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J&J handpicked talc-ovarian cancer case and still couldn’t win


According to a Fair Warning report on the significance of Johnson and Johnson’s defeat in court Monday, the defense chose this second bellwether lawsuit to be tried from the more than 1,200 pending liability claims against them. Presumably, they chose the case because they felt they had a good chance of winning. The plaintiff in this case, Gloria Ristesund, 62, was 57 when diagnosed with Stage I ovarian cancer in 2011, and she had independently existing endometriosis. Her age and endometriosis, both being ovarian cancer risk factors, and other risk factors such as the fact she did not have any children ... Read More

New Orleans Company And Owner Convicted On 18 Charges of Medicare Fraud

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A New Orleans federal jury convicted the owner of a health care company Saturday for orchestrating a scheme to defraud Medicare through false and inflated billings and illegal kickbacks. Federal prosecutors alleged that Tracy Richardson Brown, 46, owner and operator of a durable medical equipment supply company called Pslams 23 DME LLC, cost U.S. taxpayers $1.9 million in fraudulent schemes she conducted in and around New Orleans. U.S. attorneys produced evidence that Ms. Brown and her company billed the Medicare program for medical equipment and orthotics that they never provided to patients. The U.S. also alleged that Ms.  Brown and ... Read More

PA man files Xarelto lawsuit citing serious bleeding risks


A Pennsylvania man is suing Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Bayer Healthcare, and their related companies over claims that the companies’ blood thinner Xarelto caused him serious life threatening injuries. David Blair filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana naming Janssen Research & Development LLC, Janssen Ortho LLL, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., Johnson & Johnson Co., Bayer Pharma AG, Bayer Corp., Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc., Bayer Healthcare LLC, Bayer Healthcare AG and Bayer AG. The lawsuit cites alleged fraud, design defect, manufacturing defect, failure to warn, breach of express and implied warranty, and negligent ... Read More

Whistleblower Lawsuit Recovers $21 Million In Medicaid Funds From Medical Supply Companies

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The U.S. government reached a $21-million settlement Friday with two medical product companies, resolving whistleblower allegations that they engaged in mutually beneficial kickback schemes and other “fraudulent conduct” to boost profits. Hollister Inc., a manufacturer of disposable health care products, agreed to pay the U.S. $11.4 million to settle the False Claims Act complaint, while Byram Healthcare Centers Inc., a medical goods supplier, will pay the U.S. $9.37 million and the State of California $127,117. The settlement with Hollister resolves allegations that it paid kickbacks to Byram in return for marketing promotions, campaigns, and other unlawful referrals of patients to ... Read More

Second Proposed Class Action Claims Old Spice Deodorant Causes Chemical Burns

Old Spice deodorant, burn injuries

A California man has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Proctor & Gambel alleging its Old Spice deodorant caused a severe chemical burn and rash that “turned into open sores.” The lawsuit, filed in a California federal court by Gregory Johnson of San Francisco, is the second such complaint to be filed in connection with Procter & Gambel’s Old Spice-brand deodorant for men. Mr. Johnson alleges that he used Old Spice Swagger and Old Spice Classic deodorants for a month when he developed a painful red rash under his arms that required medical attention and a prescription drug to heal. ... Read More

Bayer fights to dismiss mounting Mirena IUD lawsuits

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Bayer is fighting to dismiss lawsuits waged against the company over claims that its intrauterine device Mirena caused injuries that the company failed to warn doctors or patients about. The Mirena IUD is a flexible T-shaped device that is inserted into the cervix, where it releases a small amount of the hormone levonorgestrel. It is intended to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. It also is used to control heavy menstrual bleeding. About 1,200 Mirena IUD lawsuits have been filed against Bayer alleging the IUD can migrate from its intended position in the cervix and fall out of the ... Read More

Proposed Bill Requires U.S. Defense Dept To Buy American-Made Athletic Shoes Only


Two U.S. Senators introduced bipartisan legislation April 27 that would require the Department of Defense (DOD) to provide initial entry service members with American-made athletic shoes upon arrival at basic training as part of the overall effort to ensure the troops are equipped and outfitted with high-quality, domestically manufactured products whenever possible. Known as the Buy American Act of 2016, the proposed bill would mandate that the Department of Defense comply with U.S. regulations mandating that the U.S. military provide service members with American-made equipment and uniforms. The Berry Amendment, passed in 1941, imposes these requirements on the Defense Department ... Read More

Is Zofran’s popularity due to illegal marketing? Are there better alternatives you’ve never heard of?

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A blogger at Baby Center Community recently shared information about another drug to prevent nausea and vomitng during pregnancy besides Zofran with mothers who might be concerned considering all the recent litigation surrounding Zofran allegedly causing birth defects, specifically cardiac septum defect. She recommends Kytril, saying that, “During its approval process, Kytril was shown to eliminate vomiting 88 percent of the time compared to 62 percent with Zofran. It also eliminated nausea 63 percent of the time with a lower incident rate of constipation and headaches.” She says that she personally has had a better experience with the drug than she did with Zofran during her first pregnancy. ... Read More

Snapchat Motivated Georgia Teen’s Reckless Driving, Lawsuit Claims

Snapchat MPH feature, text, distracted driving

A man left with permanent brain damage and his wife are suing Snapchat and a Georgia teen who used the video app’s speed filter to show off how fast she could get her Mercedes to drive. A civil complaint filed by Wentworth and Karen Maynard in a Georgia state court alleges that Snapchat encourages and even rewards distracted and dangerous driving with its speed filter, which uses GPS technology to calculate how fast a user is moving. They allege this Snapchat feature led Christal McGee to push her car to 80 mph, then to 90, and so on until she ... Read More

Woman blames son’s stillbirth on Mirena IUD

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Abigail Lane blames Bayer Healthcare’s Mirena IUD for the stillborn death of her baby boy. Abigail was implanted with the Mirena IUD in 2009, and claims she was never informed that the device could become embedded in her uterus, fail to prevent pregnancy, cause infections, and put her at risk for miscarriage. “Had Abigail Lane known of the actual failure rate of Mirena in preventing pregnancy and the risks to an unborn child when Mirena fails to prevent intrauterine pregnancy and cannot be removed, Abigail Lane would not have consented to placement of Mirena IUD,” her lawsuit stated. In February ... Read More