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Johnson & Johnson faces more lawsuits from talcum powder users diagnosed with ovarian cancer

Several new lawsuits were filed against Johnson & Johnson over the last few weeks by women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using the company’s talcum baby powder products. Johnson & Johnson is currently facing about 3,000 talcum powder lawsuits filed by women with ovarian cancer or uterine cancer. Read the full article…

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Texas homeowner sues demolition company that tore down wrong building following tornado damage

The owner of a duplex home in Rowlett, Texas that was mistakenly demolished following a recent tornado outbreak has filed a lawsuit against the demolition company. According to the lawsuit filed by homeowner Lindsay Diaz, Billy L Nabors Demolition failed to perform due diligence when it accidentally tore down the wrong home in a tornado-damaged Rowlett neighborhood. Read the full article…

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Texas construction worker files FLSA class action lawsuit in Houston against building company

A Texas construction worker has filed a class action lawsuit in Houston against a building company for allegedly failing to properly pay overtime compensation. Salvador Solorzano’s lawsuit on behalf of workers employed by Ramirez & Son Construction alleges that the company failed to follow federal overtime rules stipulated in the Fair Labor Standards Act. Read the full article…

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FDA warns of combined drug overdose risk for opioid painkillers, anti-anxiety medications

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will require manufacturers to issue a “black box warning” about the risk of a combined drug overdose for patients taking opioid painkillers and anti-anxiety medications. The new warnings, which cover about 400 drugs in total, state that the use of opioids in combination with a class of anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines can cause potentially fatal drug interactions. Read the full article…

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Wrongful death lawsuit against manufacturers of arrhythmia drug Amiodarone can move forward, Wisconsin judge rules

A Wisconsin federal judge has ruled that a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of a patient who died after taking the arrhythmia drug Amiodarone will be allowed to move forward. Zydus Pharmaceuticals and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturers of the drug, had tried to have the case thrown out on the grounds that it was pre-empted by federal law. Read the full article…

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Litigation finance investments becoming increasingly common in the wake of Gawker verdict

Legal experts say that the field of litigation finance investments – in which lawsuits against an individual or corporation are funded by hedge funds or other third parties – has the power to significantly reshape the practice of commercial litigation in the U.S. legal system. Litigation finance was most famously used by investor Peter Thiel to fund a lawsuit filed by former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan against the recently shuttered gossip blog Gawker. Read the full article…

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FDA warns about health dangers of Nizoral for fungal skin and nail infections

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about the dangers of prescribing the antifungal drug Nizoral to treat patients with fungal infections of the skin and nails, a treatment for which it has not been approved by the agency. The FDA warning states that because Nizoral has been linked to an increased risk of liver damage, adrenal problems, and serious drug interactions, the risks of using the antifungal drug to treat skin and nail infections outweigh the potential benefits. Read the full article…

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Auto industry warned Takata about airbag safety problems more than a decade ago, New York Times reports

A review conducted by the New York Times of the design and performance specifications for airbags manufactured by Takata showed that the auto industry raised concerns about the safety of these products more than a decade ago. At least 14 deaths and 100 cases of serious injuries caused by the accidental explosion of the ammonium nitrate cartridges in airbags sold by Takata have been reported. Read the full article…

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Waco’s Baylor Scott & White faces malpractice lawsuit over surgical complications due to medical error

A former patient at Baylor Scott & White Health in Waco, Texas has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the health center. The lawsuit, filed by Tennessee resident Randall Clark, alleges that Clark suffered complications from surgery as a result of a surgical sponge that doctors at Baylor Scott & White left in his body following the procedure. Read the full article…

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Opioid painkiller use increases car accident risk in seniors, study finds

A new study conducted by researchers in Sweden has found that seniors who drive a car shortly after beginning treatment with opioid painkillers are more likely to be involved in a car accident than seniors who are treated with non-opioid drugs. Researchers in the study said that seniors who have started taking opioid medications should avoid driving while taking these drugs in order to reduce their risk of an accident. Read the full article…

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