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Tennessee girl, 17, loses battle with TEN

Elizabeth Patton, 17, was a popular and athletic high school student in Brentwood, Tenn. She enjoyed playing basketball and helped lead her Ravenswood High School softball teammates to their first District 11-AAA regular season title last spring. But last week she met an untimely death by a most unexpected and rare autoimmune reaction to medication, according to News Channel 5. Elizabeth had been diagnosed with toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), a severe form of Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) in which the top layer of skin detaches from lower layers of skin all over the body. SJS and TEN is caused by ... Read More

Parents of Tenn. girl injured in Rhino rollover sue Yamaha

Greg and Theresa Mitchell of Clarksville, Tennessee have filed a personal injury lawsuit against Yamaha Motor Corporation for injuries that their 11-year-old daughter sustained when the Yamaha Rhino ATV she was riding in rolled over. The Mitchells’ daughter was a passenger in the Rhino ATV when it rolled over onto the passenger side. The June 2005 accident occurred while the ATV was being driven soundly, leading the Mitchells to allege that the Yamaha Rhino is dangerously unstable and defective. Like many people throughout the country, the Mitchells suggest the accident would not have occurred if Yamaha had set higher standards ... Read More

Court decertifies class in Dollar General wage and hour lawsuit

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) announced today that the judge in the collective action lawsuit pending against the Company in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama issued a ruling during the trial decertifying the class which had consisted of approximately 2,500 individuals. The case, styled Edith Brown, on behalf of herself and others similarly situated v. Dolgencorp, Inc. and Dollar General Corporation, CV02-C-0673-W, asserts claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The judge is allowing the 12 named plaintiffs in the lawsuit to proceed with their case. The Company plans to continue to ... Read More

Drug reactions bring awareness to Stevens Johnson Syndrome

New reports from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and cancer patients have put Revlimid, an oral medicine given to patients with multiple myeloma, on a list of medications that could possibly cause Stevens Johnson Syndrome when used by itself or mixed with other drugs. Stevens Johnson syndrome is a serious, potentially life-threatening skin disease that can start with flu-like symptoms and eventually cause a rash that spreads and blisters. According to mediafact.com, other medications have been linked to Stevens Johnson syndrome including Bextra, Celebrex and Daypro, as well as over-the-counter pain relievers such as Motion, Ibuprofen, Children’s Motrin and ... Read More

RMK lawsuits may be consolidated in Tennessee

The Daily News, which covers Memphis, reported yesterday that class action cases against Regions Morgan Keegan (RMK) pending in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee may be consolidated under U.S. District Judge Hardy Mays. The paper reports Judge Mays issued a ruling Tuesday that answers some questions about the request, and which group or groups could be selected as lead plaintiff in that event. The RMK litigation involves investment funds managed by a branch of Morgan Keegan & Co., which is based in Memphis. Regions Financial Corp., headquartered in Birmingham, owns Morgan Asset Management, an arm of ... Read More

Subprime Mess at Morgan Keegan

Another class-action lawsuit related to issues regarding the disclosure of subprime debt obligations surfaced in early February when the law firm of Chitwood, Harley, Harnes LLP filed against certain mutual funds offered by Morgan Keegan Select Fund Inc. The suit, filed in Tennessee, claims that several of Morgan Keegan’s funds were invested in collaterized debt obligations (CDOs) that were backed by subprime mortgages. The lawsuit, like many others related to subprime debt obligations, claims investors who vested in the funds were not made aware of the fund’s full exposure to the risky loans until the loans faced greater deterioration in ... Read More

Blood pressure pill doubles risk of birth defects

Some blood pressure drugs previously thought to be safe when taken early in pregnancy now appear to substantially raise the risk of major birth defects, doctors say. Babies whose mothers took ACE inhibitors in their first trimester were more than twice as likely to be born with serious heart and brain problems than those not exposed to any pressure-lowering medicines, a large study in Tennessee found. Other types of blood pressure drugs did not raise the risk to babies. The research raises troubling questions about the lack of safety data for many drugs prescribed to pregnant women. About 8 percent ... Read More