Colorado Widower Sues Chrysler for Alleged Transmission Defect in Dodge Ram Pickup That Took Wife’s Life

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The Denver Post today profiled the tragic death of Karen “Kari” Sanders from Arvada, Colorado. Her husband Gil Sanders is suing Chrysler alleging that the automaker put thousands of Dodge Ram pickups on the market even though it knew of a transmission defect that causes the vehicles to self-shift into power reverse. On March 13, 2013, the Sanders 2003 Dodge Ram self-shifted into powered reverse and killed Kari Sanders.

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DePuy Hip Recall Settlement Summary

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Johnson & Johnson DePuy Hip Recall Settlement Summarized

The ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing system hip are all-metal, also called metal-on-metal, artificial hip implants manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Close to 40,000 patients in the U.S. received a DePuy ASR hip implant from its introduction to the market in August 2005 through August 2010, when DePuy issued a recalled for the device. [Read more…]

Government and Manufacturers Slow to Respond to Manifest Tylenol Risks

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Lawsuits are growing against the Johnson & Johnson Tylenol manufacturer McNeil for liver damage injuries alleged to have been caused by acetaminophen (Tylenol’s active ingredient). Businessweek notes that the suits accuse the company of making “conscious decisions not to redesign, re-label, warn, or inform the unsuspecting consuming public” about the dangers of the drug. [Read more…]

Metal Hip Recall Litigation Update

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In January 2013, the FDA proposed a new rule requiring manufacturers to demonstrate the safety of all-metal hip implants before they could continue to sell these medical devices. This proposal attempted to close a loophole that has allowed manufacturers to sell medical devices without first testing them; heretofore, manufacturers merely had to prove that a similar device was already on the market.

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Nurse Charges Vaginal Mesh Manufacturer Put Profits Over Safety

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Bloomberg News reports that the first federal lawsuit involving faulty vaginal mesh products charges that C.R. Bard Inc. used plastic in its Avaulta vaginal inserts that carried a warning against permanent implantation in humans — but used that plastic in its inserts anyway. [Read more…]