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Safeway Class Action

Alfredo Torrijos | January 3, 2016 | Class Actions , Employment Class Actions , Employment Law

The Superior Court of Los Angeles has certified a class action of hourly Safeway employees for Safeway’s alleged failure to allow for duty free meal breaks. The class consists of 220,000 hourly employees alleging Safeway had a policy in place through June 2007 to not pay meal break premiums even where meal breaks were provided.

Sunshine Canyon Class Action

Alfredo Torrijos | April 13, 2016 | Class Actions

Arias Sanguinetti Stahle & Torrijos is pursuing a class action against Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. arising from the company’s Sunshine Canyon Landfill.  The landfill is placed in the middle of a canyon, thus creating a situation where odors that are not properly controlled are carried into the neighborhoods nearby, including the Granada Hills area. The… Read more

Porter Ranch Gas Leak Class Action

Alfredo Torrijos | July 1, 2016 | Class Actions

Arias Sanguinetti Stahle & Torrijos, LLP filed a class action against Southern California Gas Company arising from the massive natural gas leak that was discovered on October 23, 2015 at the Aliso Canyon storage facility owned by SoCalGas. The gas leak has injured residents of the Porter Ranch community in multiple ways. Local residents have reported… Read more

Avelox, Cipro and Levaquin (Fluoroquinolones)

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

Avelox, Cipro and Levaquin, also known as fluoroquinolones, are anti-biotics prescribed for various bacterial infections. Doctors often prescribe them for urinary tract infections, sinus infections and respiratory infections. While these prescription drugs may fight infection, they often are used as a first line defense when other antibiotics with less severe side effects are available. In August 2013, a warning was added to the labeling of fluoroquinolones. This warning included the dangers of the development of neuropathy as a result of ingestion. Neuropathy symptoms include pain, tingling and numbness and typically is irreversible. The manufacturers of fluoroquinolones failed to advise consumers of the potential for developing neuropathy and many patients have been battling neuropathy for years without knowing the cause.

Essure

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

Essure was first brought to market in November 2002 by Bayer HealthCare as an alternative to permanent sterilization in women. It was marketed as less invasive than other forms of permanent sterilization. The recovery time is less and the procedure is completed in the patient’s doctor’s office in as little as ten minutes.

Zofran

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

Zofran is a prescription drug that works by blocking chemicals in the body that trigger nausea and vomiting. It is often prescribed to prevent nausea and vomiting associated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Zofran has also been prescribed to many pregnant women for nausea, however, Zofran has not been approved for this use and may cause birth defects.

Mirena

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

Mirena is an intrauterine device used as a form of birth control and is typically implanted for a five year period. Bayer, the manufacturer of Mirena, marketed it as birth control that freed women from worrying about pregnancy for years allowing for more intimacy with their partners. What Bayer failed to mention was the very serious side effects of Mirena. Mirena has been known to migrate once placed into a woman’s body. As a result of the migration it can puncture internal organs and become embedded in the uterus. This can cause serious injuries including infertility, permanent organ damage and need for emergency surgery to remove the device.