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Update — Consolidation of Defective Mesh Claims Against Boston Scientific

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A couple weeks ago, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) met in Miami to discuss the consolidation of claims against several transvaginal mesh manufacturers. I previously wrote about this issue. Today, the JPML issued its decision. As requested by many of the plaintiffs, the Court has consolidated the pre-trial proceedings in the Southern… Continue Reading

Plaintiffs Seek Consolidation of Defective Mesh Claims Against Boston Scientific

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Last week, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) met in Miami.  Among the issues set for hearing were requests to consolidate pending Federal Court cases alleging product defect claims due to transvaginal surgical mesh products against American Medical Systems, Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson) and Boston Scientific.  I have already filed one of these… Continue Reading

Actos Update – MDL Panel Consolidates Cases

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The Federal Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has issued its Order consolidating all pending Actos cases in Federal Court. The cases have been consolidated before U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. This means that Judge Doherty will preside over all the pretrial proceedings in these… Continue Reading

Type 2 Diabetes, Actos, and Bladder Cancer

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Many adults are impacted by Type 2 diabetes (sometimes referred to as adult-onset diabetes or non insulin-dependent diabetes).  Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar.  Left untreated it can be life-threatening.  However, the condition can be managed.  Often, it can be managed through diet and exercise.  Unfortunately,… Continue Reading

Our Courts Continue to Allow Foreign Manufacturers to Escape Justice

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Yesterday, I read a blog post by Mobile, Alabama attorney Edwin Lamberth.  Edwin’s blog is always a great source of commentary.  Edwin’s recent post discusses an important issue – foreign companies not being held accountable for the injuries and deaths caused by their defective and dangerous products. This is a subject I’ve previously addressed as… Continue Reading

Can the Heart Medication MULTAQ Cause Severe Liver Injury

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Atrial fibrillation is a huge health issue affecting many individuals.  It is estimated that this condition affects 2.3 million Americans.  At present, the FDA has approved a variety of treatments. In 2009, the drug company Sanofi-Aventis began to market dronedarone under the brand name Multaq as an additional medication for atrial fibrillation.  Although the FDA… Continue Reading

The Government Has A Record Year Seeking Justice For Wrongful Conduct by the Drug Industry

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Yesterday, the United States Department of Justice announced that it had recovered $3 Billion in fiscal year 2010 against those companies and individuals who had defrauded our government.  These recoveries involved claims for all types of fraud against our government, including military contracts, non-military contracts, federally-insured mortgages, and mineral leases, among others.  It is a welcome… Continue Reading

Depuy Hip Replacement Implants and the Influence of Medical Device Manufacturers over Physicians

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Last month I discussed the recent recall of the ASR hip replacement products manufactured by Depuy Orthopedics.  With over 90,000 of these medical implants sold, this is a tremendous issue that will affect many people.  These defective implants can result in significant injuries and damages to the individuals using them.  How will Depuy treat the patients who underwent these… Continue Reading

Was the FDA Advisory Panel on Avandia Tainted by Conflict?

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It’s been an eventful summer for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and its diabetes drug, Avandia.  First, the New York Times dropped its bombshell that secret company testing in 1999 indicated the increased risk of heart attacks associated with Avandia.  Yet, the company may have hidden its own test results, while reaping billions of dollars in revenue continuing… Continue Reading

Did Diabetes Drug Maker Hide Its Own Test Results Which Revealed Health Risks?

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Explosive!  That’s the bombshell dropped by The New York Times yesterday.  The article involves the drug Avandia, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (introduced to the market by its predecessor SmithKline Beecham).  Avandia entered the market in 1999 as a drug to treat diabetes.  Since then, GlaxoSmithKline has reaped enormous revenue from the sale of this drug.  To… Continue Reading

Congress Holds Hearings On The “Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act”

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Previously, I wrote about legislation introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives to protect American consumers from dangerous and defective imported products.  The statistics are very troubling.  In 2009, 83% of the recalls announced by The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) were from foreign manufacturers.  Statistics from recent prior years are similar. Last week, a… Continue Reading

Foreign Manufacturers Account For Most Product Recalls

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A study by The American Association for Justice shows that eighty-three percent (83%) of the recalls announced by The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2009 were from foreign manufacturers.  The results for 2008 were similar.  What happens when one of these defective foreign-made products injures someone? The recent litigation concerning defective Chinese drywall highlights… Continue Reading

Post-Surgical Shoulder Pain Pumps Can Inflict Devastating Damage

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Arthroscopic surgery to treat or repair a variety of conditions in injured joints has become routine.  In our law practice, we frequently have clients who have undergone these procedures to joints such as the knee, shoulder, or hip.  Arthroscopic surgery has several potential advantages over open surgical procedures.  It is minimally invasive.  It typically involves… Continue Reading