Expert in 1st CA Talc Cancer Trial Says Talc is Toxic, Causes Cancer

Talcum powder, baby powder

In the first California jury trial on claims that long-term use of Johnson & Johnson’s talc products can cause ovarian cancer, plaintiff’s expert toxicologist and pharmacologist Laura Plunkett testified that talc is toxic and causes cancer. Based on her experience and training as well as review of relevant scientific literature, Plunkett determined that “talc is toxic, and when used on a woman’s genital area, can cause ovarian cancer….” As noted by Law360 (subscription), Plunkett cited studies indicating regular small-dose application of talc was “key” to seeing the potentially lethal effects. [Read more…]

Exploding Takata Airbag Kills Florida Driver in Car Crash

Exploding Takata Airbags

In the newest fatality relating to defective Takata airbags, a Florida driver was killed in a car accident when the inflator in a Takata airbag suddenly ruptured and exploded. The individual was driving a 2002 Honda Accord whose airbags had not been fixed in the massive Takata recall and repair scheme. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, “if the airbag [indeed] caused the death, it would be the 19th death worldwide and the 13th in the U.S. blamed on the inflators.” [Read more…]

New Study Finds Correlation Between Playing Professional Football and CTE

New Study Finds Correlation Between Playing Professional Football and CTE

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a study, conducted by neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee, which examined the brains of 202 deceased football players from every position on the field – quarterbacks, running backs, offensive and defensive lineman, ranging from high school, college, and at the professional level. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files Morcellator Wrongful Death Case in New Jersey

Lieff Cabraser Files Morcellator Wrongful Death Case in New Jersey

Lieff Cabraser has filed a product liability and negligence wrongful death lawsuit in federal court in New Jersey against surgical tool maker Karl Storz GMBH & Co. relating to its power morcellator surgical tool and allegedly increased cancer risks relating to the device’s use in hysterectomies. [Read more…]

Takata Recalls An Additional 2.7 Million Airbags Over Hazardous Defect

Takata Recalls An Additional 2.7 Million Airbags Over Hazardous Defect

Takata Corp. has announced plans to recall another 2.7 million faulty airbag inflators that were built between the years 2005- 2012 and installed in Ford, Nissan and Mazda vehicles sold in the U.S. This addition expands Takata’s airbag recall, already the largest automotive industry recall in U.S. history, over dangerously explosive airbags that have been tied to at least 11 deaths. [Read more…]

Federal MDL Created for Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCR V40 Prosthetic Hip in the District of Massachusetts Before Judge Indira Talwani

Federal MDL Created for Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCR V40 Prosthetic Hip

LFIT V40 Femoral Head Recall

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) has created new MDL No. 2768 to hear products liability litigation involving the Stryker-branded LFIT Anatomic CoCR V40 femoral heads, a prosthetic hip replacement device. [Read more…]

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

Cigarette in ash tray

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…]

Monsanto’s Market-Dominating Weed Killers With Glyphosate Linked To Pregnancy Problems

New Study Finds Monsanto Weedkiller Chemical Increases Cancer Risk

A new study from the Children’s Environmental Health Network (“CEHN”) Healthy Kids Initiative testing 69 pregnant women, reveals  that exposure to the widely-used herbicide known as glyphosate accumulates in pregnant women and leads to unfavorable birth outcomes.

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California Family Files Suit to Hold Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Accountable for Deadly Injuries Suffered by Father and Son in Horrific Jeep Liberty Explosion and Fire and to Warn Other Drivers of Lethal Jeep Fire Risks

Deadly Injuries Suffered by Father and Son in Horrific Jeep Liberty Explosion and Fire

Photo: Post-accident view of the Almanza and Urquiza family’s burned-out Jeep Liberty.

Los Angeles–(Business Wire)–Rick Patterson of Southern California plaintiffs’ law firm Owen Patterson & Owen and Fabrice N. Vincent of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announce that Nancy Urquiza Avila, Jacqueline Almanza Urquiza, and Yaritza Angulo Urquiza, residents of Oxnard, California, have filed a personal injury lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against FCA US LLC (“Fiat Chrysler Automobiles”) and certain other parties for the lethal injuries suffered by Cesar Almanza Garcia and Cesar Almanza Urquiza in an explosion and fire in their Jeep Liberty that occurred as a result of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ failure to effectively and safely recall the 2002 Jeep Liberty to meaningfully protect occupants from extraordinary risks of fuel-fed fires following read-end collisions. [Read more…]

Redesigned Olympus Medical Scopes Still Push Deadly Bacteria

Redesigned Olympus Medical Scope Still Push Deadly Bacteria

In an attempt to reduce the spread of bacteria between patients, Olympus redesigned and modified its duodenoscope medical devices last year. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now reports that five patients were infected with deadly bacteria after being treated with the updated devices, which were approved by the FDA in early 2016. [Read more…]