NFL Players File Master Complaint Over Head Injuries

PHILADELPHIA - The National Football League has been aware for years of the risks associated with repetitive head impacts during NFL practices and games but "ignored the risks and/or was willfully blind to the risks and/or actively concealed the risks from NFL players," former NFL players and...

U.S. High Court: Pharma Sales Reps Not Owed Overtime

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A pharmaceutical sales representative, or detailer, falls under the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) definition of an "outside salesman" and is not owed overtime compensation, a split U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 18, rejecting the DOL's interpretation of its own...

Former Players Say NFL Is Wrong To Frame Concussion Claims As A Labor Dispute

PHILADELPHIA - Allegations by thousands of former National Football League players that the NFL ignored the risks of brain injuries to players from repeated head impacts are not governed by union contracts as the NFL asserts and therefore should not be dismissed, the former players say in Oct. 31 briefs...

Avandia MDL Court Remands 2 3rd-Party-Payer Cases To Pa. State Court For Now

PHILADELPHIA - Two days after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed Humana Health Plan Inc. to sue Avandia maker GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) for double damages under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, a Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the Avandia multidistrict litigation on April 17 remanded to Pennsylvania...

NFL Prepared To Settle Concussion Claims For $765 Million

PHILADELPHIA - In an Aug. 29 order, a Pennsylvania federal judge announced that the National Football League and players have reached a $765 million settlement in the concussion injury multidistrict litigation (In re: National Football League Players' Concussion Injury Litigation, No. 12-2323, E...

9th Circuit: Incorporating SEC Filings By Reference Into SPD Is Fiduciary Act

SAN FRANCISCO - Participants in eligible individual account plans (EIAPs) sponsored by a drug manufacturer sufficiently alleged that the plans' fiduciaries breached their fiduciary duty of care imposed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by retaining company stock in the plans when the...

N.C. Court Affirms Admission Of Experts Testifying On Their Area Of Expertise

RALEIGH, N.C. - A workers' compensation commission properly admitted the testimony of a veterinarian on the issue of animal studies in an asbestos-related esophageal cancer case, the North Carolina Court of Appeals held Dec. 3 (Paulette Smith Wise, executor of the estate of Harvey Smith v. Alcoa...