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Report: Medical Devices Often Inadequately Tested

A recent investigation by Consumer Reports Magazine has concluded what far too many Californians know firsthand: many medical devices are released to the market without adequate safety testing. These defective medical devices often fail and result in massive class action lawsuits, but medical device manufacturers know that they can make millions of dollars before the first lawsuits come in.

Actos Lawsuit Alleges Drugmaker Was Aware of Adverse Effects

A recent whistleblower lawsuit alleges that drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. hid some of the adverse effects of its diabetes-drug Actos from federal regulators. The whistleblower alleges that the company was aware of a link between its dangerous prescription drug and hundreds of congested heart failure cases but opted not to report these events in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Adverse Event Reporting System.

Lawsuits fight global warming on behalf of young people

Water is a big deal in California. Consequently, there is an entire sub-specialty of California law dealing with water and other environmental issues, based in part on the notion that natural resources belong to everyone. This was bolstered by a 1983 U.S. Supreme Court decision in a California case that the government has a duty to protect the "people's common heritage" under the public trust doctrine.

Company Sells Product Despite FDA Rejection

Rejection by the United States Food and Drug Administration was not enough to stop one company from selling a product outside the U.S. The well-known company Johnson & Johnson continued to sell its defective DePuy hip implant overseas, including in Europe, despite the FDA ban on the sale of this device in the United States because of safety concerns. Because regulations overseas can differ significantly from those in the United States, the company can say that it operated fully within the law.

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