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NHTSA says Takata airbags linked to 11th U.S. death; nearly 70 million vehicles recalled

An 11th driver in the U.S. was killed last week in an accident involving a Takata airbag, U.S. authorities have confirmed. Takata and automakers who used the company’s airbags have recalled nearly 70 million vehicles due to a risk of accidental explosions linked to Takata airbags. Read the full article…

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Pfizer faces qui tam whistleblower lawsuit over Flector pain patch marketing

Pfizer is facing a qui tam whistleblower lawsuit in Maryland federal court over allegations of fraudulent marketing practices involving the Flector painkiller patch. The lawsuit accuses Pfizer and three subsidiary companies of misbranding the Flector patch and of paying kickbacks to doctors who prescribed the patch to their patients. Read the full article…

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Proposed FDA warnings update may increase product liability claims against generic drug manufacturers, legal experts say

Legal experts say that new rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration regarding warning labels for generic pharmaceutical products could increase the number of product liability lawsuits against generic drug manufacturers. As a result, the proposed rules are being met with opposition from trade groups representing those companies. Read the full article…

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Record truck accident verdicts, settlements spur changes to insurance coverage, safety regulations

Trucking companies and independent truck driving contractors have faced increased insurance premiums in recent years as a result of several verdicts in personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits filed in the wake of trucking accidents. Although the number of trucking accidents in the U.S. has fallen by about 20% in recent years, record verdicts in several truck accident lawsuits have made damages from these cases hard to predict for insurance companies. Read the full article…

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St. Louis court upholds $55 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson as third talcum powder bellwether trial gets underway

The third bellwether trial in the hundreds of talcum powder lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson recently got underway in Missouri. A St. Louis court recently upheld a $55 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson from the second talcum powder bellwether trial, the second consecutive multi-million dollar verdict against the pharmaceutical giant in the talcum powder litigation. Read the full article…

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Wrongful death lawsuit by family of NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard can move forward, judge rules

An Illinois federal judge says that a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of former NHL hockey player Derek Boogaard against the league will be allowed to move forward. Boogaard spent six years in the NHL as an “enforcer” for the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild before his death from a painkiller overdose in 2011. Read the full article…

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Pennsylvania homebuilder faces water damage lawsuit from state attorney general’s office

The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office has filed a civil lawsuit against a local homebuilder over numerous cases of water damage in houses built by the company. The lawsuit alleges that the Cutler Group misrepresented the weather-resistant quality of its homes to customers, leading to serious water damage to their homes. Read the full article…

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Florida family files wrongful death lawsuit against IVC filter manufacturers

The family of a Florida man who died after receiving an IVC filter sold by Rex Medical and Argon Medical Devices has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the companies. The lawsuit accuses the two companies of selling a defective medical product and of failing to warn patients about the risks of its Option Retrievable Vena Cava Filter. Read the full article…

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Truckers file lawsuit against Texas transportation company over unfair compensation

A group of truckers has filed a lawsuit against a Texas-based transportation company over unfair compensation. The lawsuit, filed by five truckers against TIGA Logistics, alleges that the company overcharged them for expenses while failing to fairly compensate them for their work. The lawsuit is seeking class action status on behalf of workers who were similarly treated by TIGA. Attorneys for the five truckers who filed the lawsuit say the case could eventually involve up to 200 truckers. Read the full article…

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