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Concerns over Diet Pills Spark Lawsuit Against the Kardasians

Kardashian Sisters Face a $5 Million Lawsuit over Support for a Potentially Dangerous Diet Supplement

There’s no question that manufacturers of a dangerous or defective drug can face a lawsuit. But what about celebrities who endorse a product?

The question is raised by a new $5 million lawsuit filed against the Kardashian sisters over their endorsement of the diet pill QuickTrim, a quick fix that may not do exactly what the sisters, who are famous for being famous, say it can do in the ads.

The sisters are well known for the reality TV show Keeping up with the Kardashians. It now appears the law is catching up with the Kardashians over their endorsement of QuickTrim.

The lawsuit filed by four angry consumers pulls no punches. “Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian ‘lied’ about getting their amazing figures from over-the-counter diet pills, according to a $5 million lawsuit,” the Daily Mail reported this week.

The enraged plaintiffs are claiming the main ingredient in these pills is caffeine. It may be fine in coffee, but it’s  not an effective or a safe diet treatment, they clain in the suit. It’s not yet known if the litigants are claiming harm was caused by the product. Nor are these pills endorsed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The lawsuit points to numerous none too subtle ads in which the Kardashians have posed with the product while wearing bikinis showing off their figures.

The litigants claims the sisters often tweet about the benefits of the product, a powerful strategy given that Kim Kardashian alone has more than 13 million followers on Twitter.

The lawsuit  raises the intriguing question of whether a celebrity who has endorsed a product can be held liable for harm caused by it if it proves to be dangerous or defective, in the same way as the manufacturer.

The Kardashians are not the only celebrities to be involved in lawsuits,

In a list of ridiculous celebrity lawsuits in Time magazine a lawsuit launched by Lindsay Lohan was detailed in which the actress took out a lawsuit against the financial company E-Trade because a TV ad “used her name and characterization” without her permission. in the ad a baby named Lindsay is referred to as a “milkaholic.”

In the lawsuit, filed against Jimmy Fallon, Paul Tarascio — claimed he was dropped from his position as first stage manager at the show “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” … and by a woman who was incompentent, TNZ reported.

In 2010 the singer Lady GaGa successfully obtained an injunction against Moshi Monsters singer Lady Goo Goo. She took legal action against Mind Candy – the parent company of a children’s social networking site called Moshi Monsters, banning the animated character Lady Goo Goo from performing on YouTube.

 
 

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Ford Recalls 129,000 Vehicles over Faulty Wheel Studs

December, 2011 – Veritas Legal Media 757-582-1836, veritaslegalmedia@hotmail.com

There can be few more alarming scenarios than a wheel falling off your car when you are driving at 60 mph on the Interstate.

But that’s the life threatening concern raised by the recall of 129,000 Ford Fusions and Mercury Milans, according to the New York Times.

Ford has recalled almost 129,000 of its 2010-11 Ford Fusions and Mercury Milans. The automotive giant says the wheel studs on vehicles equipped with 17-inch steel wheels could break, with the alarming potential of a wheel coming loose and falling off.

The recall is detailed on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to the New York Times, Ford informed the safety agency about a problem in August 2010, when some wheel studs fractured at a lug-nut tightening at the plant in Hermosillo, Mexico, where the sedans were built.

The automobile industry has an unenviable record of recalls and faults. Some of these have led to serious injuries and deaths. In July 2011, a leaking fuel line from a new Chevrolet Traverse claimed the life of a sailor from Moyock, NC on the I-64 in Norfolk.

Toyota has made a number of major recalls and wrongful death lawsuits are pending claiming victims were killed by sudden and unexpected acceleration in Toyotas.

In 2009 a flaw in the design of a gas pedal may have been linked to the death of a family of four in a Lexus

If a manufacturer is to blame because of a defect, there are grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit or a personal injury lawsuit.

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Trans Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits Mount

Jan. 2012 – Veritas Legal Media – 757-582-1836 – veritaslegalmedia@hotmail.com

 Have you ever had an oper­a­tion or a sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure that caused more prob­lems than the con­di­tion it was meant to rec­tify?  If so, you can prob­a­bly sym­pa­thize with hun­dreds of women who are tak­ing out law­suits over vagi­nal mesh implants.

Lit­i­ga­tion on this issue moved for­ward on Jan. 26, 2012, at a hear­ing in Miami, FL, when lawyers sought to coor­di­nate the many trans­vagi­nal sur­gi­cal mesh law­suits that are presently being brought across the USA.  Lawyers have filed motions with the U.S. Judi­cial Panel on Mul­ti­dis­trict Lit­i­ga­tion (JPML) rep­re­sent­ing women who say they suf­fered injuries after being implanted with vagi­nal mesh, which has been used for the treat­ment of stress uri­nary incon­ti­nence (SUI) and pelvic organ pro­lapse (POP).

Massivelaw­suits are now being brought against three man­u­fac­tur­ers — Amer­i­can Med­ical Sys­tems, Inc., Boston Sci­en­tific Corp. and Ethicon, Inc.

This has been a prob­lemacross the US for some years and it’s not as if the reg­u­la­tors haven’t had time to make patients aware of the dan­gers.  In Octo­ber 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion issued a notice about trans­vagi­nal sur­gi­cal mesh.  It said the FDA had received more than 1,000 reports from nine sur­gi­cal mesh man­u­fac­tur­ers of com­pli­ca­tions that were asso­ci­ated with sur­gi­cal mesh devices.  Painful com­pli­ca­tions listed by the FDA included  bowel, blad­der, and blood ves­sel per­fo­ra­tion dur­ing inser­tion of the mesh and pain and dis­com­fort in the wake of operations.

The reg­u­la­tion, or in this case, the lack of reg­u­la­tion of these prod­ucts, is a cause for con­cern. These vagi­nal mesh prod­ucts were approved through the FDA’s con­tro­ver­sial 510(k) fast-track approval process, a sys­tem that’s more than 35 years old and under fire.  Unlike drugs there is no test­ing require­ment under 510 (k). The only require­ment is that a prod­uct should be sub­stan­tially equiv­a­lent to a device that has already been approved for sale. This highly con­tro­ver­sial approval process was also used for DePuy hip trans­plants – another device that has led to intense suf­fer­ing for patients, not to men­tion mul­ti­ple lawsuits.

Recently the FDA sent out a let­ter to man­u­fac­tur­ers of mesh prod­ucts call­ing for new post-marketing stud­ies on trans­vagi­nal mesh.  This seems like a clear case of clos­ing the sta­ble door after the horse has bolted, although if it helps bring change in the reg­u­la­tion of sur­gi­cal devices, some good will have come out of it.

Unfor­tu­nately, change has come too late to help many women who have been left in pain by faulty devices that stud­ies have shown pro­vide lit­tle clin­i­cal benefit.

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