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Uterine Cancer Lawsuit

Young surgery team in the operating room .

Matthews & Associates is reviewing uterine cancer lawsuits for women who developed uterine sarcoma, leiomyosarcoma (LMS), or other cancers following laparoscopic surgery for a hysterectomy in which a power morcellator was used. Laparoscopic surgery for hysterectomy or uterine fibroids is fairly common, but cancer is still not common.
Fibroids and Cancer
Many hundreds of thousands of women have a hysterectomy – surgical …

Bard IVC Filter Case Filed in Mississippi

Bard Blood Clot Filter

A Mississippi woman filed a Bard IVC filter case in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Mississippi, Oxford Division. Tonya Munson’s case against C.R. Bard was originally filed Dec. 31, 2014. (See: Munson v. Bard.) The plaintiff is from Sara, Mississippi, in Tate County.
No Clinical Testing
Ms. Munson was implanted with a Bard IVC filter system in April 2006. …

J&J: Do not use Power Morcellators for Hysterectomy


Johnson & Johnson told doctors in 2014 not to use power morcellators, which have been found to spread certain types of uterine cancer. Sales of J&J’s laparoscopic power morcellators were halted in 2014 after FDA issued a warning statement. FDA warned that morcellators used for hysterectomy and fibroid removal surgeries could spread sarcoma in some patients, lowering survival chances.
Morcellators spread …

Scotland regulates Pelvic Mesh

Mesh closeup

Unlike the U.S., where industry calls the shots and regulators mostly abide with business, the Scottish government has moved to regulate transvaginal or pelvic mesh treatment options offered to women with pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
The UK Daily Record reported this week that three of four mesh procedures used routinely in Scottish hospitals will no longer be recommended …

Plaintiff’s Pelvic Mesh Expert Testimony continues


DALLAS – Mesh News Desk reported that plaintiff’s expert Dr. Michael Margolis continued to testify for a second day, September 29, 2015. It would be the final day of the Plaintiff’s case in Cavness v. Ethicon (Cavness v. Kowalczyk et al., case # DC-14-04220).
A California urogynecologist and mesh removal expert, Dr. Margolis  continued his testimony about the pelvic mesh implanted in …

Pelvic Mesh contracts, shrinks, degrades says Expert


Day 6 – Sept. 28, 2015 – of the latest trial against Ethicon in Dallas brought testimony from Dr. Michael Margolis, a urogynecologist from the San Francisco bay area, double board certified in Ob-Gyn and Urogynecology. Dr. Margolis testified that he has done more than 25,000 surgical procedures, including 5,000 to 6,000 for stress urinary incontinence and the rest – …

J&J Ethicon Dallas Trial Day 2 – Sept. 23, 2015


Day two in the latest pelvic mesh trial in Dallas brought evidence from the plaintiff’s attorneys that Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon executives identified red flags during the development of the Prosima pelvic mesh, yet chose to put the product on the market anyway. It was later withdrawn after problems continued and the FDA called for safety testing.
Readers are cautioned …

Cook Blood Clot Filter Lawsuits

Cook Celect IVC Filter

The Cook Group Inc. faces at least 100 lawsuits over its blood clot filters.
Patients from around the country have filed lawsuits against the Bloomington, Indiana-based Cook, alleging the company’s blood-clot filters have broken apart, migrated or perforated the inferior vena cava, the blood vessel in which where they are implanted. The inferior vena cava brings blood from the lower body …

Mesh Verdict stands against Johnson & Johnson

Justice Peaking Blog

Good news for the thousands of women injured by pelvic mesh. The first mesh verdict against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon stands. Federal judge Joseph Goodwin has denied J&J and Ethicon attorneys’ motions to overturn the unanimous $3.27 million verdict awarded to an Illinois woman Sept. 5, 2014 in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) court in West Virginia.
Update: The verdict is …

Pelvic Mesh Case returned to Texas State Court


The legal machinations of Johnson & Johnson have been rejected by a federal judge.
After almost three years of pretrial discovery and hearings, the case of a San Antonio woman vs. Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon was all set to be tried where it was filed, in Bexar (pronounced: Bear) County court in San Antonio, in July 2015. The plaintiff resides …

Bard IVC Filter Lawsuits Centralized in Federal MDL


The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has established a single court to consolidate all the Bard IVC filter lawsuits filed against C.R. Bard. All Bard cases will be centralized in the federal court system under one judge in Arizona.
Some two dozen Bard Recovery filter lawsuits and Bard G2 filter lawsuits sit pending in U.S. District Courts across the …

Zofran Birth Defect Lawsuit filed in Texas


A Zofran lawsuit was filed in Texas federal court April 17, 2015. It claims Zofran, an anti-nausea medication, can cause birth defects in babies born to mothers taking the drug during pregnancy.
Filed in U.S. District Court, Texarkana District of Texas, the lawsuit alleges that a woman’s use of Zofran in her pregnancy’s first trimester caused her baby’s congenital birth defects. …

J&J fails its Credo with Pelvic Mesh


Righteous words are nice, but not if they stand alone. They’re not nice at all if they’re not backed by deeds. In fact, words are only self serving, hypocritical, even just flat out cynical when their meaning is not followed by matching deeds. In the case of Johnson & Johnson and its ethically challenged division of Ethicon (emphasis ours), …

First Woman to beat J&J in Mesh Case dies


A Texas woman who won the first jury judgment against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon over a defective mesh sling product has died. Linda Batiste, 65, bravely beat J&J last year, but lost her battle with cancer on August 8 in Garland, Texas.
A Louisiana native, Ms. Batiste was awarded $1.2 million by a Dallas jury on April 3, 2014. Walking …

Johnson & Johnson faces multiple lawsuits

The Johnson & Johnson logo is arranged for a photograph in New York, U.S., on Monday, April 15, 2013. Johnson & Johnson is scheduled to release earnings data on April 16. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Stock shock jock Jim Cramer has said Johnson & Johnson needs to break itself up. The company runs three different businesses under one banner: pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer health care products. Cramer says the product lines are too diverse and don’t overlap.
The Mad Money show host said: “I think these divisions could do better separately than as one combined company …

Scotland wants GMO ban


Scotland wants to ban harmful GMO crops from Monsanto, Syngenta, Con Agra and other Frankenfood corporations which increasingly poison and monopolize the world’s seed supply. reports that rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead said, “Scotland is known around the world for our beautiful natural environment—and banning growing genetically modified crops will protect and further enhance our clean, green status.”
Scotland protects …

Former Merck Employee speaks against Vaccination

money and injection with pills

A former Merck employee who quit the company when she realized a  drug Merck sold – Vioxx – had caused strokes and heart attacks in several thousand people, is speaking out against forced vaccinations. She is being intimidated for her trouble by entities with inside information regarding the latest home security systems and the telecom industry. Who is intimidating her …

IVC Filter Lawyers want multi district court


IVC filter lawyers want a multi district court to handle litigation involving Bard IVC filters. Twelve plaintiffs’ law firms, including Matthews & Associates, petitioned the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to centralize lawsuits involving C.R. Bard IVC filters into one federal court.
Headquartered in New Jersey, CR Bard makes the Recovery, G2, and G2 Express filters. These temporary implants …

Jim Carrey questions Vaccine Profiteers


Comedienne Jim Carrey has committed the unpardonable sin of questioning the mainstream “wisdom” that vaccines are completely safe and effective. His punishment has been public and expected. He is not anti-vaccine, he wrote, but he does question mercury in vaccines and he does question forced vaccination. He also questions the hundreds of millions of dollars that preceded the California legislature’s …

Zofran Case Consolidation requested by GlaxoSmithKline


Zofran Birth Defect Lawsuit Consolidation has been requested by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the maker of Zofran. GSK faces several lawsuits which allege that the drug maker failed to warn that taking the drug during the first trimester of pregnancy could lead to birth defects.
GSK wants Pennsylvania MDL
GlaxoSmithKline filed a motion on July 6, 2015 requesting that all current and future federal …

France Bans Glyphosate

monsanto skull

France banned the private sale of Monsanto’s carcinogenic glyphosate in June 2015. France has now joined a growing list of countries banning Monsanto’s biggest selling poison.
More and more governments are looking to independent researchers to explain increasing cancer rates. Meanwhile, Monsanto continues to insist  glyphosates in Roundup are safe for humans. One Monsanto lobbyist said the active ingredient in Monsanto’s …

Monsanto sued for False Advertising


A lawsuit filed  April 21, 2015 in Los Angeles County accuses Monsanto of false advertising. The biotech giant from Missouri claims in its labeling that glyphosate targets an enzyme found only in plants but not in humans or animals. This claim by Monsanto is meant to support the company’s stance that glyphosate is harmless for humans. This claim is also …

IVC Filters fail to improve Anticoagulant Therapy


A study published in Medscape April 2015 suggests retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters fail to further improve outcomes in patients with severe acute pulmonary embolism, if those patients already receive anticoagulation therapy. The combination of a retrievable IVC filter plus anticoagulation failed to reduce the risk for symptomatic recurrent pulmonary embolism at three months, in comparison with anticoagulation alone.

Essure Safety examined by FDA


Amid reports of deaths linked to Essure, a permanent birth control device, an FDA panel has decided to investigate. Law360 reported on June 25, 2015 that an FDA panel will review the safety of Bayer HealthCare AG’s permanent birth control insert Essure.
The agency has received health problem reports not warned of on the product’s label. FDA said at least four …

Pelvic Mesh Trial set for Dallas Sept. 2015

Justice Peaking Blog

A trial date for the next pelvic mesh trial is set for September 21, 2015 in Dallas. The 95th Judicial District Court will hear the case with Judge Ken Molberg presiding. The plaintiff alleges that she was injured by a defective Ethicon Prosima mesh which was placed in her to treat pelvic organ prolapse. Ethicon recalled the Prosima sling from …

Nexium Heart Attack Risks


Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid – heartburn drugs – have been linked to  increased heart attack risks. These proton pump inhibitor drugs (PPIs) are up to 21% more likely to give their users a   heart attack than people who do not use the antacids, according to researchers from Houston (Texas) Methodist  and California’s Stanford University. A recent  NPR radio report detailed …

Onglyza Diabetes Drug linked to Heart Failure


An FDA review published April 14, 2015 links the diabetes drug Onglyza to an increased risk of heart failure. Onglyza may also increase the risk of pancreatic cancer.
Onglyza (saxagliptin) – co-developed by Bristol Meyers Squibb and AstraZeneca – joins a list of some newer diabetes drugs that have alarmed patients and their doctors. Several lawsuits have  been filed regarding complications …

Zofran Birth Defect Lawsuit filed in Arkansas


The mother of a baby born with a cleft lip after she took  Zofran in her first trimester filed a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on May 21, 2015. The suit charges the company failed to warn of the drug’s birth defect risks.
The Arkansas mother, Jill Cox, filed her case in the the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of …

Vaccine Injury Data altered


Watchdog Sharyl Attkisson reports that in March 2015, the federal government removed more than a year’s worth of data from one of its publicly reported charts. The government actually removed the latest vaccine injury court statistics. Ms Attkisson states that the vaccine injury data alteration “was an abrupt departure from the normal practice of updating the figures monthly.” As a …

Depakote Lawsuit brings $38 Million Verdict


On May 27, 2015, a jury in St. Louis, Missouri awarded $38 million to a Minnesota girl injured by Depakote. The jury added $23 million in punitive damages to the $15 million they had earlier awarded the now 12-year-old girl. The jury agreed with plaintiff’s attorneys’ charges that Depakote, an epilepsy drug made by Abbott Laboratories, caused the girl’s birth …

FBI examines Hysterectomy Device Cancer Link

Logo Box 2012

The Wall Street Journal reported on May 27, 2015 that the FBI is investigating whether Johnson & Johnson, the largest maker of a morcellator surgical tool found to spread uterine cancer, knew about the hazards.
People who have been interviewed by the FBI regarding the morcellator said the agency is investigating what Johnson & Johnson knew about the morcellator’s hazards before …

Morcellators for Hysterectomy linked with Cancer

Logo Box 2012

Johnson & Johnson company Ethicon, Inc. halted sales last year of its power morcellators after federal health regulators issued morcellator warnings. The FDA no longer considers morcellators – used to remove fibroids or other noncancerous growths during a hysterectomy or a myomectomy – to be safe and effective.
Morcellators Recalled
Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled three of its power morcellators last year …

$100 Million Mesh Verdict for Delaware Woman

Justice Peaking Blog

May 28, 2015 – A Delaware jury ordered Boston Scientific to pay a woman $100 million* in damages today for injuries she suffered from having been implanted with plastic transvaginal mesh.
It was a record amount, surpassing the previous high of $73 million* awarded to a Texas woman last Sept. in Dallas. The Delaware jury awarded Deborah Barba $25 million in …

Next Pelvic Mesh Trial for Matthews & Associates


The country’s next pelvic mesh trial in the country will be tried by Matthews & Associates Law Firm of Houston. It will be the fourth such trial handled by the firm, which has won jury verdicts for plaintiffs in each of its three prior transvaginal mesh trials, along with lawyers from Freese & Goss.
Ramirez vs. Johnson & Johnson
Ramirez vs. Johnson …

Mercury in Vaccines Never Tested for Safety

6000 percent increase

Although the Centers for Disease Control – CDC – continues to claim, endlessly, that mercury is safe as a preservative in vaccines given to everyone from tiny babies to full grown adults, no safety studies have ever been done to prove mercury is safe. Mercury in Vaccines has NEVER been tested for safety.
Burton brings the Pain to CDC Liars
Congressman Dan …

Vaccines killed Michigan Baby

6000 percent increase

The $52 billion vaccine industry backed by the incompetent freaks of the CDC (according to the U.S. Senate: CDC Off Center), continues to peddle the fantasy that vaccines are safe. But occasionally the truth gets out.  One mother in Michigan who saw her baby sicken and die just days after being “vaccinated” with a lethal vaccine cocktail had the wherewithal …

EPA Earnestly Poisoning Americans

epa image

The U.S. political system is broken because money so controls most politicians that the only people elected are those who genuflect to it. Witness Presidential hopeful Scott Walker groveling on the phone to a person he believes to be David Koch. (Listen here: Koch Whore.) In the Koch Brothers subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker …

Fluoride Poisoning backed by Government


The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Academy of Sciences (NAS) have failed the public in the performance of their duties.  Their science- and logic-challenged recommendations of age-specific safe Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) of neurotoxic fluoride is used by our government as the basis for dumping fluoride waste products into our drinking water. The derelict IOM and NAS were consequently …

Actos Settlement $2.4 Billion


An Actos settlement of $2.4 billion to pay some 9,000 cases brought by U.S. citizens who allege Actos’ maker Takeda concealed the drug’s cancer risks. Actos is a diabetes medicine sold by the Osaka, Japan company. Takeda lost five lawsuits in which plaintiffs charged that Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer, including one case in which a jury …

Slott Machine backs Artificial Fluoridation


Someone should tell Steven D. Slott, DDS, that some idiot has written us an email and is using his name.   – Our April 27, 2015 Blog
“Dr.” Slott should lose his license (if he has one) for incompetence.     –  A Slott dental patient
The man is a callous, heavy handed hack of a dentist. – A Slott dental patient
The Slott Machine
Steven Slott’s …

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