Tagged Articles

litigation 1073 articles

AbbVie accused of misusing plaintiff profile forms in testosterone MDL

Attorneys representing consumers in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) accusing testosterone treatment manufacturers of failing to warn that their products carried cardiovascular risks asked an Illinois federal judge to fine AbbVie Inc., nearly a half million dollars for misusing a records-collecting process to challenge almost 1,000 cases. The plaintiffs’ attorneys told U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly that AbbVie, maker of the top-selling AndroGel testosterone replacement therapy, was improperly using the plaintiff profile forms in an attempt to have the cases dismissed. As a result, the plaintiffs’ steering committee has spent tremendous time and effort to respond to the drug company’s issues. ... Read More

Woman fights to revive putative class action against J&J

A woman asked the Third Circuit to revive her putative class action lawsuit against consumer healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson, arguing that she would not have bought the company’s talcum powder if she had known it could put her at risk for developing ovarian cancer. Plaintiff Mona Estrada hasn’t developed cancer, but claims she suffered economic damages because she never received the “benefit of the bargain” when she purchased Johnson’s Baby Powder through the years. Estrada filed the lawsuit in April 2014 against Johnson & Johnson in California federal court, but the case was dismissed in March 2015 because she ... Read More

AbbVie faces more lawsuits in testosterone MDL

AbbVie Inc., prevailed in the latest bellwether trial accusing the company’s testosterone treatment AndroGel of causing heart attacks, strokes and blood clots, but AbbVie and other testosterone manufacturers still face thousands more lawsuits consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. This is the third of five bellwether trials that have been won by testosterone makers. The other two have resulted in a total of $143 million in verdicts for the plaintiffs. The latest trial involved the case of Rober Rowley who was prescribed AndroGel in 2012 to treat fatigue. Years earlier, ... Read More

Woman joins lawsuit over permanent baldness with Taxotere

Connie Shatswell knew in 2010 when she took chemotherapy to treat her breast cancer that she would temporarily lose her thick, brown hair. She assumed her hair would grow back once her treatment ended. But she never guessed that she’d wind up permanently bald. No one could explain why Connie’s hair never grew back. It wasn’t until she saw a social media post blaming Taxotere chemotherapy as a possible culprit that she realized it was likely the cause. Connie dug deeper and discovered that five years before she took Taxotere, its manufacturer Sanofi-Aventos conducted a study and found that about ... Read More

‘Opioid babies’ deserve separate track in opioid MDL

Babies born addicted to opioids after being exposed to the drugs by pregnant women who misused and abused the powerful painkillers deserve a special legal track in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) blaming opioid makers, distributors and pharmacies for the opioid epidemic, attorneys representing the so-called “opioid babies” told an Ohio federal court. Babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome deserve this separate track because their medical costs are distinct, the attorneys told U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster, who is overseeing the MDL. Neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, is the result of the sudden discontinuation of fetal exposure to substances, like opioids, ... Read More

Disfiguring Taxotere side effect devastating to women

“I find it interesting that TV ads regularly show men and women lamenting their thinning hair and bald spots with various companies offering treatments and potions to restore their manes. Words like ‘embarrassed,’ ‘devastated,’ ‘humiliated’ and ‘depressed’ are used to describe their feelings,” wrote Beth* in a post on the site A Head of our Time. “When cancer patients use these terms with regards to how they feel about their Taxotere-induced hair loss, they have been ridiculed and maligned and told they should be happy to be alive. What’s the difference? If someone who is genetically predisposed to thin hair ... Read More

AbbVie ignored heart risks with AndroGel, lawyer claims

AbbVie Inc., turned a blind eye on cardiovascular risks associated with its AndroGel testosterone replacement therapy, said the attorney for a man suing the company over claims that AndroGel caused a blood clot to develop deep in his veins. The only warning Robert Rowley had that his testosterone treatment could cause heart attacks, strokes and blood clots was a warning on the product’s safety label about an increased risk for polycythemia, a blood thickening disease that can lead to blood clots. “But it’s not the only way,” Rowley’s attorney told an Illinois federal jury during the latest bellwether trial in ... Read More

Besins released from testosterone MDL

Thailand-based Besins Healthcare SA, which manufactures the topical testosterone treatment AndroGel outside the United States, was released from a multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving several manufacturers of testosterone replacement therapies. Besins licensed exclusive right to market and distribute AndroGel in the U.S. to AbbVie. U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly dismissed all remaining claims against Besins after finding that plaintiffs did not allege that the company had a responsibility to conduct safety tests of AndroGel in the U.S. AbbVie and other testosterone makers are facing about 6,500 of claims in a multidistrict litigation centralized in the Northern District of Illinois. Most ... Read More

Firefighter awarded $1.2 million for IVC filter injuries

A firefighter who sued Cook Inc., over claims that its blood clot-catching device malfunctioned inside his body and perforated his heart and intestines was awarded $1.2 million by a Texas jury, after jurors found that Cook didn’t properly warn doctors about the device’s risks. Jeff Pavlock was implanted with a Cook Celect IVC filter in March 2015. The tiny, cage-like device is implanted in the inferior vena cava, a large vein that delivers deoxygenated blood from the lower extremities to the heart. IVC filters are intended to catch blood clots before they reach the heart and then lungs, which can ... Read More

T-38 Trainer Jet Involved in Latest Military Air Crash

The U.S. Air Force is investigating another noncombat military air crash. On Wednesday, a T-38C Talon II trainer jet crashed near Columbus Air Force Base (CAFB) in northeast Mississippi. The two pilots ejected safely from the aircraft, and were taken to a nearby hospital, treated and released. The supersonic jet crashed in a wooded area without damaging any houses or other buildings. Witnesses in downtown Columbus, which is nine miles south of CAFB, reported seeing a plume of smoke above the crash site. The Air Force base is home to the 14th Flying Training Wing. There were six Class A ... Read More