Monthly Archives: December 2008

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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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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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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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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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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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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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Antioxidant Supplements Don’t Cut Cancer Risk

Antioxidant supplements do not offer any advantage in the fight against cancer according to a study conducted at Harvard Medical School and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.   This is just the latest study to question claims … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Biovail Recalls Ultram Painkiller

Some lots of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Ultram® ER 100mg tablets are being recalled.  Toronto-based pharmaceutical company Biovail Corporation is voluntarily recalling some lots of the painkillers—generically known as extended-release tramadol hydrochloride—from pharmacies and wholesalers after finding that certain batches were found to … Continue reading

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Metrolink Crash Lawsuits Filed

Following the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/train_accidents">fatal Metrolink train crash that killed 25 people and injured 138, seven lawsuits have been filed.  Officials said 220 people were aboard the commuter train on September 13, which was heading from Union Station in downtown Los … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Legal News |

Evenflo Recalls Nearly 100K High Chairs

Evenflo is recalling about 95,000 Majesticâ„¢ High Chairs.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced the recall citing fall and choking hazards to children. The Evenflo Company of Miamisburg, Ohio is recalling the nearly 100,000 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Majesticâ„¢ High … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Legal News, Product Recalls |

Plavix Label Changes Could be On the Way

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/plavix">Plavix, a popular anti-clotting drug, could soon have new information added to its label detailing genetic factors that might inhibit its effectiveness.  According to The Wall Street Journal, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is considering the changes after … Continue reading

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$28 Mil of Bernard Madoff’s Assets Transferred to Bankruptcy Trustee, More Lawsuits Loom

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a transfer of $28 million in assets  held by alleged Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff to the trustee overseeing the case.  The funds will be used to pay for the administrative costs related to the … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Stock Fraud |

Tennessee Fly Ash Spill Lawsuit Seeks $165 Mil From TVA

A developer is the first Tennessee landowner to file a lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for last week’s devastating < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Tennessee_Fly_Ash_Spill">fly ash spill.  The lawsuit is seeking $165 million in damages from the TVA. The Tennessee fly ash … Continue reading

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

Group Urges Study of Phthalates

A report by the National Research Council is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to look at < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">phthalates and their effects on human health, reports Science Daily.  A National Research Council panel said that there is now … Continue reading

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China Honey Latest Food Safety Worry

Honey is the latest < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Chinese food import to raise safety worries in the United States, reports the San Francisco Gate.  According to the report, the United States has imported the majority of its honey from China for years, despite … Continue reading

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ER Workers Often Infected with MRSA

Two new reports released by the Annals of Emergency Medicine have concluded that health care workers in emergency departments—so called ERs or EDs—of hospitals are often found to carry a dangerous infectious bacteria, said Reuters.  < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/mrsa_infections">MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus … Continue reading

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