Monthly Archives: October 2010

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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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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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Wrongful Foreclosure Scandal, Shoddy Loan Practices Could Create Legal Mess for Big Banks

Banks are facing a potential legal storm over the way they handled loan origination and mortgage servicing. According to various media reports, the recent revelations regarding < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Wrongful-Bank-Foreclosures-Lawyer-Lawsuit-Attorney">wrongful foreclosures could precipitate a wave of lawsuits by embattled homeowners, as well … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Legal News |

Federal Prison Recycling Program Exposed Workers to Toxins

A government investigation has found that inmates and employees involved in an < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Unicor-Federal-Prison-Toxic-Electronic-Waste-Recycling">electronic waste recycling program run at federal prisons throughout the country may have been exposed to toxic chemicals. While the investigation, conducted by the US Department of … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Recall of Ameristep Plastic Strap-On Tree Steps Expanded

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced an expansion of a prior recall by Primal Vantage Co., Inc., of Randolph, New Jersey for the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Ameristep Plastic Strap-On Tree Step. The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Halloween Lanterns Sold At Dollar Tree Recalled

A large recall of 682,000 Halloween Lanterns has been implemented, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using these recalled products immediately and notes that it is illegal to resell or … Continue reading

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

Lowe’s Ups Defective Drywall Settlement Offer

Facing withering criticism, Lowe’s Companies Inc. has increased its offer to settle toxic drywall lawsuits. According to ProPublica, the home improvement store chain is offering as much as $100,000 to customers who claim their homes and health sustained damages because … Continue reading

Posted in Chinese Drywall, Defective Products, Legal News |

Methotrexate Injection Recalled

Sandoz Inc. just initiated a voluntary recall in the United States of all 50mg/2mL and 250mg/10mL vials of Sandoz and Parenta brand < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Methotrexate Injection, USP product (“methotrexate”) to the consumer/user level, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls, Recalled Drugs |

Bard Avaulta Mesh Lawsuits Consolidated in West Virginia

Lawsuits involving the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/transvaginal_mesh_injuries">C.R. Bard Avaulta vaginal mesh have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The Bard Avaulta lawsuits will be presided over by US District Judge … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

New York Nursing Home Operation Hit With Class Action Lawsuit

A class action < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/nursing_home_negligence">nursing home abuse lawsuit has been filed against Legacy Health Care on behalf of all of the residents who resided there from at least 2007 to the present. The lawsuit cites neglect and endangerment to the … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

Marcellus Shale Gas Driller Named in Water Contamination Lawsuit

A woman from Sugar Run, Pennsylvania has filed suit against Chesapeake Appalachia, LLP, alleging its drilling of nearby natural gas wells has contaminated her water supply. Among other things, the Bradford County woman is seeking damages due to health problems … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking, Toxic Substances |

Halliburton Cement Work Faulted in BP Oil Spill

Halliburton Co., the contractor that performed cement work aboard BP’s doomed Deepwater Horizon oil rig, has admitted that it did not perform an important test on the cement that was used to seal the undersea well. The cement’s failure to … Continue reading

Posted in Oil Spills |

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