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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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Two Motor Sports Companies Settle with CPSC over Defective Products

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a record $4.3 million settlement with two companies accused of not immediately informing the agency of defects in their minibikes and go-karts that resulted in serious burns for some users.

The agency alleged that Baja Inc. and One World Technologies Inc. had already received several reports of injuries and implemented design changes with their manufacturer. Baja told the CPSC about two defects in some minibikes and go-karts were distributed from 2004 until 2010. One of the defects caused the gas cap on 308,000 minibikes and go-karts to leak or detach, exposing riders to burn risks, according Law360. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Motor Vehicles, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |

Massachusetts Town Considers Tobacco Ban

The town of Westminster, Massachusetts may be the first to implement a tobacco ban in the United States, Law360 reports. According to the town’s website, the Westminster Board of Health wants all stores 50 miles northwest of Boston to stop selling all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

The sale of flavored tobacco products is already prohibited in New York City and Chicago, but a full ban has never been imposed.

“If the proposal passes, Westminster will indeed be the first community in the nation to ban all tobacco sales,” said executive director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute Mark Gottlieb to Law360. “But we expect to see other towns move aggressively to promote a culture of health and wellness by severely restricting tobacco sales in the near future.” He also stated that tobacco is banned in pharmacies in over 80 Massachusetts towns and 30 states have raised the age of tobacco sales to 21. Continue reading

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Judge Rules Navy Worker’s Asbestos Claims Against GE and Crane Can Go Forward

A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled recently that a former U.S. Navy service member can pursue claims against Crane Co., General Electric and two other companies that he was exposed to asbestos while working aboard Navy ships.

Last week U.S. Judge Eduardo Robreno denied bids by Crane and Guardline Inc. for summary judgment, ruling that plaintiff had provided sufficient evidence that he had been exposed to asbestos from their products, Law360 reports. The judge granted GE partial summary judgment on claims that the man was exposed to asbestos from the wire wrappings on its equipment, although he preserved the plaintiff’s claims that he was exposed to asbestos from other products by the company. Continue reading

Posted in Asbestos, Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

GM Ignition Switch Defect Linked to 30 Deaths

General Motors Co. ignition switch defect has been linked to one more death, bringing the total up to 30 fatalities, according to a report from the office of the attorney managing the compensation fund. According to Law360, the defect has been tied to seven deaths since the beginning of October. The report showed that 1,580 total claims have been received since the fund began accepting claims in August. Last week, that figure was 1,517.

According to the report, 61 claims for fatalities and injuries from the defect have been approved. The issue with the ignition switch is that it can cause the car to switch out of the “run” mode while driving, cutting power to the engine and disabling airbags. Continue reading

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Drivers Protest Long Island Speed Cameras

On Sunday, a group of Long Island drivers gathered in protest to demand that Nassau County suspend its school zone speed camera program.

The protest was held on Oyster Bay Road in front of Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville. The previous day News 12 reported that the county averages $200,000 a day in speed camera revenues. The protesting drivers claim the implementation of the speed camera was seriously flawed and they want the program suspended. The protesters call for better signage where the cameras are in operation. Rally organizer Amie Nemeth says “the signage needs to be better . . . We want safety. Give us signs where the zone begins and where it ends.” Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Court Supports $10 Million Verdict in Children’s Motrin SJS Case

The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently supported a $10 million verdict issued against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil-PPC over a Children’s Motrin lawsuit. The suit involved a 3-year-old girl who suffered a severe, potentially fatal, allergic reaction known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) after taking Children’s Motrin for a slight fever and cold.

SJS and a similar condition known as Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) are severe allergic reactions that are usually caused by prescription and over-the-counter medications. SJS and TEN may be caused by essentially any drug, but some present a higher risk than others. Over-the-counter painkillers containing ibuprofen, including Motrin and Children’s Motrin, may increase the likelihood of these conditions. Continue reading

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Eight Injured in Car-Bus Crash in Brooklyn

Eight people were injured in an accident last Wednesday evening when a car slammed into a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and sent the bus hurtling into several parked cars and a building.

New York television station CBS 2 reports that a surveillance camera captured the moment the accident occurred. Jamie Balzano, one of the people injured said, “It happened so fast, I was just trying to hold on, you know, so I don’t fall.” Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Bus Accident |

Whistleblower Awarded $175 Million in Trinity Guardrail Case

A Texas jury awarded $175 million to a whistleblower who alleged that Trinity Industries changed the design of its guardrail systems without notifying regulators, making them a safety hazard. On Monday, the jury deliberated for several hours in the U.S. District Court in Marshall, Texas. They found that when Trinity modified the design of the ET-Plus guardrail end in 2005, the company made false claims to regulators.

The ET-Plus highway guardrail system is supposed to mitigate injuries by absorbing impact in case of a collision. The original version of this product was crash tested and federally approved. However, in 2005 the company modified the design of the guardrail head. The whistleblower alleges that the new version locks up and can impale oncoming vehicles. Trinity failed to inform regulators when they made the changes, the lawsuit alleges. Allegedly, there have been at least a dozen incidents, some fatal, where the modified ET-Plus guardrail spears the car instead of cushioning it. Continue reading

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Purdue Pharma Faces Potentially Devastating OxyContin Lawsuit in Kentucky

Purdue Pharma, which makes the best-selling painkiller OxyContin, is accused, in a lawsuit brought by the state of Kentucky, of actions that help create widespread addiction.

The company has never gone to trial on a case of OxyContin abuse, Bloomberg News reports, and has won dismissals of numerous personal-injury lawsuits. Purdue has settled some product-liability cases under secret terms but has also succeeded in fending off more than10 class actions. Purdue has lost a number of procedural decisions in the Kentucky case, which appears to be headed for trial next year. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

FDA Warns about Counterfeit Decorative Contact Lenses

With Halloween just around the corner, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning about the risks associated with counterfeit decorative contact lenses. In a collaborative effort with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations is increasing efforts to seize fake contact lenses. Illegally imported counterfeit contact lenses are not FDA-approved, and can lead to serious injuries and blindness in users.

The ICE-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center in Washington is coordinating these efforts, which is called “Operation Double Vision.” There have been 74 seizures including a total of over 20,000 pairs of counterfeit and decorative contact lenses this year alone thanks to Operation Double Vision. Continue reading

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