Popular e-cigarette company JUUL is being sued by an individual who claims marketing tactics by the company got him hooked on vaping and left him with significant lung damage.
Legal representation for Adam Hergenreder who is only 18, commented on the situation that “To put it mildly, Adam didn’t stand a chance to avoid getting hooked on these toxic timebombs” according to an article via Fox News.
Mr. Hergenreder’s lung issues began after he was in the hospital due to nausea and trouble breathing. It’s that doctors found his lungs to be so damaged from vaping, they now resemble lungs of a 70-year old. It was found that Adam was using vape products for over a year and a half as reported by Fox News.
Vaping Illness on the Rise
Adam’s case is unfortunately no longer the norm. The CDC has reported numerous confirmed cases of illness related to vaping. Many individuals report symptoms of nausea, breathing problems, chest pain, and others to name a few.
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The state of Colorado is rejecting a tentative federal agreement with Purdue Pharma, the company behind popular prescription drug OxyContin which helped spark a national opioid crisis. The agreement apparently involves the condition of the Sackler family who owns Purdue Pharma giving up control of the company, as well as paying out $12 billion dollars to victims over a period of time.
Purdue Pharma Agreement Isn’t Adequate for CO
According to an article from the Colorado Sun, State Attorney General Phil Weiser commented on the agreement stating “No current offer adequately addresses the harm that Purdue and the Sacklers have caused to communities and individuals in Colorado by contributing to the opioid crisis.”
Mr. Weiser is currently pursuing a case against Purdue Pharma in state court. Many Colorado counties and cities are included in the possible settlement, including Denver. However, it remains to be seen how the settlement funds will be spread out.
Pushing Ahead on their Own
Colorado isn’t the only state to reject the agreement. Multiple other states such as New York, Minnesota, and Connecticut have also come out against the agreement.
Despite the possible settlement, Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family are still facing legal headaches. Multiple states in addition to Colorado have also decided to go after the company in state courts, so additional payouts could potentially occur.
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A 17 year old is currently on life support in Dallas, and her doctors are pointing to vape products as the problem.
Vaping for Two Years
According to an article from Fox News, the teen has been vaping for two years as noted by her mother. The teen first started showing symptoms with a fever, however her condition continued to worsen and she was eventually diagnosed with pneumonia in both of her lungs.
A Dangerous Alternative
Vaping is currently being marketed by product developers like JUUL as a healthy alternative to smoking, and has captured the attention of teenagers. Unfortunately, the situation above is starting to become all too familiar. The CDC has reported at least 450 cases of illnesses related to using vape products, as they search for the underlying link. One possible reason that health leaders are looking into, is how chemicals/ oils such as Vitamin E acetate interact and can irritate and inflame the lungs after being heated through the vape device.
Experiencing Lung Issues?
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An Oklahoma judge has found Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals guilty of contributing to the opioid crisis in the state.
The judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay the state $572 million according to an NBC News article about the ruling. This is a significant verdict, as this trial was the first of its kind to be heard involving the opioid crisis.
Aggressive Tactics by Johnson & Johnson
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter argued that the company created a “public nuisance” by using extreme marketing tactics to push their prescription painkillers to the medical community, and glossing over the risk of addiction. As a result, an epidemic has occurred nationally, with Oklahoma experiencing over 6,000 deaths as a result of the crisis.
This ruling can potentially impact how other state’s cases against pharmaceutical companies over the opioid epidemic will be viewed going forward. With this ruling, there is a potential for judges to want to side with states over pharmaceutical companies when determining who is at fault.
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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.”
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.
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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.
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.
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.”
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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