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DePuy settles ASR metal hip complaint before trial start

Johnson & Johnson has settled a personal-injury lawsuit that accused its DuPuy Orthopaedics unit of manufacturing defective metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. The lawsuit had been selected as a bellwether case among several other cases DePuy faces over its ASR hip implants, and was destined for an October 15 trial in San Francisco Superior Court. In March, a Los Angeles jury ordered DePuy to pay Loren “Bill” Kransky, a retired prison guard, $8.3 million in damages for injuries he allegedly received from an all-metal ASR hip device made by DePuy. Mr. Krannsky’s case was chosen as the first of more than ... Read More

Minnesota expands whistleblower law to protect private-sector employees

Minnesota governor Mark Dayton has signed a bill into law that expands the state’s whistleblower protection laws to ensure that witnesses who report fraud and other wrongdoing will receive adequate safeguards and legal recourse. Minnesota’s current Whistleblower Act, signed into law in 1987, applied only to state employees who reported misconduct. The expanded law now applies to all private-sector employees as well. According to Business Management Daily, Minnesota’s old whistleblower law prohibited employers “from discharging, disciplining, threatening, or penalizing an employee in retaliation for making a good faith report of a violation or suspected violation of any federal or state ... Read More

Some type 2 diabetes medications linked to increased risk of heart failure

New studies suggest two type 2 diabetes drugs do not increase the risk of heart attack, but may increase the risk of heart failure. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to part of the heart is blocked for a long enough time to cause damage or death to part of the heart muscle. Heart failure is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to the rest of the body. Both conditions can be deadly. Cardiovascular risks with diabetes medications have made headlines in recent years since the blockbuster diabetes drug Avandia was linked to fatal heart ... Read More

Lawyers ask FDA to investigate DePuy after alleged wrongdoing surfaces in ASR hip trials

Lawyers representing patients allegedly harmed by metal-on-metal hip implants have called upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson that manufactured and sold and subsequently recalled tens of thousands of defective metal ASR hips. The lawyers say new evidence emerged in testimony given during the first two bellwether personal-injury trials indicating DePuy broke federal laws when it concealed information that could have spared thousands of patients from injuries allegedly brought about by its ASR metal hip implants. That evidence had been sealed by court order until ... Read More

NY Attorney General sues Donald Trump University for allegedly defrauding students

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump, alleging the real estate mogul and reality TV star defrauded students with his “Trump University” programs that offered to teach potential investors the keys to success in real estate, but allegedly did nothing more than scam them out of more than $40 million. The lawsuit comes amid Trump’s legal battles with plaintiffs in California who claim they too were lured to Trump University programs with free seminars but ultimately cheated out of thousands of dollars. Those plaintiffs are seeking class action status for their cases. Seeking to ... Read More

Canadian report reinforces dangers of metal-on-metal hip implants

Hip-replacement patients fitted with all-metal large-diameter modular implants, such as DePuy’s ASR hip devices, are more than three times likely to need to need their devices replace prematurely, according to a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health information (CIHI). While the Canadian report doesn’t shed new light on the risks many metal-on-metal hip devices pose, it echoes the findings of many previous studies and reports that have found certain types of all-metal hip implants are, by design, prone to fail early and injure the patient. The CIHI based its conclusions on voluntary data for 56,942 hip-replacement surgeries performed ... Read More

Lady Gaga reveals she was close to needing a full hip replacement

Lady Gaga was possibly one performance away from needing a full hip replacement after an injury forced her to postpone, then cancel, the remaining 22 gigs on her Born This Way Ball tour, the artist revealed in a recent interview. In February, Gaga’s tour company announced that she suffered from a “labral tear of the right hip,” which is essentially a tear of the cartilage that forms the outside socket of the hip joint. A labral tear is usually painful and immobilizing, but Gaga’s case turned out to be exceptionally severe, she told Women’s Wear Daily. “My injury was actually ... Read More

First New Jersey case alleging DePuy ASR hip injuries to start in October

The first of several hundred ASR-hip lawsuits filed in New Jersey state courts against DePuy Orthopedics and parent company Johnson & Johnson has been scheduled to start October 21. The bellwether case, selected as a representative case to help the court and litigants understand how the rest of the litigation will proceed, will be heard before Judge Brian Marinotti in the Superior Court of New Jersey for Bergen County. More than 600 lawsuits against DePuy alleging injuries from its ASR metal hip implants are pending in New Jersey, where they have been consolidated for Multi-County Litigation (MCL). Johnson & Johnson ... Read More

Judge upholds $8.3-million verdict against DePuy in first ASR hip implant trial

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has upheld an $8.3-million verdict in favor of plaintiff Loren “Bill” Kransky, the first plaintiff to have his case tried against DePuy Orthopedics over its faulty ASR hip implants. DePuy and parent company Johnson & Johnson asked Judge J. Stephen Czuleger to overturn the jury’s March decision awarding Mr. Kransky, a retired South Dakota prison guard, $8.3 million for severe and extensive injuries that he alleged stemmed from a DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant. Judge Czuleger said that sufficient evidence had been demonstrated that DePuy’s ASR hips were defectively designed. Mr. Kransky, 66, had ... Read More

New website monitors how corporations, lobbyists are eroding our Constitutional rights

Alarmed by the corporate lobby’s aggressive efforts to undermine the U.S. civil justice system, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) has launched a new website and blog called Take Justice Back. The aim of the website is to keep U.S. citizens informed about how their rights and protections, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, are being eroded by powerful corporations and lobbying groups trying to escape accountability. Armed with hundreds of millions of dollars, these corporate interests have infiltrated Congress and are using their financial might “scheming up ways to avoid accountability when they hurt someone,” the AAJ says. The “Tort ... Read More