Laurie Villanueva

Laurie Villanueva has been writing about consumer issues for over two decades, Her work for largely focuses on pharmaceutical and medical device safety, including the ongoing litigation surrounding Risperdal, proton pump inhibitors, Invokana, Levaquin, defective hip implants, the Bair Hugger forced air warming blanket, and IVC filters. Laurie has also devoted a great deal of coverage to women’s health issues, especially recent litigation involving talcum powder, power morcellators, transvaginal mesh, and breast implants.

Laurie graduated from Penn State University in 1990 with a degree in journalism. After spending many years covering local government for various print media outlets, she is now focused on utilizing the internet to raise awareness about important consumer issues.

Class I Recall for Ethicon Surgical Staplers Following Injury, Malfunction Reports

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, Inc. subsidiary has recalled thousands of internal surgical staplers, following reports that they misfired or failed to completely form staples during procedures. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the surgical stapler recall Class … Continue reading

Study Links Human Liver Disease to Glyphosate Exposure

Newly published research is pointing to yet another possible consequence of glyphosate exposure, an increased risk of liver disease. Previous Research Suggests Glyphosate Exposure Increases Cancer Risks Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto Roundup, has already been declared a probable … Continue reading

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Hear Risperdal Statute of Limitations Arguments

Attorneys for two Risperdal gynecomastia plaintiffs will appear before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Harrisburg today, where they’ll seek reversal of a lower court ruling that dismissed their clients’ cases as time-barred. The Court’s ultimate decision on the Risperdal statute … Continue reading

Ethicon Physiomesh Lawsuits Move Forward, as Federal Court Establishes Bellwether Trial Pool

The federal court overseeing hernia mesh lawsuits involving Ethicon, Inc.’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh is moving forward with plans to convene a series of bellwether trials beginning early next year. Just over 2,000 Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuits are pending in the … Continue reading

As Bayer’s Roundup Woes Worsen, Company Apologizes for Monsanto Lists

Bayer AG’s Roundup woes grew significantly worse this week, after the German company was forced to issue an apology for secret Monsanto lists that apparently targeted its critics. Roundup Litigation Could Cost Bayer Billions Bayer acquired Monsanto in 2018 for … Continue reading

C.R. Bard Agrees to IVC Filter Settlement Just Days Before Bellwether Trial

C.R. Bard, Inc. has apparently agreed to an IVC filter settlement in a personal injury lawsuit involving its Recovery blood clot filter. The case was scheduled to go to trial this week in the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, … Continue reading

3M Military Earplugs Lawyers Push for Two-Track Litigation

Attorneys representing military veterans in class action lawsuits involving the 3M Company’s allegedly defective military earplugs have asked a federal judge to establish a separate track for their cases. 3M Military Earplugs Lawyers to Discuss Two-Track Proposal in June There … Continue reading

Bayer Loses Third Monsanto Roundup Trial, Ordered to Pay $2 Billion Glyphosate Cancer Verdict

Bayer AG lost its third straight Monsanto Roundup trial yesterday, when a jury in California’s Alameda County Superior Court ordered the German company to pay more than $2 billion in the latest case involving glyphosate and its alleged link to … Continue reading

Johnson & Johnson Can’t Send Thousands of Talcum Powder Lawsuits to Delaware Federal Court

A federal judge has denied Johnson & Johnson’s bid to immediately transfer more than 2,000 talcum powder lawsuits to Delaware federal court, where the company had hoped to pursue a single defense strategy. 14,200 Talcum Powder Lawsuits Pending Nationwide Johnson … Continue reading

Dilantin Side Effects: “User Friendly” Alternative Could Help Children With CSE

Researchers in the U.K. have identified a more “user friendly” alternative that could help many children avoid serious Dilantin side effects. Dilantin and CSE Convulsive status epilepticus (CSE) is a tonic-clonic seizure that doesn’t stop either on its own or … Continue reading

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