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.
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 ]
May 18, 2017.
Santa Clara, CA: An $8 million settlement has been reached in a qui tam lawsuit brought against Omnicare Inc, a subsidiary of CVS Health Corp, by The US Department of Justice and 28 states. The whistleblower lawsuit alleged the defendants violated the False Claim Act by incorrectly labeling generic drugs. The labeling procedure enabled claims to be made to Medicare and Medicaid for generic drug prescriptions under different National Drug Codes than those of the actual drugs given, and for the drug labels to be given with incorrect information.Read [ $8M Settlement Reached in Omnicare False Claims Suit ]
May 15, 2017.
Santa Clara, CA: A $20 million verdict has been awarded against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) in punitive damages, in the third bellwether Ethicon pelvic mesh injury lawsuit, part of the pelvic mesh mass torte. The 12-member jury hearing the case in Philadelphia returned the verdict after testimony was given by Plaintiff Margaret “Peggy” Engleman, demonstrating she suffered life-altering injuries when the mesh eroded inside of her. The verdict also includes a $2.5 million award for compensatory damages.Read [ $20M Verdict Awarded in Third Ethicon TVT Mesh Lawsuit ]
May 10, 2017.
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, which may be dangerous. Basso told KSHB that while recycled airbags may be less expensive, recalled airbags could potentially slip through the cracks and possibly be placed into repaired or used cars.Read [ Recalled Airbags Being Recycled in Crash-Affected Vehicles ]
May 9, 2017.
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May 8, 2017.
Washington, DC: Bumble Bee Foods LLC has agreed to plead guilty to charges of tinned tuna price fixing and pay a criminal fine of at least $25 million to the US Department of Justice (DOJ). The charges against Bumble Bee are the first to be brought by the DOJ in its ongoing investigation of antitrust practices in the seafood industry in the US.Read [ Bumble Bee Pleads Guilty to Tuna Price Fixing with Possible $25M Fine ]
April 19, 2017.
Santa Clara, CA: A $55 million jury verdict brought against Honda Motor Co, in 2014 will stand, according to a ruling by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. The settlement resulted from a personal injury lawsuit against Honda that alleged the automotive manufacturer ignored a seat belt defect. The suit was brought by a man who claimed that defect resulted in his becoming paralyzed.Read [ $55M Personal Injury Verdict Against Honda Stands ]
April 11, 2017.
Santa Clara, CA: Plaintiffs involved in multi-district litigation (MDL) against 3M’s post-surgery patient-warming device, Bair Hugger, are on their way to court, following the selection of approximately 30 bellwether cases. The patients involved in the MDL allege that the Bair Hugger Forced-Air Warming system caused them to develop infections after undergoing surgical procedures. Specifically, the device, which blows hot air into a specially designed blanket covering a patient, spreads bacteria from the hospital floor or the inside of the device, the lawsuits state.Read [ 3M Bair Hugger Blanket Bellwether Cases Chosen for Trial ]
March 29, 2017.
Santa Clara, CA: According to a study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, zip-line injuries are on the increase with 17,000 people treated for zip-line-related injuries between 1997 and 2012, the period of the study. The data also show a 70 percent increase in zip-line injuries during 2009-2012, which works out to an average of 10 injuries every day.Read [ Zip-Line Injuries On the Rise ]