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GM seeks bankruptcy shield after moving ignition switch case from California court to federal court

General Motors (GM) has removed a California case from state court to federal court in order to avoid a suit claiming that the automaker concealed major safety problems to dodge issuing further recalls. Since the vehicles in question were manufactured before GM’s federal bankruptcy, GM wishes to use its past bankruptcy in federal court as a shield from having to pay the price for its actions. According to the lawsuit filed by the district attorney for Orange County, Calif., the automaker broke several state laws by choosing not to disclose information regarding its vehicles’ safety defects. Among the named defects is ... Read More

Lawsuits claim Pradaxa never warned that bleeding side effects may not be reversible

The newly approved blood thinner Pradaxa works faster and requires fewer medical exams and dietary restrictions than the long-used warfarin, but it may result in dangerous and sometimes fatal internal bleeding events. Pradaxa was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) two years ago to prevent strokes in patients with a common heart condition known as atrial fibrillation. It was the first anticoagulant approved to treat atrial fibrillation patients since warfarin was cleared more than 50 years ago. Pradaxa was an attractive alternative to warfarin because there were fewer interactions and patients didn’t need to be as closely monitored. ... Read More

Some DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuits heading to trial this year

The first lawsuits filed against health care giant Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics by plaintiffs alleging injuries caused by DePuy’s metal-on-metal ASR hip devices will go to court this year. About 4,200 lawsuits have been filed against the companies in federal court, with another 2,000 filed in state courts. The first state lawsuits are slated to go to trial in Las Vegas, Nevada, in mid-December 2012, with another trial scheduled for January 2012 in a Maryland state court. Federal lawsuits, which will be tried in U.S. District Court in West Virginia, will probably be heard in March ... Read More

Two more lawsuits filed against makers of heartburn drug Reglan

Two more lawsuits have been filed in federal court in New Orleans against the manufacturers of an acid reflux medication that allegedly causes a debilitating involuntary movement disorder known as tardive dyskinesia. Ellen Austin filed a suit against Actavis, Actavis Elizabeth and Watson Pharmaceuticals. Leslie Keeper filed suit against Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. Both lawsuits claim the drug Reglan, also known as the generic metoclopramide, caused them to develop the movement disorder. Reglan is a medication commonly used to treat gastrointestinal conditions such as severe heartburn or acid reflux, and diabetic gastroparesis, a condition in which the stomach takes too long to ... Read More