New Jersey Fosamax Femur Fracture Trial Update

Glynn v. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. (3:11-cv-05304, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey) started trial in April 2013.  Evidence was presented from internal documents and experts from both sides as to the benefits and risks of Fosamax.  The jury was asked to decide if Fosamax was defective, whether Merck provided adequate warnings, and [...]

Hershey Age Discriminations; Questions from CSEs and CDMs

The deadline to join the pending age discrimination case against Hershey is this Friday, May 3, 2013.  In talking with some of the 26 people over 40 who were wrongfully fired by Hershey from their jobs as Customer Sales Executives (CSEs) and Category Development Managers (CDMs) and who have not yet joined the suit, the [...]

Protecting Your Head: Knowing the Risks of Novelty Motorcycle Helmets

Although they look cool and stylish, novelty helmets present a catch-22. What may look cool does not necessarily work well as these helmets do not provide the adequate protection needed to prevent injury to your head. Even as more than 800,000 novelty helmets are sold in the U.S. every year, and as motorcycle crash deaths [...]

By | April 29th, 2013|General Interest, Product Liability|0 Comments

6.5 Million Dollar Jury Verdict in First Actos Trial

On April 26, 2013, a Los Angeles jury found Takeda liable for injuries including bladder cancer sustained by Jack Cooper, a former Pacific Bell telephone cable splicer, and returned a verdict of $6.5 million (Cooper v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals America Inc., CGC-12-518535, California Superior Court, Los Angeles).  The jury deliberated eight days after the conclusion of [...]

Medical Device Reporting for People Injured by Vaginal Mesh, Actos, Fosamax, and DePuy ASRs: What the Consumer Needs to Know

Manufacturers, user facilities and importers of medical devices are mandated to submit certain adverse events to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA].  Medical device reporting requires that manufacturers report to the FDA when they learn that one of their devices may have contributed to a death or serious injury.  Consumers and health professionals can [...]

Former Workers Joining Hershey Age Discrimination Suit as May 3, 2013 Deadline Approaches

Since the United States District Court ordered Notice to 26 former Customer Sales Executives (CSEs) and Category Development Managers (CDMs) who were over 40 and were wrongfully terminated by Hershey of their opportunity to Join the case of Barnes vs. The Hershey Company (CV-01334-CRB (NC), a number of the former workers have contacted this office. [...]

History’s Lesson and the Strum vs. DePuy Verdict

Recently a jury returned a defense verdict in the Chicago trial of Carol Strum vs. DePuy (In Re DePuy ASR Hip Litigation, No. 10-L-10506, Cook County Circuit Court).  This was on the heels of the 8 million dollar Plaintiff verdict in the Los Angeles case of Kransky vs. DePuy. (BC456086, California Superior Court, Los Angeles [...]

Honda Recalls Over 200,000 Due to Shifter Problem

On April 18, 2013, Honda announced that it will recall 204,500 vehicles to replace a safety component.  Honda discovered that in subfreezing temperatures it could be possible to shift the vehicle's transmission out of the park position without depressing the brake pedal.  The risk is that drivers could shift their vehicle inadvertently into drive. Click [...]

By | April 19th, 2013|Automobile Defects|0 Comments

DePuy Gets Help From Big PHRMA’s Protector

In the current Chicago trial of Carol Strum vs. DePuy, J&J must tell the jury its conduct with the DePuy ASR was reasonable and the ASR is safe.  J&J needed to bring a neutral person whose only concern is safety for consumers, who looking at only the facts, could tell the jury how reasonably J&J [...]

Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Mazda Recall Over 3 Million Vehicles

On April 11, 2013, four major Japanese car makers recalled over 3 million vehicles worldwide due to problems with air bags on the passenger side.  Japanese manufacturer, Takata Corporation, manufactured these air bags for Toyota, Honda and Nissan. The improperly manufactured and installed malfunctioning air bags inflators could cause the airbag to deploy abnormally during [...]

By | April 12th, 2013|Automobile Defects|0 Comments