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Want to Address Drug Costs? Avoid Price Controls, Eliminate PBMs and Don't Weaken Patents

In an excellent piece in today's Wall Street Journal, Scott Atlas of Stanford University highlights how Americans enjoy far greater access to new lifesaving drugs than patients in Europe and elsewhere, and how the movement to impose government price controls would only restrict access to new drugs and degrade Americans' health outcomes, as we at CFIF have been emphasizing:

America has superior treatment results for virtually all serious diseases reliant on drug treatment, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes.  Price controls would jeopardize that advantage...

Pegging drug prices to those of foreign countries, as both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have proposed, would ultimately lead to the same consequences Europeans endure - reduced access…[more]

February 14, 2019 • 05:20 pm

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Jester's CourtroomLegal tales stranger than stranger than fiction: Ridiculous and sometimes funny lawsuits plaguing our courts.
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You Can't Always Have It Your Way
Thursday, January 10 2019

A Portland, Oregon, man is suing Burger King claiming the fast food restaurant backed out of its promise to give him free food for life.

According to news reports, Curtis Brooner says he was involved in an incident in Oregon that resulted in him being locked in the bathroom. Brooner used his cellphone to call the Burger King number listed on his receipt, but the employees were unable to push the bathroom door open. Ultimately, a locksmith was called, and Brooner was freed. In his lawsuit, Brooner claims he was stuck in the bathroom for an hour and could hear employees and customers laughing at him through the door.

Brooner alleges the restaurant offered him free food for life as an apology, which it provided for several weeks and then the offer was withdrawn. Brooner is seeking just over $9,000 in damages, the cost of one burger meal a week for 22 years.

Michael Fuller, Brooner's attorney, told the media that his "client is still hopeful Burger King will do the right thing and honor its agreement."

Source: People.com

May I Have This Dance?
Thursday, January 03 2019

Two video game makers are being sued by a Hollywood star after allegedly including similar versions of the star’s signature dance moves in their video games.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro is suing the creators of Fortnite and NBA 2K after having found an unusual similarity between Fortnite's "Fresh" dance emote and another in 2K Sports-creator Take-Two Interactive’s video and his signature "Carlton Dance,” made popular through his character, Carlton Banks, in the 1990s hit sitcom.

Ribeiro seeks injunctive relief and monetary damages in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. His lawsuit asks for a judge’s order to stop both games from using his dance moves.

Ribeiro says he is now in the process of copyrighting the dance.

Source: weartv.com

Not All It's Cracked Up to Be
Thursday, December 20 2018

The manufacturer of Whole Grain Cheez-Its is being sued by three women who claim they were deceived upon buying the crackers because the main ingredient was enriched flour and not whole grain.

According to news reports, Linda Castle and two other plaintiffs are suing Kellogg's because the Cheez-Its box labeled "Whole Grain" or "Made with Whole Grain" only contains 5 to 8 grams of whole grain for each 29-gram serving. In their filing, the plaintiffs claim they were injured in fact because the crackers were worth less than what they paid for them. The plaintiffs are seeking "damages, other monetary relief, declaratory relief, and an order enjoining Kellogg's from continuing its false and misleading marketing."

In 2017, a federal judge dismissed the claim, ruling that the "Whole Grains" wording was factually correct. Recently, however, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the dismissal, noting that a reasonable consumer would think Cheez-It Whole Grain crackers were made with "predominantly whole grain."

The Second Circuit remanded the case for further proceedings. The plaintiffs are demanding a jury trial and want the court to certify a class.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Loser Pays
Thursday, December 13 2018

A United States District Court has ordered a plaintiff to pay almost $9,000 in statutory costs after filing what has been deemed a frivolous case.

Former El Paso County Sheriff’s Sergeant John Huntz unsuccessfully sued El Paso County. In his federal lawsuit, Huntz claimed the Sheriff’s Office violated federal employment laws when he was fired in 2015.

According to news reports, Huntz claimed he was transferred from his role as a training officer to the night shift at the jail in retaliation because his wife had reported sexual harassment by a commander she worked with at the Sheriff Office’s dispatch center. Following his new assignment, Huntz went on leave for nearly eight months, until his employment was terminated in August 2015 because he failed to return to work. His wife’s claim was dismissed in 2017.

“We are entitled to all of these costs,” said County Attorney Amy Folsom. “The important thing to note is that the reimbursement will come out of the pocket of John Huntz himself. The defense of the County was unnecessary and we will continue to defend the County against all such frivolous claims.”

Source: elpasoco.com

Lawsuit Lights Up Court
Wednesday, December 05 2018

An Idaho couple has won a lawsuit against their Homeowner's Association that allegedly referred to their Christmas holiday light display as a "nuisance."

According to news reports, Jeremy and Kristy Morris lit up their yard for the holiday season with over 200,000 lights, masses of carolers and a real-life nativity scene, complete with a live camel. After receiving a letter from their Homeowner's Association trying to shut them down because their "beliefs were in conflict with neighbors," they sued, claiming they were "unlawfully discriminated against based on their religion."

In the suit, the Homeowner's Association denied the discrimination, saying the display was in violation of the association's governing rules that restrict "offensive noise," "increased traffic," and "excessively bright lights." However, audio played in court contradicted that statement, resulting in a jury award of $75,000 in damages.

The Morris family is not doing the house this year, but Jeremy is looking for another location because a big part of the event is a fundraiser for childhood cancer.

"This was about freedom of religion and property, and we hope this doesn't happen to anyone. Because there's going to be a federal lawsuit at the end of it," says Jeremy.

Source: abc7ny.com



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