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Lawyers Play Speed-Date in Toyota Suit Tussle

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Lawyers Play Speed-Date in Toyota Suit Tussle

It was the legal world’s equivalent of speed-dating. Two dozen attorneys crowded into a courtroom here Thursday and made impassioned, two-minute pleas before a panel of judges.

Lawyers Play Speed-Date in Toyota Suit Tussle

The lawyers are seeking home-court advantage for where the growing number of lawsuits filed against Toyota Motor Corp. will be heard.

One attorney argued for a Wyoming court setting, telling the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation how quickly cases move through the system there. Another sung the praises of a Louisiana judge who managed to keep cases moving along even as Hurricane Katrina barreled down. A third pitched for California, where Toyota’s U.S. headquarters is based, saying it was the “center of gravity” of the cases.

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Toyota acceleration problems

admin » 25 March 2010 » In Defective Products, Recall » No Comments

Toyota acceleration problems

As lawsuits over Toyota acceleration problems multiply, a federal court hearing will decide whether dozens of cases will be consolidated before a single judge.

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The FDA cautions against high doses of Zocor

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The FDA cautions against high doses of Zocor

The highest doses of the cholesterol-lowering drug Zocor produce an increased risk of muscle damage, the Food and Drug Administration cautioned Friday. The risk is highest in patients of Chinese descent and is also high when Zocor, known generically as simvastatin, is combined with certain other medications, including amiodarone, niacin and diltiazem.

EARNS MERCK

All statins have a small but real risk of producing muscle damage called myopathy. In rare cases, this damage can progress to a more severe form called rhabdomyolysis, in which damaged muscle tissues release a protein called myoglobin into the bloodstream. Myoglobin can damage the kidneys, which filter foreign materials out of blood. Victims have dark or red urine and fatigue, in addition to muscle pain. The condition can lead to lethal kidney failure.

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What’s Your Guidance for People Taking Avandia?

admin » 09 March 2010 » In Defective Products, Mass Tort » No Comments

What’s Your Guidance for People Taking Avandia?

The Food and Drug Administration is scrutinizing the safety of diabetes drug Avandia, as concerns about its heart risks are swirling anew. What do you think?

The controversy over Avandia was initiated by an article I wrote in May 2007 that appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggesting that the drug increased the risk of heart attack.

The drug Avandia remains controversial. Many physicians have stopped prescribing Avandia, but others remain unconvinced about the risk. A recent study suggested that Avandia might be safe, but the study had many flaws and did not completely rule out the possibility that Avandia may increase the risk of heart attack. In July, the FDA will convene an advisory panel to consider what action to take, including the possibility of removing the drug from the market. Currently, American Diabetes Association guidelines do not recommend taking Avandia. Fortunately, there is a safe alternative, pioglitazone (Actos), which appears not to have the same heart attack risk as Avandia. Both Avandia and Actos carry warnings about fluid retention and heart failure, so don’t use either drug if you carry the diagnosis of heart failure. Both drugs can also increase the risk of fracture, particularly in women.

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Remembering Howard Twiggs

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Remembering Howard Twiggs

With utmost sadness we inform you of the passing of our beloved friend, mentor, and past president Howard Twiggs. Howard passed away this morning in Raleigh, NC. Our AAJ hearts are breaking.

A lawyer’s lawyer, a legislator’s legislator, a leader of leaders, we mourn the passing of a seeker of justice and one of the world’s sweetest people. Howard’s joy of life infected everyone he ever met. He made us better because he believed we could be better. Howard’s passion for service and his absolute commitment to the justice system had no rival.

Howard served the people and the law. He served as President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now American Association for Justice) in 1996–97, and served as President of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (now North Carolina Advocates for Justice), where he was a member of the Board of Directors for 34 years. He was a director of Roscoe Pound Civil Justice Institute in Washington, D.C. for 20 years and served as president for two years. Howard began his practice in his hometown of Raleigh in 1957, establishing his own firm, now Twiggs, Beskind, Strickland & Rabenau, P.A., in 1960.

In the North Carolina legislature Howard was a champion of persons whose voices often are not heard. His major legislative accomplishments included improving protection for the disabled and injured citizens of North Carolina, rewriting the laws relating to mental health, and, in 1969, removing all references to race from state laws. He served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1966 to 1974, serving as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in 1973–74. During his time as chair of the State Building Code Committee, the North Carolina Building Code was rewritten, making buildings, sidewalks, vehicular parking, and other areas accessible to the handicapped.

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