Jane Mundy As the senior legal correspondent for Online Legal Media since 2004, Jane has interviewed over a thousand people—including plaintiffs and attorneys— about many issues for the company, from bad pharmaceuticals to labor law. She is also a freelance writer for a variety of international and national magazines and newspapers, including Scientific American, Readers Digest, the Globe & Mail and the National Post.
June 20, 2017.
St. Louis, MO: The sixth talcum powder cancer trial hasn’t started well for deep-pocket defendant Johnson & Johnson. Jurors heard a pharmacology and toxicology expert—and former consultant to the pharmaceutical industry—testify that “talc is toxic.”Read [ Talcum Powder Cancer Trial Not Boding Well for Johnson & Johnson ]
June 17, 2017.
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia: A Nova Scotia man is the latest Canadian to report complications with surgical abdominal mesh, and will likely join hundreds of other Canadian hernia surgery patients in a class action lawsuit against Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, the makers of Physiomesh.Read [ Abdominal Mesh Complaints Rise in Canada, MDL Established in the US ]
June 15, 2017.
Cleveland, OH: Brazil found Essure such a risk that it’s national health agency banned the permanent sterilization device this past February. Finland is the second country to follow suit. Given the fact that thousands of women have been seriously injured by Essure, isn’t it time the U.S. followed these two forward-thinking countries?Read [ Essure Banned in Another Country, Essure Victim in US wants it Banned Worldwide ]
June 14, 2017.
Plattsmouth, NE: Most of us don’t think twice to talk with our doctor if we think there is an issue—a side effect—associated with a prescribed medication. But many people with mental illness don’t have the wherewithal to seek help. Such is the case with Jared, who was prescribed Risperdal for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. He developed gynecomastia, or “man boobs” and was unable to talk about it with his doctors, most of whom were at hospitals for mentally ill patients.Read [ Seeking Help Difficult for Bipolar Man with Risperdal “Man Boobs” ]
June 12, 2017.
San Francisco, CA:“Every nickel, every dime," shouted a crowd of McDonald’s fast food workers back in 2014, "We deserve our overtime!” That’s the same refrain now but the crowd has expanded to include food giant Chipotle Mexican Grill, Ministry of Taste LLC, and Red Dog Restaurant—all accused of violating California overtime pay.Read [ Fast Food Workers Deserve California Overtime ]
June 11, 2017.
Chattanooga, TN: If you receive disability benefits from the health insurance provider Unum , you might want to seek legal advice if and when they send you a “Suspension of Benefits” letter: it is likely another bad faith tactic to deny your benefits altogether.Read [ Unum’s Suspension of Benefits and Outsourcing ]
June 5, 2017.
Washington, DC: The FDA warns that M. chimaera infection may take months or even years to develop. Ironically, after sitting on reports of infection associated with the Stockert 3T heater-cooler system and similar systems during open chest surgeries, it takes the agency months or years to warn the public.Read [ Is the FDA Doing Enough to Prevent Stockert 3T Heater-Cooling Device Infection? ]
May 31, 2017.
Washington, DC: With countless recalls of defective hip implants, hip implant recipients are likely wondering when , rather than if, their device will fail.Read [ Defective Hip Implant Makers Busy with Recalls, Lawsuits and Settlements ]
May 28, 2017.
Los Angeles, CA:Caregivers who have been denied California overtime for years may finally have their rights upheld, thanks to an overtime lawsuit filed by the LA City Attorney. And “birth tourism” workers are following suit.Read [ California Unpaid Overtime, from Caregivers for the Elderly to Caretakers for the Unborn ]