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Compounding Pharmacy Implicated in Deaths

A compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts has been linked to the outbreak of a rare form of fungal meningitis caused by contamination of steroid injections commonly used for back and neck pain. Meningitis is a swelling of the protective membranes of the brain and spinal cord. Problems with the injections arose when the contaminated steroid was injected near the spine. Steroid injections in knees or hips are highly unlikely to cause meningitis. The compounding pharmacy shipped 17,676 potentially tainted vials to …

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Prisoners Sue Beer Companies, Blaming Crimes on Alcoholism

A new lawsuit takes aim at beer and wine companies for not warning consumers that they could become alcoholics. Frivolous lawsuit? Or new trend that will let consumers collect millions from liquor companies? The lawsuit seeks $1 billion from Miller Brewing, Anheuser-Busch, Coors and other major beer and wine makers for not adding warning labels on their bottles to tell people that alcohol is habit forming and addictive. But here’s the kicker: the lawsuit was brought by five inmates in …

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Toyota to Settle Accelerator Case for $1.4 Billion

Toyota agreed on Dec. 26 to settle a class action accusing the auto maker of selling cars that are defective because they suddenly accelerate. The total settlement amount is a reportedly record-breaking $1.4 billion, and while months remain before it is finally approved, a judge granted preliminary approval Dec. 28.   Error Hard to Find Toyota faced a raft of legal problems following reports in 2009 and 2010 that its cars were unintentionally accelerating and causing horrible accidents. Congressional hearings, …

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San Diego Chargers’ Doc Nailed Again for Malpractice

Dr. David Chao, the head physician for the San Diego Chargers, lost a $7.5 million medical malpractice suit in August based on his prescription of a faulty cold-therapy medical device to a knee surgery patient. Chao operated on Whitney Engler’s knee in 2003 and then directed her to use the Polar Care 500. After she developed frostbite on her knee and suffered permanent damage, she sued Chao, his medical practice, and Breg, Inc. – the manufacturer of the device.   …

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Posted 1 year ago in Products Liability by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court To Examine Generic Drug Lawsuits

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments next year on whether lawsuits against defective generic drugs can proceed in state court if they are not in violation of federal law. In Mutual Pharmaceutical Co v. Bartlett, the court will decide if federal law protecting generic drugs trumps state consumer protection laws, or if both can exist in harmony. If the court finds the laws to be in conflict, consumers will not be able to bring lawsuits over injuries they suffered …

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