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October 2012 Archives

Family of shooting victim sues border patrol for wrongful death

Recently, the family of a 32-year-old San Diego, California, woman who was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent has filed a wrongful death suit against the agency. The lawsuit claims that the Border Patrol should not have allowed the agent to be on duty due to previous instances of misconduct in another position.

Massive class action suit launched against pharmaceutical company

Recently, a California law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals, a massive drug corporation, on behalf of the surviving family members of five people who died after taking Actos, a drug used to treat diabetes that was distributed by Takeda. The lawsuit joins 115 other cases already filed regarding the same manner. The lawsuit alleges that the use of Actos caused bladder cancer and eventual death in patients, and it alleges that Takeda negligently placed a defective product on the market. The suit alleges that Takeda knew or should have known about the risk of bladder cancer due to use of Actos, but instead knowingly allowed a defective product to cause the deaths of five people.

Oakland Athletics pitcher recovering from traumatic brain injury

Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy is currently recovering from a traumatic brain injury suffered in a game with the Los Angeles Angels. The brain injury occurred when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of an opposing player. He sustained an epidural hemorrhage, a brain contusion, and a skull fracture. McCarthy spent over three weeks in the hospital, during which time he underwent brain surgery. The brain injury was thought to be life-threatening, but McCarthy pulled through, a recovery for which he credits his doctors.

Plaintiffs injured by dangerous shoes file lawsuit against distributor.

Recently, a California Products Liability law firm has filed a lawsuit against the shoe company Skechers USA Inc., alleging that their product "Skechers Shape-Ups toning shoes," on behalf of a group of eight people allegedly injured while using these shoes for exercise. The lawsuit charges that Skechers is promoting an unsafe product to consumers as a health benefit, alleging that Skechers claimed that the toning shoes were good for improving cardiac functions and for orthopedic reasons. However, the lawsuit alleges that the shoes caused numerous injuries such as foot and ankle fractures, dislocated hips, and back and broken leg injuries.

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