In anticipation of around half a million claims over its emission scandal, Volkswagen (VW) has hired attorney Kenneth Feinberg to handle a compensation fund. Feinberg achieved national notoriety after overseeing 9/11 victims compensation claims and claims… Read More
A commonly used medical scope is at the center of a controversy involving superbugs, patient deaths and a corporate cover-up by medical device manufacturer Olympus.
The medical scopes at question are small cameras attached to flexible tubes that can… Read More
The abuse of protective orders in court cases has recently come under fire from legal ethics advocates. In a large number of defective product lawsuits, companies seek the orders to seal what they claim are trade secret records from the public. But this… Read More
Posted by Brendan Faulkner of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Apr 16, 2015 in Product Liability
Two recent news items serve as gruesome reminders of the need for meaningful punitive damages against mega-corporations that recklessly or knowingly allow their defective products to hurt people.
In the first story CNN reported that Olympus started selling… Read More
Posted By Brendan Faulkner of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Oct 16, 2014 in Product Liability
Wall Street Journal reports that doctors across the country continue to use a gynecological tool, called a morcellator, to remove common benign uterine growths called fibroids even after the FDA warned, this past April that it can spread undetected cancer.
Laparoscopic… Read More
Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Nov 01, 2013 in Product Liability
The Kansas City Star reports on an appeal by consumer and media organizations in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (one of twelve regional appellate courts within the federal judicial system) related to a product safety and business… Read More
Posted by Brendan Faulkner of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 07, 2013 in Product Liability
On New Years Day, 5 people were sent to the hospital with serious neck, back and head injuries after an inner tube being towed up the mountain broke free from the cable, causing it to slam into the base of the lift at the bottom of the hill.
The crash… Read More
Posted by Brendan Faulkner of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Nov 27, 2012 in Product Liability
Bed rails are the metal bars used on hospital beds and in nursing homes to prevent people from rolling out of bed and to assist patients in pulling themselves up.
These devices can cause serious injuries or even death however, when patients become trapped… Read More
Posted by Michael A. D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Sep 20, 2012 in Product Liability
Fortune magazine has posted on its blog an in-depth story, "Bad to the bone: A medical horror story," about the immoral and criminal decision by medical device company Synthes to illegally test a bone cement on people, resulting in a still unknown number… Read More
Posted by Brendan Faulkner of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Sep 04, 2012 in Product Liability
Ron Rosenbaum wrote an excellent column in Slate a couple of months ago arguing that Ralph Nader is still a hero notwithstanding the unfair criticism he continues to receive for his role in George W. Bush's winning the 2000 presidential election.
Rosenbaum… Read More