Johnson & Johnson, Risperdal Maker Ordered to Pay $8 Billion

A Philidelphia jury this week ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $8 billion in punitive damages over a drug that plaintiff’s lawyers say is connected to the growth of female breast tissue in boys. ( J&J immediately criticized the verdict after the decision of the jury in the Court of Common pleas. The company stated… Read More »

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $40 Million in Mesothelioma Lawsuit

A Los Angeles jury awarded $40 million last week to a woman who claimed she got mesothelioma from using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder. ( The jury deliberated for a week before reaching the verdict in the asbestos cancer lawsuit brought by Nancy Cabibi. According to court documents, Cabibi was diagnosed with the deadly lung… Read More »

The Places in America with the Most (and Least) Traffic Fatalities

Each year, tens of thousands of people tragically die in traffic accidents. By the latest count, almost 37,000 people died last year in automotive accidents. Many of those people were pedestrians who were hit by cars. Others were passengers or drivers. Among children age 8 and older, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death.… Read More »

Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid Stop Selling Zantac Over Cancer Link

 Just weeks after global health experts sparked worries about a cancer-causing substance in Zantac, three major US drugstores have pulled the drug to treat stomach acid from store shelves. ( A CVS press release stated that the company had stopped selling all Zantac brand and CVS brand ranitidine products for the time being. The action… Read More »

Simmons Hanly Conroy Obtains $34 Million Asbestos Cancer Verdict

The mesothelioma law firm obtained a $34 million verdict last week against Ford Motor Co. for clients Arthur and Janet Putt. ( Arthur Putt was a Ford mechanic for years and was diagnosed with mesothelioma because of exposure to brake parts containing asbestos. The former mechanic’s exposure occurred at several gas stations in southern California… Read More »

Navy Asbestos Settlements & Claims

If you served in the Navy, be aware that this branch of the US armed forces used more asbestos than any other for decades. Inhaling asbestos dust can lead to lethal diseases. Veterans of the US Navy were often exposed to asbestos and had a higher risk of mesothelioma and other cancers than other former… Read More »

FDA Discovers Asbestos in Beauty Plus Products – Voluntary Recall Issued

FDA on September 10, 2019, issued a safety alert telling consumers to cease the use of cosmetics from Beauty Plus. The agency discovered dangerous asbestos traces in four of the company’s talc-based products. Asbestos is a human carcinogen that can cause cancer with enough exposure. Testing revealed asbestos was in the company’s bronzer, shimmer bronzer,… Read More »

Zantac Heartburn Cancer Lawsuit & Injury

FDA has issued warnings in September 2019 that some Zantac (generic name ranitidine) heartburn drugs are tainted with NDMA, a probable human carcinogen that can cause cancer. ( FDA has been studying NDMA and related nitrosamine impurities in several drugs, including blood failure and heart failure drugs called Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers or ARBs. It… Read More »

Ford Issues Recall for 103k Vehicles for Seat Belt Defects

The Ford Motor Company issued a recall last week of 103,000 vehicles due to the seat belts possibly not restraining the occupant if a crash occurs, which could lead to a higher risk of injury. ( Ford announced the recall for certain 2015 Ford Fusions and 2015 Lincoln MKZs for a problem with the seat… Read More »

The States with the Most (and Least) “Legal” Opioid Sales

Today, the opioid crisis in America has become a public catastrophe. Drug overdose, many due to the abuse of opioids is the new leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50, overtaking automobile accidents and heart disease. What’s perhaps most shocking about the crisis, is its cause is widely considered to be… Read More »

J&J Ordered to Pay $572 Million in Opioid Lawsuit

This week, a judge in Oklahoma found Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies liable for contributing to the opioid crisis in the state. He ordered the company to pay $572 million, which was much less than the $17 billion the state sought. Judge Thad Balkman in Cleveland County District Court in Norman, Oklahoma is… Read More »

Monsanto Executive Hurled Obscenities At People Concerned About Glyphosate

Emails were released recently from 2013 where former Monsanto executive Dr. Daniel Goldstein said he wanted to ‘beat the **** out of’ a group of activist mothers who were imploring Monsanto to stop selling Roundup, which contains the active ingredient glyphosate. The emails came to light during a pre-trial proceeding in a current non-Hodgkins lymphoma… Read More »

Recent Mesothelioma Cancer Treatment Statistics Update

In the latter part of the 1900s, the American public became more aware of the dangers of asbestos. They learned that asbestos is a carcinogen, and can lead to serious cancers such as mesothelioma. ( The understanding of the dangers of asbestos led to more regulations in the US and increased scrutiny of companies that… Read More »

Valsartan Blood Pressure Lawsuits & Settlements

Valsartan is an active ingredient used in many generic drugs, especially to treat hypertension and heart failure. However, some generic valsartan products contain impurities, such as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which FDA has determined can lead to a higher risk of some forms of cancer and liver damage. Valsartan is the generic name of Diovan, built by… Read More »

Takeda and Eli Lilly Hit With $9 Billion in Damages in Actos Lawsuit

Asia’s largest pharmaceutical company, Takeda, and their partner for marketing, Eli Lilly, have been slapped with $9 billion in punitive damages related to their Actos drug for the treatment of diabetes. The plaintiffs allege that both drug companies hid their knowledge of the Actos bladder cancer risks of the drug and did not provide customers… Read More »

Heart Defects Lawsuits & Settlements

Heart defects happen when any part of the heart or blood vessels around the heart does not develop normally when the baby is still in the womb. A heart defect can disrupt the blood flow in the heart and cause blood to flow through the heart abnormally. It also can cause abnormalities in the rhythm… Read More »

Warfarin Blood Thinner Lawsuits & Settlements

Warfarin – brand name Coumadin – is a blood thinner that is prescribed by physicians to patients who are at risk of getting blood clots in various areas of the body. Because it is a blood thinner, warfarin prevents clots from forming or getting worse. It also prevents clots already formed from getting to parts… Read More »

Cleft Palate & Lip Lawsuits & Settlements

 Cleft palate and cleft lip are common birth defects that happen early in pregnancy. In a normal pregnancy, the tissues that grow into the lip and mouth fuse between weeks 8 and 12. When these tissues partially or do not fuse at all, a cleft palate or lip in the baby results. A baby can… Read More »

Birth Defects & Teratogens Lawsuit & Settlements

Birth defects are also known as congenital anomalies. They are defined as functional, metabolic or structural abnormalities that develop during or before birth. Most birth defects do not show themselves until the child is born. There are at least 4,000 different birth defects that are known. Some are more serious than others. Generally, birth defects… Read More »

Stryker Knee Replacement Lawsuit & Settlement Payouts

Knee replacement surgery is becoming more popular as Americans are living longer, more active lives than ever. In 2007, there were approximately 700,000 knee replacement surgeries performed. In 2012, more than 4.5 million had gotten a knee replacement. But is knee replacement surgery safe? There is no question knee replacements offer many benefits Many enjoy… Read More »