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Coloplast Reportedly Settles 400 Transvaginal Mesh Cases

There are approximately 29,000 mesh cases pending against Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, Cook Medical Systems and Endo Health Solutions before Judge Joseph Goodwin in West Virginia.  Reportedly, settlement talks are ongoing in some form with some of the defendants, with only Johnson& Johnson not participating.  As the cases move to trial, transvaginal [...]

March 6th, 2014|Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Transvaginal Mesh|Comments Off on Coloplast Reportedly Settles 400 Transvaginal Mesh Cases

Lipitor Type 2 Diabetes Litigation Heating up

Countless people who took Lipitor (Atorvastatin) and were later diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are seeking to hold Pfizer and its distributors responsible.  In California, cases filed throughout the State have been coordinated before Judge Jane Johnson in Los Angeles with an initial status conference held on February 25, 2014. (See JCCP 4761). Judge Johnson [...]

March 5th, 2014|Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Lipitor|Comments Off on Lipitor Type 2 Diabetes Litigation Heating up

Big Pharma Fined $3.75 Billion in Fraud Penalties in Fiscal 2013

According to the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, these departments recovered $4.3 billion in criminal and civil fines in the 2013 fiscal year, which ended in September 2013.  This is a $100 million increase from the 2012 fiscal year.  The five-year total in fines has now reached $19.2 billion.  Pharma drugmakers [...]

March 3rd, 2014|Drug and Medical Device Litigation|Comments Off on Big Pharma Fined $3.75 Billion in Fraud Penalties in Fiscal 2013

Endo Health Solutions Saving $520 Million to Fund Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits While Settling Off Label Marketing Claims for Lidoderm

In 2011, Endo Health Solutions bought American Medical Systems, one of the manufacturers who is currently embroiled in the transvaginal mesh litigation, with over 5,000 pending lawsuits before Judge Joseph Goodwin.  In 2008, women who used these devices began filing suits against American Medical Systems.  In 2013, Endo agreed to pay some $54.5 million toward [...]

February 26th, 2014|Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Transvaginal Mesh|Comments Off on Endo Health Solutions Saving $520 Million to Fund Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits While Settling Off Label Marketing Claims for Lidoderm

Pfizer’s Lipitor Faces Colluding Charges in Australia

Amid the growing lawsuits and controversy that Pfizer’s Lipitor causes type-2 diabetes in female patients between the ages of 50 and 79 with BMI (Body Mass Index) below 30, (See California coordinated Lipitor cases in Los Angeles Superior Court JCCP no. 4761; In re Lipitor (Atorvastatin) Litigation, MDL No. 2502 (JPML)), Pfizer faces more legal [...]

February 24th, 2014|Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Lipitor|Comments Off on Pfizer’s Lipitor Faces Colluding Charges in Australia

A Brief Review of The Trial Testimony and Directed Verdict for Ethicon in Carolyn Lewis Mesh Bellwether Case

On February 18, 2014, Judge Joseph Goodwin granted Ethicon’s Motion for Directed Verdict at the close of Plaintiff’s case in Lewis vs. Ethicon, Inc. (In Re:  Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2327, Carolyn Lewis, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., No. 2:12-4301, S.D. W.Va.). What is a [...]

February 19th, 2014|Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Transvaginal Mesh|Comments Off on A Brief Review of The Trial Testimony and Directed Verdict for Ethicon in Carolyn Lewis Mesh Bellwether Case

Actos Trial Underway in Louisiana

Terry Allen, a retired hardware store manager is the plaintiff in the case currently in trial against pharmaceutical giant Takeda, the manufacturer of Actos, the diabetes drug that Allen and his experts say caused him to have bladder cancer. (See In Re Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation, 11-md-02299; Allen’s case is Allen v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals [...]

February 12th, 2014|Actos Diabetes Drug, Drug and Medical Device Litigation|Comments Off on Actos Trial Underway in Louisiana

Johnson & Johnson Mesh Trial Set to Begin

The first trial against Johnson & Johnson’s line of vaginal mesh products was set to commence February 10, 2014 in U.S. District in West Virginia.  Judge Joseph Goodwin will preside over the case, Carolyn Lewis, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., 2:12-cv-04301 TVT.  Lewis alleges complaints over Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon-produced TVT Retropubic [...]

February 11th, 2014|Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Transvaginal Mesh|Comments Off on Johnson & Johnson Mesh Trial Set to Begin

Government Going After Doctor Kickbacks

In the history of drug litigation, one fact that clearly emerged is that companies paid doctors a lot of money or provided a great deal of free samples and gifts to promote their drugs.  Many times the doctors were “thought leaders” or provided stipends to make “academic presentations” to doctors with the real purpose of [...]

January 15th, 2014|Drug and Medical Device Litigation|Comments Off on Government Going After Doctor Kickbacks

In 2013, Lipitor, Diabetes, and Post Menopausal Women Controversy Finally Gets Attention

Thanks to all of our regular readers of The Brandi Law Firm Blog.  We try to write about matters that we are involved in representing consumers in the area of defective drugs and devices, consumer issues, and auto safety.  We have seen our readership grow by fivefold this year and we thank you for your interest. [...]

December 27th, 2013|Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Lipitor|Comments Off on In 2013, Lipitor, Diabetes, and Post Menopausal Women Controversy Finally Gets Attention