Lawsuits & Litigation
It reads like something out of an espionage thriller: major medical device company smuggles counterfeit materials into the U.S. and causes massive injuries to an unsuspecting public. Unfortunately, it’s far from fiction. A West Virginia plaintiff is suing claiming medical device maker Boston Scientific used counterfeit resin in vaginal mesh product.
Medical device manufacturer Johnson & Johnson agreed to $120M vaginal mesh settlement. The settlement resolves 2,000 – 3,000 vaginal mesh cases. This is a huge move in the years-long litigation in which tens of thousands of women claim constant pain and organ damage as a result of eroded mesh products.
One of the U.S.’ Big Pharma giants is opening the checkbook over an old drug, but this time the investors are getting the payout. Merck feels pain of securities settlement over now-recalled Vioxx pain reliever. The $830M settlement brings to a close a federal class action suit in which Merck’s investors claim the company didn’t adequately inform them of the risk of heart disease caused by Vioxx.
A plumber in Texas recently sued AutoNation for failing to remove his business decal from a truck he sold to a dealer. Sounds silly, right? Not when you consider that the vehicle – decal intact! – somehow made it to Syria and was repurposed as a tool of jihad and captured in a photo that was subsequently tweeted to the world. To be clear: the truck’s former owner Mark Oberholtzer is NOT sympathetic to terrorists.
Comedian Bill Cosby sued seven sexual assault victims for defamation. That’s right, Pudding Pops is fighting back using the oldest trick in the book: women who speak out against celebrities who rape them must be doing so only for the money. Way to perpetuate the rape culture, Cos!
Flint residents are seeking class action status in a suit against the city and the state of Michigan alleging that cost-cutting measures put their health in danger. When Flint was put under emergency financial management, the city’s water supply was switched from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River. The pipe corrosion that followed exposed residents to dangerous levels of lead in their drinking water.
A consumer-driven lawsuit against Ford Motor Company alleging fraud in advertising will go forward. The judge ruled that the suit claiming that Ford over-estimated fuel-efficiency numbers on the Fusion and C-Max hybrids had merit.
GM’s luck ran out as a federal bankruptcy judge ruled that plaintiffs in the faulty ignition suits could collect punitive damages if they could prove that “New GM” knew about “Old GM’s” defect and covered it up. Gone are the previous protections afforded the automaker by its 2009 bankruptcy.