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House Hearing Spotlights Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) as Drivers of Higher Drug Prices

Today, the House Oversight Committee is holding an important hearing entitled "The Role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers in Prescription Drug Markets Part III:  Transparency and Accountability."

For those unfamiliar, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) amount to middlemen that control prescription drugs for millions of Americans.  A majority of Americans receive health insurance through employer plans or government programs such as Medicare, which in turn cover prescription drugs through PBMs.  Those PBMs negotiate with drug companies and pay pharmacies, but throughout the process determine the drugs that insured patients may obtain and at what cost.

The problem is that PBMs operate in such an opaque and complex manner that they're able to inflate drug costs while claiming to be working…[more]

July 23, 2024 • 04:57 PM

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“The Best Part of Waking Up is [Enough] Folgers in Your Cup”
Wednesday, January 13 2021

A Washington State woman is suing coffee giant Folgers alleging its trademark red canister of coffee falls short on the number of cups it proclaims to make.

Julie Marthaller filed the class action lawsuit last week on the grounds (pun intended) that the canister says it would yield “up to 210 6 fl oz. cups” when it actually “contained only enough ground coffee to make approximately 169 6 fl oz. cups.”

According to the complaint, Marthaller said she would have paid significantly less for the product had she known it didn’t contain the amount of coffee it claimed to contain.

“Therefor, [she] suffered injury in fact and lost money as a result of Defendants’ misleading, false, unfair, and deceptive practices,” the lawsuit claims.

The suit brews up more details, saying the label on the coffee recommends “consumers use one tablespoon to make one serving (6 fl oz cup) of coffee. One tablespoon of Folgers weighs .15 ounces. Using the recommended method, 1 25.4 ounce canister contains only enough ground coffee to make approximately 169 cups of coffee (25.4 ounces/.15 ounces per serving = 31.5 ounces)”.

“Mathematically, the canister can not make more than 169 cups.”

The suit claims the defendants committed fraud and violated Washington’s Consumer Protection Act.

According to news reports, the named defendants, Folgers and Smuckers, have yet to respond. 


Airing Your Dirty Laundry in Court
Wednesday, January 06 2021

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant’s widow, is being sued by her mother who claims Kobe promised to take care of his mother-in-law for the rest of her life.

According to news reports, Sofia Laine, who is 70 years old, claims her daughter is reneging on promises made to her. She says she was the family’s nanny for nearly 20 years and was "forced" to work around the clock without proper meals or rest breaks. Laine also claims she was never paid for any of this but was promised instead to be taken care of all her life. 

Following Kobe’s death last year, Laine said her daughter ordered her to move out, prompting Laine to file a lawsuit. Bryant counters that her mother only filed the lawsuit to "extort a financial windfall from my family" as she never served as the family’s personal assistant or nanny. "I have always been a stay-at-home mother and my husband and I were our daughters' full-time care givers," Bryant stated. "In reality, she only occasionally babysat my older girls when they were toddlers."

Laine notes that "[a]lthough I filed a lawsuit, I did not make any public comments and was hoping for the court process to run its course without publicity, as hurtful as it is. I did not want this and do not want this."

Bryant’s statement in response to the lawsuit notes, "This lawsuit is frivolous, disgraceful, and unimaginably hurtful. My husband never promised my mother anything, and he would be so disappointed in her behavior and lack of empathy."


“Un”Lucky Number 7
Wednesday, December 16 2020

Former talk show host Larry King (87) is being sued by wife number seven, Shawn Southwick King (61), who is requesting financial spousal support to the tune of $33,100 per month.

According to media reports, King filed for divorce from Southwick King in 2019, following almost 22 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. 

“My wife is a very religious Mormon, and I’m an agnostic atheist, so that causes little problems,” King said. “We overcame a lot, but it just hit a point where we didn’t get along.”

The couple share two sons and Southwick King claims she put her career as a singer and actress on hold to raise their children. Southwick King says her focus on being an “at-home” mother has made her financially dependent on King.

“Now that the parties are in the process of dissolving their 22-year marriage, [Southwick King] is financially dependent on [King] at this stage of her life, due to the parties’ agreement that she would care for and raise their sons instead of pursuing her acting and singing career,” the lawsuit states. “[Southwick King] seeks temporary spousal support from [King] to meet and pay her living expenses.”

King also has agreed to pay Southwick King a one-time lump sum of $20,000. Friends of Southwick King reportedly said she was “blindsided” by his divorce filing.


“In the Air Tonight:” A Lawsuit
Wednesday, December 09 2020

Famed rock musician Phil Collins' ex-wife, Orianne Cevey, lost a recent effort to have “outrageous” claims admitted in evidence in the couple’s ongoing lawsuit over a $40 million estate.

According to news reports, a judge recently struck from the record Covey’s allegations against Collins that detailed impotence, poor hygiene and mental incompetence. 

“These are outrageous statements that I’m not going to repeat,” Collins’ attorney Brandon Carrington stated.

Collins and Cevey, 46, have been locked in a legal battle over a Miami mansion that Cevey claims Collins promised to give her half of the proceeds from once the estate sells. Collins and Cevey are said to have split after she admitted to an extramarital affair with Thomas Bates, 31, who she secretly married a month later. 


Coffee, Tea, or a Blondie?
Wednesday, December 02 2020

United Airlines is being sued by two veteran flight attendants who claim the airline is discriminating against older crew members because it is only using “youthful, white flight attendants – most of whom are blonde” on NFL charter flights for the Los Angeles Rams, as well as a number of other sports teams including the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Pirates. 

The lawsuit, brought by Kim Guillory and Sharon Tesler, two long-serving United flight attendants, alleges older crew are barred from operating on charter flights and the airline determines the economic value of crew based “entirely on their racial and physical attributes, and stereotypical notions of sexual allure.”

The two women claim United’s “assignment of flight attendants for charter flights arranged by dozens of professional and collegiate American sports teams is based entirely and unlawfully on age, race and ancestry, gender, and physical appearance.”

“United has not only demeaned its hard-working and long-standing loyal employees, but created an egregious workplace culture in which discrimination, harassment, and retaliation have taken root and flourished,” the suit continues.

According to news reports, the flight attendants claim that every time they tried to pick up charter flights that appeared on the open marketing scheduling system they were denied, with younger blonde flight attendants with less seniority picked up for the trips.

United denied the accusations and said the charter customers were allowed to pick from a list of flight attendants – “there was nothing United could do except comply with the customer’s request,” the lawsuit claims.

United has “created a despicable situation,” the women further allege, asking the court to award them compensatory damages for discrimination and harassment they’ve allegedly suffered.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the airline said: “United Airlines is proud of our track record on diversity, equity and inclusion. While we cannot comment on this ongoing litigation, the flight attendants included in our sports team charter program are largely representative of our overall flight attendant population in regards to age and race.”

“Importantly, flight attendant eligibility to work a charter flight is based solely on performance and attendance and has nothing to do with age, race or gender.”


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