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Jury mulls punitive damages in J&J mesh verdict

Ordered by a jury to pay $3.35 million in compensatory damages to a patient over fauly vaginal mesh, J&J now faces punitive damages in the first of over 2,100 related lawsuits.

Ex-Siemens employee claims unfair firing after whistleblower action in China

A former employee is suing Siemens ($SI), alleging that the German conglomerate fired him after he brought evidence of kickbacks to light regarding medical device and equipment sales in China and North Korea.

Generic Reglan user can sue Pfizer for damages

It's a state court ruling. It directly affects only one drugmaker. But the Alabama Supreme Court's decision to allow a patient to sue Pfizer for damages could ripple through the industry--and not in a good way for branded drugmakers.

Merck wins back $500K in retaliation lawsuit

The courts giveth and the courts taketh away, and how you view those actions depends on which side of a lawsuit you sit. In a recent ruling by a federal appeals court, Merck & Co. was handed a win in an employee retaliation lawsuit, reversing the half-a-million dollar verdict that former employee Jennifer Scott had been granted last year.

Biomet target of metal hip lawsuit

Fallout over the use of all-metal hip implants continues to erupt, and this time it is hitting Biomet. A patient implanted with the company's M2a Magnum Hip System is suing the Indiana device maker for damages, claiming that the implant was toxic but also destroyed surrounding bone and tissue.

Wright takes down knee website after Stryker suit

Wright Medical has taken down a website promoting its knee implants after Stryker sued for copyright infringement, claiming Wright's page was designed to trade on its brand.

J&J struck with another metal hip implant lawsuit

Yet another patient is suing Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ) for health problems he says were caused by one of the company's metal-on-metal hip implants, adding to the thousands of lawsuits filed previously in the matter.

Hospira shortage can't be blamed for woman's blindness

A Florida woman who is now blind in one eye says it is because there was a shortage of Hospira ($HSP) drug Aquasol A that she needed for a vitamin A deficiency. But drugmakers whose poor quality manufacturing leads to closed plants and drug shortages are not responsible for the deteriorating health of patients. At least Hospira is not, a federal judge in Tampa, FL, has ruled.

Chinese court favors J&J in distribution fight

Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ) has won a lawsuit against a long-time distribution partner in China. While the amount of money involved may seem puny, it appears to be a big victory in a country that is terribly protective of its domestic drug distributors.

Warner Chilcott sues Watson to stop generic contraceptive

In a bit of drug family planning, Warner Chilcott ($WCRX) has sued Watson Pharmaceuticals ($WPI) to prevent it from putting out a generic version of its oral contraceptive Lo Loestrin Fe.