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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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Giving New Meaning to "You Deserve a Break Today"
Tuesday, October 13 2020

A Florida man is suing McDonald’s claiming he suffered a dental injury after biting into a Chicken McNugget.

Alexei Stolfat has filed a federal lawsuit seeking $1.1 million in damages after feeling "unbearable" pain when he bit into a bone in the chicken nugget. According to news reports, the incident caused his tooth to crack, which will require an extraction, root canal and dental implant surgery. Stolfat says he hasn’t had the tooth removed yet because it is proof of his injury.

"Providing safe, high quality food is always a top priority. We take these claims seriously but as this is pending litigation, we cannot comment further at this time," McDonald’s said in a statement.

Stolfat pledges he will donate $1 million to charity if his lawsuit prevails. 


Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot
Friday, October 09 2020

A California man is suing Starbucks and the maker of its cups and lids claiming that his sex life was ruined by hot tea.

According to news reports, Tommy Piluyev ordered two grande Honey Citrus Mint teas and when the barista passed them to him through the drive-up window one of the lids came off and the cup tipped, pouring hot tea onto the man’s hands, stomach and pelvis. Piluyev says the tea, which allegedly was between 190 and 205 degrees, caused blistering burns on his abdomen, thighs, lap area and buttocks, and he was hospitalized for over a week. Piluyev is seeking monetary damages, saying the accident made sex “painful and awkward” and that he couldn’t walk normally, use a computer, or play the piano for months. Piluyev’s attorney says his client will also need future plastic surgery. 

Starbucks says it is looking into the claim and that “our partners take great pride in ensuring our beverages are crafted with care and delivered to customers safely."


Here’s the Scoop
Wednesday, September 30 2020

A class action lawsuit has been filed against McDonald’s, claiming it misleads customers who purchase a vanilla ice cream cone because it is not made with “natural flavor” as the ingredients indicate. 

"The representations for the Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream are misleading because this gives consumers the impression that all of the vanilla taste is from vanilla beans, when this is not true and misleads consumers," the class action lawsuit contends.

In addition to demanding that the advertising be corrected, the lawsuit seeks to collect damages, claiming a premium is charged for vanilla ice cream. 

"Plaintiff would not have purchased or paid more for the Product had Plaintiff realized that much, if not all, of the vanilla flavor came from non-vanilla plant sources," according to the McDonald’s class action lawsuit.

Additionally, the class action lawsuit is seeking potential Class Members "residing in California who have purchased McDonald’s Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream and other dessert items which feature the Vanilla Soft Serve, i.e., Vanilla Shake, for their own use” since 2014. The class action lawsuit says "global climate disruptions" hitting the vanilla industry have led food companies "to cut corners" while selling "premium vanilla" products.


Attempt to “Make a Quick Buck” Costs a Few More
Wednesday, September 23 2020

A federal lawsuit filed by a former writing partner of rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot (Anthony Ray) has ended with the judge ordering the payment of attorney fees for the filing of a “frivolous” lawsuit seeking royalties.

According to news reports, David Ford filed a copyright complaint against Sir Mix-a-Lot seeking a share of revenue from Sir Mix-a-Lot’s hit songs including “Baby Got Back.” Ford’s claims were dismissed earlier this month and attorney’s fees awarded in the amount of $20,000.

Sir Mix-a-Lot’s attorney Judith Endejan said Ford was attempting to “make a quick buck” from singer Nicki Minaj’s recent use of a sample from “Baby Got Back” in her hit “Anaconda.”

“Plaintiff’s claim is frivolous or, at the very least, motivated by an unfair desire to cash in on the efforts of another. Whatever his contributions to the sixteen joint works, plaintiff remained silent for two decades, never asserting that he was an author until a lucrative license was obtained by defendant,” U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik wrote in his order dismissing the case.


No Deal When Venue Shopping
Wednesday, September 09 2020

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Jim Bakker and his production company, Morningside Church Productions, Inc., against the states of Arkansas and California.

Last March, we reported on a lawsuit filed by the State of Missouri against Jim Bakker and his production company for false advertising for selling Silver Solution, a product marketed by "natural health expert" Sherrill Sellman and touted on Bakker’s show to treat COVID-19. Several other state attorneys general, including Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, filed similar suits against Bakker, purportedly prompting Bakker to counter with the federal lawsuit against Arkansas and California protesting the states’ requests to turn over records, including names, addresses and personal financial information of the people who purchased the products. In the ruling dismissing the federal case, the judge wrote that the court did not have jurisdiction over the officials investigating the consumer protection violations and, thus, the requests for additional information could not be stopped.

"Jim Bakker’s attempts to distract my office by filing a federal lawsuit failed. We will not be deterred from the important job of protecting Arkansas consumers from fraudulent and deceptive claims," said Attorney General Rutledge. "I will not tolerate illegal schemes used by Mr. Bakker that directly harm Arkansas consumers financially or physically. Bakker has historically cloaked his illegal action in the name of religion, yet he continues to deceive Arkansans for his own glory and wealth by peddling unsafe and ineffective potions as a cure for COVID-19."

According to news reports, both Bakker and Sellman have received warning letters from the Federal Drug Administration and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for selling unapproved drugs to cure or prevent COVID-19. 


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