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Verdicts Mount against Transvaginal Mesh Makers

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Nearly $100 Million in Damages in Six Trials
As six more transvaginal mesh trials are scheduled for the next year around the country, mesh makers can take little solace from the outcomes of six trials won by plaintiffs so far.  Those six alone have rendered nearly $100 million in damage awards for women implanted with the plastic products the manufacturers claim …

Xarelto Dangers rival Pradaxa

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Xarelto dangers rival those of Pradaxa, according to an Institute of Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Report (PDF). Xarelto has even surpassed rival blood thinner Pradaxa for prescriptions written and for its number of severe adverse events reported by users.
ISMP Analysis
After reviewing and analyzing the FDA’s adverse event data, the ISMP states that the number of complaints submitted involving Xarelto surpassed …

MDL in Chicago for Low-T Lawsuits

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A Multi District Litigation court is set up when the judiciary is made to believe there will be a great number of related cases in a given litigation. An MDL court can be set up to handle one sole manufacturer – such as cases involving AbbVie Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Androgel – or to handle cases against several manufacturers, such …

Julie Rhoades beats Johnson & Johnson in TVM Skirmish

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DENVER — Matthews & Associates attorney Julie Rhoades battled Johnson & Johnson lawyers at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on April 11 and prevailed.
Johnson & Johnson attorneys attempted to remove 650 transvaginal mesh cases from Oklahoma State Court into the federal multi-district litigation court (MDL) set up in West Virginia, where Judge Joseph Goodwin has, thus far, not been …

J & J loses $1.2 million Verdict in Transvaginal Mesh Case

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DALLAS – On Thursday, April 3, a 12-person jury in Dallas ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a Texas woman $1.2 million for a defective plastic sling – the TVT-O – which J & J’s Ethicon division makes and markets for stress urinary incontinence. Several law firms, including Matthews & Associates and Freese & Goss, represented the woman, Ms. Linda …

Batiste vs. Johnson & Johnson Day 6

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On Tuesday, March 25, Dr. Tom Margolis testified for the plaintiff, Ms. Batiste, in the sixth day of the trial of Batiste vs. Johnson & Johnson. Ms. Batiste continues to experience pain and dyspareunia which she attributes to her Ethicon sling.  Her case is being heard in the 95th Judicial District Court of Judge Ken Molberg, George L. Allen, Sr. …

JAMA attacked by Testosterone Money

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Like mountain goats locking horns to determine supremacy, testosterone battles are raging between researchers not beholden to Big Pharma and researchers who are.
The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that researchers paid by companies promoting testosterone therapy have come out in full-throated attack against a study published in Nov. 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study …

Attorney General asked to investigate J & J

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Johnson & Johnson destroyed perhaps hundreds of thousands of pages of documents as well as computer hard drives after the company was notified that it needed to preserve them for ongoing TransVaginal Mesh Litigation.
A consumer group, Corporate Action Network (CAN) has now responded to the company’s illegal destruction by asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch an investigation into …

Ethicon TransVaginal Mesh Trial in Dallas – Day 2

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Wednesday, March 19 marked the second day of an Ethicon TransVaginal Mesh Trial in Dallas. A 64-year-old Texas woman’s lawsuit was  brought against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division. The woman underwent two revision surgeries after being implanted in 2011 with a transvaginal mesh sling – the TVT-O – made by Ethicon. She continues to experience pain and dyspareunia (pain during …

Transvaginal Mesh Trial Opens in Dallas

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DALLAS, TEXAS — Within view of the infamous Dealey Plaza – where President John F. Kennedy was ambushed by several gunmen 50 years ago – in a courtroom on the 6th floor of what locals call the “New Tower,” a Texas woman who claims she was injured by plastic mesh sewn into pelvic muscles in her vagina had her first …

Transvaginal Mesh Trial in Dallas this week

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A Transvaginal Mesh Trial in Dallas this week will be prosecuted by Texas attorneys from Dallas and Houston.
Tomorrow, March 18, jurors will hear opening arguments  in a Transvaginal Mesh Trial in a Dallas courtroom.  The plaintiff, a 61-year-old Texas woman, will be represented by Freese & Goss, with assistance from Matthews & Associates and Dallas attorney Rich Capshaw. This case …

Topamax Jury Verdict for $3 Million

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PHILADELPHIA – On Friday, March 7, after a four-week trial interrupted by several winter storms, a 12-person jury awarded a 5-year-old girl $3 million for a severe bilateral cleft lip and cleft palate caused by the drug Topamax. The little girl has so far undergone 14 procedures, including four surgeries, to correct her birth defects.
The manufacturer of the drug, Janssen, …

J & J illegally destroyed Transvaginal Mesh Evidence

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 The evidence is in: J & J destroyed thousands of relevant documents that the company had been ordered to retain.

J&J’s Ethicon unit, which made Gynecare Prolift and TVT Retro-pubic meshes, lost or destroyed thousands of documents (amounting to more than 600 pounds) as well as computer files relevant to the development of the devices as far back as 2007, said …

Androgel Pay to Delay Lawsuit allowed by Supreme Court

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Supreme Court says FTC can challenge Pay to Delay Schemes
An Androgel pay to delay lawsuit was at the center of a Supreme Court case decided last summer which could eventually affect many other drug cases. The Federal Trade Commission sued the drug maker Solvay over a pay-to-delay play the company tried to make with Androgel.
Solvay and other brand-name drug makers …

Abbott Androgel Lawsuit

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An Abbott Androgel Lawsuit was filed this week in federal court by Stephen Benn against Abbott Laboratories and Abbvie, the makers and distributors of Androgel.
The companies advertised to convince millions of men that natural aging – mood swings, slowing down, lowered libido, that sort of thing – is a sign of testosterone deficiency and can be solved with a testosterone …

Testosterone Lawsuit in Supreme Court

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In March 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case that concerns most Americans and most of Big Pharma. Like brand-name drug “preemption,” which insulates drug makers from liability lawsuits, as well as the duplicitously titled  “Citizen’s United” decision and many others in recent history, this case pits the rights and the pocketbooks of American citizens against those of international …

Topamax Verdicts for Plaintiffs

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Two Topamax verdicts for plaintiffs came last year. Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals was ordered by a Philadelphia jury in November 2013 to pay $11 million for a case involving the anti-seizure drug Topamax and birth defects; and in a case the month before, a jury ordered the company to pay $4.02 million for a similar Topamax birth defects case.
Jurors …

First Transvaginal Mesh Trial against J & J

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Johnson & Johnson TVT Case set for W. Va. MDL

The first transvaginal mesh trial against J & J for a suburethral sling product will be jointly tried by Matthews & Associates and Freese & Goss. The trial is set to begin Feb. 10, 2014 in the multi-district litigation court (MDL) in Charleston, West Virginia.
The case involves a Texas woman who …

Transvaginal Mesh Doctors’ Conflicts of Interest

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Transvaginal Mesh doctors’ conflicts of interest could be dramatically impacting women’s healthcare.
We start with a simple premise: If a urogynecologist has a potential conflict of interest regarding the use of synthetic mesh as a treatment option for stress urinary incontinence (SUI), that doctor’s patients have a right to know about that potential conflict. Unfortunately, these conflicts are seldom, if ever, …

Risperdal lawsuit documents could be sealed

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Important Risperdal lawsuit documents could be sealed if the manufacturer of the drug has its way with the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.
One of Johnson & Johnson’s latest moves in the company’s ongoing fight to defend its research and promotion of Risperdal is to hide its research and promotion. The company is claiming – in the Philadelphia County Court …

Topamax Lawsuits won by Plaintiffs

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Plaintiffs beat Johnson & Johnson in the first two Topamax bellwether trials in the last month and a half. In Philadelphia, a jury found that taking the seizure medication Topamax during pregnancy can cause deformities such as cleft lip. When the lip or palate has failed to properly fuse, one develops a cleft lip. Such a deformity can adversely affect …

Risperdal Lawsuits – Fraud & Settlement News

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The FDA reported in a November news release that Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. would plead guilty and pay more than $1.6 billion to resolve charges the company misbranded Risperdal and filed false claims for its uses. Hundreds of Risperdal Lawsuits have also been filed by individuals in state courts across the country.
J & J enters Guilty Plea
On behalf of FDA, the …

Tylenol Lawsuits rise as acetaminophen kills

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Tylenol with acetaminophen can damage your liver and kill you. Though it has been sold over the counter for pain relief for more than 50 years, so many Tylenol users have suffered major liver damage or even died after taking it that Tylenol’s manufacturer will now warn of these dangers emphatically. McNeil Consumer Healthcare will now inform users of these …

Fosamax Femur Fractures Update

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The number of Fosamax cases filed in the country against Merck, the maker of Fosamax, has continued to grow. The main injures in these cases are femur fracture and osteonecrosis of the jaw. Multidistrict Litigation courts (MDLs) have been set up in N.J. and in N.Y. to handle these injuries separately.
Some 4,100 cases of people claiming femur fracture as a …

Beware of Generic Drugs

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Think twice the next time you accept a generic version of a brand-name drug. Americans are not protected by tort liability law if they become injured after taking a generic version of any drug. Though 84  percent of prescriptions written in the country are filled by a generic, the U.S. Supreme Court, in two hotly contested 5-4 votes, ruled to …

J&J fined $2.2 Billion for Risperdal Marketing

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Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $2.2 Billion and plead guilty to a misdemeanor in a deal to settle a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the marketing of Risperdal and other drugs.
Prosecutors had pursued J&J for nearly ten years after a whistleblower brought evidence that the company had promoted drugs for unapproved and sometimes harmful uses in the …

Risperdal Warning for Young Males

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Risperdal (risperidone) increases the risk of developing breasts and hyperprolactemia.
Recently, Risperdal maker Janssen,  a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, has been blamed for its failure to inform the public that young males or boys taking Risperdal (or risperidone, a medication used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other psychological disorders) are at an increased risk of developing abnormally enlarged breast tissue …

SSRIs and Pregnancy

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What every mother should know
Women of child-bearing years often wonder if the drugs they consider taking could have a negative impact on their baby’s development should they become pregnant. Such women would do well to understand the FDA’s designation of Pregnancy Categories X, D, C, B and A, and to understand that these categories are not as clearly delineated as …

Anatomy of a Lawsuit

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Many of our clients understandably ask about the process of filing their drug case. We hear many questions repeatedly: How does my drug case work? How long does it take to file my drug case? How long before I see some money or some results?
The basic procedure works this way. Once companies receive copies of our petition informing them that …

Pradaxa Fraud

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Warfarin has been an effective blood-thinning product for nearly 60 years. Like any blood thinner, it can work too well and cause uncontrolled bleeding; but there is an anecdote to stop the bleeding from Warfarin. Such is not the case with Pradaxa.
Touted by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals  as a new generation of Warfarin, Pradaxa is a disaster. Unlike Warfarin, there is …

Adderall ADD Profits

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder continues to be a hotly debated diagnosis among mental health professionals. Some believe ADHD/ADD to be a “legitimate,” identifiable diagnosis best treated with pharmaceuticals such as Ritalin or Adderall. Others believe that the naming of the thing itself – the fairly common human problem of focusing on the task at hand – has largely been a …

Judge rules Infuse lawsuits can go forward

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Plaintiffs won an important preemption battle in U.S. District Court in Ariz. August 2013 when Judge G. Murray Snow ruled that Medtronic changed the calculus of preemption by breaking federal law in promoting off-label use of Infuse. Consequently, the judge ruled, the company was no longer able to claim immunity by federal preemption.
The court wrote: “In short, the …

Pfizer slaughters baby horses for Premarin

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Premarin – promoted by Pfizer as a miracle drug for menopausal women – comes with myriad deadly side effects that include cancer, heart attacks, blood clots and strokes. If that is not enough to stop an intelligent woman from experimenting on herself with Premarin, anyone who loves horse and hates animal cruelty may want to think twice before using Premarin.
Premarin …

Jury awards $250,000 in Bard TVM case

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A federal jury in a bellwether injury lawsuit re-trial this week arrived at a $250,000 injury judgment against  transvaginal mesh device maker, C.R. Bard. This Bard case, the first to come before West Virginia’s Federal multi-district litigation (MDL) court, was declared a mistrial last month after testimony revealed the mesh product had been removed from the market, a disclosure which …

Transvaginal Mesh trials in W.Va. MDL

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A jury trial in a lawsuit involving transvaginal surgical mesh pelvic repair products is underway in U.S. District Court in Charleston, W. Va., site of the multi-district litigation (MDL) federal court.

The case is brought by Donna Cisson of Georgia, who is suing C.R. Bard. Inc., for a pelvic mesh implant she received that was made by the company. Ms. Cisson’s  …

Matthews and Freese & Goss Firms to try first MDL Mesh

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Matthews & Associates and Freese & Goss will try the first SUI sling trial in the Federal multi district litigation court (MDL) in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of West Virginia, Jan. 14, 2014. Judge Goodwin will preside.
The plaintiff, now 59, charges Ethicon – a division of Johnson & Johnson – with failing to adequately warn her of …

Steve Faries named to Mirena PSC

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Matthews & Associates attorney Steve Faries has been named to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC) in the Mirena IUD drug litigation in the Federal MDL set in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. An MDL – multi district litigation – court is set up in many cases that involve large numbers of people in order to avoid duplication …

NuvaRing Lawsuit Ruling

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A state judge in New Jersey refused this Spring to strike down claims for punitive damages in nine NuvaRing contraceptive cases scheduled to be tried in the next three years. Lawyers for Merck and Organon USA Inc., makers of NuvaRing, had moved for summary judgement to dismiss punitive damages in these cases. Judge Brian R. Martinotti refused to grant that …

First Topamax Trials

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David Matthews of Matthews & Associates in Houston and Tim Goss of Freese & Goss in Dallas are scheduled to try the first Topamax trials in the country, in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania – in Philadelphia – beginning the first week of September.
Both cases will be tried against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a division of Johnson …

Depakote increases birth defects risk

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Children born to women who took the epilepsy drug valproic acid (Depakote or Depakene) during their pregnancy’s first trimester are more than 2.5 times more likely to have serious births defects. These injuries can affect the brain, heart and limbs, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Serious Depakote birth defects include:
◆   Cleft palate
◆   Hypoplastic right …

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