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California Truckers Misclassified—Claiming Labor Law Violations
California Truckers Misclassified—Claiming Labor Law Violations
All too often employers misclassify their workers in an effort to save money. Graebel Van Lines classify their truck drivers as independent contractors and avoid providing for meal and rest breaks, and other California labor law violations, according to the truckers’ lawsuit, which is seeking class action status.

Federal Judge Extends Deadline to Add Parties to Bravelle Class Action
Federal Judge Extends Deadline to Add Parties to Bravelle Class Action
An Illinois federal judge has extended until April the deadline to allow plaintiffs on a Bravelle class action to join additional parties to the lawsuit.

IVC Filters “Deadly Missiles”
IVC Filters “Deadly Missiles”
At least four more IVC Filter lawsuits have been filed so far this month, adding to more than 3,000 complaints that people have been injured by IVC filters that have been referred to as “deadly missiles” when fractured.

Two Recent Surgical Mesh Lawsuits Assert Ethicon Physiomesh is Defective
Two Recent Surgical Mesh Lawsuits Assert Ethicon Physiomesh is Defective
Two hernia mesh lawsuits have been filed related to failed Ethicon Physiomesh that has since been recalled voluntarily by the manufacturer in several countries. The product was approved in 2010 by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through the fast-track 510(k) Clearance program as it was deemed to be substantially similar to other products on the market at the time.

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Shingles Vaccine Lawsuits Mounting
Shingles Vaccine Lawsuits Mounting
Complaints are mounting against Merck, the manufacturer of the shingles vaccine Zostavax that has been linked to life-threatening side effects. And the first Zostavax Injury Lawsuit was recently filed.

Maryland Employment Lawsuits Revived on Appeal
Maryland Employment Lawsuits Revived on Appeal
A Maryland labor and employment lawsuit against DirecTV LLC (DirecTV) and DirectSat USA, LLC (DirectSat) that was lost for the plaintiffs when a Maryland judge tossed the lawsuit in 2015, has been resurrected on appeal. In January, a three-judge appellate panel determined that plaintiffs indeed had a case and the matter can move forward.

FDA Issues Recall on Medtronic Implantable Pain Pumps
FDA Issues Recall on Medtronic Implantable Pain Pumps
Six months after Medtronic issued a voluntary recall on certain potentially defective catheters, the Federal Drug Administration has announced an update on a previous recall on two of Medtronic's implantable drug pumps.

Partial Victory for Fan in Florida Premises Liability Lawsuit against Daytona Speedway
Partial Victory for Fan in Florida Premises Liability Lawsuit against Daytona Speedway
It goes without saying that car racing, as a sport can be a dangerous pastime, especially for the driver. For that reason intense research and design strategies have taken center stage in an effort to better protect drivers from potential injuries stemming from catastrophic high-speed accidents. But what of spectators, who view the proceedings in the stands without benefit of helmets, or flame-retardant suits? While the industry continually strives to better protect the driver, do racetracks respond in kind with equal intensity? That question forms the basis of a Florida Premises Liability lawsuit against Daytona International Speedway after a spectator was seriously injured in 2013.

Alere Pushes for Dismissal of Home Blood Test Kits Class Action
Alere Pushes for Dismissal of Home Blood Test Kits Class Action
In response to plaintiffs' January motion to keep an Alere INRatio class action lawsuit alive, Alere recently pushed back with arguments that the court should dismiss the case.

Texas Woman Suffers Stevens Johnson Syndrome from Bipolar Medication
Texas Woman Suffers Stevens Johnson Syndrome from Bipolar Medication
The majority of patients and plaintiffs touched by the scourge of Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) can usually track, or at the very least suspect with a reasonable hypothesis that Stevens Johnson Syndrome symptoms materialize through the use of pharmaceutical drugs and medications including standard, everyday products such as over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication.

President Trump Revealed as a Propecia Patient, But Not Everyone Follows His Lead
President Trump Revealed as a Propecia Patient, But Not Everyone Follows His Lead
The campaign for, and ultimate ascension to the Oval Office by Donald S. Trump has placed a renewed focus on his hair, and what he does to maintain it. As shallow as that appears on the surface, especially in light of the various policy statements, positions and appointments which have peppered the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, it remains a fact that the President’s coiffure remains an ongoing fascination. Is Propecia finasteride a part of that equation?

Brazil Recalls Essure and Note to Bayer: Share the Knowledge
Brazil Recalls Essure and Note to Bayer: Share the Knowledge
Brazil’s National Health Agency has banned sales and recalled Essure, and advocacy groups worldwide are pressuring their governments to follow suit.

Recent Risperdal Lawsuit Tossed, Plaintiffs Plan to Appeal
Recent Risperdal Lawsuit Tossed, Plaintiffs Plan to Appeal
A Risperdal lawsuit that alleged the growth of male breast tissue (Risperdal gynecomastia) suffered by the plaintiff was stopped dead in its tracks before a trial reached the verdict stage after a Pennsylvania judge determined that Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and its Risperdal unit, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Janssen) had not failed to adequately warn about gynecomastia risk as the plaintiff had asserted, thus pulling the rug out from under the lawsuit.

Despite Steep Reduction in Award, Plaintiff’s Defective Hip Implant Verdict Appealed
Despite Steep Reduction in Award, Plaintiff’s Defective Hip Implant Verdict Appealed
It didn’t matter that a $502 million defective hip implant lawsuit verdict that went against DePuy Orthopaedics (DePuy) and its parent company Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was slashed to $150 million in observance of a Texas state cap: the defendants are appealing anyway. The verdict was brought last year in the second bellwether trial in a massive multidistrict litigation alleging hip replacement implant failure related to DePuy hip implants.

New Law May Allow 9/11 Families to Take Saudi Government Officials to Court
New Law May Allow 9/11 Families to Take Saudi Government Officials to Court
A new law on state sponsored terrorism may soon allow relatives of people killed in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 to sue Saudi Arabia over its alleged ties to the terror attacks.

Pentax targeted by FDA Safety Update in January
Pentax targeted by FDA Safety Update in January
In a move that would provide little cheer for any patient either infected, or concerned about potential infection from endoscope infection, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January updated the safety information for a product from Pentax Medical, and the potential for increased risk of infection.

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