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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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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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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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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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Study: Over 10 Percent Of Older Americans Suffer Abuse

A new University of Chicago study—the first such comprehensive review of elder mistreatment in the United States—has found that approximately 13 percent of elderly Americans are subject to < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/nursing_home_negligence">abuse.  Worse, such elders are most commonly abused by a person … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

California Fines Hospitals for Substandard Care

According to recent Associated Press reports, the state of California has fined four hospitals for problems that led to a total of five patient deaths.  Fourteen other hospitals were also fined for < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/medical_malpractice">patient care violations.  A fine of $25,000 … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

Fidelity Should Buy Back Auction Rate Securities, Massachusetts Officials Says

Fidelity Investments is being urged to buy back < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/auction_rate_fraud">auction rate securities it sold to some of its clients.  In a strongly worded letter, Massachusetts Secretary of State William F. Galvin, said he hoped the Boston-based brokerage would follow the … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Stock Fraud |

Kroger Asks Its Customers to Check for Recalled Ground Beef

Kroger Grocery has asked its Indiana and Illinois customers to check for ground beef that might have been recently purchased from its stores.  Kroger is particularly concerned with products with “sell by” dates of August 1 through August 16 because … Continue reading

Posted in E. Coli, Food Poisoning, Legal News |

No Defective Drug Lawsuit Preemption, NEJM Editors Say

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has urged the Supreme Court to reject a lawsuit shield that the pharmaceutical industry is seeking. In an Amicus Brief filed in the Supreme Court case Wyeth vs. Levin, the editors of the … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Connecticut AG Lashes at CPSC for Flawed Artificial Turf Study

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has called on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to immediately remove and revise a report posted on its Website that may be “dangerously and deceptively” misleading consumers into believing artificial turf has been proven … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Apple Blames iPod Nano Fires on Lithium Batteries

Japanese officials are investigating two more reported < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">iPod Nano fires in that country.  Apple, the maker of iPods, blamed the fires on defective batteries from a single supplier. According to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the iPod … Continue reading

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Toy Helicopter Batteries Recalled for Fire Hazards

Hobbico Inc. of Champaign, Illinois is recalling batteries used in 11,000 radio-controlled helicopter kits due to fire hazard.  The helicopter’s rechargeable battery can overheat and catch fire while charging, igniting nearby combustible materials. This poses a fire hazard to consumers … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Toys, Defective Products, Legal News, Product Recalls |

Merck’s Gardasil Push Ignored Important Questions

In the past two years, Merck & Co. has been spending big to market its < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/gardasil_side_effects">Gardasil vaccine, and the effort has been paying off.  Catchy television commercials urging parents to make sure their daughter is “one less” victim of … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

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