Jane Mundy As the senior legal correspondent for LawyersandSettlements 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.
January 21, 2017.
Pittsburgh, PA: If transvaginal mesh litigation at the beginning of 2017 is anything to go by, the coming year is hopeful for mesh victims.Read [ Transvaginal Mesh Litigation: Positive Start to 2017 ]
January 19, 2017.
Charlotte, NC: “It’s reassuring that attorneys are trying to stop the DMV from selling our private information,” says Gary. “I wondered how these companies got my address and phone number—until I read on LawyersandSettlements about an attorney filing complaints about DPPA violations.”Read [ People Angry with Department of Motor Vehicles Violating their Privacy ]
January 15, 2017.
Miami, FL: Knowing you have surgical abdominal mesh in your body that has been recalled is unnerving, to say the least. Even worse, and for many people, suffering pain and infection long after the mesh has been withdrawn or recalled from the market means mesh removal surgery followed by a possible hernia mesh lawsuit.Read [ A Tangle of Hernia Mesh Complaints ]
January 13, 2017.
Alameda County, CA: The announcement that Fidelma Fitzpatrick is lead counsel for Essure victims should have Bayer even more concerned that litigation may find in favor of plaintiffs. “In a case like [Essure] where we’re talking about birth control devices and women’s health issues it’s particularly important to have women represented,” said Fitpatrick.Read [ Essure: Women Helping Women ]
January 12, 2017.
Seattle, WA: The FDA recommended back in 2010 that IVC filters be removed as soon at the risk passed and in 2014 repeated this communication, adding that filter pieces could migrate within the body. And judging from the growing number of IVC Filter lawsuits, including two inferior vena cava (IVC) filter class actions in Canada, the device may soon be pulled from the market.Read [ IVC Filters: Remove from Body and Market ]
January 11, 2017.
Dallas, TX: A number of complaints allege that Ethicon Physiomesh, a surgical mesh used to repair hernias, has done more harm than good. “I anticipate surgical mesh lawsuits, such as Ethicon Physiomesh, will see similar volume as transvaginal mesh lawsuits,” says attorney Shezad Malik.Read [ Attorney Anticipates Surgical Mesh and Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Similar in Volume ]
January 10, 2017.
Nashville, TN: Last October the CDC reported that M. chimaera contamination of heater/cooler devices, of which 60 to 70 percent stem from the Stockert 3T heater-cooler system had been found in Iowa and Pennsylvania. Just one month later, a global outbreak linking the devices was reported. M. chimaera is a rare bacteria, a species of nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM).Read [ Stockert 3T Infections Widespread ]
January 8, 2017.
Pensacola, FL: Anyone taking Abilify, from teens to retirees, is potentially at risk of compulsive or uncontrollable urges to binge eat, shop and have sex—and mostly to gamble. And this drug is particularly insidious: Abilify is prescribed to treat a mental disorder and chances are, that disorder prevents the patient from knowing about Abilify side effects.Read [ Abilify Gamblers, from Teens to Retirees ]
January 7, 2017.
Ottawa, ON: Infertility is typically considered a woman’s issue, but three out of 10 cases of infertility are due to problems deriving from the man, according to statistics from Canada’s federal government. Many factors can contribute to male infertility, including Propecia, which is known to affect sperm quality.Read [ Propecia Infertility: Kids Don’t Care if You’re Bald ]
January 6, 2017.
St. Louis, MO: Johnson & Johnson last year was hit with three talcum powder cancer lawsuits, making the jury verdicts in St. Louis a combined $197 million. Judging from the drug company’s continued legal woes, it appears that these settlements may simply be the cost of doing business.Read [ J&J’s Cost of Defending its Talcum Powder is Rising ]