On the morning of January 2, 2019, Amanda Butler awoke to discover her newborn baby girl Arya lying dead in her inclined sleeper bed. Only hours earlier, Mrs. Butler had put Arya to sleep in their "Rock n' Play Sleeper" right next to their own bed. By the morning, Mrs. Butler woke up to find her 11-month-old's body limp in the sleeper, head tilted forward, and skin turned blue.
Fisher Price, the company well known for making toys and other products targeted toward babies and small children, recently recalled its Rock 'n Play baby sleeper.
Recently the Food and Drug Administration announced that it will be investigating over 120 seizure incidents related to the use of vaping pens. The current FDA study regarding vaping is focused on seizure incidents from 2009 to 2019.
Monsanto, the manufacturer of popular weed killer Roundup has lost another case. Cancer patients across the country are suing Monsanto alleging that Roundup gave them cancer. Three cases have gone to trial and all three verdicts have been in favor of the plaintiffs.
A subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon, was hit with a $120 million verdict by a Pennsylvania jury. The lawsuit arose from medical mesh device which was implanted in the plaintiff during a 2008 procedure. The plaintiff, a 68-year-old woman, argued that she suffered from chronic pelvic pain and urinary tract infections as a result of the mesh. She was required to undergo a surgery to remove the mesh. Despite efforts by doctors, the surgery to remove the mesh was unsuccessful, her attorneys stated.
On April 12, 2019, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that it was recalling all models of the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper after reports that it was linked to over 30 infant deaths since the product was released in 2009. Customers are instructed to immediately stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher. The recall affects over four million products. The recall comes a week after the CPSC and Fisher-Price issued a joint warning in which they reported ten infant deaths in connection with the product. According to the joint statement, the deaths occurred after an infant three months of age or older rolled from their back to their stomach or side while the infant was unrestrained in the seat. At that time, the company recommended that consumers stop using the sleeper when an infant reached three months of age or as soon as the infant exhibited rollover capabilities.
Fisher-Price has announced a recall of 4.7 million Rock 'n Play Sleepers. The recall is for all models of the infant rockers. The recall states that consumers "should immediately stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher." It is estimated that over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in the Rock 'n Play Sleepers, after infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.
A 24-year-old Fort Worth man tragically died in a vape store parking lot this January after his vape pen exploded in his face. After the explosion, the man was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he later died.
On February 1, 2019, a jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $41 million to a Pennsylvania couple after the woman was injured by vaginal mesh. The woman, Suzanne Emmett, was implanted with the mesh in early 2007. Not long after, Emmett began experiencing complications with the mesh, when it began eroding through her soft tissues. She experienced discomfort, bleeding, infections, painful sex, and other symptoms. Despite having nine surgeries, in an attempt to correct the problems, Emmett continues to suffer from scarring and other permanent problems to this day.
A Missouri judge has recently upheld the award of 4.7 billion dollars in damages to twenty-two victims of ovarian cancer against Johnson & Johnson. This case stems from Johnson & Johnson having produced talc powder for decades, encouraging its use in women and children, all the while knowing of its contamination with asbestos. Company communications reveal both Johnson & Johnson's knowledge of the contamination, and of the health threats posed by asbestos. Citing the "reprehensible conduct" of the manufacturer, the judge upheld the judgment as being supported by the evidence adduced at trial.