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New Toyota sudden acceleration lawsuit blames electronic throttle for horrific crash

A lawyer representing the family of a woman who died when her 2009 Toyota Camry sped out of control and sank into a California River hopes the case will be tried as a bellwether case ahead of about a hundred other sudden unintended acceleration lawsuits against Toyota pending litigation in California state courts. The plaintiff’s lawyer believes his client’s case, filed April 18 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, closely parallels the high-profile case of Mark Saylor, a California Highway Patrol officer who was killed with his family in August 2009 after the Lexus he was driving suddenly sped out ... Read More

Five years of Actos likely caused plaintiff’s terminal bladder cancer, doctor testifies

A University of Chicago Medical Center urologist told a Los Angeles jury last week that Takeda Pharmaceuticals’ type-2 diabetes drug Actos was “the most substantial causative factor” in a California man’s development of terminal bladder cancer. The doctor’s testimony was part of the first product liability case against Takeda to go to trial over injuries allegedly caused by the blockbuster drug. Plaintiff Jack Cooper, a 79-year-old San Diego area resident, sued Japan-based Takeda after taking Actos for a five-year period from 2006 to 2011. His lawsuit against Takeda was selected as the first of more than 3,000 similar cases to ... Read More

Junior Seau’s family sues NFL, helmet maker over brain trauma

The family of famed linebacker Junior Seau, who killed himself in May at age 43, is suing the National Football League (NFL) and Riddell Inc., a major football helmet manufacturer, over brain injuries that doctors say likely played a role in his death. Mr. Seau spent 13 seasons playing for the San Diego Chargers before he was traded to the Miami Dolphins, where he spent three years, and the New England Patriots for the final four years of his professional career. Like former Chicago Bears Safety Dave Duerson, Mr. Seau shot himself in the chest, quite possibly so that his ... Read More

Deceased NFL player Junior Seau suffered from degenerative brain disease, CTE

NFL football player Junior Seau suffered from a degenerative brain disease at the time he committed suicide, according to advanced tests conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Seau, 43, killed himself on May 2 from a single gunshot to the chest while his live-in girlfriend was at the gym. He did not leave a note but family members say he suffered from mood swings, forgetfulness, insomnia and depression – all symptoms that can arise over time from repeated blows to the head. The San Diego County medical examiner conducted an autopsy but said there was no apparent damage ... Read More

Study confirms NFL star Junior Seau had degenerative brain disease

National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers have confirmed what those close to National Football League (NFL) linebacker Junior Seau suspected: the celebrated San Diego Chargers player suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease linked to multiple blows on the head and concussions, when he took his life last May. Mr. Seau, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest at his Oceanside, Calif., home, is the latest and most prominent NFL player to take his life after suffering from depression, cognitive decline, and other psychological and emotional difficulties. His death mirrored that of former Chicago ... Read More

Arizona family killed in crash of ‘build-it-yourself’ airplane

A private airplane carrying a vacationing Arizona family crashed in Southern California Saturday morning, killing all three people aboard. The San Diego County Sheriff’s office identified the crash victims as William (Bill) Stern Jr., 65, his wife Jennifer, 53; ad their daughter Katelyn, 19. Mr. Stern was the president and owner of Stern Produce Co., a Phoenix-based produce supplier with three distribution facilities in Arizona. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Sterns’ single-engine Lancair IV-P airplane crashed about 10:15 in the morning in the hilly terrain west of San Diego. Recovery efforts continued through Monday, and the crash ... Read More

$1 billion Toyota settlement provides economic damages, safety upgrades to vehicle owners

A settlement to resolve economic damages stemming from sudden unintended acceleration in millions of Toyota and Lexus vehicles will provide some relief to car-owners who claim the ongoing controversy caused a significant decline in the value of their vehicles.   On Wednesday, Toyota agreed to pay as much as $1.4 billion to settle economic-loss litigation stemming from Toyota’s sudden-acceleration debacle, which led to the recall of more than 14 million vehicles worldwide. The agreement is believed to be the largest settlement in U.S. history involving automotive defects. Toyota recalled millions of vehicles in 2009 and 2010 to fix problems relating ... Read More

Woman blames type 2 diabetes drug Actos for strokes

Captolar Dixon is suing the makers of her diabetes medication, claiming the drug caused her to suffer three strokes during a 10-year period. Dixon filed the lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Takeda Global Research & Development Center Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals LLC, Takeda San Diego Inc., and Takeda International Inc. Eli Lilly and Company are also named as a defendant. Dixon was prescribed the type 2 diabetes drug Actos, which she took regularly from 1999 until 2011. She suffered strokes in January 2001, August 2010, and September 2011. She says her strokes were caused ... Read More

Babies at risk for accidental death in unsafe sleep environments

As the most vulnerable member of a household, a baby should be the family’s number one priority at all times in matters of safety. This is especially true when handling a baby’s sleeping arrangements. However, there is a serious new problem rising dramatically in the past few years – parents placing their children in the bed with them and suffocating their baby unintentionally. Deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) have decreased significantly in recent years, since public health campaigns began to teach parents the proper ways to place their baby in his crib. But a new study of SIDS, ... Read More

Actos drugmaker consolidates its California facilities

Japanese drugmaker Takeda, whose diabetes drug Actos faces patent expiration, declining sales, and mounting personal injury lawsuits, is closing its San Francisco research facilities, the San Francisco Business Times reports. Takeda’s San Francisco research operations once played a key role in the company’s development of early-stage antibody drugs. The drugmaker announced late last year that it would be consolidating its California-based facilities, but did not disclose how the move would affect the San Francisco site. According to the Business Times, Mary Haak-Frendscho, president of Takeda San Francisco, recently took a job as executive chairman of a San Francisco-based Compugen Ltd. ... Read More