We have been notified that there are thousands of victims who are being contacted by someone claiming to be associated with the FDA as part of a scam.  Below is a sample of the type of letter that is being sent. We have also been told that some plaintiffs are being contacted via telephone from a (202) area code and are being asked to send money to an address in Illinois. If you are contacted, please notify ... read more >>

On January 22, 2014, United States Federal District Judge James V. Selna rejected arguments by St. Jude Medical, Inc. and its lawyers that lawsuits relating to the defective Riata leads were preempted by Federal Law.  This ruling allows the cases to move forward and is a victory for consumers. The lawsuits filed on behalf of the plaintiffs seek to recover damages for wrongful death, personal injuries and other damages related to unwarranted shocks, revision/corrective surgeries and other ... read more >>

Metal on metal hip replacement and hip implants have been recalled and known to cause serious injuries and harm in patients. The metal ball and socket grind and cause elevated levels of metals in the blood leading to serious problems. Hip replacement systems and implants have been around for many years.  Unfortunately, so have the complications arising from some of these defective products.  Among one of the most serious types of injuries resulting from the metal-on-metal ... read more >>

Johnson and Johnson announced last month it has reached a proposed settlement which could reach upwards of $2.5 billion dollars, for victims of their recalled DePuy ASR Hip Implant. There are nearly 12,000 lawsuits filed across the country, directly related to injuries caused by the DePuy metal-on-metal hip implant.  The proposed $2.5 billion dollar settlement is structured in two parts (A and B).  Part A would offer a starting base of $250,000.00 per each claimant, which would ... read more >>

Some of the healthiest, fittest people in the country live in Southern California. Many California residents go to the gym, watch their weight and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Contaminated Bagged Salad Mix But what if that healthy salad you just ate is contaminated? That's what happened recently in Nebraska and Iowa, where food safety officials have traced an outbreak of the intestinal illness cyclospora to a packaged blend of lettuce, cabbage and carrots. The bags ... read more >>

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a number of new product safety recalls during the last two weeks in June. If you purchased one of these products, you should immediately stop using it. If you suffered an injury caused by defective product, you should not throw it away. It might be evidence in a legal case.  Do not discard any receipts or documentation which came with the item. New product recalls The frames on Tern folding bicycles ... read more >>

Southern California is blessed with some of the most beautiful weather on the planet. There are times, however, when summer heat can lead to severe illness from food borne pathogens. Summer statistics According to the US Department of Agriculture, food borne illnesses increase every summer. Food borne bacteria thrives on temperatures ranging from 90° 210° F, and people cook and eat outside more often at barbecues and on camping trips. Safety tips Many food borne illnesses can be prevented ... read more >>

June has been a busy month for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, with the federal agency announcing six product recalls during the first week of this month: A signaling device that scuba divers use to indicate they are in trouble was recalled because it reduces the diver's air flow and creates a drowning risk. IKEA recalled a jumbo teacup that breaks when you pour hot liquid into it. A knife maker recalled a machete that was so sharp, ... read more >>

Nearly 80 people in California and six other states are now suffering from Hepatitis A after eating contaminated berries sold at Costco Wholesale stores. The outbreak triggered a national product recall of Townsend Farms frozen berries and pomegranate, which are packaged in Fairview, Oregon, and marketed as an "Organic Antioxidant Blend." Costco and an east coast grocery chain, Harris Teeter, sold the berries as early as February 2013. Consumers who shop at these stores should promptly ... read more >>

Today, the Wall Street Journal covered the litigation our firm has been involved in against St. Jude Medical for their defective heart devices. The article entitled "St. Jude Hit by New Suits, Cases Challenge Liability Protection Enjoyed by Device Makers" covers lawsuits filed today on behalf of thirty Plaintiffs represented by TorkLaw. A version of the article appeared April 5, 2013, on page B4 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: St. ... read more >>