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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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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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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling & the Economy

DeflateGate’s-Effects-Impact-Legal-Gambling-and-the-Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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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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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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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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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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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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Health Officials Expect More E. Coli Cases Linked to Chipotle Restaurants in Northwest

Officials Expect More E. Coli Cases Linked to Chipotle

Health officials in Washington and Oregon say they expect to see more E. coli cases linked to Chipotle restaurants. As of Friday, three people in the Portland, Oregon area and 19 people in western Washington had become sick from E. … Continue reading

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Cardiac Surgery Device Linked to Infections

Cardiac Surgery Device Linked to Infections

Heater-cooler systems, medical devices used to heat or cool a patient’s blood during heart surgery, have been linked to potential bacterial infections. WellSpan York Hospital in Pennsylvania recently warned 1,300 patients that they may have been exposed to a bacterial … Continue reading

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Regulatory Loophole Can Allow Unsafe Devices Onto Market

Data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows that there are over 100,000 medical devices on the market. Unfortunately, not all of them are safe. In fact, agency data indicates that between 13 and 75 devices are recalled … Continue reading

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Antipsychotic Medications Linked to Increased Risk of Early Death in Dementia Patients

Antipsychotic Meds Linked to Death in Dementia Patients

Antipsychotic medications are sometimes used to treat aggressive or violent behavior in patients with dementia, but new research suggests that health care professionals should consider the risks closely before prescribing them. According to study published in JAMA Psychiatry, antipsychotic medications … Continue reading

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Biomet Probation Extended by a Year in Light of New Bribery Evidence

Biomet Probation Extended by a Year in Light of Evidence

The New York Times reports that Biomet’s federal probation was set to expire next week, but new evidence of foreign bribery has extended it by a year. During that time, the Justice Department will investigate the issue. Additionally, the Justice … Continue reading

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Retired Ground Zero Worker Wins Appeal for Disability Pension

Retired Ground Zero Worker Wins Disability Pension

A retired police officer has successfully won an appeal for disability pension after years of legal struggle. The Chief reports that last month, a state appeals court ruled in her favor. The offer serviced over 300 hours at Ground Zero … Continue reading

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Three Patients Die after Eating Tainted Ice Cream in Kansas Hospital

Three Patients Die after Eating Tainted Ice Cream

Blue Bell ice cream contaminated with listeria has been linked to the deaths of three patients at a Kansas hospital, LA Times reports. Health officials say that eating the tainted ice cream was not the only cause of their deaths.  … Continue reading

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In Light of Superbug Outbreak, FDA Requires Manufacturers to Show Duodenoscopes Can be Sterilized

FDA Requires Makers Show Duodenoscopes Can be Sterilized

Following a superbug outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring device makers to submit data showing that new usable devices can be cleaned effectively. Up until now, manufacturers did not have to provide … Continue reading

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F.T.C. Files Lawsuit Against DirecTV over Deceptive Advertising

FTC Lawsuit Against DirecTV Says Company Misled Customers

A lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleges that DirecTV misled customers about the price of a two-year service promotion. DirecTV is the largest satellite television provider in the country with over 20 million subscribers. According to the … Continue reading

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Merck Hid Suicide Risks with Propecia, Lawsuit Alleges

Merck Hid Suicide Risks with Propecia

A lawsuit has been filed in California federal court on behalf of a widow whose husband committed suicide after using the hair loss drug Propecia. It is the first suit of its kind, and was filed on March 5 in … Continue reading

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