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Traumatic Brain Injuries-A Brief Practitioner’s Guide

Article Provided by Michael Dalton Attorney at O’LEARY, SHELTON, CORRIGAN, PETERSON, DALTON & QUILLIN Traumatic Brain Injuries-A Brief Practitioner’s Guide The topic of traumatic brain injuries is so vast and expansive, one could go on for days detailing the specific ins and outs of causes, current statistics, symptoms, responses, recovery, and prevention  This article provides a few practice pointers for the lawyer who desires to handle or is currently handling traumatic brain injury cases Look beyond Just Car Crashes and Slip and Falls A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is typically caused...

Surgical Stapler Recall: What You Should Know

Article Provided by Richard S Jaffe Attorney at Cohen & Jaffe LLP Surgical staples play a critical role in many medical procedures Skin staples are medical devices that can externally close wounds under high tension Besides minimizing quick tissue reaction, surgical staples can also be quickly placed and pose a low risk of infection For the most part, surgical staples can successfully close patient’s bodies A Class 1 recall, however, was recently issued by the FDA for one type of surgical stapler A Class 1 recall occurs when there is a reasonable probability that the use of a product will result in...

PFAS AND AMERICA’S WATER SUPPLY “THE FOREVER CHEMICAL IS HERE TO STAY”

A MASS TORT NEWS WHITE PAPER Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in tap water across the country- Who knew and when Environmental testing shows a class of extremely toxic chemicals called PFAS/PFOS are in the US water supply Why has the public not been informed By Mark A York September 22, 2020 “You may not recognize the name PFAS, short for poly and perfluoroalkyl substances, but you likely come into contact with it regularly, maybe multiple times a day You might even consume it” It is a silent chemical lurking in many areas of the USA, in drinking water, consumer products, and many other areas that are...

ETHICON TVM TRIAL (MDL 2327) STARTS IN CHARLESTON Sutphin vs. Ethicon 2:14-cv-01379

“A LEGACY TRIAL FROM TVM MDL 2327” Mass Tort News would like to welcome Jane Akre, as our senior contributor and writer on Women’s Health subjects as well as related litigation Jane is primarily known as the Editor of Mesh Medical Device News Desk, where she has been providing outstanding real-time reporting on TVM and other dockets that have impacted women for several years This is Jane’s first article published in Mass Tort News and we hope you will engage and follow Jane both here and via her Mesh Medical Device News Desk platform  Thank you Jane and welcome to Mass Tort News Ethicon TVM MDL...

Mass Torts vs. Class Action Lawsuits: The Real Differences

Article provided by Taylor Williams Attorney at The Advocates Injury Attorneys As an attorney whom specializes in mass tort law, one question I am frequently asked at every turn is what: exactly, is the difference between mass torts and class action lawsuits Over the years, popular movies such as Erin Brockovich and Michael Clayton have certainly helped mainstream the topic of class action litigation Unfortunately, mass tort law hasn’t yet had its 10 minutes of fame, so it’s unsurprising for laypeople to confuse these types of lawsuits Even lawyers outside of my field might be unfamiliar with the...

Zantac Litigation Overview

Article Provided by Brenden Leydon Attorney at Wocl Leydon LLC The litigation over the harmful effects of Zantac (generic name is Ranitidine) is just getting underway, and it looks like it will lead to a significant number of cases What is Zantac/Ranitidine Ranitidine is an antacid which belongs to a class of drugs known as histamine-2 receptor agonists (H2 blockers) This medication was also available without a prescription It was used as a common treatment used for ulcers, heartburn, indigestion, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) It works by effectively blocking histamine receptors in the...

Aqueous Film Forming Foam – AFFF

A Case Study by Stag Liuzza law firm HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF FIREFIGHTING FOAMS  The first firefighting foam was developed in 1902 by Russian engineer and chemist Aleksandr Loran Loran was working in the oil and gas industry trying to find a substance to combat petroleum-based fires for which water is wholly ineffective Loran’s solution was the first firefighting foam which was able to extinguish oil and other flammable liquids-based fires by blanketing and smothering them Through the years, multiple advancements were made in the firefighting foam sector Beginning in the 1960’s, the Naval...

COVID-19 AND INSURANCE CLAIMS “WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW”

(May 29, 2020) Governments and health authorities across the United States are responding to the outbreak of COVID-19 through the use of stay-at-home orders and other federal, state, and local orders in an attempt to disrupt the spread of COVID-19 As a result of these measures to disrupt the spread of COVID-19, many businesses have fallen on tough times and are looking to their commercial property insurance in an attempt to cover the losses they’ve experienced since the enactment of these protective measures through their policy’s business interruption insurance This article will explain what business...

ELMIRON LITIGATION: EMERGING TORTS

By Rachel Shkolnik, Hunter J Shkolnik Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC (May 27, 2020) The nationwide Elmiron eye damage litigation has picked up headlines over the past several months Elmiron, the brand name for pentosan polysulfate sodium, is a semi-synthetically produced heparin-like macromolecular carbohydrate derivative[1]  The lawsuit is centralized around the basis that the drug causes an eye disorder called maculopathy and other disorders of the retina that may lead to blindness  The lawsuits underlying claim is based on failing to properly warn the public about the risk of vision...