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.

Roundup Settlement Mediator Reports Slow but Steady Progress

Kenneth Feinberg, the prominent attorney leading mediation efforts aimed at resolving thousands of Monsanto Roundup lawsuits recently told a German magazine that the effort is progressing “slowly, but steadily.” In an interview with WirtschaftsWoche last Wednesday, Feinberg indicated the parties are … Continue reading

Allergan’s Failure to Warn on Breast Implant Lymphoma Delayed Diagnosis, Lawsuit Claims

A California woman claims Allergan, Inc’s failure to warn of a potential link between Biocell textured breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) resulted in the repeated misdiagnosis of her cancer. Allergan Breast Implant Allegations According to a complaint … Continue reading

Latest Zantac Lawsuits Blame NDMA Contamination for Bladder, Stomach Cancers

Zantac lawsuits continue to mount in courts throughout the United States, following the discovery of a cancer-causing chemical in name-brand and generic versions of ranitidine. Two of the most recent lawsuits, currently pending in New Jersey and North Carolina federal … Continue reading

New York Child Victims Act Faces Legal Challenge in Nassau County

The New York Child Victims Act is facing its first legal challenge, following the filing of a lawsuit by the Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre in Nassau County Supreme Court. The New York Child Victims Act became law in February, … Continue reading

Mylan Hit with FDA Warning Following Valsartan Recall

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a Warning Letter to Mylan Pharmaceuticals, after an inspection of a manufacturing facility in India uncovered “significant deviations” from good manufacturing practice that likely contributed to the company’s massive valsartan recall. … Continue reading

Canadians File $500 Million Class Action Lawsuit Over Monsanto Roundup

More than 60 plaintiffs in Canada have filed a class action lawsuit over Monsanto Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide that allegedly causes cancer. Monsanto Roundup, Glyphosate and Cancer Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto Roundup line of herbicides, is the … Continue reading

Thousands of Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuits Given New Life in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has revived thousands of Risperdal lawsuits, after finding both the trial court and the state’s Superior Court erred in establishing a statute of limitations that resulted in their dismissal. The ruling affects about 40% of the … Continue reading

Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuits: Status Conference to Address Bellwether Trial Schedule

The federal court overseeing thousands of proton pump inhibitor lawsuits filed over various kidney injuries is beginning to plan for the litigation’s first bellwether trials. According to a Status Report issued by the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, … Continue reading

Xeljanz Researchers Call for More Blood Clot Data

Researchers looking into the link between Xeljanz and life-threatening blood clots say additional data is needed to better understand the safety signals that recently prompted an update to the drug’s Black Box Warning. FDA Action on Xeljanz and Blood Clots … Continue reading

Golden State Medical Supply Announces Latest Ranitidine Recall

Golden State Medical Supply has become the latest pharmaceutical company to recall ranitidine-containing heartburn drugs that might be contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical. Recalled Ranitidine Manufactured by Novitium Pharma Ranitidine is the generic name for Zantac. Various drug makers – … Continue reading

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