HO&P Legal Blog

Patients injured by defective Cyberonics VNS Therapy generators may qualify to file a lawsuit

Cyberonics has recalled AspireSR Model 106 Generators used in the company’s VNS Therapy System on six occasions due to problems that could lead to serious complications. Patients who were implanted with a Cyberonics VNS Therapy System equipped with the Model 106 Generator may be eligible to file a lawsuit over complications involving their epilepsy or depression symptoms that were made worse due to defects with this device. Read the full article…

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Bipartisan Senate bill aims to curb illegal fentanyl imports from China

A new bipartisan bill aims to curb the role of fentanyl in the nationwide opioid epidemic by stopping illegal imports of the drug from China. The bill – known as the Blocking Deadly Fentanyl Imports Act – is sponsored by Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama. Read the full article…

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Lawsuits filed against Maxi-Matic over injuries from exploding Elite Pressure Cookers

Maxi-Matic is facing several personal injury lawsuits filed by consumers who purchased the company’s Elite or Elite Platinum pressure cookers. The lawsuits allege that consumers who used Maxi-Matic’s pressure cookers were severely burned as a result of defects in the manufacturing of these products. Read the full article…

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Texas judge dismisses patent infringement claims by ‘serial litigant’ over watermarking technology

A Texas district court judge has tossed a $210 million lawsuit filed against Frontier Communications Corp. accusing the company of patent infringement. Frontier alleged that the company that filed the lawsuit, Blue Spike, was a “serial litigant” whose allegations amounted to little more than 140 pages of boilerplate accusations. Read the full article…

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Study linking infant walkers to hundreds of thousands of injuries in children strengthens calls for a U.S. ban

A new study published by the journal Pediatrics has found that infant walkers caused hundreds of thousands of children to be hospitalized in the U.S. over a 25 year period. Health experts have called on federal regulators to ban infant walkers in the U.S. because of the risks they pose for causing serious injuries to young children. Read the full article…

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Study finds traces of Roundup in popular children’s breakfast cereals

A new study has found that traces of the herbicide Roundup have been detected in some children’s cereals. Experts concerned about the health effects of glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup – say that the presence of the chemical in cereals for children could increase the risk of cancer for children who consume these products. Read the full article…

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Class action lawsuits filed in eight states against opioid manufacturers and distributors over nationwide opioid epidemic

A group of manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers – including Purdue Pharma and McKesson – have been hit with class action lawsuits in eight states over their role in the nationwide opioid epidemic. The lawsuits allege that actions by manufacturers and distributors named in the suit helped drive up insurance premiums as a result of actions that contributed to the opioid crisis. Read the full article…

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Aetna files lawsuit against fentanyl spray manufacturer over off-label prescription insurance payments

The insurance company Aetna has filed a lawsuit against Insys Therapeutics, the manufacturer of the fentanyl spray Subsys. The lawsuit alleges that Insys illegally promoted Subsys to doctors, costing Aenta hundreds of millions in payments for prescriptions to patients who were not approved to use the drug by the FDA. Read the full article…

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