Chesley Files RICO Class Action Against Toyota

CINCINNATI — Stanley M. Chesley of the Cincinnati-based law firm of Waite, Schneider, Bayless & Chesley Co. L.P.A. announced Feb. 12 that he had filed the first national class action lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act...

Pfizer Ordered To Pay $47.3M To Health Insurer In Neurontin RICO Trial

BOSTON — (Mealey’s) A Massachusetts federal jury on March 25 awarded $47.3 million to the Kaiser Foundation after finding that Pfizer Inc. engaged in racketeering and unfair competition through its off-label marketing of Neurontin ( In Re: Neurontin Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products...

Final Approval Granted In $350 Million Settlement With United In Reimbursement Dispute

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) A New York federal judge on Sept. 20 granted final approval to a $350 million class action settlement with United HealthCare Corp., ending claims that United companies allegedly underpaid professional providers for out-of-network services ( The American Medical Association,...

Neurontin MDL Judge Grants Summary Judgment Against All But 2 Class Plaintiffs

BOSTON - (Mealey's) The Massachusetts federal judge overseeing the Neurontin multidistrict litigation on Dec. 10 granted summary judgment against all but two class action plaintiffs after finding no direct evidence that Pfizer Inc.'s off-label marketing influenced prescribing physicians ( In...

6 Third-Party Payers Settle Zyprexa Claims For $4.5Million After Class Vacated

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - (Mealey's) The Zyprexa multidistrict litigation judge on Jan. 12 approved a $4.5 million settlement between Eli Lilly and Co. and six third-party payers who had their Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) class action vacated and who couldn't find any other...

Judge's Jurisdiction Over Tobacco Racketeering Case Affirmed By D.C. Circuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge's continued jurisdiction over a 13-year-old racketeering case against Big Tobacco stemming from the companies' concealment of the risks of tobacco use was affirmed July 27 by the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ( United...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Big Tobacco Loses Appeal in Racketeering Case

A federal appellate court recently rejected the tobacco industry's argument that restrictions imposed as part of a 2006 judgment should be set aside because Congress, in 2009, passed a law that imposed other restrictions on the industry and gave the Food & Drug Administration ("FDA"...

Garlock Sues Law Firms, Alleging Fraud Over Asbestos Claims

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — (Mealey’s) Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC filed four adversary complaints Jan. 9 in a North Carolina federal bankruptcy court against several law firms and attorneys, alleging conspiracy, fraud and violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations...

2nd Circuit Reinstates Smuggling, Racketeering Claims Against R.J. Reynolds

NEW YORK — (Mealey’s) The European Community (EC) is an agency or instrumentality of its member states for the purpose of diversity jurisdiction in U.S. federal courts, and allegations of cigarette smuggling, racketeering and money laundering brought by the EC against the corporate parent...

Pfizer To Pay $325M To Settle Neurontin 3rd-Party Payer, Antitrust Class Action

BOSTON — (Mealey’s) Pfizer Inc. has agreed to a $325 million class settlement of claims by third-party payers that allege that the off-label promotion of the epilepsy drug Neurontin violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and that the drug maker’s efforts to...