Mass Torts

Why H.R.1215 Should Fail

In the midst of the ongoing debate over health insurance coverage for Americans, there is concern over the revival of an older bill that puts patients at risk and limits their right to take action when they are injured. H.R. 1215, titled “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017,” would limit the rights of the […]

This past June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that plaintiffs cannot sue companies in a state where they may do business, but do not have significant connections to that state. What does this mean? The case heard by the Supreme Court was Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California (BMS). The action was brought […]

Blog on how social media in litigation has quickly become one of the primary methods by which lawyers gather evidence and build cases.

The safety of breast implants has been debated for years, and now there is a new cause for concern: There is reason to believe implants could be linked to a rare form of cancer, after nine breast implant recipients died from the disease. The FDA recently updated its 2011 safety alert concerning both silicone and […]

Essure® is a permanent birth control option that came to market in 2002. It is a device constructed of two metal coils that are inserted into the fallopian tubes and trigger an inflammatory reaction. The resulting scar tissue is intended to block the fallopian tubes and prevent sperm from reaching and fertilizing an egg. Unfortunately, […]

Risperdal

The makers of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson, face ongoing issues with the drug and the company recently settled several claims shortly before the lawsuits were set to go to trial. Young male users of Risperdal claim the drug caused them to develop a condition known as gynecomastia (development of […]

Duodenoscopes are a medical tool used in the treatment of gallstones, cancers, and other digestive disorders. Though they were originally considered by the medical community to be safe, there is growing evidence these devices can spread bacteria from patient to patient because of a design defect. Some hospitals even went as far as designing special […]

The third in a growing number of cases filed against Johnson & Johnson – the world’s most popular talcum powder product manufacturer – just ended with a jury awarding the plaintiff more than $70 million. Deborah Giannecchini of Modesto received $70.1 million after her 2012 diagnosis of advanced ovarian cancer she claimed was linked to […]

Multidistrict litigation (MDL) is used within the federal court system to consolidate several pending civil cases throughout the country under a single federal judge. The decision to consolidate is made by a panel of seven federal judges – the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML)– who are appointed by the Chief Justice of the US […]

Antibiotics are often seen as harmless drugs – something taken to quickly “knock” an illness out of you or even used as a precaution to avoid a full-blown illness. There’s no denying antibiotics have saved lives, but there is growing concern the side effects from certain classes of antibiotics are putting users at serious risk. […]

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