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Texas IVC filter patient files lawsuit against Cook Medical over complications following surgery

A Texas woman has filed a product liability lawsuit against Cook Medical after suffering complications from an IVC filter manufactured by the company. Catherine Maxwell was implanted with a Cook Celect IVC filter in January 2010 at St. David Medical Center in Austin, Texas before later suffering injuries caused by the device. Read the full article…

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Former college football player awarded $500K for injuries caused by Connecticut auto accident

A Connecticut jury has awarded a $500,000 verdict to an NFL prospect whose football career was ended due to a broken foot suffered in an auto accident. Former University of Colorado and North Carolina State linebacker Joseph West filed a lawsuit against the driver and owner of the vehicle involved in the accident, alleging that the injuries he sustained during the crash ended his dreams of playing in the NFL. Read the full article…

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Pfizer reaches settlement in Chicago lawsuit over opioid painkiller promotions

Pfizer has announced that it will issue a written code of conduct detailing the risk of addiction and long-term use posed by prescription opioid painkillers. The drugmaker agreed to publish the code of conduct as part of an agreement with the City of Chicago that will end the company’s involvement in a lawsuit filed two years ago by the city against five manufacturers of opioid painkillers over the dangers of these drugs. Read the full article…

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Texas hail storms in 2016 cause record damage to homes and vehicles

Insurance experts say that damage from hail storms in the state of Texas through April have already exceeded the nine-year average for hail storm damage in the United States. Insurance damage estimates for two Texas hail storms in the Dallas, Arlington, and Fort Worth areas in March have totaled $1.3 billion, more than the $1.2 billion average in hail storm damage in the U.S. Insurance companies are facing hundreds of lawsuits filed by home and vehicle owners whose property was damaged in these two storms, as well as a third in San Antonio. Read the full article…

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Talcum powder lawsuits involving uterine cancer filed against Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson is facing lawsuits filed on behalf of women who developed uterine cancer after using the company’s talcum powder products. These lawsuits were filed just months after Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay millions of dollars in damages in two lawsuits filed on behalf of women who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and other Johnson & Johnson talcum baby powder products for feminine hygiene. Read the full article…

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Changes in FLSA overtime regulations raise litigation risks for employers, legal experts say

New FLSA overtime regulations set to go into effect in December 2016 are being called “the most significant change to the economy in a decade.”  Under the new rules, about 4.2 million workers will qualify for overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The new regulations may also affect about 8.9 million workers who are currently being misclassified as FLSA exempt. Read the full article…

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DuPont hit with $5.1 million verdict in Ohio toxic Teflon chemical exposure lawsuit

A jury has awarded a $5.1 million verdict against DuPont in a lawsuit filed by an Ohio man who was diagnosed with testicular cancer caused by exposure to a toxic chemical produced by the company. David Freeman filed a lawsuit against DuPont alleging that he developed testicular cancer after being exposed to perfluorooctanoic acid, a chemical that is used to make Teflon products. Read the full article…

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Led Zeppelin victory in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ copyright lawsuit may signal a shift in intellectual property claims involving popular music

Led Zeppelin’s recent legal victory in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed over the band’s song “Stairway to Heaven” may dampen the number of intellectual property lawsuits filed over pop songs, legal experts say. The number of copyright lawsuits filed over allegedly stolen pop songs had been growing steadily following a verdict in a case involving Robin Thicke’s 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” that was reached last year. Read the full article…

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Class action lawsuit filed against Fiat Chrysler over ‘defective’ gear shifters following death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin

Fiat Chrysler is facing a $5 million class action lawsuit following the recent death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin over a “dangerously defective” gear shifter used in Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep models. The lawsuit alleges that the defective shifter and the lack of other safety features was a contributing factor in Yelchin’s death, as well as hundreds of other incidents involving vehicles equipped with the same gear shift. Read the full article…

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