Archive for the ‘Product Liability’ Category

Are Punitive Damages in Texas Punitive Enough?

October 29th, 2014

In mid-September of this year, a jury in Texas awarded Martha Salazar $73 million dollars—including $50 million in punitive damages—after she brought a lawsuit against Boston Scientific, the company responsible for manufacturing the Obtryx transvaginal mesh sling. Salazar, who received the pelvic implant to clear up minor urinary leakage at the age of 38, can…


Under Increased Scrutiny, Cracks Appear in Federal Auto Regulation

September 24th, 2014

The last time this blog posted an article on the massive (20 million cars and counting) recall issued by GM earlier this year, it was to report that federal regulators were beginning to suspect a cover-up among executives at the automotive company. More troubling, from an oversight perspective, is a recent investigation conducted by the…


After Approval, FDA Decides to Give Low-Testosterone Drugs a Second Look

September 17th, 2014

This past June, in an article about a potential link between testosterone treatment and cardiovascular problems, we explained that the FDA had (after about ten years of urging by researchers) decided to launch an investigation into the matter. It turns out that it only took a few months for our nation’s drug regulators to suspect…


Yaz Birth Control: Federal Oversight, Conflicts of Interest, and a Billion-Dollar Settlement

September 3rd, 2014

On the topic of birth control, this blog has focused much of its attention on the NuvaRing, whose links to deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and death (among other side effects) resulted in a $100 million settlement spread over 700 plaintiffs. Were every patient to accept this offer, each would see a payout of about…


After Rebranding, Energy Drinks Still Dangerous

August 20th, 2014

Over the past two years, manufacturers of energy drinks have been putting out fires on various fronts. In 2012, the New York Times reported that Monster Energy — a beverage that Consumer Reports measures at 184mg of caffeine per 16 fl. oz. can (equivalent to about three cups of coffee)—had been linked with five deaths…


$23 Billion Verdict Hits Big Tobacco

July 30th, 2014

In 2006, a Florida Court of Appeal established that individuals could not band together into a class to file a class action lawsuit against tobacco companies for misleading consumers and misrepresenting the dangers their products pose. So, instead of a few cases, courts across the country are hearing hundreds of cases that pit long-term heavy…


Takata Air Bags Involved in Another Massive Auto Recall

July 9th, 2014

While the massive General Motors recall—involving over 20 million vehicles in only one year—has been getting a lot of news coverage (and a few posts on this blog), another recall may be nearly as dangerous for drivers. In fact, air bags manufactured by the Takata Corporation have “affected at least 10 million of the more…


Testosterone Treatment Linked to Cardiovascular Problems

June 25th, 2014

Over the past decade, according to the New York Times, testosterone replacement therapy (a form of hormone replacement) has quadrupled among men aged 40 and older. By 2011, about one in 25 men in their 60s was on a testosterone replacement plan. While this figure is staggering, this treatment initially offered a promising solution for…


NFL Settlement Hits Snag as Obama Addresses Concussion Hazards

June 18th, 2014

The lawsuit that has pitted several thousand retired professional football players against their former employer, the National Football League, has been receiving a lot of press over the past few months—and it shows no signs of ending anytime soon. When this blog last reported on the case in August 2012, about 2,000 players were involved,…


In an Attempt to Avoid Lawsuits, General Mills Pushes for Forced Arbitration

April 30th, 2014

The right to a trial by jury in civil matters is firmly entrenched in the United States Constitution. The civil justice system is the only tried and tested check on corporate malfeasance, and it is only in the courtroom where individual citizens can bring massive corporations to justice. Often, two adverse parties can agree to…


 
 
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