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.
U.S. District Judge Dan Polster has ordered the Drug Enforcement Administration to provide data on opioid prescription sales throughout the nation. This order comes as part of the ongoing multidistrict litigation against pharmaceutical companies that allegedly played a major role in the country's opioid addiction crisis.
As of April 27, all five bellwether trials over the anticoagulant medication Xarelto (rivaroxaban) have ended in outcomes for the defense.
Otsuka and Bristol-Meyer Squibb Settle Three Abilify Lawsuits; Global Settlement Agreement to Follow
Japan-based Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and its US partner, Bristol-Meyer Squibb, have settled three Abilify lawsuits that were scheduled to go to trial this summer. The plaintiffs, who suffer from gambling addiction and compulsive behavior disorders, allege that their conditions were caused by taking the antipsychotic medication Abilify (aripiprazole).
On May 1st, Ohio's GOP governor John Kasich officially filed a request with the Department of Health and Human Services to institute Trump's new “work requirements” for Medicaid recipients, forcing approximately 700,000 Ohioans to prove they are employed at least half-time or face losing their health care benefits.
Impatient with the slow pace of existing, government-sanctioned space exploration and eager to exploit the commercial potential of outer space, private companies are leading a new rush toward what late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry dubbed “the Final Frontier.”
A recently published study from George Washington University looks at how the nation's courts address the issue of public health in lawsuits related to climate change and coal-fired power plants. Because the courts play a pivotal role in the creation and crafting of public policy, the researchers conclude that greater consideration of health impacts could have a positive effect on such policy in the future. Unfortunately, health concerns are not raised in most climate-related cases.
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.
Evidence of what is known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) among professional football players has been known to medical science for at least twenty years.
Last Thursday, an eight-member jury in a New Jersey state court awarded $23 million in compensatory damages to Mary McGinnis after finding that a pelvic mesh manufactured by C.R. Bard, Inc. was the cause of her pain and suffering. Her husband, Thomas McGinnis, was awarded an additional $10 million for loss of consortium.
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.