A lawyer by profession, Brenda Frohloff has had 30 years' litigation experience, in both large and small firms. Describing herself as a recovering lawyer, she now concentrates on writing.
September 24, 2007.
Read [ Avandia heart attack panic pushes Feds to reform the FDA ]
Washington, DC Just four months after diabetics and their doctors were rudely awakened to the dangers of taking Avandia, Congress passed legislation Sept. 20 boosting the power of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
September 19, 2007.
Read [ Car Crashworthiness: Can $54 Million Really Compensate this Little Girl? ]
Costa Mesa, CA Would your car pass or fail a test of its crashworthiness? Do you know if your car maker provided you with the best safety systems it reasonably could? For some unlucky people, a car accident is what gives them the answers.
September 14, 2007.
New York, NY: A research report published on-line September 6 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation may provide important clues as to why GlaxoSmithKline's diabetes drug Avandia has such a deadly effect on some diabetics.Read [ Of Mice and Men: Avandia and Heart Attacks ]
August 31, 2007.
Read [ Mattel Toy Recall: Blood Testing Children for Lead ]
Des Moines, IA In two separate recalls August 1 and 14, Mattel Inc. pulled more than 18 million toys from the market before they hit the shelves, and left parents, kindergarten teachers and day care workers scrambling to check whether their children were already playing with toys painted with lead paint, or containing tiny magnets that could be swallowed. Now every parent's next concern is surfacing, namely: "Do I need to have my child's blood tested for lead?"
August 30, 2007.
Read [ Mattel toy recall: Who plays with Mattel toys? ]
Seattle, WA In the wake of the big toy recall by Mattel, and the scare over how many children need to have blood tests for lead levels, it might occur to you to ask: "Just how many children in the U.S. play with Mattel toys?"
August 27, 2007.
Charlotte, NC: Countrywide Financial Corp. found some fresh money last week to help it weather the crisis in the secondary lending market, allowing stakeholders in the company, such as those with mortgage investments, or 401k plans, or its own employees with ERISA plans, to breathe a sigh of relief. The source of the new money was a $2 billion investment Bank of America made August 22 to buy Countrywide shares.Read [ Why your 401k or ERISA Plan in Countrywide Securities may still be at Risk ]
August 27, 2007.
Washington, DC: In the wake of Mattel's two massive recalls of made-in-China toys this month, parents are re-awakened to the dangers of exposing their children to toxic lead paint, and wondering: "Should I have my child's blood tested for lead?"Read [ The Mattel Toy Recall: Why Kids and Lead Paint shouldn't be Mixed ]
August 26, 2007.
Read [ Recalled toys and lead paint: Has Mattel lost control of product safety? ]
Hong Kong This month Mattel Inc. recalled nearly 19 million Chinese-made toys suspected of containing leaded paint or small magnets posing a choking hazard for small children. Anxious U.S. parents don't know whether these products have injured their children, and a lawsuit has been started with the aim of forcing Mattel to set up a fund to pay for individual testing.
August 16, 2007.
Read [ Big Business Fights Back Over Information Technology Overtime Claims ]
Santa Clara, CA Information technologists, otherwise known as IT workers, have been taking big businesses to court to recover unpaid IT overtime wages for quite a few years now. They have been remarkably successful. IT workers have started class actions against high tech giants like IBM and Sun Microsystems, Inc., and many of these class actions have already brought about huge settlements.
August 16, 2007.
Read [ Avandia and heart failure: Did Avandia pave the way to this woman's heart attack? ]
Edmonton, AB Karen Trelford was stunned to see a report on television this summer that the diabetes drug Avandia exposed its users to a 43% higher risk of heart failure and heart attack.
- FDA now flooded with reports of Heart Failures linked to Avandia (Aug-15-07)
- Avandia's heart attack risk: are any of the experts "clean"? (Aug-13-07)
- California Employers Fear Huge Overtime Lawsuits (Aug-10-07)
- Million-dollar settlement in Unpaid IT Overtime Lawsuit (Aug-9-07)
- The Shelhigh Story: Lawsuits, Infections and Spin-Doctoring Part II (Aug-9-07)
- The Shelhigh Story: Lawsuits, Infections and Spin-Doctoring Part I (Aug-7-07)
- Complications and Death linked to Serevent (Aug-7-07)
- California Workers Claim Millions from IBM in Lawsuit Over Unpaid Overtime (Aug-3-07)
- Guidant Pacemaker and Defibrillator Recalls: $195 Million Settlement to be Paid (Aug-2-07)
- Castleberry's Recalled Chili Sauces Linked to Seven Cases of Botulism Poisoning (Aug-1-07)
- Universal Music Group IT Workers Start Class Action for Overtime Pay (Jul-31-07)
- Kidney failure patients warned of health risk in MRIs (Jul-29-07)
- Ohio Lawsuit Claims Death caused by Kugel Mesh Patch (Jul-19-07)
- MRI risks Not Only for those with Kidney Failure (Jul-19-07)
- Damning FDA Letter Bolsters case against Zyprexa Maker (Jul-17-07)
- Employer must Pay demoted National Guardsman (Jul-16-07)
- Zyprexa: Can you trust Eli Lilly? (Jul-13-07)
- Kugel Mesh Risk Widespread: Part 2 (Jul-13-07)
- MRIs: A New Risk for People with CKD and Kidney Failure (Jul-11-07)
- Kugel Mesh Risk Widespread: Part 1 (Jul-11-07)
- Johnson & Johnson Litigation Stories: Panacryl Sutures and the Duragesic Patch Part II (Jul-4-07)
- New MRI Drug may aggravate Kidney Health Risk (Jul-3-07)
- Johnson & Johnson litigation stories: Panacryl Sutures and the Duragesic Patch - Part I (Jul-2-07)
- Panacryl Sutures: Another suture experiment brought to you by Ethicon (Jun-26-07)
- Part 2: Avandia, the FDA and the consumer: first lawsuit filed (Jun-25-07)
- California overtime: Court ruling signals go-ahead for $16 million claim against Kiewit (Jun-23-07)
- Zoloft's role in killings by 12-year-old boy argued in court (Jun-21-07)
- Part 1: Avandia and the FDA: The Bottom Line (Jun-19-07)
- New diet drugs Alli and Zimulti awaken memories of Fen-Phen and PPH (Jun-18-07)
- Glaxo now faces Lawsuit by Shareholders over Avandia Problems (Jun-16-07)
- Wal-mart wins one—but loses two—in Overtime Class Actions (Jun-15-07)
- SSRIs prescribed off-label for Sexual Problem (Jun-11-07)
- Cadence Design hit with California Overtime Class Action (Jun-7-07)
- Avandia and FDA now subject of Congressional Hearing (Jun-6-07)
- Dying to be Thin: Fen-Phen's Continuing Legacy (Jun-6-07)
- Giant Law Firm loses California Labor Code case with Paralegal (Jun-5-07)
- SSRIs and Birth Defects: More Data Urgently Needed (Jun-1-07)
- Overtime Back Pay Cases Sweep the U.S. (May-31-07)
- High Anxiety over Avandia Report (May-30-07)
- IKEA Credit Card Consumers (May-29-07)