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GMO Corn Lawsuits Spurred by Foreign Market Refusals

By | Consumer protection, GMO, Product Liability, Uncategorized

gmo_corn_class_action_lawsuitWhat does China have to do with people growing and distributing corn in the US?

A lot, in fact.

China’s refusal to import US corn products containing a genetically modified trait brought financial troubles to farmers in the US.

US corn growers planted their corn crop using a GMO corn seed developed by a Swiss biotech giant, Syngenta. The GMO seed, called Agrisure Viptera, or MIR 162, came onto the US market in 2010. However, unbeknownst to US corn growers, China―a major trading partner―hadn’t given Syngenta’s new GMO corn seed the stamp of approval.

China Refuses to Import Agrisure Viptera Corn Products

After China rejected corn products containing Agrisure Viptera, US corn growers had no where to turn next, so they soon became burdened with lost income.

Sygenta & Approval from Foreign Markets

Syngenta never sought approval from China before bringing their GMO corn seed to the US market.

As a result, US corn growers have filed GMO corn lawsuits targeting Sygenta for lost income and neglecting to recognize the importance of the trade partnership between the US and China.

According to experts quoted in an article by Capital Press, an agricultural news service, foreign markets, like China, could play a future role in GMO product regulation, especially in regards to exports.

The Capital Press article also noted that the situation with Syngenta and GMO corn seed lawsuits may prevent other biotech companies from introducing new products onto the market for fear of litigation.

Legal Assistance for US Corn Farmers

Carey Danis & Lowe is currently investigating GMO corn seed cases involving US corn farmers who suffered financially. If you experienced lost income as a result of GMO corn seeds, we encourage you to begin exploring your legal options.

Our law firm offers free legal evaluations. During our evaluations, one of our lawyers guides you through your legal options and compensation eligibility.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe today by phone at 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential claim form.

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The Link between Zoloft and Birth Defects

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized, Zoloft

Zoloft MDL Updates: Zoloft MDL No. 2342 Progresses with Order to Submit Initial Discovery Zoloft Birth Defect CasesAt the first trial of 1000+ Zoloft birth defects lawsuits, the plaintiff’s legal team presented evidence that Pfizer researchers knew that pregnant women using Zoloft risked having babies with heart defects.

Zoloft is the most popular antidepressant on the market.

Pfizer overlooked internal red flags about possible birth defects to preserve billions in the sales of Zoloft, say families suing the drug giant. Pfizer didn’t use this research to caution doctors and patients about the risk, said the plaintiff’s lawyer at state court in St. Louis.

Zoloft Studies

A New England Journal of Medicine study in 2007 documented that pregnant women on Zoloft had double the risk of having a child with a birth defect.

According to Pfizer’s study, risks to newborns range from atrial septal defect, heart disease, growth retardation, omphalocele (newborns’ organs are outside their body), and persistent pulmonary hypertension.

The plaintiff in the case, Logan Pesante, whose mother took Zoloft while Logan was in the womb, has had three open heart surgeries to fix defects. The now 11-year old continues to suffer from lingering issues stemming from the defects.

The Pesantes and their lawyers argue that Pfizer needs to be held liable for failure to clearly warn physicians and patients about Zoloft’s increased risk of birth defects on the drug’s label and in marketing materials.

Legal Assistance

When drug makers don’t warn about a drug’s hazards, innocent consumers can suffer devastating effects. Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to test their products for health risks and advise the public. When they fall down in these duties, they face legal liability for the harm they cause.

If your baby has suffered heart wrenching pain due to a birth defect caused by Zoloft, Carey Danis & Lowe can help you. Our attorneys will assist in determining your eligibility to receive compensation for you and your baby. Our experienced lawyers are compassionate, knowledgeable and determined.

Carey Danis & Lowe is dedicated to representing individuals harmed by corporate abuse and neglect. Please call today for a free consultation—800.721.2519, or send us an email.

Vaginal Mesh Report from American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

vaginal_mesh_lawsuit_litigationPersistent pain is a symptom of vaginal mesh erosion and removal. If persistent pain exists before vaginal mesh is removed, the likelihood of continued pain post-removal is very high.

According to a recent report from the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, “What Is New in the Use of Mesh in Vaginal Surgery?”, about 51% of women who experienced persistent pain prior to removal of their transvaginal mesh continued to experience pain post-removal.

The doctor who authored the report, Dr. John R. Fischer, was quoted by WBUR, the NPR news station in Boston, as saying that “of the many symptoms that are treated with mesh excision, persistent pain may be the most difficult.”

Unfortunately for many of the patients whose cases were reviewed for the report, a surgical procedure intended to relieve pain and suffering caused by defective transvaginal mesh resulted only in a continuation of pain and suffering.

Legal Assistance for Mesh Victims

Carey Danis & Lowe is a national law firm that represents women in vaginal mesh lawsuits. Our team of defective medical device lawyers work tirelessly to recover losses for our clients.

If you or someone you love has been injured by transvaginal mesh, one of our attorneys can guide you through your legal options, and determine your eligibility to receive compensation. Our law firm offers free, no obligation case evaluations.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim form.

We look forward to offering you any legal assistance that we can.

Also, stay up-to-date on pelvic mesh lawsuit updates by reading the Carey Danis & Lowe law blog. We recommend reading:

J&J Abandons Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Fraud Investigation

Johnson & Johnson Handed $5.7M Verdict in California Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

transvaginalmeshlawsuitThe jury in a California vaginal mesh lawsuit handed Johnson & Johnson, and their subsidiary, Ethicon, a $5.7 million verdict to be paid to the plaintiff for compensatory and punitive damages. After more than three days of deliberation, the jury agreed that Johnson & Johnson’s transvaginal mesh device, the Abbrevo, is defective.

Furthermore, the jury decided that Johnson & Johnson did not sufficiently educate health care providers and patients about the risks of using their Abbrevo vaginal mesh product.

The plaintiff in the case, Coleen Perry, received an implant of the Abbrevo device in 2011. According to Bloomberg, Perry experienced mesh erosion, and underwent further surgery to remove the Abbrevo device in 2012.

Johnson & Johnson has plans to appeal the verdict. An Ethicon spokesperson was quoted as saying, “Ethicon acted appropriately and responsibly” in handling all phases of bringing the Abbrevo transvaginal mesh device to market.

The defective medical device lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe are pleased by the jury’s verdict, as it will bring much deserved relief and closure to Perry and her family.

Legal Assistance for Mesh Victims

Carey Danis & Lowe currently represents women who have been injured by transvaginal mesh products, including Ethicon’s Abbrevo sling. If you or someone you love has been injured by transvaginal mesh, we encourage you to explore your legal options and compensation eligibility with one of our attorneys today.

Carey Danis & Lowe offers free, no obligation case evaluations.

 

Yaz & Yasmin Lawsuits to Be Remanded

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized, Yaz/Yasmin

yaz_lawsuit_yasmin_side_effects_lawsuits_dvt_blood_clot_settlementsSettling Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits in the Yaz and Yasmin multidistrict litigation (MDL) is a slow process, a fact recently expressed by the federal judge managing the MDL. It appears that the cause of the slow process is Bayer’s legal strategy, which U.S. District Judge David R. Herndon likened to attrition.

In a document filed in mid-February 2015, Judge Herndon described Bayer’s approach to settlement as either an effort to wear down the other parties, or an expectation that “an entire group of catastrophically injured women, for the most part, [will] simply drop their claims”.

In order to more quickly settle these Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits, of which there are 3,400 still pending, the court will request on or around July 1 that the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) remand a group of cases to their home districts for trial.

In addition to remanding certain lawsuits, the court rescheduled the trial of a case involving the plaintiff, Pamela Schuchert, to start on June 15. According to a court document, the Schuchert trial will have a 10-day limit.

Legal Assistance for Yaz, Yasmin & Ocella Victims

Carey Danis & Lowe represents Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella victims. For more information about our legal services, contact our law offices by phone at 800.721.2519.

C.R. Bard Appeal of $5.5 Million Verdict Denied

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

transvaginalmeshlawsuitThe California Supreme Court recently denied the appeal of a transvaginal mesh manufacturer, C.R. Bard, who sought to annul a 2012 jury verdict awarding $5.5 million to the plaintiff in the transvaginal mesh lawsuit. Upon receiving the jury’s verdict, C.R. Bard declared that they planned to appeal the decision.

In a Bloomberg report from July 2012, a C.R. Bard representative named Scott Lowry stated that the “the complications suffered by the plaintiff…are not the fault” of C.R. Bard.

The plaintiff in the case, Christine Scott, received an implant of the C.R. Bard Avaulta Plus. Scott experienced mesh erosion, which in turn resulted in stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic pain, according to a Bloomberg report.

The Scott case was the first transvaginal mesh lawsuit to go to trial in the U.S., and thus, it is meaningful whether the case rests in favor of the plaintiff or defendant. C.R. Bard may be out of options for overturning the Scott verdict, and with increasing pressure to settle transvaginal mesh lawsuits, the mesh manufacturer may be moved to let the verdict rest.

Legal Assistance for Mesh Victims

Carey Danis & Lowe is a team of dedicated defective medical device lawyers who are currently filing transvaginal mesh lawsuits on behalf of women who sustained injuries from C.R. Bard implants, or implants manufactured by another company, such as Ethicon or Boston Scientific.

If you or someone you love has been injured by transvaginal mesh, we encourage you to use our offer of a free, no obligation case evaluation in order to better understand your case, legal options, and compensation eligibility.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe today by phone at 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential personal injury claim form.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update: C.R. Bard Settles a Case

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

transvaginalmeshlawsuitC.R. Bard, a manufacturer of medical devices used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), recently settled a vaginal mesh lawsuit. Selected as a bellwether case, the lawsuit involved the plaintiff, Debra Wise.

The bellwether trial was scheduled to begin on February 18, 2015 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia as part of the C.R. Bard multidistrict litigation (MDL).

According to a report by Reuters on C.R. Bard’s decision, the settlement amount is unknown.

The fact that C.R. Bard decided to settle a bellwether case is a positive sign for plaintiffs.

Additionally, the mesh manufacturer’s decision could have been influenced by the presiding judge. Carey Danis & Lowe recently reported that Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, who is overseeing the 7 mesh MDLs, urged mesh manufacturers to consider settling the tens of thousands of pending transvaginal mesh lawsuits.

Legal Assistance

If you or someone you love sustained an injury due to vaginal mesh complications, such as mesh erosion, Carey Danis & Lowe is here to help. During a free, no obligation case evaluation, we will guide you through your legal options, and determine your compensation eligibility.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe today by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim form.

Johnson & Johnson Settles 4 Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

transvaginal_mesh_lawsuitsJohnson & Johnson and their subsidiary, Ethicon, agreed to settle 4 vaginal mesh lawsuits. The medical device manufacturer faces thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits, but for the time being, has only decided to settle these 4 particular cases.

An Ethicon spokeswoman was quoted by a Bloomberg reporter as saying that these 4 vaginal mesh lawsuits were deemed appropriate for settlement, and so, Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon moved forward with their decision. Even though the medical device manufacturer agreed to resolve these 4 cases, they remain firm in their stance that they are free of fault.

The defective medical device lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe are pleased to hear the news of the Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon settlement. Though settling 4 cases is a small step forward in addressing the thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits targeting Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, it is nevertheless a step forward.

Legal Assistance for Mesh Victims

Carey Danis & Lowe currently represents mesh victims. Our team of defective medical device lawyers work tirelessly towards recovering losses for the thousands of women who have been harmed by transvaginal mesh.

If you or someone you love has been injured by vaginal mesh, we encourage you to seek the expert legal assistance of Carey Danis & Lowe. We will review your case and evaluate your compensation eligibility during a free, no-obligation case consultation.

We are here to help you. Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential personal injury claim form.

Antidepressants & Pregnancy: Teen Files Prozac Birth Defects Lawsuit

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Prozac, Uncategorized

SSRI Antidepressant Prozac Birth Defects LawsuitHaving suffered from Prozac birth defects, a Scottish teen has filed a lawsuit targeting Prozac maker, Eli Lilly. According to an article about the teen that was published by the Scottish news service, The Daily Record, the teen’s mother had used Prozac during her pregnancy.

The family believes that Prozac exposure in the womb caused the boy’s birth defects, which include a cleft lip and spina bifida.

The Prozac birth defects lawsuit has been filed in a court in Florida.

The combination of antidepressants and pregnancy being the cause of birth defects is a firm one. Unfortunately, many children have suffered tremendously from exposure to selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants, a category of antidepressant that includes Prozac, in the womb.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized an association between Prozac and birth defects, and thus, has recommended that the use of Prozac during pregnancy should only occur when benefits outweigh risks.

However, for the mother of the Scottish teen, such an analysis of benefits and risks was never undertaken, since, at the time she was using Prozac in the ’90s, there was still little understanding of how the antidepressant affected children in the womb.

Legal Assistance

Carey Danis & Lowe is a St. Louis law firm that represents families whose lives have been impacted by the use of SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy.

If your child suffered from birth defects after being exposed to an SSRI antidepressant, such as Prozac, in the womb, we encourage you and your family to explore legal options and compensation eligibility today.

Our law firm offers free, no-obligation case evaluations.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim form. We look forward to offering you and your family any assistance that we can.

Obtape Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits Settled in Georgia

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

obtape_lawsuit_settlementsOver 100 Obtape vaginal mesh lawsuits have been settled in the Obtape multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Georgia. The mesh lawsuit settlement covers 111 cases involving the Mentor Obtape Transobturator Sling.

Women who filed Obtape lawsuits targeted at Mentor, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, claimed to have suffered tremendous, life-changing injuries. These women received an Obtape implant to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI). As the Obtape is made from a defective sling material, one that has been described as too dense to be effective, the women in these cases often report that their health was better before receiving the Obtape implant.

As a result of the Obtape’s defective nature, these women experienced chronic pain, excessive discharge, and organ and tissue damage. Most, if not all, of these women had to undergo surgery to remove the Obtape implant.

The defective medical device lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe are pleased by the news of the Optape mesh lawsuit settlement. It is welcome news that so many women who have suffered will soon receive compensation for their injuries.

Legal Assistance for Mesh Victims

Carey Danis & Lowe is a St. Louis law firm specializing in defective medical device litigation. Our attorneys represent women and their families in vaginal mesh lawsuits.

If you or someone you love has been injured by vaginal mesh, we encourage you to reach out to one of our attorneys today to explore your legal options and compensation eligibility. Carey Danis & Lowe offers free, no-obligation case evaluations.

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