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Court rules that California propoxyphene lawsuits should be heard in federal court

Propoxyphene is a powerful prescription painkiller that was used in the United States to treat mild to moderate pain until November 2010, when drugs containing propoxyphene were taken off the market because of safety concerns. Propoxyphene was withdrawn from the market because it has been linked to a potentially deadly heart-rhythm abnormality even when taken at recommended doses, according to the FDA. Read the full article…

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Wrongful death malpractice lawsuit filed against doctor following patient’s fentanyl overdose death

Thomas O’Brien, 55, became a patient of Steve Rogoff, M.D. in early 2011, complaining of chronic back pain from a previously diagnosed lumbar disk problem, according to a lawsuit recently filed in Hawaii. The suit alleges the Kauai physician prescribed Schedule II narcotics to O’Brien to the point of intoxication and overdose. The wrongful death lawsuit for medical malpractice over O’Brien’s fentanyl overdose death has been brought against Dr. Rogoff and Hale Lea Medicine. Read the full article…

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New Jersey man struck by 18-wheelers reaches $3.8 million settlement lawsuit against trucking companies

Early one morning in the summer of 2010, Kyle Kelly was driving home from work on Interstate 380 near Coolbaugh Township, New Jersey. An 18-wheeler travelling on the opposite side of the divided highway veered across the grass median and struck Kelly’s SUV head-on. Kelley and his disabled vehicle were then struck by a second 18-wheeler. Kelly was seriously injured. Read the full article…

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Laundry Detergent Pods Pose Poisoning Risk for Young Children

Thousands of young children and infants in the U.S. are poisoned each year after accidentally ingesting laundry detergent pods. Experts say that the brightly colored pods are more dangerous than other types of laundry detergent because they can be mistaken for candy by children, making them think it is okay to put the packets in their mouth. Read the full article…

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Court reinstates TENORM lawsuit for deceased pipe yard workers injured by radioactive waste

There is a small amount of natural radioactivity in almost everything natural. However, certain industrial practices can result in radionuclides being concentrated to such a degree that they may pose a health and safety risk to humans and the environment. “Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials” (or TENORM) refers to materials, such as industrial wastes or by-products that have been enriched with radioactive elements, such as uranium, thorium and potassium and any of their decay products, such as radium and radon. Read the full article…

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Michigan woman awarded $42 million verdict over permanent injuries from traumatic birth

Markell VanSlembrouck was born in 1995 at William Beaumont Hospital. Markell, now 18, cannot walk, talk, or feed herself, and requires full-time care. Markell’s birth was traumatic. She was an exceptionally large newborn, weighing in at 10.5 pounds. At delivery, Markell was limp, blue, and unresponsive. She did not breathe spontaneously. Her head, trunk, and upper extremities appeared bruised. Her collarbone was fractured during an obstetrical maneuver made necessary when her shoulders became stuck in the birth canal. Markell’s one-minute Apgar score was one; a zero score would have been consistent with her death. Read the full article…

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Class action lawsuit filed against Honda over injuries, deaths from defective Takata airbags

A proposed class action lawsuit against Honda alleges that faulty airbags manufactured by the Takata Corporation have led to serious injuries and death among drivers and passengers. The proposed class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of all persons who purchased or leased a Honda vehicle that contained airbags manufactured by Takata. Read the full article…

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Xarelto lawsuits allege bloodthinning drug poses risk of serious injury, death from excess bleeding

Some of the people pursuing Xarelto bleeding lawsuits have requested that all Xaretlo cases pending in federal courts around the country be brought together in a single U.S. district court for pre-trial proceedings. The request, filed with the United States Judicial Panel of Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), proposes a multidistrict proceeding to oversee all federal Xarelto cases before United States District Judge David R. Herndon in the Southern District of Illinois. Read the full article…

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Whistleblower stands to recover 30% from $525 million Texas jury verdict over highway guardrails fraud case

Ruling in favor of a whistleblower, a federal jury in Marshall, Texas has ordered Trinity Industries to pay $175 million in damages for defrauding the government regarding guardrails that have been installed throughout the country. The case was brought under the False Claims Act by Joshua Harman, who discovered that the company made changes in 2005 to the guardrail system without telling the Federal Highway Administration. Read the full article…

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FDA black box warning states lidocaine, benzocaine gel for infants teething pain can be fatal

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that prescription oral viscous lidocaine 2 percent solution and over-the-counter products containing benzocaine should not be used to treat infants and children with teething pain. In fact, no medicine should be used for teething pain. Read the full article…

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