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Mississippi man sues over Risperdal side effects

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Mississippi resident Jermaine Anderson is suing the makers of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal alleging the medication caused him physical injuries. The lawsuit was filed in the San Francisco County Superior Court against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., also known as Ortho McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., and accuses the company of failure to warn, negligence, fraud, and breach of express warranty, among other counts. Anderson claims that after taking Risperdal, known generically as risperidone, that he gained weight rapidly and was diagnosed with hyperprolactinemia, or elevated levels of prolactin, which is the hormone that is produced by pregnant women ... Read More

North Dakota Oil Spill Pollutes Little Missouri River Tributary

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An oil spill in western North Dakota released more than a thousand gallons of a crude oil and salt water mixture before it was discovered Saturday, April 22, polluting a tributary of the Little Missouri River. According to the Associated Press, the pipeline released an estimated 756 gallons of oil and 294 gallons of salt water, a drilling byproduct, contaminating a 14-mile stretch of Little Beaver Creek. North Dakota’s Department of Health estimated that about 100 gallons of that mixture entered the tributary. The owner of the pipeline, Continental Resources of Oklahoma City, said Wednesday, April 26, that the cause ... Read More

CSX Train Accident Kills Man, Injures Another in Virginia

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A freight train accident that left one man dead and another in critical condition in Fredericksburg, Virginia, remains under an “active and ongoing” investigation, local authorities said. Fredericksburg police said that Jeremy David Day, 30, of Fredericksburg, was killed after being struck by a CSX freight train near Prince Edward Street in downtown Fredericksburg Saturday, April 21, according to NBC 12 Richmond. The accident occurred sometime shortly before 3:25 a.m. when the first report of the collision was called in. Mr. Day was taken to an area hospital where he died about nine hours later. The other man is in ... Read More

BA’s Birchfield heads up Xarelto litigation

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The first Xarelto bellwether trial in a massive multidistrict litigation (MDL) began this week with a familiar cast of characters from another notable pharmaceutical side effects case, the landmark Vioxx painkiller litigation, which resulted in a $4.85 billion settlement with Merck & Co. Inc. in 2007. The Vioxx litigation was before the same judge who is overseeing the Xarelto case, U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Andy Birchfield, head of the mass torts section of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles in Montgomery, Alabama, was the co-lead attorney for plaintiffs in the Vioxx litigation. ... Read More

Viking agrees to pay $4.65 million to settle gas range defect claims

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A Mississippi company agreed to pay a $4.65 million civil penalty to settle charges the company failed to report and recall a defective product, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Viking Range LLC of Greenwood, Mississippi, and its parent company, The Middleby Corporation, of Elgin, Illinois, collectively known as Viking, agreed to settle claims its gas ranges contained a defect causing them to spontaneously turn on and not shut off via control knobs. Between 2008 and 2014, Viking received 170 reports of incidents, including from consumers who were burned when trying to disconnect the ranges from a power ... Read More

First Xarelto bellwether trial to begin April 24

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After two delays, the first lawsuit to stand trial in a massive multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving bleeding risks with the blood thinner Xarelto is scheduled for April 24. More than 15,000 lawsuits were consolidated in the Eastern District of Louisiana under Judge Eldon E. Fallon. The first bellwether case to go to trial involves the case of Joseph Boudreaux Jr., who says he took Xarelto to prevent strokes due to his heart condition, atrial fibrillation, and soon afterward suffered internal bleeding requiring multiple blood transfusions. His case will be heard in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Boudreaux’s trial will be ... Read More

Truck Driver Killed in Fiery Highway Collision With Fuel Tanker Near New Orleans

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A 44-year-old Louisiana woman was killed Thursday morning when a cargo tank hauling 8,000 gallons of gasoline plowed into the back of the dump truck she was driving along Interstate 310 in Luling, Louisiana, about 25 miles west of New Orleans. Chalanta Brown of LaPlace, Louisiana, was killed in the crash and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the fuel tanker, Glenn Robichaux, Jr., 31, of the Lafourche Parish community of Gheens, was airlifted to a Baton Rouge burn injury center. Mr. Robichaux was able to escape the fiery wreckage with moderate injuries. A facebook profile for a Glenn ... Read More

Lawsuit Filed For Mississippi Students Severely Burned By Teacher’s “Experiment”

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A group of parents and guardians have filed a federal lawsuit against the Hinds County, Mississippi, School District on behalf of five high school students severely burned when their teacher sprayed them with a caustic chemical. The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports that the incident occurred on May 15, 2015, when Raymond High School math teacher Dalvia Mitchell, 35, sprayed a large quantity of an air-spray cleaner onto the hands and lower arms of the students, causing them to suffer second-degree burns. “The believed motive for this grossly negligent act on the part of Dalvia Mitchell is her desire to demonstrate to ... Read More

Biloxi Bus Crash Lawsuit Alleges CSX freight Train Had Ample Time To Stop

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Fifteen passengers of a Texas tour bus struck by a CSX freight train in Biloxi, Mississippi, last month have joined a lawsuit along with some of their family members against the railroad company seeking $250 million in damages. The Biloxi bus crash lawsuit, filed in Harris County state court in Houston, claims that the conductor of the CSX train had more than adequate time to bring the freight train to a stop when he became aware of the bus straddling the tracks. The Texas tour bus was carrying 46 people from the Austin, Texas, area, most of them members of ... Read More

Xarelto bellwethers in MDL could offer insight for cases pending in PA mass tort

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Trials alleging bleeding risks with the blood thinner Xarelto are scheduled to begin this month in a Louisiana federal court, which may serve as a guide to determine how similar cases pending in Philadelphia will play out. Judge Eldon E. Fallon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has set the date for the first Xarelto bellwether trial in a massive multidistrict litigation (MDL) for April. The federal Xarelto MDL names as defendants Xarelto manufacturers Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Bayer. Plaintiffs accuse the drug companies of failing to warn patients that by taking Xarelto once ... Read More