by Marilyn T. McGoldrick, Esq. Takeda Pharmaceuticals executives have reportedly offered more than $2.3 billion dollars to resolve the more than 8,000 lawsuits alleging that it hid the bladder cancer risks of its popular diabetes drug Actos. The settlement must still be approved, but reportedly the details of the settlement are final. If you or a… Read More

Posted by Marilyn McGoldrick on Feb 24, 2015 12:12:07 PM Mesh manufacturer C.R. Bard is reportedly in talks to settle the thousands of pelvic mesh lawsuits pending against it in federal and state courts across the country. At the urging of federal judge Joseph R. Goodwin, C.R. Bard’s attorneys and plaintiffs’ lead counsel have been discussing… Read More

By Marilyn T. McGoldrick, Esq. Posted on Nov 3, 2014 A global settlement valued at over $1 billion dollars with the manufacturer of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants, Homedica Osteonics Corp. (also known as Stryker Orthopaedics), has been announced after a hearing today before the judge overseeing the Stryker MultiDistrict Litigation. Patients who underwent… Read More

Posted by Marilyn McGoldrick on Oct 9, 2014 8:46:00 AM Transvaginal mesh manufacturer C.R. Bard reportedly will settle over 500 of its pending vaginal mesh lawsuits for over $21 million dollars, according to Bloomberg News, which cited anonymous sources “familiar with the accords”. C.R. Bard is a defendant in more than 12,000 lawsuits in federal… Read More

By David C. Strouss, Esq. Posted on Sep 26, 2014 Thornton Law Firm and co-counsel recently settled a lawsuit on behalf of a child with serious birth defects whose mother was exposed to toxic substances during pregnancy while working in the semiconductor chip manufacturing industry. The settlement was reached just before trial was scheduled to… Read More

Posted by Andrew S. Wainwright on Jul 22, 2014 2:17:00 PM A unanimous 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals panel today ordered Travelers Insurance to pay asbestos victims more than $500 million to comply with a settlement Travelers first agreed to in 2003. Travelers was the primary insurance carrier for Johns-Manville Corporation, once the world’s largest… Read More

Today there are multiple news reports of great interest to people suffering from defective hip replacements: Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics has agreed to a tentative settlement of over 4 billion dollars to resolve thousands of DePuy Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) hip implant lawsuits. This would make it the largest recorded settlement for a defective medical device in US history.… Read More

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics has agreed to settle a DePuy ASR hip lawsuit before trial. The case would have been the first “bellwether” trial in a California state court consolidation of ASR cases. The Plaintiff, Mr. Robert Eugene Ottman, was set to begin presenting his case in two weeks in state court in San Francisco. … Read More

C.R. Bard recently settled the second federal Avaulta transvaginal mesh bellwether case just before trial which was scheduled to start last week. The settlement terms between Bard and the plaintiff, a North Carolina woman named Wanda Queen, are undisclosed. The announcement was made by U.S. District Court Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, who presides over all six surgical mesh consolidated federal multi-district litigation (MDL) dockets. Besides the Bard consolidated cases, Judge Goodwin presides over litigation involving American Medical Systems, Inc., Boston Scientific Corp., Coloplast Corp., Cook Medical, Inc., and Ethicon, Inc.… Read More

Posted by David C. Strouss on Mar 26, 2013 10:34:00 AM Overruling a fracking company’s request to keep the details private, a Pennsylvania judge has unsealed records related to a $750,000 settlement of a suit alleged water contamination near Marcellus shale fracking in southwestern Pennsylvania. Homeowners Chris and Stephanie Hallowich claimed that nearby fracking operations… Read More