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Lap-Band investigation
A Lap-Band billboard in East L.A. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)
President of 1-800-GET-THIN marketing firm resigns

Robert Silverman says he is leaving 'to pursue other career opportunities.' The campaign came under increasing scrutiny after the deaths of five patients since 2009.

Doctor accuses 1-800-GET-THIN president of identity theft

A Marina del Rey anesthesiologist says in a lawsuit that he refused to sign a contract allowing affiliated Lap-Band surgery centers to set up a corporation to bill insurers for his services, but it was done anyway.

1-800-GET-THIN president's suit against Times columnist dismissed

Clinics halt Lap-Band surgeries

Two centers tied to the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign say they will conduct review.

Doctor accused of 'gross negligence' in death of Lap-Band patient

The Medical Board of California has faulted Dr. Daniel Shin in the 2010 death of Tamara Walter, a Lap-Band patient who had surgery at a clinic affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign, filing charges that could cause him to lose his license to practice.

Allergan halts Lap-Band sales to 1-800-GET-THIN clinics

Lap-Band's maker, Allergan, will no longer sell the device to facilities affiliated with the marketing campaign.

1-800-GET-THIN centers criticized

In letter to Congress, surgeons question the 'one-size-fits-all' method of weight loss.

State launches Lap-Band investigation

Aetna says it is cooperating with the state Department of Insurance as it looks into 'alleged fraud against our members.'

Inaction by regulators as weight loss surgery allegations mount

L.A. County to address Lap-Band ads

The county's board of supervisors schedules a hearing to examine how it can ensure 'truthful advertising' on billboards within unincorporated areas that would comply with 1st Amendment free speech guarantees.

Lap-Band maker needs to step up

FDA accuses 1-800-GET-THIN of using misleading Lap-Band ads

The Food and Drug Administration has accused the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing company of using misleading advertising in its promotion of Lap-Band weight-loss surgery, saying the billboard, radio and television ads underplay serious risks to patients.

It's about time that FDA took action against Lap-Band billboards

It has taken almost two years, but government regulators finally woke up to the idea that those 1-800-GET-THIN billboards plastered all over Southland freeways may be dangerous for your health.

Tighter scrutiny for outpatient surgery centers

Another patient dies after Lap-Band surgery

An Orange County woman has died after weight-loss surgery at a West Hills outpatient clinic, the fifth person to die shortly after Lap-Band procedures at

Lap-Band clinic is directed to improve

After an inspection prompted by a complaint, the Joint Commission advises the New Life Surgery Center in Beverly Hills to make improvements in four areas or risk losing its accreditation. The center's attorney calls the matter 'routine.'

Lap-Band clinic sued over death

Michael Hiltzik: Lap-Band maker Allergan wants it both ways