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Bayer generates millions of pages for Yaz, Yasmin lawsuits

Lawyers for the pharmaceutical giant Bayer are overwhelmed by the “overly burdensome discovery requests” made by attorneys for the thousands of women and their family members who have filed suit against Bayer. The drug company has turned over some 40 million pages of documents related to Yaz and Yasmin’s warnings, safety, labeling and sales and market, and say they have up to 30 million more pages yet to surrender. Bayer’s attorneys have asked for a protective order to stop the mountain of paperwork, but the plaintiffs attorneys say they want all the documents as they are imperative to the lawsuit ... Read More

Lawsuits against Darvon, Darvocet makers expected to climb

So far, few lawsuits have been filed against the makers of the painkillers Darvon and Darvocet, but that number is expected to climb over the next few months. The drugs, which contain the ingredient propoxyphene, as well as generic equivalents, were banned late last year because new clinical studies showed the drugs were putting users at greater risk for abnormal heart rhythms. These cardiac disturbances required hospitalizations, and some patients suffered heart attacks, strokes and even sudden cardiac death. When clients contact law firms, such as Beasley Allen, a firm that is handling several of these cases, the cases are ... Read More

Some similarities between Darvocet, Darvon and Vioxx lawsuits

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned Darvon and Darvocet as well as other drugs containing propoxyphene from the market lat last year because studies showed the treatment for mild to moderate pain was causing an increased risk of heart rhythm abnormalities. These cardiac disturbances were causing patients to be hospitalized. Some suffered heart attacks, strokes and sudden death. Victims and their families are only just beginning to learn how dangerous Darvon and Darvocet really are, and the fight for justice that lies ahead. The Darvon and Darvocet withdrawal brings to mind another banned drug, Merck & Co.’s Vioxx, which ... Read More

Lawyers plan to prove NASA’s sudden acceleration report wrong

Lawyers representing hundreds of plaintiffs suing Toyota over sudden acceleration incidents are challenging a NASA report that concluded electronic defects aren’t responsible for causing Toyota and Lexus vehicles to accelerate unexpectedly. Toyota has argued the defects that triggered a global recall of millions of vehicles over sudden-acceleration issues are caused by mechanical problems and driver error, not electronic flaws. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked NASA last year to test the electronic throttle systems in Toyota cars and determine whether an electronic or software-based defect could be to blame for sudden-acceleration incidents. NASA concluded that it could not establish ... Read More

Cardiac injuries prompt three Louisianans to file Darvocet lawsuits

Three Louisiana residents are taking Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc., the maker of Darvocet, to court along with a number of other manufacturers of generic Darvocet equivalents over injuries the plaintiffs allege they received by taking the drug. Darvocet, Darvon, and other propoxyphene-based painkillers were removed from the market last November when FDA-ordered studies confirmed the drugs’ risks outweighed their benefits. The Louisiana lawsuits were filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on March 4. All three of the suits allege that Darvocet caused the plaintiffs to develop life-threatening heart conditions. One of the lawsuits claims that the ... Read More

Darvocet multidistrict litigation hearings start this month

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigations has scheduled a hearing in San Diego, California on March 30 to determine whether all lawsuits filed in federal court against the makers of Darvocet and Darvon should be consolidated for pretrial proceedings as part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration effectively banned the popular painkillers Darvocet, Darvon, and all generic propoxyphene drugs on November 19, 2010, after clinical studies showed the drugs’ risks far outweighed their benefit. The studies showed that the drugs could diminish kidney function and interrupt the electrical activity of the heart, causing serious ... Read More

Judge asks lawyers settle Toyota electronic source code issues

Santa Ana, California — U.S. District Judge James Selna, who is presiding over hundreds of Toyota sudden unintended acceleration cases coordinated in multidistrict litigation, has told plaintiffs’ lawyers to resolve an evidence dispute so that the first cases can go to trial in 2013. One of the main obstacles that needs to be cleared before the cases can proceed concerns the examination of the software source code that governs the electronic throttle system in the recalled Toyota vehicles. Toyota steadfastly insists all incidents of sudden unintended acceleration can be pinned on incorrectly installed or mismatched driver’s side floor mats, sticky ... Read More

Darvocet, Darvon lawsuits may be consolidated in one court

Petitions have been filed in several pending cases filed in federal court against Xanodyne, makers of the prescription painkillers Darvon and Darvocet, to consolidate the lawsuits in a single federal court. The drugs contain the active ingredient propoxyphene. In November 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deemed drugs containing propoxyphene unsafe and banned them from the U.S. market. Reports had linked the medication to an increased risk for potentially fatal heart rhythm abnormalities. The drug had previously been under fire for causing unintentional overdose. Several other countries had already banned the drug before the FDA followed suit. Plaintiffs claim ... Read More

First Toyota sudden unintended acceleration cases will be tried in 2013

The first lawsuits filed in federal courts against Toyota will be tried as belwether cases sometime during the first quarter of 2013, Judge James Selna of U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California, announced yesterday. Judge Selna asked plaintiffs’ lawyers to be prepared to select the belwether cases, which will serve as test cases to determine how the rest of the litigation will proceed. More than 100 lawsuits against Toyota filed in federal courts across the country were consolidated last April for pretrial proceedings and assigned to Judge Selna, whose courtroom is located near Toyota’s North American headquarters in Torrance. ... Read More

McDonald’s sued for luring children to junk food with toys

Hey McDonald’s, here’s an idea! Instead of enticing children to crave Happy Meals with toys, how about making food that parents might actually want their kids to eat? That’s the implicit message propelling a class action lawsuit filed by a group of consumers and nutrition advocates against the world’s largest fast food giant. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), one of the nation’s most powerful food safety and health advocates, wants McDonald’s to cease using toys to peddle unhealthy food to children. The group filed the lawsuit on behalf of a Sacramento, California, mother and other parents ... Read More