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E-cigarette battery explosion lawsuit

June 29 / 2017, by Michael Phelan

A married Illinois couple filed an e-cigarette battery explosion lawsuit against two vape shops in Joliet, Illinois, claiming that e-cigarette batteries purchased at the shops caught fire in the husband’s pants pockets, causing second and third degree burns to his … Continue reading

Takata Bankruptcy Follows Airbag Debacle

June 26 / 2017, by Michael Phelan
Posted in Automotive recalls

Airbag manufacturer Takata’s airbags have been linked to multiple deaths caused by exploding shrapnel, which prompted the largest automobile recall in U.S. history. Unable to weather this storm, Takata Americas, the U.S. division of Takata Corp., filed for Chapter 11 … Continue reading

NJ Consolidates Stryker LFIT V40 Hip Implant Cases

June 02 / 2017, by Michael Phelan

The New Jersey Supreme Court granted a motion to consolidate state court lawsuits in connection with Stryker LFIT Anatomic Cobalt Chromium V40 femoral heads filed against Howmedica Osteonics Corp, a division of Stryker Corp. The consolidated multi-county litigation (MCL) has … Continue reading

“Frivolous Lawsuits” – Fake News

May 23 / 2017, by Jonathan Petty

“Frivolous lawsuits.”  Everybody knows that there are too many frivolous lawsuits in this country, right?  Everybody knows that our jury system is so broken that hordes of dishonest plaintiffs and their “greedy trial lawyers” file thousands of baseless claims every … Continue reading

INVOKANA: the risks keep growing

May 18 / 2017, by Michael Phelan

Invokana belongs to a newer class of Type 2 diabetes drugs called sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors . Instead of metabolizing blood sugar, which is how insulin and other Type-2 diabetes drugs work, Invokana, by design, stops glucose from being … Continue reading

Roundup Cover Up?

May 15 / 2017, by Michael Phelan

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization’s (WHO), assessed the carcinogenicity of the herbicide glyphosate. Glyphosate currently has the highest global production volume of all herbicides and is the key … Continue reading

Xarelto Causes More Bleeding Than Pradaxa

May 01 / 2017, by Michael Phelan

Xarelto and Pradaxa are non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (blood thinners). A cohort study published in November 2016 JAMA International Medicine found that Xarelto 20 mg once daily use was associated with statistically significant increases in intracranial hemorrhage and major extracranial … Continue reading

DIAGNOSIS ERRORS – A Prescription for Medical Malpractice

April 24 / 2017, by Jonathan Petty

If you pay attention to health care news like I do, you’ve probably noticed that most of the coverage lately has focused heavily –almost exclusively – on proposed changes to our current system and the costs associated with the various … Continue reading

Xarelto Defendants Lose on Preemption

April 17 / 2017, by Michael Phelan

Judge Eldon Fallon, the U.S. District judge overseeing the Xarelto MDL, denied two motions for partial summary judgment that were filed on January 20, 2017 by defendants Bayer AG and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Both motions sought dismissal of Xarelto pre-market … Continue reading

Tractor Trailer Trucks Must be Regulated

April 07 / 2017, by Michael Phelan

It should come as no surprise that stakeholders in the trucking industry – trucking companies, freight brokers, shippers, trucking associations and insurance companies – spend a lot of money lobbying Congress to de-regulate the trucking industry. And, unfortunately, they have … Continue reading