Drug and Medical Device Lawsuits

Acetaminophen Autism Cases Moved to Mass Tort Status

lawsuits filed over allegations that Tylenol can cause autism in children66 cases alleging that acetaminophen can cause autism in children if the mother takes it while pregnant have been consolidated and moved to multidistrict litigation. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation made the ruling over the objections of retailers of the drug who did not support the move. A lawyer for the plaintiffs praised the panel’s action saying that “we are pleased ...

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Del Taco Settles Wage-and-Hour Class Action Lawsuit

Del Taco settles 50 million dollar wage theft lawsuitA class action lawsuit filed against California-based quick service restaurant Del Taco has resulted in a $50 million settlement. The settlement will be paid by Jack in the Box, as the company acquired Del Taco earlier this year. Jack in the Box has stated that it was aware of the allegations against Del Taco as it moved through the acquisition process and that the ...

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Philips Respiratory Devices Facing Additional Recalls

Philips respirators facing additional recallsAmid a recall that has already drawn the ire of federal regulators over the glacial pace with which it has handled remediation of the matter, Philips is facing an additional recall of some of its respiratory devices over an unrelated fault.

According to Reuters, the latest recall action targets 1,700 Philips respiratory devices around the world, with 386 of them located in the United States. The recall was issued ...

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Titanium Dioxide Takes Center Stage as Skittles Candymaker Sued

skittles maker sued over titanium dioxide contentIf you’ve ever eaten something that looked a little shinier than it normally should have as it came out of its packaging, then odds are you’ve consumed titanium dioxide. Added to food since its approval by the FDA in 1966, the compound is used to brighten more than just food. “It’s sort of ironic…that the ingredient in paint that makes your kitchen shiny also makes your Hostess ...

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Recall Pulls Over 20 Brands of Laxatives from Store Shelves

magnesium-citrate saline laxatives pulled from store shelves over contamination concernsA microbial contamination has forced the recall of a wide variety of store-brand laxatives sold across the country. Retailers from grocery stores to pharmacies were forced to pull variations of magnesium-citrate-based saline laxatives after testing found them to be contaminated with Gluconacetobacter liqufaciens. The manufacturer of the medication warns that “immunocompromised patients who consume this product may be at increased risk for invasive infections ...

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The HeartWare HVAD System is Under a Class I Recall…Again

Medtronic heartware system again under Class I recallThe FDA recently announced that the HeartWare HVAD system was being recalled by medical device manufacturer MedTronic over concerns of battery failure. The recall marks the second time the device has been recalled, with both occurrences falling under Class I status. The Class I recall is the FDA’s most severe recall classification and is reserved for instances where the continued use of the recalled item ...

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