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First testosterone trial begins

More than 2,000 plaintiffs from around the U.S. will be watching this week as the first testosterone trial gets underway in Chicago, according to the Cook County Record. It is the first of seven cases in the class action singled out as bellwethers. Thousands of plaintiffs filed suit against multiple drug manufacturers of testosterone replacement drugs saying the drugs increased their risk of life-threatening adverse effects including blood clots, stroke and heart attack. As Beasley Allen previously explained, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation established a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for testosterone replacement drugs in 2014 following a Food and ... Read More

Pennsylvania Woman Files Lawsuit Over Cook Medical IVC Filter

Pennsylvania resident Caitlin G. was implanted with an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter on June 21, 2012, when she was found to be at risk for a blood clot. At Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, the Günther Tulip, made by Cook Medical, was implanted. However, Caitlin was left with injuries that led her to file a lawsuit against Cook on March 9, 2017, alleging the filter failed and resulted in her injuries. Her lawsuit has been added to 1,500 similar lawsuits pending in a multi-district litigation. The Günther Tulip is one of the oldest IVC filter models still on the market. Different from other ... Read More

Resolution for nearly 50 women allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh

Law360 reports that this week close to 50 women have settled with C.R. Bard Inc. and agreed to end their lawsuits against the company. The lawsuits sought to hold Bard liable for injuries they say they sustained due to allegedly faulty transvaginal mesh implants. The suits were dismissed with prejudice from the pelvic mesh multidistrict litigation (MDL) by U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, who is overseeing the seven separate MDLs in West Virginia. MDLs against the seven manufacturers of transvaginal mesh have been consolidated into one giant litigation with a total of around 70,000 pending cases. Law360 reports that according ... Read More

Lawsuits Against Makers of Defective Retrievable IVC Filters Consolidated to Southern District of Indiana

Lawsuits against Cook Medical, Inc., the maker of the retrievable IVC filter known for its allegedly defective design have been consolidated to Southern District of Indiana in a multidistrict litigation (MDL). The IVC filter is a cage-like device that is implanted into the largest vein of the body – the inferior vena cava – and is designed to catch blood clots, preventing them from entering the heart and/or lungs, resulting in pulmonary embolism. Retrievable designs, such as Cook’s Gunther Tulip or Celect filters, are intended to be used for a short period of time, then removed. They are often used in ... Read More

Lawyers seek resolution for transvaginal mesh cases, request move out of MDL

Manufacturers of transvaginal mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence are being sued by tens of thousands of women who claim defective mesh caused internal injuries and left many in constant pain. Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reclassified transvaginal mesh as a high-risk device earlier this year, acknowledging more than 1,500 reports of problems, these numbers are only likely to increase. According to the FDA, reported complications from the transvaginal placement of the surgical mesh include erosion of the mesh into the vaginal tissue, organ perforation, pain, infection, painful intercourse, and urinary and fecal ... Read More

Lumber Liquidators toxic-flooring lawsuits consolidated in Virginia

Federal lawsuits against Lumber Liquidators Inc. alleging the company made and sold laminate flooring with dangerous levels of formaldehyde are being consolidated for multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Eastern District of Virginia. The U.S. Judicial Panel of Multidistrict Litigation’s June 12 ruling combines 113 lawsuits filed against Lumber Liquidators by plaintiffs in 29 states who accuse the flooring manufacturer of misrepresenting its Chinese-made laminate flooring as compliant with California Air Resources Board (CARB) Phase 2 safety standards, which Congress adopted for federal standards that will go into effect this year. The complaints allege the flooring contains toxic levels of carcinogenic ... Read More

Lawsuits allege Mirena IUD caused brain damage

“I was one of the lucky ones,” writes “Proud Mama Fighting Back,” who describes herself as a “post Mirena survivor,” and chronicles her “Mirena nightmare” on her blogspot site, MyLifeAfterMirena. She says she was lucky because after having the Mirena intrauterine device inserted, she lost most of her vision in her right eye after two months. “I went from great vision to legally blind in that eye virtually overnight,” she writes. That’s when the blogger learned about a connection between the Mirena IUD and pseudo tumor cerebra (PTC), also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), a type of brain damage in which too ... Read More

Debit card fraud: why it happens and four of the most common places it does happen

With data breaches becoming more prevalent than ever in American society, consumers must be wary of nearly every transaction and the risks associated with their choice of payment. Unlike cash or credit cards, debit cards allow thieves direct access to a consumer’s checking account, making questionable transactions more susceptible to fraudulent activity. In order to better secure your debit card’s financial information from hackers, BankRate.com has created a list of areas more vulnerable to thieves: *  Listed among one of the most dangerous places for debit card users, outdoor ATMs provide thieves an easy opportunity to obtain private financial data ... Read More

Jury should know Johnson & Johnson destroyed transvaginal mesh documents, U.S. judge says

A U.S. judge has found that Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit destroyed company documents about some of its transvaginal mesh implants ahead of its Feb. 10 trial in which the health care conglomerate is defending itself against thousands of personal-injury lawsuits. U.S. magistrate judge Cheryl Eifert concluded that Ethicon destroyed thousands of computer files and other documents pertaining to its Gynecare Prolift and TVT Retropublic mesh devices, which thousands of women blame for excruciating internal injuries. Because the company acted improperly, juries may be allowed to hear and weigh evidence about the alleged document dumping, Judge Eifert said. ... Read More

Biomet to pay $56 million to settle metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits

Medical device company Biomet Inc. has agreed to pay at least $56 million to settle multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Indiana federal court claiming its metal-on-metal hip replacement devices were defective. MDLs are special federal legal procedures designed to speed up the process of handling complex cases, such as product liability lawsuits. Biomet disputes the fact that its devices caused people harm, however it agreed to set aside the money for MDL plaintiffs who qualify. The agreement resolves the MDL, which it has been fighting since October 2012. Plaintiffs in the MDL who received either the Biomet M2a-38 or M2a-Magnum hip ... Read More