During the first part of the twentieth century, many construction companies began using carcinogenic asbestos fibers in their building materials, including drywall, insulation, and ceiling tiles. Unfortunately, it was several decades before the general public discovered the link between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, an aggressive and often deadly form of cancer. Although companies have since discontinued using almost all materials that contain asbestos, many individuals continue to suffer from this illness as a result of asbestos exposure. Fortunately, in the last ten years, doctors have made great strides in treating mesothelioma.… Read More


The Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation transferred all existing Invokana (canagliflozin) and Invokamet (canagliflozin/metformin) cases alleging ketoacidosis and kidney disease from federal courts across the country to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey on December 7, 2016. A total of 55 cases alleging injuries from these diabetes drugs were transferred from Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Virginia and West Virginia to a consolidated docket before the Honorable Brian R. Martinotti.

Invokana and Invokamet are classified as sodium-glucose-cotransporter-2 drugs (a/k/a SGLT2 inhibitors). SGLT2s work by preventing the kidneys from reabsorbing blood sugar. This lets the sugar leave the body through the urine, and thereby lowers blood glucose levels. SGLT2s are prescribed for Type 2 diabetes.… Read More


For over 25 years, every December the employees of Thornton Law Firm LLP purchase and wrap hundreds of presents for families and children living in transitional housing provided by Heading Home, a fantastic charity aiming to end homelessness in greater Boston.

Families with children remain the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. There are an estimated 4,100 homeless families Massachusetts alone, including 840+ families who are living in motels.

Heading Home serves nearly 1,600 homeless people in Greater Boston annually. Their clients are both individuals and families spanning all ages, from infancy (and even pre-natal care) to elderly. A typical homeless family consists of a single mother in her 20s with 1-3 children; the majority of their family program participants are young single mothers. People with disabilities are disproportionately homeless; they also provides specific services for individuals with disabilities both directly and via partnerships with housing development corporations. Heading Home also provides its clients with critical services such as life skills, financial literacy, and job training.… Read More


Super Lawyers is a national rating service that recognizes attorneys from over 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and achievement. The selection process includes rigorous independent research as well as peer nominations and evaluations and is conducted on a yearly basis. The lists are then published in magazines across the… Read More


Essure, Bayer’s permanent birth control device, was recently ordered to carry a black box warning by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). A black box warning is the FDA’s highest level of regulation, meaning that the product may cause death or serious injury. In addition, all patients must now complete a Patient Decision Checklist before having the device implanted. This action by the FDA follows years of complaints by women who received the Essure implant and suffered a number of serious injuries which they attribute to the device.… Read More


Stryker Corporation has notified physicians and hospitals of an Urgent Medical Device Recall of its LFIT Anatomic Cobalt Chrome V40 femoral heads manufactured before 2011. Stryker received what it called a “higher than expected” number of reports from doctors of taper lock failure.… Read More


A jury in Dallas federal court ordered Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit to pay more than $1 billion dollars to six Pinnacle hip recipients who suffered serious medical complications from their DePuy Pinnacle hip implants. The jury found that the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hips were defectively designed, and that J&J and DePuy failed to warn patients and doctors about the risks.… Read More


A St. Louis jury awarded a California woman $70 million dollars in her lawsuit claiming that years of using Johnson & Johnson’s talc baby powder caused her ovarian cancer. This is the third straight multi-million dollar award against Johnson & Johnson for women who developed ovarian cancer after using J&J’s talc baby powder or Shower to Shower powder. Despite the verdicts, Johnson & Johnson continues to sell talcum powder products throughout the world.… Read More


The Zecuity Migraine Patch (sumatriptan iontophoretic transdermal system) is being investigated by the FDA for potentially causing serious burns and permanent scarring. The manufacturer, Teva Pharmaceuticals, has temporarily stopped selling, marketing and distributing the Zecuity skin patch after receiving what the FDA described as “a large number” of serious adverse skin reactions. … Read More


Saturday many of us attended the annual service “A Day of Hope and Remembrance” held by the International Mesothelioma Program at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. It was a beautiful spring day, sunny and clear, the perfect day on which to remember all the loved ones lost to mesothelioma. It is a day of joy and sadness. We are all sad remembering and thinking about the beautiful people gone because of this cruel preventable disease. Joyous because we are here, because we can join together to mourn, to commiserate, to remember, and to support the International Mesothelioma Program and their mission to make mesothelioma a treatable disease.… Read More