Author Archives: Michael Bennett

About Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett is Editor-in-Chief of Consumer Since 1999, he's worked across a multitude of areas of consumer protection including defective products, environmental issues, identity theft, predatory lending and more. His mission with Consumer is to promote & support competition in all industries but not at the expense of the consumer. If you find his articles helpful please share them with your readers.

J&J to Pay $110 M in the Latest Baby Powder Ovarian Cancer Claim

Last month Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay more than $110 million to a Virginia woman over claims that she developed ovarian cancer as a result of decades of using Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. The verdict, which came out of a state court in St. Louis, is the largest so far in… Read More »

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 300,000 Minivans for Airbag Flaw

Fiat Chrysler reported this week that it plans to recall approximately 300,000 minivans because the driver-side airbags may deploy inadvertently. This airbag malfunction has been linked to 13 minor injuries, although there have been no accidents. Fiat Chrysler has stated that it wants to get these vehicles repaired as soon as possible to avoid any… Read More »

FDA Requests Market Removal for Opioid Painkiller

Last week FDA for the first time requested that a pharmaceutical company take an opioid drug off the market due to allegations of abuse. FDA stated that it determined that the benefits of the drug – Opana ER made by Endo Pharmaceuticals – outweighed the risks. FDA stated in its announcement that Opana ER is… Read More »

FRAUD ALERT: Robo Calling Laws & Complaints

Robocalls are becoming increasingly common, and also increasingly annoying. As the number of robocalls goes up, the number of complaints people have put in against them has risen as well. Complaints have been received by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), including the local and state law enforcement agencies, as well as a variety of nationwide… Read More »

Fiat Chrysler Recalls More Than 1 Million Over Airbags

Fiat Chrysler recalled in mid-May more than one million Ram pickup trucks in the US market and 200,000 in Canada due to a computer issue that could affect side airbags and seat belts. The automaker reported that there had been one death, two injuries and two accidents that could be related to the safety issues.… Read More »

J&J Loses 3rd Multimillion Dollar Lawsuit Over Baby Talc

Johnson and Johnson has lost another lawsuit over its talcum powder that is alleged in some cases to cause cancer. A jury in St. Louis awarded $70 million to a woman in California who claimed that her ovarian cancer was due to many years of using a baby talc that was made by J&J. The… Read More »

Top Consumer Concerns for 2017

Consumer confidence is one of the most important elements of success that drives a thriving economy and keeps our nation growing. When making purchases of any kind, this confidence provides security and comfort about the quality, use and safety of those purchases. If there is a failure, there also must be a solution that offers… Read More »

$38 Million Depakote Birth Defect Lawsuit Upheld on Appeal

A judge in St. Louis, Missouri in May 2017 upheld a $38 million verdict for a 12 year-old girl who was severely disabled by birth defects caused by a popular anti-seizure drug called Depakote. The girl, Maddison Schmidt, was born in 2005 with serious birth defects after her mother was on Depakote when pregnant to… Read More »

The 4 Most Common Online Scams

For as long as there has been money, there has been scams. Scamming is an illegal way to cleverly take money from people away, and as technology has evolved, the types of scams have evolved, too. Some people still believe that only the naive and gullible will fall for these types of scams. In reality,… Read More »

Can Proton Pump Inhibitors Cause Kidney Failure?

Since they were first introduced to the marketplace in 1989, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have soared in popularity as people used them primarily to fight heartburn and other digestive problems related to overproduction of gastric acid. Unfortunately, for some people, PPIs used over a long term have added to their medical problems because of hidden… Read More »

Prilosec Recall News

Many consumers are concerned over the safety of certain drugs they use to fight digestive problems like heartburn. One popular drug, Prilosec, is used by millions of people. It is available by prescription and over-the-counter (OTC). To date, there have not been recalls of Prilosec, but it has been linked to severe side effects. There… Read More »

Nexium Lawyer for Lawsuit Recall Help

The pharmaceutical industry is obligated to inform people who use their drugs about any possible side effects that may result from taking that drug, whether it is minor or a severe side effect. In some recent lawsuits, claims are made against drug manufacturer AstraZeneca that their proton pump inhibitor drug Nexium is responsible for harmful… Read More »

Prilosec Class Action Lawsuit

Among other similar drugs in the legal spotlight these days is Prilosec, a popular medication that is often used to treat heartburn. Prilosec is manufactured by a worldwide biopharmaceutical business, AstraZeneca. That company has been the target of many individual and class action lawsuits for harm that resulted from use of Prilosec and other proton… Read More »

Long Term Side Effects of Nexium Aren’t Good

For many people, finding relief from some physical ailment, like heartburn, is so important that they will take popular medicines without a thought about possible complications or long term use side effects. In the short term, many drugs, like Nexium, which is known for its effectiveness in managing frequent heartburn, may offer that relief. But,… Read More »

Prevacid vs Prilosec vs Nexium Which Is Worst?

When faced with a physical ailment like heartburn, many people are not sure which drug will be best for their ailment. Of course, they are exposed to heavy advertising, especially for popular over-the-counter (OTC) versions. Their doctors may prescribe a particular drug, but it remains to the consumer to gain some knowledge about what they… Read More »

Kidney Failure with Omeprazole?

People who have digestion problems often turn to popular drugs as a quick solution. In this country, far too many people buy over-the-counter Omeprazole proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to remedy heartburn, a common digestive problem that is related to overproduction of gastric acid. Proton pump inhibitors work to reduce those acids, thus helping reduce heartburn… Read More »

What are the Adverse Effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors

In recent years, many lawsuits have been filed against the makers of special drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These popular drugs that people use to combat digestive problems like heartburn have been the center of individual and class action lawsuits. Drugs involved in many of these legal actions include Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec. At issue… Read More »

Proton Pump Inhibitors Long Term Effects

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have been available in the marketplace since the late 1980s as a remedy for heartburn and other acid-related diseases. Along with other anti-ulcer medications, in 2012, PPIs ranked in the 9th largest class of drugs prescribed in the United States and as the 11th most popular drug in sales. Many PPI… Read More »

Examples of Heartburn Drug Lawsuits

Popular medications for treatment of heartburn and other digestive disorders are among the most prescribed drugs available. Despite their widespread use and popularity, the number of heartburn drug lawsuits continues to grow. The core problem with these proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs is that they may have adverse side effects that develop after long term… Read More »

Is Heartburn Medicine Causing Kidney Disease, Renal Failure and Dialysis?

Heartburn and acid reflux are two common ailments that affect millions of people each year. In America, it is estimated that about 20 million people use drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to treat these physical problems. These drugs are among the most commonly prescribed drugs worldwide; they also are available in over-the-counter versions (OTC).… Read More »