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Shredded coconut linked to salmonella outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut, distributed by Evershing International Trading Company. The outbreak has sickened at least 25 people in nine states. Six of those infected were hospitalized. To date, no deaths have been reported. On Jan. 3, 2018, Evershing International Trading Company recalled all 16-ounce packages of Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut after the product was identified by Massachusetts officials as the source of ... Read More

Intel Plaintiffs Want Class Actions Consolidated In California

Plaintiffs in a proposed class of consumers suing Intel over its “Meltdown” and “Spectre” flaws are urging the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate five lawsuits in California’s Northern District. The plaintiffs allege that Intel’s security patch for the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, which potentially allow hackers to access the contents of computer systems and smartphones, slows computer processing speeds. According to Law 360, two plaintiffs filed a putative class action against Intel in California’s Northern District within a day that news of the Intel microprocessor vulnerabilities broke. Those initial lawsuits were followed by three additional class actions that ... Read More

VW Emissions Settlements Don’t Affect County Claims, Plaintiffs Argue

Settlements resolving claims over Volkswagen’s (VW) emissions cheat and the federal Clean Air Act do not bar air pollution complaints lodged by Hillsborough County, Florida, and Salt Lake County, Utah, lawyers for the counties told a California federal court. Volkswagen is pressing the U.S. District Court in San Francisco to toss the counties’ claims that they are entitled to compensation for pollution caused by VW’s emissions cheat under state laws. Those complaints are currently included in multidistrict litigation (MDL) consolidated in the California court. In 2014, West Virginia University researchers and other members of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) discovered ... Read More

California Whistleblower Case Against BP Recovers $102 Million

BP has agreed to pay $102 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought under California’s False Claims Act alleging the oil company intentionally overcharged the state for natural gas for more than a decade. The law firm representing the whistleblower in the case said it is the largest whistleblower settlement involving an oil company in California’s history, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The case started on July 3, 2012, when former BP employee Chris Schroen filed a whistleblower complaint with the state alleging BP was knowingly quoting and charging the state gas prices above the contractual price cap. The ... Read More

Blood thinner recalled over drug ingredient mixup

International Laboratories LLC is recalling one lot of the blood thinner Clopidogrel because the pills may contain the cholesterol-lowering statin Simvastatin instead. The recall affects Lot # 117099A of Clopidogrel Tabloets, USP 75mg, packaged in bottles of 30 tablets. The affected lot was delivered to distribution centers in Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, California and Maryland, and then distributed to retail stores throughout the U.S. Patients prescribed Clopidogrel, the active drug ingredient in Plavix, who miss doses of this medication are at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, both of which can be life threatening. Additionally, unintentional consumption of Simvastatin, ... Read More

Jury selection begins in NJ talc case alleging mesothelioma

Jury selection is currently underway for the first case in New Jersey state court to go to trial against Johnson & Johnson over allegations that the consumer health care giant’s talcum powder-based personal hygiene products caused mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. Opening arguments are scheduled for Jan. 16, in Middlesex County Superior Court before Judge Ana Viscomi. The New Jersey case is the second to go to trial involving allegations that products like Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower cause mesothelioma. The first, which ended late last ... Read More

‘Death Diaries’ project reveals disturbing patterns in opioid prescribing

A doctor in San Diego, California, is working to fight the opioid epidemic by leading an effort to prevent future prescription drug overdose fatalities through the “San Diego Death Diaries,” a project that examines what drugs killed 254 people in 2013, and who prescribed them. Dr. Roneet Lev, head of emergency medicine at Scripps Mercy Hospital, set out to discover why there were so many unintended overdose deaths. She gathered information for 254 people who died of a drug overdose in 2013, and for each she created a diary entry that consists of the decedent’s name, age, and a list ... Read More

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

Feds raid bodybuilding supplement manufacturing plant

Buffed up former bankruptcy lawyer, online personality, and owner and operator of Enhanced Athlete Inc., Charles Anthony Hughes, a.k.a. Dr. Tony Huge, drew more than 100,000 followers on his YouTube channel where he touted the benefits of SARMs (selective androgen receptor modulators) like ostarine. “I use them all the time in mega doses, and I’m huge,” one of his videos claimed. But recently, his company’s California facility was raided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of its crack down on dietary supplement makers that peddle SARMs, calling them unapproved drugs that have been linked to life threatening ... Read More

NJ judge considers consolidating Abilify compulsion cases

Drug companies and dozens of people suing them over claims that the antipsychotic drug Abilify caused them to compulsively gamble or have sex, urged a New Jersey state court to grant multi-county litigation status to the pending cases, Law360 reported. The request was made to the New Jersey Supreme Court for cases pending in Bergen County Superior Court before Judge James J. DeLuca. Centralizing the cases would help cut the cost of litigating the cases of similar claims against Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc., brought by geographically dispersed plaintiffs. Abilify, which contains the active ingredient aripiprazole, was ... Read More