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…]
Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah London has created a short video discussing recent cryogenic preservation tank failures at San Francisco’s Pacific Fertility Clinic and at a separate clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and the rights of women and families affected by the tank failures.
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…]
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…]
A jury in Philadelphia has awarded over $57 million in damages to a woman who alleged that surgical mesh manufacturer Johnson & Johnson was responsible for serious mesh-related injuries that left her internally scarred and incontinent. The award, the largest so far in several recent mesh injury trials in the state, includes $50 million in punitive damages for negligence and defective design by J&J and its subsidiary Ethicon, Inc. [Read more…]
A $417 million verdict has been awarded against Johnson & Johnson in the first California state jury trial on claims that the company’s talcum powder products were linked to plaintiff Eva Echeverria’s terminal ovarian cancer. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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.