships between the hospital and physicians that led to the submission of false claims to the Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE programs, the U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday.

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    3. Hope Hospice to Pay $3.2M Settlement

      Hope Hospice to Pay $3.2M Settlement

      Hope Hospice will pay $3.2 million to resolve accusations it knowingly submitted false claims for care provided to people not qualified for services. U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announced the settlement Wednesday and said the claims were linked to Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE services.

      Founded in 1979, Hope Hospice is a subsidiary of Hope Healthcare, a not-for-profit organization that provides a variety of programs for the elderly in Lee, Hendry, and Glades counties, including hospice and palliative care services.

      Hospice care is special end-of-life care for terminally ill patients intended to comfort the dying and patients admitted to hospice care. Such patients generally stop receiving coverage for traditional medical care intended to cure their illnesses and instead receive ...

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    4. Nebraska Egg Processing Plant to Pay $3M Settlement

      Nebraska Egg Processing Plant to Pay $3M Settlement

      The owner of an egg processing facility in David City will spend nearly $3 million as part of a settlement to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act.

      Under terms of the settlement with the federal government and state of Nebraska, Henningsen Foods will make about $2 million in upgrades to its plant to reduce the amount of pollutants it discharges into the David City wastewater treatment plant. The company also will pay a civil penalty of $827,500.

      “We are encouraged by Henningsen’s willingness to upgrade its own facility and assist with upgrades to the David City wastewater treatment system,” Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford said in a news release. “These actions will protect ...
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    5. Deutsche Bank to Pay $150M Settlement Over Jeffrey Epstein Lapses

      Deutsche Bank to Pay $150M Settlement Over Jeffrey Epstein Lapses

      Deutsche Bank AG agreed Tuesday to pay a $150 million penalty to settle “significant compliance failures” in its dealings with convicted sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein. 

      The New York State Department of Financial Services said the bank did not properly monitor Epstein’s transactions, despite widespread public knowledge about his sexual misconduct.  

      It said Deutsche Bank’s failure led to its processing of hundreds of Epstein’s transactions that should have been more closely scrutinized, including payments to victims and law firms representing him and his accomplices. 

      The state regulator said Deutsche Bank also failed in its relationships with Danske Bank Estonia and FBME Bank by not properly monitoring their correspondent and clearing operations.

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    6. $2.34M Settlement Reached by Fort Myers Cancer Treatment Center

      $2.34M Settlement Reached by Fort Myers Cancer Treatment Center

      A multi-million dollar agreement by the Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, an oncology group headquartered in Fort Myers, was announced Tuesday by United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez.

      The civil settlement agreement will return $2,341,508.91 that was overpaid by the U.S. Veterans Administration for certain claims relating to physician-administered drugs.

      Although the majority of veterans enrolled in the VA healthcare system receive care in VA-operated medical facilities, the VA may also contract with non-VA facilities such as Florida Cancer Specialists to provide services that are not readily available from a VA medical facility. The Code of Federal Regulations allows for VA reimbursement of non-VA care providers for certain physician-administered drugs in accordance with Medicare pricing schedules.

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    7. Major Orthopedic Provider Faces $99M Lawsuit After Patients' Info Stolen

      Major Orthopedic Provider Faces $99M Lawsuit After Patients' Info Stolen

      One of Florida’s largest orthopedic providers is facing a class-action lawsuit after hackers stole personal information from potentially thousands of patients.

      Attorney John Yanchunis of Morgan & Morgan filed the lawsuit against the Florida Orthopedic Institute, seeking at least $99 million on behalf of patients and former patients citing a “failure to properly secure and safeguard protected health information,” according to the complaint filed June 30.

      “If you retain this information and you lose it, you are responsible for the repercussions of its loss,” Yanchunis told ABC Action News.

      The case filed in Hillsborough County seeks long-term identity theft protection for patients, payment for victims who suffer losses as a result of the breach and a court order to force ...

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    8. $28.5M Settlement Reached in Fidelity 401K Lawsuit

      $28.5M Settlement Reached in Fidelity 401K Lawsuit

      The nation’s largest recordkeeper has come to terms with participants in its own 401(k) regarding allegations of excessive recordkeeping fees, along with some changes in practices.

      Under the terms of the proposed Settlement, Fidelity will cause its insurers to pay a gross settlement amount of $28,500,000 into a common fund for the benefit of the Class. The agreement—which must still be approved by the court—claims to provide “the Class that falls well within the range of court-approved settlements in similar ERISA cases, and provides the Class with essentially a full recovery[i] of the alleged damages for failure to monitor recordkeeping fees (which partially overlapped with alleged damages associated with the failure to monitor ...

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    9. $6.25M Settlement Reached in Subaru Starlink Lawsuit

      $6.25M Settlement Reached in Subaru Starlink Lawsuit

      The class-action lawsuit that claimed Subaru’s Starlink infotainment systems are defective has reached a final settlement. The agreement affects the 2018 Subaru Forester, 2018 Subaru Outback, 2018 Crosstrek, 2018 Legacy, 2017-2018 Impreza, and 2018 BRZ. A New Jersey Judge signed the order this week that is valued at $6.25 million and could benefit 785,000 Subaru owners and lessees.

      The Starlink systems consist of Harman Gen 3 audio and navigation head units, and the lawsuit alleged the head units created safety concerns for Subaru drivers.

      Owners have been experiencing a number of problems that include backup camera freezing/or shutdowns, loss of audio functions, complete system lockup, display shutoff, inability to shut radio/audio off or turn high ...

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    10. $2.1M Awarded in Medical Malpractice Suit of VA Medical Center

      $2.1M Awarded in Medical Malpractice Suit of VA Medical Center

      For nearly a decade, Wilma Coolidge sought justice for her late brother. Only 64, Howard Southard, a U.S. Army veteran and former long-haul trucker, spent nearly four months in intensive care at the VA Medical Center in Buffalo before dying there. Coolidge blamed his doctors and sued for medical malpractice.

      Last week, nearly 10 years after she first filed suit, a federal judge awarded her $2.1 million.

      At the crux of Coolidge’s case is her contention that VA surgeons improperly installed a stent graft in one of Southard’s arteries, causing an irreparable loss of blood flow to his kidneys and eventually his death. She also accused the medical center of neglecting her brother’s pain and ...
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    11. Norvartis to Pay $729M to Settle Kickback Charges

      Norvartis to Pay $729M to Settle Kickback Charges

      Novartis agreed to pay more than $729 million to settle U.S. government charges it paid illegal kickbacks to doctors and patients to boost drug sales, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday.

      The Swiss drugmaker will pay $678 million to resolve claims it organized tens of thousands of sham educational events where it lavished doctors with exorbitant speaker fees, expensive dinners and alcohol to induce them to prescribe its cardiovascular and diabetes drugs more often.

      It will also pay $51.25 million to resolve charges it funneled money through three charitable foundations to cover co-payments of Medicare patients so they would purchase its drugs.

      Both settlements resolved civil charges that Novartis violated the federal False Claims Act.

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    12. Medical Testing Company Settles Medicare Fraud Accusations for $8.5M

      Medical Testing Company Settles Medicare Fraud Accusations for $8.5M

      A California-based medical testing company has agreed to a multimillion-dollar settlement regarding false Medicare claims allegations that were first made public in a lawsuit filed by the former employee of a local hospital, prosecutors say. 

      California-based molecular diagnostic testing company Agendia Inc. has agreed to an $8.25 million settlement with the federal government to resolve allegations of a nationwide scheme to bill Medicare for the company's MammaPrint genetic test, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. 

      Agendia was accused of conspiring with hospitals across the country to artificially delay ordering MammaPrint genetic assay procedures to get around Medicare's 14-day rule. That rule is meant to prevent medial laboratories from billing Medicare separately for tests or specimens if a doctor ...

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    13. Montana Subdivision Residents to Receive $3.45M Settlement

      Montana Subdivision Residents to Receive $3.45M Settlement

      A settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by residents of three Billings subdivisions was approved Tuesday. Yellowstone County District Judge Gregory Todd approved the $3.45 million settlement to be split by residents of the far West End neighborhoods who claim their homes and their value have been damaged by the negligence of engineers who worked on the developments.

      The subdivisions included Copper Ridge, Reflections at Copper Ridge and Falcon Ridge, and the suit names Rimrock Engineering, Rawhide Engineering, and Robert Kukes. 

      The case, however, is not closed, the plaintiff’s lead attorney John Heenan said Tuesday. “This money won’t make them (homeowners) anywhere near whole,” he said. “We’ll continue to investigate. Other people have responsibility and we ...
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    14. University of North Carolina to Pay $1.5M Settlement

      University of North Carolina to Pay $1.5M Settlement

      The University's $1.5 million fine is the third largest Clery Act fine settlement to date, said S. Daniel Carter, president of Safety Advisors for Educational Campuses, LLC. 

      Carter said the consulting firm advises colleges and universities on campus security policy, and conducts Clery Act audits. As time has gone by and enforcement becomes more consistent, fines have generally become more frequent and larger, he said.

      Carter said beyond the settlement fine, he believes the implementation of a post-review monitoring program is critical to ensuring Clery Act compliance and campus safety. 

      "The gold standard that this sets is far more important to keeping students, employees and visitors safe at the University of North Carolina," Carter said. 

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    15. Harvey Weinstein Victims Awarded $19M Settlement

      Harvey Weinstein Victims Awarded $19M Settlement

      The Harvey Weinstein survivors who experienced sexual misconduct and harassment by the now-convicted rapist have been awarded a $18.875 million settlement, as part of a class-action lawsuit, aided by the New York Attorney General.

      The payments, which still await approval by the bankruptcy and district courts, will resolve two separate lawsuits — one against Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and The Weinstein Company, which was filed in Feb. 2018 by the office of the Attorney General, and a separate Nov. 2017 class action lawsuit brought on behalf of the group of women who were sexually harassed and assaulted by the former movie mogul.

      The settlement comes as Weinstein is serving his 23-year sentence in a New York prison, three months after he ...

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    16. National Mail-Order Pharmacy to Pay $11M Settlement

      National Mail-Order Pharmacy to Pay $11M Settlement

      A national mail-order pharmacy based in Andover has reached an $11 million settlement over a lawsuit brought by the state of Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey said last week. Injured Workers Pharmacy has agreed to pay the money to the state, subject to court approval, Healey said.

      “Injured Workers Pharmacy created an illegal operation that put dispensing speed and volume over patient and public safety," Healey said. "They dispensed thousands of prescriptions for dangerous drugs, including opioids like fentanyl, with a shocking lack of regard for whether those prescriptions were legitimate. "Combating the opioid epidemic remains a top priority of my office and we will aggressively pursue those who break our laws to profit from this crisis,” Healey said.

      The ...

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    17. $2.8M Settlement Reached by UnityPoint Health

      $2.8M Settlement Reached by UnityPoint Health

      Iowa Health System, doing business as UnityPoint Health, has reached a proposed $2.8 million settlement with the millions of patients impacted by two phishing-related data breaches in 2017 and 2018.

      The settlement will provide the 1.4 million breach victims with monetary and injunctive relief, including one year of comprehensive credit monitoring and identity theft protection services and reimbursement of ordinary expenses up to $1,000 per settlement class member for costs incurred by credit monitoring and identity theft protection services.

      The UnityPoint Health breach was the second largest healthcare security incident reported in 2018, impacting the health records of 1.4 million patients after the health system discovered two separate phishing attacks during the year.

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    18. Pfizer Files Lawsuit to Reduce Cost of Copays

      Pfizer Files Lawsuit to Reduce Cost of Copays

      Pfizer’s rare heart disease med Vyndaqel, at $225,000 a year, is too pricey for many patients. To help Medicare participants afford the expensive drug—and maintain its hefty sticker price—the Big Pharma is going as far as to argue the U.S. government’s anti-kickback policy is unconstitutional.

       In a lawsuit filed in a New York district court, Pfizer questions two federal regulations that prohibit drugmakers from offering direct payments to help cover a drug’s cost or working with charity programs to direct their funding—and Medicare patients—to a particular medicine. The lawsuit comes as the Justice Department and state attorneys general clamp down on pharma's donations to patient assistance organizations, specifically for directing ...
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    19. Piedmont Healthcare to Settle False Claims Suit for $16M

      Piedmont Healthcare to Settle False Claims Suit for $16M

      Piedmont Healthcare — owner of Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville — in federal court on June 25 agreed to pay a $16 million settlement to resolve false claims allegations dealing with Medicare and Medicaid billing.

      U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak for the Northern District of Georgia said Piedmont Healthcare agreed to pay $16 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare and Medicaid for procedures at the more expensive inpatient level of care instead of the less costly outpatient or observation level of care.

      Pak said the settlement also resolves allegations that Piedmont paid a commercially unreasonable and above fair market value to acquire Atlanta Cardiology Group in 2007 in violation of the federal ...

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    20. Family of Woman Killed in Crash Awarded $2.5M Settlement

      Family of Woman Killed in Crash Awarded $2.5M Settlement

      The family of a woman killed in a crash caused by a speeding Kern County sheriff’s deputy who ran a red light has settled its lawsuit against the county for $2.5 million. That amount will go toward the two adult children of Nancy Joyce Garrett, according to a spokesman with the family’s attorneys at Chain Cohn Stiles.

      The wrongful death lawsuit filed in 2016 against the county in U.S. District Court in Fresno said the actions of Deputy Nicholas Clerico were “negligent and reckless” on the night of the crash in Oildale.

      The Sept. 24, 2014, collision happened when Clerico ran a red light while traveling 85 mph on North Chester Avenue where it crosses West ...

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    21. Non-Profit Nurse Group to Pay $57M Settlement in Whistleblower Suit

      Non-Profit Nurse Group to Pay $57M Settlement in Whistleblower Suit

      The Visiting Nurse Service of New York, one of the largest non-profit home health care agencies in America, said Thursday it will pay $57 million to settle a federal whistleblower lawsuit over allegations of fraud and patient endangerment.

      The suit, brought under federal and state False Claims Acts by a senior leader who worked at the agency for 16 years, alleged that the corporation collected Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements and falsified time sheets for services that were only partially rendered or not provided at all.

      The settlement, which did not have to go in front of a judge and has been approved by the federal government, does not admit liability for the non-profit. “For more than five years, we have ...

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    22. $2.75M Wrongful Death Settlement Awarded Due to Paramedics' Negligence

      $2.75M Wrongful Death Settlement Awarded Due to Paramedics' Negligence

      Hillsborough County has agreed to a $2.75 million settlement to end a wrongful death lawsuit from the family of a 30-year-old stroke victim who died in 2018, after a county ambulance crew failed to take her vital signs or transport her to a hospital.

      The settlement, approved last week without comment by county commissioners, calls for the county to pay $300,000 to the estate of Crystle Galloway, with the remainder due if the state Legislature and governor approve a $2.45 million claims bill the family intends to seek next year in Tallahassee.

      “I think the result was a good result for everyone,‘' County Administrator Mike Merrill said this week about the settlement. “It was very unfortunate. Sad ...

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    23. Over $10B Settlement Reached in Roundup Cancer Lawsuits

      Over $10B Settlement Reached in Roundup Cancer Lawsuits

      Bayer will pay more than $10 billion to resolve thousands of lawsuits regarding claims that its herbicide Roundup causes cancer, the company announced Wednesday.

      Monsanto, which Bayer bought in 2018, lost a lawsuit that same year brought by a school groundskeeper who claimed its weedkiller had caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Since then, thousands of U.S. lawsuits have been filed against the company.

       Bayer CEO Werner Baumann called the decision to settle the lawsuits the right one in order to end a long period of uncertainty. “The decision to resolve the Roundup litigation enables us to focus fully on the critical supply of health care and food,” he said in statement. “It will also return the conversation about the safety ...
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    24. 54 Rural Hospitals to Receive Share of $383M Settlement

      54 Rural Hospitals to Receive Share of $383M Settlement

      Gov. Andy Beshear and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday announced $383 million in state and federal dollars for 54 rural hospitals by settling a 13-year-old dispute regarding Medicaid funding rates.

      The settlement negotiated by Gov. Beshear, with support from Senate Majority Leader McConnell, successfully convinced the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to offer funding in combination with the state’s liability of $93.9 million. The previous administration had budgeted an estimated $425 million in state funding to settle the case.

      The Governor said the settlement saved the state more than $300 million and provides long-awaited funds immediately back to rural hospitals.

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