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Blog Posts in June, 2012

  • J&J ANNOUNCES THAT IT WILL STOP SALES OF DANGEROUS TRANSVAGINAL MESH IMPLANTS

    Medical device giant Johnson & Johnson recently told a federal judge that it plans to stop sales of four of itstransvaginal mesh implants. The announcement by J&J's Ethicon unit comes at a time when the company faces hundreds of lawsuits by women who say that these defective medical devices have caused them painful internal injuries. Bloomberg News reports that J&J asked the U.S. Food and Drug ...
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  • FDA GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS WEIGHT LOSS DRUG

    The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first prescription diet drug in a decade. The drug, Belviq, is made by Arena Pharmaceuticals, which claims that it can help obese dieters lose weight by modifying their brain chemistry to create a sense of fullness. A rival drug called Qnexa may receive approval in July. Safety concerns caused Qnexa to be rejected by a government advisory ...
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  • DEFECTIVE DEFIBRILLATOR KILLS PATIENT

    Boston Scientific recently revealed that a medical device defect in its implantable cardiac defibrillators has killed at least one person. The defect is present in the company's Cognis and Teligen defibrillators which have already been implanted in over 233,000 patients worldwide. "Engineering analysis indicates that the probability of malfunction decreases as implant time increases," Boston ...
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  • TRANSVAGINAL MESH LAWSUITS MOVE NORTH OF THE BORDER

    The wave of transvaginal mesh lawsuits have spilled across the border to Canada. Medical device giant Johnson & Johnson faces a newly minted class action in Canada in addition to the massive wave of transvaginal mesh cases in California and across the country. The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning regarding transvaginal mesh implants last year. Mesh implants are used primarily to treat ...
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  • INTUITIVE FACES WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT OVER DA VINCI ROBOT

    The father of a 24-year-old patient recently filed a product liability lawsuit against Intuitive Surgical, Inc. alleging that the company's da Vinci surgical robot led to his daughter's death. The patient died two weeks after her hysterectomy surgery and her father believes that the robot's errors contributed to his daughter's death. Defective medical device claims involving the da Vinci robot are ...
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  • "THE CONSUMER EXPECTATIONS TEST" IN MESOTHELIOMA LITIGATION

    This week, we have discussed a mesothelioma case involving a California oil refinery worker's family. The worker died after developing mesothelioma and his family filed a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the asbestos-containing insulation that likely caused the worker's mesothelioma. In our last post, we discussed the consumer expectations test for design defect product ...
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