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Heygood, Orr & Pearson files lawsuits against Audi over gasoline emissions cheating

The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson has filed lawsuits against Audi over allegations of CO2 emissions cheating on its gasoline-powered models. The lawsuits were filed on behalf of more than 400 drivers in 43 states who purchased or leased one of the vehicles affected by Audi’s emissions cheating. Read the full article…

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J&J hit with $110 million verdict in Missouri ovarian cancer talcum powder lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $110 million in damages to a Missouri woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using the company’s talcum powder products. The verdict is the fourth multimillion dollar legal defeat for Johnson & Johnson and the largest damages award in the thousands of talcum powder claims facing the company. Read the full article…

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J&J, Janssen face lawsuits in New Jersey over Invokana kidney injuries

Proceedings for a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving lawsuits filed over kidney injuries linked to the diabetes medication Invokana is now underway in New Jersey. The Invokana MDL currently includes dozens of lawsuits filed by patients who suffered kidney damage or other injuries after taking the diabetes drug. Read the full article…

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Combined use of painkillers and anxiety drugs increases overdose risk, study finds

Patients who are prescribed a class of anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines in combination with opioid painkillers are significantly more likely to suffer an overdose, according to a recent study published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Researchers found that patients today are twice as likely to be prescribed benzodiazepines in combination with prescription painkillers as they were in 2001. Read the full article…

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Volkswagen Dieselgate emissions cheating may cause 1,200 deaths in Europe, researchers predict

A new study by researchers at MIT estimates that excess emissions from Volkswagen models sold in Germany that were involved in the Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal will cause 1,200 premature deaths in Europe. According to findings published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, about 40% of these deaths will occur in Germany; the remaining deaths are predicted in neighboring countries, including the Czech Republic, France, and Poland. Read the full article…

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Kentucky attorney general files transvaginal mesh lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon

The attorney general of Kentucky has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon over surgical mesh products sold by the two companies. The civil lawsuit filed by Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear accuses Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon of deceptive marketing in the sale of its transvaginal surgical mesh devices because of the risk of complications associated with these products. Read the full article…

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Australian consumer protection agency files lawsuit against Audi over diesel emissions cheating

Australia’s consumer protection watchdog has filed a lawsuit against Audi in connection with diesel emissions cheating on thousands of vehicles sold in Australia. The lawsuit, filed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in Australia’s Federal Court, alleges that Audi misled the agency by equipping its Australian diesel models with a software defeat device and falsely claiming that these vehicles were environmentally friendly. Read the full article…

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Texas law would ban ‘wrongful birth’ medical malpractice lawsuits

The Texas Senate State Affairs Committee has unanimously passed a bill that would remove “wrongful birth” as a cause of action in medical malpractice lawsuits filed in the state. The author of the Texas wrongful birth bill, Sen. Brandon Creighton, said that the law would prevent doctors from being forced to seek out every possibility in order to avoid getting sued. Read the full article…

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Monsanto paid scientists for Roundup cancer safety studies, court documents reveal

Newly unsealed court documents show that Monsanto – the manufacturer of Roundup weed killer – worked to stop a safety review of Roundup by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and had ghostwritten studies about the safety of Roundup that were later attributed to academic researchers. The documents were unsealed recently by a federal judge who is hearing a lawsuit filed against Monsanto by individuals who allege they developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma due to exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. Read the full article…

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Health regulators in Europe warn about Invokana side effect risks

Health regulators in Europe are calling for stronger warnings about the risk of lower limb amputation and similar side effects associated with the Type 2 diabetes drug Invokana. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Invokana, is facing dozens of lawsuits in the U.S. filed by patients who suffered complications from using the diabetes drug. Read the full article…

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