April 13, 2015

Propecia Hair Loss Drug Linked to Depression and Suicide

Last month, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck & Co in California federal court, alleging the hair loss drug Propecia was responsible for the 2013 suicide of John Pfaff, a 40-year-old Encinitas man. According to the suit, Merck knew about the risks of depression and suicide associated with Propecia since...
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April 7, 2015

Jury Awards $40 Million to Injured Airport Worker

SEATTLE – A jury in King County, WA, has awarded $40 million to Brandon Afoa of Puyallup, who was paralyzed in 2007 when his spine was crushed in an industrial accident. Afoa lost the use of his legs and right arm when the brakes and steering failed on the industrial tug he was operating...
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April 6, 2015

Takeda Pharmaceuticals Proposes $2.2 Billion Settlement for Actos Diabetes Lawsuits

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Japan’s largest drugmaker, has offered more than $2.2 billion to settle more than 8,000 pending lawsuits involving its diabetes drug Actos, which has been linked to thousands of cases of bladder cancer. It would be one of the largest U.S. settlements of lawsuits targeting drugs or medical devices, according to Bloomberg....
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April 2, 2015

Walmart Reaches $10 Million Settlement With Family of New Jersey Turnpike Crash Victim

Walmart has agreed to pay out a $10 million settlement to the children of James McNair, the comedian who died in the June 2014 New Jersey Turnpike crash that also seriously injured Tracy Morgan and two other people. McNair and Morgan were returning from a comedy show in Delaware when they were struck by...
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March 10, 2015

Kern County Jury Awards $5.7 Million Vaginal Mesh Verdict

A jury in Bakersfield, CA returned a $5.7 million verdict last week in favor of a Tehachapi women who sued Johnson & Johnson, and subsidiary Ethicon, Inc., after the TVT Abbrevo mesh device she had surgically implanted in her body began to erode. Reuters reported the jury reached the verdict for plaintiff Coleen Perry...
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February 24, 2015

Jury Awards $3 Million to College Student Injured in New Jersey Trucking Accident

A jury in New Jersey has awarded a college student $3 million for injuries she sustained in a multi-vehicle car accident in January 2011. According to a news report on NJ.com, Chanttel Ortiz was 19-years-old in 2011 when she was one of three people in a vehicle that collided with two tractor-trailers on Routes...
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February 5, 2015

Judge Rejects Pfizer’s Motion to Throw Out Lipitor Lawsuits

In February 2014, more than a thousand cases alleging Lipitor caused Type 2 diabetes were consolidated in the US district Court for the District of South Carolina. As of last month, according to court documents, there are more than 1,600 pending cases. Recently, Pfizer, the manufacturer of Lipitor, attempted to  to throw out 10...
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February 5, 2015

Jury Awards $11 Million in Toyota Camry Unintended Acceleration Lawsuit

A jury in Minneapolis has awarded $11.4 million to the plaintiffs of a lawsuit involved in a 2006 crash involving “unintended acceleration”, the phenomenon when a gas pedal gets stuck and causes the vehicle to suddenly accelerate. The crash involved a 1996 Toyota Camry that rear-ended an Oldsmobile after exiting a highway. The driver...
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February 3, 2015

Propecia Bellwether Trials Set for October 2016

While the pattern baldness drug Propecia has generated about $400 a year for Merck, a growing number of men have suffered serious side effects, including genital shrinkage and sexual dysfunction that continued after treatment stopped. According to the latest multidistrict litigation statistics report published in November 2014, 742 Propecia lawsuits have been consolidated before...
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January 29, 2015

Androgel Litigation Update: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Plaintiffs Growing In Number

January 2015 Update: More than 620 men have filed testosterone lawsuits against the makers of Androgel, Axiron, and other testosterone gels. The lawsuits have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation in the Northern District of Illinois (In re: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2545 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern...
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