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Resolution for nearly 50 women allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh


Law360 reports that this week close to 50 women have settled with C.R. Bard Inc. and agreed to end their lawsuits against the company. The lawsuits sought to hold Bard liable for injuries they say they sustained due to allegedly faulty transvaginal mesh implants. The suits were dismissed with prejudice from the pelvic mesh multidistrict litigation (MDL) by U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, who is overseeing the seven separate MDLs in West Virginia. MDLs against the seven manufacturers of transvaginal mesh have been consolidated into one giant litigation with a total of around 70,000 pending cases. Law360 reports that according ... Read More

Frozen vegetables recalled due to possible listeria contamination

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CRF Frozen Foods, based in Pasco, Wash., is recalling 15 of its frozen vegetable items due to concerns that the frozen foods may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Listeria was found in one lot of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) organic petite green peas and organic white sweet cut corn during routine testing at the facility by Ohio health officials. Affected products were distributed to retailers and distribution centers between Sept. 13 and March 16, 2016, to the following states – Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, ... Read More

UVa Baseball Team In Miami Bus Crash After Driver Loses Consciousness

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Members of the University of Virginia’s defending national championship baseball team staff were involved in bus crash in Miami Thursday evening after the vehicle’s driver suffered an undisclosed medical emergency and lost consciousness. The bus, belonging to Abbott Trailways of Virginia, was carrying members of the Cavaliers and coaching staff to their hotel from Miami International Airport when the accident occurred. According to Miami Fire-Rescue, the bus rolled through a busy intersection on U.S. Route 1 at rush hour but avoided colliding with other moving vehicles on the road at the time. Members of the Cavaliers coaching staff helped steer ... Read More

Trinity Guardrail Impales Car In Boston Area

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A recent car crash in the Boston area is once again stoking concerns about the safety of some guardrails made by Trinity Industries, a Texas company that is currently appealing a jury verdict that sided with a whistleblower who warns the roadside safety devices are defective and dangerous. Boston’s WCVB 5 shared its footage of a February crash that occurred in Randolph, Mass., with whistleblower Joshua Harman, who successfully sued Trinity on behalf of the federal government, alleging the manufacturer secretly changed the design of its already-approved guardrails without telling the government. Mr. Harman says those alterations, carried out as ... Read More

federal prosecutors are moving forward against alleged counterfeit transvaginal mesh


The Boston Globe reports that a criminal investigation against Boston Scientific has begun to get underway. This is different from the thousands of civil suits against Boston Scientific that are a part of the tens of thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits consolidated in multidistrict litigation (MDL) in West Virginia under U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. The civil suits involve individual plaintiffs who are suing the respective manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices for alleged complications such as infections, bleeding, severe pain and discomfort, urinary and fecal incontinence, erosion of the mesh into the vaginal tissue, organ perforation, and painful intercourse. ... Read More

HSV, Strep test kits recalled due to risk of inaccurate reading


Focus Diagnostics is recalling laboratory examination kits supplied with Simplexa Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2 Direct and Simplexa Group A Strep Direct kits containing the Direct Amplification Discs due to a defect that could yield false positive, false negative, or invalid test results. Inaccurate diagnostic test results may lead to improper patient treatment for Herpes or Strep, which may cause serious adverse health consequences, including death. The issue involves poor lamination between the sample reaction wells, which may lead to leakage into adjacent wells causing cross-contamination between samples. The recall has been identified as a Class 1, the most ... Read More

Distraction Or Fatigue Possibly Caused Deadly N.C. Multi-Vehicle Crash


RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State Troopers investigating a deadly crash involving two trucks and a minivan said “distractions or fatigue” likely played a role in the March 22 crash, which killed a Wake Forest High School teacher. The multi-vehicle crash occurred when a dump truck driven by Donald Wayne Caulder, 29, rammed into the back of Toyota Sienna minivan driven by Michelle Simone Barlow, 42. The impact pushed the Sienna into the back of a tractor trailer that had slowed in front of it. The News & Observer reported that the minivan was crushed “almost beyond recognition.” Ms. Barlow, ... Read More

Two Worker Deaths In Two Weeks Prompt Investigation of Goodyear tire Plant

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A Goodyear tire plant in Danville, Va., announced Tuesday that it would temporarily close for a safety evaluation and investigation after a longtime worker died on the job earlier in the day. The worker’s death was the second at the plant in less than two weeks and the third death in less than eight months. Details surrounding the death of Greg Cooper, an associate at the plant for 18 years, were not disclosed except that he died during his morning shift. Less than two weeks ago, Kevin Edmonds, who worked at the same Goodyear plant for 26 years, also died on ... Read More

Former Massey Energy CEO Off to Prison In Wake Of Deadly Mine Blast

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Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, was sentenced to a year in federal prison and ordered to pay a $250,000 fine for conspiring to willfully violate mine health and safety standards, which contributed to the catastrophic 2010 Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion in West Virginia. Mr. Blankenship, an outspoken foe of safety, government regulations, and worker unions who often called some congressional leaders “greeniacs” and “crazy” for supporting environmental protections, received his sentence after a federal jury returned a guilty verdict on Dec. 3, 2015. During his trial, U.S. prosecutors called 27 witnesses to testify, many of whom were coal miners who worked ... Read More

West Virginia Woman Sues Smith & Nephew for allegedly defective metal hip implant

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Anna Raab of West Virginia underwent her first hip replacement surgery in 2010 at a state hospital and received Smith and Nephew Inc.’s Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System — a metal-on-metal design that had been pre-approved by the FDA. After only a month, Raab had to have a revision surgery after she began to experience complications. The surgeon implanted three additional Smith & Nephew components, which are not specifically part of the original BHR system. But when Raab’s complications continued, she went to the University of Pittsburgh for a second revision surgery. She was then advised that her hip implant had ... Read More