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Otsuka Off the Hook for Deleted Emails in Abilify Litigation

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.

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September Saw New IVC Filter Lawsuits Filed From Coast to Coast

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.

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Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agent Toxicity Litigation – a Long History

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

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Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents: What They Are, Their Effects and Treatments

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.

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Pennsylvania Grand Jury Reveals Identities of Over 300 Pedophile Catholic Priests

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

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Sexual Assault and Child Abuse at Immigrant Detention Centers - A Manufactured Tragedy Multiplied

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

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Hidden Carcinogen in Common Blood Pressure Medications Casts More Doubts Over China's Drug Industry

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. 

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