Blog Posts in June, 2013

  • Monster Energy Drink Sued for another Teen Death

    Monster energy drink lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report of another lawsuit filed by the family of a teenager who died after consuming the beverage. The 19-year-old, Alex Morris, died from a cardiac arrhythmia in 2012. A cardiac arrhythmia is an electrical problem with the rhythm or rate of the heartbeat, being either too slow or too fast to maintain life. During the sudden attack, the ...
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  • Study Finds Excessive Heart-Related Deaths in Zithromax Patients

    Zithromax lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that labels for popular antibiotic Zithromax, commonly referred to as Z-Pack or Zmax, will soon change to include new warnings about the possibility of experiencing deadly heart rhythms. This change proceeds similar label changes in Canada. The new warning labels in the U.S. will include information from an exhaustive study conducted by ...
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  • Bard Sold Vaginal Mesh Plastic Deemed Unfit for Humans

    Transvaginal mesh lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on troubling recent findings that manufacturer CR Bard knowingly used plastic unfit for human implantation in its vaginal mesh devices. This was revealed during court proceedings concerning Bard’s Davol unit. Over the past decade, thousands of women have experienced serious, often life-changing medical complications from vaginal mesh ...
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  • Firefighters at Increased Risk of Asbestos Exposure

    Mesothelioma attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight the story of a California firefighter, husband and father who recently succumbed to asbestos-induced lung cancer. Firefighters, like construction and shipyard workers, are highly susceptible to asbestos exposure, a danger that many believe not enough is being done to prevent. The fireman, George Rohrbacher, began working at the Milpitas ...
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  • Hepatitis A Outbreak Spreads to Midwest, Spurs Class Action

    Hepatitis A lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm recently reported on the hepatitis outbreak originating from a blend of frozen organic berries sold at Costco. The berries, manufactured by Townsend Farms, have now infected at least 120 people in nine states, now including Wisconsin. The other seven states are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Washington. About ...
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  • Chicago Cop, Arrested Four Times, Remains on CPD

    Police misconduct lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm recognize that corruption in Chicago is far from a recent phenomenon; however, there is a troubling trend within the Chicago Police Department allowing police officers to break the law again and again while remaining on the force. The Sun-Times recently reported on two CPD officers who personify the city’s internal corruption: Officers Richard ...
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  • Reports of Asbestos Exposure on the East Coast Proliferate

    Asbestos exposure attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on several recent discoveries and efforts aimed at exposing the prevalence of asbestos misconduct on the East Coast. Two companies, in Baltimore and New York, respectively, were recently charged with illegal and unsafe handling of asbestos. Additionally, a student at the University of Pennsylvania just recently finished mapping the ...
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  • Crashes in Chicago Injure 18, Including 13 Children

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report of two major crashes in Chicago recently that injured nearly 20 people, including 13 kids. Both crashes occurred on the city’s South Side. The first crash occurred on June 22, 2013 around 6 p.m. on South Lake Shore Drive. The wreck included four cars, causing four adults and three children to be hospitalized. Two of those injured were in ...
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  • Stryker Lawsuit Consolidation Approved

    Stryker attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation recently approved the consolidation of all federal Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip lawsuits, creating a new multidistrict litigation (MDL). The federal Stryker cases will be moved to the U.S. District Court in Minnesota. It is common for large-scale cases, such as those pertaining to ...
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  • Supreme Court Rules to Penalize Consumers Injured by Generic Drugs

    Defective drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm have written extensively on the case of Mutual Pharmaceutical v. Bartlett , a case about the horrific injuries suffered by a New Hampshire woman, Karen Bartlett, after taking a generic painkiller. A federal jury awarded Bartlett $21 million when she sued Mutual Pharmaceutical for selling a defectively designed drug, a decision that was upheld by ...
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  • Lifting Caps on Non-Economic Damages Prove Beneficial, Even to Insurance Giants

    Medical malpractice attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a recent article by Crain’s Chicago Business , highlighting the immense benefits the 2010 Illinois Supreme Court decision to prevent caps on damages plaintiffs are able to collect in jury verdicts. When this decision was made, medical malpractice insurance carriers among others predicted it would create a doomsday scenario for ...
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  • AAI Corp Faces Mounting Lawsuit for Unpaid Overtime Wages

    Wage, hour and overtime lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that AAI Corp, the aerospace and defence development and manufacturing firm, may be facing a class-action lawsuit for failing to pay overtime wages. Plaintiffs allege the company has a policy of not paying overtime wages to its pilots and field service engineers. The Baltimore Business Journal recently reported that two men from ...
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  • New Mesothelioma Drug to Begin Enrolling Trial Participants

    Mesothelioma attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are happy to announce that Verastem, a cancer drug development company, recently held a mesothelioma briefing session at the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago. The company announced that its lead compound recently received allowance from the FDA to begin clinical trials. The company will begin enrolling participants this ...
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  • Onglyza Study Finds No Cardiovascular Benefits

    Defective drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a recent study examining AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb’s cardiovascular drug Onglyza (the generic is saxagliptin), which found no cardiovascular benefits in patients when compared to a placebo. The trial, titled “SAVOR-TIMI-53 Cardiovascular Outcomes Trial of Onglyza,” included 16,500 patients with type 2 diabetes and ...
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  • Supreme Court Bars Class-Action Claim against Major Corporation

    Attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on a broad decision Thursday by the Supreme Court, which blocked a group of merchants from joining together in a class-action claim against American Express, forcing them to arbitrate their claims on an individual basis. This decision has a significant impact on consumer rights, because many consumers cannot afford the significant legal costs ...
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  • Five Killed in Montana Truck Rollover

    Trucking accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report of a recent northern Montana crash that killed five people and injured two others. The crash occurred after a pickup truck driver lost control and rolled his vehicle. The driver, a 28-year-old man from Babb, was driving near Browning when he rolled his truck. He is one of the deceased, the others being one male and three females, all ...
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  • SNRI Safety Concerns for Pregnancies

    Antidepressant lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm remind women either thinking about or recently discovering she is pregnant to consider the safest route if antidepressants – such as SNRIs, SSDIs, or SSRIs – are involved. Among the drugs that are generally okay to take during pregnancy include Celexa, Prozac, and Zoloft. SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) are a newer class of ...
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  • Chrysler Agrees to Recall Jeeps after Deaths

    Auto recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm announce that Chrysler finally resolved its issues with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and agreed to inspect and repair older Jeep Libertys and Grand Cherokees. We recently reported that the automaker was reluctant, if not flat out refusing, to repair the vehicles after requests by the federal agency. More than 2.5 ...
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  • $4 Million University of Chicago Medical Malpractice Settlement

    Medical malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm announce a recent $4 million settlement with the University of Chicago Medical Center for one of our clients. In the fall of 2007, our client, a 21-year-old woman, went to the U of C emergency room with a severe headache. The woman was born with a condition that required her to have a shunt implanted in her brain to drain cerebral spinal ...
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  • Wife Exposed to “Take Home” Asbestos Awarded $27 Million

    Mesothelioma lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a recent jury award won by a wife who developed mesothelioma from washing her husband’s asbestos-laden work clothes. The couple sued Owens-Illinois, the manufacturer of the asbestos-containing products, and ultimately won $27 million. Throughout the 1950s, Martin Gregg was employed as an insulation installer, handling mostly Kaylo brand ...
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  • FDA Investigates Zyprexa Patient Deaths

    Dangerous drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a recent investigation initiated by the FDA concerning the death of two patients injected with the schizophrenia drug Zyprexa Relprevv. The patients died three to four days after receiving appropriate doses of the treatment. Zyprexa Relprevv is manufactured by Eli Lilly, to which it brought profits of about $1.3 billion in 2012 . The ...
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  • Police Dog Bites Raise Questions about K-9 Training

    Dog bite lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight recent incidents in Orange County, California that are raising concern about the adequacy of the region’s K-9 training programs. Similar incidents in the Northwest involve K-9 unit dogs biting innocent bystanders, causing serious injuries and expensive lawsuits. The California incidents come largely from the Anaheim Police Department’s (APD) ...
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  • Baby Matters Recalls Infant Recliners

    Product recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report of a recent recall initiated by Baby Matters LLC as part of a settlement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The recall focuses on the Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill infant recliners. The problems with the Nap Nannies began in December 2012, when the CPSC filed an administrative complaint claiming the products had design ...
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  • New York Motorcycle Death Raises Questions about Police Pursuit

    Motorcycle accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm point to a recent debate in upstate New York surrounding the death of a high school motorcyclist. The teen was killed in a crash after fleeing from a routine police traffic stop. The Clarence High School senior was traveling at more than 100 miles per hour when he crashed, causing community members to question why officers were pursuing a ...
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  • Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft Victims Sue for “Off Label” Use

    Dangerous device attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that patients implanted with Medtronic Inc’s Infuse Bone Graft device are now suing the company for illegally promoting the device for uses not approved by the FDA. About 300 lawsuits have already been filed against Medtronic, all of which allege off-label marketing of the Infuse device; according to the American Association for ...
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