Intuitive’s da Vinci Fails to Warn FDA of Problems

In a recent inspection of Intuitive Surgical, the makers of the da Vinci surgical robot, the FDA found that Intuitive broke protocol when it warned customers of problems with one of the surgical equipment pieces without alerting any regulators.  According to the FDA, in October 2011, Intuitive sent customers a warning letter advising of corrections [...]

By | June 28th, 2013|Da Vinci Robot Surgery|Comments Off on Intuitive’s da Vinci Fails to Warn FDA of Problems

LabCorp, Medicare, and You

If you have blood drawn and testing procedures performed and are a Medicare or Medicaid recipient, chances are LabCorp is the lab that does the work and bills for it. If you are in a private plan like Brown & Toland, chances are LabCorp does your work. In 1995, National Health Laboratories and Roche Biomedical [...]

By | June 26th, 2013|LabCorp|Comments Off on LabCorp, Medicare, and You

Risperdal Continues to Boggle Down Johnson & Johnson

Trouble is no stranger to Johnson & Johnson.  Johnson and Johnson (J&J), embroiled in massive litigation in DePuy ASR artificial hips, and in transvaginal mesh litigation from its Ethicon Gynecare products, faces more legal issues from its anti-psychotic drug, Risperdal.  Currently, Johnson & Johnson is appealing a 1.2 billion dollar fine issued in an Arkansas [...]

By | June 24th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Risperdal Continues to Boggle Down Johnson & Johnson

The US Supreme Court Again Sides with Big Business

Today, the United States Supreme Court held that an arbitration clause in a contract was more important the federal antitrust law.  This decision is incredibly damaging to antitrust, civil rights, and consumer rights laws because of its far-reaching scope and the ability of the more powerful party to a contract to block the path to [...]

By | June 20th, 2013|General Interest|Comments Off on The US Supreme Court Again Sides with Big Business

Ethicon Gynecare Trial Cases to be Selected on July 25, 2013

On July 25, 2013, Judge Joseph Goodwin will hear presentations submitted by counsel for consideration for selection as bellwether cases in the Johnson & Johnson Ethicon Gynecare transvaginal mesh cases.  Based on this procedure, Judge Goodwin will then select which cases will then be tried.  It is expected that he will select 5 cases from [...]

By | June 20th, 2013|Transvaginal Mesh|Comments Off on Ethicon Gynecare Trial Cases to be Selected on July 25, 2013

Chrysler Decides to Recall 2.7 Million Jeeps After All

After initially rebuking and refusing to comply with a NHTSA recall that would recall over 2.7 million Jeep vehicles, Chrysler has announced today that it will recall the vehicles that the government previously requested to do so.  The 2.7 million vehicles include 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty SUVs.  Chrysler has stated that [...]

By | June 18th, 2013|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Chrysler Decides to Recall 2.7 Million Jeeps After All

Chrysler vs. NHTSA Tug of War; Who Loses

On June 3, 2013, NHTSA requested that Chrysler voluntarily recall and repair 1993-2004 model Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicles totaling 2.7 million vehicles.  Chrysler refused placing its Jeep owners squarely in the middle of this powerful tug of war and has to June 18, 2013 to formally respond to NHTSA’s [...]

By | June 17th, 2013|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Chrysler vs. NHTSA Tug of War; Who Loses

Appellate Court Victory for Generic Fosamax Users

In a major victory for consumers who used the generic form of Fosamax, (Alendronate sodium) on June 13, 2013 the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three ruled that people who used the generic Fosamax were not preempted by Federal law and the decision in PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing (2011131 S.Ct. 2567 but [...]

By | June 13th, 2013|Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Fosamax Osteoporosis Drug|Comments Off on Appellate Court Victory for Generic Fosamax Users

Safety or PR? Chrysler Recalls 630,000 Vehicles While Refusing to Recall 2.7 Million Jeeps

In what some say is a public relations move designed to shore up its safety image in light of its refusal to recall Grand Cherokee and Liberty models, Chrysler announced on June 6, 2013 it was recalling about 630,000 newer SUVs for transmission and airbag defects while standing by its position that 2.7 million Grand [...]

By | June 12th, 2013|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Safety or PR? Chrysler Recalls 630,000 Vehicles While Refusing to Recall 2.7 Million Jeeps

Dan Dell’Osso Finishes 67th out of 1500 in Legendary Dipsea Trail Race

On June 9, 2013, nearly 1,500 elite runners challenged the Dipsea trail in a thrilling race from Mill Valley, up stairs, over mountains, up and down gullies in a treacherous 7.4-mile trek to the sea.  First run in 1905, the Dipsea is the oldest trail race in America and draws competitors from around the globe.  [...]

By | June 11th, 2013|Firm News|Comments Off on Dan Dell’Osso Finishes 67th out of 1500 in Legendary Dipsea Trail Race