Product News and Recalls

Appeals in Johnson & Johnson Talc Cases Begin Making Waves for Plaintiffs

talc appeals hit courtsThis past August, a California jury passed down a $417 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson for failing to properly warn consumers about the dangers associated with its talc products. At the time of the ruling, a spokesperson for the corporation said J&J would challenge the penalty because “science supports the safety of” regular use of its products containing talc.

Now, the company has begun the appeal process for challenging ...

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Consolidation Sought in State and Local Opioid Cases

consolidation sought in state and local opioid casesWe’ve made mention of terms like consolidation and MDL here on the blog a few times. They’re important terms to know, as they can have drastic impacts on the outcomes of very important pieces of litigation. Today’s post is no different. In fact, the use of consolidation in today’s post may set the stage for a large portion of the remainder of the nation’s response to the opioid epidemic.

As a ...

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FDA Issues Warning Letter to EpiPen Maker

FDA warns mylan on epipen safetyA New York Times report details how the FDA recently sent a letter to a division of Pfizer regarding the company’s failure to properly investigate the safety of its EpiPens, which it manufactures for Mylan, based on adverse event reports filed by consumers. The pens are used by patients to deliver epinephrine during potentially life-threatening allergic reactions.

Complaints centered on a malfunctioning mechanism within the EpiPens. The mechanism is ...

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Pennsylvania County Sues Opioid Manufacturers

lackawanna county pennsylvania sues most major opioid manufacturers and distributorsLackawanna County in Pennsylvania has unleashed a barrage of lawsuits aimed squarely at the drug manufacturers it says have claimed 231 lives in the community since 2014. “Lackawanna County’s commitment to fight the war against drug companies who fueled (the) opioid crisis begins today,” declared County Commissioner Patrick O’ Malley. “The line has been drawn. It’s Lackawanna County versus the pharmaceutical companies.”

The list of ...

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What Exactly Is Stevens-Johnson Syndrome?

New cases have triggered renewed attention on an uncommon but serious reaction that some people can experience as the result of taking certain medications or suffering a variety of ailments. It’s called Stevens-Johnson syndrome and while the name may be familiar to some, the wide variety of causes for the condition leaves many with a lack of understanding of what it actually is and what their risks may be for contracting it.

Stevens-Johnson syndrome, or SJS, is most commonly associated with ...

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Deepwater Horizon Cleanup Workers Showing Long-term Health Effects

oil cleanup dispersants causing long term health effectsWhen disaster strikes, many times it is those charged with cleaning up after the event who suffer the most lasting consequences. We have seen evidence of it in the first responders in New York on September 11, 2001 and the cleanup crews who worked the site for months and months afterward.

We’re seeing complications develop in those who responded to more recent events as well. The Deepwater Horizon disaster was ...

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