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Risperdal Lawyers to Meet with Philly Judge in Gynecomastia Lawsuits

As a growing number of Risperdal lawsuits continue to be filed on behalf of boys and young men diagnosed with gynecomastia breast growth, the Pennsylvania judge presiding over several hundred cases pending in that state is scheduled to meet with lawyers involved in the litigation next month. Continued

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Hospitals Abandon Morcellators for Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Surgeries

Following FDA warnings about the cancer risks associated with use of power morcellators, a growing number of hospitals and medical institutions are abandoning the devices during laparoscopic hysterectomy procedures and uterine fibroid removal surgeries, due to concerns that they spread undiagnosed sarcomas throughout the pelvis and abdomen. Continued

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Epidural Corticosteroid Injections May Cause Neurological Damage: FDA

New warnings issued by federal drug regulators suggest that side effects of epidural corticosteroid injections may cause severe injury or even death.   Continued

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Train Accidents Involving Oil Tankers Show Safety ‘Compromised’: NTSB

During a recent two-day safety forum in Washington D.C., top U.S. transportation safety officials called for a design overhaul of train tankers used to carry crude oil and ethanol. Continued

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GM Begins Shipping Replacement Ignition Switches

Following recalls issued for more than 2.6 million vehicles that may have defective and dangerous ignition switches, which could cause the vehicles to suddenly shut off and prevent air bags from deploying, General Motors indicates that it has begun shipping replacement parts needed to make the vehicles safe.  Continued

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Summer Infant Video Monitor Battery Recall: Burn Hazard

Following nearly two dozen reports of rechargeable batteries for handheld infant monitors overheating, the manufacturer has issued a recall for more than 800,000 batteries sold with Summer Infant video monitors, indicating that they may pose a risk of burns and fires. Continued

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Lipitor Case Management Order to be Discussed at MDL Meeting

Lawyers involved in the federal Lipitor diabetes cases are scheduled to meet on Friday with the U.S. District Judge presiding over the MDL, or Multidistrict Litigation, to discuss competing proposals submitted regarding the management of the pretrial litigation and preparations for the first trials, which could be ready to start in the second half of next year. Continued

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GM Files Motion to Bar Ignition Recall Lawsuits for Pre-2009 Vehicles

Amid mounting criticism that General Motors placed their financial interests before the safety of consumers by failing to warn about known ignition problems that may have caused more than a dozen deaths, the automaker is now seeking to bar owners of vehicles sold before 2009 from pursuing lawsuits. Continued

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Children Given Codeine in ER, Despite Death Risks: Study

More than half a million children are given codeine for pain and respiratory problems every year, despite national guidelines warning against use of the drug among kids due to the risk of severe side effects, including death. Continued

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Hydrofracking Lawsuit Results in $2.9M Jury Award for Private Nuisance

A Texas jury has awarded $2.9 million in damages against a hydraulic fracturing company, in a lawsuit filed by a family that alleged gas extraction wells caused pollution, decreased value of their land and a variety of health problems. Continued