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Court Rules in Favor of Essure Contraceptive Device Maker

Court Rules in Favor of Essure Contraceptive Device Maker January 4, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Jefferson City, MO:A St. Louis Circuit Judge in 2016 ruled that an Essure lawsuit filed by 92 women against Bayer could proceed in Missouri, but now that may not be the case. All the plaintiffs claimed they suffered injuries after having the permanent birth control device implanted, and they contended that Bayer is subject to jurisdiction in this state because it does business, generates revenue and conducts marketing for Essure in Missouri.
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Second Airbag Recall for Ford and Mazda Trucks

Second Airbag Recall for Ford and Mazda Trucks January 2, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Detroit, MI Ford and Mazda have announced that they will recall hundreds of thousands of 2004 to 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks made by Ford. The second round of airbag recalls affects vehicles that were previously recalled in 2015 and 2016 for a temporary replacement of faulty airbag inflator mechanism. Takata airbags have been linked to 20 deaths and hundreds of injuries. In 2017 years of lawsuits forced Takata into bankruptcy.
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Opioid Epidemic Biggest News Story in 2017, Opioid Litigation May be Biggest Legal News in 2018

Opioid Epidemic Biggest News Story in 2017, Opioid Litigation May be Biggest Legal News in 2018 January 1, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Cleveland, OH:Across the U.S., city and county newspapers looking back on 2017 say the top news story was the opioid crisis. And opioid litigation already looks like it will dominate legal news in 2018.
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‘Failure to Warn’ at Heart of Onglyza Lawsuits

‘Failure to Warn’ at Heart of Onglyza Lawsuits December 31, 2017. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA: Once the procedural wrangling is over, the argument that patients were hurt because drug manufacturers, AstraZeneca and Bristol-Meyers Squibb, failed to warn them of the dangers of Onglyza side effects will be at the heart of the Onglyza lawsuits.
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“I want this Mirena IUD out, over and done with.”

“I want this Mirena IUD out, over and done with.” December 30, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Toronto, ON. Nickey followed her doctor’s orders, and the Mirena manufacturer’s orders: five years after the IUD was implanted, she made an appointment to have it removed. But it wasn’t that easy. Next month will be the fourth, and she hopes final, attempt to have all of the birth control device removed from her uterus.
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Knee Replacement Recipient is “Done with Surgeries”

Knee Replacement Recipient is “Done with Surgeries” December 29, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Tampa, FL: The pain started right after Sandra had a Smith & Nephew knee replacement. “It never functioned properly and I never did get back a full range of motion like I was told,” says Sandra. “I had this metal-on-metal knee implant because my knee was bone-on-bone. This knee implant was supposed to make me better, not worse.”
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Asbestos Mesothelioma Verdict for the Plaintiff worth $22.17 Million

Asbestos Mesothelioma Verdict for the Plaintiff worth $22.17 Million December 25, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Alameda County, CA: An asbestos lawsuit brought by the family of a man who died from asbestos mesothelioma concluded last week on December 11 with a decision worth a combined $22.17 million favoring the plaintiff. The award includes $4.6 million in punitive damages against co-defendants Imerys Talc America Inc. and Vanderbilt Minerals LLC.
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Alaskan Health Insurer Sues Abbott / St. Jude over Defective ICD Batteries

Alaskan Health Insurer Sues Abbott / St. Jude over Defective ICD Batteries December 24, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Chicago, IL: Chicago may be far removed from Alaska geographically, but Illinois serves as home base for a proposed St. Jude class action lawsuit brought by an Alaskan union-benefits fund against St. Jude manufacturer Abbott Laboratories (Abbott).
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DePuy Hip’s Million Dollar Surgeons “Taking Share of Business”

DePuy Hip’s Million Dollar Surgeons “Taking Share of Business” December 24, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Dallas, TX: In a recent hip replacement trial, plaintiffs’ lawyer showed to the jury records whereby DePuy paid its Pinnacle hip "design surgeons" more than $184 million in royalties that he argued were kickbacks. And jurors watched a video of a 2008 DePuy sales conference themed “Taking Share of Business”. To the lyrics of “Takin’ Care of Business” by the rock group Bachman-Turner Overdrive, DePuy’s former top marketer leads a parade with costumed alligators, a bloodied man with a hatchet and a giant metal hip implant. The plaintiffs won.
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Invokana Amputation Lawsuits Cite Consumer Advertising

Invokana Amputation Lawsuits Cite Consumer Advertising December 22, 2017. By Anne Wallace.
Trenton, NJ: The pleasant-looking man looks into the camera and tells us that taking Invokana “may also help you lose a little weight.” Big problem. The FDA has not approved Invokana for weight-loss. The drug has had a rocky history since its approval in 2013, and a recent FDA warning cites the danger of Invokana leg and foot amputations. Direct-to-consumer drug advertising can magnify the harm that dangerous drugs do to patients who may spend more time listening to that friendly man (or his commercial kin) than they do talking with their own doctors.
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