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Supreme Court Deals Potential Blow to Plaintiffs in Consolidated Talc Cases

supreme court issues ruling in Plavix trialThe Supreme Court has passed down an 8-1 ruling against out-of-state plaintiffs’ ability to sue Bristol-Myers Squibb in California over the company’s blood thinning medication, Plavix. The ruling is being viewed as a win for those who oppose “venue shopping,” or plaintiffs who are perceived to seek out favorable courts for their cases.

When numerous cases throughout the country involve “common factual issues [which] are sufficiently complex,” plaintiffs ...

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Lawyer’s Pants Ignite During Florida Arson Trial

lawyer's pants catch fire at arson trialSometimes reality presents a story that is so much greater than anything made up could ever be.

We’ve had some fun with various weird and off-the-wall stories here on the blog over time (the case of the coffee-flinging attorney certainly comes to mind rather quickly) but this one might be the high point. It’s honestly hard to imagine something coming along to top this series of events.

It all begins with ...

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Study Reveals Half of US Doctors Receive Payments from Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industries

half of doctors take payouts from pharmaceutical and medical companiesA pair of studies from the Journal of the American Medical Association reveal that roughly half of all doctors receive payments from the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. MedLinePlus details how the payments come from large corporations and can influence a doctor’s decision to prescribe brand name products instead of more affordable generics.

In 2015 alone, the total financial gifts amounted to more than $2 ...

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Monsanto Faces Unlawful Marketing Claims in New Roundup Lawsuit

glyphosate in roundup may be harmful to humansThe safety of consumer products is generally considered to be a fairly binary situation: a product is either safe for use around humans or it is not safe for use around humans. Products that are considered to be safe are usually marketed as such while those that are not safe usually come with significant warnings, disclaimers, and other markings demonstrating that the product is, indeed, dangerous and should be ...

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Acid Reflux Drugs Linked to Increased Risk of Cancer

acid reflux drugs linked to cancer and kidney diseaseThe Esophageal Cancer Action Network, or ECAN, is working to shine light on the possibility of over-the-counter acid reflux medications increasing a patient’s risk for a type of cancer called Barrett’s esophagus. The group recently conducted a poll that found 86 percent of Americans are unaware of the danger they assume when taking common drugs like Prilosec and Nexium.

The problem may lie with the way ...

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Parents Claim MiraLAX Causing Neurological Problems in Kids

miralax use linked to neurological distress in childrenIn another case of off-label use gone wrong, parents are finding that the over-the-counter laxative MiraLAX may be causing severe neurological and psychological distress in infants and toddlers. Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are leading the way to find out just how bad the problem may be.

MiraLAX is not recommended for use in anyone under the age of 17. However, a recent post by ...

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