Blog Posts in May, 2013

  • Minneapolis Agrees to Pay $3 Million for Police Misconduct

    Police brutality lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the Minneapolis City Council recently approved a $3 million settlement with the family of a man that died in an incident with the city’s police officers. The man, 28-year-old Cornelius Smith, passed away in 2010 at the downtown YMCA. This case is the second largest police payout in Minneapolis history. Smith was arrested in ...
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  • Researchers Develop “Inhaled” Chemotherapy Treatment

    Mesothelioma attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a recent breakthrough by researchers at several prominent cancer institutes, promising a new drug delivery system that will allow lung cancer patients to inhale chemotherapeutic drugs. The developments were made by researchers at Oregon State University, Rutgers University, and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and recently published ...
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  • MRI May Predict Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failure

    Metal-on-metal hip implant lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a recent study suggesting that MRIs may be useful for identifying patients with these implants who will require revision surgery before symptoms even begin to manifest. Metal-on-metal hip implants, such as those made by DePuy, Zimmer, and Stryker, have exceedingly high rates of failure. Due to their defective design, ...
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  • St. Jude Recalls Wire Delivery System

    Product recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report of a recent recall by St. Jude Medical. The product, a wire used to put devices in place that close heart chamber openings, is called the Amplatzer TorqVue FX Delivery System, and is being removed from inventories throughout the U.S. The wire was recalled due to its increased potential for fracture when used in patients with certain ...
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  • Roseland Hospital in Chicago Cuts Staff and Salaries

    Medical malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago, Illinois recently announced that, in efforts to stay open, it will lay off nearly 70 employees while cutting the salaries of other workers. Those whose jobs were eliminated include emergency room nurses and managers, lab and radiology clerks, and secretaries. Another 47 employees were ...
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  • Harsher Sentences Allowed for Criminals Targeting Seniors

    Elder abuse and neglect lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a recent ruling in Michigan that allows judges to impose tougher sentences on criminals who embezzle money from seniors and the mentally ill. Governor Rick Snyder signed the Vulnerable Adult Embezzlement Statute on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. In Michigan, criminals who exploit seniors and the mentally disabled out of money, stocks ...
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  • Washington Bridge Collapse Blamed on Semi Tractor-Trailer

    Truck accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the recent bridge collapse in Washington State was caused by a trailer tractor truck crash. Several vehicles and their passengers were sent into the frigid Skagit River. Fortunately, no motorists died in the collapse, although two were fished from the river, which is about 15 feet deep, and two were hospitalized with hypothermia and ...
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  • ER Visits Linked to Sleeping Pills up 220% Since 2005

    Ambien lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm recently reported that the FDA and other drug agencies recently lowered the recommended dosages for women taking sleeping pills. Our attorneys would also like to highlight that ER visits associated with these sleeping pills have risen substantially – by nearly 220% – in recent years. With drug overdose deaths on the rise, this increase in ER visits ...
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  • New York Attorney General Investigates Fast Food Wage Theft

    Wage, hour and overtime lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm recently reported on the walkouts staged by fast food workers in New York City, Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis in protest of poverty wages and unfair labor practices. Further aggravating the issue, the New York Attorney General recently announced that it is investigating at least one fast food chain for widespread wage theft. On April 4, ...
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  • Asbestos Found in New Jersey School District

    Asbestos exposure attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a recent report from the Hamilton, New Jersey area which found that about half the schools in the district are contaminated with asbestos. In related news, projects to remove asbestos from buildings at Michigan State University were recently halted due to fire damage. The New Jersey report was conducted by Fraytak Veisz Hopkins ...
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  • Victoza may lead to Pancreatitis and Thyroid Cancer

    Victoza lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a recent Drug Safety Communication by the FDA alerting the public that Victoza and other type 2 diabetes medications are linked to increased risk of pancreatitis and pre-cancerous cell changes. Other drugs named in the Alert include Januvia, Janumet, Bydureon and Byetta. These drugs are part of a class of type 2 diabetes drugs called incretin ...
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  • Memorial Day Weekend Marks Start of Increased Drowning Risk

    Pool drowning lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm remind the public that Memorial Day Weekend, though the unofficial start of summer and a time to celebrate the end of school, also brings an increased risk of child drowning. Pool, lake, and beach parties are favorite ways to celebrate, but parents must remember to stay alert and diligent while children are around water. For children between the ...
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  • RPM International Sets Aside Over $1 Billion for Asbestos Claims

    Asbestos exposure attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that specialty chemicals maker RPM International recently set aside $1.2 billion to cover asbestos-related liabilities. This estimated number is twice the amount the company initially argued for. Originally, RPM estimated the liability in amounts between $300 and $575 million, however, Judge Judith Fitzgerald told the company that no ...
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  • Memorial Day Weekend among Most Dangerous Holidays for Travel

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm remind the driving public that holidays are the most dangerous times of the year for travel. In fact, Memorial Day consistently ranks among the top five most dangerous days of the year to be on the road. Although most drivers assume the majority of accidents happen during the winter months, the reality is that the warmer spring months are much ...
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  • Research Reveals Cancer-Suppressing Protein

    Mesothelioma lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report of a recent breakthrough by researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute involving a powerful protein called p53. More than half of human cancers, including mesothelioma, are associated with defects in the gene for p53. The Australian researchers dissected the processes that are controlled by p53 to discover how and if this protein ...
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  • Only Two SUVs Pass Latest Crash Test

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that only two compact SUVs – among the most popular vehicles on American roads – passed the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) overlap crash tests. The Subaru Forester (pictured) earned the best marks, while the second, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, earned an “acceptable” rating. The IIHS’s “small overlap crash test” ...
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  • National Safe Boating Week Begins May 18

    Boat accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm remind the public that this week, May 18-24, 2013, is recognized as National Safe Boating Week. This week the U.S. Coast Guard initiates the “Wear It!” campaign, to spread the message of responsible and safe boating. Wearing life jackets is mandated by law in all 50 states, no matter what type of body of water you are on. The U.S. Coast Guard, ...
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  • Judge Calls for More Female Lawyers for Mirena IUD Litigation

    Mirena IUD lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that a federal judge in New York recently encouraged plaintiff’s lawyers to include women in the leadership committee given the nature of the cases. More than 50 lawsuits are currently consolidated in the New York court, with over 100 more pending in state courts. This assertion took place during the first status conference over the Mirena ...
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  • Family of Derek Boogaard Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit against NHL

    Traumatic brain injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the family of the late professional hockey player Derek Boogaard recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NHL. Boogaard suffered a number of brain injuries during his career, which led to his dependence on pain killers and sleeping pills and ultimate overdose. Boogaard tragically died in 2011, at the age of 28, and ...
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  • Zoloft, SSRI Antidepressant Lawsuits Move Forward

    SSRI birth defect lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that Canadian patients who took these antidepressants and whose children were born with serious birth defects are filing a class-action lawsuit against pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Additionally, just a month ago in April 2013, approximately 330 Zoloft birth defects lawsuits were filed in U.S. federal court. The 330 ...
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  • SUVs Safer than Cars in Front Crashes

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm point to a new study by the University of Buffalo which revealed that the odds of death in a car were 7.6 times greater than for those in an SUV. Additionally, a separate study found that more than 60% of all distracted driving-related fatalities were caused not by cell phones, but by simple daydreaming. This second set of data was compiled by ...
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  • Survivors Remember the Nation’s Deadliest Drunken Driving Crash

    Bus accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm point to a recent article by USA TODAY, returning back to the country’s most fatal drunken driving crash. It occurred in 1988 in Kentucky, when a Kentucky motorist got on the wrong side of a high way and crashed, head-on, into a school bus filled with children. The school bus was carrying nearly 70 people, 25 of whom lost their lives after the ...
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  • Hospitals move Toward Transparency in Medical Malpractice

    Medical malpractice attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm point to a recent article published by the New York Times detailing the importance of malpractice litigation in gaining a more transparent healthcare system. Lawsuits often reveal diagnostic and treatment errors that would not have been caught otherwise, helping hospitals better to identify and address medical errors. The article details a ...
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  • Deaths from Dog Attacks Rise in Summer Months

    A jogger from California and a double-amputee from South Carolina are two of the most recent victims of fatal dog attacks in the U.S. Dog bite attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight these stories to encourage the public to be more aware of the dangers of untrained dogs, particularly in the upcoming summer months. The 80-year-old South Carolina man recently passed away from the injuries ...
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  • $2.7 Million Awarded to First Livermore Wrongful Termination Plaintiffs

    Employment lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the first five plaintiffs in the Lawrence Livermore wrongful termination lawsuit were recently awarded $2.7 million by a California jury. All 130 of the other plaintiffs also have claims of age discrimination, and will be tried in a later phase. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory saga began in 2008, when the U.S. Department of ...
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