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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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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Tennessee Resident Files Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Following Cerebral Hemorrhage

A man from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Pradaxa, claiming that the blood thinner caused him to suffer a cerebral hemorrhage. The complaint alleges Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. concealed knowledge that Pradaxa can cause Serious, life-threatening bleeds, and did not warn that Pradaxa bleeding side effects ...

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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Hospitals in 23 States No Longer Charging for Medical Mistakes Known as “Never Events”

Hospitals in 23 states say they will no longer bill patients for very serious < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/medical_malpractice">medical mistakes such as operating on the wrong body part or wrong person, or giving a patient the wrong blood.  The list of such medical … Continue reading

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FDA Approves Ranbaxy Drugs Despite Allegations of Conspiracy and Fraud

Despite the fact that generic drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories, Ltd. is in the  midst of a scandal and a US investigation, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) went ahead and approved 18 of its drugs.  Ranbaxy is accused of conspiracy, … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Amid Recalls and Illness, the USDA Says Food Safety is in Good Shape

Despite an overwhelming rash of food recalls and reports of sometimes < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">fatal food borne illnesses such as E. coli, Salmonella, Listeriosis, and Botulism this year, the head of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)—Ed Schafer—is saying that food safety … Continue reading

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Preventable Surgical Errors Cost US Employers About $1.5 Billion Annually

In a recent analysis conducted by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), American employers pay out $1.47 billion annually for costs related to potentially preventable < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/medical_malpractice">errors  in surgical patients. AHRQ Drs. William E. Encinosa and Fred … Continue reading

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Another Children’s Product Recalled Over Excessive Lead Levels

Another < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">defective children’s product that was manufactured in China has been recalled because of excessive lead level.  In cooperation with the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), Chelsea & Scott Limited of Lake Bluff, Illinois are recalling about 600 Sun … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Product Recalls |

Report Says Auction Rate Securities Concerns Raised in 2005

A prominent accounting firm raised questions about < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/auction_rate_fraud">auction rate securities in 2005, years before the market went bust.  According to a report on thestreet.com, in May of that year, PricewaterhouseCoopers  issued an opinion that said  auction rate securities should … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Alleges Medical Device Makers Paid Illegal Kickbacks to Doctors

A Pennsylvania medical supply company is suing six joint implant manufacturers over alleged illegal kickbacks to doctors.  The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh on Monday, alleges that the defendants blocked Intermedics-McCullough out of the market despite selling  … Continue reading

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Legal Loophole Cited in Texas Bus Accident Probe

Last week’s fatal Texas < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/bus_accidents">bus crash has prompted federal authorities to temporarily cease all approvals for new bus companies. That’s because a loophole in federal regulations allowed banned bus companies to re-open under new names. Friday’s crash claimed the … Continue reading

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Postponed Mississippi River Oil Spill Hearing Scheduled to Begin Again Today

Yesterday’s hearing into the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Mississippi_River_Oil_Spill">Mississippi River oil spill was postponed shortly after it began. The Coast Guard stopped the proceeding after lawyers for DRD Towing, the owner of a tugboat involved in the incident, asked for more time to … Continue reading

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