Class Action Lawsuit For Pacific Fertility Center Storage Tank Failure Adds Tank Manufacturer As Defendant

Cryogenic Preservation

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – May 31, 2018 – Victims of the storage tank disaster at Pacific Fertility Center have filed an amended complaint in their class action lawsuit, which provides new information and developments related to the March 2018 tank failure incident. The lawsuit, arising out of the mishandling of thousands of embryos and eggs at Pacific Fertility Center, names Chart Industries, Inc. as a new defendant alongside the previously-named defendants Pacific Fertility Center and Prelude Fertility, Inc. The amended complaint was filed by Interim Class Counsel from the law firms Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP (Lieff Cabraser), Girard Gibbs LLP, and Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane PLC (Peiffer Wolf). [Read more…]

Class Action Lawsuits On Behalf Of Victims Of San Francisco Fertility Clinic Catastrophic Storage Tank Failure Are Consolidated, Lead Law Firms Appointed

Cryogenic Preservation

San Francisco, May 16, 2018 — Three class action lawsuits focused on the mishandling of thousands of embryos and eggs at Pacific Fertility Center have now been combined in the U.S. District Court for Northern California. The federal judge overseeing the case appointed Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane PLC, Girard Gibbs LLP, and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP (Lieff Cabraser) to serve as interim co-lead counsel, responsible for directing and prosecuting the plaintiffs’ claims. [Read more…]

Pacific Fertility Clinic Lost Egg and Embryo Class Actions Consolidated in Federal Court in San Francisco

Pacific Fertility Clinic Lost Egg and Embryo Class Actions

On May 1st, 2018, Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley of the U.S. District Court for the Ninth Circuit consolidated three proposed class actions that charge Pacific Fertility Clinic in San Francisco with breach of contract and negligence relating to the destruction of stored eggs and embryos in the wake of cryogenic storage tank failures in early March 2018. Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the three separately filed cases will now work together to draft a single consolidated complaint covering all of their injuries and losses. [Read more…]

Takata Reaches Agreement to Pay Compensation for Injured Drivers and Passengers from Airbag Defect

Takata Reaches Agreement to Pay Compensation for Injured Drivers and Passengers from Airbag Defect

Automakers and Key Safety Systems (the company acquiring Takata’s viable business assets) have agreed upon a deal that will end the bankruptcy for Takata Corp’s U.S. unit, TK Holdings Inc. The agreement includes a trust that will be established to pay compensation for those injured or killed by defective Takata airbags. Compensation will vary based on the type of injury, ranging from $10,000 for bruising to $5 million for death or loss of eyesight. [Read more…]

National Opioid Epidemic is Creating Significant Costs for Government Bodies

San Francisco Opioid Lawsuit Filed

Well over 100 Americans die every day from prescription opioid drugs – over 36,000 American each year. These accidental drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for individuals under the age of 50 in the United States. The costs of this horrific opioid epidemic have crept up on local and larger government bodies much in the same way the addictions themselves sneak up on individuals. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and Co-Counsel to Represent Broward County & the City of Fort Lauderdale in Opioid Litigation

Lieff Cabraser Opioid Lawsuits

Broward County and the city of Fort Lauderdale have announced that they will be represented by a team of five law firms, including Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, in litigation against pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors for their alleged roles in the devastating and ongoing opioid crisis. The other firms on the team are Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Gilbert, Morgan & Morgan, and Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd. [Read more…]

Takata Airbag Recall Adds Even More Vehicle Models

Takata Airbag Recall Adds Even More Vehicle Models

1.2 Million New Vehicles Added to Ongoing Recall in Face of Airbag Explosion Threat

The threat of dangerous Takata airbags have led to yet another round of vehicle recalls, as U.S. safety regulators have named more than 1.2 million additional vehicle models across 14 different automakers to the Takata airbag recall list. The newest round of ongoing recalls includes Ford, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Daimler Vans, Toyota, Tesla, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, Subaru, Jaguar-Land Rover, McLaren, and Volkswagen. [Read more…]

Ford to 2006-Year Ranger Drivers: Stop Driving Your Vehicles Immediately

Ford to 2006-Year Ranger Drivers: Stop Driving Your Vehicles Immediately

Second Takata Airbag Death Confirmed in 2006 Ford Ranger Pickup

Ford Motor Co has alerted owners and lessees of 2006 Ford Ranger pickup trucks to immediately stop driving their vehicles in the wake of a second confirmed 2006 Ranger death seen as having been caused by an exploding defective Takata airbag inflator. Ford is warning all 2,600 2006-year Ranger owners on record to stop driving the vehicles right away and have the affected parts replaced without delay. [Read more…]

Toyota & Honda Recall Yet Another Million+ Vehicles in U.S. with Defective Takata Airbags

Toyota & Honda Recall Yet Another Million+ Vehicles in U.S. with Defective Takata Airbags

Right on the heels of a January 8 recall expansion that added 3 million airbags, automakers Toyota and Honda have announced the recall of more than 1 million additional vehicles in the United States that are equipped with defective and potentially deadly Takata airbag inflators. This marks yet another increase to a cumulative recall that was already the largest in U.S. history. [Read more…]

World’s Largest Auto Recall Expands Again, As Takata Adds Another 3 Million Airbags

World's Largest Auto Recall Expands Again; Takata Adds Another 3 Million Airbags to Recall

Japanese airbag maker Takata is adding another 3.3 million faulty airbag inflators to the world’s largest automotive recall in U.S. history. The newly recalled airbags correspond to vehicles from Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Tesla manufactured in 2009, 2010 and 2013. [Read more…]

Nearly 350 Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits Against Boston Scientific Settled

Nearly 350 Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits Against Boston Scientific Settled

Nearly 350 lawsuits included in multidistrict litigation against Boston Scientific Corp. over defective pelvic mesh implants have been settled by a West Virginia federal judge. The case involves seven MDLs composed of 28,000 individual cases against Boston Scientific and other makers of mesh implants, such as American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard Inc., and Johnson & Johnson. [Read more…]

Rollaway Injuries Prompt Fiat Chrysler Ram Truck Recall

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

Company will recall 1.8 million Ram trucks that can dangerously shift out of park without warning

The New York Times reports that Fiat Chrysler has announced a recall of 1.8 million Ram trucks after receiving reports of 7 people suffering injuries after crashes the company admits “might be linked to the problem.” The company has linked the issue to the vehicles’ brake transmission shift interlock, “a device that normally prevents a vehicle from shifting out of park until the brake pedal is depressed.” Heat can apparently build up around the gearshift in a way that can cause the shift interlock device to fail. [Read more…]

Honda Reports 20th Death from Takata Airbag Explosion

Takata Airbag Injuries

As reported by the Associated Press and the LA Times, among others, Honda has indicated that exploding Takata vehicle airbags, the subject of widespread lawsuits and the largest auto recall in history, have claimed another life. The most recent airbag death occurred in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in July. The airbag’s role in the tragic death was only confirmed recently by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which indicated the airbag’s inflator exploded and caused the death. Honda indicated that the airbag had previously been salvaged from another vehicle, a 2002 model Civic. [Read more…]

Wendy Fleishman in Law360 on NY Court’s Thoughtful Resolution of Challenging Legal Issue in Newborn Injury Case

Wendy Fleishman on Birth Claims Timing

As reported by Law360, New York’s highest court has issued a ruling in favor of two couples whose children were born with genetic defects that would have been avoided had the fertility clinic involved been forthcoming about the medical condition of the egg donor. The case’s progression hinged on a timing issue, that of when the statute of limitations should be held to run for the couples to take legal action. The clinic argued the couples’ window for a lawsuit should open at embryo implantation; the couples’ argument was that it should instead run from the time of birth — the point where the couples could reasonably have discovered the problem and when the extraordinary medical expenses for dealing with the problem would commence. [Read more…]

AAJ Report: Worst Corporate Conduct of 2017

AAJ Report: Worst Corporate Conduct of 2017

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has published “Worst Corporate Conduct of 2017,” a report detailing “this year’s worst corporate offenders, the aggressive corporate culture plaguing in the United States, and the need for a strong civil justice system to ensure consumers and workers can hold corporations accountable and deter corporate misconduct.” [Read more…]

New Zealand Becomes First Major Country to Ban Vaginal Mesh Implants

New Zealand Becomes First Major Country to Ban Vaginal Mesh Implants

New Zealand has become the first major country to effectively ban surgical mesh implants for all pelvic operations in response to safety concerns and reported mesh hazards. The order from the country’s Ministry of Health is intended to force mesh suppliers to stop marketing the mesh products or prove that they are safe to use. [Read more…]

Brain Scan Reveals CTE in Ex-NFL Player for the First Time

Brain Scan Reveals CTE in Ex-NFL Player for the First Time

It has taken four years, but doctors have been able to confirm that they can now use brain scans of the living to find evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Previous approaches to detecting the disease, which appears to affect a disproportionate number of professional football players, could only find evidence of the debilitating and lethal condition once a victim had died. [Read more…]

Judge Grants Final Approval to $741M Takata Airbag Settlement

Judge Grants Final Approval to $741m Takata Airbag Settlement

A Florida federal judge has granted final approval to an aggregate settlement of $741 million with Toyota, BMW, Subaru and Mazda over claims relating to vehicles containing dangerous and defective Takata airbags, linked to more than 100 injuries and 19 deaths worldwide. [Read more…]

New Talc Injury Trials Focus on How Asbestos Can Contaminate Talc

Johnson & Johnson’s Talcum Powder Accused of Asbestos Contamination

The focus of some trials against Johnson and Johnson (J&J) over the link between the company’s talcum powder products and women’s terminal ovarian cancer has shifted to the connection between the talc itself and contamination from asbestos, a fiber that includes the mineral chrysotile and has been known for decades to lead to deadly diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and cancer. [Read more…]

4,800 Women Sue Johnson & Johnson Over Baby Powder Product Linked to Ovarian Cancer

4,800 Women Sue Johnson & Johnson Over Baby Powder Product Linked to Ovarian Cancer

The New York Times reports that as of July 2017, 4,800 women are suing pharmaceutical and consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) over ovarian cancer injuries allegedly caused by long-term use of J&J’s talc baby powder products. According to the paper, unlike many large-scale injury cases, “the plaintiffs [in talc] are not working as a team. They are taking the company to court one at a time.” [Read more…]