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Appeals Court Reverses Dismissal of Tracleer Class Action

The Fourth Circuit reversed the dismissal of an antitrust class action alleging Actelion unlawfully monopolized the Tracleer market.

District Court Approves Partial Settlement in Surescripts Class Action 

The Northern District of Illinois preliminarily approved a $10 million class action settlement by RelayHealth in Surescripts e-prescription antitrust lawsuit.

Comcast and its Installation Provider, Prince Telecom, Sued for Unpaid Wages

Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky has brought a class action lawsuit against Comcast Corp., Comcast Cable Communications Management LLC, and Prince Telecom LLC for allegedly failing to pay cable installation technicians for all hours worked.  The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on April 13, 2021 and is brought on behalf of current and former Prince Telecom technicians.

Brookdale Senior Living Sued by Department of Health and Human Services 

Brookdale Senior Living has been sued by the Department of Health and Human Services. The HHS is alleging that Brookdale submitted false staffing data for their nursing homes to the government. HHS is also alleging that they did not properly handle discharges of residents. 

Knoxville Tennessee Sues Netflix and Hulu Over Unpaid Franchise Fees 

Knoxville, Tennessee, represented by Schneider Wallace and co-counsel, is suing Netflix and Hulu for unpaid municipal franchise fees. The complaint alleges that Netflix and Hulu operate “at least in part in public rights-of-law” and seeks damages up to $5 million.

House Committee Releases Report on Humira and Imbruvica Price Increase Investigation

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform released a 57 page report on May 18th, 2021 regarding AbbVie’s pricing of Humira and Imbruvica drugs in the United States.

Humira is a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.  It generated $160 billion in revenue for AbbVie in 2020 and has a current price of $77,000 per year.  The price of the drug has increased nearly 5x over its initial pricing. The Committee on Oversight and Reform reviewed 170,000 pages of internal documents from 2009 and to present, and concluded that the 470% “price increases [were] not justified”.

United Healthcare Files Against Jazz, Merck, Glenmark and Par for Xyrem Pay-For-Delay

Jazz Pharmaceuticals faces a direct-action lawsuit from health insurer United Healthcare, over allegations Jazz conspired to delay generic competition to Xyrem. Xyrem is a narcolepsy medication.

Ledger and Shopify Class Action Over Allegations of a Data Breach Cover Up 

Schneider Wallace filed on April 6th, 2021 a class action complaint against Shopify and Ledger for allegedly covering up a data breach in 2020. Plaintiffs allege Ledger and Shopify “negligently allowed, recklessly ignored, and then intentionally sought to cover up” the data breach. The complaint was filed in the Northern District of California.

Health Workers Granted Conditional Certification in Colorado Hospital Overtime Lawsuit

Schneider Wallace represents hospital workers in a collective wage and hour lawsuit brought against Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) in October 2019.  The lawsuit alleges the Colorado hospital network required nurses and other staff to work before they clocked in, work after their shifts ended, work after they clocked out, and failed to provide uninterrupted meal breaks.  On March 2, 2021, U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson granted the health care workers’ motion for conditional certification, finding that the plaintiff’s complaint “provided substantial allegations that effectively forced hourly patient care employees to work unpaid overtime while off-the-clock.”

First False Claims Act Settlement for Cares Act Paycheck Protection Program

The United States Attorneys Office for The Eastern District of California released a statement that they have secured the nation’s first False Claims Act (FCA) settlement to resolve claims of fraud against the Paycheck Protection Program of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.