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Major baby powder case ends in multi-billion-dollar verdict

A jury in another state recently awarded $550 million in damages to 22 women who sued the baby powder manufacturer Johnson & Johnson. In addition to this decision, the jury also dropped a bombshell punitive damages award of over $4 billion.

Gynecological mesh suits largest mass tort since asbestos

According to a recent report from a major news outlet, the number of women suing over a gynecological mesh product has topped 100,000. These women are plaintiffs in what some call the most extensive multi-district litigation since the asbestos lawsuits from decades ago.

Seroquel's 'off-label' marketing may keep raising eyebrows

Even though some doctors won't prescribe it except in critical situations given its side effects, Seroquel remains a popular drug for the treatment of schizophrenia. Thanks in part to the drug manufacturer's efforts, many doctors also rely on the drug to treat an array of other ailments.

What is "Multi-District Litigation"?

A previous post on this blog referred to a series of trials that will soon take place regarding a "physiomesh" surgical mesh product that unfortunately wound up injuring several patients. These legal cases are subject to what is called "multi-district litigation" and, although filed by various victims around the country, are being managed by a federal court which happens to serve Rome, Georgia.

Trials over surgical mesh to start next year

As part of a nationwide medical product liability case that is being overseen by a federal court in Northern Georgia, several trials are in the process of being scheduled. These so-called "bellwether" trials, which will be the first involving the "physiomesh" product manufactured by a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, are slated to start in September 2019.

Zofran is not approved for treatment of morning sickness

Despite its one-time popularity as a morning sickness drug, the federal Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, never approved ondansetron, marketed most commonly as Zofran, as a drug Georgia mothers could use in pregnancy. The drug was approved to treat the nausea symptoms of cancer patients, who would often get very sick, and potentially dehydrated, after taking chemotherapy that tended to upset their stomachs.

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