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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…

Healthcare-Associated Infections: How Hospitals May Be Keeping Patients in Hospitals

September 10th, 2014

It often has been said that hospitals are the most dangerous places for sick people. Hospital acquired infections—also known as healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)—present a genuine health risk to patients, leading to prolonged hospitalizations and higher rates of morbidity and mortality. Working from data in a survey published this year in the New England Journal of…

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…

U.S. District Court Awards $8.6 billion to Terror Victims and Their Families

August 27th, 2014

Generally when we cover the American civil justice system on this blog, it is with respect to cases in which residents of this country alone have been physically, emotionally, or mentally harmed. This article, however, addresses a number of consolidated cases involving 284 plaintiffs—citizens of the United States, Kenya, and Tanzania—in a suit against the…

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…

Malpractice Suits as Industry Reform

August 13th, 2014

Although this blog spends a lot of time detailing medical malpractice cases and the jury awards or settlements that come with them. Forbes contributor Steve Cohen reminded us recently (and accurately) that “Malpractice Lawsuits Aren’t Just About Money.” Besides writing about compensation, many of the articles we have published here recently have explained that while…

Hypocritical Lawmakers and their Lawsuits

August 6th, 2014

As many of our readers are surely aware, the United States House of Representatives in the last week in July voted to approve Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit against President Obama for allegedly exercising powers not granted to the highest office in the land. While we write about political matters from time to time, it is…

$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…

“Hide No Harm” Bill Targets Careless Corporations

July 23rd, 2014

As a consumer concerned with product safety, you might assume that it is illegal for corporations to knowingly cover up dangers associated with their goods and services, but you’d be wrong. Following dozens of highly publicized recalls—cars, automobile air bags, pharmaceuticals, and baby toys, to name a few—two senators (one of whom is Bob Casey…

Wisconsin Tort Reform Slowly Creeps Back

July 16th, 2014

In a landmark decision in 2005, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin struck down the state’s strict cap on non-economic damages, which limited plaintiffs’ recovery to $350,000. Finding this law to be unconstitutional on the grounds that it violated the equal protection clause, the Court’s decision explains that the cap placed “plaintiffs with the most severe…

 
 
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