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

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

Porter Ranch Gas Leak Class Action

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

Zimmer Hip Implant Recall

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

The Zimmer Durom Cup hip implant was a metal on metal device implanted in patients from 2006 through 2008, before it was recalled. The implant used new metal on metal technology, which was claimed to last longer than non-metal on metal implants. The hip implant was recalled after complaints of metal toxicity and failure of the implant. The metal toxicity was a result of the metal parts grinding against each other causing the metal to be released into the body. Side effects of metal toxicity include severe pain, infection and tissue disease and often required surgical removal of the implant.

DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implants

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

DePuy began marketing its Pinnacle hip implant system in the early 2000s as an alternative to other hip implants. The implant is a metal on metal device claimed to be longer lasting and ideal for younger and more active patients. The metal on metal system has been found to have far more complications and adverse side effects than non-metal on metal devices. The metal on metal system often fails sooner than non-metal on metal systems. It also has caused serious side effects due to the metal components. Specifically, the grinding of metal parts causes the metal to enter into the body and blood system causing metal toxicity, which can cause severe pain, weakness, fatigue, numbness, shortness of breath and other debilitating conditions. Often a replacement of the Pinnacle system is required to help resolve these side effects.

Mirena

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.

3M Bair Hugger Blanket

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.