Alleged Cover-up Could Blow Roof off of Asbestos Litigation

The appeals ruling involved a class-action suit filed by relatives of alleged asbestos victims who accused BASF and Cahill of a systematic cover-up involving the destruction of key documents involving Engelhard asbestos litigation. Although the case in itself is not injury related, evidence of a cover-up could revive many previously litigated cases and cases in which plaintiffs settled for less than they would have had they attained access to factual information.


Sincerely Nuts Recalls Macadamia Products due to Salmonella Scare

According to the FDA, Persons infected with the salmonella organism “often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain” that in rare circumstances, “can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.”


Appeals Court Rules for Novartis against Amgen in Biosimilar Cancer Treatment Suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted a major victory for Novartis AG, the world’s pharmaceutical market leader. The court’s three-judge panel ruled 2-1 on Wednesday, declining a petition to renew a six-month injunction filed by competitor Amgen involving the marketing of a biosimilar drug comparable to Amgen’s breakthrough cancer treatment Neupogen



Michigan Man Injured by Bair Hugger

William L. filed suit against 3M and Arizant Healthcare, Inc. claiming that their Bair Hugger caused him to develop an infection requiring additional surgeries and leaving him with permanent injuries. A patient warmer, the Bair Hugger blows hot air right onto the patient’s exposed skin during surgery.



C.R. Bard Settles Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits for $200M

C.R. Bard settles vaginal mesh lawsuits for $200M. This agreement comes after five years of expensive legal battles. Over 3,000 women claiming that implantation of Bard’s bladder or vaginal sling caused them injuries filed the suits being settled. The products are commonly used in surgeries treating stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. This isn’t


Lovaza May Cause Subdural Hematoma

Lovaza, a popular prescription Omega-3 fish oil, may cause subdural hematoma. Omega-3s, essential for human health, may also contribute to increased risk of bleeding. As many who suffer from chronic subdural hematoma are elderly and, therefore, more likely to need Lovaza, this risk increases. To date, GSK’s warning does not include subdural hematoma.


Psych Ward Escapee Dies in Traffic, Court Rules Medical Malpractice

Psych ward escapee dies in traffic, court rules medical malpractice. After Ashley Lawson, patient as Shands Vista psychiatric hospital, stole an employee’s badge and keys, she escaped and fled onto Interstate 75 where she was killed when a truck hit her. Her estate sued the hospital for negligence, but the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that it properly sounded in medical malpractice. This resulted in the case being dismissed as the estate didn’t meet the notice provisions for a medmal case. However, it was dismissed without prejudice, meaning the estate can try again.


Valeant Strikes Collaboration Deal with AstraZeneca over Experimental Psoriasis Drug

The terms of the agreement include Valeant paying AstraZeneca $100 million up front, adding another $170 million depending on pre-launch benchmarks, as well as up to $175 million depending upon sales benchmarks. After the product’s launch, the two companies will share profits. Valeant will handle the regulatory submission processes and the associated costs. In return, Valeant will retain the commercialization rights to brodalumab in all markets except in Japan and some Asian countries, where Amgen, the originator of the drug, had made a pre-existing agreement with Japanese biotech firm Kyowa Hakko Kirin.