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  • Injured Hip Replacement Patients Win $502 Million Lawsuit Patty Martinez Apr-13-2016

    A $502 million dollar settlement was awarded to patients seeking compensation from Johnson & Johnson due to faulty hip replacements used in their surgeries. The case revealed how Johnson & Johnson knew about the faulty medical device and its inevitable failure and continued to distribute it among doctors and patients without warning. In 2013, Johnson and Johnson stopped selling artificial hip replacements after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration raised the standards of medical device...

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  • Oil and Gas Industry Cheats Employees of Compensation Patty Martinez Apr-07-2016

    The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has reported an increase in employee-compensation violations in the oil and gas industry. These violations coincided with oil prices dropping nearly two years ago. The Department of Labor has a relatively small national staff dedicated to investigating wage law violations which may lead to employers taking advantage of the lack of industry surveillance. In some cases, the payout to an individual worker who filed an independent claim seeking...

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  • FDA Taking Steps to Improve Safety of Infusion Pumps Mar-30-2016

    After receiving reports of significant safety issues associated with infusion pumps, the FDA has begun taking steps to ensure the safety of the devices. From 2005 through 2009, the FDA received around 56,000 reports of adverse events associated with the use of infusion pumps, including numerous injuries and deaths. Infusion pumps are medical devices that deliver fluids, nutrients, and medication into a patient’s body in controlled amounts. They are usually operated by a trained user, who...

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  • Depakote (Valproic Acid) Linked to Severe Birth Defects in First Trimester Mar-23-2016

    A study finds pregnant women who take the epilepsy drug valproic acid (Depakote) during their first trimester are more likely to have children born with serious birth defects. Valproic acid is used to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and to prevent migraines. Brand names include Depakote, Depakene, Depacon, and Stavzor. Valproic acid is one of the most commonly prescribed epilepsy drugs. It can be a very effective drug and may be the best choice for patients whose seizures are not controlled by other...

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  • Iowa School District Faces Asbestos Lawsuit Feb-29-2016

    Renovations at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa supposedly included the removal of asbestos, but after an inspection by the Department of Natural Resources found higher-than-permitted asbestos levels, the school district, and contractor Abatement Specialties, could now be facing a lawsuit. The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) voted unanimously to bring in the Attorney General to determine how to move forward with the case. A report filed with the EPC by the Department of...

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