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…]

Pharmacist Acquitted of Murder, Guilty of Conspiracy & Racketeering in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

Pharmacist Acquitted of Murder, Guilty of Conspiracy & Racketeering in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

The deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak that was spread through contaminated steroid injections seriously injured over 700 hundred patients across the U.S. and killed 64. The steroid manufacturer, New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts, sold the contaminated medication to physicians and care providers at numerous pain clinics nationwide. [Read more…]

Lawsuit Says Automakers Knew of Takata Airbag Hazards for Years Without Acting

Lawsuit Says Automakers Knew of Takata Airbag Hazards for Years Without Acting

New allegations point to automakers keeping silent in the face of known dangers to maximize profits

As alleged in new documents filed in the Takata airbag rupture dangers lawsuit, at least four automakers “knew for years that Takata’s airbags were dangerous and could rupture violently but continued to use those airbags in their vehicles to save on costs, lawyers representing victims of the defect asserted in a court document filed on Monday.” The New York Times reports that while previous investigations had viewed the automakers as victims taken in by a “rogue supplier” that had falsified safety data to conceal the deadly defects, new information brought to court by plaintiff attorneys in the case indicate a much deeper involvement on the part of the major automakers who used the defective airbags in their vehicles for years. [Read more…]

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Not Responsible For Rising Healthcare Costs

Operating Room

Public Citizen has released a comprehensive new report surveying the healthcare landscape and revealing that not only are medical malpractice lawsuits not responsible for rising healthcare costs, malpractice lawsuits are in fact at the lowest levels in history. The report flies in the face of claims by Republican lawmakers seeking to blame injury lawsuits for escalating health costs, and leveraging those false claims to seek new legislation to limit recoveries for seriously injured patients. [Read more…]

Ethicon Issues Product Recall of Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh

Ethicon Issues Product Recall of Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh

Surgical device manufacturer Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has issued a voluntary inventory recall of its Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh product due to patient injury risks due to complications from surgery. According to the company’s Field Safety Notice, recurrence and re-operation rates after hernia repair surgery using Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Mesh “were higher than the average rates of [other] meshes among patients in these registries.” [Read more…]

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

Talcum powder linked to ovarian cancer

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…]