Medical Device Maker Biomet in hot Water with the Justice Department Over new Bribery Allegations

Biomet in hot Water w/Justice Dept. Over Bribery Allegations
Biomet in hot Water w/Justice Dept. Over Bribery Allegations

An anonymous whistleblower has lobbed new allegations against medical device maker Biomet, prompting a U.S. Justice Department (D.O.J.) investigation.

Biomet says that prosecutors have decided to extend the company’s probation stemming from a 2012 bribery investigation for an additional year. An anonymous whistleblower said in an email that distributors hired by Biomet to sell the company’s orthopedic devices paid kickbacks to government doctors. The device maker shared the email with the government, prompting the D.O.J. to launch a new investigation. Several employees believed to be at the center of the controversy lost their jobs, according to The New York Times (The Times). Continue reading Medical Device Maker Biomet in hot Water with the Justice Department Over new Bribery Allegations

Recalled Kraft Macaroni & Cheese may Contain Small Metal Parts

 Recalled Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Contains Small Metal Parts

Recalled Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Contains Small Metal Parts

Kraft Foods Group recalled about 242,000 cases of its Original flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner over concerns that the products contain small metal parts.

The affected 7.25-ounce boxes have “Best When Used By” dates of September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015, and are imprinted with the code “C2” directly below the date on each individual box. The “C2” refers to a specific production line on which the affected product was made, according to an FDA press release on the agency’s website. Continue reading Recalled Kraft Macaroni & Cheese may Contain Small Metal Parts

Ice Cream Tainted with Listeria Kills Three Patients in Kansas

Ice Cream Tainted with Listeria Kills Three Patients in Kansas
Ice Cream Tainted with Listeria Kills Three Patients in Kansas

Blue Bell ice cream products tainted with listeria have sickened five people in Kansas, killing three of them.

Blue Bell issued its first-ever recall of some of its products after five patients were infected with listeria after eating some of the company’s ice cream while in being treated at a hospital for unrelated conditions. Four of the patients were infected by drinking milkshakes made with a single serving of Blue Bell’s Scoops ice cream at the hospital. The CDC said it believes the infections were acquired in the hospital, the Los Angeles Times (LA Times) reported. Continue reading Ice Cream Tainted with Listeria Kills Three Patients in Kansas

International Art Scandal may Reveal Art World’s Deepest, Darkest Secrets

International Art Scandal may Reveal Art World’s Deepest
International Art Scandal may Reveal Art World’s Deepest

An art scandal unfolding in Monaco and Singapore is threatening to blow the lid off of the fraudulent dealings of art dealers specializing in multimillion-dollar art.

The controversy involves a Swiss businessman and art dealer named Yves Bouvier who stores billions of dollars’ worth of art in giant storage centers in Switzerland, Luxembourg and Singapore for the some of the world’s richest people. Bouvier was nabbed by Monacan authorities in February as part of a fraud investigation focusing on several works purchased by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev. Rybolovlev alleges that Bouvier inflated or misrepresented prices by millions of dollars, according to CNBC. Continue reading International Art Scandal may Reveal Art World’s Deepest, Darkest Secrets

DirecTV is Facing an FTC Lawsuit Over Allegations the Company Defrauded More than 20 Million Customers

DirecTV is Facing an FTC Lawsuit Over Allegations of Fraud
DirecTV is Facing an FTC Lawsuit Over Allegations of Fraud

A lawsuit brought against DirecTV involves pricing allegations from customers who say the company deceptively advertised costs of a two-year service promotion.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is suing the satellite television company on behalf of the more than 20 million subscribers in the United States who were affected, an agency spokesman said Wednesday. Jessica L. Rich, director of the FTC’s bureau of consumer protection, said the agency is seeking millions of dollars in refunds, according to The New York Times (The Times). Continue reading DirecTV is Facing an FTC Lawsuit Over Allegations the Company Defrauded More than 20 Million Customers

Class Action Filed on Behalf of Consumers who Allege They Purchased Defective Laminate Flooring Containing High Levels of Formaldehyde

Class Action Filed on Behalf of Consumers
Class Action Filed on Behalf of Consumers

Lumber Liquidators is facing the first amended class action complaint concerning allegations that some of the company’s flooring products fail prematurely, contain defects and have been associated with very high levels of the cancer-causing agent, formaldehyde.

Lumber Liquidators is accused of selling laminated flooring that is defective and prone to premature cracking, splitting, warping and shrinking sooner than claimed in the product’s warranty. According to the suit, consumers have also complained that Lumber Liquidator’s flooring contains very high levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Continue reading Class Action Filed on Behalf of Consumers who Allege They Purchased Defective Laminate Flooring Containing High Levels of Formaldehyde

Federal Health Officials Issue Second Warning to L’Oreal Over Marketing Claims

Federal Health Officials Issue 2nd Warning to L’Oreal
Federal Health Officials Issue 2nd Warning to L’Oreal

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued cosmetic company L’Oreal its second warning letter in two years concerning the marketing of several of its skin care products.

In 2012, the FDA sent five cosmetic companies warning letters for allegedly marketing their products using claims which caused these products to be classified as drugs under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). L’Oreal subsidiary Lancome was among those companies, as was Avon. Both companies claimed their products could, among other things, rebuild collagen, regenerate hydroproteins, repair micro-injuries, increase the activity of genes and stimulate cell regeneration, according to RAPS.org. Continue reading Federal Health Officials Issue Second Warning to L’Oreal Over Marketing Claims