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State Farm: $250 Million Agreement to Settle Federal Lawsuit

State Farm settlement

September 4, 2018. Insurance giant, State Farm, agreed to pay $250 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that the company broke federal racketeering laws by secretly funneling money to help elect an Illinois high court justice [Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier who was a candidate for the high court in 2004] to help overturn a billion-dollar judgment against the company.

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Zimmer Biomet Faces More Magnum Hip Replacement Lawsuits

Zimmer Biomet Magnum hip replacement

August 28, 2018. More lawsuits have been filed against Zimmer Biomet on behalf of patients who had to undergo a traumatic second revision surgery to remove the Biomet Magnum metal-on-metal hip implants.

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Zimmer Biomet Receives FDA Warning Letter

FDA Warning Letter Zimmer Biomet

On August 24, 2018, Zimmer Biomet received a Warning Letter from the FDA regarding quality violations found during 2016 and 2018 inspections at a facility in Warsaw, IN.

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Regulating the Medical Device Industry

Medical Device Approval

Medical devices, many of which save lives every day or give us a better quality of life, are everywhere.

Over the past 10 years, nearly 70 million Americans have been implanted with medical devices.
– Jeanne Lenzer, The Danger Within Us [quote from The Bleeding Edge]

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$289 Million Verdict Against Monsanto in First Roundup Cancer Trial

Roundup Cancer Trial

August 10, 2018. After only three days deliberation, a jury came back with a verdict for plaintiff, Dewayne Johnson, in the first trial over claims that the weed killer Roundup causes cancer.

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The Bleeding Edge Chronicles Medical Device Complications

Medical Device Complications

Have you heard of the documentary, The Bleeding Edge? It chronicles the unnecessary pain and suffering of patients caused by complications of medical devices that received little or no testing.

Available on Netflix, this documentary is extremely powerful. It is worth taking the time to watch and share with everyone you know especially if you will be undergoing an expensive or risky medical procedure.

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Knee Replacement Complication: Loosening of the Device

knee replacement complications

Total knee replacements, often referred to as TKR or TKA (total knee arthroplasty), are fairly common procedures today with almost 600,000 performed each year. However, there are some serious complications you should be aware of that can occur a year or more after the procedure has been done.

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Bayer to Stop Selling Essure Birth Control Device in US

Essure birth control device

Thousands of women have said the Essure birth control device caused serious health issues. On Friday, July 20, 2018 (just days before the release of The Bleeding Edge documentary), Bayer announced that it would discontinue sales of its Essure permanent birth control device in the United States after December 31. This was welcome news to the many women who have advocated against the device.

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Trial to Begin: Zimmer M/L Taper Hip with Kinectiv and VerSys Head

Zimmer trial

Another metal-on-metal hip replacement component is in litigation news: A case involving a woman alleging the Zimmer M/L Taper with Kinectiv Technology hip implant system with a VerSys femoral head was defectively designed and manufactured is set for trial in a Pennsylvania federal court on July 31.

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Considering a Knee Replacement?

Knee Replacement

Knee replacements, like hip replacements, are relatively common procedures to improve one’s mobiliy and quality of life. In fact, total knee arthroplasty (TKA) has become an acceptable method of treating severe arthritis of the knee.

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