Monthly Archives: April 2010

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BP Oil leak approaches Louisiana coast, containment efforts escalate

David Kennedy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told the Associated Press that the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is “of grave concern” to him. “I am frightened. This is a very, very big thing. And the efforts that are going to be required to do anything about it, especially if it continues on, are just mind-boggling.” Long stretches of the crude oil have been creeping north from the leak, situated about 50 miles south of Venice, Louisiana and a mile under the surface after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank last week. The ... Read More

Bon Secour Fisheries joins legal battle against BP, other firms over Gulf of Mexico oil spill

MOBILE, Ala. — Bon Secour Fisheries today joined the growing legal battle against BP Plc and the other companies involved with a drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last week. The Baldwin County shrimp processing company filed a class-action lawsuit seeking to represent everyone in Alabama who owns or leases residential or commercial property that is threatened by an enormous oil slick caused by the destruction of the Deepwater Horizon. BP said today that it is responsible and that it will compensate those impacted. “We are taking full responsibility for the spill and we will clean it ... Read More

Alabama's Beasley Allen files oil spill suit

Montgomery law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles PC filed a class action lawsuit against BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The law firm filed a complaint against BP – officially called British Petroleum – in attempts to recoup losses for individuals and businesses that have incurred damages related to the disaster, such as property damages, loss of profits and loss of commercial and subsistence use of natural resources, according to a written statement. The oil spill happened early last week when an explosion caused the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico to sink. As a ... Read More

BP CEO says will pay oil spill claims

LONDON (Reuters) – BP Plc will compensate all those affected by an oil spill from one of its wells in the Gulf of Mexico, its chief executive said, accepting the disaster could hit plans to open new areas off the U.S. coast to drilling. “We are taking full responsibility for the spill and we will clean it up and where people can present legitimate claims for damages we will honor them. We are going to be very, very aggressive in all of that,” Tony Hayward told Reuters in an interview on Friday. The massive spill, which started when an oil ... Read More

Beasley Allen files class action case over BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

MONTGOMERY, ALA. (April 30, 2010) – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. has filed a class action lawsuit against British Petroleum (“BP”) and several other companies with ties to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The firm seeks to represent individuals and businesses that have incurred damages related to the disaster, including; real property damages; personal property damages; loss of profits and earning capacity; loss of commercial and subsistence use of natural resources; increased costs of public services; and, loss of revenues. The oil spill resulted from the explosion and sinking of the oil platform Deepwater Horizon in the ... Read More

Long-term use of Reglan can cause serious neurological problems

For nine years, Valerie (not her real name) was prescribed and took Reglan (metoclopramide) to control her acid reflux. The drug was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the 1980s to treat various digestive tract conditions such as severe heartburn and gastroparesis, or the delayed emptying of the stomach contents. As the drug became more widely prescribed, the FDA began receiving reports that the drug may cause a neurological disorder. Despite the warning signs, it took the FDA almost 30 years to investigate and act. In that time, more and more patients were developing a serious involuntary ... Read More

Massey Energy hires PR agency to revamp image after mining disaster

The board of Massey Energy, parent company and owner of Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia where 29 miners died in explosion earlier this month, is seeking a public relations boost from a Texas-based firm with political connections. Since the tragic explosion on April 5, Massey’s safety record has come to the public’s attention, revealing a systemic disregard for critical safety measures that could have prevented the disaster had they been followed. The incident has placed Massey Energy and its controversial CEO Don Blankenship under fire from all directions. On the outside, federal regulators, safety advocates, and victims’ families ... Read More

Husband of Yaz victim says pills were ‘catastrophic in our lives’

“The decision to begin taking Yaz was catastrophic in our lives,” says Christopher Hull of Bedford, Texas, in a response to a comment on the April 19, 2010, Los Angeles Times article “New Pills, New Issues,” which addressed the safety of birth control pills. Ivan Garcia of Los Angeles had argued the article was “discouraging” for an up-and-coming college student considering the medical field. The news story focused on lawsuits filed against Bayer Healthcare over its birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin (ocella) and claims that the pill caused women, including young and otherwise healthy women, to suffer from serious ... Read More

New Jersey judge calls for consolidation of Reglan lawsuits

A New Jersey judge is calling for a statewide consolidation of all lawsuits filed against the makers of the heartburn medication Reglan that involve claims that the drug caused a serious and debilitating movement disorder known as Tardive Dyskinesia. Judge Eugene J. Codey, Jr., of the Essex County Superior Court, filed the request arguing that the New Jersey court system could better handle the mounting number of lawsuits if they were all centralized in one court. The primary defendant in the lawsuits, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, is headquartered in New Jersey. In his consolidation request to the administrative director of the courts ... Read More

Yaz, Yasmin can be dangerous to your health

Even before Bayer Healthcare agreed to change the label on its No. 1 selling birth control pills, Yaz and Yasmin, to include an elevated risk of blood clots and other health problems, a citizen’s right advocacy group placed the oral contraceptive on its “Do Not Use” list. The move by Public Citizen was in direct response to the mounting lawsuits filed against the company alleging the pills caused high potassium levels that can cause the heart to slow down and allow life-threatening blood clots to form. Yaz, and Bayer’s equivalent Yasmin, as well as the generic Ocella, are considered fourth-generation ... Read More