Paxil Refunds

June 5, 2007

“Parents who bought the antidepressant drug Paxil for their children may begin seeking reimbursements under a $64 million class-action deal to settle claims that the drug’s maker misled consumers about the medication’s safety. Under the deal, parents with proof that they bought GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s Paxil and Paxil CR, a controlled-release version of the drug, for their children can recoup out-of-pocket expenses. Parents who no longer have pharmacy records or receipts can get up to $100 refunded by signing a claim form that carries penalties for lying. ”

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Greed and More Greed

June 5, 2007

Personal Injury Protection should not be allowed to die

Dr. Steven Greenberg

Florida’s roadways are about to become more dangerous, its courtrooms more crowded and its residents left less protected — because Big Insurance wants to drop a less-profitable coverage option for the promise of higher rates down the road.

Since the 1970s, Florida drivers have been required to purchase Personal Injury Protection — PIP– also known as no-fault insurance. The inexpensive policy protects drivers and family members injured in car accidents, regardless of fault, with up to $10,000 in medical, loss-of-pay and even funeral benefits.

For the 40 percent of Floridians without health insurance, it is the only means of paying for medical costs related to a car accident.

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Treat your Workers Right

June 5, 2007

U.S. Labor orders Saipan hotel to pay $53K in overtime back wages 

“Saipan-based Ken Aqua Hotel and Resort has been ordered by the U.S. Department of Labor to pay $53,566 in overtime back wages to 173 current and former employees.

The company must also pay $9,515 in civil penalties for repeat overtime violations. Ken Aqua Hotel and Resort, doing business as Ken Aqua Resort Club, includes a hotel with two restaurants, a lounge and a spa.

Investigators from the department’s Wage and Hour Division determined that many employees were not paid overtime, though they worked more than 40 hours per week and had 30 minute lunch breaks deducted from their paid work time when actual time taken for lunch was less.

Investigators also found that employees occasionally clocked in after beginning their work days, and staff musicians were routinely not paid for practice time.

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires that employers keep accurate records of all hours worked, and covered employees receive no less than one and one-half times their regular rates of pay for any hours worked over 40 per workweek.

“The Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that workers are compensated for all the hours they work,” said George Friday Jr., regional administrator for the Wage and Hour Division in San Francisco.”

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