Blog Posts in February, 2014

  • Pintas & Mullins Applaud Mesothelioma Fighters on Rare Disease Day

    Each year, the last day of February marks Rare Disease Day, which is recognized and celebrated by more than 70 countries worldwide. This year, the seventh international year of recognition, the slogan is “Join Together for Better Care.” Mesothelioma attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm join the European Organization for Rare Diseases (EURODIS) and the international medical community in fighting ...
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  • GM Recalls Millions of Vehicles after Driver Deaths

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm announce a recent recall by General Motors, concerning several of its Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn models. About 1.6 million vehicles have been recalled after over a dozen deaths were linked to defective ignitions in these vehicles. The auto giant is also facing a $35 million federal fine for its negligence in this recall. About 800,000 Chevy ...
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  • Utility Provider Sued over Natural Gas Explosion

    A family in suburban Dallas recently filed a lawsuit against Atmos Energy, a utility provider, over an explosion that sent a child to the hospital and destroyed their family hone. Two days after the explosion, which occurred on December 21, 2013, Atmos Energy confirmed that it was caused by a natural gas rupture. Environmental contamination lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm take a closer look ...
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  • Popular Hysterectomy Surgery Causing Cancer Spread

    Doctors across the country are calling to change standards for a common gynecological procedure, morcellation, which can spread dangerous types of uterine cancer. Many studies have confirmed this risk, forcing the medical community to reevaluate how and when the procedure is done. Medical malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm take a closer look at this procedure and who is most at risk. ...
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  • Zometa Patient Awarded Over $1 Million

    Patients who took Zometa, a medication prescribed to treat a type of cancer, are now reporting serious side effects from the drug and filing lawsuits against its manufacturer, Novartis. This drug, a bisphosphonate like Fosamax, is causing jawbone death in patients throughout the country. Fosamax lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm detail the similarity between these two drugs and their ...
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  • FDA Overhauls Medication Ads

    Big Pharma knows the value of a great television commercial and how important advertisements can be in enticing the public to buy their latest drugs. In its efforts to heighten oversight and regulation, the FDA recently asked for more research to be done into how these ads could be improved, to in turn improve patient outcomes. Dangerous drug attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm hope this call ...
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  • Transvaginal Mesh Maker Sets Aside $520 Million for Plaintiffs

    Endo Health Solutions, a company that made and sold transvaginal mesh products, is anticipating paying at least $520 million to women injured by its products. There are currently tens of thousands of injury lawsuits pending against Endo in court, which the company has been settling slowly but surely. Transvaginal mesh lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm outline the stipulations of this fund and ...
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  • Paxil’s Link to Breast Cancer

    Paxil attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on a new study that suggests a link between popular antidepressant Paxil and breast cancer development. Researchers conducted a survey of nearly 450 drugs and found that Paxil stood out as having a particularly unique chemistry that could promote the development of breast tumors. Paxil (paroxetine) was recently re-branded as Brisdelle to treat ...
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  • Police Brutality on the Hearing-Disabled

    A lawsuit was recently filed in federal court by a deaf man who was beaten, tased and arrested by California police who mistook his sign language for threatening gestures. The 32-year-old man is suing the Hawthorne Police Department for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and causing him great bodily harm. Police misconduct lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm take a closer look at this ...
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  • Experimental Lung Cancer Drug Shows Promise

    Eli Lilly recently announced promising results from clinical trial of one of its experimental cancer drugs, ramucirumab. The drug is designed to treat several different types of cancer, including lung and stomach. Mesothelioma attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm look forward to further advances in cancer treatment from Big Pharma. Experts expect ramucirumab to be Eli Lilly’s next blockbuster ...
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  • Most Recalled Child Products Stay in Homes

    Hundreds of defective children’s toys, clothing, cribs and furniture are recalled each year in the United States. Despite efforts by safety groups and federal regulators, most of these unsafe products remain in consumer’s homes after being recalled. Product recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm examine how this came to be, and what can be done to change it. A report recently issued by Kids ...
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  • National Data Confirms Motorcycle Deaths Continue to Increase

    The Department of Transportation recently released statistics and data on motorcycle safety through 2011. That year, more than 4,500 motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents, which is an increase from 2010. Motorcycle crash lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm dive deeper into this report and the factors behind the steady increase in motorcycle death. All data was compiled by the National ...
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  • When Carbon Monoxide Leaks Kill

    Earlier this year, a carbon monoxide leak in Oak Brook, Illinois killed an elderly woman and seriously injured six others. Earlier this week, a similar carbon monoxide leak at a Washington D.C.-area hotel sent nine people to the hospital. Carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm take a closer look into these incidents and how leaks like these can be avoided. According to ...
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  • Bariatric Surgery and Children: When Weight Loss Kills

    The number of overweight and obese children is rising substantially throughout the United States and the world. This, of course, is a problem in and of itself, however additional concerns are being raised about the prevalence and dangers of pediatric bariatric surgery. Medical malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm take a closer look at this troubling trend and how it could impact our ...
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  • Over 2,000 Pradaxa Lawsuits Filed

    More than 2,000 plaintiffs are now part of the Pradaxa multidistrict litigation (MDL) that formed just over a year ago. Plaintiffs in this MDL claim that Pradaxa’s manufacturer, Boehringer Inhelheim International, misled patients about the true risks of severe bleeding and other injuries related to the drug. Our team of Pradaxa attorneys will continue to update readers as the MDL moves forward. ...
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  • Medtronic Cases to Move Forward in Minnesota

    Medtronic attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on the recent litigation in Minnesota concerning Medtronic’s Infuse bone graft device. These cases were previously stalled due to concerns about federal preemption. After a more in-depth analysis, however, the judge agreed to let the cases proceed. The plaintiff in this case is suing Medtronic based on three charges: 1) that the company ...
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  • Recall News Update: 9 Million Pounds of Beef Pulled, Graco Recalls Car Seats

    Food and product recall attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm try to keep our clients up-to-date on all significant recalls that could affect public health and safety. Most recently, nearly nine million pounds of California beef were recalled due to diseased animals, and nearly four million children’s car seats were recalled due to defective belts. The beef recall extends to California and three ...
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  • Diabetes Drug Onglyza Investigated for Heart Failure Risk

    The FDA recently announced its plans to investigate the type 2 diabetes drug Onglyza (saxagliptin) and its association with heart failure. The federal agency requested clinical trial data to analyze from the drug’s manufacturer, AstraZeneca. Our team of Onglyza lawyers hopes that this investigation will lead to more restrictions on this dangerous drug. Onglyza is an oral tablet used along with ...
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  • Suave Hair-Loss Consumers to Receive $10 Million

    Defective product attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm announce that a class of plaintiffs injured by a Suave hair product is expected to receive over $10 million in a settlement, resolving over a year of litigation. The case centers on Suave’s Professionals Keratin Infusion 30-Day Smoothing Kit, which was recalled in May 2012. The hair treatment caused significant hair loss and damage in ...
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  • Congress to Tighten Leash on VA after Disastrous Medical Errors

    In the wake of the our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has been innundated with a new generation of injured troops entirely different than in wars past. The changes in veteran demographic, mixed with the pre-existing American healthcare problems and an array of other factors, is causing disarray in the VA. Medical malpractice attorneys at Pintas & Mullins ...
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  • Transvaginal Mesh Litigation Update

    Transvaginal mesh attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are always keeping our clients up-to-date on the latest news in our pending litigation. The most recent news concerns our transvaginal mesh (TVM) cases, which were filed by women injured by the products manufactured by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. These TVM cases (concerning the Prolift devices) were consolidated into a ...
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  • New System will Help Truckers Stay Off Cell Phones

    A new device from a tech start-up in Virginia is designed to prevent manual texting while driving, and trucking companies have started placing orders in large numbers. The device, called the OrigoSafe, docks in to the cab of a semi-truck (or any other motor vehicle) and only allows the cell phone to be used through Bluetooth. Truck accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are hopeful that ...
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  • CVS to Stop Selling Tobacco Products, Lung Cancer Plaintiff Wins $5 Million

    Lung cancer attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on two recent developments in the tobacco litigation fight. First, in a surprising and immensely important move, CVS Caremark just announced it will begin phasing out tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco, which will be completed by October 1, 2014. In related news, a jury recently decided that R.J. Reynolds ...
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  • Highway Risks for Children Decrease, Though Still Need for Improvement

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that fewer children are dying in car accidents in the U.S., however there is still room for major improvements on the road. The good news: between 2002 and 2011 the number of children 12 and under dying in car accidents fell by 43%. The bad news: car accidents are still a leading cause of death for children in the U.S. Auto ...
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  • Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Lawsuits Settle for $56 Million

    In another win for metal-on-metal hip implant plaintiffs, manufacturer Biomet recently agreed to pay at least $56 million to settle lawsuits over the defective implants. Our team of metal-on-metal hip implant lawyers is excited to announce this news and detail who can take part in the massive settlement. Litigation over Biomet’s M2a-38 and M2a-Magnum began in October 2012. Eventually all lawsuits ...
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