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Johnson & Johnson Requesting a Freeze on Upcoming Hip Implant Bellwether Trials after $5 Million Verdict

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Last March, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, DePuy Orthopedics, took a hit when the jury of the bellwether trial in hip implant litigation sided with the five plaintiffs, awarding them with a jaw-dropping total of $497.6 million. The lawsuits were regarding injuries resulting from the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant devices for failure-to-warn and design defect claims, as decided by a federal jury in Dallas, Texas. The first trial began in January and took eight weeks to conclude. The jury deliberated for five days before returning with the verdict. Beasley Allen Principal Navan Ward, Jr. served as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) working hard to ... Read More

Researcher confirms ovarian cancer risk with talcum powder use

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Cleveland 19 News recently reported that talcum powder was found in the ovarian tissue of both of the women who were plaintiffs in two recent trials against Johnson & Johnson, alleging the company’s talcum powder products caused their ovarian cancer. Jacqueline Fox died of ovarian cancer just months before her trial at age 62. Her family was awarded $72 million by a jury in February. Fifty-seven-year-old Gloria Ristesund, a cancer survivor, was awarded $55 million by a jury in April. Both used Johnson and Johnson talcum powder products for feminine hygiene for decades. Cleveland 19 News, while covering the two ... Read More

U.S. Backs Whistleblower’s FCA Complaint Accusing Guild Mortgage of Fraud

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it will intervene in a False Claims Act (FCA) complaint against Guild Mortgage Company brought by a former employee of the company who accuses it of improperly originating and underwriting hundreds of mortgage loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). “Guild grew its FHA lending business by ignoring FHA rules and falsely certifying compliance with underwriting requirements in order to reap the profits from FHA-insured mortgages,” the Justice Department said in a press release. Guild was certified as a direct endorsement lender with the FHA, meaning it had the authority to ... Read More

Lawyers to thank for finally bringing talc risk to public attention

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The two recent talc cases where Johnson and Johnson was held liable for two women’s ovarian cancer and ordered to pay more than $100 million in damages are important because talc products’ ovarian cancer risk has in the past few months become a subject of much public discussion. Many women who weren’t previously aware that there had ever been a question about talc’s safety now have the chance to make an informed choice. In fact, scientists have been researching talc’s connection to ovarian cancer for decades. Back in 2013, Johnson and Johnson lost its first talc lawsuit, but as there ... Read More

$2.5 million verdict over Risperdal side effects stands

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A $2.5 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals involving claims the company’s antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused an autistic boy to grow female breasts will stand, a Philadelphia judge ruled. Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy I. Djerassi rejected the drug company’s bid for a new trial based on claims that allowing a new expert in the bellwether trial had left Janssen’s attorneys unprepared for the new testimony. The drug company also argued that the $2.5 million verdict was excessive because it relied on the plaintiff’s mother’s accounts of her son’s experiences after growing breasts. Djerassi ... Read More

Amendment to restrict sales of dietary supplements on military bases withdrawn

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An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requiring dietary supplements sold on military bases to first be vetted for purity was withdrawn, but the amendment may be brought up again when the bill comes to the Senate, Nutra Ingredients-USA reported. The amendment was proposed by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in the Senate Armed Services Committee meeting and would have required dietary supplements sold on a military base commissary or retail store operating on a military be verified by an independent third party “for recognized public standards of identity, purity, strength, and composition, and adherence to related process standards.” “We ... Read More

Mistrust in J&J leads parents to choose alternatives for baby care products

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The Post and Courier reports that the recent verdicts against Johnson & Johnson have stimulated growth in the organic baby care industry. More parents are seeking out alternative baby care products, the article states. Many are willing to pay higher prices for products that aren’t made by the big corporations like Johnson and Johnson, buying instead, for example, from The Honest Company, founded by Jessica Alba, which sold $10 million worth of products during its first year and in three years was valued at $1 billion. Johnson and Johnson is losing parents’ trust more and more. “Johnson & Johnson has been ... Read More

First Xarelto lawsuits planned for 2017

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Forty lawsuits among hundreds filed against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Healthcare alleging serious bleeding risks with the companies’ blood thinner Xarelto have been selected to be part of the bellwether poll, with the first two lawsuits scheduled to begin in early 2017. Attorneys for both the plaintiffs and defendants were charged with identifying 20 cases, with each side permitted to choose 10. The Court added another 20 cases that were randomly chosen based on eligibility requirements. The bellwether approach is often used in situations such as the Xarelto lawsuits, where there are a large number of plaintiffs pursuing ... Read More

Safety of talc is not as ‘proven’ as J&J insists

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Johnson and Johnson says that it will continue arguing that its talc powder is safe, even after two multi-million dollar verdicts finding the company liable for women developing ovarian cancer after prolonged use of its talc products for feminine hygiene. The lawsuits allege that talc causes ovarian cancer and that the company, aware of the risk for decades, chose not to warn consumers. According to Reuters, a J&J attorney insisted in a recent interview that there “is no proven linkage between talc and ovarian cancer, and the vast majority of scientific and regulatory bodies, who have reviewed the same studies ... Read More

Judge dismisses Counterclaims Against Health care Whistleblower

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A whistleblower who accuses a cardiac-monitoring company of violating the False Claims Act (FCA) by using unlicensed workers in India to monitor heart patients scored a victory last week when an Illinois federal court tossed a counterclaim against him. Matthew Cieszynski, who formerly worked as a certified technician for Illinois-based cardiac monitoring provider LifeWatch, sued the company on behalf of the U.S. government in 2012 after a patient died because of a faulty diagnosis made by an unqualified worker overseas. At that point, Mr. Cieszynski, whose job was to conduct heart monitoring tests, grew even more concerned that the Indian workers ... Read More