Congressional Bill HR 1215 Will Restrict Americans’ Rights to Obtain Justice in Medical Malpractice Cases

American Healthcare issues

Congress is about to vote on a bill that could restrict the rights of all Americans to obtain justice in our court system in cases of medical malpractice, including in cases involving negligent nursing homes and defective prescription drugs and medical devices. This bill would tip the scale against injured patients and their families in favor of the insurance industry and other large corporations. [Read more…]

New Lawsuit Accuses J&J of Targeting Minority Women with Deadly Talc Products

Talcum powder linked to ovarian cancer

According to plaintiff lawyers in a new talc injury trial commencing in Missouri, Johnson & Johnson worked to increase sales of its talc powder products by specifically targeting African-American women — women who already face a higher cancer risk relating to talc use. The lawsuit is being brought on behalf of three African-American women who died of ovarian cancer after long term use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products. [Read more…]

Fourth Philadelphia Pelvic Mesh Injury Lawsuit Ends with $2.16 Million Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson

Ethicon Issues Product Recall of Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh

On May 26, 2017, the fourth pelvic mesh injury case against Johnson & Johnson to reach trial ended with a $2.16 million verdict in favor of Sharon Beltz, a Pennsylvania woman whose lawsuit alleged that J&J subsidiary Ethicon’s surgical mesh product led to permanent injuries including chronic pain. [Read more…]

New Language Test May Reveal Concussion-Caused Brain Damage in Football Players and Other Athletes

Football Concussion Injuries

While data continues to pile up on a direct relationship between head impacts and brain damage in players of contact sports, it has been a great frustration to athletes and doctors that no reliable test exists for early detection of such devastating injuries, which can take years to fully manifest after the triggering trauma. To date, proof that an athlete’s memory problems and dementia relate to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, as the disease is known, can only be found via autopsy after a victim dies. [Read more…]

Defendant-Driven Delays in Florida Tobacco Injury May Leave Plaintiffs Without Justice

Defendant-Driven Delays in Florida Tobacco Injury May Leave Plaintiffs Without Justice

A recent R.J. Reynolds financial filing indicates the tobacco giant faces more than 2,700 tobacco injury lawsuits that still await trial in Florida state courts. Because Florida provides special reduced appellate bond requirements for tobacco companies, there are more pending tobacco injury lawsuits in the Sunshine State than all other states combined. [Read more…]

Lawsuits Move Forward Against Helmet Maker Riddell Over Football Concussion Injuries

Lawsuits Move Forward Against Helmet Maker Riddell Over Football Concussion Injuries

A Pennsylvania federal court judge has issued an order allowing claims to proceed against football helmet maker Riddell Inc., in the National Football League (NFL) concussion injuries litigation. A total of 95 personal injury claims against Riddell have been included in the multidistrict action against the NFL over athlete concussions. [Read more…]

Automakers Reach Combined $554 Million Settlement on Dangerous Takata Airbags

Automakers Reach Combined $554 Million Settlement on Dangerous Takata Airbags

Toyota, Subaru, Mazda, and BMW have agreed to pay a combined $553.6 million in a settlement of pending multidistrict litigation over the dangerous Takata airbag defects, which have been linked to more than 100 injuries and 13 deaths worldwide. Under the settlement’s terms, BMW of North America LLC will pay $131 million, Subaru of America Inc. will pay $68.2 million, Mazda North American Operations will pay $75.8 million, and Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay $278.5 million. [Read more…]

Philadelphia Jury Awards $20 Million in Pelvic Mesh Injury Case

Surgical Mesh Injury Case

A state jury in Pennsylvania has awarded $20 million to a woman who suffered series injuries she alleged related to her vaginal mesh implant. Plaintiff Peggy Engleman’s 2013 lawsuit claimed that the mesh medical device manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon was defective and that patients receiving the surgical mesh had not been adequately warned of its risks. [Read more…]

NFL Concussion Lawsuits Move Forward To Involve Opt-Out Cases

NFL Concussion Lawsuits Move Forward To Involve Opt-Out Cases

In the multidistrict NFL concussion litigation, a Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled that former NFL players who opted out of the original April 2015 settlement will be able to file a new complaint. These 53 opt-out cases involve 153 former NFL players, including football stars Joe Horn and Chris McAlister, “who decided not to join the 22,000 others taking part in an uncapped settlement related to concussions and degenerative neurological conditions resulting from their playing days,” according to Law360. Lieff Cabraser partner Wendy R. Fleishman has been named class counsel and will be representing the opt-out plaintiffs in the litigation. [Read more…]