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A woman in Missouri won $55 million in the second ovarian cancer trial against baby powder manufacturer Johnson & Johnson. Baby powder is made from talcum powder, and is linked to ovarian cancer when used genitally. Our talcum powder attorneys are representing women diagnosed with ovarian cancer nationwide.

This is the second talc cancer lawsuit to go to trial this year, and the second multi-million dollar win for plaintiffs. The first suit ended in $72 million to the plaintiff, who tragically passed away from ovarian cancer before trial. Her family was awarded the jury verdict, though her son couldn’t stifle his tears when the award was announced. The woman, Jackie Fox, was only 62 years old.

Baby Powder Lawsuits Explained

Jackie Fox and this most recent plaintiff (who is also 62), Gloria Ristesund, are two of more than 1,200 lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson (J&J). The plaintiffs are women who used J&J’s baby powder genitally and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

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earthThis Earth Day, our toxic substance attorneys want to highlight the importance of environmental contamination law. Whether we realize it or not, we encounter chemicals and naturally occurring toxins every single day.

Chemicals

There are currently more than 80,000 chemicals available for use in the U.S.

Our mesothelioma lawyers recently posted a blog about how toxic substances are approved for public consumption and defended in court when they cause health problems. In that post we explain that, of the 80,000 chemicals used today, the EPA has reviewed only 570. That leaves 79,430 chemicals unregulated in the U.S. The chemical industry and other special interests purposefully make it extremely difficult to for the government to assess chemicals. These assessments are necessary to propose regulations. The industry and its paid scientists spend incredible amounts of money stalling these reviews to prevent regulation and increase their profits.

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woman aloneOn Thursday, April 7, 2016, the FDA allowed a new device onto market that claims to contain tissue during power morcellator procedures. The device, PneumoLiner, is not proven to reduce the risk of spreading cancer. The uterine cancer lawyers at Pintas & Mullins shed light on this new device and its risks below.

Morcellator Background

Power morcellators were commonly used during hysterectomies or to remove uterine fibroids until 2014, when outcry from patient advocates and medical experts came to a head. After several studies were published officially linking power morcellators to the spread or uterine cancer, the FDA took steps to warn patients and doctors and limit the risk of aggressive cancer spread.

In November 2014, the FDA ordered new black box warnings for power morcellators and urged doctors to inform their patients that these devices could spread undetected cancer. About one in 350 women who undergo hysterectomies or myomectomies (uterine fibroid removal) have undetected uterine cancer tissue. If morcellation is performed on these women, it could spread the cancerous tissue in the abdomen and pelvis, significantly worsening their likelihood of long-term survival.

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frowning womanThe FDA recently recommended a black box warning for the contraceptive Essure, calling attention to the potential for life-threatening and permanent health problems. The agency also ordered Bayer, Essure’s manufacturer, to conduct a new study on the implant’s true risks. The Essure lawyers at Pintas & Mullins are disappointed in the FDA’s failure to protect women from further harm.

Essure is a non-invasive form of permanent birth control approved in 2002. The device is implanted into a woman’s fallopian tubes, causing scar tissue to grow around the device to prevent sperm from reaching eggs, thereby preventing pregnancy.

Essure vs. Tubal Ligation

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chicagoWith 12,000 officers on the Chicago Police force, problematic behavior among some individuals is to be expected. What is more surprising is that a very small fraction – 124 officers – account of a third of all misconduct lawsuits settlements since 2009. The police misconduct lawyers at Pintas & Mullins shed light on this problem, which the city has known of and failed to address for decades.

The Chicago Tribune recently published an investigation into settlements paid to victims of police misconduct. In the last seven years, Chicago has settled more than 1,100 cases, the majority of which for relatively minor incidents, like false arrests, harassment, or injuries inflicted during a traffic stop.

Shockingly, 82% of CPD officers were not named in any of these settlements, and the 124 officers that were identified in one-third of misconduct lawsuits cost the city – meaning its taxpayers – $34 million. These officers are rarely disciplined.

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gavelAs lawsuits against manufacturers of transvaginal mesh (TVM) products go to trial, our team of TVM lawyers are happy to announce victories on behalf of severely injured women. In one of the latest verdicts, a woman in Delaware was awarded $100 million by a jury, though the judge later reduced the award to $10 million.

The original award to Deborah Barba was the largest ever in a trial involving TVM products. She filed a claim against Boston Scientific, one of seven TVM manufacturers collectively facing more than 100,000 injury lawsuits.

Barba received the mesh in 2009 to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The mesh caused extensive health problems for Barba, including recurring bladder infections, severe pain, and two additional forced surgeries. She filed suit against Boston Scientific in 2011.

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public waterResidents of Michigan’s second-largest city recently filed three class action lawsuits against the city, state and federal government. The lawsuits center on Flint’s contaminated water supply. Our team of lead poisoning attorneys detail this water crisis and similar water contamination lawsuits we have handled.

Flint has struggled immensely in recent years, accruing millions of dollars in debt. From 2011 to 2015, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appointed a series of four Emergency Managers to aid in the city’s financial crisis. Emergency Managers are given unusually broad powers, and as part of the restructuring, in 2014 managers approved switching the public’s water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River, in an effort to save costs.

Residents and Doctors Ignored

For the last 50 years, Flint has relied solely on Detroit to route treated water from Lake Huron for its public water supply. When a new pipeline, from Lake Huron to the Flint area, began construction, Flint officials decided to save money by sourcing its water exclusively from the Flint River until the pipeline’s completion in 2016.

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IVCAccording to C.R. Bard’s internal documents, the company was well aware that its G2, G2 Express and Recovery IVC filters were associated with dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries. Despite this knowledge, Bard kept its IVC filters on market, selling hundreds of thousands. The IVC filter lawyers are now accepting claims of serious injury from C.R. Bard’s filters.

Interior vena cava (IVC) filters are surgically implanted to stop blood clots from entering the lungs and heart. These filters are typically recommended for patients who cannot tolerate or do not respond to pharmaceutical blood thinners. There are two types of IVC filters: permanent and temporary. Temporary filters are designed to be retrievable, and must be removed as soon as the risk of blood clotting subsides.

Unfortunately, we now know that temporary IVC filters consistently fracture, migrate away from the implant site, and cause serious, life-threatening complications. Thousands of patients have been told their temporary IVC filters cannot be removed due to device defects, leaving them no choice but to live knowing they are implanted with a ticking time bomb.

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hospitalHealthcare fraud costs the U.S. tens of billions of dollars every year. It is a type of white-collar crime that involves filing dishonest or false billings to the government (through Medicare, for example). This can take many forms, which is why it is so difficult to detect, and so important for anyone with knowledge of fraud to come forward. The whistleblower lawyers at Pintas & Mullins detail recent multi-million dollar lawsuits and the private citizens who exposed the crimes.

Whistleblowers – individuals who report the fraud – are protected from retaliation and job loss through federal statute. They are also rewarded, receiving between 15 to 25 percent of the recovery. This can add up to millions of dollars for the whistleblower, particularly if defendants are deep-pocketed companies like hospital chains or pharmaceutical companies.

What is a Whistleblower Lawsuit?

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sad womanA new study found that women implanted with the permanent contraceptive Essure were 10 times more likely to have additional surgeries within one year than women who chose to have their tubes tied. Our team of Essure attorneys is now accepting claims on behalf of women injured by this device.

This new study examined data from more than 50,000 women who underwent sterilization procedures in New York between 2005 and 2013. About 8,000 of these women opted for the Essure implant, which involves inserting flexible coils into the fallopian tubes. Over a period of three months, tissue grows around the coils, creating a barrier so sperm cannot reach and fertilize the eggs.

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