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Record $1 Billion Verdict in Pinnacle Hip Replacement Trial

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Yesterday, a federal jury in Dallas, TX, awarded a record $1 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit to six plaintiffs injured by the company’s Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants.

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What is a Hip Replacement?

Hip problems

More and more people turn to hip replacement surgeries to give them back their mobility and to relieve the pain caused by diseases such as osteoarthritis.

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Wright Medical: $240 Million Metal-on-Metal Hip Settlement

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On November 1, 2016, under a Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), Wright Medical Technology, Inc., reached a $240 million settlement agreement for nearly 1,300 product liability lawsuits filed by individuals nationwide over its metal-on-metal hip implants.

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Third Talc Powder Trial Loss for J&J – $70 million Verdict

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Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed by women diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using products containing talcum powder.

On October 27, 2016, a St. Louis jury awarded over $70 million to a 63-year old cancer patient who alleged that J&J’s talcum powder caused her ovarian cancer; $2.57 million in compensatory damages and $67.5 million in punitive damages.

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More Issues with Stryker V40 Femoral Heads

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Earlier this month, we updated you on a Hazard Alert regarding a taper lock failure for a specific range of LFIT-V40 Metal Heads.

Other serious problems have been reported related to the LFIT-V40 chrome/cobalt heads, which include:

  • Metallossis
  • Catastrophic head-neck dissociation

Our knowledgeable staff is available at (877) 284-6600.

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Bair Hugger Lawsuit Update

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The Bair Hugger forced air warming blanket system is used in thousands of hospitals across the country. The system was designed to keep patients warm during surgery, reduce the risk of infections and improve recovery times. However, many lawsuits filed allege that the device is flawed and may contribute to post-operative deep joint infections.

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IVC Filter Lawsuit Update

IVC Filter

A little more than a year ago, NBC News aired a 2-part series investigating the safety of IVC filters, alleging that some have high failure and breakage rates causing devastating results.

IVC filters are a small, cage-like device implanted in patients who have an increased risk of developing blood clots and cannot be successfully treated by other methods, such as blood thinners. Unfortunately, these devices have been linked to complications such as migration and perforation of other organs.

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Fire Prevention & Safety

Fire Prevention Safety smoke detector

As the weather starts to cool down and the fall/winter holidays approach, we’re turning off air conditioners and starting to think about turning on heaters, whether that is the home heating unit, some sort of portable device or a wood-burning or gas fireplace.

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Abilify Lawsuits Centralized in MDL

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The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has decided to consolidate all pending Abilify cases against Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals. This decision will centralize all cases filed in the federal court system before one judge, the Honorable M. Casey Rodgers in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

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Hazard Alert: Stryker Hip Implant LFIT V40 Metal Heads – Taper Lock Failure

Accolade TMZF femoral System

On September 27, 2016, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia, in consultation with Stryker Orthopaedics, issued a hazard alert for a specific range of LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads.

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