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Johnson and Johnson agrees to compensate women injured by transvaginal mesh


According to Bloomberg Business, Johnson and Johnson has agreed to pay more than $120 million to resolve 2,000 to 3,000 suits in the transvaginal mesh (TVM) litigation against its Ethicon unit, its first big move to settle. Since 2011, when the the litigation in these cases began, some hundred thousand women have alleged they suffered organ damage and have been left in constant pain when surgical mesh implants designed to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) eroded in their bodies. Johnson and Johnson faces another 42,400 suits after these settlements, the largest number of suits in the multidistrict litigations (MDLs) against more ... Read More

50 New Illnesses, 2 Deaths Linked Salmonella-Contaminated Cucumbers


A massive outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to cucumbers from Mexico that started last July continues to infect people across the U.S., with 50 more cases reported in 16 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The CDC update was the latest in a series of updates and recall expansions that ran from Sept. 4, 2015 to Nov. 19. To date, 888 illnesses and six deaths have been connected to the same Salmonella outbreak. Illnesses have been reported in 39 states since the outbreak began. Whole genome sequencing of Salmonella isolates collected from sickened people and from ... Read More

Courts side with plaintiffs in $2 million transvaginal mesh verdict

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There is more good news for plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigations (MDLs) against manufacturers of transvaginal mesh implants used to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. On Jan. 14, 2016, C.R. Bard lost its appeal of a jury’s $2 million verdict that in August 2013 found the manufacturer liable for Donna Cisson’s injuries from defective vaginal mesh implants. Cisson’s case is the first to go to trial of the four bellwether cases in the West Virginia MDLs against C.R. Bard. There are also MDLs in West Virginia against Johnson and Johnson unit Ethicon Inc., Boston Scientific Corp., and ... Read More

Dole recalls packaged salad linked to listeria contamination, one death

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Dole Food Co. Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a multi-state recall for packaged salads possibly contaminated with a strain of the listeria monocytogenes (listeriosis) bacteria. The CDC reports one person has died and 12 were hospitalized after eating packaged salads prepared and distributed at Dole’s Springfield, Ohio, facility. According to a CDC news release, the outbreak has affected people in six states. One person from Michigan died as a result of listeriosis, and one of the 12 people hospitalized was pregnant. The CDC reports five people who fell ill reported eating ... Read More

Trader Joe’s announces cashew recall due to Salmonella concerns

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Popular specialty foods chain Trader Joe’s has announced a recall of its raw cashew pieces due to the potential presence of Salmonella within one of its shipped lots. Although no other lots of raw cashew pieces tested positive for Salmonella by the FDA’s contract laboratory, Trader Joe’s opted to recall all lots of the cashews in order to ensure the safety of its customers. The cashew recall impacts all of Trader Joe’s 16-ounce non-resealable bags marked with date code labels reading, “BEST BEFORE 07.17.2016TF4.” Store locations in the following states received the potentially affected cashew pieces:  Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, ... Read More

Class action lawsuit claims TVM manufacturers used counterfeit materials


Manufacturers of transvaginal mesh (TVM) have been under intense scrutiny of late. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started out the new year with an order that all current TVM manufacturers have 30 months to submit premarket approval applications for their products, basically reapplying for FDA approval with a strict safety evaluation. There are tens of thousands of lawsuits against the seven manufacturers already underway, alleging the devices cause serious injuries including erosion of the mesh into the vaginal tissue, organ perforation, pain, infection, painful intercourse, and urinary and fecal incontinence. Often women require surgery to remove the mesh. In some ... Read More

Police Department Employees Sue For Unpaid Overtime


More than two dozen employees of the Petersburgh, Va., Police Department have filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging it has not paid them overtime since the state passed a special law in 2005 mandating overtime pay for larger jurisdictions. “In 2005, state law was amended to require that Virginia law enforcement officers working for jurisdictions employing 100 or more law enforcement employees pay overtime compensation for the difference in the regularly scheduled workweek and the federal maximum allowed,” WTVR reported, quoting the lawsuit. “[The Petersburg Police Department] did not pay [police department employees] overtime compensation for (a) all hours worked in ... Read More

Asafoetida powder recalled due to Salmonella contamination

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L.G Compounded Asafoetida Powder, a homeopathic product used to treat everything from bronchitis to digestive issues, made by Shakti Group USA LLC, is being recalled because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. The recall was initiated after Food and Drug Administration (FDA) testing on a sample of the asafoetida powder revealed that the finished products contain the bacteria. The recall involves 50 gm and 100 gm sizes of L.G Compounded Asafoetida Powder, both coded with the ... Read More

Former Owner of Cancer Testing Lab Settles Whistleblower Complaint

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The former owner of a Virginia-based pathology laboratory will pay the U.S. government up to $3.75 million to settle a whistleblower complaint filed under the False Claims Act alleging the defendant ordered his company to fraudulently bill Medicare and Medicaid for costly cancer tests that patients didn’t need. Michael Daugherty, a medical testing professional, accused Dr. David G. Bostwick of directing Bostwick Laboratories to bill federal health care programs for expensive bladder cancer detection tests known as Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization (FISH) tests and other pathological tests that were not medically necessary and performed without the consent or order of the patients’ physician. ... Read More

How will the FDA ruling impact TVM litigation?

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) two orders issued this week, reclassifying transvaginal mesh (TVM) as a high-risk device for treating Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and ordering manufacturers to submit a rigorous premarket approval (PMA) application demonstrating safety and effectiveness within the next 30 months, are, according to the agency’s press announcement, based on thousands of reports of adverse events related to mesh used for urogynecological procedures in the past several years. “The FDA ruling confirms what we have been seeing from Plaintiffs in this litigation – transvaginal mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse is responsible for serious, chronic injuries for ... Read More