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The Opioid Crisis: A Flood of Lawsuits against Purdue Pharma

As of June 2018, more than 600 state, county, and city governments had filed opioid-related lawsuits. One of the most commonly sued companies is Purdue Pharma. Purdue Pharma has allegedly caused widespread death and financial destruction by lying about the risks and benefits of its flagship painkiller, OxyContin, the state of New York said, echoing hundreds of other cases against the opioid maker. This New York suit accuses Purdue of excessively profiting from a long-running scheme that deceptively depicted OxyContin as a wonder drug, leading to...

St. Louis Jury Returns $4.69 Billion Verdict in First Lawsuit Linking Talcum Powder, Asbestos, and Ovarian Cancer

Eight-hours is all it took for a St. Louis jury to hand Johnson & Johnson their largest legal setback yet for their talc-based products – a $4.69 billion verdict for the role J&J played in asbestos-induced ovarian cancer of 22 women.  Unlike prior talcum trials, the Ingham v. Johnson & Johnson jury was the first to hear evidence that Johnson & Johnson covered up evidence that their “sacred cow” product contained asbestos fibers for more than 40 years. Medical experts testified that asbestos, a known...

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The American Association For Justice Describes Judge Kavanaugh As A “Corporate Puppet”

The American Association for Justice works to preserve the constitutional right to trial by jury and to make sure people have a fair chance to receive justice through the legal system when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others—even when it means taking on the most powerful corporations. The following is a joint statement from current American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Kathleen Nastri and incoming President Elise Sanguinetti on the nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...

Eli Lilly Drops Two Late-Stage Alzheimer’s Drug Trials

Alzheimer’s R&D faces a major setback as Eli Lilly and AstraZeneca drop two late-stage drug trials of an experimental Alzheimer’s drug they were co-developing. This is the latest setback in the quest to finding a breakthrough for the memory-diminishing disease.

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. It often begins with mild confusion and forgetfulness, but eventually it leads to forgetting important people and underdoing dramatic personality changes. It is estimated that every 66 seconds,...

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is any form of activity that diverts a person’s attention away from their primary task of driving. Distractions can cause speeding, drowsiness, and irrational risk taking, among other things. Essentially, there are three types of possible distractions: visual, manual, and cognitive.

Visual: distraction that makes the driver look at anything other than the road ahead. These distractions can come from sources inside or outside of the vehicle.
  • Internal sources: talking to and looking at other passengers in the vehicle, looking at the entertainment system,...