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Sanofi-Aventis Asks for Delay in Start of Taxotere Trial

Taxotere

Sanofi-Aventis LLC, the pharmaceutical company behind chemotherapy drug Taxotere has asked a federal judge to delay the start of a trial brought by plaintiffs who claim using the drug caused them to have permanent hair loss. 

Needing More Time

According to an article from Law.com, the legal counsel for Sanofi-Aventis LLC argued that other pending pre-trial motions have not been heard yet. They also argued that a ruling by the Supreme Court in a separate case involving Merck Pharmaceuticals, that states “judges, rather than lay juries, are better equipped to evaluate the nature and scope of an agency’s determination.” 

Motion Denied

At the end of the day however, it was a win for the plaintiff’s. The federal judge denied the motion for at least one of the plaintiffs, and attorneys for the plaintiff’s expressed their frustration at the request considering the judge had already granted the respondents a delay back in May. It remains to be seen how the judge will rule regarding the other individuals. Legal counsel for the plaintiff’s have also argued that a delay for the trial is unfair to the other plaintiffs in the lawsuit, as many of them are ill and/or have passed away and are not being allowed a fair shake in the proceedings. 

Injured by Taxotere?

If you or a loved one has suffered permanent hair loss as a result of using Taxotere, or had any other adverse medical reaction due to use of a pharmaceutical drug contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on pharmaceuticals for more information. 

Ford F-150 Brake Lawsuit Moves Forward

Ford F-150

A class action lawsuit involving Ford Motors F-150 trucks is moving forward. On July 10, 2019 U.S. District Judge Gershwin A. Drain dismissed many of Ford’s attempts to derail the lawsuit, allowing Plaintiffs to file their claims. 

Defective Ford F-150 Brakes

The core of the lawsuit revolves around defective brakes that were originally recalled by Ford for the 2013-2014 models. The main part of the defect revolves around the master cylinder which can lead to sudden loss of front brake function.  However the repairs that were made, have now been found to be defective as well. The repair allows for seals within the cylinder to move around and allow for brake fluid to leak from the vehicle. As a result, this can lead to loss of braking ability as more brake fluid leaks out. The models affected now span from 2013-2018 models. 

Ford Knew About Defect

Plantiffs’ legal counsel can now begin gathering evidence to support their claim that Ford Motors has had a problem with their F-150 brakes for at least six years, and knew about the problem the entire time and failed to correct course. 

Am I Affected?

The attorneys who are working on this case are looking into any claims of unusual or braking failures involving Ford F-150 trucks for model years 2013-2018. If you or a loved one have an F-150 truck within these years and have experienced braking issues contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to visit our website for more information.

Denver Has Its First Ever Fatal E-Scooter Crash

E-Scooter

The first fatal e-scooter crash in Denver occurred earlier this week. According to an article from Denverite.com, the crash happened on August 4, 2019.

E-Scooter vs. Vehicle

Police confirmed that the individual Cameron D. Hagan was using a “Lyft rental stand up e-scooter” when the crash occurred with an automobile. Mr. Hagan was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Mr. Hagan was actually cited for being at fault for the accident.

Serious Injuries

Mr. Hagan, who is originally from Montana, was transported to Denver Health in critical condition. He was pronounced dead on August 9, 2019.

Uptick in Incidents

Since the introduction of e-scooters as another means of getting around Denver, police have seen a significant rise in the number of accidents involving the scooters. According to the article “Denver police reported 51 incidents involving e-scooters between May 25, 2018, to Aug. 6, according to the department. They included 24 incidents involving motor vehicles and 27 incidents they deemed non-traffic accidents which means a motor vehicle was not involved.”

Injured in an E-Scooter Crash?

If you or a loved one has been injured in an electric scooter crash through no fault of their own contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on personal injury for more information. 

 

 

 

 

JUUL Vape Products: What You Need to Know

JUUL

In today’s world we are surrounded by electronics: computers, smart phones, laptops. Even traditional things such as cigarettes have started to see the rise of e-cigarettes and vapes. Vapes are promoted as a healthier alternative to smoking as they do not contain the same toxic chemicals that cigarettes produce when burned. However, vape products have significant drawbacks that can be just as dangerous as regular cigarettes. 

What is vaping?

As stated above, instead of burning tobacco and inhaling it, vaping involves inhaling nicotine that produced from a battery operated vape or e-cigarette. Often times, vape pens can come in popular flavors such as mint, cherry, and even watermelon. Popular vape company JUUL markets a wide variety of vape flavors to their consumers. However it has been noted that vaping also contains other chemicals that have also been proven to be carcinogens. This is especially concerning as JUUL products are known to contain higher levels of nicotine when compared to other vape products. 

Serious Injuries

Just like with regular cigarettes – certain health issues can develop as a result of using vaping products. Lung issues are one of the main problems that can arise with wheezing, shortness of breath, and scarring being some of the symptoms that can pop up as a result of vaping. These can be especially concerning with young adults, as many vape brands like JUUL focus their marketing efforts towards the young adult audience. Other issues such as seizures, heart problems can occur as a result of vape use.

Injured through the use of a JUUL vape product?

If you or a loved one has been injured through the use of JUUL vape products or other e-cigarette product contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on pharmaceuticals for more information. 

 

Pivotal Ruling to be Expected in MA OxyContin Lawsuit

OxyContin

A motion has been filed in Suffolk Superior Court by Purdue Pharma involving the lawsuit filed against the company by state Attorney General Maura Healy.

Dismiss the Case

The company’s legal counsel filed the motion arguing that the evidence used by AG Healey is “full of hyperbole” according to an article from Legal Scoops. The company also argued that the lawsuit does not represent Purdue Pharma’s role in the opioid crisis in an accurate way, and that the company is taking active measures to resolve the crisis. 

Maura Healey filed a lawsuit against the company claiming that they used extreme marketing tactics to push their painkiller OxyContin to medical providers even when they had knowledge of its addictive qualities. She also claims that these tactics are what has fueled the state (and nationwide) opioid crisis. 

Pivotal Ruling in OxyContin case

While no ruling has been announced yet, the forthcoming decision by Judge Sanders who is presiding over the case, could potentially affect other lawsuits filed by states going forward. Purdue Pharma is facing a legal tsunami of sorts – 48 states so far have filed lawsuits against the company over the opioid crisis. 

Injured by OxyContin or another Bad Drug?

If you or a loved one has been injured through the use of OxyContin or other pharmaceutical drug contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on pharmaceuticals for more information. 

J&J’s Appeal for Risperdal Gynecomastia Case Denied by PA Supreme Court

Gynecomastia

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court declined Monday August 5, 2019 to hear an appeal of a Risperdal case involving Johnson & Johnson and an Alabama family according to an article by the Pennsylvania Record. The appeal was made by Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, developers of the Risperdal drug.

Developing Gynecomastia

With the original lawsuit, the plaintiffs claimed that using the Risperdal drug which is an antipsychotic for their son who has autism, caused him to develop a condition known as gynecomastia where males develop large breasts. Without a surgical procedure (a mastectomy) the condition is permanent.

Johnson & Johnson tried to paint plaintiffs as trying to game the trial system after they switched out a doctor who had given a deposition but was not licensed to practice medicine in Alabama. The legal counsel for the plaintiffs used another doctor during the trial proceedings. However the judge said the pharmaceutical company seemed to be waiting for just the right time to bring the issue up and possibly turn the tide in their favor.

Possible Future Damages

The lawsuit has now been sent back to lower courts to determine if punitive damages are allowed in this case. Johnson & Johnson continue their legal fight, as many other cases involving Risperdal and the development of this condition have been filed by other plaintiffs.

Injured by a Bad Drug?

If you or a loved one has been injured through the use of Risperdal or other pharmaceutical drug contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on pharmaceuticals for more information.

Arizona AG Adds Twist to OxyContin/Opioid Lawsuit

Arizona’s Attorney General is making a Hail Mary play of sorts to the Supreme Court. Unlike many other states who have filed lawsuits against Purdue Pharma for improper and aggressive marketing tactics of their drug OxyContin they say caused and contributed to the opioid crisis, Arizona’s AG is taking a different approach. Mr. Brnovich is appealing to the court, asking them to stop the Sackler family who owns Purdue Pharma from transferring funds from the company to members of the Sackler family. 

Company Looting

Mr. Brnovich claims that the Sackler family knows they are on the ropes after being hit with multiple state lawsuits. According to an article posted by Tuscon.com, Brnovich is wanting the company to have funds available by the time Arizona’s lawsuit against the company begins which is currently set for sometime in 2021.

Past Settlements

After settling with states back in 2007, Richard Sackler who was president/CEO of Purdue Pharma reportedly sent a memo asking that funds be transferred from the company to members of the Sackler family, in order to insulate themselves during possible future lawsuits. Mr. Brnovich claims “that the transfer of the funds was made with an intent to hinder, delay or defraud present and future creditors or avoid, basically, paying what they knew was going to be owed.”

Multiple Other Lawsuits Over OxyContin to Come

Purdue Pharma recently settled a lawsuit with the state of Oklahoma, but the legal repercussions of the opioid crisis are just getting started. The company faces a multitude of other state lawsuits regarding the marketing tactics and misleading notion of the safety of OxyContin. 

Injured by OxyContin or Other Bad Drug?

If you or a loved one has been injured through the use of OxyContin or other bad drug contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on pharmaceuticals for more information.

J&J Prop 65 Lawsuit Dismissed, Setting Stage for Future Fight

Prop 65

A California judge is dismissing a case brought by plaintiffs against Johnson & Johnson over their talc products. The claim is that Johnson & Johnson talc products should be labeled as carcinogenic according to the state’s Prop 65 rule. Read on to find out why dismissing the case actually works in the plaintiff’s favor.

Prop 65

Under California state law, Proposition 65 requires businesses to disclose if their products contain the presence of possible carcinogens that can be dangerous to humans. 

Strengthening Their Case

Even though the case was dismissed, the plaintiff’s legal counsel filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss the case according to an article by Law.com. This allows for the legal counsel to be able to refile the case in the future and potentially present a stronger argument by adding more defendants to the suit (like Claire’s a popular retail store that was recently found by the FDA to have asbestos present in some of their cosmetic products). As a result, the plaintiffs might find the judge more willing to rule in their favor. 

Johnson & Johnson Legal Woes Continue

The pharmaceutical company pushed back against the motion to dismiss the case, arguing that the opposing counsel was trying to stall proceedings of the trial originally set for this coming October 2019. The company also faces multiple other lawsuits claiming that their talc products contain asbestos which causes individuals to develop ovarian cancer and/or mesothelioma. The lawsuits also claim that Johnson & Johnson was aware that their talc was not safe, but hid the knowledge from the public anyway.

Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and/or Mesothelioma?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and/or mesothelioma and have used Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products extensively, contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on ovarian cancer and talcum powder for more information. 

Allergan Potentially Reaches Settlement over TRT Drug Androderm

TRT

Pharmaceutical company Allergan has reached a potential agreement with plaintiffs over issues with their testosterone replacement therapy drug Androderm according to an article written by Elaine Silvestrini of MarketWatch.

TRT Drug

The drug is used for a process known as testosterone replacement therapy (or TRT for short). Androderm is a gel product, designed to help men who have low testosterone levels due to certain medical conditions, boost the hormone level in their body. However, the company has been hit with lawsuits claiming that the product causes serious side effects.

Androderm Effects

The plaintiffs claim that the drug has caused health issues such as blood clots, heart attacks, and even in some cases: death. According to the lawsuit, about 500 claims could potentially be settled if the agreement is made. 

More Lawsuits Remain 

Other pharmaceutical companies such as AbbVie, and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals also face multiple claims by plaintiffs over the safety of their TRT drugs. AbbVie has also run into trouble with the FTC back in 2014, after it was sued by the commission for using prohibited methods  to block consumers from accessing a lower cost version of their TRT drug Androgel.

Injured by a Bad Drug?

If you or a loved one has been injured through the use of a TRT drug or other pharmaceutical product, contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on pharmaceuticals for more information.  

Westbound I-70 Near Vail Pass Briefly Closes After Accident

Westbound I-70

A multi car accident over the weekend on Westbound I-70 near Vail Pass left several individuals with injuries. The crash occurred Saturday July 27, 2019 according to ABC Denver 7.

Westbound I-70

A portion of Westbound I-70 was closed for an extended period of time following the crash. The article notes that the accident involved three vehicles and at least five individuals suffered injuries from the incident. Three of those hurt were children “and one child was flown to Denver in critical condition.”

Investigation Underway

The cause of the crash is not known at this time. Police are investigating the incident however it is known that one of the vehicles was hauling a camper vehicle at the time of the crash. 

Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident?

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on motor vehicle accidents for more information.