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…]

Verdict in Toshiba LCDs Antitrust Trial Makes Top 10 of National Law Journal’s 2012 Verdicts

In its annual listing of the largest verdicts, the National Law Journal ranked the $261 million verdict against Toshiba Corporation in a class action trial brought by direct purchases of Thin Film Transistor-Liquid Crystal Displays (“TFT-LCDs”) as the eight largest verdict in the U.S. in 2012. TFT-LCDs are used in flat-panel televisions as well as computer monitors, laptop computers, mobile phones, personal digital assistants, and other devices. [Read more…]

California Lawyer Recognizes Richard Heimann With 2013 CLAY Award

Richard HeimannCalifornia Lawyer magazine has selected Richard M. Heimann as a recipient of its 17th annual California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award. The prestigious award is given to lawyers whose work had a significant impact in the preceding year. Mr. Heimann was recognized for his outstanding success in In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1827 (N.D. Cal.), one of the nation’s most significant private cartel actions in the past 15 years. [Read more…]

European Medicines Agency to Review Yaz Risks

Law360 reports that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced on Monday that it will meet in February 2013 to review the adverse side effects associated with third- and fourth-generation hormonal birth control pills such as Yaz. The EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee will investigate whether to restrict later generation hormonal birth control pills, such as Yaz, to patients who are not able to take other contraceptives. [Read more…]

Attorney Paulina do Amaral Provides a Video Update on Yaz Birth Control Injury Lawsuits

Over $750 million to date has been paid out to women who developed blood clots and other serious side effects from Yaz, Yasmin, Gianvi, and Ocella birth control pills. All of these medications are manufactured by Bayer. To date, Bayer has settled 3,500 of these birth control drug injury lawsuits. [Read more…]