After a significant recall of Philips’ CPAP, BiPAP, and mechanical ventilator products last year, newly released documents show that Philips had prior knowledge of safety concerns about the machines. The company could have known about the products’ flaws for several years before warning consumers of their risks, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Lawyers connected to the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) talcum-based baby powder lawsuits are calling the company’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy a “masquerade,” according to Law360. Attorneys are criticizing J&J for its transparent attempt to shield itself from liability claims. The move has several potential consequences for plaintiffs in these lawsuits, including a delay in litigation.
A class of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) remains present in the water cycle over long periods of time. These chemicals can then migrate from water to the air, according to new research from Stockholm University.
“Serial violator” of environmental laws Monsanto will plead guilty to illegal use of pesticides in Hawaii
Court documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii reveal that Monsanto has agreed to plead guilty to 30 environmental crimes, the Associated Press reports. The American agrochemical and biotech corporation allegedly let workers enter an area of corn fields in Oahu that had been recently sprayed with Forfeit 280.
On Friday, December 10, 2021, 3M faced another defeat in federal court, as a jury awarded $22.5 million to plaintiff Theodore Finley, according to Reuters. A former U.S. Army soldier, Finley alleged that his hearing loss and tinnitus resulted from the defendant’s defective Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 (CAEv2).
Spartan Capital Securities and Alzamend Neuro, Inc. (ALZN): Multi-Million Dollar Claim Filed Against Spartan
The Levin Papantonio Rafferty law firm has filed a claim in FINRA Arbitration against Spartan Capital Securities regarding sale of Alzamend Neuro (ALZN) stock to a customer of Spartan. The claim seeks multiple millions of dollars of damages. Levin Papantonio Rafferty is interested in speaking with other investors who were sold Alzamend stock by their Spartan Capital Securities broker or financial advisor or other brokers and broker dealers.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Craig Whitley in Charlotte, North Carolina ordered that tens of thousands of lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson be moved to New Jersey, according to a November 10, 2021 report from Reuters. Judge Whitley explained that his decision hinged on two factors: the fact that Johnson & Johnson is headquartered in New Jersey and the fact that a substantial amount of the country’s talc litigation is happening there.
The company further informs that it has produced around 750,000 replacement devices and repair kits. More than 250,000 are actually in consumers’ hands.
The delay in receiving new devices has been a point of frustration for users.
A late October hearing signaled movement toward trial for plaintiffs demanding compensation from the makers of paraquat weed killer, reports US Right to Know. U.S. District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel of the Southern District of Illinois prompted attorneys in more than 380 cases to begin assessing plaintiffs.
Dangerous Bacteria in Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray Prompts Walmart Recall
On October 22, 2021, Walmart announced it is recalling around 3,900 bottles of Better Homes and Gardens’ Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones, according to a report from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. The retail giant is recalling the room sprays due to the risk of serious injury and death.
Plaintiffs in talc cancer lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson have had a white-knuckle time of it after hearing the company’s plans to file bankruptcy. If you are among the worriers, you should know that your legal action remains alive and well. However, J&J’s maneuverings could change some aspects of how your case is handled.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), by January of 2020, the government agency had received 733 medical device reports (MDRs) of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) diagnoses and treatments.
Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo for the County of Alameda, who oversees the California Ranitidine Product Cases Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings (JCCP), has set a trial date of October 10, 2022, for the first cancer case trial. Drug makers Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Chattem will move forward as defendants. Although the JCCP functions similarly to a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL), these cases are adjudicated within the California state court system.
As of September 28, 2021, a total of 93 class actions had been filed against Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) maker Philips Respironics. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation announced it will hear motions to consolidate or coordinate pretrial proceedings for these lawsuits.
The Levin Papantonio Rafferty law firm currently represents customers in claims to recover their investment losses in CION Investment Corp. On Tuesday, October 5, the shares of CION Investment Corp. began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “CION.” Unfortunately for investors, shares closed trading on October 5 at $11.85 – representing a loss of over 40% of the principal for investors who purchased shares of CION at $10/share (shares underwent a reverse share split in September, resulting in an approximate halving of investors shares).
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication (DSC) regarding the arthritis and ulcerative colitis drug Xeljanz (and Xeljanz XR), otherwise known as tofacitinib. After studying the results of a large, randomized safety clinical trial of the medicine, the agency stated there was evidence of “serious heart-related events,” including heart attack, stroke, cancer, blood clots, and death.
Claims Filed Regarding Former Sarasota Financial Advisor Marc Korsch for Sale of Allegedly Speculative and High-Risk REITs and Illiquid Investments to Retirees
The Levin Papantonio Rafferty law firm announced today that it has filed claims on behalf of retiree investors who are former clients of Sarasota-area Financial Advisor Marc Korsch and NAV Advisors. According to his FINRA Brokercheck report, Mr. Korsch’s securities registration terminated last week on Friday, September 3 – which may leave clients stuck with illiquid investments that they cannot sell.
Investors in Moody National REIT II may have suffered devastating losses. Moody announced that its Board had decided to postpone the valuation of Moody National REIT II shares on August 5, 2021. In the past Moody declared its updated NAV at the end of the calendar year, but Moody has yet to update its NAV since December 2019.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued notice that Philips Respironics recalled its V60 Plus Ventilators Equipped with High Flow Therapy (software version 3.00 and 3.10) and all V60 ventilators that have been upgraded to enable High Flow Therapy with this software. The manufacturer distributed the affected devices between May 1, 2009, and June 2, 2021.
UC San Diego Health announced on July 27, 2021, that the health care provider experienced unauthorized access to employee email accounts. According to a press release issued on this date, patients’ continuity of care did not suffer as a result of the security event.