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CVN names talc verdict No. 1 on Top 10 Most Impressive list

One woman’s trial against consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson alleging cancer risks with the company’s talc-containing products was named the most impressive plaintiff verdict in 2017 by Courtroom View Network (CVN), a news organization that webcasts high-stakes civil trials. The news organization covered a variety of litigation to compile its Top 10 list, including bellwether product liability trials, medical malpractice trials, and complex commercial trials. The verdicts were not ranked solely by amount awarded. The news group also took into consideration the facts of each case, the parties and attorneys involved, and the potential broader impact of the ... Read More

Capitol Grounds Worker Killed by Falling Tree Branch

In a freak accident recently, a tree branch fell on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol building, killing a man who was working on the property. Stephen T. Ayers, Architect of the Capitol, identified the man in a statement as Matthew McClanahan, Architect of the Capitol employee. According to Ayers, McClanahan was working on an irrigation pipe when a branch from an American elm tree broke free and fell onto him. “Matt was a talented, dedicated pipefitter in the maintenance division of Capitol Grounds,” Ayers said with sympathy. “Please keep his family, friends and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.” ... Read More

New rule bars arbitration clauses in nursing home admissions contracts

Nursing homes that receive government benefits to compensate for the care of their patients may no longer require a new resident or his family members to waive their Constitutional right to a trial by jury in the event of elder abuse, sexual harassment or wrongful death, according to a new report released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). “The new rules and regulation are intended to provide greater protections for one of the most helpless segments of our society, the elderly, “ said Ben Locklar, a lawyer with Beasley Allen Law Firm. “No longer may long-term care facilities force ... Read More

Many Mirena IUD users say experience has been disastrous

Use of intrauterine devices, like the popular Mirena IUD, have increased by 75 percent, Planned Parenthood reports. The devices can prevent pregnancy for five to 12 years, depending on the brand. While IUDs are effective, some women say that their experience with the contraceptives have been disastrous. Mirena IUD is a T-shaped device that is inserted into the cervix where it releases a small amount of the hormone levonorgestrel. It is designed to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. It is also used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding. Between 2000 and 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received ... Read More

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Failing in as Little as Five Years

Traditional hip implants are made with ceramic or plastic parts. However, medical advances and improvements have led companies like DePuy Orthopaedics, the orthopedic device unit of Johnson & Johnson, to try a newer way of creating hip implants using more durable material that is designed to hold up better over time – metal. Hip implants are supposed to last as long as 20 years or more. The recovery from a hip implant surgery can be painful and frustrating with limited movement. For this reason, patients receiving a hip implant wish to avoid any reason to have a revision surgery. However, ... Read More

Patients sue Cook Medical over faulty blood clot device

Six lawsuits have been filed in St. Clare County Circuit Court in Illinois against Cook Medical claiming its filter devices designed to prevent blood clots from reaching the heart and lungs are defective and can cause serious, life threatening injuries and death. The lawsuits were filed by Matt Byrd of Illinois, Laurence Denslow of Florida, Amanda Forsythe of Utah, Ollie Jefferson-Bey of Missouri, Preston Ponder of North Carolina, and Rita Van Straalen of Michigan. The plaintiffs claim Cook knew its IVC filters were dangerous but failed to warn the public. The Cook IVC filters named in the lawsuits include the ... Read More

Experian data breach puts 15 million T-Mobile consumers at risk

Experian, the global information services company with operations in 40 countries, has announced a data breach exposing the credit assessment information of up to 15 million individuals who applied for financing through T-Mobile USA. An Experian spokesperson confirmed the company detected the cyberattack on Sept. 15, 2015, and verified that the T-Mobile data was stolen on Sept. 22, 2015. The Experian data breach, believed to have taken placed from Sept. 1, 2013 until Sept. 16, 2015, compromised an internal server withholding information such as full names, social security numbers, drivers’ license numbers and other private customer data. The company stressed ... Read More

Dialysis products GranuFlo, NaturaLyte linked to sudden cardiac arrest

Attorneys with Beasley Allen Law Firm are investigating cases of cardiac events including sudden cardiac arrest in patients who underwent dialysis treatment in which GranuFlo or NaturaLyte concentrates were used. GranuFlo and NaturaLyte are used to balance electrolytes in patients undergoing dialysis treatment. They are made by Fresenius Medical Care, and are used in both Fresenius-owned and non-Fresenius-owned dialysis clinics. The products metabolize into a substance called bicarbonate within the body. Elevated levels of bicarbonate can cause heart problems including heart attacks, sudden cardiac arrest, and death. Fresenius became aware that the dosing instructions printed on labels of GranuFlo and ... Read More

Lawsuits allege talcum powder caused ovarian cancer

Women who have regularly used talcum powder products on their genitals for personal hygiene and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer may be entitled to compensation. In October 2013, Deane Berg filed a lawsuit against consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson claiming the company’s Shower to Shower talc-containing body powder and Johnson’s Baby Powder caused her ovarian cancer. It was hard to believe the claims. After all, the Johnson & Johnson products have been around for decades. The company had always advertised them as safe enough for babies. The jury’s verdict in the case, however, started consumers thinking. Jurors ... Read More

Attorneys investigating cases of diabetes linked to Lipitor

People who were taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs before being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes may want to consult with an attorney to discuss their rights. Statins, such as the widely prescribed Lipitor, have been linked to a high risk of type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown an increased risk of diabetes among patients taking statins, but those studies were limited and failed to determine how broad the statin side effect was. Researchers at the Institute of Clinical Medicine at the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital in Finland sought to better understand the diabetes risk with statins. They conducted ... Read More