Surgical staplers are commonly used by surgeons as a substitute for sutures for the purpose of closing lacerations or incisions as well as connecting or removing internal organs, such as the lungs or lower intestines. These devices have been used for over 50 years – and have been the subject of more than 41,000 adverse event reports submitted to the FDA's Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database.
Is Bayer having buyer's regret over its recent acquisition of Monsanto? It should be. For the third time in less than a year, a jury has awarded a hefty amount to plaintiffs who claim they developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) from using the glyphosate-based herbicide, Roundup.
The plaintiffs in the most recent case were a married couple from the San Francisco area, both of whom are in their 70s and were diagnosed with NHL. They reported having used Roundup for 35 years and were diagnosed within four years of each other.
The Levin Papantonio law firm is currently investigating brokerage firms misconduct relating to sales practices to their customers. It appears that some firms were recommending that their customers invest in GPB Capital Holdings’ high-risk, high-commission private placements.
One of the cornerstones of the False Claims Act is the qui tam, or “whistleblower” provision, which provides incentives for private individuals to bring lawsuits on behalf of the government in cases of fraud. However, if one corporate defendant in an FCA lawsuit has its way, the qui tam provision of the FCA could be declared unconstitutional – effectively gutting the entire 150-year-old statute.
Residents and business owners whose properties sustained millions of dollars in flood damage during Hurricane Harvey in August, 2017, have filed a lawsuit against the United States Government. Their complaints allege that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for the flooding that caused the damage. More specifically, the plaintiffs claim they are owed compensation for their properties under the nation's “eminent domain” laws.
A number of recent lawsuits against global pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG cite Magnevist, a gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA), as the cause of action. One of them, filed by a widower and now pending in federal court, claims that the plaintiff's spouse died eight years after she was injected with Magnevist in order to undergo an MRI.
A professor of psychiatry who has worked with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) since 2014 recently testified that she and her colleagues have identified more than 7,800 former scout leaders and volunteers whom they say “were involved in sexually abusing a child” over the past 75 years. The information comes from the BSA's “Ineligible Volunteer Files,” which some now call the “Perversion Files.” Dr. Janet Warren, who teaches at the University of Virginia, also says, “From reviewing all these files, we identified 12,254 victims.”
Xeljanz (tofacitinib) is a prescription drug first approved by the FDA in 2012 for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A number of side effects have been known for some time: diarrhea, headaches, and minor sinus and upper respiratory tract infections similar to bronchitis and the common cold are among the more common ones.
Uloric is prescribed for the treatment of gout, a type of arthritis afflicting more than 8 million Americans. The cause is elevated uric acid levels in the blood, which can be due to impaired kidney function, genetic factors, and/or diet. It is most common in those who primarily eat too much fatty meat, consume large amounts of alcohol, and/or are obese (historians suggest that Henry VIII of England had suffered from the condition, and it has been known since ancient times as “the disease of kings”).
For the second time in less than a year, a federal jury has awarded a multi-million judgment to a plaintiff who claimed his lymphoma was caused by exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide RoundupTM.
The massive chemical fire that broke out on Saint Patrick's Day at the Intercontinental Terminals Company site near Houston, Texas was finally contained on Friday evening.
Last year information began coming out about amounts of glyphosate being found in many common foods that people eat on a daily basis. Scientific studies released throughout 2018 discovered traces of the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup in almost every food product tested.
Unless the defendant Sanofi-Aventis reaches a global settlement, the first “bellwether” cases in current mass litigation over the chemotherapy drug Taxotere (docetaxel) will go before a jury starting in May 2019.
His Holiness Pope Francis has drawn some criticism in recent months for his failure to speak out more forcefully on the issue of child sexual abuse by clergy or take meaningful action. This week, however, he did publicly announce that the Chuch is “working on” the sexual abuse and exploitation of nuns by male clergy.
California Wildfires Appear to be a Year-Round Danger. Meanwhile, PG&E Seeks Bankruptcy “Protection”
Global climate change has begun a vicious cycle in California. What was once a seasonal hazard is now 12 months a year, according to a report published earlier this month in Bloomberg. Because of warming, large areas of the Golden State have been “riddled with pockets of dry bush” and nearly 130 million trees have died. As a result, wildfire danger is now constant, not just during summer and early fall.
In August of 2018, the 3M Corporation entered into a $9.1 million settlement with the U.S. government over allegations that it had deliberately sold defective equipment to the Department of Defense. The equipment in question was the Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2, or CAEv2.
For the first time in U.S. history, the risk of dying from an opioid overdose is greater than that of being killed in a traffic accident. Opioids also exceed slip and fall incidents, drowning, and fire as causes of unintentional deaths. Furthermore, only 13 states (including the District of Columbia) are making any progress in dealing with the crisis.