Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

June 12, 2013

Westlaw Journals Weekly RoundupThe new Westlaw Journals blog brings you litigation headlines in over 30 substantive areas of law. Here are some highlights from the past week:

Louisiana patients sue da Vinci surgery robot maker for $1.2 billion: The maker of the da Vinci robotic surgery device is facing a $1.2 billion federal court lawsuit filed by several Louisiana residents who say they were injured when operated on by the machine. In a suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, the 17 plaintiffs say they suffered unexpected injuries when the da Vinci was used on them in an array of medical procedures. (Medical Devices)

California targets JPMorgan’s debt collection practices: California’s attorney general claims in a lawsuit that JPMorgan Chase & Co. abused the state’s judicial system by filing thousands of debt collection lawsuits against credit card customers without following proper procedures. Attorney General Kamala D. Harris says the company ran a “debt collection mill” using illegal tactics such as “robo-signing” to quickly obtain judgments against California consumers. (Bank & Lender Liability)

9th Circuit backs termination of Medicare Part D insurer’s contract: The federal government properly revoked a prescription drug insurance provider’s Medicare Part D contract for delaying and denying needed medications for HIV and cancer patients, a federal appeals court has ruled. Fox Insurance Co. challenged a decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to terminate its contract and the federal agency’s demand that it immediately repay any advanced funds. (Insurance Coverage)