Johnson and Johnson Transvaginal Mesh Marketing Settlement

West Virginia “has reached a $3.9 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit over the company’s marketing of a surgical mesh used to treat pelvic conditions in women, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Monday.” Morrisey “filed a consumer protection case against the company in September, saying it misrepresented the risks and effectiveness of the medical implant.” The FDA “stopped sales of the synthetic mesh in April 2019 after years of injury reports as well as tens of thousands of lawsuits from women who said they had bleeding, severe pain and infection from the products, also called transvaginal mesh.” The settlement involves no admission of liability or misconduct for Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon.…

Woman Sues Amazon Alleging Glass Explosion

36-year-old Azin Espahbod from Santa Monica “sued Amazon Friday, alleging the explosion of the glass head on a” NuDerma “skin therapy wand machine she bought through the e-commerce company’s website gave her a shock so strong it sent ‘blood splattering on the walls and as far as the ceiling’” and led to “serious and debilitating injuries.” Espahbod’s “Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit also names Onyx Distribution Inc., the alleged seller of the wand on the Amazon site, as a defendant.” She “is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, alleging breach of the implied warranty of merchantability, breach of express warranty, strict products liability, negligence, negligent misrepresentation and violation of the Consumers Legal Remedies Act.”…

Former Blue Bell CEO Charged with Conspiracy

The former chief executive of Blue Bell Creameries was charged with conspiracy in connection with his repeated efforts to cover up what became a deadly outbreak of listeria in some of the company’s products in 2015, federal prosecutors said on Friday.” Furthermore, “the company pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of distributing adulterated ice cream products and agreed to pay a total of $19.4 million in fines, forfeitures and civil payments – the second-largest amount ever paid to resolve a food safety case, officials said.” There were “three deaths and 10 hospitalizations across four states…tied to the 2015 outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported,” with recall notices issued on March 13, 2015 by “the Food and Drug Administration, the C.D.C. and the company.”…

Uber Plans On Requiring FaceMasks of Drivers

Uber “plans to require drivers and riders to wear face masks or face coverings when using the platform in certain countries, including the United States, CNN Business has learned.” In a statement to CNN Business, Uber safety communications chief Andrew Hasbun said, “As countries reopen, Uber is focused on safety and proceeding with caution. Today, we continue to ask riders to stay home if they can, while shipping safety supplies to drivers who are providing essential trips. At the same time, our teams are preparing for the next phase of recovery, where we will all have a role to play.” CNN adds, “For roughly six weeks, much of the US has been under stay-at-home orders due to the pandemic, upending Uber’s core ride-hailing business.”…

Tik Tok Class Action Lawsuit

“TikTok Inc has been hit with a proposed class action in federal court in California accusing the social media platform of collecting and storing users’ biometric data without their consent in violation of an Illinois biometric privacy law.” Reuters says the suit claims TikTok and its parent company ByteDance “allegedly did not tell users they would collect their face scans, or the specific reason for collecting the biometric information, in violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, according to a complaint filed Thursday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California by guardians of two Illinois children who uploaded photos to the app and used facial filters in videos.”…

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