Fosamax Femur Fracture Update

UPDATE: March 22, 2017 In a 3-0 decision, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia held that plaintiffs may proceed to trial on their failure-to-warn claims, and that a lower court erred in finding the claims were pre-empted by federal law. The case is In re: Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) Products Liability Litigation, 3rd Circuit…

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Virginia E-cigarette lawsuits

E-cigarettes contain a heating element to vaporize a liquid solution. The power source for the devices are cylindrical lithium-ion batteries, which are typically made in China. Unlike the flat lithium-ion batteries found in cell phones and laptops, these batteries are made into a metal tube. Alternating layers of metallic anode and cathode material separated by…

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Myths About E-Cigarette Explosions

E-cigarettes contain a heating element that heats up and vaporizes a liquid solution. The power source for the heating element are lithium-ion batteries. Many of these batteries are made in China. There are a couple of major myths about e-cigarette battery explosions. Myth #1 – The explosion was the consumer’s fault for carrying a loose…

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Motion to Create Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head MDL filed

On January 13, 2017, a motion was filed with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to transfer all currently filed federal cases in the Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head litigation and any later filed “tag along” cases to the United States District Court in Massachusetts. The Stryker LFIT V40 Anatomic Femoral Head is used…

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Ford Expands Takata Air Bag Recall to 800k Vehicles

Ford Motor Company announced yesterday that it will expand a recall of vehicles equipped with Takata air bags by more than 800,000, taking the total number of cars, trucks and SUVs recalled by Ford due to defective Takata air bags to over 3 million. Ford’s expansion of the Takata recall covers the 2005-2009 and 2012…

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Driverless Cars: Legal and Social Issues

  Many cars today are what are known as “semi-autonomous cars.”  These cars offer several layers of active safety features in which the car takes over driving in certain instances.  For example, the Volvo XC90 provides autopilot features at speeds below 35 mph.  Other vehicles self-park, and the new Ford F150 has an autopilot feature…

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Community Service – Phelan Petty

Bless the Children is a nonprofit corporation registered with the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Its mission is to help free abandoned and impoverished children from the bonds of poverty by helping them with health, shelter, educational and spiritual support so that they may become productive members of society.  According to Bless the Childrens’ literature, over 98%…

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HOW DO I KNOW IF MY DOCTOR HAS A MALPRACTICE HISTORY?

“Wait – You mean to tell me that he has hurt other patients before?”   I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen a medical malpractice client’s face turn pale with shock and despair when I share with them that their doctor has been sued successfully in the past.  Typically, these clients have very…

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