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On May 28, 2021, 3M won their first trial in the 3M earplug lawsuits.  The jury found that an Ohio Army veteran’s tinnitus was not caused by 3M’s negligence in selling and distributing the Combat Arms earplugs.

So we are now 1-1.  On April 30, 2021, 3M earplug verdict enjoyed a huge win: $7.1 million for three plaintiffs.  The jury kicked in $2.1 million in punitive damages.  Why?  They didn’t just find 3M negligent in manufacturing the Combat Arms earplugs.  The jury thought 3M need to learn a lesson for what it did to these victims.

So we have one win and one loss.  Our lawyers still believe in these cases.  Call our 3M earplug lawyers today at 800-553-8082 or contact us online for a free 3M earplug lawsuit consultation.

Medical device manufacturer Boston Scientific has issued an emergency safety recall of its Vici Venous stent devices because a defect in the stents causes them to migrate once inside the body. If you had a Vici Venous stent surgically implanted and it subsequently migrated inside your body, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our medical device lawyers are currently new Vici Venous stent cases against Boston Scientific.

Venous Stent

About the Vici Venous Stent

Venous stents are small tubs of metal mesh that are surgically implanted inside a vein to help expand the walls of the vein and keep them open to allow blood circulation. The stent effectively functions like a reinforcing scaffold or frame that prevents the vein from closing. Stents are typically placed in larger veins. Venous stents are commonly used for the treatment of chronic blood clots (deep vein thrombosis) and similar conditions that cause the veins to narrow or compress.

Right now, there are thousands of lawsuits pending in courts across the country related to defective hernia mesh implants. The plaintiffs in these lawsuits are individuals who had a defective hernia mesh implanted during surgery causing them to suffer serious post-surgical complications and injuries.

The hernia mesh lawsuits involve multiple hernia mesh products made by 3 medical device companies who are now defendants in the litigation: Ethicon (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary), C.R. Bard (now part of Beckton Dickinson), and Atrium Medical Corp. The alleged defects and the product liability claims being asserted against all these defendants are similar enough to talk about them collectively.

As of Spring 2021, we have yet to see a trial or jury verdict in any of these hernia mesh cases. Bellwether trials are coming up this summer which should give us our first taste of how these cases might play out. In the meantime, however, we can certainly speculate on how much these cases could be worth. This post will offer a reasonable estimate of how much hernia mesh individual hernia mesh claims might be worth in the final settlement.

It has been over a year now since Bayer AG announced that it had reached an agreement with plaintiffs’ counsel to settle thousands of pending lawsuits alleging that popular weedkiller Roundup causes NHL cancer. The settlement agreement still needs to get approved by the MDL judge (U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria).

The hearing on whether to approve the agreement was held yesterday.  On Tuesday, however, Judge Chhabria issued a set of piercing questions in advance of the approval hearing. Judge Chhabria’s questions raise major concerns about the validity of the Roundup settlement proposal and cast doubt on whether the settlement will get approved in its current form.

Paraquat is a chemical herbicide that has recently been linked to Parkinson’s disease. A growing number of lawsuits are being filed against the manufacturers of Paraquat by individuals who used or were exposed to the chemical and later diagnosed with Parkinson’s.  Call our Paraquat lawyers today for a free consultation if you have a claim.

So far enough Paraquat lawsuits have been filed that the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) is expected to create a new class action Paraquat MDL.

Meanwhile, however, one of the earliest Paraquat Parkinson’s lawsuits is going to trial in state court in Illinois. The case, Thomas Hoffman, et al. v. Syngenta Crop Protection LLC, et al., (Case No. 17-L-517), was originally filed back in 2017 in the 20th Judicial Circuit Court for St. Clair County, Illinois.

Roundup is one of the most popular and widely used weed killers in the world. Roundup was first released in the early 1970s by Monsanto (now owned by pharma giant Bayer) and it eventually came to dominate the weed killer market, both commercial and residential. Roundup was everywhere and there was never any question about whether it was safe.

The end of Roundup’s success story began about 5 years ago when it was discovered that chronic exposure to the active ingredient in Roundup (glyphosate) could cause certain types of cancer. This discovery was followed by an inevitable tidal wave of lawsuits by individuals who were diagnosed with cancers such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after prolonged use of Roundup.

pesticide-239x300The Roundup lawsuits soon numbered in the thousands and were consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of California. Monsanto (and its successor Bayer) has repeatedly refused to admit that Roundup is unsafe and aggressively defended its product in the courts.  After years of civil discovery and a series of “test trials” that resulted in massive plaintiff verdicts, Bayer finally gave in and announced that it was going to pay a staggering $10 billion to settle all of the Roundup lawsuits.

Last week, in Siebert v. Okun, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the state’s damages cap in medical malpractice cases was constitutional, concluding the law did not violate the right to a trial by jury. This ruling struck down the Bernalillo County District Court’s 2018 ruling on Siebert v. Okun.

New Mexico’s Medical Malpractice Act

The New Mexico legislature passed the Medical Malpractice Act in 1976. The law caps damages in medical malpractice cases at $600,000. It applies to lost wages and pain and suffering. The cap excludes punitive damages and compensation for medical and rehabilitative treatments.

A Jury Verdict Research study finds that the compensatory median award for personal injury trials in New York is $287,628, dwarfing the nationwide median is $34,550.

Why Are New York Personal Injury Verdicts Are So High?

New York has favorable juries, particularly in its urban areas. But the reality is that this number is distorted by the lack of smaller and mid-sized car accident lawsuits. Under New York’s no-fault law, an insurance company is required to pay drivers, passengers, and pedestrians up to $50,000.00 for their legitimate economic and medical losses but does not provide for pain and suffering.

Only permanent injury cases can recover more than $50,000. This leads to fewer lawsuits in smaller cases – of which there are many – which increases the overall award in New York.

IVC filters have been linked to an increased risk of fracture which can cause serious injury or death.  Our law firm is focused on Cordis and Cook IVC filter cases.

The IVC filter lawsuits have been going on for a long time, too long.  Our lawyers frequently get calls from people who are frustrated that their lawyer has “done nothing” to advance their case towards settlement. We also get calls from victims who cannot find a lawyer.    This page gives you information if you have filed an IVC filter lawsuit or are thinking of filing such a claim.

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Injectafter lawsuits are starting to be filed around the country amid allegations that the iron supplement causes hypophosphatemia (HPP), leading to fatigue, muscle pain and weakness, and bone pain.

Injectafer History

In 2013, the FDA approved the iron supplement Injectafer. This drug is used to treat iron deficiency anemia, a condition where the body lacks enough iron to produce healthy red blood cells. Shortly after FDA approval, studies revealed that use of Inectafer could cause severe hypophosphatemia (HPP) in some patients.

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