Lieff Cabraser Announces Filing of Wrongful Death and Product Liability Lawsuit Against Olympus and Custom Ultrasonics for Fatal Superbug Infection of Willie Warner, Jr. from Contaminated Medical Scope

Wrongful Death Superbug Infection Lawsuit Filed Against Olympus

Lawsuit charges negligence by medical device manufacturers Olympus America, Olympus Medical Systems Corp., and Custom Ultrasonics led to Mr. Warner contracting a fatal infection from a routine endoscope procedure commonly undergone by tens of thousands of patients every year

November 20, 2015, San Francisco, CA — Lexi J. Hazam of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that Carla Warner, the widow of Willie Warner, Jr., as administrator of his estate, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Olympus America, Olympus Medical Systems Corp., and Custom Ultrasonics. [Read more…]

Duodenoscope Superbug Infection Safety Update

FDA Orders Surveillance of Endoscope Infection Cleaning

FDA orders duodenoscope manufacturers to conduct postmarket surveillance studies in health care facilities

In the wake of widespread reports of dangerous and sometimes deadly infections occuring from repeated use of the devices, on October 5, 2015, the FDA ordered the three medical duodenoscope manufacturers in the U.S. to begin conducting surveillance studies to increase understanding of precisely how the devices are cleaned (reprocessed) in the real world. [Read more…]

Four Dead After PA Hospital Cardiac Surgery Infections

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As reported by the New York Times, four patients at a hospital in York, Pennsylvania, have died after developing an infection from a medical device used in open-heart surgery. Four additional patients were infected but have survived. The hospital, WellSpan York, indicated that it was notifing approximately 1,300 current and former patients about possible exposure they may have suffered during similar procedures occuring over the nearly four-year period between October of 2011 and July 2015.

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Power Morcellator Injury Cases Centralized in Kansas

Power Morcellator Injury Cases Centralized in Kansas

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has consolidated over a dozen laparoscopic power morcellator injury and wrongful death cases filed in federal court for pre-trial discovery before Judge Kathryn H. Vratil in MDL No. 2652 in the District of Kansas (In Re: Ethicon, Inc., Power Morcellator Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2652).

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Suit Charges Negligence by Medical Device Manufacturer Pentax Medical and Chicago-Area Hospital Led to Patient Contracting Fatal Superbug Infection from Contaminated Medical Scope

Suit Charges Negligence by Medical Device Manufacturer Pentax Medical and Chicago-Area Hospital Led to Patient Contracting Fatal Superbug Infection from Contaminated Medical Scope

Lexi J. Hazam of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that the adult children of Renate Winkler as administrators of her estate have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Pentax Medical, a division of Pentax of America, Inc., and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, which is located in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois. Ms. Winkler died on December 7, 2013 from carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE, a bacteria that is highly resistant to antibiotics, following Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography or ERCP at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. For the procedure, the hospital used a duodenoscope manufactured and sold by Pentax Medical.

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IVC Blood Clot Filter Lawsuits: Lieff Cabraser Provides Answers to Injured Patients

IVC Blood Clot Filter Lawsuits: Lieff Cabraser Provides Answers to Injured Patients

New York, NY, August 24, 2015 — Wendy R. Fleishman of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announces that the firm has published an informational video on IVC blood clot filter injuries and a list of Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About IVC Blood Filters concerning alleged defects in certain retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) blood filters.

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Lexi Hazam Elected Vice Chair of AAJ Torts

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Lieff Cabraser attorney Lexi J. Hazam was elected Vice Chair of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP). Promoting a fair and effective justice system, AAJ’s mission is to support the representation of those injured by the harmful misconduct and negligence of others. STEP is a section of the association, which focuses on pharmaceutical toxic effects, medical devices, pesticides, consumer products, industrial pollution, and other environmental damages.

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North Carolina Widow Calls on Medical Device Manufacturers and the FDA to Treat Patients as Their Highest Priority

–Husband Suffered “Excruciating Pain and Horrific Injuries” and Ultimately Died from Superbug Bacterial Infection Spread by Contaminated Medical Scope

North Carolina Widow Calls on Medical Device Manufacturers and the FDA to Treat Patients as Their Highest Priority

Washington, D.C. – May 15, 2015 – Carla Warner of Statesville, North Carolina, yesterday provided emotionally powerful testimony to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration Advisory Panel on the devastating impact of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) on her husband, Willie “Bill” Warner. The Panel was convened to examine the safety of certain medical scopes, called duodenoscopes, which have been linked to the outbreak of superbug infections at hospitals nationwide.

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Lexi Hazam Discusses Superbug Infections from Contaminated Medical Scopes

Over the last few months, news outlets have reported on outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant “superbug” infections at hospitals across the United States, infections alleged to have been caused by insufficiently cleaned and/or defectively designed medical scopes (duodenoscopes). The list of states with hospitals reporting superbug infection outbreaks includes California, Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

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CRE Superbug Infections: Update On Outbreak From Contaminated Endoscopes

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Across the nation, from Seattle to Pittsburgh to North Carolina and Florida, hospital officials have revealed that patients have tested positive for drug-resistant “superbug” bacteria after being examined with a special kind of endoscope, called a duodenoscope. At the same time, some of these same officials assert that they have no evidence the medical scopes at their facility actually transmitted the infections.

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DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation Settlement Update

Depuy ASR Hip Settlement Phase 2

The enrollment deadline for the second round of the DePuy ASR Hip Settlement Program has been announced. Individuals who received the DePuy ASR hip implant device revision surgeries between August 31st, 2013 and January 31st, 2015 are eligible to participate in the Settlement Program and have until May 1st, 2015 to submit their claims. [Read more…]

Medtronic Pays $2.8 Million to Resolve Off-Label Medicare False Claims Case

Medtronic to pay $2.8 million to settle false claims case

As noted in numerous news stories today, Minnesota medical device manufacturer Medtronic will pay $2.8 million to the U.S. Justice Department to settle a False Claims Act case alleging the company paid doctors tens of thousands to recommend an unapproved medical procedure that was not shown to be safe or effective.

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Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Settlement Summarized

Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Settlement Summarized

On November 3, 2014, a settlement was announced in the litigation against Stryker Corporation for the recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II artificial hip implants. Under the settlement, Stryker will provide a base payment of $300,000 to patients that received the Rejuvenate or ABG II hip systems and underwent revision surgery by November 3, 2014, to remove and replace the devices.

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Pelvic Mesh Trial News

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Thousands of injured women nationwide have filed lawsuits in state and federal courts against manufacturers of surgical pelvic mesh implants, claiming that the design of the product was defective and led to serious side effects and permanent injuries. These serious health complications include vaginal mesh erosion, vaginal scarring, contraction or shrinking of the mesh, infection, bleeding, neuro-muscular problems, onset or resurgence of urinary problems, and severe pelvic discomfort and pain.

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Pinnacle Hip Trials Begin for Patients Alleging Poisoning Injuries

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As reported on Bloomberg.com, Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) is facing a new round of medical hip lawsuits over its Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants, blamed for the poisoning of recipient patients. The patients allege that the Pinnacle hip implants were defectively designed because they caused metal debris to leech from the devices into patient bloodstreams. These cobalt/chromium materials can damage the surrounding tissue and have required some patients to have their implants removed through revision surgery. [Read more…]