Bladder Cancer Victims Win 2.4 Billion Dollar Payout from Lawsuit Against Japanese Pharmaceutical Company

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Last month, Japanese company Takeda Pharmaceuticals agreed to pay settlements totaling 2.4 billion dollars to thousands of patients who were diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Takeda’s prevalent diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone).  Actos is an oral medication used to help reduce the sugar levels of people who suffer from type 2 diabetes. Takeda stated that their earnings will be used to help cover the billion dollar legal mess they are currently entangled in, as well as most of the remaining cases.  There are approximately 9,000 pending cases against Takeda. The plaintiffs... Read More

Teen Driving Safety 101

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One of every parent’s biggest fears is the day their teenager drives off in the car alone for the very first time.  This day can be quite nerve racking and is the culmination of months of practice and years of training. According to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 7 teen drivers (ages 16 to 19) die in an auto accident every day, which is exactly why it is imperative they understand safe driving before they ever get behind the wheel of a car. As a parent, it’s your job to make sure your child is as ready as possible for the responsibility of driving.... Read More

Summer Safety Tips for Tennessee Families

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It is almost that time of year when you and your kids can begin to enjoy the warm Tennessee summer!  Outdoor fun at local pools, lakes and waterparks, afternoon cookouts…these make great lifelong memories. But these activities also have risks. You can take every precaution to be as safe as possible, but accidents can still occur.  However, that shouldn’t stop a parent from trying. Below are some summer safety tips to help make sure summer is as fun and injury-free as possible. Water Safety According to the CDC, drowning is the number one cause of death for children ages 1 to 4. ... Read More

New Policy Enforced for Nashville Farmers’ Market

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The Nashville Farmers’ Market should have a productive season this year thanks in part to the opening of the Nashville Sounds’ new ballpark. However, you wouldn’t have been able to tell from opening weekend (April 11-12), which was lack-luster at best. This year, there are also new rules in place for farmers’ market vendors. All vendors must now sell goods produced on their own property or on a property where they hold a lease. Moreover, vendors are no longer allowed to purchase goods (specifically produce) from grocery stores or other markets for resale. To comply with the new... Read More

Tennessee Non-economic Damage Caps Ruled Unconstitutional

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In the past decade, limits placed on the dollar amount plaintiffs can seek for non-economic damages have become the norm, though controversial. Damage caps factor heavily in tort reform by attempting to reduce excessive pay outs by the defendants for emotional damages like pain and suffering, disfigurement or loss of enjoyment of life. That said, these caps can also set an unfair boundary on a victim’s (or the family of a victim’s) right to compensation in the event of a personal injury accident. Damage Caps in Tennessee Last month, during a case involving AT&T, Tennessee courts... Read More

Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Loss of Alabama’s Former Athletic Director, Mal Moore

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Anytime a family loses a loved one, it is always a tragedy no matter the situation.  But when a fatality occurs due to preventable negligence, the family experiences an even deeper level of grief and anxiety over a loss that could have been avoided.  This feeling is no doubt exactly what the family of Mal Moore, a former University of Alabama athletic director, has experienced. Mal Moore’s daughter recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the death of her father. The suit claims that two pharmaceutical companies known as Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (owned by Pfizer) and Par Pharmaceuticals... Read More