Monthly Archives: January 2007

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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

An attorney with a prominent personal injury law firm says an Actos whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year could strengthen legal claims alleging the type 2 diabetes medication caused some users to develop bladder cancer and heart failure.

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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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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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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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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Wyeth CEO: Company Knew Prempro Risks in 1991

The third trial against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and its menopause drug Prempro is underway in Little Rock, Arkansas, as the company tries to defend itself against charges of negligence and intentionally misleading consumers about the drug’s connection to breast cancer. On … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

FDA Set to Reevaluate Contraceptive Pills

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee is meeting to discuss the efficacy and safety of hormonal contraceptive products. According to an FDA briefing document about the general meeting, government scientists are concerned that … Continue reading

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State Farm Agrees to Major Settlement of Mississippi Katrina Cases

After several weeks of negotiation, State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. has reached an agreement to settle all of its Mississippi lawsuits stemming from Hurricane Katrina. The settlement must now be approved by Judge L.T. Senter, the federal judge who … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Legal News |

Antidepressants Linked to Fragile Bones in Seniors

A new Canadian study has found a correlation between the use of antidepressants and lower bone strength in elderly patients. The findings pertain to the class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which includes such popular drugs … Continue reading

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State Farm Reaches New Settlement in Katrina Case

Perhaps shaken by a ruling against them earlier this month, State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. announced that they’ve agreed to a settlement in another Katrina-related case in Mississippi. Although the terms of the settlement were not disclosed, legal analysts … Continue reading

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Exposure to Chlorinated Water May Heighten Risk of Cancer

A new study published in the current issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology has established a link between exposure to chlorinated water and an increased risk of bladder cancer. According to researchers, ingestion of and bathing, showering, and swimming … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Tobacco Companies Increasing Nicotine Content of Cigarettes

According to a newly released Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study, tobacco companies in the United States have added more nicotine to their cigarettes during the last decade. According to HSPH, “A reanalysis of nicotine yield from major brand-name … Continue reading

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Endo Pharmaceuticals Gets Subpoena from HHS About Lidoderm Patch

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is investigating the sales and promotional practices of Endo Pharmaceuticals with regard to their Lidoderm product. HHS is requesting documents dating back to 1999 that might shed light on the issue. … Continue reading

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Graco Recalls 100,000 Highchairs

After receiving 18 reports of highchairs collapsing, Graco announced a voluntary recall of approximately 100,000 highchairs sold between December 2005 and December 2006. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC), “The highchair can collapse if it is not … Continue reading

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Coleman Sued Over Hazardous Heaters

Two lawsuits filed last month in federal court in Washington State seek to hold Coleman responsible for a series of carbon-monoxide-related deaths. At issue are Coleman’s PowerMate 5045 propane heaters, which plaintiffs claim have a defect that “produces deadly levels … Continue reading

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