Product News and Recalls

Judge’s Decision Could Lead to Flood of Essure Lawsuits

judge clears Bayer legal protection in essure lawsuitOne of the key components of Bayer’s Essure defense has been to shift blame for injuries away from itself and onto other entities. However, with the latest decision by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Winifred Y. Smith, the pharmaceutical company’s ability to do that has become seriously impaired.

Federal preemption invalidates any state law that runs contrary to federal law. Put simply, it says that the law of the federal ...

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Settlements Issued in Crash of Amtrak 188

settlements reached in crash of amtrak 188It’s been a little over a year since Amtrak 188 careened off the tracks in Philadelphia, killing eight passengers and injuring more than 200. And now, some 15 months later, the first settlements have been issued to victims of the crash. However, many questions, particularly around rail safety, still remain unanswered.

Reuters reports that two settlements have been reached thus far, although dozens more remain. The terms of both ...

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Consolidation Sought in J&J Talc Powder Cases

talc powder plaintiffs seek consolidationMore than $100 million has been awarded to plaintiffs accusing Johnson & Johnson of failing to take action after a potential link was discovered between talc powder and ovarian cancer. Yet, the company continues to manufacture talc-based products and insists that the ingredient is safe.

Attention was first drawn to talc when it was removed from J&J baby powders in the 1970s. Talc was quietly replaced with corn starch, but other products maintained ...

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Fluoroquinolones to Get Stronger Warning Labels

fluoroquinolones get tougher warning labelsAs fears of a surge in antibiotic resistant bacteria continue to grow, one class of drugs has been drawing attention for more immediate reasons. The drugs, known as fluoroquinolones, or FLQs; and marketed under familiar names like Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox, and Factive, have been linked to increased instances of peripheral neuropathy and other serious injuries.

Peripheral neuropathy is generally referred to as nerve damage. Patients experiencing peripheral neuropathy can suffer from a ...

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Three States Prepare VW Emissions Lawsuits

three states file suit against volkswagenVolkswagen’s $18 billion settlement over the emissions fraud it perpetrated against customers the world over is just the beginning of the money it will eventually have to pay out.

Most of the funds will be used toward settling claims with current VW owners. Checks, generally for between $5,000 and $11,000, will be issued to VW owners for their participation in the general settlement. The precise terms and mechanics of the settlement ...

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Judge Chooses First Cook IVC Filter Case to go to Trial

ivc filter failure cases set to go to trialIn a major step forward for the hundreds of plaintiffs lined up to take action against Cook Medical, the first bellwether IVC filter trials have been selected to begin in 2017.

Over 650 lawsuits have been filed against the medical device manufacturer over allegations that it knew about issues with its IVC filter line, yet continued to market and sell the devices to an unknowing public.

If such ...

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