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Wrongful Death Suit Claims Pilots Were Unfit to Fly

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Human error and negligence are the basis of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of a man who was killed when the private airplane he was a passenger in crashed after it nearly collided with another small plane just after takeoff from a Tampa airport. Leann Carreno, whose husband Kevin Carreno was killed in the March 18 crash, filed the lawsuit in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, alleging that pilot Louis Caporicci was unfit to fly the twin-engine Cessna 340. Mr. Caporicci was Mr. Carreno’s friend and former U.S. Air Force Academy classmate. The lawsuit also claims that David ... Read More

Surgery to Retrieve Migrating IVC Filter Leaves Woman with 11-Inch Scar

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A recipient of Cook Medical’s Gunther Tulip, an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, is left with an 11-inch long, 1/4-inch wide abdominal scar where she had surgery to retrieve the filter that was migrating toward her spine. IVC filters are small cage-like devices that are implanted in the vena cava, the body’s largest vein, which runs along the spine. They are designed to catch blood clots before they reach the heart, lungs and/or brain. But many IVC filter models such as Cook Medical’s Gunther Tulip and Celect models, as well as C.R. Bard’s Recovery, G2 and G2 Express, have been linked to life-threatening complications ... Read More

Man diagnosed with Cobalt Poisoning After Receiving Metal Hip Implant

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A patient with severe heart failure was referred to the Marburg University clinic in Germany in 2012. A possible cause was coronary artery disease, but after further examinations, the medical team ruled it out. However, some of the medics working on the case noticed a few notable similarities between the patient’s symptoms and the symptoms of a patient on House, a TV series in which British actor Hugh Laurie plays the lead character, Gregory House, M.D. On the TV show, a patient was experiencing strikingly similar symptoms and was diagnosed as having cobalt poisoning, which was caused by the debris shed ... Read More

U.S. Backs Whistleblower’s FCA Complaint Accusing Guild Mortgage of Fraud


The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it will intervene in a False Claims Act (FCA) complaint against Guild Mortgage Company brought by a former employee of the company who accuses it of improperly originating and underwriting hundreds of mortgage loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). “Guild grew its FHA lending business by ignoring FHA rules and falsely certifying compliance with underwriting requirements in order to reap the profits from FHA-insured mortgages,” the Justice Department said in a press release. Guild was certified as a direct endorsement lender with the FHA, meaning it had the authority to ... Read More

Health Canada investigates Essure birth control complaints


Just months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended a black box warning be placed on the safety labels of the permanent birth control device Essure in response to thousands of complaints, Health Canada announced it would be conducting a safety review of the controversial contraceptive. Essure, made by Bayer Healthcare, is the only non-surgical permanent birth control method available in Canada or the U.S. It consists of two nickel alloy coils that are implanted in the fallopian tubes. The coils work with the body to form a scar tissue barrier that prevents the sperm from reaching the ... Read More

Pradaxa settlement may serve as guide for Xarelto lawsuits


Boehringer Ingelheim’s $600 million settlement over bleeding risks with its blood thinner Pradaxa may offer a blueprint to the hundreds of people suing Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer over similar side effects with its anticoagulant Xarelto. Pradaxa and Xarelto belong to the same class of blood thinners. Pradaxa was the first to hit the market in 2010, followed by Xarelto a year later. Both Pradaxa and Xarelto are used to prevent strokes in patients with the common heart irregularity atrial fibrillation, and to prevent or treat deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Xarelto is also used to prevent ... Read More

Study: NFL tried to influence concussion-related government research

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The National Football League (NFL) in 2012 promised to donate tens of millions of dollars to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund concussion research, a public relations coup for the league, which had been marred by accusations that it hadn’t done enough to protect its professional football players from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and for downplaying the long-term effects of repeated head blows. But the NFL’s head, neck and spine committee tried to improperly influence the government research and ultimately reneged on one major study, citing conflicts with a researcher and the university he was affiliated with, according ... Read More

Eight Alabama Water Systems Under EPA Advisory For Industrial Contamination


A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advisory warning of harmful industrial pollutants in 59 water systems nationwide has raised concerns in Alabama, where eight of the named water systems are located. The EPA advisory focuses on the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctyl sulfonate (PFOS), man-made chemical compounds that are used in the manufacture of non-stick, stain-resistant, and water-proofing coatings on fabric, cookware, firefighting foam, and a variety of other consumer products. Exposure to the chemicals over time, even in trace amounts, could promote serious health problems, the EPA warns. Some of the adverse health effects linked to PFOA ... Read More

Family of Tony Gwynn files wrongful death lawsuit against tobacco industry

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The family of baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is suing Altria Group Inc, formerly known as Philip Morris, claiming the tobacco giant and others in the industry manipulated Gwynn to become addicted to smokeless tobacco that ultimately led to his death from salivary gland cancer. Gwynn was the kind of athlete parents were proud of their kids to look up to. He got along well with his teammates, and didn’t drink or smoke. Like many baseball players at the time, he used smokeless tobacco, or dip, and his choice product was Skoal. Gwynn was under the impression dip was not as ... Read More

Lawyers to thank for finally bringing talc risk to public attention

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The two recent talc cases where Johnson and Johnson was held liable for two women’s ovarian cancer and ordered to pay more than $100 million in damages are important because talc products’ ovarian cancer risk has in the past few months become a subject of much public discussion. Many women who weren’t previously aware that there had ever been a question about talc’s safety now have the chance to make an informed choice. In fact, scientists have been researching talc’s connection to ovarian cancer for decades. Back in 2013, Johnson and Johnson lost its first talc lawsuit, but as there ... Read More