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  • Defective Products Cause Harm
    Jun-3-08 Toledo, OH When consumers purchase products, they believe those products have already passed all the necessary safety tests and have proven not to be defective. Unfortunately, a quick glance at the news gives the appearance that there are more and more defective products on the market. While some are fairly harmless, others can cause serious injury and e...
  • Morgan Keegan: Allegations of Fraud Leading to Huge Losses
    Jun-1-08 Memphis, TN As the fallout from a bear market reverberates through the investment community, and the pieces from the sub-prime mortgage implosion are gingerly salvaged or discarded, investors are taking exception to the inability of Morgan Keegan to see writing on the wall. Investors having lost millions are lining up to recover damages . The late...
  • Digitek Manufacturer Cited for Quality Controls Two Years Ago
    May-30-08 Little Falls, NJ: The recent recall affecting all lots of Digitek digoxin (digitalis) due to a manufacturing defect raises a whack of questions as to just how a double-thickness tablet can get by the quality-control department. Pills that are twice as thick as normal, and therefore potentially carrying twice the dosage of digoxin, pose a serious health r...
  • Unraveling the Mystery of Heparin-Related Death
    May-28-08 Cambridge, MA Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered just why tainted heparin is so deadly. The contaminant, oversulfated chondroitin sulfate – OSCS, causes allergic reactions by activating two inflammatory pathways. In an earlier interview, Professor Ram Sasisekharan of MIT, who led an international team of i...
  • Deadly Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis: Who Dropped the Ball?
    May-22-08 Minneapolis, MN Imagine driving to work, as you do every day, only to have the bridge underneath you suddenly give way and collapse . That's what happened to scores of people last year after an unsafe bridge in Minneapolis simply gave up, killing 13 people and injuring 145. Now it's been revealed that not only was the bridge not safe, but that tran...
  • Credit Card Abuse: To Be Continued?
    May-19-08 Washington, DC On March 13, 2008 five credit card consumers were ready to testify at a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing regarding credit card industry practices and credit card abuse . But it turned out to be a waste of time: GOP staff members asked them to sign waivers allowing public disclosure of their private financial matters—which...
  • Attorney Michael L. Hodges on BPA Class Action
    May-15-08 Lenexa, Kansas: In his thirty-year legal career, Michael Hodges says, "We've done virtually every kind of damages case you can think of, but in the last four or five years, we've done mainly mass torts and class actions." That includes joining in multiple class actions filed recently against Avent America, Evenflo, Gerber, Handi-Craft (Dr. Brown's), and Pl...
  • Misled to Buy ERISA Stock Options
    May-14-08 Newport Beach, CA: While the president of Washington Mutual Inc. dumped company stock, he encouraged his employees to buy, buy, buy -- to fill out their Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) account plans. And they did, resulting today in over $150 million in total losses and devalued retirement funds for employees nationwide. Renee Mayo experi...
  • MRI and MRA Health Risks: Questions Raised
    May-14-08 Chicago, IL MRIs and MRAs are non-invasive diagnostic procedures that enable physicians to visualize internal body structures and contrast agents are often used to further improve diagnosis. The MRI contrast agent market is now the subject of lawsuits concerning gadolinium chelate-based agents (and reported to have sales of more than $1 billion annually) a...
  • Attorney Stephen Benda: "The secret of happiness is keep it small."
    May-13-08 Menlo Park, CA: Stephen Benda's receptionist was away from her desk when LawyersandSettlements called him, so Benda answered the phone himself--not the kind of thing you expect from a founding partner, but consistent with his approach to his practice. "My philosophy is to keep it small," Benda says. "We're located in Silicon Valley and I have a lot of f...
  • Chantix Suicide: Sinking Into the Deep Hole
    May-12-08 Rochester, NY New marketing ads for Pfizer's Chantix will look very different from the original 'tortoise and the hare' ads of last year, now that Pfizer has to include risk for suicide. Pfizer was forced to withdraw its ads for the much-maligned smoking cessation drug in February, after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health w...
  • Discrimination Suit Settled by Conectiv and Others for $1.65M
    May-11-08 Philadelphia, PA A racial discrimination lawsuit was filed by four black workers against Conectiv Energy and three subcontractors. The workers claimed in the lawsuit that the workers had to endure racial slurs, a life-size noose hanging for a week, and Ku Klux Klan graffiti targeted them. The four men alleged that between the years of 2002 and 2003 th...
  • Ortho Evra: Convenience at a Terrible Cost
    May-8-08 Danville, CA She was just 18 when the Ortho Evra patch claimed her life. A student, studying for a career in fashion. After she collapsed in a Manhattan subway in April 2005 and subsequently died, an autopsy revealed that a blood clot had formed and moved into the young lady's lung. The medical examiner ruled that the clot emerged as a side effect of...
  • State Regulators and Attorney General Probe Banks and Brokers in Auction-Rate Securities Debacle.
    May-5-08 New York, NY New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has launched a probe into the failure of the auction rate securities market . The industry-wide investigation has slapped subpoenas on 18 banks and securities firms that underwrote and brokered the investments. Under the gun is the marketing of the securities and how the decision was made to stop t...
  • Investors Use Stockbroker Arbitration to Recover Lost Funds
    May-3-08 Austin, TX More and more investors are learning that, if their stockbroker acts inappropriately in giving investment advice, they can turn to stockbroker arbitration to regain their lost money. In fact, many investors have a clause in their paperwork that requires them to use stockbroker arbitration to settle investment claims. One claim was recently...
  • "I want the World to know about Botox"
    Apr-30-08 Jacksonville, FL "I would like to get up and scream to the whole world about the terrible things that happened to me after my last series of Botox injections," says Eloise. "I want people to know that Botox is frightening." Unfortunately, Eloise can't get up too easily—she can barely lift her head. In December, 2007 something "went terribly wron...
  • Perils of Lasik: Double Vision, Eye Pain and even a Suicide
    Apr-28-08 Washington, DC Colin Dorrian was a promising law school student when he sought relief from a chronic dry eye condition by undergoing Lasik laser eye surgery . However, rather than improving his vision and freeing him from his contacts, the procedure left him with so much eye pain and fuzzy vision that after six years, he took his own life. "As soon as...
  • DirecTV Cancellation Fees: "A Big Mess"
    Apr-26-08 Stanton MI Elizabeth M. is upset that DirecTV charged her an early termination fee, especially since she only had DirecTV service for two days. She says that even customer service reps for the company told her she shouldn't have been charged the fee. But what made the situation worse was that DirecTV took the money directly out of her bank account withou...
  • Police Officer Restored to Position after being Let Go in Whistleblower Incident
    Apr-24-08 Cheswold, DE A police officer that was let go for a whistleblower incident, Elliot Rosario has been reinstated to his former position earlier this month on the Cheswold Police Force. Officer Rosario was let go from the Cheswold Police Force in December, 2005 regarding a legal situation that arose over a whistleblower incident with his superior officer at...
  • Mechanic's Diagnosis: Mesothelioma
    Apr-23-08 Montreal, QC: At the tender age of 16, Georgia's husband started work as a mechanic. That was 19 years ago, long enough to develop mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos in brake pads and clutches. "Back then the brake pads and clutches were filled with asbestos," says Georgia (not her real name pending a possible lawsuit). "Right up until last year...
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