HO&P Legal Blog

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…


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…


Cyberonics recalls VNS Therapy System generators used to treat seizures and depression due to risk of device failure

The Texas medical device manufacturer Cyberonics has recalled its Model 106 AspireSR VNS Therapy generators over concerns about a risk of device failure. According to a warning letter issued by the company, software problems on the Cyberonics Model 106 generators may cause them to stop working, putting patients at risk of complications. Read the full article…


Roundup cancer victim awarded $189 million in California lawsuit against Monsanto

A jury in California has awarded $189 million in damages to a former school groundskeeper who alleged that he developed a fatal cancer after years of exposure to Monsanto’s weedkiller, Roundup. The lawsuit was the first of thousands of lawsuits filed against Monsanto over the link between Roundup and an increased risk of a form of cancer known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Read the full article…


Jim Orr

by Jim Orr

Who is eligible to file a qui tam whistleblower lawsuit?

Qui tam lawsuits – also known as whistleblower lawsuits – involve allegations of fraud against federal or state government agencies. Federal whistleblower lawsuits are filed under a federal law known as the False Claims Act, while state-level actions are filed under similar laws in the state where the fraud is alleged to have occurred. Read the full article…


Colgate-Palmolive agrees to settle lawsuit over talcum powder and mesothelioma cancer on the eve of trial

Colgate-Palmolive has agreed to settle a lawsuit linking the company’s talcum powder products to an increased risk of mesothelioma cancer. The lawsuit, filed by a man who was diagnosed with mesothelioma after using baby powder products sold by Colgate-Palmolive, alleged that Cashmere Bouquet, Mennen Baby Powder, and other talc products sold by the company were contaminated with asbestos. Read the full article…


Roundup cancer lawsuits against Monsanto and Bayer can go to trial, California judge rules

A California federal judge has ruled that hundreds of lawsuits against Monsanto alleging that the company’s weed killer Roundup causes cancer can proceed to trial. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco ruled that there was enough evidence linking Roundup with an increased cancer risk to allow hundreds of lawsuits filed by cancer survivors or families of those who died of cancer after being exposed to glyphosate weed killers to move forward. Read the full article…


J&J ordered to pay $4.69 billion in damages in lawsuit filed by 22 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products

Johnson & Johnson has been hit with a massive $4.69 billion verdict in a lawsuit filed over allegations that its talcum powder products cause ovarian cancer. The lawsuits – filed on behalf of 22 women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using baby powder products sold by Johnson & Johnson – alleged that asbestos in the company’s talc brands caused ovarian cancer in women who used the products for feminine hygiene. Read the full article…


Jury sides with Buc-ee’s in intellectual property lawsuit against rival convenience store chain

A Houston jury has sided with the popular Texas convenience store chain Buc-ee’s in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed in federal court against a rival company. The lawsuit alleged that the cartoon alligator logo of a San Antonio and South Texas based convenience store chain called Choke Canyon was too similar to the famous Buc-ee’s cartoon beaver logo. Read the full article…