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Stefanie Colella-Walsh is a Shareholder and member of Stark & Stark’s Litigation, Insurance Coverage & Liability, Intellectual Property and Mass Torts Groups where she concentrates her practice in complex litigation with a focus in mass tort and pharmaceutical litigation. She is currently involved in representing numerous plaintiffs in federal and state environmental and pharmaceutical mass tort cases, as well as state and federal class action litigations based upon commercial, employment, civil rights, investments/securities and consumer fraud claims. Ms. Colella-Walsh frequently writes about timely legal and legislative developments impacting plaintiffs in mass tort and product liability actions for Stark & Stark’s Mass Tort Law Blog.

How Do I Know If I Have a Exactech Claim?

STEP 1: Obtain Medical Records

Exactech Hip, Knee and Ankle Replacement Lawsuit AttorneyWe have written extensively about the different types of defects in certain Exactech products, and the various causes of those defects, particularly to the polyethylene (plastic) liners of those products. Regardless of whether you are dealing with a hip, knee or ankle replacement, the first step in figuring out whether you have a potential claim is to confirm which type of Exactech product (and the components of that product) that you had implanted.

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What Is ParaGard And Why Are There ParaGard Lawsuits?

paragard iud lawsuit settlements | lawyer for paragard injury lawsuitParaGard is one of many intrauterine medical devices (IUDs) on the market that are implanted in women as a birth control device. Like all IUDs, ParaGard is meant to be an easily removable, temporary contraceptive – ParaGard is currently approved to be used continually for up to ten years. Since its initial approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1984, ParaGard has been manufactured by a number of companies, including Cooper, GynoPharma, GynoMed, Ortho-McNeil, FEI Women’s Health, Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Barr Pharmaceuticals, and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.
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The Way Most Vaccine Injuries Are Handled.

covid vaccine injuriesNot long after widespread use of vaccines in the United States, drug makers began to be subject to increasingly successful and costly vaccine injury lawsuits. This engendered a growing concern that vital vaccine production and supply could be impaired. As a result, in 1986 Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which gave rise to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (the “VICP”).[i]

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You have seen a lot of commercials and have probably been searching the internet for some straightforward explanations about Philips Respironics CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator lawsuits. Here is a simple guide to CPAP lawsuits and settlements in three easy steps:

  • Step 1: Determine Whether Your Make and Model was Recalled.
  • Step 2: Look for a Related Injury.
  • Step 3: Contact a CPAP Attorney.

STEP 1: Determine Whether Your Make and Model was Recalled.

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You have already done quite a bit of internet research and likely found that getting to the answer can be a little more complicated than it sounds. Regular use of Singulair has been linked to severe mental health side effects, especially in children and young adults. These side effects can even include suicidal thoughts or actions, and can continue after a patient has stopped taking Singulair. This has given rise to lawsuits across the country against the makers of Singulair. So how do you determine if you or your children qualify for a Singulair lawsuit claim?

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Syngenta, the manufacturer of the commercial-strength pesticide paraquat, is seeing mounting legal troubles.

A new petition on March 25, filed on behalf of Paul Rakoczy, identifies 14 lawsuits in six federal judicial districts that link paraquat exposure to Parkinson’s disease diagnoses. This petition was submitted to the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation with the intention of creating a multi-district litigation docket.

These lawsuits come at a time when there are increasing concerns about the use of paraquat.

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As you know, COVID-19 has hit some sectors harder than others. The judiciary was especially susceptible because it relied on in-person proceedings – for example, you may have observed that no one in your family has received a jury duty notice lately. Though it is of little comfort to you, these unprecedented delays have affected virtually all pending litigations around the entire country to some extent. Hopefully, that is all beginning to change as new COVID-19 protocols are gradually rolled out.

Continue Reading Loosening Pandemic Protocols Are Pointing to Progress in the Hernia Mesh Litigations

The Product – Elmiron

Elmiron, also known as pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS), is used to treat interstitial cystitis. Interstitial cystis is an ailment of the urinary tract system that may cause pain in the abdomen, pelvic and genital regions. Although Elmiron is not a cure to interstitial cystitis (IC), it aids in relieving some of the symptoms associated with bladder pain syndrome.

Recent Emiron Cases

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In addition to those previously filed, three new lawsuits have been filed against Teva Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of the intrauterine medical device (IUD) known as Paragard.

As we have written before, Paragard is a small plastic T-shaped device with a copper wire coiled around it. Recent lawsuits allege that Paragard is defective and causes serious complications and injuries. The IUD can break off or become dislodged upon removal, causing severe damage to the surrounding tissues and organs.

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In addition to hundreds of individual suits, the nation-wide litigation against JUUL now includes more than 100 public school districts, across nine states, including Pennsylvania. These school districts are seeking to hold JUUL accountable for its role in fueling the e-cigarette crisis, causing districts to divert valuable taxpayer funding to anti-vaping education, and addressing absences caused by JUUL related sicknesses.

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