Court Permits Billing Case Against LabCorp to Proceed

On December 18, 2003, the Hon. Marla Miller, Judge of the San Francisco Superior Court denied most of LabCorp’s  motion to throw out Plaintiffs Yvonne Jansky’s attempt to hold LabCorp accountable and seek class action status in a case alleging unlawful billing and debt collection practices against LabCorp (Jansky v. Laboratory Corporation of America, SF [...]

By | December 31st, 2013|LabCorp|Comments Off on Court Permits Billing Case Against LabCorp to Proceed

In 2013, Lipitor, Diabetes, and Post Menopausal Women Controversy Finally Gets Attention

Thanks to all of our regular readers of The Brandi Law Firm Blog.  We try to write about matters that we are involved in representing consumers in the area of defective drugs and devices, consumer issues, and auto safety.  We have seen our readership grow by fivefold this year and we thank you for your interest. [...]

By | December 27th, 2013|Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Lipitor|Comments Off on In 2013, Lipitor, Diabetes, and Post Menopausal Women Controversy Finally Gets Attention

BMW Recalls 76,565 Vehicles Due to a Front Passenger Seat Electronic Sensing Mat Failure

BMW will recall 76,565 vehicles due to a defect in the front passenger seat occupant detection mat.  The front passenger seat occupant detection mat determines if and how the passenger frontal air bag should deploy in a crash.  This mat may fatigue and develop cracks, which could lead to a system failure.  If the electronic [...]

By | December 26th, 2013|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on BMW Recalls 76,565 Vehicles Due to a Front Passenger Seat Electronic Sensing Mat Failure

Recent Study Indicates Robotic Colon Surgery Shows No Benefit and is Not Cost Effective

According to a recent study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine published in JAMA Surgery, patients who undergo robotic colon surgery have no benefit over laparoscopy and the medical costs for the robotic surgery are higher.  The data was from 244,129 colectomies, taken from similar complication rates, mortality rates and length of hospital stays [...]

By | December 23rd, 2013|Da Vinci Robot Surgery|Comments Off on Recent Study Indicates Robotic Colon Surgery Shows No Benefit and is Not Cost Effective

Judge Goodwin Sets Scheduling Order Leading to Multiple Trials in Boston Scientific Vaginal Mesh Cases

On December 19, 2013, Judge Joseph Goodwin issued a scheduling Order for the Boston Scientific vaginal mesh cases that will result in four hundred cases going through the pipeline to two separate trial dates on October 14, 2014 and February 15, 2015. The Court ordered each side to pick 50 cases for each wave with [...]

By | December 20th, 2013|Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Transvaginal Mesh|Comments Off on Judge Goodwin Sets Scheduling Order Leading to Multiple Trials in Boston Scientific Vaginal Mesh Cases

GSK to Stop Paying Doctors for Promoting Its Products

In the history of drug litigation, one fact that clearly emerged is that companies paid doctors a lot of money or provided a great deal of free samples and gifts to promote their drugs.  Also, sales reps had sales targets for specific doctors and were often given bonuses based on prescriptions from doctors in their [...]

By | December 19th, 2013|Drug and Medical Device Litigation|Comments Off on GSK to Stop Paying Doctors for Promoting Its Products

$25 Million Jury Verdict Against LabCorp for Negligent Genetic Testing

A King County Washington jury, after a seven-week trial, has ordered Laboratory Corp of America and Valley Medical Center to pay $50 million to a family resulting from its failure of properly perform fetal genetic tests.  Each defendant will have to pay $25 million. Plaintiffs were the parents of a severely injured child suffering a [...]

By | December 18th, 2013|LabCorp|Comments Off on $25 Million Jury Verdict Against LabCorp for Negligent Genetic Testing

Uber’s Motion to Dismiss SF Taxi Drivers Suit Defeated

On November 20, 2013, Judge Ernest Goldsmith of the San Francisco Superior Court rejected Uber Technologies attempts to throw out a suit brought by San Francisco taxi drivers seeking compensation for unfair completion from Uber.  The taxi drivers all drive vehicles that comply with the legal requirements of the CA PUC and SFMTA including one [...]

By | December 16th, 2013|Uber|Comments Off on Uber’s Motion to Dismiss SF Taxi Drivers Suit Defeated

GSK Continues to Pay for Avandia Claims

Problems with Avandia continue to haunt GSK. Previously, GSK has settled thousands of claims over Avandia while claiming there is nothing wrong with the onetime diabetes wonder drug.  And now confronted with allegations brought by the State of Utah the drug giant defrauded the state’s Medicaid program through allegedly false and misleading marketing of Avandia, [...]

By | December 10th, 2013|Avandia Diabetes Drug, Drug and Medical Device Litigation|Comments Off on GSK Continues to Pay for Avandia Claims

Ford Recalls 149,386 Escape Vehicles due to Fuel and Oil Leaks; 7th Recall of Ford Escape since Redesign

For the seventh time since its redesign in the spring of 2012, Ford will recall 149,386 Escape SUVs in two separate actions due to fuel and oil line defects.  This is the fourth fuel line recall Ford has had since July 2012 with their vehicles. The first recall affects 139,917 Ford Escapes that were manufactured [...]

By | December 4th, 2013|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Ford Recalls 149,386 Escape Vehicles due to Fuel and Oil Leaks; 7th Recall of Ford Escape since Redesign