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Juul Device and Pods

The complaint for this class action alleges that a Juul “packs a more powerful nicotine punch than traditional cigarettes because JUUL contains roughly twice the nicotine concentration as cigarettes and other vape pens.” It alleges that Juul Labs, Inc., the maker of the e-cigarettes, knew that it posed risks for users, but “continued to disseminate false, misleading and deceitful information” about its products and vaping. Juul, it says, “created an online culture and community targeted to young people, including minors, and designed to encourage JUUL use.”

St. Vincent Infirmary Building

When Nicholas Dorado was injured in an auto accident, he discovered that the facility that treated him did not immediately submit the bills to his insurance company but looked for higher payments than those the insurance company was willing to make. This class action sues St. Vincent Community Health Services, Inc., St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, Catholic Health Initiatives Physician Services, LLC, and their insurer First Initiatives Insurance, Ltd. for changing 

Poinciana Medical Center

Emergency room bills are usually high—and sometimes higher than patients realize. In this class action, the complaint alleges that HCA Healthcare, Inc. imposes a surcharge for emergency room visits, in addition to charges for the actual services provided, that it does not tell patients about at the time of their emergency room visit.

Lifeguard Ambulance

Problems have arisen in recent years about the costs of medical assistance, the ability of patients to freely assent to those costs, and the outsized nature of the costs themselves. The complaint for this class action alleges that Lifeguard Ambulance Service, LLC attempted to recover transportation costs from a patient that she had never agreed to.

Wind Farm

Plaintiff Kevin Kohmetscher grew up on an eleven-acre piece of land in Nebraska that has been owned by his family for decades. In November 2017, the Cottonwood Wind Farm went into operation on an adjacent piece of land. The complaint for this class action says that the wind farm is causing health and other problems for the people who live near it. The complaint claims private nuisance and negligence.

Bay Park Facility Sign in Front of Building

The complaint for this class action says that the Bay Park Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the Bronx, New York does not maintain sufficient staff for the safety, care, and health of its residents. It claims that Bay Park Center for Nursing and Rehabilitiation, LLC, SentosaCare, LLC, and a group of individual defendants have violated Section 2801-d of New York’s Public Health Law (PHL). 

Health Net Logo

This settlement resolves a class action dispute concerning the providers for Health Net’s individual and family Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans. The complaint alleges that Health Net made misrepresentation and omissions about the providers included in its networks. The company’s HMO plans, EPO plans, HSP plans, and employer-provided plans are not included in this settlement. 

Northwest Hospital, Seattle, Washington

Northwest Hospital in Kings County, Washington has agreed to settle a class action claiming that it violated the state’s Charity Care Laws by not screening all emergency department patients to see if they qualified for financial assistance.

Foot-Ankle Prosthesis

Defendant Anthem is one of the largest health insurers in the US, and defendant Anthem UM is its claims administrator. The two companies together develop Medical Policies and make decisions on which claims are approved and which are denied. One of their policies is the denial of claims for microprocessor-controlled lower limb prosthesis, the complaint says, on the grounds that they are “investigational and not medically necessary for all indications.” However, the complaint claims that microprocessor prostheses are now standard devices, and that they increase safety and stability, reduce stumbles and falls, decrease discomfort and pain, and aid walking at a variable rate, over varying terrain, or up or down stairs.

LensCrafters Store

LensCrafters offers what it calls its Accufit® Digital Measurement System, which it claims can more accurately measure the pupillary distance (PD) between a customer’s eyes, so that it can more accurately locate the optical centers of the eyeglasses it makes for customers. The company claims that this allows it to create prescription glasses with “a lens fit with five times greater precision than traditional methods.” But the complaint alleges that the company’s “decades-old” manufacturing methods requires manual measurements that must be rounded to the nearest millimeter, and that the glasses that result are no more accurate than those for which measurements were taken with a standard ruler.

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