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Drug Companies Can Introduce Alternative Theories in Nevada Hepatitis C Outbreak Lawsuits

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has reported the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that juries will be allowed to put witnesses on the stand, and certified experts will be able to give their opinion in lawsuits regarding modes of transmission of the hepatitis C virus through local clinics in southern Nevada during an outbreak in 2008.

Currently, health officials have embraced the theory that single use medication vials which had been contaminated by infected patients were reused. More Drug Companies Can Introduce Alternative Theories in Nevada Hepatitis C Outbreak Lawsuits

Parker Waichman Alonso File Class Action as DuPont Acknowledges Imprelis Harms Trees

Parker Waichman Alonso LLP and its partner law firms, with Daryl Haley and Mary Ann Haley as lead plaintiffs, have brought a class action lawsuit against DuPont in U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Iowa Cedar Rapids Division alleging that DuPont should have pulled the Imprelis herbicide from the market instead of blaming “environmental factors or improper application by lawn care professionals.

DuPont has acknowledged that Imprelis is damaging to some species of trees. In a letter to lawn care professional, DuPont expressed regret and that they would “promptly and fairly resolve problems associated with our product.” More Parker Waichman Alonso File Class Action as DuPont Acknowledges Imprelis Harms Trees

Jury Awards $500,000 For Forgotten Surgical Sponge

Erin Webster has been awarded $525,269 in a case against Philadelphia’s Lower Bucks Hospital and nurses Megan Blatcher and Laura Tedesco and the Bristol Township Hospital were accused of negligence after they failed to remove a laparotomy sponge from her abdomen following a cesarean-section.

The jury found that the nurses failed to perform the required count of sponges, which is to be performed three times before the abdomen is closed and surgery is completed. Dr. Richard Turner, who performed the surgery was no found liable, as he properly relied on the nurses sponge count before making his decision to close the abdomen. More Jury Awards $500,000 For Forgotten Surgical Sponge

Judge Allows Bayer To Depose First 100 Plaintiffs In Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella MDL

After Bayer compared fact sheets filed by plaintiff attorneys against deposition testimony of 24 plaintiffs and found problems with more than one third of them, U.S. District Judge David Herndon ruled that Bayer can depose the first 100 plaintiffs of thousands to compare fact sheets and testimony against oral contraceptives Yaz, Yasmin, and their generic equivalent Ocella, alleging the drugs harm the gall bladder and cause circulation problems.

Judge Herndon wrote “In one case, the revisions were reportedly so extensive as to involve identification of additional treating physicians, changes in dates of treatment and hospital admissions, identification of additional pharmacies, identification of additional medical conditions and medications, and new information regarding the use of oral contraceptives.” More Judge Allows Bayer To Depose First 100 Plaintiffs In Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella MDL

Rabbinical Court Brings Orthodox Jewish Sexual Abuse Into The Open

The Beit Din in Montreal, a religious court, has issued an advisory telling parents to educate their children about inappropriate touching, and to explain that it is an obligation, not a sin, to tell a parent or rabbi if an incident occurs, The Montreal Gazette reported.

The notice comes with a serious debate about whether the court was wrong for not telling parents to contact the authorities if an incident of sexual abuse happens. Howard Nadler, a liaison manager at Batshaw Youth and Family Centres said the notice was welcome, but should have told people to contact the authorities. “I’m impressed they’re informing their community in this way,” Nadler said. “But they should be reporting it to Youth Protection.” More Rabbinical Court Brings Orthodox Jewish Sexual Abuse Into The Open

$1.1 million Awarded To Listeriosis Victim’s Family

The family of one of the five people who died because of Listeria-tainted celery produced by Sangar Produce and Processing Co., was awarded $1.1 million in a default judgment July 26, 2011. An attorney for the family said they had a terrible time finding anyone from the company, which was ordered closed last October, and that when they were able to serve papers, “they just didn’t show up.”

State District Judge Barbara Nellermoe ruled in favor of Castellano’s family, the Houston Chronicle reported. More $1.1 million Awarded To Listeriosis Victim’s Family

Settlement Reached in Coal Slurry Lawsuit

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register has reported that a Massey Energy subsidiary, Rawl Sales and Processing, has reached a settlement regarding the personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit brought by more than 500 Mingo County, WV., residents.

The lawsuit alleged that from 1978 to 1987, the Massey subsidiary injected 1.4 billion gallons of coal slurry into abandoned underground mines, which then seeped through cracks in the earth and poisoned residential drinking wells. More Settlement Reached in Coal Slurry Lawsuit

Illinois Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Triad

Sharon Rockett has filed a lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court against Triad Group Inc., Carefusion Corp., H&P Industries, Genenteck Inc., RGH Enterprises(dba Edgepark Medical Supplies), and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Inc., alleging they are all responsible for the death of her husband, Garry W. Rockett, who died from complications of a bacillus cereus infection.

According to the lawsuit, Rockett received tainted Triad alcohol prep pads distributed by Carefusion and Edgepark Medical Supplies from the Cancer Treatment Centers in PleurX Drainage Kits. Rockett’s widow alleges that the problems with the contaminated Triad pads should have been discovered at some point in the supply chain. More Illinois Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Triad

9/11 Hero’s Still Without Cancer Coverage

Because a new government report found insufficient links between toxins released at the World Trade Center site and documented cancer cases, first responders in the 9/11 attack, who have developed cancer will not receive health care benefits from the Zadroga health care bill.

Though the debris from the attack did contain known human carcinogens, the study found that first responders did not receive dangerous levels of exposure to those substances. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, passed Congress in December and was signed into law by President Barack Obama in January, has never covered cancer cases, according to the NY 1 news. More 9/11 Hero’s Still Without Cancer Coverage

New Jersey Turpike Authority Pays $1 million In Lawsuit Settlements

Over the last 18 months, the NJ Turnpike Authority has paid out nearly $1 million to settle seven lawsuits.

One settlement was for $60,000 after a man fell at the PNC Bank Arts Center. A second was for $150,000 for a parking and bathroom violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The most tragic case, according to NJ.com, was a $125,000 settlement in the case of a 19-year old fashion model Heather Bratton, who was trapped in the backseat of a cab and burned to death, after the cab stalled in the center lane and was hit from behind by another vehicle. Police reports show that lights in the area of the accident were not functioning. More New Jersey Turpike Authority Pays $1 million In Lawsuit Settlements