NHTSA to Investigate GM Over Ignition Switch Defect

2005 Saturn Ion On February 10, 2014, GM announced a recall of 619,122 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles due to faulty ignition switches that could switch off.  It had been reported at that time that at least six people died because of this defect. Now, GM has recalled an additional [...]

By | February 28th, 2014|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on NHTSA to Investigate GM Over Ignition Switch Defect

Endo Health Solutions Saving $520 Million to Fund Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits While Settling Off Label Marketing Claims for Lidoderm

In 2011, Endo Health Solutions bought American Medical Systems, one of the manufacturers who is currently embroiled in the transvaginal mesh litigation, with over 5,000 pending lawsuits before Judge Joseph Goodwin.  In 2008, women who used these devices began filing suits against American Medical Systems.  In 2013, Endo agreed to pay some $54.5 million toward [...]

By | February 26th, 2014|Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Transvaginal Mesh|Comments Off on Endo Health Solutions Saving $520 Million to Fund Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits While Settling Off Label Marketing Claims for Lidoderm

Pfizer’s Lipitor Faces Colluding Charges in Australia

Amid the growing lawsuits and controversy that Pfizer’s Lipitor causes type-2 diabetes in female patients between the ages of 50 and 79 with BMI (Body Mass Index) below 30, (See California coordinated Lipitor cases in Los Angeles Superior Court JCCP no. 4761; In re Lipitor (Atorvastatin) Litigation, MDL No. 2502 (JPML)), Pfizer faces more legal [...]

By | February 24th, 2014|Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Lipitor|Comments Off on Pfizer’s Lipitor Faces Colluding Charges in Australia

A Brief Review of The Trial Testimony and Directed Verdict for Ethicon in Carolyn Lewis Mesh Bellwether Case

On February 18, 2014, Judge Joseph Goodwin granted Ethicon’s Motion for Directed Verdict at the close of Plaintiff’s case in Lewis vs. Ethicon, Inc. (In Re:  Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2327, Carolyn Lewis, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., No. 2:12-4301, S.D. W.Va.). What is a [...]

By | February 19th, 2014|Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Transvaginal Mesh|Comments Off on A Brief Review of The Trial Testimony and Directed Verdict for Ethicon in Carolyn Lewis Mesh Bellwether Case

GM Recalls 619,122 Older Pontiac G5 and Chevrolet Cobalt Models due to Ignition Switch Defect

2006 Chevrolet Cobalt GM will recall 619,122 vehicles due to an ignition switch defect.  The vehicles affected by this recall are the 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles.  The issue is that the ignition switch torque performance is not up to specification.  A heavy key ring or a “jarring event” such [...]

By | February 19th, 2014|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on GM Recalls 619,122 Older Pontiac G5 and Chevrolet Cobalt Models due to Ignition Switch Defect

Toyota Recalls 1.9 Million Prius Cars Globally due to Software Problem

2012 Toyota Prius Toyota will recall 1.9 million Prius vehicles globally due to a software defect that affects the car’s hybrid control system.  The vehicles were manufactured between March 2009 and February 2014.  The breakdown is as follows: 997,000 cars in Japan, approximately 713,000 vehicles in North America, another 130,000 in Europe and [...]

By | February 17th, 2014|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Toyota Recalls 1.9 Million Prius Cars Globally due to Software Problem

Graco Recalls 3,773,379 Child Car Seats due to Buckle Defect

Graco Children’s Products will be recalling 3,773,379 toddler and booster child seats due to a buckle defect.  The defect involves difficulty in unlatching the harness buckle.  In some cases, the buckle becomes stuck in a latched condition so that it cannot be opened by depressing the buckle's release button.  If the buckle becomes stuck, it [...]

By | February 13th, 2014|Automobile Defects, Product Liability|Comments Off on Graco Recalls 3,773,379 Child Car Seats due to Buckle Defect

Actos Trial Underway in Louisiana

Terry Allen, a retired hardware store manager is the plaintiff in the case currently in trial against pharmaceutical giant Takeda, the manufacturer of Actos, the diabetes drug that Allen and his experts say caused him to have bladder cancer. (See In Re Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation, 11-md-02299; Allen’s case is Allen v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals [...]

By | February 12th, 2014|Actos Diabetes Drug, Drug and Medical Device Litigation|Comments Off on Actos Trial Underway in Louisiana

Johnson & Johnson Mesh Trial Set to Begin

The first trial against Johnson & Johnson’s line of vaginal mesh products was set to commence February 10, 2014 in U.S. District in West Virginia.  Judge Joseph Goodwin will preside over the case, Carolyn Lewis, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., 2:12-cv-04301 TVT.  Lewis alleges complaints over Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon-produced TVT Retropubic [...]

By | February 11th, 2014|Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Transvaginal Mesh|Comments Off on Johnson & Johnson Mesh Trial Set to Begin

Brian Malloy Honored by AAJ as a “Star” of New Lawyers Division

The American Association for Justice has a New Lawyers Division for its younger lawyers.  From time to time, AAJ honors special and unique achievement nationally by recognizing the extraordinary work of what AAJ considers its rising stars. Brian Malloy of the Brandi Law Firm was recently recognized by AAJ as a New Lawyers Division “Star” [...]

By | February 10th, 2014|Firm News|Comments Off on Brian Malloy Honored by AAJ as a “Star” of New Lawyers Division