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Goldman Scarlato & Penny is investigating claims against Uber on behalf of Uber drivers and customers whose private information was compromised through a massive data breach.

Uber just revealed that over a year ago — in October, 2016 — private information was hacked from a data base maintained by Uber.

If you had unauthorized charges for Uber rides, or experienced identity theft after last October, 2016, you may have a claim. For example, if credit was taken out in your name, or if fraudulent charges, possibly involving rides on Uber you never took, appeared on your credit card, you may have a claim.

If you would like to talk to an attorney to discuss whether your private information has been compromised, or you believe that you are a victim of the Uber Data Breach, please contact GSP to learn more about your rights. GSP attorneys are actively litigating data breach actions against Equifax, Anthem, 21st Century Oncology, Community Health Systems, Athens Orthopedic, Premera, Intuit, Excellus, United Shore, Xerox Mortgage Services, and Target. Please contact Mark Goldman at goldman@lawgsp.com or call (888) 872-6975 with any questions you may have.

Please also check our other website:  http://www.anthemdataclassaction.com

Update: GSP Files Data Breach Lawsuit against Equifax

Goldman Scarlato & Penny has filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in Atlanta, Georgia seeking to hold Equifax accountable for failing to protect consumers’ private data. Anyone affected by the Equifax data breach should contact GSP for more information. Please fill in your contact information and an attorney will contact you promptly. Or, you can email Mark Goldman directly at goldman@lawgsp.com or call Mr. Goldman toll free at (888) 872-6975.

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Equifax Data Breach

Goldman Scarlato & Penny is investigating claims on behalf of all persons whose private information was stolen through the Equifax data breach.

On September 7, 2017, Equifax announced a “cybersecurity incident potentially affecting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers.” According to Equifax, hackers “exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access” to consumers’ private information.

Equifax claims that the data breach began in mid-May and continued through July of 2017, and that individuals’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, and addresses were stolen. Equifax reported that some consumers’ driver’s license numbers and credit card numbers have also been compromised.

Persons whose social security numbers have been stolen need to be concerned about identity theft. Victims of other data breaches have had false tax returns filed in their names, experienced fraudulent claims for health care coverage, and received bills for credit card charges on accounts opened without their knowledge or consent.

Although Equifax claims that it discovered the data breach more than a month ago on July 29, it did not announce the it until September 7, 2017, leaving consumers exposed to, and unaware of potential identify theft during that time. .

Equifax has created a website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, where consumers can enter their last names and the last six numbers of their Social Security numbers to determine if their data were compromised.

This is the second time Equifax has been in the news this year for a data breach. In May, the company announced a breach of W-2 payroll data from its subsidiary TALX.

If your private information may have been compromised, please contact a GSP attorney to learn more about your rights. GSP’s Data Breach lawyers are currently representing victims of data breaches against Anthem, Inc., 21st Century Oncology, Community Health Systems, Inc., Athens Orthopedic Clinic, PA, Premera, Intuit, Medical Informatics, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, United Shore, Xerox Mortgage Services, and Target Corporation. Please fill in your contact information and an attorney will contact you promptly. Or, you can email Mark Goldman directly at goldman@lawgsp.com or Doug Bench at bench@lawgsp.com or call GSP toll free at (888) 872-6975 to talk to a lawyer free of charge.

 

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A settlement of the Anthem data breach class action has been announced. The value of the settlement is $115 million, excluding additional funds Anthem has committed to spend to further protect the data contained on its computer networks. If you have any questions about this settlement or any other data breaches, please contact firm partner Mark Goldman at goldman@lawgsp.com, (484) 342-0700.

Goldman Scarlato & Penny represents retired NHL players in a cutting-edge class action lawsuit alleging that the NHL failed to warn players of the short and long-term effects of repeated concussions and head trauma, failed to adequately care for its players after they received such injuries, and promoted and glorified unreasonable and unnecessary violence leading to head traumas.

A number of similar cases were filed in different courts, and on August 19, 2014, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation transferred all the related NHL concussion cases to the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota for centralized proceedings. There are 18 related cases in the centralized action on behalf of 138 plaintiffs.

On September 14, 2014, the Court appointed Goldman Scarlato & Penny to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee. The lawsuit seeks medical monitoring and compensation for the long term harm the retired players suffered as a result of concussions sustained while playing Ice hockey at the NHL.

Onglyza Lawsuit

What is Onglyza?

Onglyza (Saxagliptin) is a prescription medication used to help manage blood glucose levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes mellitus type 2, also known as type 2 diabetes, is a chronic metabolic disorder that is characterized by high blood sugar, insulin resistance, and relative lack of insulin. Although some diabetics can control their blood glucose levels with diet and exercise, many are prescribed pharmaceuticals to help manage the disease.

Pharmaceutical giants, AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb teamed up to develop, manufacture and market Onglyza, which received FDA approval for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in 2009.

Onglyza has been an extremely profitable venture and generated more than $700 million in sales in 2012 alone.

How Does Onglyza Work?

Onglyza is a member of a class of medications known as dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (“DDP-4”) inhibitors. When non-diabetics ingest carbohydrates, which break down in the body to become glucose, it triggers the release of incretins. Incretins produce and regulate insulin in the body. The release of insulin allows the glucose in the blood stream to move to the cells of the body, where it is used and expelled as energy.

This process is disrupted in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Although type 2 diabetics may produce incretins, the enzyme DPP-4 effectively destroys the incretin hormone before it can trigger the production and regulation of insulin. The result is that the glucose remains in the blood stream and the individual’s blood glucose level goes up.

DPP-4 inhibitors, like Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR, work by blocking or “inhibiting” the actions of the DPP-4 enzyme. This allows the incretin hormones in their body to work properly and release insulin from the pancreas in response to a meal.

What Is the Problem with Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR?

The active ingredient in Onglyza is saxagliptin. Two large clinical studies recently showed that patients who received saxagliptin- or alogliptin-containing medicines were hospitalized for heart failure more than those who received a placebo. In addition to Onglyza, AstraZeneca also distributes Kombiglyze XR, which is also a DDP-4 inhibitor that contains saxagliptin as one of its active ingredients. Those clinical studies that were recently conducted showed serious cardiac risks associated with Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR and have raised concerns about the risks associated with use of the drug.

Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group, questioned the safety of Onglyza as early as 2011, shortly after the drug received FDA approval in 2009. In a newsletter article, Public Citizen expressed their concerns over the lack of long-term data available on the drug and urged consumers to not take Onglyza until such studies were conducted.

In October 2013, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published a study in which a connection between the use of saxagliptin and increased risk of cardiovascular events was identified. The study found that “[s]axagliptin was associated with significantly improved glycemic control and reduced the development and progression of microalbuminuria; however, it increased the risk of hospitalization for heart failure and the risk of hypoglycemic events.”

In February 2014, the FDA responded to the NEJM article by issuing a drug safety communication which made public the FDA’s request that the manufacturer of saxagliptin provide clinical trial data for the purpose of investigating the potential link between the drug and increased risk of heart failure.

In April 2015, the FDA Endocrinology and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee voted by an overwhelming majority (14 to 1) to update the Onglyza label to include stronger warnings about the higher risk of heart failure associated with the drug’s use.

During their discussion, the FDA panelists noted that patients taking this class of drugs had a 27% increase in the rate of hospitalization for heart failure and an overall increased risk of death, regardless of cause. One panelist felt that a labeling change was not sufficient and voted in favor of completely withdrawing the drug from the U.S. market.

The FDA then issued a drug safety communication which required heart failure warnings be included on the labels for Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR, as well as all other DDP-4 inhibitors.

In April 2016, AstraZeneca updated the Onglyza prescribing information to include warnings about the increased risk of pancreatitis and heart failure. In early 2017, warnings regarding the increased risk of bullous pemphigoid, a rare skin disorder, and macrovascular outcomes were also added.

What are the Side Effects Associated with Onglyza?

Onglyza users have reported the following adverse events:

  • Heart Failure
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Cardiac Failure
  • Death

The FDA Endocrinology and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee has also advised that individuals with a prior history of heart failure and/or renal insufficiency have a higher risk of experiencing a serious adverse event when using DDP-4 inhibitors.

What Are the Onglyza Lawsuits Alleging?

Individuals who have suffered an injury after using Onglyza are generally filing lawsuits that assert that the manufacturers:

  • Failed to conduct the proper pre-market trials and studies to identify the side effects associated with use of Onglyza
  • Failed to warn patients and doctors of the potential side effects from using Onglyza
  • Fraudulently and/or negligently marketed Onglyza
  • Continued to market Onglyza after becoming aware of the inherent dangers associated with use of the drug

Currently, individuals alleging injuries caused by their use of Onglyza are filing individual lawsuits against the AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibbs and, in cases of Kombiglyze XR use, McKesson Corporation.

These lawsuits are still in the very early phases of litigation and have not been consolidated into a Multi-District Litigation (“MDL”) or a class action litigation.

Do I Have An Onglyza Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one used Onglyza or Kombiglyze XR for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and then suffered from congestive heart failure, cardiac failure or death, you may be entitled to compensation.

If you believe you may have a claim, contact us today. There are time limits by which you need to file a product liability lawsuit. Those limits could time bar your case if it is not filed in a timely manner. Your state of residence, when you ingested the drug and when you experienced injuries could all affect how much time you have to file.

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GSP serves as counsel in a class action lawsuit brought by owners or lessees of 2008 – 2013 model year BMW M3 vehicles. The case was brought on behalf of California residents and alleges that the S65 motors installed in the M3 contain defective rotating assemblies leading to rod and main bearing failure, and eventually, catastrophic engine failure. The lawsuit seeks damages and other relief for the owners and lessees.

On July 28, 2017, United States District Court Judge Madeline Cox Arleo denied BMW, NA’s motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ fraud claims and claims under the California consumer protection laws. The Court’s decision means that the case can now proceed to the discovery stage where Plaintiffs will have an opportunity to review BMW’s evidence related to the alleged defect.

If you have any questions about the lawsuit, please contact Paul Scarlato at scarlato@lawgsp.com for more information.

If you purchased or leased a Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Audi, Bentley, or BMW within the past 26 years, you may be entitled to recover money as a result of a massive illegal conspiracy to inflate the price of German luxury cars.

On July 22, 2017, the European Commission announced an investigation of an antitrust cartel among the manufacturers of German luxury cars dating back to 1990. According to an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel reporting on the investigation, “Audi, BMW, Daimler [the manufacturer of Mercedes] and Porsche colluded for years in more than 1,000 meetings,” on everything from the soft-top of a convertible to the assessment of suppliers. According to the article, Volkswagen made “some kind of voluntary disclosure” to Germany’s Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission on July 4, 2017, and Daimler also reported itself to the authorities in the hopes of getting leniency.

But the article states that VW and Daimler did not come clean due to a sudden pang of conscience. Instead, documents impounded when authorities traced a steel cartel and raided six companies led investigators to the car conspiracy. Der Spiegel claims that VW and Daimler somehow received advance word of the investigation and rushed to get on the good graces of investigators. An article that appeared on Forbes.com contends that the VW “dieselgate” scandal that unfolded two years ago was the product of this broader conspiracy. Germany’s BILD Zeitung reported that prosecutors in Germany and the U.S. are investigating the matter.

A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of persons who purchased or leased Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Audi, Bentley, and BMW cars between 1990 and the present. The lawsuit seeks to recover damages as a result of the illegal price-fixing conspiracy described above. If you would like more information on the alleged conspiracy and how you might recover money from the class action, please submit your contact information below or contact Paul Scarlato or Mark Goldman by email at scarlato@lawgsp.com or goldman@lawgsp.com.

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Goldman Scarlato & Penny, P.C. is pleased to announce that Melissa Fry Hague, Esquire has joined the firm as a partner. Melissa will lead the firm’s new Mass Tort litigation practice, and brings over ten years’ experience litigating cases involving dangerous drugs and defective medical devices. She currently serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In Re: Zofran (Ondansetron) Products Liability Litigation, and has successfully represented hundreds of plaintiffs injured by defective metal-on-metal hip implants, and knee implants. Melissa has also successfully represented victims who received infected and stolen cadaver bone in the In re: Human Tissue Products Liability Litigation, and has been a fierce advocate for women harmed by defective transvaginal mesh products and Fosamax. Melissa has earned a reputation as a diligent and zealous attorney among her peers, both locally and nationally.

Melissa’s passion for justice extends to her active involvement in the American Association for Justice where she currently serves as the Chair of the New Lawyers Division. Melissa earned her J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 2006, and is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Prior to joining Goldman Scarlato & Penny, P.C. Melissa was a partner at a premiere personal injury firm in Philadelphia.

It is hard enough to keep food costs under control, but you might be surprised to learn that you have been over-paying for chicken because of an illegal conspiracy to fix and raise chicken prices. But for thousands of restaurants, schools, nursing homes and other businesses, this kind of illegal pricing activity may have been going on since at least 2008.

According to recently filed class action complaints, a conspiracy dating back to 2008 to raise the price of Broiler Chickens is alleged to have taken place, and businesses in the states listed below may have been affected.

Claims have been filed by businesses in certain states, but not your state if you see it listed below. If you own a business in one of these states and purchased Broiler Chicken from a distributor, contact Goldman Scarlato & Penny’s attorneys to learn about your rights and your claim to money damages.

  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia

Contact: Goldman Scarlato & Penny, P.C.
www.lawgsp.com
(484) 342-0700

Paul J. Scarlato   scarlato@lawgsp.com
Brian D. Penny   penny@lawgsp.com