In a recent decision by a Florida federal judge, Abilify maker Otsuka Pharmaceuticals was absolved of responsibility to preserve company e-mails that might have served as evidence for plaintiffs in current Abilify litigation. The reason: the emails were written years ago, long before the company could reasonably have anticipated having to defend itself against lawsuits.
Cook Medical, already facing more than 3,000 lawsuits over defective IVC filters, was targeted in several more complaints filed this month by injured parties from California to New York. The lawsuits name two different models: the Günther Tulip® and the Celect®. At the same time, Rex Medical L.P. and Argon Medical Devices Inc. have been targeted by plaintiffs in Michigan and New Jersey over their OptionTM ELITE IVC Filter. In both of the latter cases, the device tilted, puncturing the artery wall, and surgeons were unable to remove them.
U.K. Health Secretary Announces Temporary Ban on Pelvic Mesh Repairs – But Use of Hernia Mesh Continues
Last month, the death of a 75-year-old woman in Loanhead, Scotland, was officially attributed to the surgical mesh that had been used to repair her pelvic organ prolapse (PoP). It is the first time that surgical mesh has been listed on an official death certificate as an “underlying cause.”
After several years of flying under the radar, gadolinium injury litigation is once again coming to public attention. Part of the reason has to do with film actor Chuck Norris and his wife Gena. The couple filed a lawsuit in November 2017 against three manufacturers of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCA) after Gena Norris became seriously ill following a routine MRI scan, during which she was inj
Only a few months ago, government health authorities in Europe and the U.S. issued recalls for the blood pressure medication valsartan over concerns of the presence of a carcinogenic industrial chemical known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).
Gadolinium is a “rare earth” metal or a lanthanide. It is used in superconductors, catalytic converters, lasers, and high-flux magnets. The properties of gadolinium have made it especially useful in medical imaging technology.
Gadolinium essentially “calms” the hydrogen atoms contained in the water of bodily tissues. Otherwise, hydrogen atoms are magnetized by the radiation used in X-rays and MRIs, making it difficult to obtain a clear image.
Some victims of Nephrogenic System Fibrosis due to gadolinium toxicity are turning to chelation in hopes of ridding their bodies of the toxic heavy metal. Among them: Gena Norris, wife of popular film star Chuck Norris, who filed a lawsuit in California last year against three manufacturers of gadolinium-based contrasting agents (GABAs).
A grand jury in Pennsylvania has issued an extensive report on sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. The 887 page-long report is the culmination of an 18-month long investigation, identifying over 1,000 victims and more than 300 perpetrators in six dioceses in Pennsylvania. The report includes correspondence as well as the names and detailed histories of clergy who have been accused of molesting c
First Glyphosate Roundup Trial Ends in Major Victory for Dying Plaintiff: Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289 Million
On Friday, after two and a half days of deliberation, the jury in the case Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company, et. al. determined the plaintiff's terminal cancer was caused partially by exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup.
It's not just about the children anymore.
For well over a century, institutions such as the Boy Scouts of America and the Roman Catholic Church have been dealing with the issue of pedophilia and sexual abuse of minor children. Now, a new report published this week in the San Diego Union-Tribune highlights another class of victims: adult women.
Last week, immigrant rights advocates told The Nation that a 6-year-old girl who had been forcibly separated from her mother as a result of the Trump Administration's “zero-tolerance” policy was sexually abused not once, but twice. The detention facility, located near Phoenix, Arizona, is operated by a “non-profit” organization known as Southwest Key Programs, which runs 26 such f
Last month, the China-based Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical Company informed the European Medicines Agency that one of their products used in the treatment of hypertension, known as valsartan, had been contaminated with a chemical known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). This substance is a known carcinogen that is used by researchers to intentionally produce cancer in laboratory rats.
One reason that Big Pharma would like to get rid of the Affordable Care Act is a provision known as the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.This law has allowed the public to see how much they are paying physicians in order to get them to prescribe their products, even when these products have been proven to be dangerous.Among the worst offenders is Bayer, which accordi
The first glyphosate lawsuit against agribusiness giant Monsanto got underway last week in a federal court in San Francisco. This week, the plaintiff, 46-year-old Dewayne Johnson, took the stand to give a first-hand account of how glyphosate exposure has literally destroyed his life.
This past April, Ohio State University began an extensive investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against student athletes by the late Dr. Richard Strauss, an attending physician employed at the university between 1978 and 1998. Strauss, who committed suicide in 2005, is beyond the reach of the law.
Opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma lost a legal battle in Tennessee recently when the state attorney general's office unsealed records of a lawsuit filed this past May. Those records, which lawyers for the drugmaker fought to keep secret, reveal that Purdue engaged in a wide variety of deceptive and duplicitous actions in order to increase sales of OxyContin (oxycodone).