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Talcum Powder causes cancerWhile some in the medical community continue to debate whether or not Talcum Powder, also known as Baby Powder, may cause ovarian cancer, two recent lawsuits suggest it does cause ovarian cancer.

The link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder was originally discovered in 1971 in a study that revealed talc particles in the ovarian tissue of cancer patients.

This was the first instance in which medical professionals realized women were at risk when using the powder on their genitals, sanitary pads, diaphragms, and in condoms. Talc particles easily made their way into the vagina and were able to travel deeper into the reproductive organs. One sample study demonstrated the ability of carbon particles to travel through the vagina and into the fallopian tubes in as little as 30 minutes, leading researchers to believe the same was possible with talc particles.

asbestos mesothelioma cancer attorneyA 65-year-old Beaverton man who is dying of asbestos-related cancer – four decades after he was exposed to the material – was awarded $8.75 million by an Oregon jury.

The three and half week long trial showed that Kaiser Gypsum, the manufacturer of a spackle-like product used on wallboard, exposed David Hoff to asbestos in the 1970s even though the company was aware of the hazard as early as 1965, according to evidence presented at the trial.

Hoff was a carpenter and was in his 20s when he worked construction sites where the Kaiser Gypsum product was applied by drywall workers, then sanded, releasing the tiny cancerous fibers into the air he breathed, according to the lawsuit.

Ethicon Gynecare Transvaginal Mesh LawsuitsThe family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer alleges that side effects of daily Baby Powder use for feminine hygiene purposes caused the development of cancer.

The family of Maureen Broderick Milliken allege that Milliken’s “regular and prolong” use of Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Powder around her genital area caused ovarian cancer. According to the lawsuit filed on June 9, 2016, Milliken used the product nearly her entire life.

Milliken’s famiy argues that Johnson and Johnson knew or should have known of the “unreasonably dangerous and carcinogenic nature of the talc,” the main ingredient used in Baby Powder. Yet, the company withheld information from consumers and continued to market use of the products in the underwear and around the genitals, which may cause talc to migrate through the vagina and increase the risk of cancer, according to the lawsuit.

texas_dangeous_drug_attorneyThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a drug safety communication stating that it has revised the warning labels of SGLT2 inhibitors, including Invokana, to include information about acute kidney injury.

According to a press release from the FDA, between March 2013 and October 2015, the agency received reports of 101 confirmed cases of acute kidney injury, some of which required dialysis and hospitalization, related to Invokana/Invokamet (canagliflozin, Janssen Pharmaceuticals) and Farxiga/Xigduo XR (dapagliflozin, Bristol-Myers Squibb/AstraZeneca).

The communication advised health care professionals to “consider factors that may predispose patients to acute kidney injury prior to starting them on canagliflozin or dapagliflozin.” These include lower blood volume; chronic kidney insufficiency; congestive heart failure; and taking medications such as diuretics, ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Xarelto GI Bleeding lawsuitsApproved in 2011, Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is one of the newest blood thinners on the market and is manufactured by Bayer and marketed in the U.S. by Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. So far, Xarelto brought in about $2 billion for Bayer and J&J in 2015 alone. In the first quarter of 2016, J&J reported the drug already made $567 million.

But people injured by the drug say its makers put profit before safety. The most dangerous side effect for people who take Xarelto is uncontrollable bleeding. The drug does not have an antidote, and former Xarelto users filed lawsuits saying they were not warned sufficiently about the medication’s risk.

Lawsuits against Bayer and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals are alleging:

A recent medical study has shown that people who have taken Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI), such as Prilosec, may be at an increased risk for chronic kidney disease.

A 2016 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that people who were taking the anti-ulcer medication Prilosec may be 20 to 50 percent more likely to experience chronic kidney disease than those not taking the medication. The study indicated that taking the medication more than once daily or for longer periods of time, increased the risk.

Concerns about Prilosec and other Proton Pump Inhibitor medications reach back to 2006 or before but the new results indicate that the risk of kidney failure is higher than previously thought. Researchers indicate that many patients taking the medications could have been discontinued without any adverse effects and that many prescriptions may have been given without a clear, medical diagnosis.

Uber Injury Accident LawyerThe popular Uber transportation services have raised many legal questions around the country, including who is responsible when a negligent Uber driver causes an accident.
Uber claims drivers are not employees of the company. They call those who serve as drivers “partner drivers” in an attempt to limit the company’s exposure to risk, among other reasons. The laws regulating Uber drivers vary from state to state. The legal questions regarding liability are even more complicated.
In most cases, when a person seeks insurance coverage, they are asked if they plan to use the vehicle to provide transportation services on a part-time basis. This questions ensures the correct policy is purchased by the individual.

Risperdal is an effective drug for treatment of various degrees of psychosis and schizophrenia, ADHD and bipolar disorder. However, like other pharmaceuticals, there are Risperdal side effects, some of which can be particularly harmful to the elderly and children.
Last year the makers of Risperdal settled for $15.5 million a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General for the State of Kentucky. The lawsuit accused the makers of Risperdal of not disclosing risks associated with the drug to consumers, and marketing Risperdal for uses other than originally intended or approved for by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This has caused excessive and unnecessary costs to Medicaid and Medicare in the state, according to the lawsuit.
Among the allegations brought by the state of Kentucky was that the makers of Risperdal marketed the drug as an appropriate treatment for dementia in non-schizophrenic elderly patients. It was alleged that a study undertaken by the drug company had suggested death rates among the elderly in association with Risperdal use doubled the risk of death. And yet, not only did the makers of Risperdal market and promote the drug for use among the elderly for a use not approved by the FDA, they created an elder care sales force to further target the elderly market, according to the lawsuit.

WEN lawsuitA class action lawsuit launched against WEN Cleansing Conditioner alleges that the popular hair product causes hair loss.

WEN Cleansing Conditioner is designed to be an all-in-one hair cleaner that replaces detanglers, conditioners and shampoo. It was developed by celebrity hair stylist Chaz Dean and sold and marketed by Guthy-Renker in the United States.

The first lawsuit was filed by Amy Friedman in California. Friedman had previously used organic shampoos and conditioners without any hair loss issues. However, within two weeks of using WEN Cleansing Conditioner she began losing substantial and abnormal amounts of hair. She stopped using the product but her hair loss continued for three more weeks. Ultimately, Friedman lost nearly a third of her hair.

Lowe’s Companies Inc. could be on the hook for punitive damages in a premises liability suit that went to trial about recently in Nevada state court alleging that the home improvement retail giant’s failure to clean up standing water in an outdoor area of the store caused a customer to slip and suffer a significant brain and neck injury.
Plaintiff Kelly Hendrickson claims she fell in a Lowe’s store in 2013 while shopping for plants in the outdoor garden section. Her lawsuit states that her fall was caused by a “slippery substance on the floor” and that she sustained “severe, serious and permanent injuries and damages.”
Hendrickson’s attorney have argued that 33 other accidents had already occurred at Lowe’s stores under similar conditions prior to Hendrickson’s fall and that they knew standing water in the outdoor garden area at their stores posed a danger to customers.

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