Legal Developments

Photo of baby feet to suggest birth defects in Zofran litigation which are being disputed, despite removal of one supplemental study in October

Birth Defects in Zofran Litigation Disputed, Despite Evidence Removed

James Parker · November 13, 2019

Recent litigation on Zofran has called into question expert testimony, which was removed from the evidence indicating that Zofran causes birth defects when used by pregnant women. Drug manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline denies that causation of complications beyond heart defects and cleft palate can be proved. Though five cases were removed from the compilation of suits against GSK, the court proceedings wage on -- calling into question whether or not GSK should be required to update their product labeling with an adequate warning.

Legal Developments
A photo of the Supreme Court to represent Riegel v. Medtronic case which set the precedent for lawsuits filed by patients harmed by Class III medical device.

Riegel v. Medtronic: How the Landmark Case Limits Patient Rights

Carah Wertheimer · October 17, 2019

In 2008, a complex case set a legal precedent that dictates how Class III medical devices are approached. It's the landmark Supreme Court ruling, known as Riegel v. Medtronic, that changed everything. Now, those harmed by Class III medical devices struggle to seek legal recourse.

Legal Developments
Bottle of opioid pills representing Johnson & Johnson $20.4 million settlement with Ohio Counties

Johnson & Johnson Reached $20.4 Million Settlement With Ohio Counties in Landmark Opioid Case

Tess Francke · October 9, 2019

Johnson & Johnson reached a $20.4 million settlement with Cuyahoga and Summit counties in Ohio. The company resolves all claims by the counties without admission of liability.

Legal Developments
A gavel illustration representing the J&J Opioid Damages in Oklahoma

Judge Orders J&J to Pay $572 Million to Remediate Opioid Damages in Oklahoma

Tess Francke · September 5, 2019

After a nearly two-month trial, Judge Thad Balkman of Cleveland County District Court ruled Johnson & Johnson had intentionally played down the dangers and oversold the benefits of opioids. The company will pay $572 million for the community destruction caused by prescription painkillers.

Legal Developments
little girl runs in field after news EPA may not ban a potentially harmful pesticide

The EPA Will Not Ban a Pesticide That Can Harm Kids’ Brains

Nicole Knight · August 28, 2019

The EPA has decided not to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos despite evidence that the chemical harms children's brains. It is relevant to note that Dow Chemical, manufacturer of the chemical, donated significantly to the Trump administration's inaugural events.

Legal Developments
A photo of J&J's talcum powder products in relation to a recent lawsuit involving Claire's.

Seven Plaintiffs Refile J&J Talc Lawsuit to Prosecute Claire's and Others

James Parker · August 1, 2019

Judge George H. Wu of California granted case dismissal to seven plaintiffs in a talc lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for their failure to label talc products. The plaintiffs will refile - adding more cases to their complaint and holding other companies liable.

Legal Developments
A photo of a mesh fence to resemble the latest transvaginal mesh trial where testimony stated that J&J Mesh Misleads Consumers with Marketing Tactics.

Marketing Tactics Mislead Consumers, Says Latest Testimony Against J&J Mesh

James Parker · July 31, 2019

In the latest transvaginal mesh trial, led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, expert testimony speaks to the way Johnson & Johnson's advertisements mislead consumers. Surgeon Margolis believes their mesh causes "substantial, significant, irreversible damage," despite consumer-friendly ads.

Legal Developments
A photo of wheat representing the $2 billion Roundup verdict reduced.

$2 Billion Verdict Reduced in Roundup Cancer Case

Lauren Styx · July 29, 2019

In May, a jury awarded the amount of $2 billion in punitive damages and $55 million in compensatory damages to a California couple who developed cancer after years of exposure to Roundup weedkiller. Last week, the California judge significantly reduced the award in this historic Roundup cancer case.

Legal Developments
Photo of woman holding opioids after Oklahoma Opioid Trial Reveals Johnson & Johnson Pushed Opioids.

Oklahoma Opioid Trial Reveals Johnson & Johnson Pushed Opioids

James Parker · June 25, 2019

Oklahoma's latest opioid trial revealed that Johnson & Johnson pressured doctors to sell "more and more opioids." During proceedings, It also came to light that J&J heavily profited from its two subsidiaries Noramco and Tasmanian Alkaloids - major players in U.S. opioid epidemic.

Legal Developments
A photo of a doctor making note of a patient's adverse event for reporting, which would be mandatory under the Medical Device Guardians Act.

Guardians Act Would Require Doctors to File Adverse Event Reports

Nicole Knight · June 4, 2019

A new bill was introduced in the House of Representatives, inspired by Dr. Amy Reed whose cancer was spread by a medical device called a power morcellator. The Medical Device Guardians Act would require doctors to report unsafe devices to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Legal Developments
A woman holding white pills in one hand and a glass of water in the other, representing the J&J opioid trial in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Begins Historic Opioid Trial Against Johnson & Johnson

Emma Schkloven · May 31, 2019

The trial will determine if Johnson & Johnson used deceptive marketing to downplay the risks of opioid painkillers, contributing to the public health crisis that has reportedly claimed the lives of 4,600 Oklahoma residents.

Legal Developments
A photo of two people sitting in a museum, thinking about the Sackler family's part in the opioid crisis, which has caused museums to reject their donations.

Opioid Link Has Sackler Family Donations Declined By Museums

S. Nicole Lane · May 23, 2019

The Sackler family has profited for years from their personal connections to Purdue Pharma amid the opioid crisis. Now, esteemed museums like the Met, Tate Modern, and the Guggenheim decline the Sackler Family Donations following public backlash.

Legal Developments
An illustration of a gavel representing the recent $25 million-dollar mesothelioma talc verdict in New York.

J&J Mesothelioma Talc Verdict in New York May Exceed $25 Million

James Parker · May 22, 2019

A New York jury issued a $25 million verdict against J&J for its part in causing a 66-year-old woman's asbestos-related cancer. The woman, Donna Olson, used J&J's talc products for decades.

Legal Developments
A photo of a court microphone representing the recent Roundup case in California, which resulted in a $2 billion-dollar verdict against Monsanto.

Monsanto to Pay $2 Billion to California Couple in Latest Roundup Case

Lauren Styx · May 20, 2019

Last Monday, in the most recent of three similar Roundup case verdicts, a California jury ruled in favor of couple Alva and Alberta Pilliod. The couple claimed that long-term exposure Roundup on their Northern California property caused severe health issues.

Legal Developments
A photo of a cereal farmer's in field of wheat as blame falls to agrochemical giant in Monsanto Lasso France lawsuit.

Monsanto Held Liable for Cereal Farmer's Sickness in France

Nicole Knight · April 30, 2019

A French court sided with a cereal farmer who claimed Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller made him sick, claiming the product’s label inadequately warned him of its risks.

Legal Developments
A photo of two executives signing an agreement following Oklahoma and Purdue Pharmaceuticals $270 million settlement.

Purdue Settles for $270 Million in Oklahoma's Opioid Crisis

James Parker · April 17, 2019

The state of Oklahoma and Purdue Pharmaceuticals have agreed to a $270 million settlement to help combat the crippling issue of opioid addiction in rural America.

Legal Developments
Farmer spraying Roundup representing verdict in San Francisco

Second Jury Links Roundup to Cancer, $80 Million Verdict

Carah Wertheimer · March 30, 2019

Today the jury ordered Monsanto to pay $80 million in damages for 70-year-old Edwin Hardeman’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, who sprayed his 56-acre property with Roundup for 26 years.

Legal Developments
A photo of the Monsanto headquarters to depict the recent happenings in the Monsanto Roundup trial

San Francisco Jury Calls Roundup a "Substantial Factor" in Cancer Case

Carah Wertheimer · March 21, 2019

In the recent Monsanto Roundup trial, six jurors in a San Francisco federal court unanimously decided that Roundup (glyphosate), the world’s most widely-used herbicide, was likely a “substantial factor” in causing Edwin Hardeman's non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Legal Developments
A justice statue indicating cases to watch 2019

3 Legal Cases Fighting Dangerous Products in 2019

Carah Wertheimer · March 7, 2019

Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder, Monsanto's Roundup and the chilling opioid crisis have recently been in the headlines as legal teams attempt to get justice for thousands of injured individuals. Here's our breakdown of the top three legal cases to watch in 2019.

Legal Developments
An illustration of an empty courtroom after biologist testifies at Talc Powder Trial.

Biologist Testified on Talc in Dying Woman's Lungs in California Trial

Nicole Knight · March 4, 2019

A biologist testified that asbestos in talcum powder was found in a dying woman's lungs, according to a recent California jury trial.

Legal Developments
Talcum Powder Warning Label

New Talcum Powder Warning Label Case in California

Carah Wertheimer · February 6, 2019

Johnson & Johnson's legal troubles have taken a new turn, now focused on the talcum powder warning label. Under California's Proposition 65, companies must issue warnings if products expose customers to known cancer-causing agents.

Legal Developments
A photo of a tractor in an agricultural field relating to the $78.5 million Roundup Monsanto verdict.

Monsanto Verdict Reduced to $78.5 Million, Chemo Brain May Affect Second Trial

Nicole Knight · November 5, 2018

A California judge has chopped a landmark $289-million jury verdict. The Monsanto Roundup verdict now sits at $78.5 million.

Legal Developments
Photo of Field Sprayed with Roundup as lawsuits against Monsanto claim Roundup causes lymphoma.

What Happened in the First Trial Linking Monsanto's Roundup to Lymphoma

Nicole Knight · September 24, 2018

Johnson, who received a favorable $289-million verdict, claimed Monsanto had long known of the cancer risks of glyphosate but failed to warn consumers of the dangers.

Legal Developments
Hands in a circle representing talcum powder cancer case

22 Women Win Talcum Powder Cancer Case

James Parker · August 16, 2018

A Missouri jury awarded $4.69 billion to compensate women who reportedly developed talcum powder ovarian cancer, delivering the largest product-defect verdict in U.S. history.

Legal Developments
US map representing OxyContin Lawsuit Against Perdue Pharmaceuticals

Half the Nation Unites Against Opioid Manufacturer

James Parker · July 6, 2018

In a crackdown attempt to fight the opioid crisis, 26 states are taking legal action against a major OxyContin manufacturer.

Legal Developments
Firefighter representing blood clot filter verdict

Texas Firefighter Awarded $1.2 Million for Failed Blood Clot Filter

Ashley Lombardo · July 4, 2018

A Houston firefighter who claimed a Cook Celect IVC filter caused him serious pain and injuries has been awarded $1.2 million by a Texas state jury.

Legal Developments
Courtroom discussions representing xarelto verdict

$28 Million Xarelto Verdict Draws Attention to U.S. Bleeding Risk

Ashley Lombardo · December 15, 2017

An Indiana woman was awarded a million-dollar Xarelto verdict after she developed GI bleeds without knowing the risks.

Legal Developments
An illustration of Subsys fentanyl nasal spray, related to the arrest of John Kapoor.

What the Arrest of Billionaire John Kapoor Means for Opioid Dependency

Ashley Lombardo · November 1, 2017

Pharma executive John Kapoor was arrested for pushing doctors to prescribe a powerful narcotic opioid known as Subsys.

Legal Developments
Photo of a vibrant soybean field where Monsanto's Roundup is not used while Monsanto's Roundup lawsuit continues.

Monsanto Lawsuit Debate Over Roundup's Link to Cancer Continues

Ashley Lombardo · October 18, 2017

Lawyers continue to debate allegations that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, can cause cancer.

Legal Developments
A photo of a lab beaker, representing the question: Does baby powder contain asbestos?

Does Baby Powder Contain Asbestos?

Ashley Lombardo · October 11, 2017

Concerns over talcum powder's link to ovarian cancer and mesothelioma have left courts in St. Louis asking if baby powder contains asbestos.

Legal Developments
A photo of a woman holding a hairbrush, representing Taxotere hair loss lawsuits doubling in 2017.

Taxotere Lawsuits More Than Double in 2017

Ashley Lombardo · September 13, 2017

The number of Taxotere lawsuits pending in federal court has more than doubled in 2017, almost tripling since 2016.

Legal Developments
Help MedTruth Put The Truth on Talc and Stop Women From Using Talc on Genitals

Jury Awards $417M in California Talcum Powder Lawsuit

Ashley Lombardo · August 22, 2017

A Los Angeles jury on Monday awarded a record $417 million in damages in a talcum powder lawsuit brought by a California woman.

Legal Developments
Woman Holds Stomach In Pain After Using Benicar Drug

Maker Of Benicar Agrees To Pay Up To $300M In Settlements

Ashley Lombardo · August 18, 2017

The cases stem from accusations that the manufacturer failed to warn the public about the severe side effects of Benicar and related drugs.

Legal Developments
judge makes decision on invokana lawsuit

Judge Consolidates Invokana Lawsuits In New Jersey

Ashley Lombardo · February 13, 2017

On Dec. 7, 2016, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered the cases be joined into a multidistrict legislation (MDL). More than 50 Invokana lawsuits related to the controversial diabetes drug have been consolidated in a U.S. District Court of New Jersey.

Legal Developments
An illustration of a gavel, related to the New Jersey mesh settlement for Linda Gross, a South Dakota nurse, who survived transvaginal device complications.

New Jersey Court Awards $11 Million Mesh Settlement to Survivor

Ashley Lombardo · January 16, 2017

A New Jersey court awarded a mesh settlement more than $11 million to a South Dakota nurse surviving transvaginal mesh complications.

Legal Developments
A photo of a stethoscope and settlement payout for Abilify's illegal marketing.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Pays $19 Million in Multistate Settlement for Abilify’s Illegal Marketing

Ashley Lombardo · December 14, 2016

In a $19 million Abilify settlement, Bristol-Myers Squibb was found guilty of illegally marketed the antipsychotic for unapproved uses.

Legal Developments
An illustration of a gavel representing Bayer being sued for bleeding and cramping side effects linked to Essure.

Bayer Sued for Bleeding and Cramping Side Effects Linked to Essure

Ashley Lombardo · October 21, 2016

Plaintiffs have filed against Bayer AG for hiding dangers linked to the medical device Essure. The Essure lawsuit includes multiple charges.

Legal Developments
An illustration of a gavel representing GlaxoSmithKline being found guilty of off-label ads in a fraud settlement.

GlaxoSmithKline Paid $3 Billion in Largest Fraud Settlement

Ashley Lombardo · October 12, 2016

GlaxoSmithKline was found guilty of off-label ads, hiding safety data and faulty price reporting in a billion-dollar drug fraud settlement.

Legal Developments
An illustration of a comb with a lot of hair, caused by Taxotere hair loss.

Woman Takes Action Against Taxotere for Hair Loss Side Effect

Ashley Lombardo · October 3, 2016

Manufacturers didn't inform patients about the chemotherapy drug Taxotere's permanent hair loss risk. Ami Dodson took action and filed a lawsuit.

Legal Developments
A black and white photo of Risperdal tablets.

Legal System Works for Young Boy Who Developed Breasts

Ashley Lombardo · August 24, 2016

The legal system awarded $70 million to a 5-year-old boy who developed breasts in a Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit.

Legal Developments
An illustration of talcum powder particles on a peach background.

Judge Supports Survivor of Talcum Powder Cancer With $55 Million

Ashley Lombardo · May 11, 2016

A St. Louis judge awarded $55 million to Gloria Ristesund, a woman who reportedly developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products for decades. The lawsuit is the second of its kind as 1,200 women plan to take action against Johnson & Johnson in the talc trials.

Legal Developments