#1 Bayer to Settle Essure Birth Control Lawsuits for $1.6 Billion
Santa Clara, CA Almost two years after Bayer stopped selling Essure in the U.S., and four years after the FDA told Bayer its birth control device needed a black box warning regarding potential serious side effects, the pharma giant will pay $1.6 billion to settle Essure lawsuits brought by nearly 39,000 women in the U.S. who suffered serious health complications as a result of Essure fallopian tube implants.
#2 FDA Update on BIA-ALCL Finds More Cases, More Deaths
Silver Spring, MD On August 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration provided an update on adverse events relating to breast implants, including breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma. The new FDA update on BIA-ALCL reports a total of 733 cases and 36 patient deaths globally, an increase of 160 new cases and 3 deaths since July 2019. Of those 733 cases, 84.6 percent involved Allergan implants.
#4 Two Circuit Courts to Decide whether Drivers-for-Hire Can Get their Day in Court
San Francisco, CA Two federal appeals courts have or will consider whether Lyft and GrubHub drivers are engaged in interstate commerce , and so exempt from the requirements of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). The California labor lawsuit. Rogers v. Lyft, Inc., began as a dispute about the drivers’ lack of paid sick leave. The drivers’ appeal from a decision of the Northern District of California will be heard by the Ninth Circuit. On August 19 the Ninth Circuit held that Amazon last-mile delivery drivers were engaged in interstate commerce even when they never crossed state lines.
#5 Earnin Agrees to PayBack
Santa Clara, CA A proposed settlement by Earnin, an app-based pay advance service, would theoretically pay up to $12.5 million to consumers who claim they were misled by Earnin and were charged bank fees they weren’t aware of before signing on with the service.
#7 Lisinopril—Hidden Dangers
Las Vegas, NV Many prescription drugs are as common as aspirin; it's no wonder that many consumers don't read warning labels or consider that a medication could be associated with side effects. Take Lisinopril, for instance. It is one of the most widely prescribed drugs in the US, and it also has the potential to harm a lot of people.
#9 Zantac Cancer Lawsuit Accuses Pharmaceutical Giants of Racketeering
West Palm Beach, FL In re: Zantac (Ranitidine) Products Liability Litigation, a class action lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Florida, is mammoth – the most exhaustive yet of all complaints consolidated in the multidistrict litigation (MDL). The 1361-page Zantac cancer lawsuit was filed on behalf of 230 plaintiffs, names 54 drug industry defendants and includes 314 counts under the laws of all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, as well as federal law.
#10 Aftermath of a Horrific Amusement Park Accident
Louisville, KY It is not only a parent's worst nightmare but anyone's worst nightmare??"in this case an Amusement Park Accident at a popular theme park that resulted in a 13-year-old girl having both of her feet severed above the ankle. Kaitlyn Lasitter survived, and doctors were able to re-attach her right foot. But they could not save her left, and Kaitlyn now walks with a prosthesis.