Author Archives: Karen Saab-Dominguez

Appeals Courts Vacate Half a Billion in Verdicts Against Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has successfully challenged two talc verdicts and has mitigated nearly $500 million in damages in less than a week. The largest verdict to date, the $417 million  Echevarria verdict, was reversed and a new trial has been ordered. This decision comes at the heels of J&J convincing a St. Louis appeals court to vacate a separate $72 million verdict. Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson concluded that the evidence presented during Echevaria’s trial didn’t support the large verdict.  Judge Nelson wrote that…

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FDA Clarifies Trading Partners Under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act

The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published several draft guidelines to aid industry and State and Local governments in understanding how to define entities in the drug-supply chain in accordance with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). DSCSA — enacted as part of the Drug Quality and Security Act of 2013 — delineates the steps manufacturers, re-packagers, wholesale distributors, dispensers (i.e. pharmacies), and third-party logistics providers need to take to develop an electronic, interoperable system that tracks a drug at a unit…

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California Johnson & Johnson Talc Cancer Risk Verdict

By now, most readers know that recently, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was ordered to pay $417 million to a woman from East Los Angeles who claimed that she developed terminal ovarian cancer from using J&J’s talc powder products. The verdict included $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages. While this was the first such case to go to verdict against J&J in California — where hundreds of other similar cases are pending — this is not the first trial verdict nationally.…

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Lobbying is not Conspiracy

Plaintiffs often seek to demonize corporate defendants, and one way they try to do so is by asserting that defendants engaged in a “conspiracy.”  For a plaintiff in one of the many talc/ovarian cancer cases pending in California state court, that tactic was unsuccessful as she failed to convince the court that she could proceed with such a claim. The plaintiff, Eva Echevarria, sought to convince Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren E. Nelson that she had sufficient proof that defendants Johnson & Johnson and…

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Pharma Opioid Suits Casting a Wider Net

Under both federal and state law, it is unlawful to advertise if the advertisement tends to mislead or deceive. States have enacted consumer protection laws to enforce and regulate such deceptive practices. In New York, under General Business Law §349, deceptive acts or practices in the conduct of any business, trade, or commerce, or in the furnishing of any service in the state, is declared unlawful. Over the years, the Federal Trade Commission has prosecuted many businesses accused of engaging in false and deceptive advertising.…

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