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On February 13, 2020, the manufacturer of the prescription weight loss drug Belviq® and Belviq XR® (“Belviq”) pulled the drugs from the market after being urged to do so by the FDA.

These drugs are sometimes called lorcaserin.  

The FDA’s withdrawal request advised patients to immediately stop taking the drug and dispose of the pills.Pills-300x200

In 2015 alone, over 600,000 prescriptions were filled for the drug.

The drug has been on the market since 2012.

According to a recent study, a 5-year trial found people taking Belviq were more likely to develop certain types of cancer including:

Pancreatic Cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Lung Cancer

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Heard of the Harley Davidson ABS recall?

Your Harley may be one of the many models that have been recalled.

Harley Davidson ABS recall campaign has included thousands of motorbikes since the defect has been discovered.

You can check with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the recalled models.

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Why Is Harley Recalling Some Models?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned, “Brakes may fail due to not flushing the brake fluid,” back in 2018. Essentially, it means that the hydraulic valves in the ABS become blocked because the fluid builds up inside it. This eventually leads to malfunctioning in the brake system.

If no action is taken for a prolonged period of time, the braking fluid solidifies up inside the valve and ultimately leads to complete failure of the brakes.

You should keep in mind that all CVO Touring, touring, and VSRC motorcycles that were manufactured between 2008 and 2011 and equipped with the anti-lock braking system are recalled. In other words, over 30 models were recalled.  You can check to see if you Harley has been recalled:   Harley Davidson Recall Information

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Exposure to Roundup weed killer has been linked to an increased risk of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.  Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (also known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, NHL, or sometimes just lymphoma) is a cancer that starts in white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system.  If you or a family member has been exposed to Roundup and recently developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma, you may be entitled to compensation.

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What Is Roundup?

Roundup Weed Killer is the most commonly used herbicide in the United States. It was first developed in 1970 by the Monsanto agricultural corporation. Since then it’s been widely used by farmers, landscapers, agricultural workers, and home gardeners all over the world.

The main chemical component in Roundup is called glyphosate. In a recent study by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), glyphosate was designated as a probable human carcinogen.

IARC Monograph 112 reported that glyphosate and its commercial formulations can produce oxidative stress and damage DNA in human cells. Oxidative damage to DNA can lead to cancer. In addition, it further concluded that the cancer most associated with glyphosate exposure is non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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Plaintiffs in Alabama and across the country have filed lawsuits after alleged e-cigarette battery explosions. Among other claims, some are alleging that e-cigarette manufacturers failed to warn users of the risk of fires and explosions.

Failure to Warn Claims

In Alabama failure to warn claims, plaintiffs must show that a defendant failed to warn consumers of dangerous conditions or risks in a product. Generally, there must be an adequate warning of a product’s dangers, unless the danger is obvious. This means that not only must products have warnings of the relevant dangers, but also they must adequately disclose the risks. For example, warnings or instructions may be inadequate if the information is insufficient concerning the proper use of the product or if the warnings are ambiguous. Some recent e-cigarette explosion lawsuits have alleged that the e-cigarette manufacturers have failed to include proper labels warning consumers of the risks of battery fires.

E-Cigarette Explosion Lawsuits Increasing

According to one news source, in 2017, over 120 lawsuits were filed in which people alleged that they were injured in explosions from e-cigarette, or vape, batteries. Some individuals alleged that the e-cigarettes exploded in their mouth, while others claimed the e-cigarettes caught fire in their pockets.

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Ford Motor Company is recalling nearly 1.4 million cars in North America because the steering wheel can detach from the steering column as drivers are on the road and could easily lose control. The flaw has already been linked to two accidents and one injury, with more injuries expected.

Drivers have revealed harrowing stories for months to NHTSA about the steering wheels that became inoperative on the highway.

“While driving on (the) interstate, steering wheel came loose and car veered off interstate. I regained control but steering wheel is still loose. Repairs will cost beyond my means at this moment,” a driver in Harriman, Tenn., reported Tuesday.

A Lake Island, Ill., driver, in a statement to NHTSA in November, wrote, ““While driving approximately 55 (miles per hour), the steering wheel turned 360 degrees independently without warning. In addition, the steering wheel detached from the vehicle.”