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LA sues drug makers, distributors for fueling opioid epidemic

The City of Los Angeles has filed a lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of highly addictive opioid painkillers, accusing the companies of engaging in deceptive marketing practices, and contributing to the nation’s opioid epidemic. Los Angeles is the latest local government among dozens to hold drug companies to task for fueling the opioid crisis by pushing the highly addictive drugs and not warning of the risks. Los Angeles is accusing makers of OxyContin, methadone, fentanyl and other opioids of public nuisance, violating the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, and negligence. “The scourge of prescription drug addiction has made ... Read More

Three tribes join MDL against opioid makers

Three federally recognized tribes have filed complaints in a growing multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Ohio federal court blaming opioid manufacturers and distributors for fueling the opioid epidemic, causing a wave of opioid overdoses and associated economic burdens. The Spirit Lake Tribe of Fort Totten, North Dakota; the Turtle Mountian Band of Chippewa Indians of Belcourt, North Dakota; and the Squaxin Island Indian Tribe of Shelton, Washington, filed separate lawsuits against a group of opioid makers and distributors, joining dozens of local governments and other tribes including the Cherokee Nation, the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, the Eastern Band of ... Read More

Bard seeks new trial after $3.6 million verdict in IVC filter case

C.R. Bard asked an Arizona federal court for a new trial after being slapped with a $3.6 million verdict in a case brought by a woman who claimed the company’s blood clot-catching device was defective and caused her serious injuries. The medical device company argued that the jury’s findings were “inconsistent” and relied on weak evidence. Plaintiff Sherr-Una Booker’s case was the first bellwether case to go to trial among thousands pending in a multidistrict litigation accusing Bard’s IVC filters of fracturing and migrating inside a patient’s body causing serious and life threatening injuries. IVC filters are tiny cage-like devices ... Read More

AbbVie fights to reduce or overturn $3.2 million verdict

A month after an Illinois federal jury awarded a man $3.2 million over claims AbbVie Inc.’s testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel gave him a heart attack, the drug company asked the federal court to overturn the verdict or at the very least grant a new trial, arguing the jury’s finding that the company was negligent was inconsistent with its finding against strict liability and fraudulent misrepresentation. Plaintiff Jesse Mitchell sued AbbVie alleging that studies linked use of testosterone replacement therapies to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and blood clots, but the company failed to adequately warn doctors or patients ... Read More

WC-130 Plane Crashes Near Savannah, Georgia

Early Wednesday morning, an Air National Guard WC-130 crashed near Savannah, Georgia, killing all five crew members on board. The plane went down just a few miles from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Witnesses reported hearing a “loud, strange noise,” as they watched the plane flying at “very low altitude and making a hard left turn to the ground” seconds before it crashed and exploded. They described the impact, which could be felt miles away, as a bomb exploding. Some reported that the impact shook their building and knocked out power to area homes, schools and businesses. The airplane was ... Read More

IVC filter victim sues Cook Medical over injuries

Kyle Blithe was 49 in August 2009 when she was implanted with a Cook Celect blood clot catching device to prevent another blood clot from reaching her lungs, a condition called pulmonary embolism. She could never have expected the device to fracture inside her body and cause further trauma. Cook Medical’s Cook Celect is an IVC filter, a tiny metal device that is implanted in the inferior vena cava, a large vein inside the body that carries deoxygenated blood from the lower extremities to the heart. It is designed to catch blood clots that form in the legs, called deep ... Read More

Puerto Rico sues OxyContin maker for creating opioid crisis in territory

The Justice Department in Puerto Rico has filed a lawsuit blaming opioid maker Purdue Pharma for fueling an opioid epidemic in the U.S. territory by downplaying the risks of abuse and addiction, causing a financial burden to the local government and killing its citizens. Purdue Pharma manufactures the powerful painkiller OxyContin. Puerto Rico’s lawsuit claims that Purdue Pharma’s deceptive marketing techniques led to a boom in opioid sales in the territory. Opioid distribution more than doubled in Puerto Rico from 1999 to 2013, contributing to the 1,661 fatal opioid overdoses reported from January 2007 to March 2016, the lawsuit states. ... Read More

Beasley Allen files opioid lawsuits on behalf of more AL cities, counties

Beasley Allen Law Firm has filed additional lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers on behalf of two Alabama cities and two Alabama counties. The lawsuits blame opioid makers and distributors of creating an opioid epidemic, a public health and safety crisis that is financially burdening communities and killing citizens. The lawsuits were filed in April on behalf of the cities of Tuskegee and Weaver, as well as Henry County and Cleburne County. Beasley Allen has filed similar lawsuits on behalf of other Alabama municipalities and counties, as well as governmental entities in several other states including Tennessee and ... Read More

Women seek centralization of Taxotere hair loss lawsuits

About 350 women suing Sanofi-Aventis and other drug companies for failing to warn about the risk of permanent hair loss from the breast cancer drug Taxotere are calling for the New Jersey Supreme Court to designate the lawsuits as a multicounty litigation under Superior Court Judge James F. Hyland in Middlesex County. Centralizing the lawsuits was recommended because of the large number of cases and the common issues in their claims. Centralized management would conserve judicial resources, provide all those involved with the benefits of coordinated discovery, and minimize duplication, the petition states. The vast majority of the state lawsuits are ... Read More

J&J faces more litigation alleging injuries with Physiomesh

A group of people who claim to have been injured by hernia repair kits made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon USA LLC have asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to consolidate the 62 lawsuits pending against the company into a multicounty litigation, and assign them to Superior Court Judge Rachelle Lea Harrz in Bergen County. Several hundred similar cases are expected to be filed. Those suing Ethicon allege the company designed, manufactured, marketed and sold defective hernia mesh, including Proceed Surgical Mesh, Proceed Ventrical Patch, Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh, Prolene 3D Patch Polypropylene Mesh, and Prolene Hernia System. ... Read More