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IKEA dresser topples, kills toddler

About a year after popular furniture manufacturer and retailer IKEA recalled nearly 29 million chests and dressers prone to tipping over, the company reported that a 2-year-old boy was crushed to death by an IKEA Malm dresser. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) informed the company of the accident, which occurred in Buena Park, California in May. Toddler Jozef Dudek was put down for a nap by his father, and was later found under the Malm dresser, the family’s attorney said. An investigation indicates the dresser wasn’t properly attached to the wall. In June 2016, IKEA issued a recall ... Read More

Nixed Xarelto case highlights importance of early filing

A Louisiana federal judge kicked Herbert Louiviere’s failure-to-warn case out of a massive multi district litigation against the makers of the blood thinner Xarelto, saying he waited too long to file a lawsuit alleging the drug caused his internal bleeding. The ruling highlights the importance of not delaying to file a lawsuit. Louiviere was prescribed Xarelto in January 2013. The drug is used to prevent strokes in people with the common heart rhythm abnormality atrial fibrillation, as well as to prevent and treat some blood clot conditions. On March 6, 2013, Louiviere was hospitalized for a gastrointestinal bleed, at which ... Read More

Medicaid Fraud targeted by Massachusetts to Fight Opioid Addiction

The State of Massachusetts is tackling Medicaid fraud and opioid addiction by warning doctors who provide treatment services through the state’s Medicaid program not to unlawfully charge patients struggling with addiction to opioid painkillers. Massachusetts law requires providers of opioid addiction treatment to accept payment from the state’s Medicaid program, MassHealth, as full payment for their services. The buprenorphine-based drugs Suboxone, Subutex, and Vivitrol are used to treat opioid addiction under the Medicaid program to suppress opioid withdrawal and cravings. According to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, the state has brought numerous criminal and civil enforcement actions against Medicaid providers that ... Read More

More questions about the safety of J&J’s talc

In the largest Missouri talc ovarian cancer verdict, Lois Slemp was awarded $110 million by jurors who found Johnson and Johnson and its talc supplier Imerys Talc America Inc. responsible for her ovarian cancer. There have so far been seven completed talc trials in three states, with six plaintiff wins and damages of $724 million. All of these have alleged that talc particles when used in the genital area can travel through the female reproductive tract to the ovaries where they cause inflammation that leads to ovarian cancer. Slemp’s case was different from the other talc cases, which all accuse ... Read More

TN sues opioid makers on behalf of addicted infants

Eight Tennessee district attorneys general are suing opioid manufacturers on behalf of babies from 24 counties born dependent on opioids. As the nation’s opioid epidemic grows, so does the number of helpless infants born to addicted mothers. These babies exposed to drugs in the womb suffer from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which causes symptoms such as tremors or trembling, irritability, sleep problems, high-pitched crying, tight muscle tone, hyperactive reflexes, seizures, poor feeding and sucking, vomiting and diarrhea, dehydration, fever or unstable temperature, sweating, and dehydration. Long-term effects of NAS include developmental delays and attention problems. The problem has gotten so ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps Massachusetts Recover $2 Million From Home Depot Unit

A whistleblower who walked into the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office with allegations of fraud has helped the state recover nearly $2 million from a unit of Home Depot that provides janitorial supplies and cleaning products to state government agencies. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday that Interline Brands, a Home Depot subsidiary, agreed to settle allegations stemming from a whistleblower who accused the company of overbilling two state agencies for supplies it was contracted to provide. The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) and the Executive Office for Administration and Finance’s Operation Services Division (OSD) were both allegedly overcharged by Interline, Ms. ... Read More

Man’s liver injury tied to bodybuilding supplement

Fernando del Real, 35, wanted to bulk up quickly. The 35-year-old father of two didn’t have a lot of time to spend in the gym so he wanted his workouts to count. He dropped into a local nutrition shop and the salesman recommended a so-called “prohormone” for bodybuilding called Tri-Methyl Xtreme, and another dietary supplement called Liver Health. He promised they were both safe and legal. “There were no warning labels,” del Real recalls. “I didn’t feel that anything bad would happen taking something that came from a store.” Del Real began taking the pills and working out four to ... Read More

AndroGel makers failed to warn about risks

AbbVie Inc.’s did not properly test its testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel for cardiovascular risks and failed to warn doctors and patients of those risks, an Illinois federal jury found before ordering the company to pay a whopping $140 million dollars in punitive damages plus an additional $140,000 in compensatory damages to a Memphis, Tennessee man. Jeffrey Konrad, who is in his 50s, was prescribed AndroGel in 2010 to treat symptoms of so-called Low T, including low libido, muscle loss and weight gain. But two months after starting treatment he suffered a heart attack. He sued AbbVie in 2014. His lawsuit alleged ... Read More

Top Michigan Official Charged In Connection With Flint Water Crisis Death

Michigan’s former chief medical officer has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for her part in the Flint Water crisis and a deadly outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease that stemmed from it. Dr. Eden Wells is the sixth Michigan official to be charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection to the Flint water crisis, created by government officials after a cost-cutting measure led to widespread water contamination that sickened city residents. The Michigan Attorney General’s office announced on Monday, Oct. 9, that it filed manslaughter charges against Dr. Wells, about three months after she was charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly misleading ... Read More

Herbalife class action alleges company used pyramid scheme

Former Herbalife Ltd., distributors have filed a putative class action against the global nutrition supplement company and 44 of its top distributors seeking upwards of $1 billion in damages over allegations the company used a pyramid scheme and the “promise of riches” to lure consumers to participate in costly seminars, Law360 reports. The lawsuit was filed in Florida federal court by eight former Herbalife distributors, and targets the company’s “Circle of Success” event series, expensive seminars set up across the country that company officials said were vital to distributors’ success. The eight plaintiffs – Jeff and Patricia Rodgers, Michael and ... Read More