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More Victims Filing Risperdal Lawsuits

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson, is facing 40 percent more Risperdal serious side effect lawsuits today than it did just a year ago.

The lead attorneys in Philadelphia have added more than 500 new suits to the docket since the beginning of 2017. J&J lawyers are now even more aggressive in the wake of a $70 million verdict in March 2017; before then, the company had settled many of these actions for as little as $2,000 a case. One source says that J&J is refusing to settle and doing “whatever it takes” to win cases, such as bringing a new stable of expert witnesses to court. On top of the Risperdal lawsuits, the company is dealing with multiple verdicts regarding the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, in addition to an ongoing parade of defective hip implant cases. There are more claims on the horizon as well, as the first Xarelto  trial is scheduled to begin in April 2017; these victims claim that the blood thinner causes uncrontrolled bleeding.

Hope For Mesolthelioma Victims

Although the cancer is still one of the deadliest diesases known to man, mesothelioma survival rates have inched up in recent years, largely because of new available treatment options. Palliative chemotherapy has increased significantly since 2016, effectively replacing radiation treatments among healthier patients. Effective surgical interventions have increased as well, though they are an option only in a limited number of cases. One study concluded that a battery of surgery to remove the cancer, light-based photodynamic therapy to kill any remaining cancer cells, and chemotherapy yielded a survival rate of nearly four years; the rate nearly doubled if the mesothelioma had not spread...

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California Restricts Roundup Sales

Now, retailers in the Golden State cannot sell Monsanto’s popular weed killer without warning future buyers that this potentially dangerous product may cause cancer.

In January 2017, Superior Court Judge Kristi Culver Kapetan heard arguments from both sides regarding glyphosate, an odorless and colorless substance that is Roundup’s main ingredient. The prestigious International Agency for Research on Cancer recently added glyphostate to a list of cancer-causing chemicals, prompting state officials to order a warning label. Monsanto insists that the chemical is safe, pointing to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finding that glyphostate is a “low toxicity” chemical; however, the EPA does advise people to stay away from fields sprayed with Roundup for at least twelve hours.

Roundup is sold in more than 160 countries and used on over 250 varieties of crops and grasses.

Big Trouble In Little Bowling Green

A man faces probable civil and criminal liability after he fled the scene of a fatal alcohol-involved car crash.

Witnesses say the wreck occurred near North Gate Shopping Center on Louisville Road. The driver apparently ignored a red light and slammed into another vehicle, who had the green light as she pulled out of the shopping center’s parking lot; she was later pronounced dead at the scene. The driver then left his vehicle, looked inside the victim’s car, and then ran away on foot. He was apprehended a short distance away.

The driver told first responders that he had been drinking.

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