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Houston County, Alabama, sues opioid makers, distributors

Houston County, Alabama, is suing several manufacturers and distributors of highly addictive prescription painkillers alleging their actions are contributing to the national opioid epidemic, a public health and safety crisis. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama by Beasley Allen attorneys Rhon E. Jones, head of the firm’s Toxic Torts Section, Rick Stratton, Will Sutton and Ryan Kral. “This is a crisis created by the pharmaceutical industry, which instead of investigating suspicious orders of prescription opiates, turned a blind eye in favor of making a profit,” Jones said. “They intentionally misled doctors ... Read More

Greenville, Alabama, sues opioid makers, distributors

Greenville, Alabama, is the latest city to file a lawsuit against several makers and distributors of highly addictive prescription painkillers in an effort to quell the growing opioid epidemic that is gripping the nation. Lawyers from Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama on behalf of Greenville. The complaint alleges Greenville’s communities have sustained economic damages and continues to incur a significant financial burden due to drug manufacturers and distributors aggressively pushing “highly addictive, dangerous opioids, turning patients into addicts for their own corporate profits,” ... Read More

Testim testosterone side effects trial scheduled for January

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Mary Colins denied Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s request to worm out of an upcoming trial over alleged testosterone side effects linked to its hormone replacement drug Testim. Auxilium had cited federal preemption as a grounds for summary judgment. The trial involves the case of Alabama resident Robert Hoehl and his wife Kathleen. Hoehl sued Auxilium in 2014 alleging that in October 2011, at the age of 62, he was prescribed Testim to treat fatigue and erectile dysfunction related to low testosterone. But in July 2012, Hoehl suffered a stroke, which he believes was caused ... Read More

3M Underreported Toxic Emissions To Alabama For Years

3M Co. grossly underreported the levels of toxic PFOS and PFOA chemicals it discharged into the Tennessee River from its Decatur, Alabama plant, the company disclosed in a letter to Alabama regulators. The company told the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) that it underreported the level of chemical releases over a period of about three and a half years, ending in mid-2016. 3M’s admission comes as lawsuits against the manufacturer continue to mount, most of them filed by individuals who developed cancer and other serious health problems allegedly brought on by exposure to the 3M chemicals. 3M used perfluorooctane ... Read More

Kroger recalls infant water due to mold contamination

The Kroger Company is recalling Comforts FOR BABY Purified Water with Fluoride Added after receiving complaints that there was mold in the product. Laboratory testing identified the mold as Talaromyces penicillium, which can cause allergic reactions in some people. Affected products include 1 gallon (3.78 L) clear bottles with the sell by dates from April 26, 2018 to Oct. 10, 2018,  the UPC Code 0 41260 37597 2, and the plant code 51-4140. The labels also state DISTRIBUTED BY THE KROGER CO, CINCINNATI, OHIO 45202. The water was distributed to Kroger stores, including Food 4 Less, Jay C, Jay C ... Read More

Judge upholds $110 million talc verdict, plaintiff proves jurisdiction

We previously reported that the estate of talc plaintiff Jacqueline Fox asked a Missouri court of appeals to reconsider its decision to overrule the $72 million verdict against Johnson and Johnson which was awarded last February. The appeals’ court’s decision was based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bristol Myers Squibb ruling from this June, which changed the standards for establishing personal jurisdiction for plaintiffs filing out of their home states. The estate of Alabama resident Fox contested that they should be allowed to re-argue for jurisdiction under the new law, as they have new evidence establishing personal jurisdiction in Missouri. ... Read More

Binding arbitration prevents raped nun from taking nursing home to court for neglect

After Sister Irene Morisette was raped in Chateau Vestavia assisted living facility near Birmingham, Alabama, the 87-year-old Catholic nun was terrified. She told police days later that she was afraid to call for help for fear that the assailant would be the one who came to her aid. But instead of justice being served the usual way – a public hearing in the presence of a judge and possibly a jury to levy appropriate penalties to the guilty individual and the long-term care facility for not ensuring her safety, Morisette’s case never made it to court. The details of the ... Read More

Talc plaintiff wants chance to fight for verdict in high-profile appeal

Law 360 reports that on Oct. 31, the estate of Jacqueline Fox, the first Missouri talc plaintiff last year who won a $72 million verdict against Johnson and Johnson, has asked a Missouri court of appeals to reconsider its decision made earlier in October to overrule the high-profile verdict. In February 2016, a St. Louis jury had found Johnson and Johnson to be responsible for Fox’s ovarian cancer death and awarded one million dollars in punitive damages for every year of Fox’s life. The court’s decision to overturn the verdict was based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling in ... Read More

3 Crew Dead After Medical Helicopter Crash in Arkansas

Three crew members were killed when their medical helicopter crashed Sunday night in DeWitt, Arkansas, approximately 60 miles southeast of Little Rock, the Associated Press reported. A post-crash fire engulfed the helicopter in flames, preventing first responders from approaching the crash site when they arrived. The Bell 407 helicopter, known as Pafford AIR ONE, was owned and operated by Pafford EMS and Air Methods. Pafford EMS confirmed no patients were on board at the time of the crash, but that the aircraft was flying from Pine Bluff to pick up a patient in West Helena. The three crew members who ... Read More

FDA raises concerns about herbal supplement kratom

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Public Health Advisory due to its growing concerns about the risks associated with the use of the herbal supplement kratom, and is calling on those who believe in the potential medical benefits of the herb to conduct research on kratom so that its risks and benefits can be better understood. Kratom is a plant indigenous to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It has grown in popularity in the U.S., and is often marketed as a “safe” treatment for a variety of conditions. The FDA said it knows people are using kratom ... Read More