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Update: CDC Reports Elevated Cancer Risk in Lumber Liquidators Flooring

In March, 2015, 60 Minutes aired a special report detailing claims that Lumber Liquidators was selling laminate flooring containing illegal and potentially dangerous levels of the chemical Formaldehyde. Commonly known as methanol, formaldehyde is an organic compound used in construction and manufacturing materials. The substance can be found in walls, flooring, synthetic fabric, paneling, plywood…

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Defective INR Device Used in Xarelto Clinical Trials

In February 2016, BMJ, a medical journal based in the United Kingdom, published a report detailing the use of a faulty device in the Xarelto clinical trials. The Alere international normalized ratio (INR) monitoring device was used to measure blood clotting in patients taking warfarin during the ROCKET-AF clinical trials. The report reveals that the…

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Update: Exploding E-Cigarette Lawsuits

A Florida man is suing the manufacturer of an e-cigarette, after an explosion caused by the product resulted in severe burns to his face, throat and lungs E-Cigarettes are used as a popular alternative to traditional tobacco products. The devices heat a liquid solution which releases a vaporized form of nicotine. However, the safety of…

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Class I Recall for Cranial Image-Guided Surgery System

The FDA issued a Class I recall for the Brainlab Crainial image-guided surgery system. A Class I recall is the most serious kind issued by the FDA, requiring a manufacturer to take immediate and urgent action to remove affected products from the market.  The recall came after problems were reported regarding the navigation display on…

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Olympus Issues Recall for Unsafe Duodenoscope Devices

Olympus Corporation has issued a voluntary recall for the TJF-Q180V duodenoscope device. Duodenoscopes are used in more than 500,000 gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures each year. These devices are used during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures to diagnose and treat conditions within the bile duct and main pancreatic duct, such as gallstones and cancer. The duodenoscope can…

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Justice for Victims of Transvaginal Mesh

On January 14, 2016, in Cisson v. C.R. Bard, Inc., the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a jury’s decision in favor of the plaintiff in a case from the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.  The ruling is an important step in the fight against…

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Multidistrict Litigation Established for Bair Hugger Lawsuits

On December 11th, 2015, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued an order to transfer fourteen lawsuits—related to the Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming device—to the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. This multidistrict litigation court (MDL) has been established to preside over all federally filed  cases concerning claims that the Bair Hugger…

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FDA Provides Additional Warnings for SGLT2 Inhibitors

In May, the United States Food and Drug Administration released information advising physicians and patients to be cautious about the risks related to SGLT2 inhibitors. Now, the FDA has updated the warning label for the drugs to include the risk of ketoacidosis and severe urinary tract infection. SGLT2 inhibitors, like the drug Invokana, work to…

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FDA Issues Recall of RotaWire ‘Elite’ Core Wires

Manufacturer, Boston Scientific has issued an urgent recall for various components of the Rotablator Rotational Atherectomy System—a device used to improve the circulation of blood to the heart by opening narrow arteries. Over 700 devices, distributed between July 9 and October 1, 2015, have been effected by the recall, including RotaWire Elite Guidewires and wireClip…

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United States Settles with Takata over Defective Airbags

Instituting a $70 million dollar fine, the United States has settled with Japanese manufacturer Takata, after the company’s airbags were found to be defective. Japanese manufacturer, Takata, has been the subject of United States investigation due to claims that the company’s airbags are defective. Lawsuits allege that when a car comes into minor contact with…

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