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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

AbbVie ignored heart risks with AndroGel, lawyer claims

AbbVie Inc., turned a blind eye on cardiovascular risks associated with its AndroGel testosterone replacement therapy, said the attorney for a man suing the company over claims that AndroGel caused a blood clot to develop deep in his veins. The only warning Robert Rowley had that his testosterone treatment could cause heart attacks, strokes and blood clots was a warning on the product’s safety label about an increased risk for polycythemia, a blood thickening disease that can lead to blood clots. “But it’s not the only way,” Rowley’s attorney told an Illinois federal jury during the latest bellwether trial in ... Read More

FTC Lawyers Granted Immunity for LabMD Data Breach Probe

Two Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawyers are immune from a lawsuit filed by the head of an Atlanta-based medical testing company who sued the FTC officials in 2015, claiming they stepped up an enforcement action against his company after he publicly criticized them. The ruling from the three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit shields FTC lawyers Alain Sheer and Ruth Yodaiken from retaliation allegations lodged by LabMD’s chief executive Michael Daugherty, whose company was being investigated for a data breach that exposed the personal information of nearly 10,000 patients. The decision of the Washington D.C. federal appeals court overturns an ... Read More

Jury Orders MARTA to Pay $9.6 Million in Falling Death Case

A Fulton County, Georgia, jury awarded $9.6 million to the son and estate of a man who was killed when he fell through a broken guardrail at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority’s (MARTA) Civic Center stop. Carlos Hicks, 42, was on the upper level of the MARTA station in February 2013 when he fell through a missing section of guardrail, causing him to plummet 20 feet to his death. The metal guardrail had been removed and replaced with a wooden section as part of a construction project that was never completed. Part of the wooden replacement had fallen off ... Read More

Six states sue OxyContin maker for exacerbating opioid epidemic

Six states have filed new lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, accusing the company of using deceptive marketing to increase sales, causing overdose deaths and economic damages while fanning the flames of the nation’s opioid epidemic. The lawsuits were filed by the attorneys general of Texas, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Tennessee, and accuse Purdue – makers of the powerful opioid OxyContin – of overstating the benefits of the drug while downplaying the risks, including its high addiction potential. The states seek significant penalties and measures to stop future harm to citizens and communities. “My office is holding Purdue Pharma ... Read More

Governments Clash in Ride the Ducks Bus Crash Dispute

A Ride the Ducks amphibious bus crash that killed five people and injured 69 others in Seattle three years ago has triggered another legal dispute between the city of Seattle and the state of Washington. Since the Sept. 24, 2015 crash, city and state attorneys have been clashing in court over who is legally responsible for the safe operation of the Aurora Avenue Bridge, a six-lane bridge with three lanes each for northbound and southbound traffic. The city previously filed a motion asking a King County judge to release it from responsibility for the lack of a barrier to separate ... Read More

Did Your Facebook Data Outlive Cambridge Analytica?

Cambridge Analytica may be dead, but the data it acquired from millions of Facebook users probably lives on, somewhere, in some form. An estimated 87 million or more Facebook users had their personal information harvested by Cambridge Analytica, the U.K.-based political consultancy firm linked to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, which used the scraped data to steer votes, potentially influencing the 2016 U.S. elections and the Brexit vote. Although Cambridge Analytica shut down amid the scandal and claims it deleted all of the Facebook user data, there is plenty of evidence indicating that derivatives of the Facebook data continue to exist ... Read More

Judge overseeing opioid MDL orders DEA to share information on opioid sales

The Ohio federal judge overseeing the massive multidistrict litigation involving local governments accusing pharmaceutical companies, drug distributors and pharmacies of fueling the opioid epidemic laid out timelines for an active litigation phase to work through difficult legal issues in order to expedite a settlement in the case. The Judge also directed the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to pony up information about the sales of opioids, something the DEA has been reluctant to do. In addition to the two orders, U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster also consolidated three lawsuits in the MDL brought by Ohio local governments and scheduled them ... Read More