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As Industries Become Automated and Robots Become Increasingly Sophisticated, the Law Struggles to Keep Pace

Since Mary Shelly penned the novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus some two centuries ago (a story about a scientist named Victor Frankenstein), one of humanity's greatest fears has been that we will wind up creating our own successors – and that those successors will eventually cause our demise. Two recent incidents highlight the dangers of that scenario coming to pass.

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Jury Finds Johnson & Johnson, Imerys Liable in Lawsuit Claiming Talcum Powder Caused Mesothelioma Cancer

In a stunning verdict handed down in a federal court in New Jersey, a jury has ordered pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier, Imerys, to pay $37 million to a 46-year-old man who alleged that his mesothelioma was caused by his regular use of the defendant's talc-containing products over the course of his lifetime. The trial, which ended yesterday, is the most recent bellwether case over allegations that Johnson & Johnson's flagship products, Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, are carcinogenic.

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The Tsunami of Litigation Races Toward Facebook's Shores: Are the Social Media Giant's Days Numbered?

The last few weeks have not been good ones for billionaire entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg. In the wake of revelations over its handling of user data, its business practices and how its platform was used to manipulate the 2016 elections, Facebook's stock value has plummeted as investors exit their positions in the company – and so far, there have been four lawsuits filed over its gathering and use of personal information.

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Department of Justice Announces It Will Side With Plaintiffs in Opioid Lawsuit – But Will It, Really?

Earlier this week, the current U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Sessions announced that the Department of Justice intends to file a “statement of interest” in filing its own lawsuit against opioid manufacturers. In a media statement, Sessions alleged that opioid manufacturers and distributors had used “false, deceptive, and unfair marketing” in order to market their products.

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The Varubi Lawsuit - Anaphylaxis Injuries

VARUBI® (rolapitant) was originally developed by Schering-Plough, which was taken over by Merck & Co. in November 2009. Currently, it has been licensed by Tesaro Inc., a relatively new biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development and marketing of cancer medications. It is primarily indicated for chemotherapy patients experiencing nausea and vomiting as a result of their treatment.

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Prescription Drugs & Medical Devices Lead the Major Lawsuits This Year

Of the five largest mass lawsuits either underway or scheduled for trial in 2018, three are about prescription drugs, with a fourth one listing a defective medical device as the cause of action. These cases involve not only negligence, failure to warn; and product defects; but in at least one of the cases the defendant is alleged to have engaged in criminal acts.

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Allergan: Another Habitual Corporate Offender – This Time its Viberzi

Drugmaker Allergan, which has most recently come under fire over the opioid-based medication Viberzi, has been targeted in numerous lawsuits over the years for many reasons. In the wake of 120 FDA reports of serious pancreatic injury and death attributed to Viberzi, Allergan is currently under investigation by law firms across the country on behalf of patients without gall bladders who have been injured by the medication.

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