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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.

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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?

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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. 

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Speeding Vehicle Causes Crash, Injures Two

speeding

A serious crash that injured two people occurred earlier this morning Friday July 26, 2019  as reported by Fox 31 Denver

Speeding a Major Factor

According to the article, the car that caused the accident was travelling “at least 105 miles per hour on E-470 at Chambers Road.” A Colorado State Patrol officer saw the vehicle and attempted to slow down the car by turning on their patrol lights. The vehicle exited E-470 at Dry Creek Road however and hit two cars when the driver failed to yield to other traffic at the intersection. The vehicle also hit an electrical box which cut power to around 1,000 people in the area. 

Multiple Injuries

Two individuals were taken to Sky Ridge Medical Center for treatment. The status of their condition is unknown at this time. 

Under Investigation

The driver and passenger that were in the speeding vehicle escaped the scene on foot. Police are currently looking for the individuals as an investigation gets underway. 

Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident?

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Key New Jersey Hearing Set for J&J Talc Trial

talc

The next big hurdle in the Johnson & Johnson talcum powder lawsuits is approaching quickly according to an article by Fierce Pharma. The company is set to try and challenge evidence that will be submitted for trial by the plaintiff’s attorneys. 

New Jersey Hearing

At a hearing set for next Monday July 29, 2019 the company will challenge the truthfulness of the evidence being submitted for the trial. This trial involves about 14,200 lawsuits combined together. The plaintiff’s claim that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products caused their diagnosis of ovarian cancer & mesothelioma due to the presence of asbestos in their talc. They also claim that Johnson & Johnson was aware that their talc was not safe, but purposely hid that knowledge from the public. 

Loss In Delaware

Johnson & Jonson have been hit with some pretty big verdicts against them in the courtroom. On top of that, the company was recently denied a motion to move all cases to federal court in Delaware, where their talc supplier Imerys Talc America is currently undergoing bankruptcy proceedings. The company is now subject to a criminal investigation by the Department of Justice. 

Pivotal Decision for Talc Cases

Monday’s decision can greatly impact the shape of future talc cases moving forward. For now it remains to be seen whether the momentum will continue in favor of the plaintiffs or if there will be a definite shift. 

Diagnosed With Ovarian Cancer and/or Mesothelioma?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and/or mesothelioma and have regularly used Johnson & Johnson baby powder or their other talcum based products, 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. 

Summer Grilling Safety Tips

grilling

A fun summertime activity many people enjoy is turning on the grill and cooking outside. Whether you enjoy grilled meat or veggies, it’s easy to create tasty dishes using a grill. Despite the convenience of using a grill, serious injuries can occur if the grill is not used properly. Below are some safety tips to think about before getting ready to cook:

Outdoors and Away from Buildings/Homes

Make sure while you are grilling, you are doing so outdoors and a safe distance away from homes and/or other buildings. Check to make sure there are no low hanging branches or brush that could potentially catch fire and injure yourself and/or others. 

Stable Surface

Make sure the grill is on a flat stable surface to prevent it from tipping over while in use. 

Pay Attention

Make sure your focus is on the task at hand, and don’t leave the grill unattended. Keep children and pets a safe distance away from the grill while it is in use. 

Wear Appropriate Clothing

Just like with branches or brush, clothing can also easily catch fire if you are not careful. Make sure your shirt sleeves etc. are not hanging over the grill while you are grilling. Don’t wear clothing and/or accessories that are flammable when using the grill. 

Be Prepared In Case of An Emergency

Have a fire extinguisher or other alternatives like baking soda if it’s a grease fire on hand in case a fire does break out and you need to put it out quickly.

Injured from a Grill?

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*Tips adapted from an article by Nationwide Insurance

Key Motions Filed in Taxotere Lawsuit

Taxotere Lawsuit

Legal counsel for Plaintiffs for the first bellwether trial involving the chemotherapy drug Taxotere filed motions in regards to potential claims for lawsuit abuse or unfair legal practice by the drug’s manufacturer according to an article from Law.com

Taxotere Lawsuit Not About Them

The attorneys filed the motions as they anticipate Taxtotere’s manufacturer Sanofi-Aventus to pull out all the stops in trying to change the nature of the trial to reflect more on the tactics of their legal team rather than the individuals who have been affected by the drug.

No Warning

The plaintiffs who brought the suit against Sanofi-Aventus are claiming that the manufacturer did not disclose that permanent hair loss could be a side effect of using the drug. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made this change aware to the public after having the company change the product label in 2015.

Injured by Taxotere?

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New Data Shows Pharmacies Played Major Role in Opioid Epidemic

Sackler

A new report coming from a federal court in Ohio, is casting more light on how the opioid epidemic began than ever before. An article from NPR shows how pharmacies were also a major factor in helping the epidemic grow. 

Major Pharmacies at Fault

A new lawsuit is being brought against many drug manufacturers (like Purdue Pharma who produces OxyContin) by local governments in Ohio holding them at fault for the epidemic. This time pharmacy giants like Walgreens and CVS are also listed in the lawsuit as well. The data being released tracks how many pills were created and distributed to individuals over a six-year period (2006-2012). 

Steady Stream 

An attorney working on the lawsuit commented that looking at the data people “will see the flow, the steady flow of pills – it’s not a trickle, it’s a tsunami.”

Awaiting Answers

A spokesman declined to comment for the article, but mentioned that the claims brought forward by the plaintiffs do not have any weight to them. 

Injured by a Bad Drug?

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