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Jeffrey Epstein Arrested on Sex Trafficking Charges – More High-Profile Arrests to Follow?

Billionaire financier Jeffery Epstein, already a registered sex offender, was arrested by New York law enforcement over the weekend for allegedly engaging in sex trafficking of underage girls. The reporter who originally broke the story has been following Epstein's illicit activities over the past several years. She says a significant number of “powerful and important” people are going to be named as having been involved before it's over.

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Another Country Bans Glyphosate: Will Bayer Seek to Settle With Plaintiffs?

Bayer AG got more bad news this week as the Austrian parliament voted to ban glyphosate, the active ingredient in the company's legacy flagship product, Roundup. One member of the parliament told the media, “We want to be a role model for other countries in the EU and the world.” Other European countries have passed partial bans and severe restrictions on the sale and use of glyphosate, but Austria is the first EU member to ban the herbicide outright.

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UBS Yes (YES) Strategy Lawsuits / Sales Practice Investigation

The Levin Papantonio law firm is currently investigating UBS Financial Services, Inc. in connection with their sales practices related to Yield Enhancement Strategies (“YES”) and an even more complex version known as the “Iron Condor”. It appears that UBS employed YES Strategies for clients nationwide through Flatiron Partners, a private wealth management division.

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A Deadly Baby Sleeper Was Recalled: Too Little, Too Late?

When it came to the market in 2009, the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play baby sleeper seemed to be the answer to the prayers of haggard, over-scheduled, sleep-deprived parents, desperate for a convenient way to get their infants to sleep. It soon turned into a gut-wrenching tragedy, however, as over 30 infants were killed as a result of using a product that was poorly-designed and never tested for safety.

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Surgical Staplers Implicated in 9,000 Injuries and Over 350 Deaths

Surgical staplers are commonly used by surgeons as a substitute for sutures for the purpose of closing lacerations or incisions as well as connecting or removing internal organs, such as the lungs or lower intestines. These devices have been used for over 50 years – and have been the subject of more than 41,000 adverse event reports submitted to the FDA's Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database.

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California Jury Awards Couple $2 Billion in Latest Roundup Verdict

Is Bayer having buyer's regret over its recent acquisition of Monsanto? It should be. For the third time in less than a year, a jury has awarded a hefty amount to plaintiffs who claim they developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) from using the glyphosate-based herbicide, Roundup.

The plaintiffs in the most recent case were a married couple from the San Francisco area, both of whom are in their 70s and were diagnosed with NHL. They reported having used Roundup for 35 years and were diagnosed within four years of each other.

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GPB Private Placements / Sales Practice Investigation

The Levin Papantonio law firm is currently investigating brokerage firms misconduct relating to sales practices to their customers.  It appears that some firms were recommending that their customers invest in GPB Capital Holdings’ high-risk, high-commission private placements.

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Hurricane Harvey Victims Sue Federal Government, Claiming Army is Liable for Flooding

Residents and business owners whose properties sustained millions of dollars in flood damage during Hurricane Harvey in August, 2017, have filed a lawsuit against the United States Government. Their complaints allege that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for the flooding that caused the damage. More specifically, the plaintiffs claim they are owed compensation for their properties under the nation's “eminent domain” laws.

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Scouts Dishonor: 7,800 Predators Abused 12,000 Boy Scouts According to “Perversion Files”

A professor of psychiatry who has worked with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) since 2014 recently testified that she and her colleagues have identified more than 7,800 former scout leaders and volunteers whom they say “were involved in sexually abusing a child” over the past 75 years. The information comes from the BSA's “Ineligible Volunteer Files,” which some now call the “Perversion Files.” Dr. Janet Warren, who teaches at the University of Virginia, also says, “From reviewing all these files, we identified 12,254 victims.”

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Xeljanz: an Arthritis Treatment That Can be Fatal

Xeljanz (tofacitinib) is a prescription drug first approved by the FDA in 2012 for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A number of side effects have been known for some time: diarrhea, headaches, and minor sinus and upper respiratory tract infections similar to bronchitis and the common cold are among the more common ones.

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The Potential Dangers of Treating Gout with Uloric

Uloric is prescribed for the treatment of gout, a type of arthritis afflicting more than 8 million Americans. The cause is elevated uric acid levels in the blood, which can be due to impaired kidney function, genetic factors, and/or diet. It is most common in those who primarily eat too much fatty meat, consume large amounts of alcohol, and/or are obese (historians suggest that Henry VIII of England had suffered from the condition, and it has been known since ancient times as “the disease of kings”).

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