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Babies born addicted to opioids won’t get separate track in MDL

Babies born addicted to opioids after being exposed to the drugs in their mothers’ wombs will not get a separate track in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) blaming opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies of fueling the opioid epidemic, the Ohio federal judge overseeing the litigation ruled. Attorneys representing the so-called opioid babies argued in May that their clients deserved a special track in the MDL to address their special medical needs, such as long-term cognitive impairments. But U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster denied the request. The complicated multidistrict litigation includes various local governments as well as Native American tribes, each ... Read More

AbbVie, Besins fined for delaying generic versions of AndroGel

AbbVie Inc., and its affiliate Bensons Healthcare were ordered to pay $448 million for allegedly reaping more than $1 billion in profits after filing sham lawsuits to keep competitors from launching generic versions of the companies’ top selling testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel. The companies filed patent lawsuits against Teva Pharmaceuticals USA and Perrigo Co., which were later ruled baseless by U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle. If not for AbbVie and Besins’ efforts, Perrigo could have entered the market in June 2013 with its own generic version of AndroGel. “The patent attorneys also clearly recognized that the entry of generic versions ... Read More

Mistrial called after mesothelioma victim dies

Ilene Brick lived a full life, but at the age of 94 she received a horrific diagnosis: mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that affects the lining of internal organs, like the lungs. The disease is caused by exposure to asbestos, a mineral made up of microscopic fibers found in many building and industrial materials. It can take 10 to 50 years for the disease to develop. Once diagnosed, mesothelioma typically kills within 12 to 24 months. Ilene was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, the most common type of mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs. How could ... Read More

Dr. Oz to pay $5.25 million to settle alleged false diet pill claims

Television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz agreed to pay $5.25 million and stop airing three episodes of The Dr. Oz Show that promoted dietary supplements as miracle weight-loss pills to settle a proposed class action lawsuit. The suit, filed in California federal court, alleges he misrepresented the effectiveness of the diet pills. Veda Woodard, Teresa Rizzo-Marino and Diane Morrison, representing the class, alleged they bought diet pills sold by former bodybuilder Lee Labrada though his company Labrada Bodybuilding Nutrition Inc., after seeing him promote Labrada Gardenia Cambodia Dual Action Fat Buster and Labrada Green Coffee Bean Extract Fat Loss Optimizer on ... Read More

Hundreds of new Xarelto cases filed in PA each month

Hundreds of new Xarelto side effects cases are being filed each month in Philadelphia’s Complex Litigation Center, where more than 1,700 cases are pending, and plaintiffs attorneys don’t appear to be slowing the trend. As many as 400 to 600 new cases are being filed each month by patients who blame Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer for not adequately warning about serious bleeding risks with their blood thinner Xarelto. Plaintiffs also claim that the drug companies also didn’t inform doctors to monitor patients to reduce their risk for life-threatening bleeds, including gastrointestinal bleeds and brain hemorrhages. Plaintiffs attorneys ... Read More

AbbVie accused of misusing plaintiff profile forms in testosterone MDL

Attorneys representing consumers in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) accusing testosterone treatment manufacturers of failing to warn that their products carried cardiovascular risks asked an Illinois federal judge to fine AbbVie Inc., nearly a half million dollars for misusing a records-collecting process to challenge almost 1,000 cases. The plaintiffs’ attorneys told U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly that AbbVie, maker of the top-selling AndroGel testosterone replacement therapy, was improperly using the plaintiff profile forms in an attempt to have the cases dismissed. As a result, the plaintiffs’ steering committee has spent tremendous time and effort to respond to the drug company’s issues. ... Read More

Explosions Make E-Cigarettes Too Risky For Many Insurers

Are e-cigarettes and other products in the bustling vaping market too risky for insurance carriers? A recent report by Insurance Business America suggests so. When e-cigarettes and other vaping products emerged in the U.S. in 2007, insurance carriers eagerly embraced this new market for its growth potential and promising revenue source. But as e-cigarettes and other vaping devices exploded, causing serious burn injuries and other harm to vapers, “the great fire of interest quickly whittled down to a few smoldering embers,” Insurance Business America reported. Although other factors have played a role, the risk of e-cigarette explosions and serious physical ... Read More

CA sues toddler formula makers for excessive lead in products

Nutraceutrical Corp. and Graceleigh Inc., were hit with a lawsuit by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra over claims that the companies’ toddler formulas contained dangerously high levels of lead – 14 to 16 times higher than state requirements for businesses to issue lead exposure warnings. Natraceuticals, which makes Peaceful Planet Toddler Supreme, and Graceleigh, which makes Sammy’s Milk Free-Range Goat Milk Toddler Formula, agreed to stop selling their products in California after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the attorney general earlier this month. Becerra called the issue “a parent’s worst nightmare. Toddler formula should contain nutrients that help children grow, ... Read More

‘Opioid babies’ deserve separate track in opioid MDL

Babies born addicted to opioids after being exposed to the drugs by pregnant women who misused and abused the powerful painkillers deserve a special legal track in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) blaming opioid makers, distributors and pharmacies for the opioid epidemic, attorneys representing the so-called “opioid babies” told an Ohio federal court. Babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome deserve this separate track because their medical costs are distinct, the attorneys told U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster, who is overseeing the MDL. Neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, is the result of the sudden discontinuation of fetal exposure to substances, like opioids, ... Read More

Trial begins for 22 women who say J&J talc caused ovarian cancer

Twenty-two women who say longtime use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products contributed to their ovarian cancer diagnoses have been given their day in court with both sides giving opening arguments to the jury seated in the St. Louis Circuit Court. The women say that the cosmetic-grade talc used in Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder was contaminated with asbestos, and that Johnson & Johnson was aware of this but failed to warn consumers. Instead, the company persuaded women to sprinkle the powder on their genitals daily for feminine hygiene, per its popular product jingle: “Shower ... Read More