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Claim Your Refund for Overpaid Lender Placed Insurance Premiums

It was recently announced that the government may consider suing many of the banks and mortgage servicers allegedly involved in lender placed (force placed) insurance. 

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, both government sponsored enterprises (GSE), lost an estimated $360 million due to fees associated with excessive lender placed insurance rates.

Wells Fargo, HSBC, SunTrust, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Chase Bank, Citigroup, Ally Financial, US Bank Home Mortgage, PHH Mortgage, OneWest Bank, Nationstar Mortgage, Ocwen Financial Corp, and MetLife Home Loans are all suspected of engaging in, or have already settled, cases of abusive lender placed insurance.  In many cases funds have been established and current victims simply need to come forward and collect monies owed to them.

 

If one of more the following questions apply to you, a significant amount of overpaid insurance may be recoverable:

1.  Did your homeowner insurance rates dramatically increase?

2.  Did your flood insurance rates dramatically increase?

3.  Did you miss a payment for your homeowners insurance and did your bank / lender buy homeowners insurance for you?

4.  Has your bank or lender forced insurance upon you, even though you already have insurance on your home?

 

The fastest way to know if you are eligible for a refund of overpaid homeowner insurance premiums is to contact a lender placed insurance expert at Cates Mahoney, LLC.  At no risk or obligation to you, we will let you know if we think you have a case, let you know what options are available to you, and ultimately work to maximize the amount of money that we can recover for you.

To learn more, the FHFA OIG (Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General) recently released a report titled:  FHFA’s Oversight of the Enterprises’ Lender-Placed Insurance Costs.

Learn more about Lender Placed Insurance for Homeowners here, or contact us about a refund using the form on this page.  You may also call us 24 hours a day at 1-877-455-6376. 

 

Current Cases Accepted by Cates Mahoney, LLC

The following are just a few of the cases Cates Mahoney, LLC is currently accepting – for a full list please visit our claims page.  The following have been highlighted because of our profound background in each of these areas of practice, our local and nationwide legal connections related to these cases, and our successful track in these types of litigation.  For more information on these or other cases in which you are need of quality representation, call us at 1-877-455-6376, or click on each section’s header below, or send us an email

Forced Insurance Coverage

Cates Mahoney, LLC is a leader in helping clients who have been forced to buy overpriced homeowners insurance from their bank or lender.  Also known as Force Placed or Lender Placed Insurance, this occurs when for a myriad of reasons when there is either a lapse in coverage or the bank deems the coverage inadequate.  The bank then procures their own insurance policy and passes the costs along to the homeowner.  Of course, in many cases, the insurance underwriter sells the banker an extremely overpriced policy in exchange for a kickback.  The underwriter gets rich, the bank get rich, and the homeowner is left out to dry.  If this has occurred to you, either with flood insurance or homeowners insurance, we may be able to help you recover all of your overpayments. 

In many cases homeowners just need to come forward, as several of the large banks have already settled future lawsuits for hundreds of millions of dollars.

 

Bradford White Water Heater Faulty Relief Valve

We are seeking out individuals who have experienced problems with their Bradford White water heaters.  It has come to our attention that many of the pressure release valves on Bradford White water heaters are faulty, resulting in costly repairs and replacement parts.  We can help you recover expenses related to such failures.

 

Vaginal Mesh

Cates Mahoney, LLC was one of the first firms advocating for compensating women who were victimized by vaginal mesh. 

We believe there was significant negligence on behalf of the manufacturers of these mesh products.  Up to 10% of women have or will experience some serious complication over the lifetime of their mesh implant, which can include bleeding, perforation of nearby organs, pain during intercourse, infection, and more.  We have vaginal mesh clients all over the country for the following reasons:  our experience and successful track record, making our clients feel comfortable with such a sensitive subject, and always guaranteeing that our clients don’t pay us a dime unless we win your case. 

 

Sexual Harassment

Why should you hire Cates Mahoney, LLC if you’ve been sexually harassed at work? We're extremely successful in trying sexual harassment cases.  Our last jury-awarded sexual harassment verdict was $95,000,000 – one of the largest sexual harassment settlements in US history.

 

Medical Malpractice

Cates Mahoney, LLC handles a wide-variety of cases where our clients are injured as a result of negligence on the part of doctors, nurses, and other hospital personnel. There are numerous types of malpractice which result in a numerous types of injuries, including birth injuries, anesthesia related injuries, surgical complications, failure to diagnose, brain injuries, and more.

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of medical malpractice, and you are looking for legal representation, you are encouraged to contact Cates Mahoney, LLC for a free, no hassle, no risk consultation.

 

Mesothelioma

Many of the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products (whether currently in business or not, bankrupt, etc.) were forced to establish trusts to pay for future damages from lawsuits; primarily because it can take a long time before asbestos exposure results in mesothelioma.  These trusts were funded by the companies, and then are administered by a neutral third party trust administrator. 

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, financial compensation is almost always already available for recovery.  A firm like Cates Mahoney, LLC can help you and your loved ones maximize the size of that compensation.

 

Money Available if your Lender Forced Overpriced Homeowners Insurance

It was a common practice, primarily from 2008 to 2014, for lenders to charge overpriced insurance to homeowners when there was either a lapse in coverage or if the bank deemed the current level of coverage inadequate.  These lenders, usually banks, often had arrangements with affiliate insurance underwriters.  The banks would procure expensive insurance policies from their affiliate and pass the costs onto the homeowner.  In return for the extra business, the underwriting affiliate would offer a kickback to the bank.  This way the bank / lender makes a huge profit, the underwriter makes a huge profit, and the homeowner is left trying to afford an overpriced insurance policy.  In many cases these overpriced policies were up to ten times the going market rate for identical coverage.

Money is available to those whose bank forced overpriced homeowner (or flood) insurance rates upon them.  All you have to do is contact someone who can help you recover these overpayments.  Let the knowledge and experience that earned Cates Mahoney, LLC an appointed position on the executive committee for a leading force placed insurance case, help you.

Here are some of the most recent settlement amounts by some of the more prominent offenders:

  • Citi Group has agreed to a $110 million settlement
  • JP Morgan has agreed to a $300 million settlement
  • Bank of America has agreed to pay $228 million
  • Wells Fargo has agreed to an undisclosed settlement amount

Wells Fargo, HSBC, SunTrust, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Chase Bank, Citigroup, Ally Financial, US Bank Home Mortgage, PHH Mortgage, OneWest Bank, Nationstar Mortgage, Ocwen Financial Corp, and MetLife Home Loans are all suspected of engaging in, or have already settled cases of abusive lender placed insurance. 

When looking for a lawyer to help you recover the premiums that you overpaid, consider Cates Mahoney, LLC – there is never any obligation and we offer free consultations.

 

Bank Of America Raised My Rates

In what's been a string of big bank settlements over lender placed insurance, Bank of America has agreed to pay $228 million.  They are settling claims that they were forcing overpriced insurance policies on homeowners, who had either lapsed on their insurance coverage or in cases where BOA felt coverage was inadequate. 

Learn more about other recent settlements:  Wells Fargo   /   Citi   /   JP Morgan

Wells Fargo, HSBC, SunTrust, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Chase Bank, Citigroup, Ally Financial, US Bank Home Mortgage, PHH Mortgage, OneWest Bank, Nationstar Mortgage, Ocwen Financial Corp, and MetLife Home Loans are all suspected of engaging in, or have already settled in, cases of abusive lender placed insurance.

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, we would encourage you to speak with one of our experts to see if your losses are recoverable: 

1.  Did your homeowner insurance rates dramatically increase?

2.  Did your flood insurance rates dramatically increase?

3.  Did you miss a payment for your homeowners insurance and did your bank / lender buy homeowners insurance for you?

4.  Has your bank or lender forced insurance upon you, even though you already have insurance on your home?

If you had a home loan with Bank of America and they forced overpriced, lender-placed insurance on you between 2008 and 2014, we may be able to help you recover those over-payments.  Cates Mahoney, LLC can help, whether it was a Bank of America loan or a loan from a different bank.  Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.

 

Wells Fargo Lender Placed Insurance Settlement

Wells Fargo and HSBC are the latest two banks to settle allegations of overcharging for lender placed insurance.  The details of the settlement are still emerging but are expected to resemble the recent settlements with JP Morgan and Citi.

Lender placed insurance, also known as force placed insurance, can occur for a lot of reasons but is most common when a homeowner has a lapse in insurance coverage and the lender (in an effort to ensure their property is insured) secures insurance themselves and passes the costs along to the homeowner.  What many of the world’s largest banks were doing; however, was buying extremely overpriced insurance and passing those costs on to the homeowner.  The banks would in turn receive kickbacks from the insurer for all the extra business they were getting and in some cases the insurer was a subsidiary of the bank itself.

Wells Fargo, HSBC, SunTrust, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Chase Bank, Citigroup, Ally Financial, US Bank Home Mortgage, PHH Mortgage, OneWest Bank, Nationstar Mortgage, Ocwen Financial Corp, and MetLife Home Loans are all suspected of engaging in this practice.

Wells Fargo, HSBC, JP Morgan, Citigroup, and Bank of America all settled rather quickly, presumably in an effort to put this litigation behind them as quick as possible.  Future banks are expected to follow suit.

If your bank or lender forced overpriced insurance on you (hazard or flood) significant financial compensation may be available.  For a qualified lawyer to help you recover what you overpaid in premiums, contact the Lender Placed Insurance Lawyers of Cates Mahoney, LLC.

When looking for a lawyer to help you recover the premiums that you were overcharged on, please consider the knowledge and experience that earned Cates Mahoney, LLC an appointed position on the executive committee for a leading force placed insurance case against Wells Fargo.

 

Lender Placed Insurance for Homeowners

Lender Placed Insurance for Homeowners

In November 2013 the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) banned the 'kickback culture' prominent in lender placed insurance.  This practice involves banks making an agreement with an insurance company, such that when there is a policy lapse, the bank buys an overpriced insurance policy from this insurance company, passes the costs on to the homeowner, and gives a ‘special commission’ (i.e. kickback) to the policy writer.  This practice made huge sums of money for the bank and insurer, all at the expense of the homeowner.

This is great news for future homeowners as these kickbacks have been going on for far too long.  For homeowners who fell victim to these predatory practices prior to the FHFAs ruling, there is good news for you to.  Those excess premiums paid to your bank or lender may now be considerably easier to recover.  Given some of the recent settlements (i.e. against JP Morgan and Citi) in many cases all homeowners have to do is come forward.   

 

Lender Placed Insurance also applies to Flood Insurance

It is common for banks to tell homeowners that they are not required to purchase flood insurance, due to the property not being located in a floodplain, for example.  It is also common for banks to change their minds and subsequently their policy.  Oftentimes banks procure flood insurance with little to no notice to the homeowner and/or give them little time to procure their own cheaper and usually more comprehensive policies from the open market.

There have been cases where homeowners have flood insurance but the bank doesn't know about it.  Especially over the last decade when so many loans were originated by one company, then packaged and sold to another bank.  Some loans were sold several times and there is no question that documents were lost or misplaced.

Further, there are cases where homeowners have flood insurance, as required by their bank, but at any point the bank may decide that amount of flood insurance is inadequate.

 

Taken directly from the Wells Fargo website:

Here’s why it’s best to avoid lender-placed insurance:

·         Cost. The premiums for lender-placed insurance are usually more expensive.

·         Coverage. Unlike a typical homeowners policy, lender-placed insurance doesn’t cover the contents of your home or protect you from theft or personal liability.

We couldn't agree more, however, there are a multitude of reasons why 'avoiding lender-placed insurance' is not always as easy as it sounds. Fortunately homeowners have a good chance of recovering their losses, especially in light of several recent settlements by prominent lending institutions.

 

What Recourse do Homeowners Have?

Some of the larger banks that participated in this practice are: SunTrust, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Chase Bank, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Ally Financial, US Bank Home Mortgage, PHH Mortgage, OneWest Bank, Nationstar Mortgage, Ocwen Financial Corp, and MetLife Home Loans.  Whether or not you see your bank on this list, we can evaluate your case for free and help you understand all of your options for financial recovery.

If one of these or any bank forced overpriced insurance on you, compensation may be available.  Contact the Force Placed Insurance Lawyers of Cates Mahoney, LLC today for a free, no-risk consultation.

 

Need a Qualified Lender-Placed Insurance Lawyer?

Cates Mahoney, LLC has been appointed to the executive committee on a leading force placed insurance case against Wells Fargo, Assurant Inc, Standard Guaranty, and American Security insurance companies.

 

 

Has Your Bank Increased Your Hazard or Flood Insurance Premiums?

Citigroup Inc. is the latest bank to agree to pay homeowners involved in an overpriced force placed insurance scheme.  Last month we highlighted the $300 million settlement JP Morgan agreed to.  This month it's Citigroup - agreeing to a $110 million payout to those homeowners who were overcharged for flood or hazard insurance policies.

Citi, just like JP Morgan was forcing their expensive insurance on homeowners who had a lapse in coverage or in cases where the bank did not feel the level of insurance was adequate.  The problem with this, was that the banks were giving business to insurance underwriters in exchange for outrageously high commissions.  This has the effect of generating huge profits for both the bank and insurance underwriter, at the expense of the homeowner.

If your monthly mortgage increased, as a result of your bank increasing your insurance premiums, you may be entitled to recover some of those expenses.   The Forced Insurance Lawyers of Cates Mahoney, LLC can help you in this process to ensure that the maximum amount of dollars are put back in your pocket.

Some of the larger banks that participated in this practice are: SunTrust, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Chase Bank, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Ally Financial, US Bank Home Mortgage, PHH Mortgage, OneWest Bank, Nationstar Mortgage, Ocwen Financial Corp, and MetLife Home Loans.  Whether or not you see your bank on this list, we can evaluate your case for free and help you understand all of your options for financial recovery.

 

More Reasons Why Banks Force Insurance on Homeowners

In many cases it’s not just lapsed policies that have banks forcing insurance on homeowners. 

Often times, a bank or lender decides that the homeowner doesn’t have enough coverage.  Worse yet, some homeowners have actually come forward claiming that their bank forced insurance on them because the bank couldn’t find documentation that showed that the homeowner had adequate hazard or flood insurance; when in fact they did.

Lender placed insurance is costly.  And as shown above there are numerous reasons for why a bank may force insurance on a homeowner.

It’s been a common practice for years for banks (for one of the reasons mentioned above) to make an agreement with an insurance company, that the bank buys an overpriced insurance policy, passes the costs on to the homeowner, and gives a ‘special commission’ (i.e. kickback) to the policy writer.  In this case, the policy writer gets a large profit on their policy, the bank gets a large profit on all the kickbacks, and the homeowner gets financially crushed. 

Fortunately, there is some good news for homeowners who have gone through a similar experience.  If it’s determined that your bank or lender participated in this practice, we are confident that your losses can be recovered.

Here is a list of the most common alleged offenders:  SunTrust, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Chase Bank, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Ally Financial, US Bank Home Mortgage, PHH Mortgage, OneWest Bank, Nationstar Mortgage, Ocwen Financial Corp, and MetLife Home Loans.

If one of these or another bank forced costly insurance on you, compensation may be available.  Contact the Force Placed Insurance Lawyers of Cates Mahoney, LLC today for a free, no-risk consultation to see if what you’ve overpaid in insurance is recoverable.

 

Was Your Bank Unjustly Enriched, At Your Expense?

JPMorgan In $300 Million Settlement Over Force-placed Insurance

JPMorgan and insurer Assurant Inc allegedly raked in more than $1 billion since 2008 as a result of forcing overpriced insurance on homeowners.  The term for this practice is Force Placed Insurance and occurs when homeowners (for any number of reasons) are not current on their homeowner's insurance.  The bank then secures insurance and passes the cost on to the homeowner.  Over the last several years; however, it has become increasingly popular for the bank/lender to make a deal with an insurance company to overpay for the policy (of which they are going to pass along to the homeowner anyway) in exchange for a kickback.  In this situation, the insurer gets unjustly enriched, the bank or lender gets unjustly enriched, and the homeowner loses.

If this sounds familiar, you too may be a victim of force placed insurance.  Fortunately, the process of recovering all of those losses may begin by simply contacting the Forced Insurance Lawyers at Cates Mahoney, LLC.  Our team of attorneys can help maximize the amount that is recoverable to you.  As seen in the story above, while JP Morgan (as part of the settlement) refuses to admit any wrong doing, they agreed to settle out of court for $300 million dollars.  This money has been set aside to compensate the victims of those whom JP Morgan overcharged and we can help you recover it. 

The following banks are also being targeted:  SunTrust, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Chase Bank, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Ally Financial, US Bank Home Mortgage, PHH Mortgage, OneWest Bank, Nationstar Mortgage, Ocwen Financial Corp, and MetLife Home Loans.

You may be eligible for thousands of dollars in overpaid insurance costs.  Contact Cates Mahoney, LLC today to see if you have a case – free consultation, no risk, no obligation.

 

New List of Forced Insurance Lenders

Cates Mahoney, LLC continues to be a leader in seeking justice and financial compensation for victims of force placed insurance. 

Force placed insurance refers to the practice of banks forcing the purchase of their insurance, when the homeowner for example, lapses in their own insurance coverage (of course, these cases also arise through no fault of the homeowner whatsoever). 

If this was all that the banks/lenders were doing, there probably wouldn't be a problem.  After all they are smart to keep their assets insured.  The banks, however, allegedly purchased extremely overpriced insurance and passed the costs to the homeowner.

Why would they do this?  Several banks participated in these predatory practices because they would receive large monetary kickbacks from the insurance policy writer.  In this surprisingly common scenario the bank wins, the insurance company wins, and you lose. 

The original list of offenders who allegedly participated in unscrupulous lending practices included the following:  SunTrust, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Chase Bank, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup. 

We are now seeking additional clients for these lenders:  Ally Financial, US Bank Home Mortgage, PHH Mortgage, OneWest Bank, Nationstar Mortgage, Ocwen Financial Corp, and MetLife Home Loans.

The Force Placed Insurance attorneys of Cates Mahoney, LLC have been appointed to the executive committee on a leading force placed insurance case and can help with yours.  We are currently offering free consultations and do not charge our clients until we win their case.

 

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, we would encourage you to speak with one of our experts to see if your losses are recoverable: 

1.  Did your homeowner insurance rates dramatically increase?

2.  Did your flood insurance rates dramatically increase?

3.  Did you miss a payment for your homeowners insurance and did your bank / lender buy homeowners insurance for you?

4.  Has your bank or lender forced insurance upon you, even though you already have insurance on your home?

 

Medical Malpractice Attorneys of Swansea, Illinois

When you or a loved one enters a hospital, emergency room, or health care facility, a certain level of trust is placed in the health care providers that work there. 

But unfortunately medical mistakes continue to happen all the time.  While some are simply mistakes that do not qualify as medical malpractice; others are purely the result of negligence and could have been avoided.

The Medical Malpractice attorneys at Cates Mahoney, LLC will thoroughly determine if your negative experience is due to negligence and constitutes as medical malpractice.  We will do our best to bring justice to the negligent parties involved and bring compensation the victims. 

If you believe that you or a loved one has been the victim of negligence on behalf of a hospital or health practitioner, the Medical Malpractice attorneys at Cates Mahoney, LLC can help.  We have vast experience and a successful track record of recovering damages for clients in complex cases.  And to ensure that there is no financial risk on your part, we do not ask for payment until you collect.

HealthGrades Inc. is a U.S. company that develops and markets quality and safety ratings of health care providers, including hospitals, nursing homes, physicians and dentists.  Their research show that an average of 195,000 people in the USA died due to potentially preventable, in-hospital medical errors.

From MedicalNewsToday.com, "The HealthGrades study shows that the IOM (Institute of Medicine) report may have underestimated the number of deaths due to medical errors, and, moreover, that there is little evidence that patient safety has improved in the last five years," said Dr. Samantha Collier, HealthGrades' vice president of medical affairs. "The equivalent of 390 jumbo jets full of people are dying each year due to likely preventable, in-hospital medical errors, making this one of the leading killers in the U.S." 

Some of the more specific areas of medical malpractice that Cates Mahoney, LLC specializes in are:

Birth Injuries

Anesthesia

Surgical Complications

Failure to Diagnose / Misdiagnosis

 

Cates Mahoney, LLC is a nationally recognized firm headquartered in Swansea, Illinois with a long and very well-respected reputation throughout the region.

 

Currency Manipulation Resources

Several major banks are being investigated for manipulating foreign exchange benchmark rates, including Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Royal Bank of Scotland, UBS, JPMorgan Chase, and Barclays.  These banks are some of the largest currency traders in the world and their trading volumes make up roughly three quarters of total market volume.  Chances are, if you trade forex, you've somehow been negatively impacted by these practices.  Below is a compilation of resources to keep abreast of the latest developments:

Who is being investigated in this forex scandal?

1.       Goldman Sachs Under Investigation in Currency Probe

2.       You can’t trust what banks say about rates for borrowing, swaps, currency or oil

3.       Lloyds Bank starts internal forex trading review

4.       FX REPORT: Barclays Suspends Three Traders Amid Manipulation Probe

5.       HSBC drawn into global currency market investigations

6.       Citigroup Faces Forex Probe

7.       7 Banks Sued Over FX Rates Manipulation; HSBC Latest to Announce Cooperation with Authorities

8.       Forex traders at RBS and Barclays suspended over manipulation claims

Compensation for the little guy who trades currency?

1.       Financial compensation for victims of currency manipulation

More forex regulation coming?

1.       The forex market is designed to encourage crime

2.       Forex probes may lead to further regulation of industry

 

 

Alarming Survey with Regards to the Risks of Tylenol

Princeton Survey Research Associates International recently conducted an alarming survey with regards to the risks of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. 

  • Roughly only half of survey participants correctly identified any risks associated with mixing Tylenol and alcohol. 
  • Over one third of participants were completely unaware that overdosing on Tylenol could result in liver damage
  • Over one third of participants believe it is safe to combine the maximum recommended dosage of Extra Strength Tylenol with Nyquil (which also contains acetaminophen and would lead to exceeding the maximum allowed dosage).

ProPublica has provided an interactive webpage that allows consumers to see how much acetaminophen is in common OTC drugs.

Before the FDA took steps to limit the amount of acetaminophen per dosage, Tylenol did not take steps to warn patients on their labeling and they used a dosage of acetaminophen 35% above the FDAs now recommended 325 mg.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, manufacturers Tylenol.  Cates Mahoney, LLC feels that they may have acted negligently in warning users about the dangers that the drug poses to ones liver.

If the courts determine the manufacturer of Tylenol did in fact act negligently, or knowingly withheld critical safety information from its users; significant financial compensation may be available to those who have been negatively impacted, specifically those who have had liver damage.

 

Vaginal Mesh Links

With the recent $2mm verdict in favor of a woman injured by vaginal mesh, manufactured by CR Bard, the jury has sent a strong message to the manufacturers of these products.  We thought we would take this opportunity to compile some useful links for our readers:

Cates Mahoney, LLC was one of the first firms to start the fight against the manufacturers of these dangerous products.   This verdict confirms our notion that profits were placed ahead of patient safety and that manufacturers of vaginal mesh may have known about serious risks without properly disclosing them to patients. 

If you have experienced complications from vaginal mesh, financial compensation may be available.  To learn more about how we can help facilitate this, we will give you a free consultation. 

Email or call us today at 1(877) 455-6376.

 

3 Questions for Patients Taking Type 2 Diabetes Medication

1.  Did you take Januvia, Janumet, Janumet XR and/or Juvisync or Byetta (2x day injection) and get diagnosed with pancreatic cancer?

2.  After taking Bydureon (1x week injection) were you or a family member diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer and/or Pancreatic Cancer?

3.  Were you diagnosed with ANY cancer within 90 days of taking any of the aforementioned incretin mimetic drugs?

If you answered yes to any of these 3 questions, financial compensation may be available.  Upon contacting Cates Mahoney, LLC, one of our experienced attorneys will listen to the details of your tribulation; let you know if we think you have a case, and how to proceed.

A few important facts about Cates Mahoney, LLC: 

  • We do not make our clients part of a class action.  This helps to ensure that those who were wronged are the ones being fairly compensated.
  • If you are unable to travel, we will come to you.  Part of our mission is to make the entire litigation process as smooth and stress free as possible for our clients.  While headquartered in the Midwest, we have clients and have won cases all over the continental United States.
  • We only charge our clients if/when we win your case.  Lawsuits can be expensive; Cates Mahoney, LLC assumes all upfront financial risk.
  • We have a very successful track record in these types of complex litigation. 

We have reason to believe that the manufacturers of these drugs were negligent in warning patients about the risks of their medication.  We believe that it's possible, with billions of dollars in annual sales for type 2 diabetes medications, that one or more of these manufacturers put profits ahead of patient safety. 

To learn more about hiring a pancreatic cancer lawyer or about how DPP-4 Inhibitors and Incretin Mimetic for type 2 diabetes may cause cancer, please contact us today:  1 (877) 455-6376

 

Diabetes Medication Causing Cancer

Estimates suggest that almost 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes.*  Of these cases, type 2 diabetes accounts for 90%-95% of them.

According to the CDC and diabetes.org, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.  Diabetes rates are 16% for American Indians and Alaska natives, 13% for blacks, 12% for Hispanics, 8% for Asian Americans, and 7% for whites.  Half of Americans 65 and older have pre-diabetes and 27% have diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes are commonly treated with Sitagliptins (Januvia, Janumet, and Juvisync) or Exenatides (Byetta and Bydureon); both designed to control blood sugar.  Sitagliptins are DPP-4 inhibitors that control blood sugar by blocking blood glucose producing enzymes.  Exenatides are incretin mimetics that work to control blood sugar by mimicking the actions of the body's hormone, incretin (GLP-1).  

Unfortunately these type 2 diabetes medications have serious negative side effects.  The process in which these drugs regulate one's blood sugar may "…accelerate precancerous conditions already present in middle-aged people," according to Dr Butler, chief of endocrinology at the University of California.   Follow this link for a detailed explanation of how DPP-4 Inhibitors and Incretin Mimetics work

If you or a family member were prescribed Januvia, Janumet, Janumet, Byetta, or Bydureon and were subsequently diagnosed with thyroid or pancreatic cancer, compensation may be available.  We have reason to believe that the manufacturers of these type 2 diabetes medications may have been negligent in the testing of their medication.  The diabetic drug litigation experts at Cates Mahoney, LLC are currently offering free consultations to prospective clients.   

 

Did Tylenol Damage Your Liver?

Tylenol overdose is the leading cause of acute liver failure.  It is well documented that Acetaminophen, the generic name for Tylenol (also found in NyQuil, Excedrin, Vicodin, and other painkillers) when taken in large doses can damage the liver.  In large doses, Acetaminophen becomes toxic as it gets metabolized in the liver.  This can lead to liver damage, liver failure, and in some cases death.

In 2011 the FDA regulated Tylenol/Acetaminophen, noting that it may cause "severe liver injury".  The FDA has compiled a Q&A for consumers about the risks of Acetaminophen:

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Acetaminophen Liver Injury

Before the FDA took steps to limit the amount of acetaminophen per dosage, Tylenol did not take steps to warn patients on their labeling and they used a dosage of acetaminophen 35% above the FDAs now recommended 325 mg. 

The pharmaceutical litigation experts at Cates Mahoney, LLC believe that the manufacturers of Tylenol may have acted negligently in warning users about the dangers that the drug poses to ones liver.  If the manufacturer of Tylenol did in fact act negligently, or knowingly withheld critical safety information from its users; significant financial compensation may be available to those who have been negatively impacted, specifically those who have had related injuries to their livers. 

 

Cates Mahoney, LLC - The One Percent

multi-million dollar advocates forumCates Mahoney, LLC is pleased to announce their recent membership into the Million Dollar Advocates and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  This prominent distinction is held by less than 1% of lawyers in the United States. 

To become a member, a firm must show that they have won at least one million and one multi-million dollar verdict and/or settlement.

Cates Mahoney, LLCs membership in the Million/Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum does not change the way we do business.  It is our way of communicating to our clients, in an objective and tangible way, our ability to accomplish superior results in complex cases.

 

Cates Mahoney, LLC Appointed to Executive Committee - Forced Insurance

Cates Mahoney, LLC has been appointed to the executive committee on a leading force placed insurance case against Wells Fargo, Assurant Inc, Standard Guaranty, and American Security insurance companies.

Cates Mahoney, LLC will be working alongside a number of highly skilled firms, including Levin Fishbein Sedran & Berman; Nix Patterson & Roach, LLP; Goldman Scarlato Karon & Penney, P.C.

Kessler, Topaz, Meltzer & Check, LLP and Berger & Montague, P.C. are appointed as interim co-lead class counsel; and Holland, Groves, Schneller & Stolze, LLC appointed as interim liaison counsel.

When homeowners have a mortgage they are required to insure the value of their home.  Until the homeowner pays off the mortgage, the bank or lender still technically owns the property and for this reason they have the right to make sure the value of the property is insured.  If, however, the homeowners (borrowers) fall into default, the banks are still entitled to make sure their property has adequate coverage.  They will do this by securing their own insurance and passing the costs onto the homeowner (often times appending it to the overall loan amount).  This is essentially the bank or lender 'forcing' insurance coverage. 

Unfortunately when lenders force insurance upon homeowners, they aren't always interested in finding the best rates.  In fact they will oftentimes purchase insurance with premiums that far exceed what the homeowner had been originally paying – in some cases up to 10x the amount.

To learn more about forced insurance, please visit our Forced Insurance Home Page or take a look at these commonly asked questions to help determine if you’re a victim of forced insurance

 

Diabetes Medication and Pancreatic Cancer

Type 2 diabetes medications have recently been linked to thyroid and pancreatic cancer.  The diabetic medications in question are Januvia, Janumet, Juvisync, Byetta, or Bydureon.  Each of these drugs fall into two main categories:   

Incretin Mimetics (Byetta or Bydureon - generically known as Exenatide)

DPP-4 Inhibitors (Januvia, Janumet, or Juvisync - generically known as Sitagliptin)

Both of these diabetic medications are designed to control blood sugar.  Incretin Mimetics work by mimicking one of the body's natural hormones, incretin (GPL-1).  Increasing levels of this hormone might accelerate precancerous conditions already in the body.   DPP-4 Inhibitors control blood sugar by inhibiting the blood glucose producing enzyme known as DPP-4. Glucagon is a hormone created in the pancreas that helps raise blood glucose levels.  Similarly, these drugs may accelerate precancerous conditions already present in the body.

If you believe that Januvia, Janumet, Juvisync, Byetta, or Bydureon were responsible for accelerating thyroid or pancreatic cancer in you or your loved one, we want to help.  It is very possible that the manufacturers of these drugs were aware of the serious risks that these diabetic medications posed but did not adequately disclose this information to doctors or to their patients.  If we determine that this is the case, substantial financial compensation may be available to you or your family. Cates Mahoney, LLC is a nationally recognized firm with a strong reputation and track record in winning similar types of complex cases. 

Important note – We will NOT make our clients part of a class action lawsuit.  We believe the victims of these dangerous drugs should be the ones getting financially compensated, not their lawyers.  Contact us to learn more about why we are the best firm to represent you.  We even provide free, no obligation consultations so that we can help you understand what options are available to you and help you decide what course of action is most appropriate to minimize your stress and maximize your results.

 

Avastin Less Effective Than Already Thought

USA Today (among others) has reported 'new' research that indicates Avastin does not offer the benefits that its manufacturer had originally claimed. 

Cates Mahoney, LLC has been reporting on Avastin since December 2011.  Our research team, as well as our clients, has been aware of Avastin's claims and how they dramatically differ from reality for quite some time.  Here are just a few of our headline articles written on the matter over the past couple years: 

  1. Avastin Primer
  2. Avastin - Risk Without Benefits
  3. Avastin and Quality of Life
  4. Avastin Not Safe / Not Effective in Breast Cancer Patients

Genentech, the manufacturer of Avastin has been criticized for being an extraordinarily expensive drug that does not cure cancer nor improve quality of life, only prolongs life.  Now there are questions as to whether it's even doing that.

Further, Genentech allegedly did not warn Avastin users of the drug’s dangerous side effects which include:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack / heart failure
  • Blood clots
  • Tearing and/or perforations in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract
  • Severe bleeding / hemorrhaging
  • Surgical wounds that do not heal correctly
  • Ovarian failure

…and all of these risks come with little to no benefit to the patient.

The Avastin Lawyers at Cates Mahoney, LLC continue to accept claims for Avastin.  If you or a loved one has experienced painful side effects from Avastin please contact us as soon as possible.  If we  feel that Genentech acted negligently in your case we will begin fighting immediately to compensate you and/or your family.

 

Should Women Be Scared of Vaginal Mesh

Yesterday, Medscape published an interesting article about vaginal mesh lawyer ads 'frightening' patients.  We encourage you to read it here.  It suggests that those women who consider getting vaginal mesh to repair pelvic organ prolapse, for example, are scared after getting their information from a legal advertisement.  While we obviously don't think anyone should be getting all of their information off of a legal advertisement, it should be a signal that more research is warranted and more questions should be asked.

So, should woman be scared of vaginal mesh implants?  That is for each woman and her physician to decide on a case by case basis.  They should be educated about the risks of mesh and weigh those against the benefits.  There are certainly some cases where the implantation of synthetic mesh may be the most appropriate course of action.  But this is not a riskless product/procedure and these risks (as well as alternative methods of treatment) should be discussed with your physician.

At Cates Mahoney, LLC it is not in our interest to encourage or dissuade women from getting transvaginally implanted mesh.  That's completely up to you and your doctor.  We are, however, interested in protecting women who have had complications with their existing vaginal mesh implants.  In many cases we believe that the manufacturers are liable for these injuries due to inadequate product testing, as well as inadequately training the surgeons who implanted the mesh devices.  Even the FDA has expressed their concerns, on multiple occasions, on the efficacy of transvaginally placed mesh.

Proper testing would have revealed that some types of synthetic mesh are prone to shrinking and erosion which can lead to the tearing of nearby tissues and organs where the mesh was implanted.  This can lead to severe pain, infection, bleeding, and pain for both partners during intercourse.

If vaginal mesh has caused you pain, or negatively impacted your life in any way, it's best to learn about all the options that are available to you, as some of these options will expire with time.  On occasion, multiple surgeries will be required if the mesh implant begins to tear or erode and these procedures can become quite painful – financially, physically, and emotionally. 

The vaginal mesh lawyers at Cates Mahoney, LLC have vast experience with product liability cases.  Contact us today for a free, no-obligation discussion, about what options may be best for you.

 

Who Manufactured My Vaginal Mesh Kit?

At one time, surgically implanted mesh was the most technologically advanced option for women with pelvic organ prolapse.  Fast forward several years and you now have a product/procedure that the FDA strongly advises against and is the subject a lot of pain, blame, lawsuits, and multiple corrective surgeries. You basically have a situation where a product was likely not tested as thoroughly as it should have been, compounded with the fact that manufactures attempted to train surgeons on how to perform the procedures for implantation.This led to inexperienced surgeons performing procedures that they were, at least in many cases, not proficient in.

One of the most common complications that can arise from the mesh implants is erosion.  Different manufactures of mesh kits used similar but different methods and materials.  For example, some companies designed a softer, lighter mesh that is less likely to erode, pierce, or tear through surrounding tissues.  Other mesh kits, such as Prolift, used a much heavier mesh that is more likely to erode or tear through surrounding tissues.  

Using softer and lighter mesh has reduced complications by up to 50%, according to Dr. Moore and Dr. Miklos (urologists/surgeons familiar with the procedures). Further, some manufactures of mesh kits advised surgeons to implant mesh much deeper than others, which has also led to a reduction in the rate of erosion and other complications.

Below is a list of mesh kits and the companies who manufactured them*:

  • Prolift (Anterior/Posterior), Prosima, Gynemesh – Gynecare

  • Avaulta Solo (Ant/Post), Avault Plus (Biosynthetic), Pelvitex Mesh – Bard Urology

  • Pinnacle (Anterior/Vault), Uphold (Vault), Polyform Mesh –Boston Scientific

  • Restorelle (Ant/Post), Restorelle (EzA) – Coloplast/Mpathy

  • Apogee (Post), Perigee (Anterior), Elevate Anterior, Elevate Posterior – American Medical Systems (AMS)

  • Posterior IVS – US Surgical

  • Ascend Anterior, Ascend Posterior – Caldera Medical

*source - www.meshsurgeons.com 

If you have experienced complications, painful intercourse, tearing, bleeding, or other, the Vaginal Mesh attorneys of Cates Mahoney, LLC are here to answer them, for free.  We're currently providing free consultations and will explain what you can expect should you decide to stand up to those that have caused you pain.  We are one of the oldest firms when it comes to fighting for the victims of vaginal mesh and our successful track record in this type of product liability litigation makes us confident that we can help you.

Tips to Avoid Force Placed Insurance

The following video has some great tips to avoid force placed insurance.

If you already are a victim of force placed insurance, the sooner you act the better.  It could mean thousands of dollars back in your pocket.  Contact Cates Mahoney, LLC to learn more.

Some of the larger lending financial institutions that are allegedly guilty of this practice include, but are not limited to, SunTrust, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Chase Bank, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup.

Heart Disease Linked to Carnitine - A Common Ingredient in Energy Drinks

A new study has linked heart disease to the supplement Carnitine.  Carnitine is commonly found in red meat, but is also a very common ingredient found in many energy drinks.  It is added to energy drinks because it may aid in the conversion of fat to energy (although the Univ. of Maryland Medical Center suggests there is no evidence that it works).

The combination of Carnitine and intestinal bacteria, according to this new study, produces a compound that has been found to clog arteries.

Dr. Stanley Hazen of the Cleveland Clinic has been studying Carnitine and its potentially related health problems, stating, “Carnitine is, I think, a cause for concern because our data really suggests that this is a risk factor for accelerated heart disease.”

Some energy drinks, according to Dr. Hazen’s studies, have the same amounts of Carnitine as a porterhouse steak.

Energy drinks have come under fire lately for injuries and deaths that they may have contributed to.  If you have experienced heart palpitations, over-stimulation of the heart and nervous system, increased blood pressure, tremors, or insomnia, contact an experienced energy drink lawyer at Cates Mahoney, LLC for a free consultation to learn about what options may be available.

Heart disease is the number one killer in America.  To watch the whole story from ABC News:  Health Risk Connection Found Between Steak and Energy Drinks

 

Defective Corning Shingles

 

The two most common problems that we hear from unsatisfied homeowners that have Owens Corning shingles installed on their roofs: 

  • The shingles are defective (i.e. premature cracking, tearing, curling, etc.)
  • And Corning will not stand behind their product and honor their warranty

First, and often related to the latter, is that a significant number of homeowners with corning shingles (specifically Oakridge asphalt or fiberglass shingles) are finding out the hard way that they are defective.  The alleged defects include shingles that crack, crumble, tear (thermal splitting), buckle, and curl, and/or when the shingles have significant granule loss.  These are all indicative of manufacturer defect. 

Do these numerous reviews of Owens Corning shingles on ConsumerAffairs.com sound familiar?

Second, several homeowners have complained that even after filling out an Owens Corning warranty claim form, their claims are being denied.  Corning, according to many clients, is trying to blame the contractors, installers, etc. to avoid responsibility and to avoid honoring their warranty.  If you fall into this camp you are NOT alone and more importantly you are NOT out of options.  Regardless of where you purchased your shingles, (Lowes, for example, is a very popular reseller of Oakridge Owens Corning shingles) we can help.

Cates Mahoney, LLC is experienced in product liability litigation and is committed to making sure your roof gets repaired/replaced.  The manufacturer needs to be held financially responsible and we will do everything possible to see that they are.

 

Another Victory for Victims of Vaginal Mesh

Bellwether cases were setup to determine if, in general, the multitude of cases against the manufacturers of vaginal mesh held merit.  There are currently thousands of lawsuits from individual women against the makers of vaginal mesh, so the courts decided that in an effort to increase efficiency, they would consolidate these lawsuits into MDLs.  Multidistrict litigation (MDL) is a federal legal procedure designed to efficiently process a large number of similar complex cases.

The bellwether case against Ethicon resulted in a jury awarded verdict of $3.35 million for one of the victims of vaginal mesh, Linda Gross. 

While Linda's verdict represents one of worst vaginal mesh experiences, including 18 surgeries to repair her vaginal mesh implant, women with lesser injuries may expect financial compensation more representative of their injuries.  Often what happens in MDLs, is that a matrix of severity of injury and payout amounts will be constructed.  Those women with the most severe injuries will receive the largest payouts.  Those with lesser injuries will receive more modest sums.

About 10% of women will experience pain (or worse) after receiving vaginal mesh implants.  Those who received their implants transvaginally are at higher risk.  Vaginal mesh can shrink or tear and result in pain, bleeding, perforation of nearby organs, pain during intercourse, and more.  Repairing vaginal mesh requires, on average, up to 4 additional surgeries.

C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific, Coloplast, and Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon) were all allegedly aware that the risks of vaginal mesh did not outweigh the benefits of alternate forms of treatment.  They chose profits over patient safety.

If you have questions about your vaginal mesh injury, the Vaginal Mesh attorneys of Cates Mahoney, LLC are here to answer them, for free.  We're currently providing free consultations and will explain what you can expect should you decide to stand up to those that have caused you pain.  We are one of the oldest firms when it comes to fighting for the victims of vaginal mesh and our successful track record in this type of product liability litigation makes us confident that we can help you.  Contact us today to ensure that time does not limit your options.

 

Dislocated Mirena IUD and Abdominal Pain

 

Roughly 5% of women with a Mirena IUD will experience an IUD that dislocates or gets expelled. 

A dislocation or expulsion is when the IUD dislocates partially or fully from the uterus.  This can lead to severe abdominal pain, pain during intercourse, or worse.  There are even cases where the IUD dislocates and perforates the uterus, leading to serious complications.

If it is determined that Bayer Corporation, the manufacturer of the Mirena IUD, was negligent in their full disclosure of this risk to women, financial compensation may be available to those who have been injured by this product. 

Other side effects that have been linked to Mirena IUDs include ovarian cysts, infection, ectopic pregnancy, septic abortion, etc.  To learn more about these and other risks of using the Mirena IUDs, please visit the Mirena IUD Lawyers | Cates Mahoney, LLC homepage.

You can also contact us for a free consultation.  We will help you understand what options are available and if there is a sense of urgency to file a claim, based on your individual set of circumstances.  We have a vast amount of experience and a strong track record when it comes to product liability.

 

As Seen on TV National Alert for Mirena IUD

As Seen on TV - National Alert for - Mirena IUD

 Click for more information about Mirena IUDs and see if you qualify for financial compensation

Monster Energy to Change Labeling

 

In a recent article we discussed energy drinks and their lack of FDA regulation (since they are classified as ‘food supplements’ and not beverages). 

Monster Beverage Corp has recently announced that they will be changing the labeling on their energy drinks.  They will start listing nutritional facts, opposed to supplemental facts.  As such, this product will be considered a beverage and not a supplement.  This move will require them to be regulated by the FDA and disclose the amount of caffeine (among other ingredients and quantities thereof) in Monster Energy.

Energy drinks have come under fire lately due to the number of injuries and deaths they have been linked to.  The FDA took notice toward the end of 2012 and began an investigation into these claims.

On the surface this appears to be a smart move by Monster Beverage Corp.  The downside risk of such a maneuver seems minimal, although there is bound to be some additional cost associated with getting and maintaining FDA approval for their beverage.  The upside benefits; however, could be substantial.  This may be an important step in protecting consumers from energy drinks and get them the regulation that all similar beverages are required to have.

If you or a loved one has been injured by energy drinks, Cates Mahoney, LLC has the resources to help.  We provide free consultations and will let you know if we think financial compensation may be available for your injuries.  Such injuries may include the following:  heart palpitations, over-stimulation of the heart and nervous system, increased blood pressure, tremors, and insomnia.  There have also been reports of some herbs in certain energy drinks that may not interact well with some medications.

 

Did Your Bank Purchase Expensive ‘Force Placed’ Insurance For You?

 

Six months ago we spread the word that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was going to take measures in 2013 to protect homeowners against force placed insurance.  

According to ConsumerFinance.gov, these new/approved rules will go into effect in early 2014.  “Under the new rules, servicers need a reasonable basis to believe borrowers lack their own insurance, and they must determine this on a case-by-case basis. The servicer also has to notify the borrower before purchasing the force-placed insurance policy and annually before renewing the policy.”

The original goal of the CFPB, per their April 2012 press release with regards to forced insurance, was to “…consider a rule that would give the consumers more rights including requiring servicers to give advance notice and pricing information before charging consumers for this insurance.”

Time will tell if these measures will be enough but perhaps between the CFPB’s rulings along with the victims of force placed insurance stepping forward and fighting back, these predatory lending practices can be a thing of the past. 

 

For those who are currently (or have been in the past) a victim of force placed insurance, compensation may be available.  Some of the larger lending financial institutions that are allegedly guilty of this practice include, but are not limited to, SunTrust, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Chase Bank, Citi, and Wells Fargo. 

[Speaking of Wells Fargo, this was just brought to our attention – Family angered by Wells Fargo's auto-enrollment for AHS $629 annual warranty  - doesn’t do much to reinforce their already questionable character.]

While banks are certainly entitled to protect their assets, there are many cases where we believe they forced insurance upon their clients at unreasonable rates.  Click to learn more about forced insurance and to see if you can get some or all of that money back in your pocket.  We are currently offering free case evaluations. 

 

Questions to ask your Mirena IUD Lawyer

 

What is your experience in handling Mirena IUD cases?

The truth is, and despite what some firms may lead you to believe, Mirena IUD cases are new to everyone.  All law firms have an equal amount of experience trying Mirena cases (none).  A better question to ask is, what experience does your law firm have in handling these types of cases? 

Relative experience is important.  You want a firm that has handled similar types of cases.  Most recently, Cates Law has been an industry leader in ongoing vaginal mesh litigation.  We have also successfully handled countless related cases (drug manufacturer negligence, product liability cases, etc).

You will want a firm that has experience going up against large corporations with powerful legal teams and the ability to defeat them.  Cates Law has such experience.  We won a record setting verdict for 95 million dollars against a large corporation.  We are extremely confident in our abilities.

Will you make me part of a class action lawsuit?

This might be the most important question you can ask.  It’s the difference between you getting financially compensated vs your lawyer getting financially compensated.  We never make our clients part of a class action.  We believe the victims deserve to be fairly compensated above anyone else.

Will I have to travel or testify in court?

In many cases travel is not necessary.  Sometimes we will bring cases to trial in a location beneficial to your outcome.  If this location is not in your home town or home state, this still does not mean that travel will be required.  We can provide additional details on how this process would likely play out.

How much will a Mirena Lawsuit cost?

It’s no secret that lawyers are expensive.  Unfortunately only the good ones are worth it.  At Cates Law, our Mirena IUD Lawyers only charge a fee if we win your case.  We are confident in our abilities and our success rate, and are therefore comfortable taking on 100% of the financial risk.

I hope these questions are enough to get you thinking.  Obviously there are many more questions that should be asked and a good lawyer will appreciate your questions and should take time to answer them. 

Follow this link to learn more about Mirena IUD Lawsuits.

 

Mirena IUD Lawyer

 

Most women who are considering a Mirena IUD for their method of birth control are informed of common side effects by their doctor.  This may include things like cramps, mood swings, irregular/infrequent menstruation, ovarian cysts, acne, change in sex drive, weight gain, etc. 

Armed with this knowledge, many women still choose to get a Mirena IUD implant as they believe the benefits outweigh the risks. 

But what if there were additional risks that the manufacturer of the Mirena IUD chose not to disclose?  Would as many women have chosen to use this product over safer alternatives?  Mirena IUD lawyers have strong reason to suspect that Bayer Corp, the manufacturer of the Mirena IUD, was negligent in disclosing all known risks and were dishonest with disclosing the severity of the risks they did acknowledge.

There are a considerable number of less common side effects that can be quite severe:

  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Life-threatening infections
  • Embedment
  • Perforation of uterus
  • Blood Infection
  • Infertility

For a comprehensive list please visit this site on WebMD.

If you’re thinking about using a Mirena IUD for birth control, please make sure you’re aware of ALL the side effects.  If you’re a victim of Mirena IUD, financial compensation may be available to help ease your burden.  Regardless of the severity of your side effects, we are interested in hearing your story.

The Mirena IUD lawyers of Cates Law specialize in complex litigation and have a strong history in helping women through sensitive legal battles.  We were a leader in helping victims of vaginal mesh and we are now expanding our efforts in helping those injured by Mirena IUDs.  We'll speak with, or meet you for free to explain what options might be best for your individual set of circumstances.  And as always we never make our clients part of a class action.

 

Energy Drink ER Visits Double

 

Energy drink related emergency room visits have doubled since 2007.  According to a recent government survey, an estimated 20,000 ER visits occurred for energy drink related complications (i.e. insomnia, fast heartbeat, irregular heartbeat, seizure, heart attack, etc).  This is a 100% increase over the number of incidents in 2007.

Since energy drinks are considered a 'food supplement' opposed to a beverage, they adhere to an extremely loose set of regulations.

Our concern with the lack of regulation for energy drinks is shared by the FDA.  They have recently begun an investigation into energy drinks and their ingredients.

Have the energy drink manufacturers acted negligently?  Should they assume liability when, for example, they release a dangerous product to the market that is easily accessible by a minor, with no warnings on the label?  We believe that they do have a responsibility.  If you or family member has been negatively impacted by energy drinks, we would like to hear from you.  The Energy Drink Lawyers at Cates Law specialize in complex litigation and are here to help.  Our goal is to compensate you financially for any injuries or deaths that occurred because of energy drinks, but also to ensure that steps are taken to protect future victims of this negligence.

Contact us today for a free consultation and to learn more about what options are available.  If we take your case, we will always treat you as an individual and never make you part of a class action.  This is extremely important, as it ensures that our clients stay fairly compensated opposed to drowning in legal fees.

 

Forced to Buy Flood Insurance

 

Gordon Casey, a New York homeowner, recently sued Citibank over the cost that he was being charged for flood insurance.  He saw his premiums increase over 350% over the course of 10 years – from $325 to $1,478.

Last week a federal judge allowed Gordon Casey’s lawsuit to move forward by rejecting Citigroup’s request for dismissal.

Citi tried to justify their rates, claiming the rebuild cost of the property was $237k; while the homeowner claimed the property had a market value of $68k.  Whether or not $68k would be enough to cover the rebuild cost, it more than likely wouldn’t be anywhere near $237k.  Not to mention, considering where his house was located, the chance of a total loss seemed slim.

Citigroup has been linked to their fair share of forcing inflated insurance rates on customers (both for homeowner and flood) but they are far from alone.  Other major banks that have been linked to these predatory lending practices include: SunTrust, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Chase Bank, and Wells Fargo.

If you’ve been taken advantage of by one of these banks or a different one, it may be possible to recover all the excess insurance that you’ve paid – whether it’s been several months, or in the above case, 10 years.

When you search for ‘Forced Insurance Lawyer’ there is a reason why Cates Law is number one.  We have established ourselves as leaders in these types of complex litigation and feel confident that we can help you.  For more information at no obligation, contact us for free anytime.

 

Vaginal Mesh 2013 Update

 

December 2013 will mark the beginning of vaginal mesh MDL and bellwether trials.  Bellwether trials help lay the groundwork and provide clarity for how future cases will progress.  Multidistrict litigation (MDL) is a federal legal procedure designed to efficiently process a large number of similar complex cases. 

The following is a list of the first scheduled vaginal mesh bellwether trials.   Each link below will take you to a webpage created to provide updates and developments for each trial.  These trials will take place in the Southern District of West Virginia before Judge Joseph R. Goodwin:

C.R. Bard (MDL No. 2187)

American Medical Systems (MDL No. 2325)

Boston Scientific (MDL No. 2326)

Ethicon (MDL No. 2327)

Coloplast (MDL No. 2387)

Up to 10% of the many women who receive vaginal mesh implants will experience complications, pain, or discomfort within their lifetime.  Vaginal mesh can lead to erosion of the vaginal epithelium, urinary incontinence, serious infection, bleeding, pain during intercourse, vaginal shrinkage, perforation of nearby organs, and more.

For more information about the complications that can arise from vaginal mesh, or to see if you might have a case against the manufacturers of these products, please contact Cates Law today for a free, no obligation consultation.  Financial compensation may be available and you will be helping to protect thousands of future victims by speaking up. 

Are You a Victim of Forced Insurance?

 

1.       Did your homeowner insurance rates dramatically increase?

2.       Did your flood insurance rates dramatically increase?

3.       Did you miss a payment for your homeowners insurance and did your bank / lender buy homeowners insurance for you?

4.       Has your bank or lender forced insurance upon you even though you already have insurance on your home?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions then you may be a victim of forced insurance. This situation is often referred to as Forced Insurance or Force Placed Insurance because a bank or lender has forced an insurance policy upon the property owner / mortgage holder.

The bank may tell you that they are trying to protect one of their assets by ensuring that it is insured.  But in an increasing number of cases, these banks were buying extremely unnecessarily expensive insurance and passed the cost along to the homeowner. 

Why would they do this?  Several banks participated in these predatory practices because they would receive large monetary kickbacks from the insurance policy writer.   In this surprisingly common scenario the bank wins, the insurance company wins, and you lose. 

Fortunately there is a remedy for these unscrupulous practices.  If overpriced insurance premiums were forced upon you, then the banks need to pay restitution.  For some homeowners this could mean tens of thousands of dollars back in your pocket.

Some of the banks that have been linked to forced insurance include:  SunTrust, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Chase Bank, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup. 

If you believe that you're a victim of forced insurance, financial compensation may be available.  Contact us today and we'll explain how we can help you recover your losses.

 

Avastin Risks Without Benefits

 

Another report was released over the weekend supporting our claims that the benefits of Avastin (Bevacizumab) do not outweigh the risks.  In fact, the randomized trial cited in this study, found that Avastin failed to improve the outcome of breast cancer patients when used in conjunction with chemotherapy.  It states that the addition of Avastin showed no statistically significant advantage when compared to chemotherapy alone.

To make matters worse, heart attacks were 50% more common for the test patients that were administered Avastin.

Avastin has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, blood clots, tearing of the GI track, severe bleeding, surgical wounds that don't heal correctly, ovarian cancer, and more.  And all of these risks come at the cost of offering NO apparent benefits to the patient.

If you were given Avastin and believe it was responsible for any serious side effects, we'd like to know about it.  You will be doing a great service in helping to get this dangerous drug off the market.  If we find that the manufacturers of Avastin acted negligently, financial compensation may be available to those who come forward. 

To learn more about Avastin and to find out about what options may be available to you, we are offering free legal consultations to those who have been injured by Avastin.  Our Avastin Lawyers are specialized in these types of complex litigation and stand by our commitment to see that justice is done. 

 

Vaginal Mesh Implants and Types of Female Genital Prolapse

Many women sought pelvic or vaginal mesh implants to help correct Female Genital Prolapse.  The following is a brief list and description of the types female genital prolapse, otherwise known as pelvic organ prolapse, or POP:

  • Cystocele - when the bladder herniates into the vagina.
  • Enterocele -  when the small intestines herniate into the vagina.
  • Rectocele - when rectal tissues herniate into the vagina.
  • Urethrocele - is the prolapse of the female urethra into the vagina
  • Uterine prolapse - is the prolapse of the uterus
  • Vaginal vault prolapse (after Hysterectomy) - is a prolapse of the vaginal vault (the expanded region of the vaginal canal at the internal end of the vagina). 

Up to 10% of the many women to receive pelvic mesh implants to repair damaged tissues, caused by female genital prolapse or POP, will experience complications, pain, or discomfort within their lifetime.  

Unfortunately, your pain may have been a gain for the manufacturers of these synthetic mesh products.  Companies such as C.R. Bard and Johnson & Johnson may have manufactured these products knowing that they imposed an increased risk of erosion, tearing, and even the return or prolapse at no substantial benefit to the patient.  In other words, the risks didn't justify the benefits, above other safer methods of repair.  

We recommend having a free conversation with a qualified pelvic mesh lawyer.  This will ensure that you understand your options and can make the best decision going forward.  The sooner you act the better, as the statute of limitations may impact what options are available to you.  Financial compensation may be available to those who have been injured.  Cates Law continues to be a leader in complex litigation with a specialty in vaginal mesh cases.

Energy Drinks Lack Regulation

 

Believe it or not, energy drinks are considered a ‘food supplement’ and not a beverage.  For this reason they receive different regulation (read, none) than almost identical beverages do.  For example, the FDA limits caffeine levels in beverages to 70mg per 12 oz drink (soda).  But if you call your product an ‘energy drink’ it can apparently have upwards of 500mg of caffeine – and there is no regulation.  Is this logical?

No regulation means that children can buy and consume these products as they please.  It means that those with a heart condition won’t be properly warned when consuming these products.

Since 2006, Rockstar Inc.’s energy drinks (distributed by PepsiCo) were named in 13 reports submitted to the FDA, in which energy drinks were believed to play a role in some adverse event.  These events include hospitalization, nausea, abdominal pain, increased heart rate, and more. 

5-Hour Energy was cited 92 times.  Monster Beverage Corp was cited 40 times and included 5 deaths.  Information is still being processed for other major energy drink brands including Red Bull and AMP Energy.

Should children, pregnant women, those with a heart condition, etc. be warned that these energy drinks can be very dangerous?  Of course.  What’s the downside?  Regulation does not have to mean overly aggressive age restrictions.  Perhaps a label change would be a good start.  And for some more powerful energy drinks, age restrictions are probably quite appropriate.

If energy drinks have the ability to cause harm to one’s body, they should probably be to some degree regulated.  Think of the countless number of supplements that have harmed individuals because the FDA does not regulate dietary supplements.

If you have been injured and believe that energy drinks played a role, we want to hear your story.  Our Energy Drink Lawyers are experts in complex litigation and are here to help you understand what options may be available.  As always, there is no charge for our initial consultation, and we have the resources to start working on your case in as little as 24 hours.

Further Complications Even After Corrective Vaginal Mesh Removal Surgery

 

A bit of concerning news has been released by RenalAndUrologyNews.com.  Jerry Blaivas, MD, of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, has performed many surgical procedures involving the implantation of vaginal mesh and has reported the following.

He revisited 47 cases where he had personally implanted surgical mesh.  He considered 72% of the operations to be a success but of those, he described the outcome as 'suboptimal' and had this to say, “The ‘successes' were only relative for many patients—that is, they were better than were before their salvage surgery, but most were much worse than before their original sling surgery.”

For woman who have received vaginal mesh implants, and based on this one surgeon's estimations, there may be further complications even after corrective mesh removal surgery.  While this is a rather bleak outlook, it is a general statement.  Many women will not experience further complications and will recover just fine.

Johnson & Johnson, CR Bard, and other vaginal mesh manufacturers may have known about the dangers of their products yet acted negligently.  If this is found to be the case, a lot of monetary compensation will likely be made available to those women who have come forward. 

Statute of limitations varies from state to state and may require you to act sooner than later.  Please consider speaking with an experienced vaginal mesh lawyer today and get a free case evaluation to learn what options are available to you.  Then you may decide what is best for you and your family but at least this way, you'll be making the right decision by leaving all of your options open. 

The Cates Law Firm was one of the first firms to bring national attention to these devastating products and continues to be a leader in providing excellent legal representation to women who have experienced both emotional and physical pain from vaginal mesh.

The most common side effects of vaginal mesh include when the product tears, erodes, or contracts and this can lead to erosion of the vaginal epithelium, urinary incontinence, serious infection, bleeding, pain during intercourse, vaginal shrinkage, perforation of nearby organs, and more.

 

Super Storm Sandy and Forced Insurance

 

According to the industry's latest annual survey (AP), "Nationwide, 13 percent of homeowners have flood insurance."

That number may seem small but most people do not live in a flood plain or in a high risk area.  Interestingly, however, according to the National Flood Insurance Program, most homes are unlikely to ever be damaged by flooding and nearly 20 percent of flood claims come from areas considered to be at low to moderate risk of flooding.

As cleanup from Super Storm Sandy continues, a lot of people in the Northeast who thought they were doing everything right to protect their family and their home are going to find themselves in a tough position when they find out that their homeowners policy may not cover damage from flooding.  For these folks, we wish you the best. 

If you find yourself getting little cooperation from your insurer, President Obama has declared New York and New Jersey major disaster areas, which opens up federal dollars in the form of grants to help those who need coverage for uninsured property losses.

The following applies to homeowners who had insurance (and/or flood insurance) who may be a victim of forced insurance:  if you've experienced a significant increase in rates, you may be a victim of forced insurance.  If your bank has forced homeowners insurance or flood insurance upon you at dramatically inflated rates, we may be able to help you recover that money. 

We understand that this may not be an immediate priority but at some point every extra dollar may help.  We believe that several banks, including SunTrust, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Chase Bank, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup may have engaged in predatory practices. 

While banks are certainly entitled to protecting their assets, there are many cases where we believe they forced insurance upon their clients at unreasonable rates.  Click to learn more about forced insurance and to see if we can help.  We are currently offering free case evaluations.

 

 

Vaginal Mesh Use Declines

 

As a leader in vaginal mesh litigation and in educating women about the dangers of vaginal implanted mesh products, Cates Law is pleased to announce that an increasing number of surgeons/specialists are reducing their use of vaginal mesh kits.  This is a clear indication and acknowledgement of the risks and dangers posed by such products. 

There are still, however, a number of physicians who continue to use vaginal mesh kits despite the growing evidence of their risks.  Given many of the cases we have seen, and seeing first-hand the emotional and physical pain mesh can cause, this troubles us.  Granted, there are plenty of instances where mesh kits can be successfully implanted and will most not cause any problems for the life of the product; however, given the risks is it really worth it, versus alternative methods of treatment?  Even by simply implanting the mesh abdominally, the risks fall dramatically.  And for instances when this isn’t an option there are other surgical options that do not involve mesh.  If you are currently in this position, please speak with your physician about alternatives, or go get a second opinion.

For vaginally implanted mesh kits, there is at least a 10% chance that at some point during the life of the mesh, there will be tearing, shrinkage, or erosion of the mesh – this can lead to bleeding, perforation of nearby organs, pain during intercourse, infection, and more. 

Perhaps the most tragic part about the pain these products have caused is that we believe manufacturer negligence is to blame – which means this all could have been avoidable, had the manufacturers taken more precautions and placed patient safety ahead of profits.

Please step forward if you or your spouse has been injured by vaginal mesh.  You will be doing a great service to yourself and in ensuring that future women can avoid the pain that you unfortunately had to endure.

 

Vaginal Mesh and Pain during Sexual Intercourse

 

One of the most common side effects of vaginally implanted mesh devices is that over time the mesh can shrink, tighten, and tear.  This tearing can often poke through one of the vaginal walls and can be noticeably felt during intercourse by both partners.  Many brands of mesh use a material very similar to what Rubbermaid makes storage containers out of.   One can easily imagine the pain that can come from such a rigid material in such a sensitive area, especially when it is no longer smooth; rather a sharp jagged or torn edge. 

Some of the additional problems that arise when vaginal mesh erodes and/or tears (besides pain) is scarring, additional corrective surgeries, as well as the pelvic mesh perforating other areas of the body, such as the bladder, bowel, and other surrounding tissues/organs.
 
It is expected that up to 10% of these vaginally implanted mesh devices will be defective within the patient's lifetime.  If you have experienced any complications it is paramount that you contact your physician.  If at that point, you feel like being compensated for the massive amounts of emotional and physical pain caused to you, additional recovery with the help of qualified vaginal mesh lawyers, is only a click away. 

Forced Insurance Lawyer

 

Insurance companies, in an attempt to protect their assets, will force flood, hazard, and/or homeowners insurance upon homeowners who have a lapse in their policies.  Actually the insurance company will buy their own policy on the property and pass the costs along to the homeowner, oftentimes at bloated prices.  Sometimes (and hopefully only when a mistake is made) lenders will force a policy upon homeowners even if they're already covered.  This may involve, for example, forcing flood insurance upon a homeowner that is not located inside of a flood plain.

If your bank forced insurance upon you and you believe it was a mistake, we encourage you to call your bank and try to cordially resolve the issue.  If however, your bank forced insurance upon you and your rates have risen substantially as a result, then your bank may be involved in unacceptable and predatory practices.  Fortunately, if this has happened to you, recourse is available.  Contact our Forced Insurance Lawyers today for a free consultation.  We will explain how and why the banks do this and how we will do everything we can to recover every penny that you were overcharged.  We have attorneys on staff who are specialized in this type of litigation.

There is some good news on the way to help protect future victims from forced insurance predatory banking practices.  That of course does little to help those already hurt by these overpriced policies.  While these new laws should help future victims; we can help those who are currently, or have previously been victimized.   Some of the larger lending financial institutions that are allegedly guilty of this practice include, but are not limited to, SunTrust, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Chase Bank, Wells Fargo, and Citi Mortgage.

 

Swansea IL Law Firm

Cates Law has been very fortunate throughout their 35 years of practicing law.  What started as a small local law firm in Swansea IL, has grown into a nationally recognized and respected practice.  We have done this through our unwavering commitment to justice and a personal sense of pride in our business.

Long-time headquartered in Swansea Illinois; our local clients have always been and will continue to be an important part of our business.  We will always remain committed to bringing our national success to our local clients.

We wanted to take this time to inform all of our fellow Swansea villagers of some of the important areas of practice in which we are still accepting new clients.  We encourage you to contact us on behalf of yourself or a loved one and we will provide you with an absolutely free consultation to help you understand all of the legalities of your individual situation.

 

Vaginal Mesh:  Cates Law was one of the first law firms to become nationally recognized for our pursuit to bringing justice to those women who have been physically and emotionally damaged by vaginal mesh.  Learn more about Vaginal Mesh.

Pradaxa:  is a blood thinner, designed to keep blood from clotting in an effort to reduce the risk of stroke in with atrial fibrillation (AF).  Unfortunately, Pradaxa comes with serious side effects that can lead to excessive bleeding, heart attack, or even death.

Propecia:  The manufacturer of Propecia may have been negligent in understating the long term side effects associated with their drug.  Learn more about Propecia.

Mesothelioma:  Mesothelioma is an extremely rare and aggressive form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers.  Cates Law has a special section of their website dedicated to those who have been injured by mesothelioma.  Learn more about Mesothelioma.

Sexual Harassment: Cates Law was awarded the largest verdict in US history for any sexual harassment case ($95million).   Learn more about Sexual Harassment.

These are just a few of the many areas of complex litigation that we feel confident in representing you in.  Our team of legal experts specializes in these types of cases and many more.  If we don’t think we are the best firm to represent you for your individual case, we will recommend you to someone better suited for your legal needs.

Thanks again to all of our past, present, and future Swansea Illinois clients!!

 

How Common Is Vaginal Prolapse?

 

Vaginal prolapse is surprisingly common. Experts suggest that between 30 and 50 percent of women will develop a prolapse at some point in their life. Of those women, up to 10 percent will experience uncomfortable and/or painful symptoms.

Last year alone more than 100,000 women had vaginal mesh implants to correct vaginal prolapse.  There remain two main ways in which to treat this: 

  • Biologic Grafts - transplantation of skin designed to reinforce weakened vaginal tissue
  • Vaginal Mesh - a synthetic means of strengthening the weakened vaginal tissue

Many believe biologic grafts are superior to using vaginal mesh, given that there tend to be fewer complications; however, biologic grafts also tend to be considerably more expensive and don't have as many applicable uses as its synthetic counterpart. With regards to possible complications, there is an increased risk that mesh is more likely to protrude through the area in which it's been placed. This is known as erosion and can lead to a slew of complications, including bleeding, pain during intercourse, perforation of nearby organs, etc.

Cates Law continues to be one of the leading firms in speaking out against vaginal mesh implants.  Whether you have heard of us through our television commercials or found us on the internet, we have made ourselves as accessible as possible to help women who have been injured by these products. 

It is our strong suspicion that the manufacturers of these products were negligent and aware of the dangers of their product but chose to place profits ahead of patient safety.  If a judge or jury determine this to be the case, we will do everything possible to maximize your financial settlement to help ease the emotional and physical burden that has been placed upon you and (in some cases) your spouse.  The easiest way to see if you are eligible for a large financial settlement, is to contact us as soon as possible as there may be limitations on when you are able to seek recovery.

Vaginal Mesh Alternatives

 

Non-surgical methods of treating pelvic organ prolapse

These are only advisable if you have mild symptoms.

  • Kegel exercises
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Reducing your caffeine intake
  • Avoid heavy lifting

For woman who are not good surgical candidates but when the above is not sufficient

Consider using a vaginal pessary - a removable device similar to a diaphragm that supports the pelvic area.

Surgical methods of treating pelvic organ prolapse

If these non-surgical methods do not bring relief, it may be necessary to consider surgical options. Discuss with your doctor.  All surgical methods revolve around the idea of repairing, restoring, or supporting the weakened vaginal tissues and surrounding areas.

Some specific surgeries your doctor may recommend include:

  • Repairing the bladder and/or urethra
  • Hysterectomy - removal of the uterus
  • Repairing the rectum or small bowel
  • Repairing vaginal walls
  • Vaginal obliteration (closure of the vagina)

One preferred method of supporting the prolapsed organ is to use a synthetic piece of material called a biologic graft to reposition and support the organ to nearby ligaments and tissues.

In the past, it was common for doctors to use a synthetic mesh version of these grafts but many complications arose and the FDA has recently warned against using these mesh implants, especially transvaginally. If you are a former patient of a vaginal mesh implant you should speak with your physician to discuss your options. They are currently found to be defective in about 10% of patients.

If you are interested in seeking recovery against the companies that may have known about the hazards and complications of using these mesh implants, it is wise to speak with a Vaginal Mesh Lawyer.  They will be able to help you understand what options are available, what the statute of limitations may be in your specific case, and generally explain what you can expect from the process of recovering financial compensation.

Vaginal Mesh Erosion

Up to 10% of women who have had vaginal mesh implants will at some point experience a certain level of pain or discomfort, associated with their defective implant. The FDA has recently made strongly worded statements advising against the implantation of all vaginal mesh.

Specific symptoms of the pain and discomfort associated with vaginal mesh implants are:

  • Erosion and/or protrusion of the mesh from surrounding tissues
  • Infections in the area of the mesh implant
  • Pain (includes pain during intercourse)
  • Bleeding around where the mesh was implanted
  • Urinary tract problems
  • Additional/abnormal injury to nearby organs

On average, (and in cases where mesh erosion was present) it took only 4.1 months for vaginal mesh erosion to occur. Compare this to over 15 months for the erosion of mesh, implanted through the abdomen.

So how is the erosion of vaginal mesh cured? In serious cases it requires surgery. In much less serious cases there are some minor steps that can be taken to potentially bring relief (i.e. kegels, healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding heavy lifting, etc). For serious cases, however – those requiring surgery – the mesh is removed and the damaged tissue needs to be re-sewn. Mesh removal requires two surgeries, on average, but can require many more and sometimes only one. Some patients were even able to be treated with topical estrogen cream and relatively minor stitching. In some cases, a partial mesh removal surgery can be performed, whereas only the portion of exposed mesh is removed.

Before surgery (according to the FDA):

  • Be aware of risks associated with POP repair using a vaginal incision
  • Understand that a surgery with mesh might require additional surgery to correct mesh problems–and that in a few cases even repeat surgery may not cure the problem.
  • Ask your doctor about other POP treatment options. If they recommend mesh, have a clear understanding of why this is the preferred option.

After surgery (according to the FDA):

  • Continue with routine check ups
  • Notify their doctors if they begin to have persisting vaginal bleeding/discharge, pelvic or groin pain, or pain with sex.
  • Let your doctor know you have mesh. This is especially important if you are planning to have another abdominal/pelvic surgery.
  • If you are unsure if mesh was used , ask your surgeon if you had a mesh placed during your POP repair

Only after you've spoken with your primary physician or gynecologist, if you are still interested in seeking recovery for your injuries against the companies responsible for these defective products, please seek the advice of a Vaginal Mesh Lawyer.  The manufacturers of these devastating products may have likely placed profits ahead of your safety.  Our legal team has the knowledge and experience to go after these manufacturers to help put these profits back into the pockets of the victims.

Injured From Vaginal Mesh?

The first vaginal mesh case to go before a jury has concluded this week.  C.R. Bard (a manufacturer of vaginal mesh implants) and the doctor who performed the operation were ordered to pay $5.5 million in damages.  This California jury determined that Bard was 60% responsible while the doctor was 40% responsible.  Bard plans to appeal the verdict.

In this particular case, the mesh implant had eroded and was causing significant pain as well as incontinence and other complications.  Erosion of mesh implants is the most common side effect and can lead to pain, bleeding, perforation of nearby organs, pain during intercourse, etc.  In this case $500,000 of the $5.5 million was actually awarded to the victim's husband for the inability to be intimate with his wife.

Similar cases are mounting, not only against Bard, but against other manufacturers of vaginal mesh implants including Johnson & Johnson.  J&J was recently ordered to halt all sales of their mesh products due to the high levels of complaints that the FDA has received.  Regardless of the manufacturer, they are all similar in design and have similar serious design flaws.  If you are unsure of who manufactured your mesh kit, contact us and we will be able to help you find the answer.  If you (or as you've seen from above, your husband) have been injured from vaginal mesh we may be able to help you recover financial compensation for your pain.  Our Vaginal Mesh Lawyers are very knowledgeable about these cases and have a broad understanding of how/why the manufacturers of these products may have acted negligently. 

We will make sure, as we do for all of our clients, that the process of financial recovery is as quick and stress-free as possible.  For a limited time we are still accepting clients both locally and nationwide.  The major advantage to this, versus choosing a lawyer that may be closer to you geographically, is that we have the resources to help us determine what we believe is the best jurisdiction for your case.  Important - this does not mean you will have to travel.  And we never make our clients part of a class action.  Our clients are important to us and we believe that they must be treated as individuals.

Claims Against PFG

Russell Wasendorf Sr., the former CEO of Peregrine Financial Group Inc. (PFG) was arrested last week.  This came promptly after his attempted suicide, PFG filing for bankruptcy, and the discovery of Wasendorf's suicide letter where he admitted to falsifying documents and forging signatures.  The letter indicated that during the financial crisis, the company wasn't going to survive and that keeping the company running (through any means necessary, including fraud) was more important than letting the company go under.  This appears to be another case of ego superseding the interests of clients and shareholders.

At least $200 million has gone missing from client accounts. Wasendorf, perhaps others, falsely reported the aggregate balance of client accounts – claiming there was $205 million when in fact only $5 million can be accounted for.

In an attempt to make clients of PFG whole again, steps are being taken to claw-back any funds that were misappropriated over a period of up to 5 years.  Any charitable organization that received donations from PFG may be ordered to return the money. 

While this is unfortunate for the charities, in many cases these universities, hospitals, etc. can stomach the losses a whole lot easier than the clients whose account values went up in smoke. 

If you were a client of PFG and lost money as a result of the company's fraudulent behavior, filing a claim against PFG will help to ensure that you recover some or all of your losses once PFG's missing funds are located.  As you can see, even money that they donated is subject to claw-backs so it's just a matter of how much can be recovered.  PFG is currently estimated to have between $500 million and $1 billion in assets that can also be used to repay their clients.  Upon contact, we will provide you with additional details on how to proceed and what you can expect throughout this process.

Force Placed Insurance – Help On the Way

Help may be around the corner for future potential victims of force-placed insurance policies.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a federal agency tasked with regulating consumer protections in the US.  They are in the process of finalizing rules aimed to protect homeowners from costly surprises from their mortgage lender/servicer.  These rules are set to be finalized by January 21, 2013.  They are drafting a section specific to force-placed insurance, seen below, titled:  'Options for Avoiding Costly "Forced-Placed" Insurance':

Force Placed Insurance Rules 1

Force Placed Insurance Rules 2

 

 

It was unfortunately necessary for the CFPB to draft a 'force-placed insurance' section within these rules to protect homeowners.  For years, due to lapses in insurance policies, perceived inadequate coverage, etc. banks would buy their own insurance on the property and add this amount to the homeowner's monthly mortgage payment.  That behavior is fine and actually necessary to protect their asset.  What isn't fair, is when the banks buy overpriced insurance (in which they would receive a large commission or kick-back for doing so) and pass the overpriced premium onto the homeowner.  This way the bank wins (big commissions) and the insurance company wins (increased business) and the homeowner loses. 

If your bank forced overpriced insurance policies on you and you believe that you have been a victim of force-placed insurance, there may be a way to recover your money.  The following list of banks that may have engaged in these practices include (but are not limited to) SunTrust, Bank of America, Chase, Well Fargo, Citigroup, and JP Morgan.  If you have been a victim of these unscrupulous practices and would like to learn more about what options are available based on your individual situation, please contact one of our experienced Forced Insurance Lawyers.

Click the following to read the CFPB's Mortgage Servicing whitepaper in its entirety.

PFG Lawsuit

If you have a brokerage account with Peregrine Financial Group Inc. (PFG) and lost money due to their alleged falsification of bank statements, we may be able to help you recover some or all of your money through legal action.  While this disaster is still under investigation, it is recommended that you file a lawsuit as soon as possible. 

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and FBI admit that at this stage of the investigation, the whereabouts of the funds are still unknown.  Should they become available; however, those that have filed a lawsuit against PFG will be eligible for recovery.

Brokerage firms are required to segregate client funds from other accounts and activities of the firm.  PFG did not do this.  They were reporting $225 million in 1,845 customer accounts, when in fact those accounts only had a balance of $5million.  Documents were fabricated, signatures were forged, and money disappeared.

This tragedy comes on the heels of MF Global who also either misappropriated client funds or used them as a last ditch speculative bet to try and salvage the company.  In light of this and now with PFG, the CFTC is set to adopt client-fund safeguards to prevent future tragedies of this nature.  Fortunately, in the case of MF Global there will likely be criminal prosecution.  A similar fate may befall the executive management team of PFG; however, it's still too early in the investigation to know who all will be held responsible.

On Tuesday, July 10, 2012 PFG filed for bankruptcy protection.  We are seeking clients who lost money with either MF Global or PFG.  The only way to recover lost funds will be to file a claim and wait to see if money becomes available.  Some optimistic news is that even though PFG has filed bankruptcy, they still own between $500 million and $1 billion in assets.   Even though the process to recover funds will be difficult, filing a claim is the first step.  A team of PFG Lawyers have been assembled, highly trained in these types of complex financial litigation.  They can walk you through the entire process, explain everything in a clear and concise manner, and provide you with your best available options.  Call or email us today for a free consultation and reference your potential claim against MF Global or PFG:  1-877-455-6376

Vaginal Mesh - Profits vs Safety

It was announced this week that J&J, back in 2007/2008, continued to sell their vaginal mesh implants after the FDA ordered them to halt all sales, based on deficiencies and a failure to provide adequate information about their mesh products.

This is why bringing lawsuits against the manufacturers of vaginal mesh are so important.  J&J understood the FDAs orders and ignored them.  Why?  Because they knew any benefits they received from additional sales would outweigh the meager penalty of any FDA fines. 

In other words if the FDA cannot enforce adequate financial disincentives for these manufacturers to act responsibly perhaps a few thousand lawsuits will.  Admittedly, there is nothing enjoyable about the process of filing a lawsuit.  In fact, the litigious behavior of a few bad apples in our society has, for the most part, placed a stigma on filing lawsuits.  But in cases like this it is literally the only way to even begin to recover the losses that have and will occur to these women.  This applies to both the financial losses from previous and additional surgeries, if necessary; as well as compensation for the pain that these devices have been known to cause. 

Vaginal mesh, especially when implanted transvaginally, can tear or erode and can cause bleeding, pain during intercourse, incontinence, perforation of nearby organs, and more.  J&J wasn't looking out for you when they placed their profits above your safety.  You should extend them the same gratitude.

For more information about what you can expect when filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit, or to gain a better understanding of what options might be available to you, please feel free to contact us.  There is no risk or obligation to you whatsoever.

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