First California Talc Cancer Trial Against Johnson & Johnson Set for July 2017

First California Talc Cancer Trial Against Johnson & Johnson Set for July 2017

Judge Maren Nelson of Los Angeles Superior Court has scheduled an early July trial for the first California injury lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson over ovarian cancer allegedly caused by the long-term use of the company’s talcum powder. The trial will be the first in the coordinated proceedings involving over 300 injured women who all claim they developed ovarian cancer as a result of talc use. [Read more…]

Tiseme Zegeye Discusses Talcum Powder Links to Ovarian Cancer in New Lieff Cabraser Video

Tiseme Zegeye Discusses Talcum Powder Links to Ovarian Cancer in New Lieff Cabraser Video

Talcum powder has been used by women and girls for decades in what was thought to be a harmless method of absorbing moisture as a drying and anti-chafe agent. However, a U.S. jury verdict linking regular use of talcum powder to a women’s wrongful death from ovarian cancer highlights the potentially fatal risks from ongoing use of talcum powder products. [Read more…]

New York Court Denies NFL’s Bid to Throw out CTE Injury Lawsuit

New York Court Denies NFL’s Bid to Throw out CTE Injury Lawsuit

As reported by Law360 (subscription), New York Supreme Court Justice Manuel J. Mendez has denied the NFL’s attempt to dismiss a personal injury lawsuit involving the 2013 death from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) of former football player Arthur DeCarlo, Sr. Among other things, Judge Mendez ruled that the statute of limitations had not passed due to the fact that DeCarlo Sr.’s neurological illness, CTE, was not discoverable until an autopsy was performed after his death. [Read more…]

Over 650,000 Vehicles Added to Takata Airbag Recall, Including Tesla, BMW & Nissan

652,000 More Vehicles Added to Takata Airbag Recall, Including Tesla, BMW & Nissan

Over a dozen automakers, including Tesla, BMW and Nissan, have recalled 652,000 more vehicles containing the faulty Takata airbag inflators, which can explode upon impact in an accident and dangerously shoot out metal debris from the casing towards drivers and passengers. This recall is expected to start in February. The newly added vehicles join 6 million already recalled in the U.S., and 34 million more worldwide. [Read more…]

Judge Reduces $1 Billion DePuy Pinnacle Hip Injury Jury Verdict Per Supreme Court Limits

Judge Reduces $1 Billion DePuy Pinnacle Hip Injury Jury Verdict Per Supreme Court Limits

On December 1, 2016, a Texas jury found in favor of six plaintiffs in a trial against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics over injuries relating to the companies’ Pinnacle brand metal-on-metal hip implants that failed in many patients. As reported by Law360, on January 3, 2017 U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade reduced the more than $1 billion in punitive damages the jury awarded in the case to $543 million in light of Supreme Court precedent finding constitutional limits to punitive damage awards. [Read more…]

Criminal Trial Begins for Pharmacy Exec Following Deaths Across U.S. from Contaminated Meningitis Meds

Criminal Trial Begins for Pharmacy Exec Following Deaths Across U.S. from Contaminated Meningitis Meds

As reported by USA Today, criminal prosecution of those allegedly responsible for the 2012 distribution of contaminated and lethal back pain medication begins this week as the first pharmacy executive involved goes to trial in federal court in Boston. The criminal prosecution follows a federal probe and two years of civil litigation, as hundreds were injured and at least 76 died after contracting fungal meningitis from the contaminated steroid injections. [Read more…]

U.S. Vehicle Safety Officials Investigating Fiat Chrysler Roll-Away Crashes

U.S. Vehicle Safety Officials Investigating Fiat Chrysler Roll-Away Crashes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating a potential Fiat Chrysler auto defect, in which the vehicles roll away despite being shifted into park. U.S. auto safety regulators will be inspecting about 1 million 2013-2016 model year Ram 1500 pickup trucks and 2014-2016 Dodge Durango SUVs in the wake of numerous vehicle roll-away reports. These auto injury reports have included nine injuries and 25 crashes so far. [Read more…]

Bristol-Myers Squibb Pays $19.5 Million Over Improper Abilify Drug Marketing

Bristol-Myers Squibb Pays $19.5 Million Over Improper Abilify Drug Marketing

Bristol-Myers Squibb has agreed to pay $19.5 million to settle claims of improper advertising relating to its top-selling drug Abilify. 42 states and Washington D.C. alleged that the company improperly advertised antipsychotic drug Abilify, first approved in 2002 by the FDA to treat schizophrenic in adults. However, Bristol-Myers Squibb thereafter began promoting Abilify for off-label uses not approved by the FDA. These off-label uses had not been established as safe or effective. [Read more…]

Single Concussion Can Have Serious Negative Lasting Impact – NY Times

Single Concussion Can Have Serious Negative Lasting Impact

The New York Times has reported on a new study of over 100,000 head injury victims indicating that a single concussion in a teenager or younger child can have “lasting repercussions on mental health and intellectual and physical functioning throughout adulthood,” and further that multiple concussions notably increase the risks of later problems. [Read more…]

Talc As The New Tobacco – Elizabeth Cabraser Comments on Talc Lawsuits Against Johnson & Johnson

Is Talc The New Tobacco?

Law360 notes that multiple trial victories in Missouri state court totaling $200 million against Johnson & Johnson’s talc baby powder product have shed light on the seeming parallels between the litigation on talc injuries and the long-running cases against tobacco companies. It seems in both instances, misleading product advertising and failures to adequately inform the public of product health risks were tragic way stations on paths that led to serious personal injuries and wrongful deaths. [Read more…]