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Blog Posts in August, 2013

  • Fast Food Strikes Across the Country Call for Higher Wages

    Wage, hour and overtime lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm have written extensively about the recent strikes taking place throughout the country by fast food employees. Workers from restaurants like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Taco Bell are striking in efforts to obtain higher wages and union protection. The fast food strikes began in the spring of 2013 in New York City, one of the most expensive ...
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  • Police Cracking Down on Drunk Drivers through Labor Day Weekend

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm affirm that police departments throughout the country will be out in full force this Labor Day weekend in the final push of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Coinciding with the holiday, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) released data reflecting a positive trend toward late-night drunk driving fatality reductions in ...
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  • Novartis Sued in Whistleblower Case over Off-Label Elidel Use

    Whistleblower lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that a federal judge recently denied Novartis Pharmaceuticals’ request to appeal a whistleblower over eczema medication Elidel. The suit claims the drug manufacturer defrauded the government in its off-label promotions of the dangerous medication. The whistleblower, Donald Galmines, alleges that Novartis violated the False Claims Act when ...
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  • GranuFlo Manufacturer Hid its Serious Health Risks, According to Class Action

    GranuFlo and NaturaLyte lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that Fresenius USA, which manufactures the dialysis drugs, was recently hit with a proposed class action claiming it knowingly concealed the health risks of GranuFlo. Plaintiffs allege the company promoted the dialysis drug, despite its risk of cardiac episodes, to increase sales. Plaintiffs claim that Fresenius initiated a ...
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  • LA Medical Center Settles Radiation Overexposure Lawsuit

    Medical malpractice attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and GE Healthcare Technologies were recently subject to a class action for delivering eight times the approved dosage or radiation to patients. The affected patients underwent CT brain perfusions scans to diagnose strokes. The class action complaint was filed on behalf of about 200 ...
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  • DePuy Hip Victims Call for FDA Investigation

    DePuy hip implant lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm announce that plaintiffs suing Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy over its defective hip implants are now asking the FDA to investigate the company’s cover-up of experts’ concerns over the devices. Plaintiffs believe DePuy broke federal law in concealing expert testimonies over its defective metal-on-metal hip implants, which the company ...
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  • Wife of Welder Files Mesothelioma Wrongful Death Lawsuit

    Asbestos exposure attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the Arizona Supreme Court recently ruled that New Mexico law does apply to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the wife of a welder who was exposed to asbestos on the job and consequently died of mesothelioma. The man, Dudley Pounders, was living in Arizona at the time of his death, though he was employed as a welder in New Mexico ...
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  • Antipsychotic Drugs Raise Risk of Diabetes in Children

    Dangerous drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on new research which suggests that the use of antipsychotic medications in children increases the risk of Type II diabetes, particularly in children. In response, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently began a review of antipsychotic drug use in underage Medicaid beneficiaries. The use of antipsychotic drugs such as ...
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  • Dunkin Donuts Franchises Pay Employees for Back Wages

    Wage, hour and overtime lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that 55 Dunkin Donuts franchises in New Jersey were recently ordered to pay nearly $200,000 in back wages to its managers and customer services workers. The operator of the franchises, QSR Management LLC, also owns Dunkin Donuts locations in Staten Island, New York. The company was recently subject to investigations by the U.S. ...
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  • JCB Laboratories Recalls Sterile Drug Products

    Compounding pharmacy lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm announce that JCB Laboratories recently issued a recall of several lots of its sterile drug products due to microbial contamination. Among the affected medications include sodium thiosulfate, sodium citrate, and acetylcysteine. All six lots of recalled products were distributed to outpatient dialysis clinics in several states, between July ...
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  • Medtronic Faces Litigation Over Infuse Bone Graft Substitute

    Medtronic Infuse lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that a federal judge recently threw out Medtronic’s motion to dismiss an injury lawsuit concerning its popular bone graft substitute, the Infuse. The company attempted to argue that two federal laws preempted the injury lawsuit. The plaintiff, Cristina Ramirez, has suffered from severe back pain ever since she underwent a lumbar fusion ...
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  • $6 Million Verdict in Mesothelioma Case against Dow Chemical

    Mesothelioma attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that a Louisiana jury recently awarded a mesothelioma patient $5.95 million in damages. The plaintiff sued Dow Chemical for knowingly exposing him to asbestos, thereby causing his cancer development. Sidney Mabile was exposed to asbestos at the Plaquemine Dow Chemical plant when he worked there as an electrician. Dow’s Placquemine facility ...
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  • Judge Rules Fosamax Plaintiffs Not Required to Verify Injuries

    Fosamax lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm confirm that a federal judge recently refused to require hundreds of Fosamax victims to substantiate their injuries. Merck, the drug’s manufacturer, previously requested that about 600 plaintiffs submit expert reports linking Fosamax to their injuries. Merck asked the judge to approve a ‘Lone Pine’ order for these cases, which requires plaintiffs to ...
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  • Judge Rules Biomet Must Defend against Metal-on-Metal Hip Injuries

    Metal-on-metal hip device lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm affirm that a federal judge in Indiana recently declined Biomet’s motion to dismiss claims by a plaintiff implanted and injured by a defective M2A Magnum hip device. The plaintiff, Leslie Caccia, suffered extensive bone and tissue damage after being implanted with the M2A-Magnum hip replacement system, requiring several revision ...
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  • Doctors Face Scrutiny over Payments from Drug and Medical Device Companies

    Medical malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that, under new guidelines imposed by the Affordable Healthcare Act, U.S. physicians will now have to disclose all payments and gifts they receive from pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Beginning in August 2013, these companies have to report every transaction with physicians to the federal government. This includes ...
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  • Food Companies Responsible for Cyclospora Outbreak Sued

    Cyclospora lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm recently reported on the parasitic outbreak from contaminated salad mix that has sickened about 600 people in the U.S. Two of those victims are now suing three companies they believe to be responsible for the contamination. The three defendants are Taylor Fresh Foods, Bob’s Taco Station, and Mex Luna Produce Company. The Olive Garden has also been ...
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  • Judge Rules AIG Liable for World Trade Center Asbestos Claims

    Asbestos exposure attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that a unit of American International Group Inc. (AIG) was recently ordered to continue defending against thousands of asbestos-related claims filed by World Trade Center construction workers. The insurance firm attempted to argue that its duty to defend had ended. The insurer sued the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in ...
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  • Consumers Urge FDA to Include Black Box Warning on Plavix

    Plavix lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the consumer group Public Citizen is increasing its urges to the FDA to place a Black Box Warning, the agency’s most severe caution, on the blood-thinner Plavix. The drug has been known to cause fatal bleeding in stent implant recipients if taken for longer than one year. Several studies have noted that patients taking Plavix (clopidogrel) ...
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  • Child Car Seat Safety Proposal May Alter Rules

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that an amendment to the 2014 federal motor-vehicle safety standards would require children to be secured by both a seat belt and top tether. Currently, children are required to be secured by lower anchors and tethers. The new rules would apply only if the combined weight of the car seat and child exceeds 65 pounds. The older rule, known ...
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  • FDA Drug Security Program Targets Foreign Manufacturers

    Drug recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that, in efforts to curtail contaminated or unapproved pharmaceuticals from being imported, the FDA recently implemented a new program to ensure the safety of drugs manufactured beyond U.S. borders. The new Secure Supply Chain Pilot Program is a voluntary program through which qualified applicants can expedite their approval process, enabling ...
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  • USC Football Player Sues Pain Killer Manufacturer over Heart Attack

    Toradol lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that a judge in California recently ruled to continue with a lawsuit filed by a former University of Southern California (USC) football player, who alleges Hospira, the manufacturer of Toradol, failed to warn him of the cardiac risks. The athlete suffered a heart attack after receiving repeated injections of the painkiller. The plaintiff, Armond ...
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  • Human Mesothelioma Trials to Begin for New Genetic Drug

    Mesothelioma attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm announce that researchers at the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) are prepping to begin a clinical trial for a new drug therapy for mesothelioma. The trial comes after a three-year study to characterize the gene expression in mesothelioma. Research teams at ADRI ultimately found that a specific family of microRNAs, which are small ...
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  • Alex Rodriguez Files Medical Malpractice Suit against Yankees Doctor

    Medical malpractice attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is preparing to file a lawsuits against the team’s medical doctor, Chris Ahman. Rodriguez claims that Dr. Ahman failed to diagnose a torn labrum in his left hip during the 2012 playoffs. Since his doping scandal broke in January 2013, Rodriguez has been at odds with the media, his ...
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  • Mother Awarded $8.5 Million after Son Shot by Police

    Police brutality lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm confirm that a jurors in Chicago awarded a mother $8.5 million in a trial surrounding the death of her 18-year-old son. The teen was shot in the back by Chicago police in 2007 during a police chase on the West Side. The Cook County jury took only three hours to deliberate and determine that the CPD’s side of the story simply did not add up. The ...
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  • Depakote Hit with Class-Action for Off-Label Marketing and Kickbacks

    Depakote lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the manufacturer of popular anti-seizure drug Depakote was recently slammed with a proposed class-action lawsuit by three health benefit plans. The organizations claim the manufacturer fraudulently profited from third-parties through kickbacks for prescriptions and off-label marketing. Depakote (valproate semisodium, or divalproex sodium) ...
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