Safyral Expected to Emerge from the Litigation Shadows; October 21, 2013 Washington, DC: As evidenced by the contents of the second-quarter performance summary issued by pharmaceutical giant Bayer, the German manufacturer had settled about 6,760 claims with regard to drospirenone side effects, costing the company about $1.4 … Continue reading

Oil Companies Sued for Wasting Natural Gas

News Inferno; October 21, 2013 North Dakota landowners who lease property to energy companies have filed 10 class-action lawsuits over the burning of natural gas in the Bakken shale oil field. The suits seek millions of dollars in what the … Continue reading

Apple Sued over iPhone iOS7 Upgrade

Yahoo! News; October 21, 2013 Proving that new design has the ability to polarize people, a California man is taking Apple to court over its iOS7 iPhone and iPad operating system. Mark Menacher has filed a small-claims complaint against Apple’s … Continue reading

Essure, Permanent Birth Control Procedure, Associated with Serious Injuries

News Inferno; October 17, 2013 Essure, a permanent birth control method marketed by Bayer, has been tied to allegations of serious adverse reactions, according to well-known consumer advocate, Erin Brockovich. Brockovich is working to have the Essure banned and told … Continue reading

UN Agency Classifies Air Pollution a Leading Cause of Cancer

News Inferno; October 18, 2013 The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization, said data from 2010 indicate that 223,000 deaths worldwide from lung cancer resulted from air pollution, and the agency also … Continue reading

Report: Retained Surgical Items More Common Not Rare

News Inferno; October 18, 2013 So-called “retained surgical items,” including sponges and other surgical implements, being left behind during surgery are not necessarily a rare occurrence, according to a watchdog group. The Joint Commission is asking hospitals nationwide to try … Continue reading

Celebrities in Solidarity with Anti-Fracking Protestors in New Brunswick; October 20, 2013 Rexton, NB: The last week of anti-fracking protests in New Brunswick has garnered support, strength and solidarity not only throughout Canada and the US but also from celebrities such as Susan Sarandon and the Idle No … Continue reading

Salmonella Outbreak May Be Linked to Chicken

CNN; October 7, 2013 A California poultry producer announced Monday that it is working with the federal health officials after an estimated 278 illnesses were reported in 18 states. Raw chicken products from Foster Farms plants have been identified as … Continue reading

When Does Drug Testing Violate the California Labor Law?; October 7, 2013 Torrance, CA: Colin was given a drug test prior to being hired as a computer technician. Generally, California labor law allows employers to test applicants for drugs. But Colin was terminated two months after he was … Continue reading

Judge Delays Fosamax MDL ‘Wind-Down’

News Inferno; October 8, 2013 To enable plaintiffs and Merck &  Co. Inc. time to work on a potential settlement, a New York federal judge delayed the transfer of hundreds of lawsuits that are part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) … Continue reading