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Filing a class action suit against large companies such as pharmaceutical companies greatly improved the plaintiffs’ odds of reaching a settlement because it allows all of the plaintiffs to work together, pooling resources and sharing evidence.

Family Wins $72 Mil After Claiming Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Causes Cancer

A jury in Missouri recently endured a three-week long trial over claims that Johnson & Johnson talcum powder causes cancer. The family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer was awarded $72 million by the court, an enormous win. According to BBC News, the family argued that the Alabama woman died of ovarian cancer that was directly caused by Johnson & Johnson talcum powder. They say the woman used the powder regularly for decades until her death at age 62. The family was adamant that the pharmaceutical company should be held liable for failure to warn consumers of the potential cancer risks. Is Talcum Powder Dangerous? The fear behind talc stem, the chief ingredient in talcum powder, is that it is a natural mineral found in the same places normally occupied by asbestos, a well-known carcinogen. Since the 1970s, products that use talcum powder, such as makeups and baby…
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New Study Links Antidepressants During Pregnancy to Autism

Researchers at the University of Montreal published a new study in JAMA Pediatrics revealing that mothers who take antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to children who may later be diagnosed with autism. Specifically, mothers who take antidepressants in the last six months of the pregnancy are 87 percent more likely to have an autistic child. The study shows that the overall rate of autism was 0.7 percent, which is lower than the national average, and increased to 1.2 percent in mothers who took antidepressants in the last six months of pregnancy. The research suggested that autism rates were not affected by antidepressants taken in the first three months. According to the CDC, about one in 45 children between 3 and 17 have been diagnosed with autism. The national rate for children between those ages is 2.2 percent. How Do Antidepressants During Pregnancy Affect My Child? The…
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Birth Control Packaging Error Results in 100+ Unwanted Pregnancies

Four years ago, Qualitest Pharmaceuticals issued a recall for a birth control packaging error affecting more than 1.4 million products. The manufacturers mistakenly and unknowingly reversed the weekly pill order; thereby making the birth control tablets ineffective (birth control pills must be taken in the correct order for it to work). So far, 113 women have since stepped forward to file lawsuits against the pharmaceutical company, claiming that its mistake directly resulted in unwanted pregnancies in all but four of the women. Most are seeking damages for medical expenses and lost wages, but some are pursuing pain and suffering and even money for raising a child for 18 years. The total damages being sought is well into the millions. The women have filed a class action suit against Endo Pharmaceuticals, Qualitest’s parent company, in Pennsylvania. Endo responded with a statement asking the judge to dismiss the case as previous lawsuits…
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