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Xarelto lawsuits mount before second trial

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The number of Xarelto lawsuits alleging bleeding injuries are nearing 19,000 with the majority of cases pending in a massive multidistrict litigation (MDL) currently underway in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. Other litigation has been established in state courts in Pennsylvania, Delaware, California and Missouri. Canada has its own class action filed against the company as well. Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Bayer, makers of the blockbuster blood thinner, will face plaintiffs again at the second Xarelto bellwether trial in the MDL in New Orleans. Those suing over Xarelto side effects claim that Janssen and Bayer ... Read More

Fed-Ex Tractor-Trailer Runs Out of Control, Motorist killed

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A tractor-trailer driver lost control of his vehicle on Interstate 95 near the Florida-Georgia border May 15, striking an SUV and killing a Florida man. The Georgia State Patrol said a 2016 Freightliner Federal Express tractor pulling tandem trailers was traveling southbound on I-95 when it crossed the divider barrier and entered the northbound lanes. A 2015 Chevrolet Equinox traveling in the northbound lanes collided with one of the trailers on its right side as it crossed the four lanes of traffic. The Chevy Equinox came to rest under an overpass and the tractor-trailer came to a stop with its ... Read More

Cordis IVC filters named in eight new lawsuits

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Eight new lawsuits have been filed against Cordis, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, over injuries allegedly incurred by inferior vena cava (IVC) filter failure. According to The Daily Hornet, Cordis Corporation is being sued for allegedly concealing side effects of the TrapEase, a permanent IVC filter, and the OptEase, a retrievable IVC filter. The eight plaintiffs have experienced injuries including filter tilt, filter fracture, vein perforation, fractured fragments embolizing in the lungs, blood clots, organ damage, and inability to retrieve the device. Alice J. of Texas was implanted with an OptEase IVC Filter on Sept. 19, 2014. Her lawsuit claims the ... Read More

First Xarelto trials are no indicator of final outcome

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The first bellwether trial involving bleeding risks with the blood thinner Xarelto ended up as a win for the defendants, but mass tort consultant John Ray, in an editorial for Mass Tort Nexus said these early trials should not worry those suing Xarelto’s makers Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer. The first bellwether, which was tried just weeks ago, involved the case of Joseph Boudreaux, who claimed that he suffered serious internal bleeding after taking Xarelto to treat atrial fibrillation. Jurors found that the drug companies were not liable for his injuries. “The simple answer to the question, regarding the defense ... Read More

Publix recalls dip that may contain glass shards

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Check what’s for lunch before digging in. If you have purchased Publix Supermarket Brand Deli Artichoke and Spinach Dip, lunch could contain an unwelcome surprise. The grocery chain is voluntarily recalling the dip because it could contain small shards of glass, which would be sure to disrupt a lunch break. The 16-ounce artichoke and spinach dip was sold at Publix stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee and was found in the refrigerated cases in the store’s deli department. Purchases with a UPC of 000-41415-15961, and a use-by-date of May 16 A1 and May 16 C1 ... Read More

Whistleblower Sues U.S. For Ignoring Oil Rig Chemical Dumping Evidence

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A whistleblower who allegedly witnessed environmental crimes being committed aboard an oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico is suing the Unites States, claiming a federal prosecutor ignored his evidence and cost the government $28 million in fines. According to Courthouse News Service, Evan Howington filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court May 4, disputing assistant U.S. attorney Jon Maestri’s conclusion that the Uncle John oil rig, anchored by an oil well about 60 miles off the Louisiana coast, did not fit the definition of a ship under the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. Mr. Howington, an Eagle ... Read More

Herbal tea recalled due to health risk

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Los Angeles, California-based U.S. Deer Antler Ex. & Imp., is recalling several Herbal Teas after an inspection by the California Department of Public Health at the facility where the teas were prepared revealed that the teas were not produced according to approved guidelines, making them susceptible to contamination by Clostridium botulinum. The recall involves Herbal Tea Variety Batches prepared at the facility from April 1 to April 30, 2017. The tea was packaged in 120 mL pouches in cases with 40 pouches per case. Affected teas were distributed to individual customers and acupuncturists in California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas ... Read More

Diet pill users sue maker over risks

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A potential class of consumers is taking aim at dietary supplement maker IQ Formulations LLC alleging the company’s diet pill for weight loss contained an unapproved ingredient that poses health risks, a stark violation of Florida, New York and Illinois business laws. The consumers’ lawsuit names both IQ Formulations as well as its exclusive distributor, Europa Sports Products Inc. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has routinely warned dietary supplement makers promoting drugs with the ingredient methylpentane citrate, or DMBA, that the ingredient is illegal and sales must cease. IQ Formulations was not officially warned by the FDA, but its Metabolic ... Read More

Campbell’s Healthy Request Chicken Soup mislabeled, recalled

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Approximately 4,185 pounds of chicken soup is under recall due to a label mix up, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Campbell Soup Co. has received several complaints due to products labeled as “Campbell’s Homestyle Healthy Request Chicken with Whole Grain Pasta” actually containing “Campbell’s Homestyle Healthy Request Italian-Style Wedding Spinach & Meatballs in Chicken Broth” soup. Though there have been no reports of any incidents due to the mix up, the products contain milk, a known allergen, that is not declared on the product label, leading to the recall. However, the FDA has deemed the health risk ... Read More

BA’s Birchfield heads up Xarelto litigation

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The first Xarelto bellwether trial in a massive multidistrict litigation (MDL) began this week with a familiar cast of characters from another notable pharmaceutical side effects case, the landmark Vioxx painkiller litigation, which resulted in a $4.85 billion settlement with Merck & Co. Inc. in 2007. The Vioxx litigation was before the same judge who is overseeing the Xarelto case, U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Andy Birchfield, head of the mass torts section of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles in Montgomery, Alabama, was the co-lead attorney for plaintiffs in the Vioxx litigation. ... Read More