Andrus Wagstaff Law Blog

A lawsuit was recently filed against Pathway Leasing, LLC, Matthew Harris, the company’s principal owner, and the following alleged joint employers: • Transforce, Inc. • XPO Logistics Truckload, Inc. • Con-Way Truckload Inc. The suit claims defendants targeted individuals with poor credit and other circumstances that prevented them from purchasing a truck through other means. […]

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. […]

IVC Filters Update

IVC filters have been the subject of ongoing debate, and IVC filter manufacturers continue to face mounting accusations that they are responsible for injuries caused to patients. In 2014, all lawsuits filed against Cook Group Inc. at the federal level were consolidated into a single court in the Southern District of Indiana. Most recently, plaintiffs […]

A Brief History of Tort Reform

Tort reform is a series of proposed laws intended to change the way in which the civil justice system works. In many cases, tort reform laws focus on personal injury. Those who support these changes believe they will fix problems within the justice system, including the overwhelming number of personal injury cases, statutes of limitations, […]

A Brief History of Mass Tort Litigation

Many mass tort claims arise when consumers are injured by defective products or drugs, and because these issues cause a wide range of problems it is difficult to organize them into a single class. These lawsuits are typically complicated and often do not follow standard legal procedure. Determining settlement and compensation can also be difficult […]

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