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J&J attempt to delay Missouri talc trials denied again

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According to Law360, Johnson and Johnson’s request to delay upcoming talc trials has been denied by the Missouri Court of Appeals. The next trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 6 in St. Louis. The case is brought by more than 60 women and family members who allege that the company’s talc-containing products cause ovarian cancer and that the company failed to warn them of this risk. Five other trials are scheduled to follow the one in February. Johnson and Johnson questioned the jurisdiction of the 22nd Circuit Court in St. Louis as most of the 1,350 plaintiffs with pending claims are ... Read More

Sears agrees to pay CA $235,000 for selling dangerous dietary supplements

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Sears has agreed to pay $235,000 to settle charges by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office that the retail giant sold dietary supplements on its websites that are banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The department store was also barred from selling misbranded or falsely advertised dietary supplements. The lawsuit, filed in Orange County Superior Court earlier this week, accuses Sears Holdings Management Corp., of advertising and selling nutritional supplements that were found, after FDA laboratory analysis, to contain “dangerous, undeclared substances,” including undeclared sibutramine, a stimulant that was pulled from the market in 2010 due to heart risks, and ephedra, ... Read More

Former hockey players claim NHL failed to warn about concussion risks

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The National Hockey League (NHL) condoned its players picking fights with each other during games, possibility increasing their risk of head injury, according to attorneys representing former players. A group of former players are asking a Minnesota federal court to certify a class of players who claim the NHL failed to warn them of the risks of repeated head blows sustained during play and the long-term effects of such injuries. The claims are similar to those of other high-impact sporting leagues, including the National Football League’s $1 billion settlement soon to be inked. The agreement provides regular monitoring of players and financial ... Read More

Lawyers call on Johnson & Johnson to settle metal-on-metal hip implant cases rather than drag out litigation

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In a recent verdict, a Dallas federal jury ordered Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics, to pay more than $1 billion in damages over defective metal-on-metal hip implants. The Pinnacle hip implant is a design using a metal ball and metal socket made of a cobalt-chromium alloy that rub against each other during normal use. The device has been found to shed metal debris, which has been linked to anything from cobalt poisoning to tissue damage, bone erosion, pain and loosening. All six plaintiffs involved in the bellwether trial had to have revision surgery to remedy pain and suffering related to ... Read More

Judge OKs $468M settlement, $150M fees in long-running Celebrex, Bextra case

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A New York federal judge gave final approval to a $468 million settlement and approved more than $150 million in attorneys fees and litigation expenses related to a long-running multidistrict litigation (MDL) accusing drug maker Pfizer of withholding data collected between 1998 and 2004 linking the company’s painkillers Celebrex and Bextra to serious cardiovascular risks. The fee request was the result of a lawsuit that lingered over 12 years, involving more than 100 depositions, 65 million pages of documents, and nearly 300,000 hours of legal work, according to Law360. A consolidated complaint was filed in February 2006, and a second class ... Read More

Judge calls for more information from those suing Fresenius

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People who want their day in court over alleged injuries caused by Fresenius Medical Care’s dialysis drugs must first provide more information about their claims including expert certifications, said senior U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock. Woodlock pulled the so-called Lone Pine order to weed out meritless claims and to encourage a settlement with the stronger cases that remain. About 12,000 cases are pending in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Fresenius. The lawsuits claim that Fresenius’ dialysis concentrates GranuFlo and NaturaLyte caused toxic levels of bicarbonate in the blood of dialysis patients, which caused patients to suffer heart attacks and ... Read More

Federal judge establishes settlement committees for Taxotere MDL

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Hundreds of Taxotere lawsuits are consolidated in multidistrict litigation (MDL) in federal court in Louisiana. The complaints allege Taxotere, a chemotherapy drug used to treat many kinds of cancers including breast, lung, prostate, stomach, and head and neck cancer, can cause permanent hair loss. The manufacturer of the drug, Sonafi SA, is accused of illegally, untruthfully marketing Taxotere as superior to similar competing drugs, while concealing from American consumers the drug’s risk of irreversible alopecia. “The company knew, at least as early as the late 1990s, of a study showing that 9.2 percent of people who took the drug lost ... Read More

“It’s not the location that makes a venue difficult for corporations like J&J, it’s the facts.”

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In a recent press release, Plaintiffs’ attorneys in the talc cases against Johnson and Johnson come forward to speak on behalf of Missouri courts, which are being portrayed by some media as “judicial hellholes.” These attorneys who represent women whose ovarian cancer has been linked to perineal use of Johnson’s talc-containing products, claim that this information is coming straight from corporate-funded defense lawyers and organizations and is “misguided and insulting to juries.” “These attacks on the civil justice system are trumpeted each year by organizations that are bought and paid for by corporate interests,” said Allen Smith of Mississippi-based The ... Read More

U.S. Accuses NJ Medical Testing Company Owner of Medicare Fraud

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The U.S. government is suing a Morris County, N.J., man and his diagnostic testing company for knowingly submitting false claims to Medicare for thousands of testing services he never provided, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, District of New Jersey, announced today. Vijay Patel, 59, of Parsippany, N.J., and owner and operator of Mobile Diagnostic Testing of NJ LLC of Parsippany, violated the False Claims Act by submitting bills to Medicare on behalf of a cardiologist who did not have the proper documentation for reimbursement through his Medicare contractor, federal prosecutors allege. Mr. Patel pleaded guilty Dec. 15, 2014, to criminal ... Read More

2016: a bad year for Johnson and Johnson

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The Legal Intelligencer says a Johnson and Johnson attorney overseeing products liability litigation said “2016 just happened to be a bad year for trials.” In spite of having “an arsenal of trial teams” Johnson & Johnson, which expects worldwide sales this year to surpass $72 billion, has lost an attention-getting number of high-profile cases. On Dec. 1, the pharmaceutical giant lost a second bellwether case this year in federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) against DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. unit’s metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants. The $1.04 billion verdict followed a $502 million verdict in March, which was ultimately reduced to $150 million under a Texas ... Read More