JURY AWARDS $3.6 MILLION IN FIRST BARD IVC TRIAL

In the first bellwether trial of the Bard IVC Filter litigation, a federal jury ruled against the manufacturer C. R. Bard. On March 30, 2018, jurors in Phoenix ordered Bard to pay $1.6 million in compensatory damages to Plaintiff Sherr-Una Booker, who was harmed by an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter made by C. R. Bard. Howard L. Nations of The Nations Law Firm was a member of the trial team and represented Ms. Booker in Court. In the trial that lasted more than 2 weeks, the jury decided that Bard is 80% liable for Ms. Booker’s injuries. Bard was also ordered to pay an additional $2 million in punitive damages, taking the jury only 16 minutes to reach their decision.

This is one of several thousand lawsuits filed against the New Jersey-based Bard Company, the first IVC trial against Bard, and only the second trial against an IVC filter manufacturer, the first being a case against Cook Medical last November in Florida.

In Ms. Booker’s case, the IVC filter tilted, perforated her vena cava, broke apart, and pieces of the metal device then traveled to her spine and heart. As a result, she underwent open-heart surgery in 2014 to repair the damage and attempt to remove the broken filter parts. They were unable to remove a piece of the filter near her heart and it remains there today, leaving Ms. Booker with the ever constant fear that at any moment the piece of metal could move again and cause an imminent risk of death.

WHAT IS AN IVC FILTER?

IVC filters (inferior vena cava filters) are implanted in the vena cava, the largest vein in the body, which carries de-oxygenated blood to the right atrium of the heart and to the lungs. The implants are used in patients for various conditions, namely deep vein thrombosis in the legs. These devices are intended to prevent blood clots from breaking off and migrating to the organs such as the heart, brain and lungs, where blood clots settle and can become life-threatening.

If you or someone you know may have developed complications after IVC implantation, please contact our offices at (800) 269-3050 or fill out this form for a free case evaluation.

Serious Vulnerability in the Protocol Securing Wi-Fi Networks

Researchers have discovered and disclosed a massive WiFi vulnerability that puts everyone’s private data at risk. According to the article, nearly every WIFI device we use is vulnerable – and may even be compromised – due to a standard industry high-security protocol WPA2. Read more here:

https://consumerist.com/2017/10/16/researchers-discover-wifi-vulnerability-affecting-basically-every-device-on-earth/

 

Are You One of the 143 Million People Affected by Equifax’s Security Breach?

As you have probably heard by now, Equifax, a consumer credit reporting agency , has been hacked. Reportedly, the hackers have accessed personal information, including social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and credit card numbers for 143 million U.S. customers. That is nearly two-thirds of the adult U.S. population! Identity theft has a crippling effect on individuals and can take years to recover from. An identity theft operation affecting this many people would be unprecedented and could potentially cause major disruptions that would take years to untangle. To find out if you are one of the people whose data was breached, Read More…

Attention Texas Property Owners – FILE NOW

By Cindy Nations
August 30, 2017

To our friends in Texas. The Texas insurance laws are changing this week. FILE your property damage claims BEFORE FRIDAY SEPT 1st. Any claims filed after tomorrow will be under the new law. The new law, HB 1774, reduces your protection and remedies against the insurance company should they deny your claim or drag their feet in processing and paying valid claims. File with every property insurance company you have. Flood insurance is sold separately from your homeowner’s policy. Property owners along the coast may have an additional policy with the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. THIS IS NOT A SCAM.

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Did Drug Company Overcharge Taxpayers Over a Billion Dollars?

By Cindy L. Nations –

Drug company Mylan agreed to pay $465 million to quickly settle a Justice Department investigation into claims that it deliberately overcharged Medicaid for its EpiPen anti-allergy device.  Why would a company agree so quickly to such a large settlement?  Well, it might have something to do with this … The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General reports that the Medicaid misclassification of EpiPen may have cost taxpayers $1.27 billion from 2006 to 2016.  Senator Richard Blumenthal and a group representing state Medicaid directors are now demanding that Mylan pay Medicaid the full amount up to $1.27 billion that it owes.  Fortunately, the previous settlement agreement, which is a fraction of the true costs, has not yet been finalized.

Read more here: https://consumerist.com/2017/05/31/hhs-taxpayers-may-have-overpaid-1-27-billion-for-epipens/