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Childhood Asthma Risk Linked to Mother’s PPI Use during Pregnancy
Childhood Asthma Risk Linked to Mother’s PPI Use during Pregnancy
As many as 80 percent of expectant mothers suffer from heartburn or acid indigestion during pregnancy. Until recently proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid, were thought to be both effective for mom and safe for baby.

Mother of Tasered Teen Files First Responder Misconduct Lawsuit in Texas
Mother of Tasered Teen Files First Responder Misconduct Lawsuit in Texas
A first responder misconduct lawsuit alleging police abuse was filed last month against the City of Austin, Texas. The plaintiff, the mother of a teenaged boy, alleges an officer with the Austin Police Department used excessive force on her son and is seeking $1 million in punitive damages.

Late for Lunch Spells California Labor Lawsuits and a Shifting Work Environment
Late for Lunch Spells California Labor Lawsuits and a Shifting Work Environment
Over the last few years, a great percentage of California labor lawsuits have focused on meal and rest breaks. For instance, overtime lawsuits have added causes of action for meal and rest break penalties.

Minnesota Consumer Sues Capital One over 128 Bill Collector Robocalls to Cellular Phone
Minnesota Consumer Sues Capital One over 128 Bill Collector Robocalls to Cellular Phone
By the middle of 2017, after more than 128 bill collector harassment calls Kristie Drigger had had enough. She sued Capital One Bank in Minnesota District Court, seeking at least $1,500 per telephone call made in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Long Term Disability Denial Letter from Insurer is Not the End of the Road
Long Term Disability Denial Letter from Insurer is Not the End of the Road
Disability insurance is intended to help individuals through rough spots, providing them with income when health problems keep them off the job. However, insurance companies are big corporations concerned about their bottom line. Unless policy holders can stand up to the insurance company's strict requirements during the critical cross over period from short term disability to long term disability there is a risk the benefits will be denied.

Risperdal Patient "Never asked for Gynecomastia or Weight Gain"
Risperdal Patient "Never asked for Gynecomastia or Weight Gain"
When Daniel was 17 years old, life was good. He was the star of his high school baseball team, he was in top form. But within a few years his life went sideways and Daniel wound up in the psych ward, "forced" to take Risperdal.

The FDA Warning Letter RE: St. Jude ICD Batteries One Year Later
The FDA Warning Letter RE: St. Jude ICD Batteries One Year Later
We will soon be coming up to the one-year anniversary of the receipt by Abbott Laboratories of a scathing warning letter by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At issue were various allegations and findings of non-compliance and failures to maintain good manufacturing practices determined during an inspection of its facility in Sylmar, California. Of interest to litigants bringing St. Jude ICD and CRT-D device lawsuits, are findings of non-conformity with regard to its cardiac defibrillator line - namely its Fortify, Unify, Assura and Quadra devices.

Xarelto Verdict for the Plaintiff Overturned in Bellwether Case
Xarelto Verdict for the Plaintiff Overturned in Bellwether Case
A jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff in a bellwether Xarelto lawsuit that was in danger of being overturned was, indeed tossed - but not for reasons that had been previously speculated.

Unum Sued for Denial of Disability Benefits
Unum Sued for Denial of Disability Benefits
There is little doubt that wrongly denied disability claims tend to make more noise than claims that are approved and duly paid. Such is the case with a denied disability claim that is the subject of a lawsuit against insurance provider Unum.

Houston, We Have a Problem with DePuy ASR Hip Replacement
Houston, We Have a Problem with DePuy ASR Hip Replacement
Some DePuy ASR hip replacement patients are having problems finding a surgeon to perform revision surgery. Besides having to deal with a defective medical device, surgeons are in a dilemma and the FDA could have done more to help patients.

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