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Company apologizes for birth defects caused by drug given to pregnant women

German drug maker Gruenenthal Group is apologizing to women who took its morning sickness medication Thalidomide in the 1950s and 1960s, and to their children who suffered congenital birth defects as a result. The apology comes 50 years after the drug was pulled off the market for causing babies to be born with shortened arms and legs or with no limbs at all. “We ask that you regard our long silence as a sign of the shock that your fate caused in us,” said Harald Stock, Gruenenthal Group’s chief executive, during an unveiling of a statute in the drug company’s ... Read More

Lawsuit claims Depakote during pregnancy caused serious birth defect

A mother has filed a lawsuit against the makers of the anti-seizure medication Depakote claiming that using the drug while she was pregnant caused her son to be born with a penile birth defect. The lawsuit claims that Abbott Laboratories knew the drug was dangerous to developing fetuses, but failed to adequately warn of the potential side effects when used by pregnant mothers. The defendant’s son was born in April 2010 with a birth defect known as hypospadias. Hypospadia is a birth defect in which the opening of the urethra develops on the underside of the penis. In severe cases, ... Read More

Bladder cancer victim files lawsuit against Actos maker

An Illinois man is suing the makers of the type 2 diabetes drug Actos, claiming the drug caused him to develop bladder cancer. His lawsuit alleges that the drug company was fully aware that the medication had been linked to bladder cancer but hid the risks from the public. The lawsuit was filed earlier this month in Madison County Circuit Court against Actos makers Takeda Pharmaceuticals America Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc., Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, and Eli Lilly and Company. The plaintiff was prescribed Actos in 2007 for the long-term control of his high blood sugar. He says he ... Read More

Texas woman files lawsuit against transvaginal mesh manufacturers

A lawsuit has been filed against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon Inc., by a Texas woman who claims the manufacturers knew their transvaginal mesh device used to treat pelvic floor disorders was dangerous and could cause severe harm. The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Texas Beaumont Division on Dec. 8, 2011. The lawsuit alleges that the medical device manufacturers negligently designed and marketed the Gynecare Profilt and TVT, which are surgical mesh devices used to treat disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The devices recently have come under review by a ... Read More

Truck driver receives $10 million for injuries received in Walmart parking lot

The Colorado Supreme Court has upheld an award of nearly $10 million to a commercial truck driver who sued Walmart after she slipped and fell in the parking lot of a northern Colorado branch while making a delivery in December 2007. Holly Averyt, 41, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, alleged in her lawsuit against the retail giant that a containment device designed to prevent the store’s deli grease from entering the sewer overflowed, creating a 185-foot slick in the parking lot and truck ramp area. Ms. Averyt’s lawsuit claimed Walmart allowed the oil slick to accumulate for seven days. Since her fall ... Read More

Family claims Pfizer covered up birth defects risks with Zoloft

Did drug company Pfizer cover up evidence that its antidepressant Zoloft causes birth defects? Susan and James Hodge think so. Susan took Zoloft during her pregnancy and then delivered a baby who died 18 hours after birth from anencephaly, a neural tube birth defect in which a large portion of the brain is missing. The Hodges are suing Pfizer claiming the world’s largest drug company covered up studies that documented the drug was associated with the fatal side effect. The Hodges claim that before Susan became pregnant, Pfizer knew of the dangerous birth defects associated with using Zoloft during pregnancy ... Read More

Falling concert equipment leaves Texas lawyer with traumatic brain injury

AUSTIN, Texas — An attorney who received a serious head injury at concert in Austin, Texas, on March 18, has filed a lawsuit against the event organizers, operators, and host, alleging he “no longer possesses the mental capacity or thought processes necessary to effectively represent his clients.” Richard Patrick Fagerberg, 41, attended a concert lineup that was part of the annual SXSW music festival at Stubb’s Bar-b-q when the life-changing injury occurred. The English band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark had just taken the stage when a large mechanical arm that was being used to shoot video crashed into the ... Read More

Amtrak sues trucking company over deadly Nevada crash

Amtrak has filed a lawsuit against the Nevada trucking company whose driver crashed through a railroad crossing gate and into the side of the California-bound Zephyr train last week, killing 6 people and injuring 20 others. Amtrak filed the lawsuit against John Davis Trucking Co. of Battle Mountain, Nevada, seeking at least $10 million in damages over the fiery crash. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Reno Wednesday afternoon, alleges that John Davis Trucking is liable for damages because either it improperly trained or failed to train altogether the driver who slammed his truck into the train despite ... Read More

Arizona jury finds self-help guru guilty on three counts of negligent homicide

Self-help guru James Arthur Ray was found guilty of negligent homicide Wednesday for the deaths of three people who suffered heat-related injuries during a 2009 Arizona sweat lodge ceremony. The case sent shock waves through the New Age community, which widely regarded Mr. Ray as one of the nation’s top leaders in personal growth and spiritual development. The judge presiding over the case has not set a sentencing date. Mr. Ray faces a minimum sentence of 1.5 years for each of the three counts, and if aggravating circumstances are proven he could face as much as 11 years and 3 ... Read More

BP seeks U.S. permission to drill in the Gulf again

BP officials have told federal regulators that their company is in a Catch-22. The federal government is pressing BP to pay more oil-spill claims faster, but the oil giant says that to meet those financial obligations, it must be allowed to drill in the Gulf of Mexico, which it is banned from doing. BP spilled 4.9 million barrels (206 million gallons) of oil in the Gulf of Mexico when its Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 workers and triggering the biggest environmental catastrophe in U.S. history. As enormous quantities of oil spewed into the Gulf waters, the Obama Administration quickly ... Read More