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Several Canadian women sue Bayer over Mirena IUD side effects

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Several Canadian women have filed lawsuits against Bayer alleging the company did not adequately warn that its Mirena intrauterine device could cause serious injuries. The lawsuits mirror concerns of hundreds of other plaintiffs in the United States. In 2013, Health Canada, the country’s drug regulator, received 52 reports of uterine perforations involving the Mirena IUD. Perforations have caused tissue or organ damage. There were also reports that the device migrated from its intended position in the cervix to other parts of the abdomen. Surgery is often required to remove the renegade Mirena IUDs. In some cases women have had to ... Read More

Louisville Police Officer Files Second Whistleblower Retaliation Lawsuit Against City


A Louisville, Ky., police officer who settled a whistleblower complaint against the city for $450,000 in April 2014 is suing the city again for what his lawyer described as “a conscious course of conduct to run him out of the department” because of the previous suit. According to WDRB Louisville, Officer Barron Morgan filed his second complaint against the city in Jefferson Circuit Court Sept. 29 describing the retaliation he allegedly experienced since the 2014 settlement. Officer Morgan claimed that his testimony on behalf of another police officer who also sued the city added fuel to Louisville Metro Police Department’s ... Read More

FDA approves long-acting testosterone with black box warning

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A new long-acting testosterone therapy has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but the approval comes with a black box warning and strong prescribing restrictions. Aveed, made by Endo Pharmaceuticals, is a long-acting depot formulation of testosterone in caster oil and benzyl benzoate. It is administered in a single 3-mL (750 mg) intramuscular injection given once at initiation of therapy, at four weeks after initiation of treatment, and then every 10 weeks thereafter. Aveed is approved to treat hypogonadism, a condition in which men produce too little of the hormone due to disease or defect. The FDA required ... Read More

State Files Complaint Against Seattle Duck Bus Company, Alleges ‘Unsafe’ Operation

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Washington state regulators have filed a complaint against the Seattle duck bus company whose amphibious tour bus collided with a charter bus on Seattle’s Aurora Bridge Sept. 24, killing five college students and injuring dozens more. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) filed the complaint Oct. 29, one day after issuing an emergency order that forced Ride the Ducks of Seattle to suspend all of its tours in the city. The deadly crash remains under investigation, but it comes amid mounting fears that problems with the repurposed World War Two military vehicles could make them unsafe to drive on ... Read More

Makers of talcum powder products facing cancer-risk lawsuits

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The risk of developing cancer from the use of talcum powder products may be a new buzz in courtrooms around the country but it is a hazard consumer health care companies have known for decades but refused to warn users of their products. That was the message from an attorney for Judith Winkel and her husband John, who sued Colgate-Palmolive Co. alleging Judith developed a type of cancer after using the company’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder for several years. A Los Angeles jury awarded the Winkels $12.4 million in damages. The lawsuit alleged Colgate-Palmolive’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder came from ... Read More

NYPD Cop Settles Whistleblower Retaliation Complaint For $600,000-Plus


A former New York City police officer who was fired and forcibly admitted to a hospital psychiatric ward for nearly a week allegedly as retribution for blowing the whistle on corruption and other misconduct in the NYPD, will receive $600,000 to settle the case. In his whistleblower retaliation lawsuit, which was about to go to trial in October when it was settled Tuesday, police officer Adrian Schoolcraft claims the NYPD fired him in 2010 for speaking out against a police department quota system for arrests and summonses, rampant misconduct in writing crime reports, a culture of harassment, abuse, and other retaliation against ... Read More

Docu-Series details Risperdal makers’ failure to warn


“Austin has a deformity. He has female breasts,” said an attorney for the family of an autistic man suing Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals. “They are, I think, what we could describe as large, pendulous breasts, not some small, little thing, but significant, for a male, deformity.” Austin Pledger, now 20, was a child when his doctors prescribed the antipsychotic drug Risperdal to treat symptoms associated with autism. The family filed a lawsuit against the drug’s maker alleging they failed to warn Austin’s doctors that Risperdal was dangerous when taken by children, and that failure caused Austin to ... Read More

Doctors waiting on real-world safety data from new blood thinners


Drugs from a new class of blood thinners are gaining traction in sales, but analysts say they have a lot to prove before doctors push aside the long-used warfarin for the new drugs. The new blood thinners are from a class known as factor Xa inhibitors and include the brand names Pradaxa, Xarelto and Eliquis. They have been approved sometime within the past five years and are used to prevent strokes caused by blood clots in patients with a common heart rhythm abnormality called atrial fibrillation. Xarelto and Eliquis are also used to treat and prevent blood clots in various ... Read More

Fair Labor Standards Act: When should you be compensated as on the clock?

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This is the fourth installment in The Fraud List: Fair Labor Series Since 1938, the Wage and Hour Division of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has protected working class citizens from exploitation from their employer by ensuring time and a half for overtime pay in certain jobs. While overtime compensation is widely acceptable in most positions, not every worker qualifies to receive overtime, and not every employer is willing to play by the rules. In order to be qualified to earn overtime compensation, an employee must work more than 40 hours a week and earn less than $23,660 a ... Read More

Judge Denies Selma Auto Worker Whistleblower Protections


A former employee of Selma, Ala.-based auto supplier Renosol Seating has been denied federal whistleblower protections by a Montgomery County circuit court judge. Kim King lost her job at the Lear-owned Renosol Corporation in March after she attempted to deliver a letter to Hyundai executives expressing her concerns about toxic chemical exposures in the plant and low wages. Renosol makes foam car seats for the Korean automaker. Ms. King and other Renosol employees claim that chemicals used to make the foam seats in the plant have adversely affected their health. Studies have shown that toluene diisocyanate, or TDI, can lead to ... Read More