Product News and Recalls

Endo to pay $193 Mil. for off-label marketing of Lidoderm

The pharmaceutical company Endo Health Solutions recently settled a set of a qui tam (whistleblower) lawsuits for $193 million dollars. The first suit was filed in 2005, by a sales representative who started working at Endo in 2002.

The whistleblowers alleged that Endo violated Federal law by marketing Lidoderm for unapproved uses, including for low back pain, diabetic neuropathy and carpal tunnel syndrome. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) prohibits this practice, known as “off-label marketing” because the prescribing information ...

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GM Continues to Recall Cars With Faulty Ignition Switch

General Motors has been under fire recently for recalls involving a faulty ignition switch. A failed ignition can cause a car to lose power, unexpectedly turn off the engine, or make it difficult to steer, leading to potential accidents. Ignition failure could also prevent air bags from deploying, exacerbating injuries suffered in accidents.

Although these faulty ignition switches have currently only been linked to 12 deaths and 34 crashes, this does not take into account many accidents that might ...

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Ramon Lopez Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in Multidistrict Lipitor Litigation

Lopez McHugh principal partner Ramon LopezLopez McHugh LLP is pleased to announce that principal partner Ramon R. Lopez has been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee (PEC) in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) regarding Lipitor, titled In re: Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (MDL – 2502). 270 claims were filed against Pfizer, maker of Lipitor, and have been consolidated into this MDL, which was centralized in the United States District Court ...

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Starbucks Recalls 28,000 Coffee Presses

On January 28, 2014, Starbucks issued a voluntary recall for approximately 28,000 Bodum glass coffee presses manufactured in Portugal, due to the danger associated with them. These presses were sold nationwide at Starbucks locations and at Starbucks.com between November 2013 and December 2013 for $40.

Starbucks is known worldwide for its coffee and exclusive coffee accessories, selling approximately 3.9 billion cups of coffee each year. Those numbers continue to rise. Currently, Starbucks is adding two new stores to its ...

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New Jersey Jury Awards $1.58 Million in Accutane Trial Verdict

In the case Rees v. Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc., a New Jersey jury awarded the plaintiff $1,587,928 in what is the ninth straight Accutane trial verdict in favor of plaintiffs. The jury found that the drug could cause ulcerative colitis and that Hoffman-La Roche, its manufacturer, failed to adequately warn of this risk. Trial ran from January 27 to March 10, and the jury rendered its verdict in less than a day.

Accutane was a drug for treatment ...

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GM Emails Suggest Cost a Factor in Faulty Ignition Switch

The New York Times reported today that emails released during ongoing congressional hearings about GM’s faulty ignition switches discussed the cost of fixing the switch.

Based on the emails, which were written in 2005, it appears that the cost of the fixing the switch was a factor in why a change was delayed for years. Several people died in accidents caused by ignition switch failures. Because ...

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