Product News and Recalls

Takata Airbags Not Being Replaced Fast Enough

NHTSA says Takata airbags not being replaced fast enoughWhat started with just over 10 million vehicles from a few manufacturers would expand over the next four years to involve over 100 million vehicles from 19 separate automakers. Of those, the United States would see 69 million recalls on its own as faulty Takata airbags have killed more than 20 people around the world and led to the largest recall in US automotive history.

At issue is the ...

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First Trial Scheduled in Opioid MDL

Judge Polster schedules opioid MDL for March 2019 startThe judge overseeing the MDL that seeks to hold drug manufacturers and distributors responsible for their roles in the nation’s ongoing opioid abuse epidemic has scheduled the first cases in the litigation for trial. If all goes to plan, some very serious questions might start seeing answers beginning in March of next year.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Polster had, to this point, sought to get ...

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$151 Million Bellwether Hip Implant Verdict Overturned on Appeal

bellwether hip implant trial verdict overturnedWhat began as a $500 million verdict in five plaintiffs’ favors in 2016 and was later cut to $151 million has now been reduced to nothing. At the same time, Johnson & Johnson – once on the losing side of a significant decision in a bellwether trial over its DePuy division’s Pinnacle hip implants – can take a case out of the “loss” column for now.

The verdict came as the result ...

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Merck Moves to Consolidate as Zostavax Lawsuits Multiply

zostavax cases consolidated to MDLNow facing close to 60 lawsuits over its shingles vaccine Zostavax, Merck has petitioned for an MDL, or multidistrict litigation, to be created to help resolve the cases. 57 Zostavax lawsuits currently span nine federal courts, and the corporation only expects that number to grow. The lawsuits stem from allegations that Zostavax – marketed under the promise of preventing shingles – can actually cause the condition instead.

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2.6 Million Vuse Vibe Batteries Recalled

2.6 million vuse vibe batteries recalledThe R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. issued a nationwide recall for 2.6 million of the batteries, or “power units,” for its Vuse Vibe line of electronic cigarettes earlier this month. The recall is voluntary in nature and, to date, the batteries have not caused any injuries. At issue, as is the case with many battery-based consumer products, is a possible malfunction that can occur and cause the device to ...

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Essure Faces New U.S. Restrictions

essure facing new sales restrictions in U.S.The sale and implantation of Essure in the United States is facing a new set of federally-mandated restrictions, and the government has left the enforcement of that mandate to the company that manufactures the device being restricted.

In response to a decline in demand for its female sterilization solution that quite literally spans the globe, Bayer ceased sales of Essure in every market on the planet except the United States late ...

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