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  • Stryker and FDA Issue Class 1 Recall of OASYS Midline Occiput Plate
    Stryker and FDA Issue Class 1 Recall of OASYS Midline Occiput Plate
    May 16, 2014

    Edwardsville, IL A troubling issue appears to be developing with regard to a now-recalled medical device originally tested and distributed by Howmedica/Stryker following approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010. Not only are patients at large potentially affected, but also those who participated in clinical trials when the product was in the throes of pre-approval testing prior to the Stryker recall.

  • Chrysler Dodge Ram Recalls Irking Owners, Potential Class Action Filed
    Chrysler Dodge Ram Recalls Irking Owners, Potential Class Action Filed
    May 6, 2014

    Sacramento, CA Some call it a shimmy. Others call it the “death wobble.” Regardless of the name, the potential failure of a vital component integral to vehicle steering can pose dangerous and even fatal consequences. And in spite of Chrysler Dodge Ram Recalls, plaintiffs are taking the manufacturer to court over what has been alleged as a design flaw, together with allegations with regard to the unavailability of parts, and the inability to schedule appointments for repair and replacement.

  • Why the Courts Should Know What Pharmaceutical Reps Tell Doctors
    Why the Courts Should Know What Pharmaceutical Reps Tell Doctors
    April 28, 2014

    Houston, TX The story of the drug Vioxx speaks volumes about the way drug companies market their products to consumers and to the doctors that ultimately prescribe those drugs.

  • SEI Class Action: Automation Has Its Drawbacks
    SEI Class Action: Automation Has Its Drawbacks
    April 28, 2014

    Minneapolis, MN What is it they say? “Well, you could always get a job at a call center…” Not to belittle the work, the fact remains that call centers have become a mainstay in the service industry, with the sector becoming a magnet for students, those lacking skills for other meaningful work or those simply looking for casual employment. And call center jobs are plentiful. The downside is that they are generally low-paying, and sometimes you don’t get paid for the work you actually do. That’s the gist behind the Customer Services Agents Unpaid Wages lawsuit brought by a group of current and former employees against Sykes Enterprises International (SEI, Sykes).

  • Maybe They Should Recall the Recall System?
    Maybe They Should Recall the Recall System?
    April 18, 2014

    Detroit, MI By now, most Americans are familiar with the unprecedented recall of GM vehicles for faulty ignition switches that tend to slip out of “run” into “accessory,” shutting down the engine, power steering, power brakes and airbag systems while a car is in mid-flight. There have been deaths, lawsuits and trials in the court of public opinion that has left General Motors Corp. reeling. Newly minted GM CEO Mary Barra, only on the job since January, is courageously facing the firestorm and vows that every single recalled fault in every GM vehicle will be fixed, 100 percent.

  • Proposed Zoloft Class-Action Defective Drug Lawsuit Down but Not Out
    Proposed Zoloft Class-Action Defective Drug Lawsuit Down but Not Out
    March 24, 2014

    San Jose, CA A proposed Zoloft class-action lawsuit alleging Zoloft is a defective drug because it offers little more efficacy than a placebo, or so it is alleged, was recently tossed by a federal judge due to a time-barring issue and other legal implications. However all is not lost; the presiding magistrate left the door open a crack for a possible continuation of the complaint, with some revisions.

  • Fingerhut Robocalls Crack the Top Ten in Nuisance Calls
    Fingerhut Robocalls Crack the Top Ten in Nuisance Calls
    March 15, 2014

    Washington, DC Of the many unsavory aspects of finding yourself on the receiving end of nuisance telephone calls, the inherent invasion of one’s basic right and tenet of privacy, and the costs that might accrue as a result, are the most frustrating. To that end, potentially illegal Fingerhut telephone calls could be costing consumers more than mere angst.

  • Effexor and Generic Version Recalled
    Effexor and Generic Version Recalled
    March 9, 2014

    Pfizer’s Effexor was recalled on March 6, 2014 after a pharmacist discovered that some of the bottles contained a different drug that could be fatal. Pfizer has recalled three lots of its antidepressant medication, totaling approximately 104,450 bottles, nearly 65,800 of which were stocked in pharmacies nationwide.

  • BPA Linked to Prostate Cancer
    BPA Linked to Prostate Cancer
    March 6, 2014

    Cincinnati, OH Results of a new study just released link the potentially carcinogenic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) with prostate cancer. The study, though small, found high levels of BPA in men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Additionally, the researchers found that exposure to BPA disrupts cell division, potentially affecting the development of cancer in exposed individuals.

  • Fingerhut Calls Seen As Needlessly Intrusive
    Fingerhut Calls Seen As Needlessly Intrusive
    February 23, 2014

    Saint Cloud, MN There is little doubt that Fingerhut, a mail-order distributor of products that also has a financing component under the Bluestern Brands umbrella, has its fans. However, various complaints about Fingerhut, including intrusive Fingerhut telephone calls, appear to outweigh the bouquets.

  • Plaintiff Has Had His Fill of Unwanted Fingerhut Telephone Calls
    Plaintiff Has Had His Fill of Unwanted Fingerhut Telephone Calls
    February 11, 2014

    Eden Prairie, MN The right for a company to market its products and services through advertising and other legitimate means is far removed from the practices undertaken by some companies to take unfair advantage of information and other data at their disposal. To that end, a Fingerhut Robocalling Class Action Lawsuit has been launched by disgruntled plaintiffs unhappy with alleged automated and unwelcome calls placed to their homes.

  • Courts Slow to Understand Data Breaches
    Courts Slow to Understand Data Breaches
    January 31, 2014

    Boston, MAData thieves are constantly on the prowl - slipping in through unlocked doors and then helping themselves to untold bytes of valuable information that they can profit from. Over the last 10 years, the numbers of cyber theft reports have skyrocketed, and barely a day goes by now without hackers busting though a data security system.

  • Looking Back on DaVita, Fresenius and GranuFlo Side Effects
    Looking Back on DaVita, Fresenius and GranuFlo Side Effects
    December 31, 2013

    Waltham, MA On the final day of a spent year, prior to the arrival of 2014, it’s useful to look back from whence we came, and in so doing, peer into the GranuFlo side effects portfolio. With two primary players in the issue, there remains a vast collection of nuts and bolts, and moving parts that form the framework for a case that is far from cut-and-dried…

  • $100M Fungal Meningitis Settlement Reached
    $100M Fungal Meningitis Settlement Reached
    December 24, 2013

    Atlanta, GA A $100 million settlement has been agreed between the compounding pharmacy allegedly behind a massive fungal meningitis outbreak last year and victims and their families.

  • DaVita’s Legal Troubles Extend Beyond GranuFlo Side Effects
    DaVita’s Legal Troubles Extend Beyond GranuFlo Side Effects
    December 15, 2013

    Lowville, NY The empire that is DaVita Healthcare Clinics is about to get a bit larger with the launch of a new dialysis center at Lewis County General Hospital (LCGH) in Lowville, New York. Approved in September 2011, DaVita is hoping to open in March of next year. The hospital, according to the Watertown Daily Times (11/18/13), will host the clinic but will not be responsible for it, although the hospital will benefit from having a dialysis facility on site, together with ancillary service such as lab tests.

  • Following Suit: GranuFlo Lawsuit Updates
    Following Suit: GranuFlo Lawsuit Updates
    December 10, 2013

    Granuflo and NaturaLyte lawsuits have been filed against Fresenius Medical Care North America, the manufacturer and distributor of dialysis products Granuflo and NaturaLyte, alleging that their actions (i.e., Alkali Dosing Errors) led to the wrongful deaths of dialysis patients. Both Fresenius and DaVita operate hundreds of dialysis centers across the US.

  • Heart Attack Patient Joins Fresenius Class-Action Lawsuit and Files DaVita Complaint
    Heart Attack Patient Joins Fresenius Class-Action Lawsuit and Files DaVita Complaint
    November 27, 2013

    Las Vegas, NV Ron says his heart attack started right after dialysis treatment with Granuflo at a DaVita Dialysis Center. He is lucky: a number of negligence lawsuits have been filed against DaVita and Fresenius Medical Care by members of families whose loved ones died of a heart attack as a result of using Granuflo and NaturaLyte.

  • AIG Faces $60M Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuit
    AIG Faces $60M Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuit
    October 4, 2013

    New York, NY Investors have filed a reported $60 million securities fraud class action against American International Group (AIG) Inc. The plaintiffs had objected to a proposed $725 million class action settlement against the investment and insurance firm, stemming from allegations the company made false and misleading statements regarding its financial health.

  • More Reports of Heart Complications and Deaths from DaVita and Fresenius Dialysis
    More Reports of Heart Complications and Deaths from DaVita and Fresenius Dialysis
    September 9, 2013

    Laguna Niguel, CA Sons and daughters of parents believed to have suffered cardiac arrest, stroke, respiratory issues and other health problems linked to the use of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte administered at DaVita Healthcare Centers are now considering a DaVita and Fresenius lawsuit.

  • DaVita Healthcare and Fresenius Medical Still Players despite Lawsuits
    DaVita Healthcare and Fresenius Medical Still Players despite Lawsuits
    August 28, 2013

    St. Thomas, VI Two formidable health care enterprises, Fresenius Medical Care and DaVita Healthcare Clinics, have both been in the news the last few years for various reasons. At issue have been allegations of kickbacks to doctors at DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., and GranuFlo side effects involving both.

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