Blog Posts in March, 2007

  • Illinois AG Warns of Children’s Jewelry Recall

    “Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued an alert on March 21st about a recall of children’s necklaces that contain high levels of lead that may be toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects. The recall was first by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with Claire’s Boutiques Inc. The recalled children’s necklaces have metal pendants shaped ...
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  • Class Action Alleges Baby Bottles Pose Dangerous Health Risks

    The five leading manufacturers of plastic baby bottles and the retailers who sell the bottles were hit with a class action lawsuit March 12 based on allegations that a chemical used as part of the manufacturing process poses dangerous health risks to infant children.The complaint alleges that unsafe levels of a chemical called Bisphenol-A, or BPA, are found in the plastic products of baby bottles, ...
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  • Insurance Industry Posts Record Profits

    Looks like delay, deny, defend is really working for the insurance industry. “(AP) – State Farm Insurance, the nation’s largest insurer, said Thursday that profits climbed 65% in 2006 as claims dipped amid a relatively tranquil year for hurricanes and other natural disasters. The Bloomington-based insurer posted earnings of $5.3 billion, up from $3.2 billion the year before when payouts soared ...
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  • Problems WIth ADHD Drugs Continue

    Last month the FDA directed all manufacturers of drugs approved for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to develop Patient Medication Guides alerting patients to the potential risks of the drugs. In addition to past risks, the Medication Guides are intended to warn of possible cardiovascular events and adverse psychiatric events. It seems that we are routinely hearing ...
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  • Gamblers Sue Ameristar Casino Over Rewards Program

    “Seven upset gamblers sued the Ameristar Casino of St. Charles today, saying the casino cheated them out of money, food and points they could have earned in the casino's rewards program. St. Louis attorney Arthur G. Muegler Jr. filed the lawsuit in St. Charles County Circuit Court. The suit also names Ameristar's Las Vegas parent company. If it is certified as a class action lawsuit as Muegler ...
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  • How Do You Defend The Indefensible?

    This week two Florida doctors that got hammered with a $217 million medical malpractice verdict are turning the table: on their own attorneys.Claiming that the attorneys failed to properly advise them of $1 and $3 million dollar settlement offers by the plaintiff, the doctors suing for professional negligence, fraudulently concealing information, and failing to properly advise. Of course, the ...
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  • Death Case Involving Ford Truck Fire Settles

    “An eastern Iowa man whose wife died in a fire he said was caused by a Ford pickup truck has settled a lawsuit with the auto manufacturer. Earl Mohlis, 78, said Monday he still cries over the loss of his wife, Darletta Mohlis, 74, who died May 2, 2005, after a fire spread from their attached garage into their Westgate home. Mohlis and his three grown children, Jeff Mohlis, Carolyn Howe and Kathy ...
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  • $750,000 Florida Jury Award for Nursing Home Rape Victim

    “A $750,000 jury award against a Jacksonville nursing home where a 77-year-old woman was raped by a repeat sex offender has the daughter elated about the outcome, but not because of the money. I don’t care if it was $1, it was all about the … verdict,” Sandra Banning said Friday. Banning is happy because she thinks Thursday’s verdict in the civil case will help reignite legislation to protect ...
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  • Jury Finds Merck Failed to Warn of Vioxx Risks

    “A New Jersey jury found Friday that Merck failed to warn about the cardiovascular risks of the painkiller Vioxx in the case of a man who had a heart attack in 2001. But the same jury found that Merck did properly warn of Vioxx’s heart risks in the case of a second man, who had a fatal heart attack in 2002. The jury also found Merck violated a New Jersey consumer-protection law, but hasn’t yet ...
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  • Favorable Verdict in Prempro Retrial

    “A jury on Tuesday awarded $3 million to an Ohio woman who claimed a hormone replacement drug made by Wyeth caused her breast cancer. Jennie Nelson, 67, of Dayton, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 after taking Prempro for five years to treat symptoms of menopause. Her lawyers said Wyeth knew for decades the drug could cause breast cancer, but failed to warn patients. More than 5,000 women ...
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