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AndroGel marketing ‘insidious,’ lawyers claim

AbbVie Inc.’s marketing of its testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel was part of an “insidious” plan to up its profits, argued attorneys for a man suing AbbVie over claims that the drug company didn’t study AndroGel’s cardiovascular risks. Jeffrey Konrad claims he used AndroGel for a few months before suffering a heart attack in 2010. He alleges that AbbVie was aware at that time that testosterone treatments were linked to cardiovascular risks, including heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots – all of which could be fatal. But AbbVie failed to adequately warn Konrad or his doctor of the risks so that ... Read More

Indiana Man Files Lawsuit Over Tilted IVC Filter after retrieval attempt fails

An Indiana man has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of his temporary IVC filter after it tilted and became stuck in his vein. Lance W. of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was given an Option ELITE temporary inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, the Daily Hornet reports. It was implanted on May 2, 2015, by Dr. Michael E. Parker at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana located in Fort Wayne. The IVC filter was intended to prevent pulmonary embolism, a deadly condition in which a blood clot enters the heart or lungs. The IVC filter, which resembles a cage with a hook at its apex, is designed to trap blood ... Read More

Arizona Woman Files Lawsuit After IVC Filter Punctures Vein

An Arizona woman has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of her IVC filter after it tilted and punctured her vein. Rosalie L., from Tucson, Arizona, has filed a lawsuit against Argon Medical Devices Inc. and Rex Medical, L.P. over the malfunction of her inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, called the Option ELITE, reports the Daily Hornet.  IVC filters are cage-like devices created to catch blood clots in their thin metal legs, intercepting the clot before it can reach the heart or lungs, which would result in a deadly  pulmonary embolism. According to Science Daily, a new clinical study suggests that ... Read More

Families of Bell Helicopter Crash Victims Awarded $21.7 Million

A Kentucky jury has awarded $21.7 million to the families of three people who were killed in June 2013 when the Bell Helicopter used for medical evacuations they were in crashed in an elementary school parking lot. The Clay County jury announced its decision in favor of the eight plaintiffs after a three-week trial that ended with five hours of deliberation. Lawyers for the family members argued that the Bell Helicopter and its parent company Textron were aware of defects in its Bell 206L-1 helicopters but chose not to address the problem. The crash occurred about 750 feet from the ... Read More

Asiana Airlines, Dentist Settle Final SFO Crash Lawsuit

The last pending lawsuit against Asiana Airlines over the deadly 2013 runway crash at San Francisco International Airport has been settled, an attorney for the plaintiff said. According to the Associated Press, Kyung-Rhan Rha, a California dentist, reached a settlement with the Korea-based airline recently, her lawyer said. The case was the last lawsuit to be settled out of dozens filed by passengers and crewmembers that had been consolidated in a California federal court. Details of the settlement have not been disclosed. Dr. Kyung-Rhan and her daughter were among the 291 passengers on Asiana Flight 214 from South Korea. Federal ... Read More

Lawsuit Blames Tom Cruise, Director, for Deadly American Made Airplane Crash

The families of two men killed in an airplane crash during the filming of Tom Cruise’s action-thriller movie American Made say that the actor himself and director Doug Liman share some of the blame for the deadly accident. On Sept. 11, 2015, a twin-engine Smith Aerostar 600 was flying from Santa Fe de Antiogia, Colombia, to Medellin when it crashed in the Andes Mountains during a storm. Pilot Carlos Berl and Alan Purwin, whose company Heliblack owned the airplane, were killed. Jimmy Garland, the CEO and partner of S&S Aviation, survived but was rendered paraplegic. The crash triggered a multitude ... Read More

Insurer Prevails in E-Cigarette Explosion Coverage Dispute

Atlantic Casualty Insurance Company is off the hook for claims filed against an e-cigarette vendor over serious injuries a woman sustained when her e-cigarette exploded in her face. Spokane, Washington-based Lilac City Vapor said its insurer, Atlantic Casualty, should be liable for the e-cigarette victim’s claims, but a Washington federal court judge granted Atlantic summary judgment on Sept. 7. According to Law 360, Atlantic based its argument for summary judgment solely on an exclusion that the company said precludes coverage for any personal injuries that occur off the store’s premises. Law 360 reports: In the underlying suit, Marlene Rubertt says ... Read More

Lawsuit filed after IVC Filter Embedded in Vein

A Michigan woman whose inferior vena cava (IVC) filter became embedded in her vein has filed a lawsuit against the device’s maker, claiming it sold a defective filter. Leah C., who received an Option Elite retrievable IVC filter, has filed the lawsuit, saying the device is dangerous. The manufacturers are Rex Medical and Argon Medical Devices, who are familiar with lawsuits over their IVC filters, reports The Daily Hornet. A retrievable IVC filter is a metallic device that resembles a spider with a hook at its apex to snare for removal. They are inserted into the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body, ... Read More

Honda Reaches $605 Million Takata Airbag Settlement

Honda Motor Co. agreed Friday to pay $605 million to settle its part of multidistrict litigation (MDL) over defective Takata airbags, opening the door to compensation for customers who have incurred out-of-pocket expenses and speeding up replacement of the faulty airbags in remaining vehicles. The preliminary deal includes an outreach program that is designed to help owners of about 16.5 million of Honda and Acura vehicles get their Takata airbags repaired more quickly, including payments up to $500 per owner, free rental cars, and providing reimbursements for lost wages, childcare, and other expenses vehicle owners rack up to get their ... Read More

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Whistleblower Awarded $2.48 Million

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s 2016 ruling that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission wrongfully terminated a whistleblower employee who accused a preferred IT contractor of waste and wrongdoing surrounding the implementation of a new data systems project. Ralph Bailets alleged the Turnpike Commission fired him in November 2008 in retaliation for his complaints about Ciber Inc., a contractor whose officers had developed a corrupt and cozy relationship with Turnpike Commission leaders though “a steady flow of gifts and targeted campaign contributions,” PennLive reported. In February 2014, Commonwealth Court Judge Rochelle Friedman rejected Ralph Bailets’ lawsuit against the ... Read More