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List of Puerto Rican Broker-dealers fined by Regulators Grows as Merrill Lynch Joins Santander, Popular, and UBS for Clients’ Concentration in Puerto Rican Securities

Just this week, regulators with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, fined Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. over $6 million, plus restitution, for inadequately supervising its customers’ use of leverage in their Merrill brokerage accounts. The firm will pay a $6.25 million fine and another $780,000 in restitution for not adequately supervising customers’ use of leverage in their Merrill brokerage accounts.

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Drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis Kept Doctors in the Dark About Taxotere Hair Loss – But They're Blaming the FDA

“Carla” (not her real name) is grateful to be a breast cancer survivor. She knew that the chemotherapy treatments would cause her hair to fall out – but she never thought that hair loss would be permanent.

Even though she has been cancer-free for six years, she says, “People look [at me] and they have a sympathy look...I look like I have cancer.” It wasn't until she saw a social media post that she understood why her hair never grew back after her course of treatment was over. That post named Taxotere, the drug her oncologist used to treat her condition.

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Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer: There Are Safer Alternatives

Recent news about the talc included in Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder and its links to ovarian cancer has many women greatly concerned – and rightfully so. Although juries have been finding for the plaintiffs in a number of cases, awarding judgments in the tens of millions of dollars, the New Jersey-based pharmaceutical giant continues to assert that its product is “safe” and there is no proof that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer.

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Most Filters Are Removable and Interchangeable – But IVC Filters Have Not Been Until Now

Water filters, oil filters on a motor vehicle, furnace filters, dust filters – all must be removed and replaced at some point in order for the machinery to continue to function properly. Logically, this should apply to IVC filters as well. However, removal of the IVC filter from a patient has proven to be extremely problematic. Once implanted, they have a tendency to fall out of place, migrate to other parts of the body and break apart. The shards can cause severe injury to arteries and organs.

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Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System: Why Did It Take So Long for the FDA to Issue Warnings?

Unless someone you know has been injured, made ill or died because of a defective drug or medical device, you have no way of knowing about the dangers until either the FDA or the manufacturer issues a public recall notice. Sadly, sometimes hundreds or thousands of people suffer before the agency charged with protecting the public gets around to warning us. Case in point: the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System.

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Abilify Compulsive Behaviors Not as “Rare” as The FDA States

In May of 2016, the FDA finally issued a warning about the antidepressant medication aripiprizole, sold under the brand name Abilify as well as in generic form. That warning stated that use of aripiprizole “may” result in compulsive, uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat and have sex. The agency’s warning noted that while these side effects are “rare,” they “may result in harm to the patient and others if not recognized.”

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Levin Papantonio Law Firm Selected as one of the 2016 Elite Trial Lawyers for Work on DuPont C8 Litigation

The Law Firm of Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty, & Proctor is pleased to announce that the firm won the Special Litigation (Environmental) category in the 2016 Elite Trial Lawyers recognition program. The Levin Papantonio Law Firm was named to the third annual list of America’s Elite Trial Lawyers by the National Law Journal and Law.com. This prestigious list recognizes U.S.-based firms that have done exemplary and cutting-edge work on behalf of plaintiffs.

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Johnson & Johnson Loses Third of Three Talcum Powder Cases: Now Wants a Change of Venue

At the end of October, a jury in St. Louis, Missouri, awarded $67.5 million to a plaintiff who stated her ovarian cancer was the result of using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder – a product containing talc. This is the third loss in a row for the pharmaceutical and health care products company. All three trials were held in a state court in St. Louis. So far, J&J’s total liability amounts to approximately $195 million. Although such awards are often reduced and sometimes even overturned on appeal, the prospects aren't looking good for the defendants.

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American Heart Association: Proton Pump Inhibitors Increase Risk of Stroke

The use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium and Prilosec for the treatment of heartburn has been linked to numerous side effects, leading to such conditions as kidney disease, osteoporosis, arterial injuries and buildup of serous fluid in the abdomen (a condition known as ascetes). Now, new research presented at the recent American Heart Association conference indicates that use of these medications result in a 20-90% greater risk of suffering an ischemic stroke.

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How Much C8 is Too Much?

Louisville, Kentucky faces the same problem as many municipalities when it comes to its water supply: traces of PFOA, or C8, the Dupont chemical used in the production of Teflon, implicated in a wide range of health problems. Like Parkersville, West Virginia, where Dupont's Washington Works Plant is located, Louisville is located on the banks of the Ohio River – into which 23 million pounds of toxic chemicals were dumped in 2013 alone.

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