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).
A group of 22 women suffering from ovarian cancer caused by asbestos-containing talcum powder were vindicated this week when a St. Louis jury ordered health care products manufacturer Johnson & Johnson to pay nearly $4.7 billion in damages.
As more men become aware of the bad news regarding the side effects of testosterone products, the sale of testosterone prescriptions has been falling significantly. The most dramatic decline took place between 2013 and 2016 in the wake of public warnings from the FDA that such products increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and prostate cancer.
It was the best of filters – so the manufacturer claimed. It turned out to be the worst of filters. An early study involving the Cook Celect Vena Cava Filter indicated the device was incredible. Another study, published three years later, demonstrated otherwise.
In addition to kidney disease, premature aging, increased risk of stroke, dementia and colitis, researchers have recently identified another potential side effect of taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs): depression, which can result in suicide.
Ongoing litigation over inferior vena cava (IVC) filters have had mixed results so far this year. In March, the first bellwether trial ended in a verdict for the plaintiff. A jury in Phoenix Arizona ordered medical device manufacturer C.R. Bard to pay a total of $3.6 million to a woman whose IVC fractured and migrated to her heart.
José Nuñez (age 47) was arrested for the “super aggravated sexual assault” of a 4-year-old girl whose mother is an undocumented immigrant. Nuñez threatened to report the woman to immigration authorities if she filed a complaint about the incident. The arrest took place only after the woman finally sought medical help for her daughter. According to Sheriff Javier Salazar, the sexual abuse may have been going on for years – and Nuñez’ young victim may not be the only one.
After several months of delays, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finally approved the first antidote for Factor Xa anticoagulants, also known as “new generation” blood thinners or “Novel Oral Anti-Coagulants” (NOACs).
In the wake of numerous scandals involving the sexual abuse of young boys, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has announced that it will be ending its 105-year-old association with the Boy Scouts of America, effective December 31, 2019. In the announcement, issued in a joint press release with the BSA last month, the church stated that it has “increasingly felt the need to create and implement a uniform youth leadership and development program that serves its members globally.”
A recent review by the Wall Street Journal reveals that 22 major institutions of higher learning and university systems across the nation paid over $10.5 million in settlements to plaintiffs alleging sexual assault or harassment over a two year period. In most cases, it was not about the acts alone, but rather administrators’ failure to take appropriate action once perpetrators were identified and their misconduct proven.
In 2010, an Oregon jury awarded $18.5 million in damages to former Boy Scout Kerry Lewis, who had been the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of his scoutmaster, Timur Dykes, two-and-a-half decades earlier. At the time, it was the largest amount ever awarded to a single plaintiff in a child abuse lawsuit.
The Honorable Judge Richard Story, who is presiding over multidistrict litigation involving the Ethicon Physiomesh hernia mesh, recently issued an order that provides guidelines for attorneys representing the plaintiffs who have suffered severe, and in some cases, permanent injury because of the device's failure.
Last week, the Los Angeles Police Department began an in-depth investigation of Dr. George Tyndall, a 71-year-old gynecologist formerly an employee at the University of Southern California. For almost three decades, he worked at the Engemann Student Health Center.
The “marriage made in hell” that farmers, environmental activists, and consumers have been dreading is scheduled to be consummated this week. Despite serious massive protests, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week that it would approve the merger on the condition that Bayer divest itself of its BASF division, which represents approximately $9 billion in assets.
On April 10, fifty-five of the nearly 100 plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits against medical device manufacturers C.R. Bard, Davol Inc., and BD Medical Technology filed a petition asking the court to centralize all cases into multidistrict litigation (MDL). In the filing, they specifically requested that the cases be heard before a U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri or Ohio's Southern District.