Monthly Archives: December 2014

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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National Law Firm, Parker Waichman LLP, Seeks Increased Transparency and Ethics from Medical Device Makers This Year

In 2015, Parker Waichman LLP hopes for increased testing, safety, and efficacy in the processes and marketing used by the medical device industry so consumers may be assured of receiving safe, effective devices that underwent upright development, research, and promotion. … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

National Law Firm, Parker Waichman LLP, Seeks Increased Transparency and Ethics from the Pharmaceutical Industry in the New Year

In the new year, Parker Waichman LLP, hopes for increased testing, safety, and efficacy in the processes and promotions used by Big Pharma so that consumers may be confident that they are receiving safe and effective medications that were ethically … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Increased Risk of Lymphopenia with MS Drug Gilenya, Studies Suggest

Research suggests that taking Gilenya (fingolimod), a drug used to treat multiple sclerosis, can increase the risk of lymphopenia in underweight women. According to EmaxHealth, this increased risk is also observed in individuals who have low lymphocyte levels before beginning … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Driver Killed in Wrong-Way Crash in Upstate New York

A driver was fatally injured after crashing into a vehicle while driving the wrong way on an upstate New York road, state police say. Police say the accident happened when 24-year-old Nicholas Kay of Montgomery drove east in the westbound … Continue reading

Posted in Accident |

Bus Manufacturer Navistar Hit with $7.7 Million Asbestos Verdict

A Syracuse, New York, jury has returned a $7.7 million verdict in a wrongful death suit brought against bus manufacturer Navistar International Corp. by the widow of a school bus driver who died of mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos … Continue reading

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

Judge Rules Lawsuit Against Stryker Bone Medical Devices Can Go Forward

Last week, a Louisiana federal judge on Monday kept alive most of a suit claiming that Stryker Corp. promoted the off-label combined use of two medical devices despite knowing the high risk of side effects. U.S. District Judge Brian A. … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News |

Probe into Alleged Foreign Bribes at Biomet May Impact $13 Billion Merger‏ Deal

In one of the largest mergers this year, Goldman Sachs, along with some large private equity firms, agreed to sell one medical device manufacturer for another. Medical device company Biomet is being sold to rival Zimmer Holdings; however, Biomet is … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns, Legal News |

Keurig Recalls Millions of Coffee Makers in the U.S. and Canada

Coffee and coffee device maker, Keurig Green Mountain, just issued a massive recall of its Mini Plus Brewing systems in the United States and Canada. The recall involves approximately 6.6 million of the Mini Plus Brewing systems in the United … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Product Recalls |

Four Deaths, Two Dozen Illnesses Linked to Prepackaged Caramel Apples

Four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses have prompted health officials to warn consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples, which may be contaminated with listeria. Caramel apples are most widely available around Halloween, and the outbreak started in mid-October. … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Food Poisoning, Food Products, Health Concerns, Listeria |

Judge Refuses to Throw Out Graco Car Seat Class Action Suit

A California federal judge refused to throw out a proposed class action over allegedly defective buckles in Graco car seats. In the ruling, the judge said the company’s recall and offer of a refund do not prevent plaintiffs from pursuing … Continue reading

Posted in Class Action Lawsuits, Defective Products, Product Recalls |

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