Jul 2, 2019

Judge Allowed Evidence of Regulatory Manipulation in Roundup Lawsuits

By |July 2nd, 2019|Defective Products|

The District Judge who oversaw federal litigation regarding the link between cancer and Roundup weed killer rejected Monsanto’s bid to exclude certain evidence of regulatory manipulation during the first phase of the trial. Reuters reports that United States District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled that the company’s alleged manipulation of scientific studies and regulators was “super relevant” to the question of whether the weed killer causes cancer, saying it was difficult to draw the line [...]

May 15, 2019

Jury Awards California Couple $2 Billion Verdict against Monsanto

By |May 15th, 2019|Defective Products|

A jury has awarded more than $2 billion to Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a couple in California who claimed that years of using Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer led to them developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Each spouse was awarded $1 billion in punitive damages, as well as a collective $55 million in compensatory damages for them both. This is the third time a California jury has awarded significant damages in claims against Monsanto. There are [...]

Apr 18, 2019

Defective Defibrillators Are More Common Than You Might Think

By |April 18th, 2019|Defective Products|

Defibrillators are electrical devices used to treat heart conditions like arrhythmia, which is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. A defibrillator’s job is to deliver an electric shock to the heart, effectively jolting it back to its normal rhythm. When we hear the word “defibrillator,” many of us think about the big, portable ones they use in ambulances or hospitals – the ones that send strong electrical currents from [...]

Apr 16, 2019

Why Are My Heart and Blood Pressure Medications Being Recalled?

By |April 16th, 2019|Defective Products|

In July 2018, several drug companies started recalling dozens of lots of heart and blood medications – specifically valsartan, losartan, and irbesartan – after tests found the drugs had trace amounts of impurities and carcinogens. These recalls have been ongoing into early 2019. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently investigating the underlying causes of the contamination with carcinogenic substances. The FDA’s inspection is not complete, but past inspections at companies in [...]

Jan 28, 2019

Essure Permanent Birth Control Leads to Permanent Health Problems for Women

By |January 28th, 2019|Defective Products|

(This is part of a series, presented by McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, titled “Life on The Bleeding Edge: How the FDA Won’t Keep You Safe.” To learn more, please read Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.) In July 2018, the medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturer Bayer released a statement that they would pull the Essure® System for Permanent Birth Control out of American markets after December 31, 2018. The company claimed [...]

Sep 6, 2018

FDA Recalls Even More Drugs Which Use Valsartan, Citing Cancer Risk

By |September 6th, 2018|Defective Products|

In July of 2018, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall notice for a number of drugs containing valsartan, a medication used in the treatment of high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. The batches, which had been manufactured in China, contained traces of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) – a cancer-causing carcinogen. In early August, the FDA updated its list of recalled valsartan medications (as well as a list of products not included [...]

Aug 30, 2018

Jury Awards $289 Million in Lawsuit Claiming Monsanto’s Roundup Leads to Cancer

By |August 30th, 2018|Defective Products|

A jury in San Francisco has awarded Dewayne Johnson $289 million in his lawsuit against Monsanto. Mr. Johnson is dying of cancer, which he claims was a result of using “Roundup weedkiller [sic] 20 to 30 times per year while working as a groundskeeper for a school district near San Francisco,” CNN reports. Monsanto is already planning to appeal the decision, claiming their product has a “history of safe use.” We believe Mr. [...]

Aug 16, 2018

Life on The Bleeding Edge: How the FDA Won’t Help Keep You Safe

By |August 16th, 2018|Defective Products|

On July 20, 2018, Bayer announced that it would finally stop selling Essure, a form of birth control that was supposed to cause permanent female sterilization, at the end of 2018. On July 27, 2018, Netflix released a documentary titled The Bleeding Edge, a film about the $400 billion medical device industry – and which focused heavily on the women whose lives were ruined by Essure. You might say that, since Bayer made [...]

Jul 24, 2018

Making a Claim for Compensation after an Injury at an Amusement Park

By |July 24th, 2018|Defective Products|

One great way to beat the summer heat here in South Carolina is to hit some amusement parks, local fairs, or water parks. Whether you’re visiting South Carolina or a local looking to visit popular parks like Family Kingdom Amusement Park or O.D. Pavilion Amusement Park, theme and water parks are a fun option for a family day out. When rides are properly maintained and supervised, amusement parks can be thrilling and exhilarating. [...]

Jul 18, 2018

One Million Chainsaws Recalled Due to Power Switch Problem

By |July 18th, 2018|Defective Products|

Recently, Harbor Freight Tools announced a recall of approximately one million electric chainsaws because of a malfunctioning power switch. According to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report, the power switch on the chainsaw can malfunction and allow the saw to continue running—even after the operator has put the switch in the “Off” position. This can put the user at serious risk for injury. The recall affects chainsaws with the brand names Chicago [...]

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