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Category Archives: Dangerous Drugs

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Reports of Contaminated Zantac Lead to Questions About Link to Childhood Cancer

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

In September 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that “some products commonly known as the brand-name drug Zantac” were found to contain “low levels” of an “environmental contaminant” called NDMA. The FDA explained that in laboratory testing, NDMA has been identified as a “probable human carcinogen,” i.e., a substance that can… Read More »

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Former Juul Executive Alleges Company Shipped Over 1 Million “Contaminated” Pods

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

On October 29, a former senior vice president with Juul Labs, Inc., sued the company in San Francisco federal court, alleging he was illegally fired in retaliation for reporting “conduct he reasonably believed to be illegal and unsafe.” Specifically, the former executive said he confronted Juul’s then-chief executive officer, Kevin Burns, about Juul’s plans… Read More »

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FDA Issues Class I Recall for Defective Blood Pumps

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a Class I recall for the CentriMag Acute Circulatory Support System. The CentriMag, produced by Abbott Laboratories, is used to pump blood for a patient during open-heart surgery. It can also provide temporary circulation (up to 30 days) for patients who have suffered a sudden… Read More »

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Tennessee Man Files Latest Class Action Against Juul Over Vaping Epidemic

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

On October 2, 2019, a resident of Collierville, Tennessee, filed what is just one of a growing number of class action complaints against e-cigarette giant Juul Labs, Inc., and its part-owners, Altria and Philip Morris. The lawsuit, filed in Memphis federal court, accuses Juul and its co-defendants of multiple violations of Tennessee law for… Read More »

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Federal Panel Consolidates Juul Lawsuits in California

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

With each passing day, we learn of new reports of people developing vaping-related illnesses. Health officials still cannot identify the exact cause of the problem, but one thing is clear: More and more people are confronting the fact that e-cigarettes are not as safe as advertised by their manufacturers. Juul Faces at Least Six… Read More »

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Vaping Illnesses Prompt New Lawsuits

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

As of late September 2019, there have been over 800 confirmed cases of individuals suffering from illnesses connected to “vaping”–the use of e-cigarette devices–according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said at least 12 people have died as a result of their illnesses. And while the exact cause of… Read More »

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N.Y. Parents File Civil Lawsuit Over 15-Year-Old Daughter’s E-Cigarette Addiction

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Parents in Tennessee and throughout the country are struggling to protect their children from the latest threat to their health and well-being: vaping. As giant tobacco companies shift their focus from traditional tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarettes, there has been a renewed effort to get children and teenagers hooked on these potentially lethal products. Fortunately,… Read More »

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Wisconsin Officials Investigating Potential Link Between Vaping, Teen Lung Disease

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

There is mounting evidence that vaping–i.e., the use of electronic cigarettes–presents a significant risk to public health. Far from providing a “safe” alternative to traditional cigarettes, vaping has been tied to a rising number of patients suffering from lung disease. This has prompted at least one state to issue a warning to the public…. Read More »

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Lawsuits Mounting Against E-Cigarettes and Juul

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

E-cigarettes have gained popularity in recent years with people looking for a “safe” alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes. According to a recent report in Forbes, the U.S. e-cigarette market is currently worth an estimated $38 billion. But there are mounting concerns about the actual safety of these devices, and in particular their impact on… Read More »

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Supreme Court Gives Merck Procedural Victory in Fosamax Litigation

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

A common tactic employed by manufacturers in dangerous drug cases is to argue that federal law “preempts” state law claims raised by injured patients. For example, defective drug lawsuits often allege the manufacturer violated state law by failing to properly disclose certain risks on their product labels. The manufacturer will then argue that it… Read More »

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