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  • Avandia Concerns Known Since 2000
    May-24-07 Chapel Hill, NC The diabetes drug Avandia , which has been in the news this week following a report in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) over concerns of a link to heart problems, continues to percolate throughout the prescription drug world - and telling information, lurking beneath the surface almost since the drug fist came onto the market, is...
  • In Case of Car Accident: A Lawyer Can be Your Best Friend
    May-23-07 Parsippany, NJ If you were ever in the market for a good lawyer, chances are it would be after a car accident. Not to soften the consequences of an accident for which you might have been at fault, but rather to represent your interests - and plain, old-fashioned fair play - in the face of the other guy, having caused the accident in the first place, gett...
  • More Studies Examine SSRI and Birth Defects
    May-20-07 Seattle, WA: More studies are now underway to determine the link between certain types of antidepressants, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and birth defects . Currently, The Yale Pink and Blue Study is being conducted to determine the association between depression, anti-depressant use during pregnancy, and the risk of del...
  • California Labor Lawsuit: Help for Latino workers
    May-18-07 Los Angeles, CA California labor law plaintiffs have just received a great boost from activists.The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and civil rights lawyer Bill Lann Lee announced May 16 that they are both joining a California labor law class action filed by more than one thousand construction workers, most of whom are Latinos,...
  • Antitrust: Making Violators Cry Uncle
    May-17-07 Melbourne, FL Rumours surrounding the long-alleged price fixing of petroleum products, which suggests a reason for today's high gas prices, was on everyone's mind May 15th during the national protest against the high cost of simply getting around. But such a grassroots consumer product that we all use brings home the issue of antitrust violations, and th...
  • Immigrant Workers in California Denied Overtime Pay
    May-17-07 Los Angeles, CA Workers in California are entitled to basic rights, including overtime pay, regardless of whether they are immigrant workers or not. However, some unscrupulous employers are mistreating their immigrant workers by denying legally protected wages and breaks. Some immigrant workers are starting to fight back, but officials believe there are...
  • Medical Malpractice: Fear has its Price
    May-14-07 Miami, FL They're only human, after all. And like us, medical practitioners can have a bad day. A sleepless night, trouble with the kids, a bitter divorce. However, when someone in the medical community has a bad day, for whatever reason, it's often the patient that pays for it, in what is sometimes a lifelong struggle. And that could mean medical malprac...
  • PPH: A Ticking Time Bomb
    May-12-07 ColledgeVille, MA Talk about something coming back to haunt you... Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH) is a condition resulting in abnormally high blood pressure sometimes brought on by the ingestion of certain drugs - some of them pulled from the market a decade ago. And yet upwards of ten years after you may have been prescribed a then-legitimate a...
  • Fewer Rights for Veterans in Medical Malpractice Cases
    May-9-07 Salisbury, NC Despite putting their lives on the line, veterans have fewer rights in cases involving medical malpractice than the general population does. Despite this, some veterans are able to receive awards in cases where VA medical staff has been negligent in the treatment of veterans. In the 2006 fiscal year, the Judgment Fund of the U.S. Depa...
  • Non-Sterile Environment at Shelhigh Shocking
    May-8-07 Washington, DC: On May 2nd, 2007 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration formally requested (in other words, an order) that Shelhigh Inc. recall all of its medical devices in the marketplace due to concerns regarding sterility. (Shelhigh initially refused a voluntary recall.) The recall includes Shelhigh medical devices in the marketplace and in hospital i...
  • Insurance Law Reforms: Putting Pressure on State Farm
    May-6-07 Sacramento, CA It has been one year since the State of California Insurance Commission began its push for major insurance industry reform, charging that auto insurers such as State Farm Auto Insurance have been enjoying burgeoning profits, thanks to lower pay-outs and higher premiums. While drivers are beginning to see the benefit of these reforms, St...
  • Indiana Mills & Manufacturing Inc. asked to Recall Defective Truck Seatbelts
    Apr-22-07 Montgomery, AL: A lawyer is requesting that Indiana Mills & Manufacturing Inc., (IMMI) recall 15,000 defective seat belts , which can be found on tractor-trailer trucks driven throughout the country. The request came after a man died from injuries he sustained when he was ejected from his truck. The man had been wearing his seat belt, but the belt buck...
  • J&J Concealed Dangers of Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch
    Apr-16-07 Washington, DC: Tens of millions of prescriptions have been written for Johnson & Johnson's Ortho Evra birth control patch since it arrived on the market in 2002, and medical experts say the patch has harmed thousands of young women of childbearing age. In September 2006, the FDA warned that use of the patch, made by the Ortho-McNeil division of J&J,...
  • Government Agencies Warn Against Zoloft During Pregnancy
    Apr-13-07 Washington, DC: If you want a healthy baby, government agencies in both Canada and the United States warn that you might want to quit taking Zoloft during pregnancy. Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and its Canadian counterpart, Health Canada, both issued warnings about combining Zoloft and pregnancy. "A recently published case-contro...
  • Capital One Credit Cards Hassle
    Apr-12-07 Richmond, VA: If you received checks from Capital One over the holiday season, with the encouragement to use them for a "hassle-free holiday," you may have been roped into paying higher interest rates than you should have, without realizing it. Capital One sent the checks to credit card holders, offering them a starting rate of 5.99% fixed APR that wo...
  • Consumer Credit Information Protection: Not All Companies Follow the Rules
    Apr-7-07 Fort Worth, TX: Two high profile incidents in which consumer personal information was made vulnerable have highlighted the importance of companies following rules designed to protect consumer credit information. When companies do not follow those rules consumers are at risk of becoming victims of identity theft. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has...
  • April 2007 Big Pharma Litigation Update - Drugs (Part I)
    Apr-5-07 Washington, DC: For the last two decades, illegal drug marketing schemes have paid off well for Big Pharma. However, as the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and every major drug company is currently involved in massive litigation. Some companies are facing thousands of lawsuits with a common complaint that the drug maker deliberatel...
  • No Overtime, No Business
    Apr-4-07 Los Angeles, CA "We were short-staffed so my boss asked me to work six days a week, ostensibly for a short time," says Andrew Jones. "But it went on for months, then he bought a new Mercedes and vacationed in Costa Rica - at our expense." "I was hired in February 2005 as a retail sales person in an imported home furniture store; it was a privately owne...
  • Long Term Insurance: Many Customers Unreasonably Denied Claims
    Apr-2-07 New York, NY: Reaction to a New York Times article (March 26, 2007) highlighting problems with the long term insurance has been widespread, with people across the US condemning the actions of companies like Conseco. From Hillary Rodham Clinton asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to look into the matter, to individuals filing lawsuits aga...
  • Doctors Ignore Black Box Warnings On SSRIs
    Apr-2-07 Washington, DC: The FDA has issued numerous public health advisories and black box warnings over the past several years about the increased risk of suicidality associated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants, but many doctors ignore them. In October 2004, the FDA added a black box warning about an increased risk of suicidality i...
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