Mesothelioma is a type of malignant cancer that affects the thin lining of the body’s internal organs. It has been known for decades that mesothelioma is the direct result of exposure to asbestos. In response, the federal government banned many asbestos-containing products, although even today many asbestos products are still sold legally, and workers are still exposed in older structures that contain asbestos. Sadly, mesothelioma deaths continue to rise across the United States.… Read More


A South Dakota woman was awarded $55 million dollars against Johnson & Johnson for developing ovarian cancer after decades of using J&J talcum powder products. The verdict is the second successive multi-million dollar verdict against Johnson & Johnson in the past two months for women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder for many years. … Read More


A St. Louis jury awarded $72 million dollars to the family of a woman who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder for many years. The jury awarded $10 million dollars in compensatory damages and $62 million dollars to the family of an Alabama woman. Plaintiff Jackie Fox died of ovarian cancer on October 6th. She had used Johnson & Johnson baby powder and “Shower to Shower” talcum powder for 35 years.… Read More


By Marilyn McGoldrick, Esq. Because of concerns that federal laws may have been broken, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is now investigating laparoscopic power morcellators, the surgical tool found to spread cancer in women. Their investigation focuses on what manufacturers knew before the FDA added a black box warning to the device in 2014.… Read More


Posted by Marilyn McGoldrick on Dec 3, 2014 12:29:42 PM   The FDA has issued a warning that power morcellators can spread cancer, and now recommends against the tool’s use in most hysterectomies (removal of the uterus) or myomectomy (fibroid removal). Power morcellators are a laparoscopic tool that surgeons use to chop uterine tissue into small pieces. The device makes the surgery less complicated,… Read More


Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of diabetes drug Actos (generic name pioglitazone), intentionally destroyed and deleted key documents that would have helped plaintiffs in their bladder cancer lawsuits pending against the company, according to the federal judge overseeing the litigation. Judge Rebecca Doherty ruled that Takeda destroyed relevant documents, intentionally deleted documents in bad faith with knowledge of its legal duty to preserve them, and the absence of those documents was and is prejudicial to plaintiffs.… Read More


Recent reports show that the risk of developing melanoma, a potentially fatal skin cancer, is doubled for men who use Viagra® or Revatio®. Viagra and Revatio (sildenafil), manufactured and distributed by Pfizer, are used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) and symptoms of pulmonary hypertension. … Read More


Posted by David C. Strouss on Mar 26, 2013 10:34:00 AM Overruling a fracking company’s request to keep the details private, a Pennsylvania judge has unsealed records related to a $750,000 settlement of a suit alleged water contamination near Marcellus shale fracking in southwestern Pennsylvania. Homeowners Chris and Stephanie Hallowich claimed that nearby fracking operations… Read More