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  • Hawaii Sues Three Automakers Over Defective Takata Airbags
    Jun-13-17 Honolulu, HI: The State of Hawaii is suing Ford, Nissan and Toyota for marketing and selling vehicles with Takata airbags that could potentially explode and cause injuries or death. On May 24, 2017, The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Office of Consumer Protection (CCA) on behalf of the State of Hawaii filed a lawsuit , State of Haw...
  • Defective Hip Implant Makers Busy with Recalls, Lawsuits and Settlements
    May-31-17 Washington, DC: With countless recalls of defective hip implants , hip implant recipients are likely wondering when , rather than if, their device will fail. Companies recently having “issues” with their hip devices include Accolade, Smith and Nephew, Depuy, Zimmer Biomet and Stryker. Just over the past year, Stryker has been named def...
  • Zimmer-Biomet Shoulder: Buyer (Patient and Surgeon) Beware
    May-25-17 Minneapolis, MN: Shoulder replacement surgery is a well-established and should be a straightforward procedure, unless your orthopedic surgeon is implanting a Zimmer Biomet shoulder that has failed and you are unfortunate to have one or two of the 3,600 implants that have been recalled. According to the University of Minnesota, improvements in surgi...
  • Catheter Injury Lawsuits following Catheter Recalls
    May-20-17 Dallas, TX: In the wake of more than four million catheter recalls over the past year by numerous medical device manufacturers, dozens of patients have reported injuries and two wrongful death lawsuits have been filed due to broken catheters. In most of these injuries the catheter tips have fractured or other parts of the device have separated withi...
  • $553M in Settlements Reached with Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW in Takata Airbag MDL
    May-18-17 Santa Clara, CA $553.6 million in settlements has been agreed in multi-district litigation (MDL) involving Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW, which will see the automakers pay the sum to end claims brought by plaintiffs over alleged defective Takata airbags. To date, the airbags, which can explode, have been linked with 11 deaths in the US. According t...
  • Medtronic SynchroMed Infusion Pump Lawsuit News & Legal Information
    The Medtronic SynchroMed EI Implantable Infusion Pump has been recalled by Medtronic and the FDA after reports that Implantable Drug Infusion Pumps have resulted in incorrect dosage and life-threatening withdrawals. At least 14 patient deaths are linked to Implantable Infusion Pumps . The SynchroMed pump is implanted to deliver drugs to treat pai...
  • Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW Agree $553.6M Settlement in Takata Airbag MDL
    Santa Clara, CA: $553.6 million in settlements has been agreed in multi-district litigation (MDL) involving Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW, which will see the automakers pay the sum to end claims brought by plaintiffs over alleged defective Takata airbags. To date, the airbags, which can explode, have been linked with 11 deaths in the US. According...
  • Supreme Court Won't Review GM's Appeal For Protection Against Ignition Switch Lawsuits
    May-12-17 Washington, DC: In a potentially crushing blow to General Motors, the US Supreme Court has declined to consider an appeal from the automaker asking for a legal shield to protect GM from lawsuits related to faulty ignition switches on its vehicles. On April 24, 2017, the US Supreme Court refused to review GM's appeal in which the automaker asked the...
  • Airbag Injuries and Defective Airbags Getting More Complicated
    May-12-17 Kansas City, MO: Recent reports of airbag injuries suffered by a young woman in an older-model car that had been in an accident and returned to the road with a replacement airbag , together with media reports originating from Kansas City with regard to recycled airbags , points to an entirely new issue with recalled airbags, and accompanying airb...
  • Recalled Airbags Being Recycled in Crash-Affected Vehicles
    May-10-17 Santa Clara, CA: Recalled airbags may be recycled as replacement airbags in vehicles that have been in accidents, according to a news report on the Kansas City news station, KSHB.com. In an interview with KSHB, Carfax representative Christopher Basso states that it’s not uncommon to find recycled airbags used to replace deployed ones,...
  • Canada Concerned about Abdominal Hernia Mesh—and the 501k Process
    May-8-17 Toronto, ON The president of the Canadian Hernia Society and one of the country’s foremost authorities on surgical abdominal mesh says that mesh complications are an “epidemic”. Dr. John Morrison says it's going to get worse because almost all hernias are now repaired with mesh. And some products are brought to market without prop...
  • Airbag in Salvaged Used Car Explodes in Minor Crash
    May-1-17 Las Vegas, NV: A Nevada woman suffered serious injuries when the airbag in a used car that her father gave her as a gift exploded. "Karina Dorado’s trachea was punctured by shrapnel from an inflator in an otherwise minor crash in Las Vegas on March 3," according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal . "She was rushed to a trauma center, where surg...
  • Lead Poisoning Still Happens
    Apr-19-17 Dallas, TX It was an alert physician who first noticed signs and symptoms of lead poisoning in some of her patients in Flint, Michigan. It was soon discovered water from the Flint River had corroded aging pipes causing lead to leach into the city’s water supply. Dangerous amounts of lead were slowing building up in the blood streams of Flint r...
  • Airbag Lawsuits Dismissed as Parties Try to Work Out Settlement
    Apr-17-17 Winston-Salem, NC: Two lawsuits filed in North Carolina last year against Takata Corp. over defective airbag injuries were voluntarily dismissed in January 2017 in favor of trying to work out a settlement, according to the Winston-Salem Journal . The Winston-Salem Journal article did not disclose settlement details. The lawsuits, one filed in...
  • 13 Brands of Dehumidifiers Recalled Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards
    Washington, DC: Over 2 million dehumidifiers carrying major brand names are being recalled by Gree, in cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada. They announced a recall on dehumidifiers manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances of China that were sold from January 2005 through August 2013. The dehumidifier can o...
  • Fender Bender Air Bag Deployment Left Texas Woman with Eye Damage
    Mar-24-17 Harlingen, TX A woman from Harlingen, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley was driving through her neighborhood on December 8, 2015 when she had a fender bender in her 2012 Honda Civic. According to Mary Lou Rodriguez she clipped a parked truck at no more than 15 miles per hour. There was a huge bang as the airbag deployed thrusting her body backwards in...
  • FDA Issues Recall on Medtronic Implantable Pain Pumps
    Mar-17-17 Silver Spring, MD: 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. The FDA on March 14 announced a recall on Medtronic's SynchroMed II and SynchroMed EL implantable drug infusion...
  • The Predatory Lending Cycle of the Car Title Loan
    Mar-13-17 Fort Worth, TX: The greed from need cycle of car title loans is far from new. In February, 2015 the Star-Telegram (02/14/15) in Fort Worth was reporting that the average resident of Texas was about $40,000 in debt. The car title loan was one quick and easy way for Texans to deal with short-term financial crises, such as a family emergency. However...
  • Auto Manufacturers Claim to be Takata Airbag Victims
    Mar-3-17 Miami, FL: The $1 Billion settlement in association with Takata airbag injuries (including at least 11 deaths which have been documented in the US), appears to be setting up a showdown between plaintiffs and automotive manufacturers caught up in a wave of airbag lawsuits involving the defective airbags. The airbags in question have been found to bec...
  • Takata Agrees to Settle Defective Airbags MDL for $1B
    Santa Clara, CA: Takata Corporation has agreed to pay $1 billion to settle multi-district litigation alleging the airbag manufacturer was aware of the fatal defect with its airbags but sold them anyway. At least 11 deaths have been linked to the airbags, which can explode due to a design defect. According to the proposed settlement terms Takata will...
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