Product News and Recalls

Yaz Settlement News: Federal Judge Orders Parties to Mediate

Women across the country are wondering whether to hope for a Yaz settlement in 2012. Some clients have been involved in the Yaz litigation since 2009 and are ready for some (hopefully good) news. Although the initial Yaz trials were originally scheduled for the end of 2011, and were later rescheduled for January and February, 2012, delays keep moving the possibility of a Yaz settlement back.

All of that may be about to change, ...

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FDA Panel: Yaz/Yasmin warnings inadequate, declines Yaz recall

FDA Advisory Panel Votes to Require Updated Warnings

On December 8, 2011, an FDA advisory panel held 9 hours of hearings about Yaz and Yasmin birth control and the risk of blood clots. Testimony included information about  several large, independent studies that showed an increased risk. The panel also heard from the family of a young woman who used another birth control for months with no problems. She switched to Yaz, and ...

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Columbia Reseracher: Hacker could remotely cause network printer to start a fire

MSNBC reported today on a story that could have huge consequences for Hewlett Packard, the leading manufacturer of printers. Researchers at Columbia University have identified a vulnerability that they claim could impact all HP and other laserjet network printers. The hack would allow a remote user to reprogram a vulnerable printer and take control of it. Once reprogrammed, an infected printer could be instructed to perform a variety of tasks, including ...

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Anthrax Victim’s Family to Receive $2.5 Million Settlement from Government

The Associated Press reported today that the United States government has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a case brought by the family of Robert Stevens, who died after being exposed to anthrax in 2001. Stevens was one of four people who died during the attacks. Seventeen other people were exposed to anthrax and became sick. According to ABC news, many still have lingering health problems attributed to the anthrax. Several other lawsuits were filed, but most have been ...

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NHTSA investigating Chevy Volt after post-crash fire

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on Friday that it is opening a formal safety defect investigation into the Chevy Volt.

After conducting a standard crash test on the electric car, the NHTSA found that the vehicle’s battery was damaged and the coolant line was ruptured. A fire broke out a few weeks later and is being blamed on the battery. Follow-up tests demonstrated similar results.

Although no formal recall has ...

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Merck Pleads Guilty to Illegally Selling Vioxx

Vioxx Settlement

The New York Times reported today that Merck pled guilty to “illegally introducing a drug into interstate commerce” for its sale of Vioxx. As part of the plea, Merck entered into a larger settlement in which it agreed to pay $950 million. According to the New York Times, Merck will pay a $321 million criminal fine, while $628 million will go to the federal government and state medicaid agencies to ...

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