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Virginia Tractor Trailer Truck Wrecks: Freight Broker Liability

November 06 / 2017, by Michael Phelan

Being in a five star crash rated car means very little when you are hit by a tractor trailer truck. Tractor trailer truck wrecks almost always involve catastrophic injuries or death. If the trucking company happens to be a “mom … Continue reading

Truck Litigation: Freight Broker Liability

September 01 / 2017, by Michael Phelan

Working as co-counsel with other national truck litigation firms, our firm won an important federal court ruling from the United States District Court in the Western District of Virginia, Roanoke Division, in the area of freight broker liability. The lawsuit … Continue reading

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