Purchasers of Premarin, Prempro, or Premphase in California between Jan 1995 and Jan 2003 could get money from class action settlement

Mutli image Premarin artwork for Tuesday's Horse.

SAN DIEGO, May 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The following is being released in the matter of Krueger v. Wyeth, Inc. et al, by Wyeth and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. and the law firms of Rushall & McGeever, Beasley Allen, P.C., and Gary Holt & Associates, P.A. (Counsel for the Plaintiff-Class).

Counsel for the Plaintiff-Class has reached a class action Settlement in the amount of $200 million with the pharmaceutical company Wyeth and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. (“Wyeth”) regarding the prescription hormone replacement therapy medications Premarin, Prempro, and Premphase.

What is this case about? The lawsuit claims that Wyeth violated California laws by misstating the benefits and/or failing to disclose the risks of Premarin, Prempro, and Premphase purchased in California between January 1995 and January 2003.  Wyeth denies it did anything wrong. 

Who is included? An individual is included in this Settlement as a Class Member if they:

  • Lived in California between January 1995 and January 2003;
  • Bought Premarin, Prempro, and/or Premphase in California between January 1995 and January 2003; and,
  • Are not claiming any personal injury from the use of Prempro, Premarin, and/or Premphase.

What Can a Class Member Get from the Settlement? There are two options to get money from the Settlement. Read on »

Fund for Horses Logo

Illegal racetrack secretly built in Valencia County

Legally run horses in Albuquerque, New Mexico, take a turn and head for home.

Illegal horse racing has been taking place across the U.S. for quite some time, usually in offbeat, out of the way areas mostly in temporary, makeshift circumstances. Alarming as that is, there is now other disturbing news — an illegal racetrack is being built in Valencia County, New Mexico, and their potential neighbors are anything but happy about it.

Albuquerque KRQE NEWS reports:

Left Quote (Gray)

No permits, no zoning changes, but there is a lot of construction going on in a small community in Valencia County.

“They’re hiding it back here because they think nobody is going to say anything,” said a person who lives in Highland Meadows, who asked News 13 to not use her name. Highland Meadows is a small, quiet community in the far northwest area of Valencia County, near Highway 6 and Interstate 40.

“This is very remote. We may seem like we aren’t but we are,” said a neighbor. Nestled behind a hill and beyond a row of homes, is a very well hidden illegal horse racing track.

“The fact that you can’t see it from the road, it all just seems to be on the down-low,” said a neighbor. Pictures show the track has been taking shape over the last year.

Neighbors say they’ve been fighting against it the entire time. “It will bring in things we don’t want here, like gambling, drugs, guns,” said a neighbor.

Neighbors say they alerted Valencia County almost a year ago, but say the county did nothing to stop the construction. “The county says there’s nothing they can do,” said a neighbor.

The project appears to be almost finished, and, now, the county is getting involved. “We’ve seen pictures. We’ve gone out ourselves. It’s hard to get a good view of what’s going on in the property from a public road and we are not allowed on private property. It makes it difficult for us to build a strong legal case,” said Nancy Gonzales, the Valencia County Community Development Director.

These 117 acres are not zoned for any kind of racing and the hard-to-reach property owner has not applied for any kind of permits. “When we have trouble getting in touch with property owners, that does give us cause for concern,” said Gonzales.

Gonzales says they sent a letter to the owner but have not heard back. “Very frustrating. I understand the concern,” he said.

Gonzales says they are working with the county’s legal department on options of what to do and are viewing this as a learning experience.

“There are big areas of land that lend themselves to this kind of activity so it tells us we need to patrol and increase our presence in these areas and that perhaps they’re aware there are things they can do out of our reach until hopefully, it’s not too late,” said Gonzales.

The New Mexico Racing Commission has also been notified of this track. They have an open investigation into the case.

Neighbors are hoping at least one of the agencies investigating this case comes through before racing actually begins. “We just want our community to stay safe and if the county can’t help us, I don’t know what we’re going to do,” said a neighbor.

Right Quote in Gray

In the meantime, live “legal” horse racing runs throughout the year plus simulcast betting at The Downs Racetrack and Casino in the “heart of Albuquerque”. Wonder what they think about all of this.

All we care about is the safety and welfare of the horses they will use. Racehorses fare miserably at sanctioned tracks suffering catastrophic breakdowns and death in alarmingly high numbers.

Fund for Horses Logo

Horse Racing Integrity: The Owners


I don’t think it would be unfair to say that horse racing is in an ever increasing state of crisis. That means the horses are also.

Racehorses are bred, used and disposed of at an alarming rate. They are drugged, their bodies manipulated in grotesque ways from the moment they are foaled. They are run into the ground until they can no longer perform, breakdown and die on the track or shortly thereafter off of it. Racehorses are “retired” by the thousands via death in a slaughterhouse often as young as two and three years old.

Is horse racing’s modern day conduct and its glaring lack of integrity any worse now than during its earlier days? The short answer is we don’t know. What we do know is that in this day and age you can hide very little of what goes on because of the advent of social media. That means many of horse racing’s many sins are glaringly made public to the masses now as a matter of routine. They do not like what they see. Fans and bettors are abandoning horse racing more and more every day.

Owner Integrity

During our coverage of US horse racing and its many sins we have looked at the trainers more than just about anyone else in the industry. Integrity it seems is hard if nigh impossible to find among racehorse trainers. In a culture entrenched in cheating, everybody “is doing it” to stay competitive, or so they say.

It may very well be (and we wouldn’t bet against it), that there it not a single trainer left in the US with even a fraction of integrity, especially when it comes to doping. As trainers and their assistants routinely point out, “you have to dope just ‘to stay in the game'”. What about the “boss”? The owner? The ones who employ these trainers? Where are they in all of this?

The late, great Penny Chenery, owner of the heralded and haloed Triple Crown winning hero Secretariat, makes the following observations in an interview with Andrew Cohen for The Atlantic, May 28, 2012.

The title of the article is “Secretariat’s Owner on the Triple Crown and Racing Integrity“. The subtitle is fittingly, “On the eve of Triple Crown drama, Penny Chenery, the grand dame of horse racing, calls out I’ll Have Another’s owner and implores the industry to do better.”

I quote liberally from that article.

A conversation with Chenery begins with the concept of integrity (which in racing is often like morning-line odds — long on speculation, short on specifics). “Our own integrity,” Chenery told me, “is not restricted to horse ownership. If you value yourself as a trustworthy person, then you protect your integrity in whatever you do.” Owning a race horse, she says however, creates the special and specific obligation to behave “in the cleanest possible manner” at all times. This is important, she says, because:

I think people like to believe that horse racing is fixed. I think there’s a little something that’s naughty, that if you know someone you can find out if the fix is in, and I don’t think we should fall for that. Or let that image be true.

From image to reality. I asked Chenery, the greatest Thoroughbred owner of the past half century, whether all horse owners should take more of a role, and therefore absorb more legal and financial responsibility, for ensuring that horse racing is clean, fair, honest, and transparent. Her response was emphatic.

I think owners should be held responsible for their choice of trainers, Chenery says. If they tend to send their horses to ‘dirty’ trainers this should be be a suspension of their right to ownership.

And from the general to the specific. I asked Chenery what she thinks of the connections of I’ll Have Another, including owner Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O’Neill, who last week was given a 45-day suspension in California (conveniently tolled to begin July 1st) for a 2010 doping violation in the Golden State. Her response was so pointed that she felt the need to reiterate immediately afterward that she wanted to be publicly quoted saying this:

I think it is regrettable. And it isn’t the horse’s fault and this is probably a very good horse. I don’t know Mr. Reddam personally but I think he should be embarrassed that the trainer he has chosen does not have a clean record.

Those words of wisdom from the Grand Dame of Thoroughbred horse racing in America shifts the focus where it also should be. These dirty trainers would not be in business if racehorse owners did not employ them.

Andrew Cohen, a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, concludes:

The truth is that horse racing isn’t fighting nearly hard enough to achieve the success it says it wants on integrity issues. Penny Chenery knows it. The connections of I’ll Have Another surely know it. And deep down inside the rest of us do, too.

Yes, we do.

Fund for Horses Logo

FEATURED IMAGE: Secretariat in Retirement. Blood-Horse Library.

Source article »

Hearing set for Horseracing Integrity Act

Sam Rayburn House, Washington, D.C.

When and Where

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 – 10:30 a.m. ET
U.S. House of Representatives
Energy & Commerce Committee
Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce
2322 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

Scheduled Speakers

• Marty Irby , Executive Director, Animal Wellness Action

• William M. Lear Jr., Vice Chairman, The Jockey Club

• Joe De Francis, Humane Society of the United States, National Horseracing Advisory Council Chairman, and former owner of the Maryland Jockey Club

• Chris McCarron, retired American Thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame jockey

About the Act

This bill establishes the Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority as an independent, private non-profit corporation with responsibility for developing and administering an anti-doping and medication control program for (1) Thoroughbred, Quarter, and Standardbred horses that participate in horse races; and (2) the personnel engaged in the care, training, or racing of such horses.

The Federal Trade Commission shall have oversight over the authority. An interstate compact may be established after five years to take over the authority’s duties.

Live Stream | House.gov