Product News and Recalls

Bedbug Infestations – and Associated Lawsuits – On the Rise

bedbug lawsuits on the rise“Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite!”

What was once just a singsong way of wishing someone a pleasant night’s sleep – albeit a bit creepy – is now once again an actual warning as bedbugs have made a comeback in a very big way. Most of the resurgence of this pest is thanks to just one fact: the bugs have simply adapted to the ways we try to kill them. ...

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First Trial Scheduled in Opioid MDL

Judge Polster schedules opioid MDL for March 2019 startThe judge overseeing the MDL that seeks to hold drug manufacturers and distributors responsible for their roles in the nation’s ongoing opioid abuse epidemic has scheduled the first cases in the litigation for trial. If all goes to plan, some very serious questions might start seeing answers beginning in March of next year.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Polster had, to this point, sought to get ...

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60 Minutes Airs Damning Evidence Against Boston Scientific in Piece on Mesh Claims

60 Minutes airs damaging report on Boston ScienticWith over 100,000 pelvic and other gynecological mesh cases pending in courts around the country, one question that has been on everyone’s mind is much closer to an answer thanks to some investigative reporting that aired earlier this month on CBS’ 60 Minutes.

The question is a simple, yet far-reaching one: what could possibly have gone so wrong with these devices as to cause this level of ...

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New Mesothelioma Case Alleges Talc as the Cause

new cases alleges asbestos in talc powder and mesotheliomaA woman’s family is suing healthcare product manufacturing giant Johnson & Johnson over a fatal cancer she allegedly developed while using its talc-based products. However, unlike 6,000 other cases brought against J&J by women who developed cancer while using its talc products, the family of Bertila Boyd-Bostic did not sue because of an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

Boyd-Bostic’s case alleges that asbestos found in Johnson & Johnson’s ...

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Takata Airbags Not Being Replaced Fast Enough

NHTSA says Takata airbags not being replaced fast enoughWhat started with just over 10 million vehicles from a few manufacturers would expand over the next four years to involve over 100 million vehicles from 19 separate automakers. Of those, the United States would see 69 million recalls on its own as faulty Takata airbags have killed more than 20 people around the world and led to the largest recall in US automotive history.

At issue is the ...

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$151 Million Bellwether Hip Implant Verdict Overturned on Appeal

bellwether hip implant trial verdict overturnedWhat began as a $500 million verdict in five plaintiffs’ favors in 2016 and was later cut to $151 million has now been reduced to nothing. At the same time, Johnson & Johnson – once on the losing side of a significant decision in a bellwether trial over its DePuy division’s Pinnacle hip implants – can take a case out of the “loss” column for now.

The verdict came as the result ...

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