For altogether creepiness, there’s the $35 million judgement against Henri Duyzend, a Washington State dentist who “performed nearly 2,200 root canals on about 500 patients in the five years before he retired in 2007.” Twenty-nine of these patients sued and the arbitration judge found that Dr. Duyzend “was negligent, failed to obtain informed consent from patients, committed fraud and violated the Washington Consumer Protection Act.” Many patients ended up with failed root canals, failed crowns, pain and infections.
Continuing down the creepiness road, we are leaning today that Penn State has agreed to pay “about $60 million to settle most of the personal injury claims filed by men who alleged they were sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky when they were children. … According to the [Wall Street] Journal, Penn State has reached agreements in about 25 of 30 cases.” Let’s hope these funds help these victims find some peace.
Meanwhile, referencing our earlier coverage of Johnson & Johnson's recall in 2010 of “more than 135 million packages of children’s and infant’s Motrin, Tylenol, Benadryl and Zyrtec for possible bacterial contamination and the presence of small metal parts” produced at its McNeil Fort Washington, PA plant., we now learn that J&J has agreed to pay $22.9 million to settle a class action lawsuit from investors stemming from this disaster. Writes Reuters,
Shareholders filed a proposed class action against the company … saying Johnson & Johnson cut back on quality-control measures prior to the recalls, and took steps to conceal that from investors and the public. Once the extent of the recalls came to light, share prices fell, investors said.
The company was also accused of trying to avoid publicity by concealing facts about the recalls, including the orchestration of a "phantom recall" of Motrin products, in which third-party contractors covertly removed suspect containers from stores.
According to the FDA, this was “the largest recall of children's medicine in the agency's history.” And of course, J&J denies it did anything wrong.
Finally, here’s an interesting one.
Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters will get nearly $2 million in a lawsuit over a rolling walker which he says broke and caused him to reinjure his torn Achilles tendon.
The lawsuit says Peters was using a Roll-A-Bout knee walker in March 2012 when it broke below the handlebar, three weeks after his initial surgery.
Lawyer Michael Trunk says Peters had to endure a second operation because of the setback. He missed the entire season.
Too bad, 'cause maybe he could have helped them out. Or maybe he was better off staying home!