Victims of J&J Talc Powder Claims Get Crucial Backup from Washington
Mar 07, 2022 by Ed Lott, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Attorneys for clients who were injured by talc products alleged to cause cancer will find valuable allies in Congress, where members are accusing Johnson & Johnson of nefarious trickery for an illicit dance known as the Texas Two-Step. U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) is leading the charge against the profitable corporation, and others […]

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John Abramson on How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care
Mar 07, 2022 by Ed Lott, Ph.D., M.B.A.

In 2000, the healthy life expectancy of Americans ranked 38th in the world. In 2019, we were at 68th – behind China, Cuba and Jamaica. Citizens of Japan live eight years longer in good health than Americans. Canadians live five years longer. And yet, we spend $1.5 trillion more per year on our healthcare system […]...Continue reading

New Infant Formula Lawsuits Forming Against Mead Johnson and Abbott Laboratories
Feb 14, 2022 by Ed Lott, Ph.D., M.B.A.

New infant formula litigation has been developing over the last year involving two well-known formula products: Mead Johnson’s Enfamil and Abbott Laboratories’ Similac. The two cow milk-based infant formulas have been linked to the development of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants.  This possibly fatal side effect has been known for a number of years; […]...Continue reading

NY Jury Finds Teva Contributed to Opioid Crisis in Suffolk and Nassau Counties
Jan 19, 2022 by Ed Lott, Ph.D., M.B.A.

On December 30, after a six months-long trial, a New York jury found that Teva Pharmaceuticals contributed to the opioid crisis by creating a public nuisance in Suffolk and Nassau counties and New York State. Attributing 90% of the liability to Teva and its Anda Inc. unit and 10% to New York State, the jury […]...Continue reading

The Boy Scouts’ $2.7 Billion Settlement May Not Have Enough Support
Jan 06, 2022 by Ed Lott, Ph.D., M.B.A. January 6, 2022 A $2.7 billion plan to give the Boy Scouts of America a pathway out of bankruptcy while compensating tens of thousands of sex abuse victims was at risk of failing on Wednesday, with more than one-quarter of claimants voting to reject the plan in a preliminary tally of votes. The Boy […]...Continue reading

Joe Rogan New Year’s Eve Tutorial on Corporate Crime in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Dec 31, 2021 by Ed Lott, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Joe Rogan delivered a New Year’s eve present to his millions of fans – a two and a half hour tutorial on corporate crime in the pharmaceutical industry. Rogan’s guest – John Abramson, author of the new book Sickening: How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care and How We Can Repair It (Mariner Books, February […]...Continue reading

Shanin Specter on the Trouble with Tort Law
Dec 29, 2021 by Ed Lott, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Shanin Specter is a founding partner of Kline & Specter, the largest personal injury firm in Pennsylvania and one of the largest in the country. Shanin Specter Earlier this month, Kline & Specter added its fiftieth attorney. Specter is known for being a trial lawyer. That is, he likes to go to trial. And he […]...Continue reading

Major New Johnson & Johnson Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Updates
Dec 21, 2021 by Ed Lott, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Three recent filings in the Johnson & Johnson Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings reflect some of the challenges faced by the pharmaceutical giant as it seeks to create its talc liability spinoff. On December 8, the U.S. Trustee’s office filed a brief objecting to J&J’s retention of the law firm Jones Day as bankruptcy counsel, citing […]...Continue reading

Litigation Update: Split 3M Earplug Decisions with More Cases Scheduled for 2022
Dec 21, 2021 by Ed Lott, Ph.D., M.B.A.

On December 10, a federal jury in Tallahassee, Florida awarded former U.S. Army veteran Theodore Finley $22.5 million, including $15 million in punitive damages, against earplug manufacturers 3M Co.and Aearo Technologies LLC. The plaintiff had alleged that as a result of using 3M’s defective CAEv2 earplugs while in the Army he suffered hearing damage and […]...Continue reading

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla on Big Pharma Corporate Crime and Trust
Dec 20, 2021 by Ed Lott, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla was asked this week about Pfizer’s record of wrongdoing. On the Lex Fridman podcast, Bourla was asked about a 2009 prosecution in which Pfizer paid $2.3 billion and the Pfizer unit Pharmacia & Upjohn Company pled guilty to a felony for  misbranding anti-inflammatory drug Bextra with the intent to defraud or […]...Continue reading