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Posted 11 months ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Jawbone Death from Osteoporosis Drug Costs Novartis $1.3M

A Florida woman who took Zometa to prevent the risk of osteoporosis has won a $1.3 million jury award against drug maker Novartis for causing destruction of her jawbone. Nancy Guenther was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. When her doctors discovered that the cancer had metastasized to her bones, they prescribed Zometa to reduce her risk of bone fractures. Guenther received 46 injections of the drug over four years between 2002 and 2006. During that time, she claimed she …

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ALEC Helps Big Business Invade Local Lawmaking State By State

Click here to read more Lawyers.com coverage of ALEC and the organization’s anti-consumer agenda. The American Legislative Exchange Council kicks off its annual meeting today in Chicago, celebrating its 40th birthday. The organization is a network of conservative state legislators and some of the biggest corporate giants in the world that work together to influence local lawmaking and put the corporate agenda on the books state by state. Yet in spite of its wide reach, few citizens are even aware …

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Posted 1 year ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Abbott Labs Ordered to Pay $2.2M for Risky Arthritis Drug

A jury has ordered the maker of the popular arthritis drug Humira to pay $2.24 million for not warning doctors about a life-threatening side effect. Delores Tietz, of Manda, N.D., was prescribed Humira for rheumatoid arthritis in October 2009 and took it for almost seven months before feeling flu-like symptoms including chest pains and fever. Her symptoms were not treated for weeks until doctors finally diagnosed her illness as histoplasmosis, a severe fungal infection that can be fatal if untreated. …

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Patient Paralyzed by Toxic MRI Dye Awarded $5 Million

A patient who was given a shot of a contrast dye that left him unable to move won a $5 million verdict against GE Healthcare, the maker of the dye. Paul Decker, a retired Ohio man suffering from kidney disease, was given a single dose of Omniscan, a contrast agent administered before body scans like MRIs to help technicians and doctors read the scans more clearly. Decker developed a condition called nephrogenic systemic fibrosis after the 2005 scan. NSF is …

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Jury Awards $63M to Girl Almost Killed by Children’s Motrin

A jury has awarded $63 million to the family of a 7-year-old girl who lost her eyesight and nearly died after taking Children’s Motrin. The popular drug can cause a rare disease known as toxic epidermal necrolysis, or “TEN,” that eats away a person’s skin. “It’s like having your skin burned off of you. Imagine your worst sunburn times 1,000. It’s an absolutely devastating condition,” said the family’s attorneys, Bradley M. Henry, of the law firm Meehan, Boyle, Black & …

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