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.

[Read more…]

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…]

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

Abilify Gambling Addiction Injuries

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…]

Consumer Reports Warns of Deadly Infections From Surgical Heater-Cooler Devices

Consumer Reports Warns of Deadly Infections From Surgical Heater-Cooler Devices

Fifteen patients at Greenville Medical Center in South Carolina have been diagnosed with a rare infection known as non-tuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM), which has been linked to heater-cooler devices (HCDs) used in certain heart and lung operations. Four out of the fifteen patients have already died from the infections. [Read more…]

Riverside County Crash Death Linked to Defective Takata Airbags – 11th U.S. Victim

Riverside County Crash Death Linked to Defective Takata Airbags – 11th U.S. Victim

A 50-year-old woman driving a 2001 Honda Civic died in a September 30 Riverside County car crash when her airbag failed to deploy, becoming the 11th known U.S. victim of defective Takata airbag inflators. This brings the total number of deaths to as many as 16 worldwide. To date, the Takata airbag recall is the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, affecting “1 out of every 7 vehicles on American roads today,” as noted by KTLA. [Read more…]

The FDA Wants Consumers to Report Problems with MedWatch

FDA Invites Consumers to Report Problems to MedWatch

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has enhanced its MedWatch program and is actively asking consumers to report adverse events and serious safety issues with regard to FDA regulated products, whether they be medications, medical devices, or food products. The FDA encourages strongly consumers to use the MedWatch platform, first created in 1993, to report experiences with problematic products that seem to have unexpected side effects, injurious medical errors, therapeutic failures, issues with product quality, and any other safety hazards. [Read more…]