Sorin Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler Bacteria Lawsuits Coordinated in Pennsylvania

Katherine Kiziah

On February 1, 2018, lawsuits filed in federal district courts around the country against Sorin Group USA, Inc., Sorin Deutschland GmbH, and LivaNova PLC began the process of being transferred to Harrisbug, Pennsylvania for coordinated proceedings in an MDL, or multidistrict litigation. Multidistrict litigation is often utilized to streamline complex cases where many plaintiffs have … Continued

Plaintiff Awarded $27.8 Million in First Xarelto Pennsylvania State Trial

Brenda Fulmer

On Tuesday, a jury entered a verdict of $27.8 million against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Bayer AG’s Bayer Pharmaceuticals Inc. in the first state court trial out of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas’ mass tort program consolidating Xarelto-related injury lawsuits. Plaintiff, Indiana resident Lynn Hartman, sought damages after she was … Continued

Xarelto Lawsuit Update

Brenda Fulmer

The Mass Tort Unit of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, led by veteran pharmaceutical and medical device lawyers Brenda Fulmer and C. Calvin Warriner, III, recently filed several more lawsuits against the manufacturers of Xarelto. The law firm has filed dozens of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals alleging … Continued

Surgeons are Finally Tuning in to Stryker Trunnion Failure Cases

We have been investigating Stryker trunnion failure cases since 2012. During our involvement in Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II stem failures and subsequent recall we began receiving inquiries into Stryker monoblock stem trunnion failures. At first glance it appeared that most of these failures were associated with Stryker TMZF stems (Accolade, Meridian and Citation). This … Continued

Heater-Cooler Infection Spreads at Children’s Hospital, Affects 12 Pediatric Patients

One dozen children contracted the rare bacterial infection mycobacterium abscessus following pediatric-heart surgery at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. The rash of heater-cooler infection cases prompted swift action from the hospital. The culprit is a heater-cooler machine, specifically the LivaNova PLC (formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH) Stöckert 3T. The machine is used to control patients’ … Continued

Patients Face Firmware Updates To Prevent Pacemaker Hacking

Brenda Fulmer

Almost half a million pacemakers implanted in patients with heart disease have been recalled because of a scary and shocking scenario: The life-saving devices could be tampered with remotely by computer hackers – pacemaker hacking is becoming a possibility. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a safety alert in August of 2017 about potential … Continued

Thousands of Victims Left in Wake of Disastrous Medtronic Infuse Product

Brenda Fulmer

Medtronic, one of the world’s largest medical-device makers, already has been the focus of high-profile litigation that resulted in an $8.45 million settlement. The Dublin, Ireland, company whose operational headquarters are in Fridley, Minnesota, is now the focus of more high-profile litigation involving thousands of Medtronic Infuse cases that could result in $300 million in payouts. … Continued

Viagra and Cialis MDL Litigation Update

Brenda Fulmer

In April of 2016, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, a panel who determines whether to coordinate federal court lawsuits into multidistrict litigation (MDL), centralized lawsuits involving men who developed melanoma after ingesting Viagra. This MDL was established in San Francisco federal court before Judge Seeborg and styled as In Re: Viagra (Sildenafil Citrate) Products … Continued

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