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The NuVasive MAGEC is a rod implant system used in children for the treatment of early-onset scoliosis. NuVasive recently recalled the MAGEC system after it was discovered that a defect was causing the endcaps on the implant rod to detach inside the body. Injuries from this defect include back pain, bone abnormalities, and inflammation. Individuals who have been harmed by a defective MAGEC system rod are now filing product liability lawsuits against NuVasive.

About the NuVasive MAGEC System

NuVasive is a medical device company focused on the development and manufacture of high-tech spinal surgery implants. The NuVasive MAGEC system is a magnetic rod system that can be surgically implanted in the spine for the treatment of early-onset scoliosis (EOS) in children. The MAGEC system features a growing rod with innovative magnetic technology that enables the rod to be adjusted eternally with a remote control.

Last week provided 3M earplug lawsuit verdicts in the 6th and 7th bellwether test trials in the ongoing 3M earplugs litigation, the largest consolidated mass tort in U.S. history.

It did not begin well.  The 6th bellwether trial ended in a defense verdict in favor of 3M.

The 6th was a different story. A Tallahassee jury awarded the plaintiff $13.1 million in damages. This marked the largest and most impactful verdict in the 3M earplugs litigation because it included over $12 million in punitive damages.

Elmiron is the brand name of a popular prescription drug manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Millions of people take Elmiron every day to treat chronic bladder conditions. Last year, however, a research study confirmed that prolonged use of Elmiron can cause serious damage to the retinas in the eyes. Studies have conclusively established that extended use of Elmiron at high doses has caused permanent blindness and impaired vision.

After the release of these findings linking Elmiron to eye damage, a steady stream of dangerous drug lawsuits has been filed against Janssen alleging vision loss or damage caused by Elmiron. To date, just over 100 individual Elmiron lawsuits have been filed in federal courts around the country. More of these bladder medication lawsuits have been filed in state courts.

Elmiron MDL Class Action 

If you have a personal injury case in Wisconsin it is only natural to speculate on how much money you might get out of it. Looking at average settlement and verdict data can be very misleading because each individual case is unique. The best way to get an idea of what type of payout you can possibly expect in your case is to look at compensation awarded in prior cases with similar facts.

Below are summaries of verdicts and reported settlements in recent personal injury cases from Wisconsin. There is no guarantee that you will get a comparable payout from your case, but these verdicts and settlements will give you an idea of what to possibly expect.

Wisconsin Personal Injury Verdicts and Settlements

According to a new public warning from the FDA, certain leadless pacemakers made by Medtronic have a defect that may cause them to poke holes in the heart resulting in life-threatening complications.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently posted a new warning regarding a potentially fatal defect in the Medtronic Micra leadless pacemaker devices. The November 17 warning advises doctors about new findings which show that patients with the Medtronic leadless pacemaker implanted have displayed a significantly higher risk of cardiac perforation and potentially deadly complications.

Transvenous vs. Leadless Pacemakers

Paraquat is a highly toxic and poisonous chemical that is banned in over 32 countries. It is also one of the most widely used herbicides in the U.S. agriculture industry. Recent studies have linked paraquat exposure to early onset Parkinson’s disease, leading to a wave of paraquat lawsuits against the companies who make the chemical. In this post we will take a detailed look at a recent paraquat lawsuit (Barbara Kelly v. Syngenta Crop Protection, et al., S.D. Ill., Case No. 3:21-pq-1415) by deconstructing the allegations in the Complaint.

Kelly v. Syngenta

On November 11, Barbara Kelly (acting as Personal Representative of the estate of Andrew Eble) filed a paraquat lawsuit in the Sothern District of Illinois. The named defendants in the case are Syngenta Crop Protection LLC, Syngenta AG and Chevron U.S.A., Inc. The case alleges that the decedent, Andrew Eble, developed Parkinson’s disease after years of occupational exposure to paraquat.

Earlier this year, millions of Philips CPAP and BiPAP devices were recalled after it was discovered that foam used in the devices was degrading and causing users to inhale harmful chemicals. This has prompted a wave of CPAP recall lawsuits against Philips, but most of earlier complaints have only alleged consumer fraud claims.

Earlier this month in New York, one of the first CPAP recall lawsuits was filed in which the plaintiff is alleging that inhaling the foam caused physical injuries. Specifically, the plaintiff claims that 6 years of using a Philips CPAP device caused him to develop CPOD, asthma, blood clots, and a tumor in his throat. In this post will we carefully review and deconstruct the specific allegations in this complaint.

  • Video on CPAP lawsuits: a recent update and what a plaintiff needs to do to win their lawsuit (or earn a successful settlement)

November 15, 2021 Update: $13 million verdict in Camarillorazo this afternoon.  But we got a defense verdict in Palanaki. Click on the next link below for more details. 

The 5th bellwether trial in the 3M earplugs litigation resulted in a defense verdict. After 5 trials 3M has won 2 and the plaintiffs have scored victories in the other 3. Although the round 5 loss was disappointing, it was hardly surprising because the case was a defense pick that the plaintiff sought to dismiss prior to trial.

Two more 3M trials started on November 1, 2021, before different and new (new to the 3M litigation) federal judges.  There will be more trials immediately after those two trials.  So in terms of understanding the settlement amounts in the 3M lawsuits, we are getting closer to the finish line.

If you have been the victim of sex abuse or a sexual assault you have the right to file a civil lawsuit against your abuser (or the organization that enabled the abuse) and get justice with financial compensation. Almost any type of criminal sexual conduct or unwanted sexual contact can form the basis for a sexual abuse or sexual assault lawsuit. The type of conduct commonly seen in sex abuse lawsuits includes:

  • Sexual abuse of child
  • Rape

The talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson have been going on for years. The lawsuits allege that prolonged use of talcum powder (or “talc”), which is the active ingredient in products such as Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, can cause ovarian cancer in some women. This page provides a J&J talc power litigation update.

November 2021 Update:

In the spring of 2021, another massive jury verdict in a talcum powder case prompted J&J to pay out $100 million to settle a group of 1,000 pending talc cases (the details of this are the subject of the post below). Following this development, it seemed like a global settlement of all the talcum powder cases was on the horizon. But things have taken a turn in another direction recently.

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