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IVC Filters

Alfredo Torrijos | May 20, 2016 | Defective Drugs & Medical Devices , Mass Torts , Products Liability

An inferior vena cava or IVC filter is used when a patient is at risk for blood clots. The IVC filter is implanted into the patient to prevent life threatening clots from migrating to major organs including the lungs and heart. While the IVC filter device can be lifesaving, it can also cause serious harm and death, if it is not used appropriately.

Settlement Reached in Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against County of Monterey, California Forensic Medical Group, and Members of Law Enforcement

Alfredo Torrijos | October 12, 2018 | Personal Injury

Hon. Lucy Koh of the United States District Court approved a global settlement against the County of Monterey and California Forensic Medical Group in the amount of $825,000 to end a lawsuit filed by the surviving children of a woman who died while in police custody on December 19, 2015. The County and CFMG will… Read more

Class Action Against CVS

Alfredo Torrijos | April 16, 2016 | Class Actions , Employment Class Actions , Employment Law

An employer is required to follow certain laws when determining if an employee should be classified as an exempt or non-exempt employee. If employees are misclassified, they can lose wages they have a right to collect. In this wage and hour class action, it is alleged that CVS misclassified many employees and did not pay… Read more

Franchise Tax Board

Alfredo Torrijos | April 20, 2016 | Class Actions , Disability Rights

Allegations have been brought against the Franchise Tax Board for failure to comply with ADA requirement. The FTB failed to provide communications to blind tax payers in a form they could access, such as braille or email. Instead, the FTB sent regular print mail, which consumers that are blind were unable to access.

3M Bair Hugger Blanket

Alfredo Torrijos | May 20, 2016 | Defective Drugs & Medical Devices , Mass Torts , Products Liability

The Bair Hugger blanket manufactured by 3M is a warming blanket used to warm anesthetized patients during surgery. It is often used during joint replacement surgeries including hip and knee replacements. The blanket is used to help regulate the body’s temperature and avoid hypothermia. Unfortunately the Bair Hugger warming device has been known to cause infections in patients due to bacteria in the air system. The bacteria circulates through the warming blanket and attacks open wounds on the body causing serious infections. These infections can be debilitating, and if not controlled, can cause death.

Article Co-Authored by ASST Partner Elise Sanguinetti on California’s Legislative Efforts Confronting Forced Arbitration

Alfredo Torrijos | January 12, 2017 | News & Events

The January 2017 issue of the American Association of Justice’s Trial magazine is devoted to forced arbitration clauses.  Forced arbitration clauses, which are becoming more and more common and are typically hidden in the fine print of contracts, deprive consumers of important fundamental rights – including the right to a trial.  Unfortunately, most people do not know about… Read more

Court grants preliminary approval of class action settlement with the City of Los Angeles

Alfredo Torrijos | November 2, 2016 | Class Actions , Disability Rights

The Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles has preliminarily approved the proposed settlement of two class actions involving curb ramps and curb cuts that provide access to sidewalks and other pedestrian pathways located in the City of Los Angeles. The lawsuits that will be resolved by the proposed… Read more

Xarelto, Eliquis and Pradaxa (Blood Thinning Agents)

Alfredo Torrijos | May 16, 2016 | Defective Drugs & Medical Devices , Mass Torts , Products Liability

Xaraleto, Eliquis and Pradaxa are blood thinning drugs that were approved recently by the FDA. They are used to treat and prevent blood clots as well as lower the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation or a-fib. Prior to these drugs being brought to market, patients often used Coumadin (warfarin) as a blood thinning agent. Xarelto, Elquis and Pradaxa are marketed as a more convenient blood thinner than Coumadin because the patient is not tied to regular blood monitoring.

Dollar Tree Class Action

Alfredo Torrijos | March 17, 2016 | Class Actions , Employment Class Actions , Employment Law

Claims have been brought against Dollar Tree in a wage and hour class action in the Central District of California for its failure to pay overtime. Employees have been misclassified by Dollar Tree keeping them from collecting their wages that they have lawfully earned. Dollar Tree has also failed to provide their California employees printed… Read more