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Amtrak Engineer Faces Criminal Charges For Deadly Philly Derailment

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Former Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian was arraigned last week on numerous charges related to the deaths and injuries of passengers aboard Amtrak 188, which derailed in Philadelphia two years ago, killing eight passengers and injuring numerous others. Mr. Bostian, 34, was charged with eight counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of causing or risking a catastrophe, and multiple counts of reckless endangerment. He was arraigned Thursday, May 17, and released on an $81,000 bond, with his next scheduled court date set for June 7. Mr. Bostian was operating the seven-car Amtrak commuter train on May 12, 2015, when it approached ... Read More

Maintenance Worker Killed after Being Crushed Beneath Lawn Mower

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Last Saturday at a north suburban country club in Northbrook, Illinois, a maintenance worker was killed after being crushed beneath a lawn mower. Richard L. Bowden, a 62-year-old Deerfield resident, was operating a commercial lawn mower on the grounds of Greenacre Country Club. As a contract employee of the landscaping company charged with maintaining the country club’s property, Bowden was mowing the grass along an embankment with a steep incline when the heavy machine tipped over, crushing him beneath its weight. NBC News Chicago reports that the autopsy performed by the Cook County medical examiner’s office determined he died of traumatic asphyxia, with blunt force ... Read More

Alleged Monsanto Roundup Cancer Victim Shares Plight With CNN

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After years of spraying Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on her coffee farm in Hawaii, Christine Sheppard developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Now, as a stage IV cancer patient, she is one of more than 800 other cancer patients who are pursuing legal action against the agrochemical giant, alleging Roundup caused their cancer. Ms. Sheppard, 67, told CNN that she learned of her cancer after her right leg “swelled up enormously.” An ultrasound found that her body was full of late-stage, large-cell cancer. She is undergoing chemotherapy, which has diminished her mobility and quality of life. Beyond her constant pain, she is experiencing “a ... Read More

Risperdal Boys project shows victims’ suffering


“This is a story that needs to be seen to be adequately understood,” photographer Richard Johnson told PetaPixel. He spent six days, visited 10 cities, and covered more than 4,000 miles to shed light on the devastating side effect that can affect adolescent boys, a side effect caused by the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The condition, known as gynecomastia, causes boys and young men to grow female-like breasts. Not only is gynecomastia emotionally painful, it can be physically painful as well, causing tenderness and even lactation. Treatment often involves liposuction and a mastectomy. More than 18,000 boys and their families have filed ... Read More

Xarelto cases will continue to be heard


Attorneys on both sides of the Xarelto bleeding risks litigation said that while the first bellwether trial fell in favor of the defense, it is unlikely to sway other consumers in the litigation to pull their cases. First consolidated in December 2014, more than 14,000 cases are pending in a massive multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Louisiana. Three more bellwethers are scheduled before the end of the year, with the next scheduled for later this month. Plaintiffs claim that Xarelto makers, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceutials and Bayer, did not adequately warn of bleeding risks associated with use of the blood ... Read More

Joint health pill maker settles false claims class action

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Pharmavite LLC has agreed to pay $1.9 million to settle allegations that its dietary supplement TripleFlex, was falsely promoted to improve joint health by “replenishing the body with key nutrients” despite no scientific basis for making that claim, Law360 reports. The company said that the glucosamine, chondroitin and sulfur compound contained in the pill provided proof of the supplement’s benefits. The class action settled in California federal court puts to rest six years of litigation and covers all U.S. residents who have purchased the covered products since May 13, 2007. As part of the agreement, Pharmavite will give a cash or ... Read More

$110 million verdict links talc to ovarian cancer; Fourth plaintiff win

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Johnson and Johnson has been hit with its biggest talc verdict yet. Yesterday, after 10 hours of deliberations, a St. Louis jury awarded more than $110 million to plaintiff Lois Slemp, who alleged her four decades of daily use of the company’s talc-containing products were responsible for the development of her ovarian tumors. Law360 reports that the jury found in favor of plaintiff Lois Slemp on all of her claims, which included conspiracy, breach of implied warranty and negligence. The defendants, Johnson and Johnson, its Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. unit and its talc supplier, co-defendant Imerys Talc America Inc., ... Read More

Bleeding often leads to heart-related death


Internal bleeding can cause heart attacks and is often listed as a cause of death on death certificates. Thus, bleeding should not be ruled out as a cause of death in patients who died while being treated with the blood thinner Xarelto, says Mass Tort consultant John Ray in an editorial for Mass Tort Nexus. “In our consulting practice at Mass tort Nexus we are often asked if the cause of death listed on a death certificate does not mention bleeding or ischemic stroke… – is that a fatal obstacle to finding a wrongful death case related to Xarelto, Pradaxa ... Read More

Attorney advertising questioned in Xarelto bellwether trial

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The first bellwether trial among more than 16,000 alleging bleeding risks with the blood thinner Xarelto began this week and early developments indicate that this isn’t your typical pharmaceutical case. Critics of plaintiffs attorney advertising are using Xarelto as an example that rules of professional conduct pertaining to attorney ads need to be changed. The effort is being led by tort reform groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, coauthor of a tort reform bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives recently, also mentioned the Xarelto litigation in letters ... Read More

Why are women suing Johnson and Johnson over Baby Powder?

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Johnson and Johnson relies primarily on two studies in its argument that talc does not cause ovarian cancer. Compare this to the more than 20 epidemiological studies showing the mineral is hazardous that plaintiffs’ attorneys claim date back to the 1930s, according to the National Law Journal. Beasley Allen law firm has been involved in the talc ovarian cancer lawsuits since R. Allen Smith, lead counsel in the first talc case to go before a jury in 2013, co-counseled with them to assist with the growing number of claims that would likely follow his significant initial win. Indeed those claims did come in. Beasley ... Read More