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July 2010 Archives

Man Dies in Accident When Thrown From Back of Pickup Truck

According to Louisiana State Police, a 20-year-old Winnsboro man was killed in a motor vehicle accident earlier this week when he was thrown from the back of a pickup truck. The driver and three other passengers were also injured in the crash.

Products Liability Cases Settle, Avandia Remains on the Market

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) committee decided last week to leave the diabetes drug Avandia on the market, but recommended changes to existing warnings and restrictions on how the drug is prescribed. This decision came just a few days after the drug's maker, GlaxoSmithKline, agreed to pay $460 million to resolve more than 13,000 existing products liability lawsuits related to Avandia.

Fatal Accident Shows Danger of Truck-Related Crashes

A delivery truck driver was killed in a crash with a tractor-trailer late last week. The accident occurred on Interstate 20 near Bossier City. There is no indication as of yet of any wrongdoing on the part of the driver of the tractor-trailer, but the incident provides yet another reminder of the dangers of collisions involving large vehicles such as trucks or semis.

Malaria Drug Qualaquin Presents Dangerous Side Effects

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning about serious side effects caused by the use of the malaria drug Qualaquin, which has also been prescribed to individuals for the treatment of nighttime leg cramps or so-called "restless leg syndrome." Although potential side effects include severe kidney damage or death, there does not appear to be any wrongful death or products liability cases filed as of yet.

Drug Recall Could Lead to Products Liability Lawsuits

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a division of Johnson & Johnson, recently announced the expansion of a recall on several popular over-the-counter (OTC) drugs based on reports of the drugs having a moldy or musty smell that may cause people to fill ill. While a number of deaths have been reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), many have been attributed to other causes. The potential for products liability or wrongful death cases may increase as more information becomes available.

Alleged Environmental Contamination Leads to Class Action Suits

BP is facing hundreds of lawsuits in connection with the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the resulting oil spill. The various lawsuits deal with issues including loss of tourism revenue, falling stock prices, lost income and many more. One such suit is a proposed class action filed by fishermen, shrimpers and oystermen alleging that BP's clean-up attempts are actually making the environmental contamination worse.

Dispersant Use Continues in Gulf, Long-Term Contamination Feared

In fighting the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill, more than 1.6 million gallons of chemical dispersants have been dumped into the Gulf of Mexico and the number is still rising. As you may recall, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a directive in late May advising that use of the chemical dispersants should be cut by about 75% due to the potential for long-term environmental contamination. Despite that directive, large volumes of the toxic dispersant Corexit are being used by BP in attempting to manage the spill.

Potential Products Liability Issues Continue to Affect Toyota

It has been a difficult few years for automaker Toyota. In the last two years, Toyota has recalled millions of vehicles. In fact, by some counts they have conducted eight separate recalls in less than one year. Several auto accidents have been blamed on Toyota products and a number of products liability suits have been filed. Now, it seems we may be on the verge of two more Toyota-related recalls.

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