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Nissan brakes blamed in collision deaths

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A Nissan’s alleged brake failure is being blamed for the death of a woman and her two young children after their vehicle was struck by an SUV. At a Hollywood intersection in 2012 in Los Angeles, California, a 74-year-old man named Solomon Mathenge crashed into the side of a minivan, killing the female driver and her two daughters, ages 4 and 6. One surviving daughter had been dropped off at school earlier that morning, CVN online reports. At first, Mathenge, who was also critically injured in the crash, was charged with manslaughter for the deaths of Hilario Cruz’s wife and children. Now, ... Read More

J&J fights $48M Motrin side effects verdict


Johnson & Johnson is appealing a $48 million jury verdict that blamed the drug company’s pain reliever Motrin for causing a young man’s severe skin condition, arguing the jury’s verdict form responses were “confused.” Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary McNeil Consumer Healthcare argued that the jury did not find Motrin as presenting a “substantial danger,” but it did find that McNeil should have known that, “Motrin was dangerous or was likely to be dangerous.” As a result, the jury concluded that the drug companies negligently failed to warn the plaintiff. Yet, the attorneys argued, “You can’t have ... Read More

Missouri talc trial ends early after Supreme Court ruling

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The talc trial against defendants Johnson and Johnson and Imerys Talc America, which began on June 5 in St. Louis, has been declared a mistrial after Monday’s Supreme Court decision about jurisdiction. This sixth trial before St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Rex Burlison was to be the first multi-plaintiff trial. One of the three plaintiffs bringing the suit, Michael Blaes of Webster Groves, Missouri, is the first Missouri resident to be represented in a claim to go to trial. He is the husband of Shawn Blaes, who died of ovarian cancer in 2011 at age 50 after decades of using ... Read More

Pharmacy Pays $2.17M To Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit

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A South Georgia pharmacy company and pharmacist have agreed to pay the U.S. government $2.175 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging they cheated the Medicare program and violated the Controlled Substances Act. According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia, an investigation of Rhine Drug Company of Rhine, Georgia, and its owner Andrew “Carter” Clements Jr. found that the defendants violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims to Medicare for drugs that they never dispensed to patients. The U.S. government also alleged that Rhine Drug and Mr. Clements negligently failed to ... Read More

Flint water crisis draws manslaughter charges

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Top officials in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are facing allegations of manslaughter and other criminal charges for their handling of health threats during the Flint water crisis. On June 14, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced involuntary manslaughter charges, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a $7,500 fine for Michigan HHS Director Nick Lyon and four others who allegedly failed to properly respond to an outbreak of Legionnaires disease connected to Flint’s water crisis. The manslaughter charges stem from the death of Robert Skidmore, who died from Legionnaires disease in December 2015. According ... Read More

AL AG joins investigation into opioid marketing practices

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Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is teaming up with a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general across the country to investigate whether manufacturers of powerful prescription painkillers known as opioids have engaged in unlawful practices to push sales of the drugs. “Alabama has disproportionately suffered from prescription painkiller abuse and I have joined with a majority of my fellow Attorneys General to investigate what role opioid manufacturers have had in creating or prolonging the opioid abuse epidemic,” Attorney General Marshall said. Opioids are by far the most misused and abused prescription drugs in the country, fueling a national epidemic. Opioids killed ... Read More

Physiomesh Marketed without Adequate Testing


Physiomesh, a hernia mesh device made by Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, was approved by the FDA in a 510(k) process, which allows the company to fast-track the product onto the market without adequately testing the product for safety and efficacy, according to The Ring of Fire Network. Many lawsuits have been filed alleging failed Physiomesh devices are connected to serious injuries. Claims have been filed by a Florida woman who says she suffered excruciating pain as a result of the mesh, a Canadian woman who describes her pain as if her “insides are going to explode,” and a Louisiana woman who ... Read More

Patient requests new Xarelto trial


The man who lost the first bellwether trial in a mulstidistrict litigation alleging the blood thinner Xarelto causes uncontrolled bleeding asked a Louisiana federal court for a new trial, arguing that a pretrial order prevented him from fully arguing his case to jurors, according to Law360. Joseph Boudreaux’s attorneys told the jury that Boudreaux should have been monitored with a blood clotting test called Neoplastin PT to determine the level of Xarelto in his system. But the court prevented them from providing information on how the test works. Yet, Xarelto’s manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer, were able ... Read More

Doctor says testosterone treatment has heart risks

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Days before the a lead attorney in the first bellwether trial alleging cardiovascular risks with the testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel fell ill, resulting in a mistrial, a cardiologist who teaches at Northwestern University testified that he believes testosterone treatments increase the risk of heart attacks in older men, Law360 reported. Dr. Hossein Ardehali appeared as an expert witness in the case of Jeffrey Konrad, a Tennessee man who says he was lured by aggressive advertising by AbbVie and other testosterone treatment manufacturers to try the medication to treat symptoms of so-called Low T, a condition allegedly fabricated by manufacturers of ... Read More

Janssen, Bayer face thousands more Xarelto lawsuits


Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer prevailed in a trial involving bleeding side effects with its blood thinner Xarelto, but the drug companies face more litigation in the estimated 18,500 other lawsuits pending. The latest trial involved the case of Sharyn Orr, a 67-year-old woman who was prescribed Xarelto to prevent strokes associated with her heart ailment, atrial fibrillation. She had been taking the medication for more than a year when she suffered a severe headache with vomiting. She was rushed to the hospital where a CT scan was performed, revealing a major brain bleed. An operation could increase ... Read More