June 4 The Ruth Law Team

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a Class 1 recall, the strictest form of recall, for a Johnson & Johnson surgical product. Nearly 95,000 surgical staplers made by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit have been labeled under a Class 1 recall, meaning the devices may cause serious injury or death. Ethicon has confirmed…

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March 29 The Ruth Law Team

This week, a San Francisco jury awarded a man $80 million in damages in his Roundup Weed Killer case. The plaintiff, Edwin Hardman, argued that the popular herbicide was a substantial factor in causing his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He used the glyphosate-based weed killer for more than two decades on his own property. The award came…

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January 30 The Ruth Law Team

Between 2003 and 2015, 3M Corporation supplied the U.S. military its Combat Arms dual-ended earplugs, knowing the earplugs could loosen and fail to prevent hearing damage. Defective Earplugs Fail to Prevent Hearing Loss 3M, a Minneapolis-based manufacturer, supplied the defectively designed CAEv2 earplugs to our U.S. military for more than a decade. Not only did…

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July 26 The Ruth Law Team

The FDA has received reports of more than 1,100 patient deaths likely linked to the rheumatoid arthritis (RA) medicine Actemra. Unfortunately, consumers were not warned regarding the medication’s potentially deadly side effects. Manufactured by Roche/Genentech, Actemra has been prescribed to more than 760,000 patients and has generated sales of $1.7 billion globally. It works by…

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April 13 The Ruth Law Team

Medtronic has announced a voluntary recall of 2,622 StrataMR valves and shunts due to an increase in complaints. The valves and shunts, used in hydrocephalus management, control the flow of cerebrospinal fluid that is drained from the brain and is used to help relieve intracranial pressure. Unfortunately, complaints indicate the valves and shunts may lead…

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March 31 The Ruth Law Team

Another popular impotence drug has become the subject of complaints against its manufacturer. Reports indicate that, like Viagra, Cialis (tadalafil) may increase the risk for melanoma, an aggressive and sometimes deadly form of skin cancer. While Viagra and Cialis are competitors, both are facing similar lawsuits. The claims against Eli Lilly & Co., the manufacturer…

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February 17 The Ruth Law Team

Whether it’s liposuction or rhinoplasty, Botox or lip fillers, breast augmentations or eyelid surgeries, cosmetic procedures give many people the option to change physical features they dislike about themselves. With millions of surgical and cosmetic procedures performed in the US each year, it’s no secret plastic surgery is big business. The American Society of Plastic…

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February 8 The Ruth Law Team

A Class 1 recall has been issued for Bard’s Halo One Thin-Walled Guiding Sheath. Inserted through an incision in the leg, the Guiding Sheath is used to introduce and/or guide the placement of interventional and diagnostic devices into arteries and veins. Photo: FDA.gov A Class 1 recall is the most serious type of recall, meaning use…

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December 14 The Ruth Law Team

With the holidays just around the corner, many of us are beginning to bake, cook and stir up some goodies in preparation for the festivities. Undoubtedly your favorite Christmas cookie or latkes recipe for Hanukkah requires dicing, shredding, or chopping ingredients in some fashion. Before you head to the kitchen, check your food processor to…

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