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Lawsuit claims drug company withheld Risperdal side effects data


Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals took measures to limit the medical community’s knowledge of side effects in children with its antipsychotic drug Risperdal, according to a lawsuit waged against the drug companies by the family of a Tennessee boy who was allegedly harmed by the drug. Andrew Yount’s lawsuit is the fifth among nearly 1,750 Risperdal side effects cases pending in Philadelphia to go to trial. The lawsuits claim that Johnson & Johnson withheld data showing that Risperdal could cause female breast growth in adolescent boys, a condition known as gynecomastia. Yount’s lawsuit claims that he was ... Read More

Ocwgen Financial Settles Whistleblower Lawsuits Alleging Mortgage Fraud


Ocwen Financial Corp. has agreed to pay $30 million to tentatively settle a pair of False Claims Act lawsuits filed by whistleblowers who accused the mortgage lender of failing to comply with disclosure rules in connection with the federal Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). The agreement in principle, which must be approved by the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ), came days before the case was to go to trial June 27. The agreement requires the West Palm Beach, Fla., company to pay the federal government $15 million. The other half will cover attorneys’ fees and other costs accrued by the whistleblowers. ... Read More

Plaintiff’s witness breaks down criticisms of ‘inconsistent’ talc science

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In February, a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay the family of an ovarian cancer victim $72 million, finding the company liable for the plaintiff’s ovarian cancer death. The complaint alleged J&J talcum powder products increase the risk of ovarian cancer. Of the total verdict, $62 million was in punitive damages, which are generally awarded by juries to punish a company for wrongdoing. The plaintiff’s attorney describes the jury as “stunned” by evidence presented at trial. “When the jury saw the reports on studies, along with internal letters and memos that Johnson and Johnson had in its files ... Read More

Judge Moves Forward with Hip implant Bellwether Cases despite $500 Million Verdict Appeal

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Johnson & Johnson requested a stay on upcoming bellwether cases regarding defective Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants made by its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, but the Texas federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation (MDL) has chosen seven cases to prepare for trial starting Sept. 6. Last March, Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopedics took a hit when the jury in a bellwether trial in hip implant litigation sided with the five plaintiffs, awarding them a jaw-dropping verdict of $497.6 million. The lawsuits were regarding injuries allegedly resulting from the metal-on-metal hip implant devices for failure-to-warn and design defect claims. Beasley Allen Principal Navan Ward, Jr. served as a member of the Plaintiffs’ ... Read More

Texas man blames Xarelto for his injuries


A Texas man is suing several drug companies alleging the medication they jointly designed, developed and sold caused him life threatening injuries. Michael Vega filed his lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Johnson & Johnson, its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, and their related companies. His lawsuit alleges negligence, strict product liability, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of implied warranty, and fraud. According to the complaint, Vega claims he suffered both personal and economic damages after taking the companies’ blood thinner Xarelto. The medication is used to prevent strokes in patients with the irregular heart rhythm ... Read More

Women sues Bayer over Mirena IUD side effects

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A Louisiana woman is suing Bayer Healthcare alleging its contraceptive Mirena IUD caused her serious and permanent injuries. Kasinda Carpenter filed her lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Bayer Healthcare and its related companies alleging the injuries she suffered from the Mirena IUD violated the Louisiana Products Liability Act. Carpenter claims she was implanted with the Mirena IUD in July 2014, but the device migrated from her cervix to her ovary. She was admitted to Christus Schumpert Highland Hospital on Aug. 26, 2014, during which the IUD was surgically removed. She claims she ... Read More

Another Lawsuit Filed In Deadly Crash of Runaway Toyota Yaris

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The parents of a man killed in a horrific crash involving a Toyota Yaris that allegedly sped out of control are suing the automaker, claiming sudden unintended acceleration caused the crash, which killed five people in Ontario, Calif., New Year’s Eve. Donald and Maureen Pusateri filed the wrongful death / product liability complaint June 2 in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking unspecified damages for the loss of their son, 29-year-old Matthew Pusateri of Mission Viejo. Mr. Pusateri was traveling in a Toyota Solara with three others when a Toyota Yaris sped down an I-10 exit ramp in San Bernardino County ... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Key Ruling On False Claims Act Reach


The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week on a False Claims Act case clarifies the “implied false certification of theory of liability,” an aspect of the law that lower courts have been divided over. According to the high court’s ruling, submitting a detailed claim to the government for reimbursement, such as health care providers seeking payments for treatments provided to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, implicitly certifies to be in compliance with all federal rules and regulations. A provider that bills the government for goods and services while in violation of a material statutory, regulatory, or contractual requirement at the time of ... Read More

Man’s lawsuit claims Xarelto killed his mother


The estate executor and surviving son of Belinda Bradley-Antonelli has filed a lawsuit against several drug companies alleging their blood thinner Xarelto caused his mother’s death. Thomas Vecchiarelli, on behalf of his mother’s estate, filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Johnson & Johnson, its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, and their related agencies, alleging the pharmaceuticals companies did not adequately design, research, test or investigate the blood thinner in order to define its safety profile, and failed to adequately warn of Xarelto side effects. Xarelto is an anticoagulant used to prevent strokes in ... Read More

Virginia Bus Crash Kills One Chinese Tourist, Injures 15 others

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Authorities continue to investigate the cause of a deadly shuttle bus crash in Virginia last week that left a Chinese tourist dead and 15 others injured, including three critically. The bus rolled over after leaving the roadway, trapping some passengers underneath and inside the bus. The crash occurred about 5 p.m. June 14 on the George Washington Parkway near the first President’s Mount Vernon estate. Investigators said the bus, which was hauling about 18 people including the driver, crashed head-on with another smaller vehicle. They have not said what specifically happened or who may have been at fault. Citing the ... Read More