Blog Posts in August, 2015

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  • Big Damages Possible in Power Morcellator MDL Lawsuits

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 20-Aug-2015

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has recently been asked to consolidate 21 federal lawsuits against the manufacturers of power morcellator devices. While the number of cases is not particularly large at this juncture, lawyers involved in the litigation predict that number will grow particularly given the severity of injury in these cases. The plaintiffs in power morcellator cases ...
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  • Potential Dangers of Invokana

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 19-Aug-2015

    What is Invokana? Invokana is in a new class of medication called SGLT2 inhibitors used to treat Type II diabetes. Phase III clinical trials of the drug showed patients taking Invokana reduced their overall body weight and systolic blood pressure and improved their blood glucose control. Invokana reduces blood glucose via the kidneys, increasing glucose loss in the urine. Normally when glucose is ...
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  • Fatal Amtrak Accident in Philadelphia Stirs Positive Train Control Debate

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 17-Aug-2015

    On Tuesday, May 12 th, Amtrak Regional 188 derailed in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. The horrific train crash killed 8 people and injured over 200 and has been called one of the worst train accidents in recent history. Black box data has since revealed that the train was traveling in speeds of over 100 mph when it entered a dangerous curve. The speed limit on that section of track was ...
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  • 10 Things to Know about Xarelto Lawsuits

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 14-Aug-2015

    Xarelto was approved by the FDA in 2009 for the prevention of blood clots in those undergoing knee or hip surgery. In 2011, Xarelto gained approval to treat those with atrial fibrillation and for stroke prevention in patients. Xarelto has also been approved to treat and reduce recurring blood clots. Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Xarelto, has spent millions of dollars touting the benefits of ...
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  • FDA Orders Heart Attack Warning for Low Testosterone Supplements

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 13-Aug-2015

    In March, 2015, the FDA issued new labeling requirements to manufacturers of prescription testosterone supplements. This new labeling details the potential risks of heart attack and stroke among patients taking these supplements. The FDA also required the labeling to caution men against using testosterone supplements for any reason other than the approved use—for men with diagnosed ...
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  • More than 1,300 Testosterone Lawsuits Filed & Growing

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 12-Aug-2015

    There are more than 1,300 testosterone lawsuits filed in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Illinois. These men – the plaintiffs - have suffered serious health complications, such as heart attacks and strokes, after taking testosterone replacement therapy. Allegations include: The manufacturers engaged in an aggressive advertising campaign to convince men they might be suffering from low ...
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  • Manufacturer of Benicar Pays $39 Million to Settle Kickback Allegations

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 11-Aug-2015

    Global pharmaceutical company Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., agreed in January 2015 to pay a whopping $39 million to state Medicaid programs and the United States. Headquartered in New Jersey, Daiichi Sankyo’s payment will resolve allegations that the company violated the U.S. False Claims Act. Daiichi is accused of paying kickbacks to physicians to persuade them to prescribe their drugs, including ...
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  • Johnson & Johnson Seeking to Consolidate All 103 Talcum Powder Lawsuits in New Jersey

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 10-Aug-2015

    Multinational medical, pharmaceutical, and consumer packaged goods manufacturer Johnson & Johnson is currently facing large-scale litigation in New Jersey. Over 103 lawsuits against the company allege that their baby powder and other talcum powder products caused ovarian cancer when used in the perineal region. The cases are spread across two counties, with the majority in Atlantic County. For ...
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  • Doctor with Cancer Raises Alarm about Morcellators

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 10-Aug-2015

    Patients who have suffered serious harm due to a defective medical device or dangerous drug surely wonder whether the FDA is really going the extra mile to safeguard consumers from potentially harmful devices and drugs. Two doctors in Philadelphia believe the FDA is absolutely not protecting consumers. The couple is literally in the fight of their life to try and prevent others from dealing with ...
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  • Federal Judge Upholds Suit Against Angie's List

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 10-Aug-2015

    A federal judge upheld one woman’s standing to sue Angie’s List, a consumer-review site, for unfair business practices and breach of contract. According to the judge, the woman brought a fair argument for a potential class action lawsuit. Janell Moore claims that Angie’s list failed to disclose information about its advertising policies, specifically policies that allow customers ...
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  • Johnson & Johnson Seeks to Consolidate 103 Baby Powder Lawsuits

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 10-Aug-2015

    Johnson & Johnson, a multinational medical and consumer goods manufacturer, hopes to centralize 103 baby powder suits in multicounty litigation in Atlantic County. According to claimants, J&J baby powder products containing talc cause ovarian cancer. Since 87 of the pending suits were filed in Atlantic County, J&J wants to consolidate the cases. The company wrote, “Counsel have ...
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  • Early Trial Selection for Androgel Lawsuits

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 9-Aug-2015

    AndroGel testosterone supplement lawsuits continue to progress in an Illinois U.S. District Court overseen by Judge Matthew Kennelly. The coordination of more than 1,500 lawsuits is involved in this MDL. The MDL was established a little more than a year ago with an eye toward streamlining early trial proceedings. Judge Kennelly denied bifurcation requests to separate the liability question from ...
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  • Recent Testim Lawsuit Highlights Dangers of Testosterone Drug

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 5-Aug-2015

    A lawsuit was filed several months ago on behalf of a sixty-two-year-old after he suffered a stroke and heart attack from taking the dangerous testosterone drug, Testim. The Maryland resident used Testim from August 2012 to July 2013. He suffered a stroke in April 2013, and then a heart attack in July 2013. The lawsuit alleges both cardiac events are directly related to his use of Testim, and that ...
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  • Amtrak Lawsuits Capped at $200 Million

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 3-Aug-2015

    Following the recent Amtrak train accident, which killed eight and injured more than 200, Congress announced the payout for lawsuits related to the crash would be capped at $200 million. Many feel this number may simply be too low to fully cover the deaths and injuries associated with the derailed train, particularly when the crash was repeatedly characterized as “ a scene of indescribable ...
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