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07/26/2013 - 13:34

Kevin Dwyer, 40, lives with cystic fibrosis (CF), a fatal disease that slowly destroys lung function for which there has historically been no effective treatment.

A life-saving drug, Kalydeco, was recently approved for the treatment of CF in certain patients. Mr. Dwyer’s condition had been rapidly deteriorating, so treatment with Kalydeco became his sole viable option for survival. In June of 2012, Mr. Dwyer’s insurance provider, Oxford Health Plans, denied his request for coverage for the drug, which costs many times more than he can afford to pay out of pocket.

Mr. Dwyer appealed the decision through Oxford, and an outside reviewer upheld the denial.

At the same time as Mr. Dwyer was seeking coverage for...

05/21/2013 - 15:26


                Toxic mold is a serious threat to home and building occupants.  As the science behind toxic mold exposure and injuries has become more advanced, New York Courts have taken notice, which is reflected by their most recent toxic mold decisions.  People should be aware of the dangers of toxic mold and of their rights to pursue litigation in the event they become exposed and injured.

Background on Toxic Mold and Its Dangers

                Mold grows naturally as part of the environment.  Mold grows as a combination of spores (e.g....

01/25/2013 - 14:58

Morelli Alters Ratner today filed a lawsuit against HRH PRINCE ABDULAZIZ BIN FAHD ALSAUD, SAUDI OGER LTD (d/b/a HARARI INTERESTS, and MUSTAPHA OUANES for the assault and rape of plaintiff Jane Doe.

Mustapha Ouanes, an employee of the Prince, was convicted last summer of the rape of Jane Doe, and sentenced to 10 years in prison. The lawsuit alleges that Ouanes roofied Jane Doe and her friend Mary Doe before raping and assaulting both of them. The lawsuit also contends that the Prince negligently hired, retained, and failed to supervise Ouanes, despite Ouanes's well-known history as a sexual harasser and sexual predator.

Read the...

01/17/2013 - 10:42

Yesterday, Morelli Alters Ratner filed a complaint in federal district court against Red Bull on behalf of named plaintiff Benjamin Careathers and a class of similarly situated others. Thomson Reuters reports

NEW YORK, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Red Bull, the popular energy drink whose slogan is "gives you wings," provides no more energy than a cup of coffee or a caffeine pill, according to a lawsuit made public on Wednesday.

The lawsuit claims that Red Bull uses deceptive marketing to charge a premium...

12/04/2012 - 14:36


Earlier this week, legal newswire Law360 published an expert commentary article entitled “Cosmetics Under Fire: Tips to Avoid FDA Scrutiny” (subscription required). The article warns attorneys for the cosmetic industry that the FDA and plaintiffs’ attorneys are both targeting the industry for its fraudulent marketing practices.

Lori McGroder, the author of the article, cites as a prime example Morelli Alters Ratner’s class action lawsuit against L’Oreal and Lancôme, which alleges that the...

12/04/2012 - 14:33

SEP 7 2012


Mr. Serge Jureidini
Lancôme USA
575 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Re: 273596

Dear Mr. Jureidini:

This is to advise you that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed your website at the Internet address in August 2012. Based on this review, your products Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate, Genefique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate, Genefique Cream Serum Youth Activating Cream Serum, Génifique Repair Youth Activating Night Cream, Absolue Precious Cells Advanced Regenerating and...

12/04/2012 - 14:24

October 5, 2012

Ms. Andrea Jung
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Avon Products, Inc.
Global Headquarters...

11/29/2012 - 09:14

Law360 this morning published an article describing Morelli Ratner's merger with the Alters Law Firm (subscription required):


"Right now, our New York firm does a lot of mass tort pharmaceutical and employment discrimination cases, and the Miami-based Alters firm does a lot of class action cases," Morelli said. "Together we're going to be able to do a lot of different kinds of class action suits around the country."
The article follows coverage of the merger by Thomson Reuters...

11/20/2012 - 16:01

The South Florida Business Journal reported today that Morelli Ratner will merge with Miami's Alters Law Firm. The new combined firm, Morelli, Alters, Ratner, will be based in New York and Miami. Read the full article here.

11/08/2012 - 13:13

eBossWatch named Morelli Ratner partners Benedict Morelli and David Ratner to its 2012 list of the top employment lawyers for plaintiffs. The whole list is available here.

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