A freelance writer for nearly two decades, Lucy Campbell has traveled extensively, covering stories of interest from around the world. Much of Lucy's focus is on consumer advocacy, and the legal topics that affect her readers' daily lives--everything from mislabeled food to auto recalls to harmful drugs and defective products. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys painting and a good cup of coffee.
July 21, 2017.
Santa Clara, CA: An urgent recall of all Fujifilm ED-530XT duodenoscopes has been issued, due to the difficulty in what the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refers to as “reprocessing.” Reprocessing is a detailed, multistep process to clean and disinfect or sterilize reusable devices. The voluntary recall of the duodenoscopes also includes replacement of the ED-530XT forceps elevator mechanism including the O-ring seal, replacement of the distal end cap, and new Operation Manuals. The FDA has previously issued a warning that duodenoscopes could be linked to the spread of deadly bacteria.Read [ ED-530XT Duodenoscopes Recalled ]
July 19, 2017.
Santa Clara, CA: Sears Holding is facing an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) class action lawsuit filed by employees who allege the company used its own stock as an investment option in the 401(k) plan, despite knowledge that the company was in in “extremely poor financial condition.”Read [ Sears Facing 401K Class Action Lawsuit ]
July 13, 2017.
Santa Clara, CA: The US Attorney General’s office has charged 412 defendants in 41 federal districts with Medicaid fraud resulting from false billings, and prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous drugs. The fraud is estimated to have cost Medicaid $1.3 billion resulting from false billings. More than 120 defendants have been charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics, including doctors. In addition, Health and Human Services has initiated suspension actions against 295 providers, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists.Read [ Charges Laid Against 412 Individuals for Medicaid Fraud and Opioid Prescribing ]
July 12, 2017.
Santa Clara, CA: Yet another Takata air bag recall is in the works. Announced this week, the recall involves 2.7 million air bag inflators made between 2005 and 2012 and installed in Ford, Nissan and Mazda vehicles sold in the US. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) website, as of January 19, 2017, some 42,000,000 vehicles are affected by Takata airbag recalls.Read [ Takata Recalls Another 2.7M Air Bag Inflators ]
July 5, 2017.
Santa Clara, CA: Smith & Nephew is the latest hip replacement maker to face a lawsuit over defective design resulting in personal injury. The complaint was filed by a woman who alleges she developed metallosis, or metal blood poisoning, after having a Smith and Nephew 50mm Birmingham Resurfacing femoral head, and a 56mm Birmingham Resurfacing acetabular cup surgically implanted.Read [ Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Lawsuit Filed ]
June 15, 2017.
Santa Clara, CA: A jury has awarded $2.1 million in damages in the fourth consecutive transvaginal mesh bellwether product liability lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson (J&J). The lawsuit is part of a massive multi-district litigation and was brought against J&J’s Prolift pelvic mesh. It was made and marketed by J&J’s subsidiary Ethicon, and subsequently withdrawn from the market in 2012.Read [ Woman Awarded $2.1M in Fourth Pelvic Mesh Trial ]
June 7, 2017.
Santa Clara, CA: Aetna Life Insurance Co., is facing a long-term disability denial lawsuit brought by policy holder who had her long-term disability benefits denied, despite being qualified.Read [ Aetna Life Faces Lawsuit Over Denied Long Term Disability Claim ]
June 6, 2017.
Santa Clara, CA: A deceptive opioid medication marketing lawsuit has been initiated against five prescription opioid manufacturers over allegations of fraudulent marketing and misrepresentation of the risks associated with these drugs, specifically the risk for addiction.Read [ Ohio Sues Big Pharma for Misleading Opioid Marketing ]
May 18, 2017.
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.Read [ $553M in Settlements Reached with Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW in Takata Airbag MDL ]