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2019

Allergan Recalls Textured Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer

December 31, 2019

Per the FDA’s request, Allergan has recalled its Natrelle BIOCELL textured breast implants and tissue expanders because they have been linked to anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare and potentially deadly cancer. According to the FDA, 481 of 573 women with ALCL had Allergan breast implants. The administration estimates that those with the implant are 6…

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FIU Bridge Collapse Victims Set to Get Share of Nearly $103 Million Settlement

December 19, 2019

Over a year and a half after the collapse of a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University (FIU), victims are set to receive their share of a nearly $103 million settlement. The decision came after Judge A. Jay Cristol, approved Magnum Construction Management’s (MCM), formerly Munilla Construction Management, bankruptcy reorganization plan. Barring any appeals, the…

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The Law of the Jungle: How Long Can Amazon Evade Liability?

December 16, 2019

The Online Retailer Claims It’s Not Responsible for Defective Products Sold Through Its Platform Finding the perfect gift has never been easier, thanks to online merchants like Amazon. However, finding recourse after a defective product causes serious damage could be more difficult. Recent product liability cases against the site have shown that our laws may need…

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Opioid Manufacturers Probed in Criminal Investigation

December 3, 2019

Federal prosecutors are cracking down on the opioid epidemic by pinpointing the parties that may have caused or contributed to the crisis, which has claimed over 400,000 lives since 1997. To begin their investigation, authorities have served the following companies with subpoenas: Teva Pharmaceuticals McKesson Corp Mallinckrodt AmerisourceBergen Johnson & Johnson Amneal Pharmaceuticals These 6 criminal…

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Supreme Court Won’t Allow Remington to Challenge Lawsuit by Sandy Hook Families

December 2, 2019

In 2012, Adam Lanza killed 26 children and adults in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Two years later, the victims’ families sued Remington Arms Co., the maker of the assault rifle used in the shooting, under Connecticut’s Unfair Trade Practices Act. They claim the company is liable for advertising the semiautomatic rifle in a way…

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Tesla Door Handles Create Fiery Death Trap for Driver

November 1, 2019

Most people consider being trapped in a burning car one of their worst nightmares. For one man, however, this terrifying situation became a reality – and police were not able to help. What Happened? A 48-year-old anesthesiologist was driving his leased Tesla on a south Florida parkway. He lost control and crashed into a palm…

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Risperdal Side Effects Cost Johnson & Johnson $8 Billion in Philadelphia Lawsuit

October 23, 2019

Johnson & Johnson is an established brand, trusted by parents and doctors alike. In 2018 alone, the company earned $82 billion for its medical devices and prescription drugs. But its reputation has recently come under fire. Last year, for example, a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay 22 women nearly $5 billion…

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 14, 2019

The legal team at Somera & Silva, LLP joins others across America to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the annual campaign that educates the public and helps those affected by the disease. Throughout the month of October, Somera & Silva, LLP will join other businesses and breast cancer charities to raise funds for breast…

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Drug-Dealing Doctor Sentenced for 40 Years for Opioid Prescriptions

October 10, 2019

Over the course of two years, Dr. Joel Smithers prescribed more than 500,000 doses of opioids. Last week, he was convicted for more than 800 counts of prescribing the drug illegally, causing the death of an innocent woman, and leading what prosecutors referred to as “an interstate drug distribution ring.” The overprescription of drugs like fentanyl, oxymorphone,…

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Purdue Pharma May Be Charged as Drug Dealer

September 20, 2019

According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, is in talks with the Justice Department to resolve criminal and civil probes related its alleged fueling of the opioid epidemic.  As early as 2017, the government has been investigating the opioid manufacturer and has even subpoenaed former employees of the company.…

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