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Texas Officials Link Man's Death to Exploding Vape Pen as Lawsuits Over Dangerous Devices Pile Up Feb 12, 2019

A man from Fort Worth, Texas died after his vape pen exploded and severed a major artery, local officials say. A report from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office shows the 24-year-old victim’s fatal injury was sustained as a result of a ...

State Attorneys Team Up to Take on EPA Over Requirements for Reporting Import, Use of Asbestos Feb 8, 2019

Attorneys General from 14 states and the District of Columbia have petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to better regulate corporations in the asbestos industry and strengthen reporting requirements about the products they import ...

Aaron Heckaman, J. Kyle Beale Named Among 2018 Top Lawyers by Houstonia Magazine Feb 1, 2019

Bailey Cowan Heckaman, PLLC is pleased to announce that Partner Aaron Heckaman and Associate Attorney J. Kyle Beale have been named to Houstonia magazine’s 2018 Top Lawyers list! A local magazine known for its editorials on local News, Arts & ...

Women With Essure Birth Control Device Face Increased Risks of Repeat Procedures, New Study Shows Jan 31, 2019

As of 2019, following years of patient complaints and thousands of lawsuits filed by women who suffered serious and painful injuries, Bayer no longer sells its Essure Permanent Birth Control System . A non-reversible, non-surgical contraceptive ...

FDA Commissioner Discusses Steps for Stronger Safety Oversight of Essure Birth Control Device After Removal from U.S. Market Dec 31, 2018

On Thursday December 20, 2018, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., released a statement discussing the concerns surrounding Essure and the plans moving forward. Essure, a permanent birth control device linked to serious adverse effects in women, ...

Report Shows Johnson & Johnson Knew of Asbestos in Talcum Powder Products for Years Dec 19, 2018

The past few days have not been easy for Johnson & Johnson, the multi-national corporation known for its pharmaceutical and consumer products, and most notoriously for its Baby Powder. That’s due in large part to the release of an investigative ...

Essure Birth Control Concerns Continue to Spread, Canadian Government Moves to Strengthen Medical Device Oversight Dec 11, 2018

Concerns about the implantable birth control device Essure, manufactured by Bayer, are continuing to spread on a global level. Though Bayer will be suspending sales of Essure worldwide by the end of this month, questions still remain for thousands of ...

Jury Clears J&J of Liability in California Lawsuit Over Baby Powder & Asbestos Cancer Dec 3, 2018

Earlier this month, Big Pharma giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) scored a victory in its ongoing talcum powder litigation when a California jury rejected a woman’s claims that her cancer was caused by the company’s well-known baby powder. The verdict , ...

Women from Las Vegas Area Add Their Voices to Growing Number of Essure Complaints Nov 20, 2018

The latest group of women seriously affected by Essure Permanent Birth Control System recently added their voices to the growing chorus of concerns about the medical device, which has been linked to perforated organs, severe pelvic pain, abnormal ...

Children's Kiva Montessori School in Colorado Closes Due To Asbestos Nov 15, 2018

The Children’s Kiva Montessori School in Cortez, CO was temporarily closed because of “elevated levels” of asbestos, according to the school’s board of directors. Parents were notified on Tuesday, November 6 about the issue and that the school would ...

Texas Trial Lawyers Association Files Amicus Brief Over Judge James Farris Asbestos Case Oct 23, 2018

The Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) filed an amicus brief in response to a Texas appeals court throwing out Ellarene Farris’ suit against Jefferson County earlier this year. She accused the county of exposing Judge James Farris, her husband to ...

Women Continue to Come Forward to Speak About the Damage Essure Caused Oct 4, 2018

New reports of women injured by Essure Permanent Birth Control System continue to flood the news across the globe. Recently, two women who are involved with the class action lawsuit against Bayer, the company that manufactures and distributes this ...

Pharmaceutical Company Connected to NDMA Impurity Placed on Import Alert Sep 28, 2018

Active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturer Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals was placed on import alert on Friday, September 28 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The company will determine how its products, used in ...

BPB Celebrates Meso Awareness Day Sep 26, 2018

Our staff here at Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC would like to take a moment today to recognize Mesothelioma Awareness Day. This day is observed every September 26, and was started in 2004 by community members of the Meso Foundation. According to the ...

Women in Australia to Pursue Class Action Lawsuit over Essure Sep 12, 2018

A group of women in Australia who suffered serious side effects from the permanent birth control product Essure have filed a lawsuit against Bayer, the pharmaceutical company that makes the implant. Learn more about the dangerous side effects caused ...

Texas Appeals Court Tosses Judge James Farris' Asbestos-Related Wrongful Death Suit Sep 7, 2018

A Texas appeals court tossed out Ellarene Farris’ suit against Jefferson County, accusing it of grossly negligent conduct in exposing her husband, Judge James Farris, to asbestos while he worked there. The appeals court stated that Jefferson County ...

California High School Reopens Two Weeks After Contractors Disturbed Asbestos Tiles Sep 4, 2018

Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, CA reopened parts of the building less than two weeks after closing those areas off when contractors disturbed asbestos tiles in a library storage room. According to officials, the contractors used a power ...

Essure Lawsuits Skyrocketed After Increased FDA Warnings - Bloomberg Report Aug 14, 2018

Bloomberg recently published an article about the sharp increase in the number of Essure lawsuits following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required Bayer, the manufacturer and distributor of this permanent contraceptive device to put out ...

Attorney Aaron Heckaman to Speak at HarrisMartin's Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference Aug 13, 2018

Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC attorney Aaron Heckaman is scheduled to speak at the HarrisMartin's Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis, MO on Thursday, September 6. He will focus his presentation on providing ...

Valsartan Voluntarily Recalled by the FDA Over NDMA Impurity Jul 19, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a voluntary recall of drugs that contain valsartan, an active ingredient in a number of products meant to treat heart failure and high blood pressure. While not all products containing ...

Construction Accident at Water Tower Kills One, Injures Another Jul 6, 2018

A construction accident claimed the life of at least one person and injured another on Friday, July 6. The Porter Special Utility District’s general manager Richard Tram said that he heard a "loud clinging noise" that morning at the worksite on the ...

Philadelphia School Classroom Filled With Asbestos, Lead Dust Jun 18, 2018

The Philadelphia Inquirer recently published an article detailing the terrifying state of Room 106 at A.S. Jenks Elementary. According to the article, the teacher who uses that classroom, Maria Greco, dealt with crumbling plaster, suspicious black ...

Attorney Aaron Heckaman to Speak at TTLA Midyear Conference and CLE Seminar May 15, 2018

Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC attorney Aaron Heckaman was invited to speak at the TTLA Midyear Conference and CLE Seminar in Houston this weekend. Aaron will be leading a certification and recertification program titled “Increased Profitability Using ...

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Crane Co.'s Appeal, Securing Victory for BPB Client Mar 26, 2018

The United States Supreme Court announced on Monday, March 26 that they will not hear Crane Co.’s appeal of the Missouri appellate courts’ decision to uphold the original $11.5 million jury verdict in favor of Jeanette Poage, whose husband died in ...

First Week of April Recognized as National Asbestos Awareness Week by the U.S. Senate Mar 26, 2018

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced a resolution that would declare the first week in April as “National Asbestos Awareness Week”. This is an incredibly important action, especially in light of the fact that recent data published by the ...

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