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Shell Ordered To Pay $5 MillionTo Benzene-Polluted Community

Benzene can have a devastating impact on human health over the long term, especially to workers who are exposed to even the smallest levels of it. But the chemical can also have an extremely toxic effect on communities in proximity to oil and gas refineries, as a recent $5 million federal case shows. U.S. Judge Nancy Rosenstengel ordered Shell Oil and ConocoPhillips to settle a class action Feb. 23 brought by hundreds of people living in and around the city of Roxana, Illinois., a community just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri. The claimants alleged that the companies ... Read More

FDA, DEA clash on drug sales data for opioid MDL

Attorneys from local governments gathering information in a multidistrict litigation blaming drug manufacturers and distributors for fueling the deadly and costly national opioid epidemic have reached an apparent impasse with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regarding access to the mountain of data the DEA has on opioid sales, according to Law360. Attorneys want to get their hands on information from the DEA’s ARCOS database that contains bountiful information about the sales of prescription painkillers, including details such as what drugs were sold, and when and where they were sold. The DEA has agreed to provide data on specific drugs, like ... Read More

Woman fights to keep $28M Xarelto jury award

A woman’s near-$28 million jury verdict for injuries suffered while taking the blood thinner Xarelto was reversed last month, but she is fighting to get the compensation she believes she’s entitled to. Lynn Hartman has outlined issues she intends to raise with the Pennsylvania Superior Court in a brief challenging the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas ruling to eliminate her $27.8 million award, the first win for plaintiffs in a multidistrict litigation accusing Xarelto makers Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer of not adequately warning about Xarelto side effects. Hartman’s appeal includes a challenge of Judge Michael Erdos’ statement ... Read More

New DOJ task force to tackle opioid epidemic

A new Prescription Interdiction & Litigation (PIL) Task Force as been established by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to aggressively coordinate all available criminal and civil law enforcement tools to reverse “the tide of opioid overdoses in the United States,” with particular focus on opioid manufacturers and distributors, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this week. “Over the past year, the Department has vigorously fought the prescription opioid crisis, and we are determined to continue making progress. Today, we are opening a new front in the war on the opioid crisis by bringing all of our anti-opioid efforts under one banner,” ... Read More

Judge issues gag order on settlement talks in opioid MDL

U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster, who is overseeing the growing multidistrict litigation (MDL) targeting the nation’s largest prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors, issued a gag order for settlement negotiations. The MDL blames the drug companies for fueling the nation’s deadly and financially burdensome opioid epidemic. Prior to the gag order, Law360 reported that attorneys discussed ways to ease the opioid crisis and lay blame for the substantial growth of addictions, overdoses and fatalities in recent years. Observers called the preliminary settlement talks a remarkable step at such an early stage in the two-month-old MDL. Judge Polster is hoping to ... Read More

Conductor’s Widow Sues Amtrak, CSX Over Deadly South Carolina Crash

Amtrak and CSX are facing a lawsuit filed by the widow of the train engineer who was killed Feb. 4 when Amtrak Train 91 was wrongfully diverted onto a side track, where it collided with a CSX freight train near Cayce, South Carolina. Attorneys for Christine Cella and her two children filed the lawsuit against Amtrak and CSX alleging negligence in the operation of a track switch caused 36-year-old Michael Cella’s death. The collision also killed 54-year-old Amtrak engineer Michael Kempf and injured 116 passengers and crew aboard the train, which was traveling from New York to Miami. The National ... Read More

Expert claims J&J talc contains asbestos

Dr. James Webber, environmental consultant and founder of New York asbestos laboratory the Wadsworth Center, testified that the testing data he reviewed showed that both Johnson & Johnson’s finished talcum powder products and its source of talc contained asbestos, in a trial alleging long-term use of the consumer health care giant’s talc-containing products caused a man to develop mesothelioma. But in cross examination this week, Johnson & Johnson attorneys showed Webber a series of testing reports prepared by another group, including nearly a dozen from the 1970s, that contended that Johnson & Johnson’s talc did not contain asbestos. Did Webber ... Read More

Testosterone lawsuits blame makers for failing to warn of drug’s risks

AbbVie won the latest testosterone side effects lawsuit alleging its testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel caused a man to suffer debilitating blood clots, but the two previous plaintiffs wins with verdicts totaling nearly $300 million suggest the fight has only just begun. AbbVie’s AndroGel has enjoyed the lion’s share of sales in the once-booming testosterone replacement therapy market. The hormone treatment was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 for the treatment of hypogonadism, a condition in which there is a testosterone deficiency due to a genetic defect, illness or trauma. But AbbVie began aggressively promoting the drug ... Read More

Team of lawyers to assist with lawsuits targeting opioid makers

U.S. District Judge Dan Polster approved a team of 22 lawyers to oversee the more than 180 lawsuits against companies accused of helping to fuel the national opioid epidemic. The team includes many of the same attorneys who helped land the $246 billion settlement with Big Tobacco. The proposed slate is broken down into various committees and working groups, and has room for more attorneys. The groups would be overseen by a plaintiffs steering committee, which has yet to be decided. A larger and much more detailed system for tackling the opioid litigation is needed because it is too large ... Read More

AndroGel’s label did not warn of cardiovascular risks

AbbVie Inc., never mentioned on the safety label of its testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel that users were at an increased risk of cardiovascular events, including blood clots like those that lodged in the lungs of a man suing the drug company, his attorneys said in opening arguments to an Illinois federal jury this week. Robert Nolte’s case is the third bellwether trial AbbVie has faced in a multidistrict litigation of consisting of about 7,500 cases of men alleging testosterone treatment makers did not adequately warn doctors or consumers that their products were linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, ... Read More