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.

FDA Increases Drug Quality Oversight in Wake of Valsartan Recall

The head of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has promised to focus on drug quality, following a world-wide valsartan recall for heart and blood pressure medications that may have been contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical. “We put out … Continue reading

Gadolinium MRI Contrast Dyes May Cause Severe Side Effects in Some Children

Side effects associated with gadolinium-based MRI dyes and other contrast agents can cause allergy-like reactions in some children. While most of these children will experience mild symptoms, a study recently published in Pediatric Radiology reports that roughly 20% will present … Continue reading

Levaquin Critic Suggests Antibiotic Side Effects Behind Polio-Like Illness in Children

A prominent researcher has suggested that Levaquin side effects could be a factor in a mysterious polio-like illness that has affected dozens of children throughout the United States. Dr. Charles Bennet, founder of the Southern Network on Adverse Reactions (SONAR), … Continue reading

Bard IVC Filter Lawsuit Court Revises Trial Lineup, as Settlement Talks Continue in Cook Medical Litigation

Thousands of IVC Filter lawsuits involving allegedly defective devices marketed by C.R. Bard, Inc. and Cook Medical, Inc. continue to move forward in courts throughout the country. Plaintiffs Win Bid to Pull Eclipse IVC Filter Lawsuit from Bellwether Trial Schedule … Continue reading

Dozens of Risperdal Lawsuits Set for Trial in Philadelphia Mass Tort Program

The coming year could prove pivotal for Risperdal lawsuits, as dozens of cases are expected to head to trial in 2019. Risperdal Litigation Background Risperdal is an atypical antipsychotic indicated to treat: Adult and adolescent schizophrenia Bipolar disorder in adults … Continue reading

37 Ethicon Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Selected for Initial Discovery Pool

The federal court overseeing hundreds of hernia mesh lawsuits involving Ethicon, Inc.’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh implants continues to prepare for upcoming bellwether trials. Ethicon Hernia Mesh Trials to Begin in December 2019 According to a Notice filed in the … Continue reading

Gadolinium MRI Contrast Dye Lawsuits Mount, With New Filing in Louisiana

Gadolinium MRI contrast dye lawsuits continue to mount in court throughout the United States. One of the most recent cases was filed by a Louisiana resident who suffered adverse health effects allegedly caused by gadolinium retention following the administration of … Continue reading

Federal Court Overseeing Bard Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Enters Protective Order Favored by Plaintiffs’

The federal court overseeing hernia mesh lawsuits involving C.R. Bard, Inc.’s polypropylene implants has agreed to enter a Protective Order based on a proposal put forth by Plaintiffs’ Counsel. Parties at Odds Over Third-Party Witness Signatures According to an Order and … Continue reading

Bayer CEO Won’t Rule Out Monsanto Roundup Settlement, Says Court Costs a Factor

Bayer’s CEO suggested last week that the company could eventually settle thousands of Monsanto Roundup lawsuits, but only if costs associated with the growing litigation become excessive. “If we can settle nuisances at some point where the defense costs in … Continue reading

Stryker Hip Lawsuit Settlement Announced in Nationwide LFIT Femoral Head Litigation

Stryker Corp. has agreed to settle all pending hip replacement lawsuits involving its LFIT CoCr V40 femoral heads and related components. Stryker Hip Lawsuit Discovery Stayed Through July 2019 The hip replacement settlement was announced Friday in the U.S. District … Continue reading

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