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Victory in bellwether pain pump lawsuit

January 28th, 2010

Injured victim Matthew Beale, a 38-year-old father whose cartilage in his right shoulder disappeared after a pain pump was used following shoulder surgery, and his wife were awarded $5.5 million in an Oregon court last week – the first of hundreds of similar pain pump cases set to go to trail. Oregon Live details the pain Mr. Beale experienced after I-Flow, a pain pump manufacturer, encouraged doctors to employ their products in joint surgeries even after the FDA repeatedly refused to approve those types of uses.

Seeger Weiss LLP is part of the litigation group working in coordination to bring these cases to court across the country. The Oregon case is expected to set the trend for upcoming cases, and gives many pain-pump victims hope for relief and justice.

Following this giant victory for pain pump victims across the country, the New York Times follows up with a piece on pain pump studies.

Louisiana sues companies over tainted Chinese drywall

January 22nd, 2010
Villagers Work At A Plasterboard Workshop

AP via Miami Herald: Louisiana’s attorney general on Wednesday sued building supply manufacturers and developers over imported Chinese drywall that homeowners claim has damaged their homes and made them sick.

Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell said he filed a lawsuit in state court on Wednesday to help state and local governments recoup the cost of dealing with contaminated drywall. The suit names a slew of companies – from Chinese drywall manufacturers to home developers – as defendants.

Doctor who faked favorable Vioxx research charged with fraud

January 21st, 2010
Merck Recalls Vioxx

Washington Post: Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that they have filed a health care fraud charge against a doctor accused of faking research for a dozen years in published studies that suggested after-surgery benefits from painkillers including Vioxx and Celebrex.

Court documents indicate that Dr. Scott Reuben, an anesthesiologist, has agreed to plead guilty in exchange for prosecutors recommending a more lenient sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and forfeiture of assets worth at least $50,000 that Reuben received for the research.

Prosecutors allege the former chief of acute pain at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield sought and received research grants from pharmaceutical companies but never performed the studies. He fabricated patient data and submitted information to anesthesiology journals that unwittingly published it, court documents allege.

Seeger Weiss Attorneys Rise to Partner and Counsel Positions

January 20th, 2010

Congratulations to Marc Albert and Mike Rosenberg – new parters – as well as Terrianne Benedetto and Sindhu Daniel – new counsel – on their promotion!

Learn more about these four great attorneys here.

AmLaw Litigation Daily: Insurance companies new target of Chinese drywall lawsuits

January 11th, 2010

AmLaw Litigation Daily: On December 23, a trust for the Carl Icahn-controlled Florida homebuilder WCI Communities filed a 14-page complaint in New Orleans federal district court–home of the Chinese drywall MDL–against 14 insurance companies. The suit seeks to compel the insurers to pony up coverage for more than $200 million in settlements in the drywall litigation.

LA Times: Runaway Toyota cases ignored

January 5th, 2010
Toyota Holds Press Conference On Prius Brake System Problem

LA Times: More than 1,000 Toyota and Lexus owners have reported since 2001 that their vehicles suddenly accelerated on their own, in many cases slamming into trees, parked cars and brick walls, among other obstacles, a Times review of federal records has found.

The crashes resulted in at least 19 deaths and scores of injuries over the last decade, records show. Federal regulators say that is far more than any other automaker has experienced.

US News: Fosamax overprescribed in women

January 4th, 2010

US News: According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, 80 percent of them women, but an additional 34 million have “low bone mass” that puts them at increased risk. Sally Field is in the former group, but many women in the latter category, experts contend, are being unnecessarily treated with bisphosphonate drugs like Boniva, Fosamax, or Actonel.