Doctors to Patients: “Take A Hike”

The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial – an historic occasion that will culminate Aug. 25. On that date in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law an act creating a new bureau within the Department of the Interior that would bear responsibility for protecting the then-35 parks in existence. Today, more than 400 … Continued

Questions About FDA’s Drug Approval Process Answered

The road to U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of pharmaceutical manufacturers’ medications is a long and winding one. A dynamic process tinged with favorable – and unfavorable – factors can take a drug from lab to label in 10 months or less. Consumer clarity on how certain products make it to market and whether … Continued

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Case End With Significant Jury Award

If the bellwether trial of a plaintiff who suffered complications from a metal-on-metal hip implant is any indication of future verdicts, Wright Medical Technology should be worried. A jury awarded $11 million to a woman suing for damages following surgery to replace her joint with the company’s Conserve system. The woman, Robyn Christiansen, of Utah, … Continued

Searcy Denney Mass Tort Attorneys Attend Convention in Montreal, Canada

  Kelly Hyman, Cal Warriner, and Brenda Fulmer recently attended the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Summer Convention in Montreal. AAJ is the largest national plaintiffs’ trial lawyer organization and includes more than 20,000 members from the United States, Canada, and foreign countries. The American Association for Justice provides education and networking opportunities for lawyers … Continued

Searcy Denney Celebrates Stryker’s Commitment to Settlement

Today Stryker announced that enrollment in the proposed Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant settlement program has reached 95% and the company will be following through with its commitment to resolve over 4,000 lawsuits over the recalled hip implants. Had enrollment fallen short of 95%, Stryker could have walked away from the Stryker settlement program. … Continued

New FDA Alert on Power Morcellators

On November 24, 2014, the Food & Drug Administration made another significant step in improving the safety of women. The FDA issued its latest safety alert relating to the widespread use of power morcellators. A power morcellator is a medical device that is used during a number of gynecological surgeries – the removal of the uterus or fibroids, including … Continued

Endo Agreed to Settle Lawsuit Over Mesh Products

In October of 2014, Endo International PLC (”Endo”) agreed to settle claims stemming from lawsuits that alleged problems with its vaginal mesh products. In the settlement, Endo asserts that the agreements are not an admission of liability. According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Endo agreed to pay “more than $400 million to resolve lawsuits” that alleged the … Continued

Morcellator: Johnson & Johnson Recalls Device

Morcellator is a surgical instrument sold under the name of Gynecare Morcellex, Morcellex Sigma and Gynecare X-Tract, and which are used for division and removal of large masses of tissues during laparoscopic surgery.  Morcellators are also used in minimally invasive surgery to perform hysterectomies and in the removal of uterine fibroids.  Hysterectomies are the most … Continued

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