Beasley Allen has one of the largest and most technologically advanced Mass Torts practices in the country. The Mass Torts division represents numerous people in claims against companies that manufacture and/or market defective pharmaceuticals and/or medical devices. The resources devoted to this division allow the firm to competently and conscientiously handle any group of cases, no matter how large, along with particular catastrophic injury cases.
Our firm was recently involved in one of the greatest victories in Mass Torts history, against drug manufacturer Merck regarding the drug Vioxx. After more than five years of hard-fought and difficult litigation, Merck agreed to pay $4.85 billion, the largest pharmaceutical settlement in U.S. history, to resolve certain Vioxx-related claims involving plaintiffs who suffered a heart attack, including sudden cardiac death, or a stroke.
Last July, Johnson & Johnson was hit with a staggering $4.69 billion verdict – one of the largest jury awards in the country – over claims that its Johnson’s Baby Powder and other talcum powder products contain asbestos – a known carcinogen – and contributed to the ovarian cancer diagnoses of 22 women. The news sent the company’s stock into its biggest annual share loss in a decade. But the company may never pay a dime of that verdict. The consumer health care giant is appealing the massive verdict. Its chances of seeing the award slashed or even stricken completely ... Read More
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced six months ago it was acquiring a $300 million stake in consumer genetics testing company 23andMe, and as part of the four-year deal, GSK will have 23andMe’s genetic data at its disposal to fuel ideas on what new drugs to develop and better understand how to pick patients for clinical trials to test new drugs. Sound illegal? It’s not. In fact, genetics-testing companies often have “biobanking consent documents” in their materials that consumers – perhaps unknowingly – agree to when they submit their spit for testing. For 23andMe, that consent document looks like this: “By choosing to ... Read More
Last year, Nashville, Tennessee, firefighters administered the opioid reversal drug Narcan 1,777 times – more than twice as much as the year before. The staggering statistic shows just how dire the nation’s opioid epidemic has become, according to WSMW News 4. More than 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, including illicit drugs (like heroin), prescription opioids (like OyxContin and hydrocodone), and synthetic opioids (predominantly fentanyl) – a two-fold increase in a decade, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The United States is paying in more than human ... Read More
A new medical device that tracks eye movements can help medical professionals diagnose concussions, and is the first noninvasive, baseline-free test of its kind to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The EyeBOX, made by Oculogica, uses proprietary technology to collect and analyze more than 100,000 data points relating to cranial nerve function and eye movements to generate an objective assessment of concussion in less than four minutes. Oculogica plans to market the device for use in children and adults ages 5 to 67 years, starting in select, qualified sites. What is unique about the EyeBOX is ... Read More
Teresa E. Leavitt’s mother trusted Johnson & Johnson when the company promoted its Johnson’s Baby Powder as safe enough for babies, so she used the talcum powder liberally on Leavitt from the time she was a baby in the 1960s. Teresa continued to use the powder as a young woman, dusting it on her hair and face. Now Leavitt is suing Johnson & Johnson alleging the powder was contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos, and left her with a deadly disease that is expected to take her life within the year, Law360 reports. She claims that the consumer health care giant knew ... Read More
At least a dozen people in three states have developed bacterial infections after getting injections derived from stem cells from umbilical cord blood for ailments like joint and back pain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. All 12 patients who became sick were hospitalized – three of whom were admitted for a month or more. To date, none of the patients have died. Seven patients were from Texas, four from Florida, and one in Arizona. The patients were sickened by five different types of bacteria, including E. coli. “These are not the organisms you want in your ... Read More
Addiction was once something that happened to other people. But opioids have changed that. Drugs once prescribed to treat pain have turned patients into addicts, forcing them to the extremes to feed their habit. Hundreds of thousands of people from all demographics have become caught up in the grip of the nation’s opioid epidemic. Last year, more than 49,000 people died from opioid overdose. Last month, The New York Times published a moving overview of the opioid crisis called “A Visual Journey Through Addiction,” that chronicles how these drugs can “hijack the brain” and make the average person an addict. ... Read More
Arizona Department of Health Services has launched a graphic video campaign aimed at scaring kids away from highly addictive opioids in an effort to curb the nation’s opioid epidemic. The 30-second ad features a teenager visibly distraught. The scene then changes to a closeup of a white pill. A person’s face and hands slowly push out from the inside of the pill. “Getting in is easier than getting out,” the screen then reads. The $400,6000 anti-opioid educational campaign was funded by the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act. It specifically targets Arizona teens ages 12 to 17 in an effort to dissuade ... Read More
“If trusted corporations deceive the American people, they need to be punished – not because their products cause cancer – but because they must be held accountable if people believe they have violated the public trust,” said Milton Packer, M.D., in an editorial in MedPage Today. Dr. Packer posed the question, “Why did a jury deliver a $4.69 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson,” and side with 22 women who sued the company alleging its Johnson’s Baby Powder contained cancer-causing asbestos that contributed to their ovarian cancer diagnosis? Dr. Packer’s theory? “The verdict had little to do with whether talc ... Read More
When it comes to the lives of children, prescription opioids have a lot in common with loaded guns. Both opioids and guns in the home pose a serious risk of injury and death to children and teens, and both are responsible for hundreds of accidental deaths every year. But unlike weapons, prescription opioid drugs in the home are a relatively new threat, and a new Yale analysis of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data shows how big the problem has grown. The study’s authors, from the Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, found that opioid overdose ... Read More