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Mass Torts Update - Mar 6, 2015 11:55 - 0 Comments

The Fosamax Femur Fracture Litigation

Fosamax is an oral bisphosphonate intended to help reduce bone loss and fracture risk associated with osteoporosis, typically in postmenopausal women. However, long-term Fosamax use can cause very unusual mid-shaft femur fractures, now referred to in the medical literature as bisphosphonate-induced atypical femur fractures. These fractures often occur without any precipitating trauma. In fact, many of our clients have sustained complete, displaced femur fractures while simply standing or walking. Needless to say, these were quite traumatic experiences for our clients, and nearly all required extensive rodding surgeries to repair. As news of these fractures spread, fewer Fosamax prescriptions were written. Although some physicians still prescribe Fosamax, they typically limit treatment to 2-3 years at a time. Continue…

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Product Liability - Mar 6, 2015 13:48 - 0 Comments

The Safety Institute Announces Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List

The Safety Institute has released its latest quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List. For the third quarter in a row, potential power steering issues affecting the 2012 Ford Focus top the list. In addition, Toyota continues to occupy several spots for potential structure and unintended acceleration claims. General Motors also remains on the list for potential service brake issues. None of these issues have been investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Neither have they been remedied by the manufacturers. Continue…

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Fraud - Mar 6, 2015 13:49 - 1 Comment

Class Action Sought For Toyota’s Electric Power Steering Defect

Plaintiffs, in a lawsuit filed in California federal court, are attempting to certify a nationwide class of former and current owners of the 2009 and 2010 model year Corolla based on the electric power steering (EPS) system. In October 2012, two Toyota Corolla owners, Irene Corson of New York and Susan Yacks of Pennsylvania, filed suit. The Corolla owners alleged the steering system’s defect caused the vehicles to drift out of the driver’s control, which they said was a safety problem that Toyota was aware of and did not remedy. It was alleged further in the lawsuit that the defect caused the driver to spin out of control on a highway sending her into oncoming traffic before coming to a rest on an embankment, according to the complaint. The Plaintiffs allege the defect was significant and widespread, and requested that the class should be certified. Continue…

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