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Blog Posts in November, 2013

  • During Thanksgiving Travel, Drivers will see Biggest Problems

    The days before Thanksgiving are widely known as the busiest travels days of the year, as Americans take to airports, roadways and train stations to get home to their families. In a stroke of bad luck, winter storms are threatening to hit Northeastern states and delay travel plans throughout the country. Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm warn that drivers, particularly in the ...
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  • Congresswoman’s Asbestos Lawsuit Prompts Debate

    New York Representative Carolyn McCarthy was, sadly, recently diagnosed with lung cancer. Consequently, she filed a lawsuit against several companies who she believes exposed her and her family to asbestos while she was a child. Asbestos exposure attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight this case to remind the public of the very real and very dangerous effects of so-called “second-hand” ...
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  • FDA Loosens Avandia Prescribing Restrictions Despite Risks

    In a strange move, the FDA recently removed several restrictions for the prescribing of a popular and dangerous diabetes drug known as Avandia. After a 2007 study linked the drug to increased risk of heart attacks, Avandia was largely discredited and sales curtailed significantly in the U.S., much to the dismay of its manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline. Dangerous drug attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law ...
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  • NY Starbucks Supervisors Permitted to Share Tips

    Labor law violation cases have proliferated in the United States in the past few years, much to the dismay of large corporations and the benefit of low-wage workers who are too often exploited. These cases are also extremely complex, which was evidenced in the most recent case against Starbucks, where New York baristas argued shift supervisors should not be allowed to share in tip pools. Wage, ...
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  • NYC Doctors Admit to Being Bribed to Order Lab Tests

    Doctors often order an array of tests for patients with unknown medical conditions in efforts to narrow the diagnoses possibilities. Typically, this is done out of an abundance of caution rather than effort to bill patients for unnecessary tests or procedures. Unfortunately, there is potential for abuse in medical testing, which was recently proven when nine New York doctors admitted to taking ...
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  • Two Heart Stress Test Drugs Restricted by the FDA

    The FDA recently informed healthcare providers throughout the U.S. to avoid using heart stress test drugs manufactured by Astellas Pharma due to reports of heart attacks and deaths in patients. The drugs, Adenoscan and Lexiscan, are injected to determine whether patients have blocked heart arteries. Dangerous drug attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm warn cardiac patients about this recent ...
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  • ASR Hip Implant Patients to Receive Billion-Dollar Settlement

    Metal-on-metal hip implant lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm recently reported on a pending settlement for patients implanted with Johnson & Johnson’s ASR hip devices. We are happy to announce that the settlement was just confirmed by the U.S. District Court in the amount of $2.47 billion. The settlement will be divided among over 7,500 plaintiffs, all of whom have medical records confirming ...
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  • Combination Therapy Best Bet to Fight Mesothelioma

    For a disease as complex and serious as mesothelioma, choosing a course of treatment can be stressful and overwhelming. Unfortunately, there is no one therapy that has shown drastically positive results in most patients, so doctors are often left to treat the cancer through traditional means. Recently, a team of medical scientists in Italy conducted a study that yielded excellent survival results ...
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  • As Divvy Plans Expansion, Riders and Motorists Voice Safety Concerns

    Divvy, Chicago’s new bike-sharing program, is poised to be the largest program of its kind in North America in 2014. Thanks in part to a $3 million federal grant, the expansion will likely bring bikes as far as Evanston and Oak Park, totaling 475 stations throughout Chicagoland. This growth, while exciting, is also stirring up debate in the city on safety issues and the potentially-catastrophic ...
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  • Medtronic Heart Devices Causing Excessive Injuries, Deaths

    The FDA recently issued a serious warning to hospitals, physicians and patients who have used or been implanted with Medtronic’s heart devices, stating that certain parts of the instruments are causing inordinate numbers of injury and death throughout the country. Medtronic lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are currently working with victims of Medtronic device defects and know first-hand how ...
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  • Veterans Affairs Spends $845 Million on Malpractice Claims over Past Decade

    A recently-released analysis by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) showed that the agency paid about $845 million in medical malpractice payments since 2003. This amount of money was paid to over 4,400 veterans who were injured through medical negligence. Medical malpractice attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm frequently work on behalf of injured veterans, and know just how damaging ...
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  • Illinois Launches Winter Driving Safety Campaign

    As the winter months approach, crashes and near-misses on Northern highways proliferate, causing sharp increases in injuries and fatalities. In an effort to curb these crashes the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), along with several other transportation agencies recently initiated its annual winter campaign: “Ice and Snow – Take it Slow.” Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law ...
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  • Brain Injuries on the Rise among Young Athletes

    The damage and danger of sports-related head injuries may be more prevalent than parents and kids realize. According to the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, between 2001 and 2009, there was a 67% increase in concussions and other sports-related head injuries among children. Traumatic brain injury attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm know too well the damaging effects brain ...
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  • $2 Billion Risperdal Deal to have No Effect on Breast Tissue Cases

    In a drawn-out and highly publicized settlement, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals recently agreed to pay the government $2.2 billion for illegally marketing its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal. At the same time, a less-publicized but equally important lawsuit is being waged over Risperdal, and will be unaffected by the billion dollar settlement. Risperdal attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law ...
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  • Johnson & Johnson Agrees to $4 Billion Metal Hip Settlement

    DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, recently agreed to pay at least $4 billion to those injured by its metal-on-metal hip devices. There are thousands of lawsuits currently filed, and each plaintiff is expected to receive an average of $300,000 for their suffering. DePuy ASR attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are thrilled to announce this settlement, which is the first of ...
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  • The Prescription Narcotic Epidemic

    The United States makes up 5% of the world’s population, though it consumes 99% of the global hydrocodone supply, 80% of the oxycodone, and 65% of the hydromorphone, according to an article recently published by the New Yorker . The piece was written by a young medical doctor, who has seen first-hand the rise and consequences of prescription narcotic abuse. Sales of pain pills, such as Vicodin, ...
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  • E.coli is the Leading Cause of Foodborne Illness, Can it Be Grounds for a Lawsuit?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are over 73,000 cases of E.coli infections every year in the U.S., which contribute to over 60 deaths. Infections are contracted many different ways, from contaminated food and water sources to person-to-person contact. E.coli attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm warn the public on the most recent food recall associated ...
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  • FDA Proposes to let Generic Drug Makers Update Labels

    In an exciting and unprecedented decision, the FDA recently proposed a new rule that would allow generic drug manufacturers to update labels independently from their brand-name counterparts. This has been an issue of hot debate over the past decade or so, as plaintiffs injured by generic drugs attempt to sue generic companies for failure-to-warn. Presently, generic companies are shielded from ...
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  • Negative Event Reports Double for Surgery Robots

    The robotic surgery industry, pioneered by Intuitive Surgical, has hit some rough spots over the past few years, with increasing numbers of patient injuries among its problems. According to federal regulators, the number of negative incident reports involving Intuitive’s da Vinci surgical robots more than doubled between 2012 and 2013, further revealing the inherent dangers of these machines. ...
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  • The Ideal Mesothelioma Care Team

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that, at present, about 1.3 million construction and general industry workers are being exposed to asbestos in the United States. Workers in this industry are at the highest risk because of the abundance of asbestos-containing products in popular household materials, such as insulation and floor or ceiling tiles. The team of asbestos ...
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  • Data Shows over 5,000 Ohio Workers Suffer Amputations

    Statistics recently taken from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation reveal that, since 2005, at least 5,045 employees have suffered injuries requiring amputations while on the job. Amputations are among the most serious and damaging workplace injuries, as they often leave employees permanently unable to perform manual labor. Workplace accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm remind ...
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  • Dow Chemical Slammed with $6 Million Asbestos Verdict

    Nearly three decades after asbestos was officially banned in the United States, lawsuits and verdicts over asbestos exposure continue to emerge in the American court system. Most recently, chemical giant Down Chemical Company was ordered to pay $5.95 million to the family of a woman who passed away from cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Dow was found liable on all counts relating to its illegal ...
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  • Court of Appeals Grants FDA Food Safety Rules Extension

    The FDA had until November 30, 2013 to propose new food safety rules to prevent intentionally-contaminated food from being imported into the U.S. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, however, just extended the deadline one month, to December 20. Contaminated food lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm hope this extension enables the FDA to draft comprehensive laws protecting American consumers from ...
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  • Settlement Reached in Risperdal Illegal Marketing Suit

    In one of the largest health care fraud settlements in U.S. history, Johnson & Johnson recently agreed to pay $2.2 billion for illegally marketing the drugs Risperdal, Invega and Natrecor. Whistleblower attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are glad to see another pharmaceutical company paying for its illegal, fraudulent, and harmful marketing ploys. The lawsuit was filed based on violations of ...
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  • How the Employment Non-Discrimination Act will Impact the Workplace

    As of November 5, 2013, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was expected to pass through the Senate and make its way to the House. The bill would prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on gender identity and sexual orientation, just as discrimination is already forbidden on the basis of skin color, religion, nationality, age, sex, disability, race and nationality. Wage and hour ...
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