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Defective hip implant lawsuits mount against Stryker and DePuy

Metal-on-metal hip implant devices were once touted as a medical breakthrough. Now thousands of lawsuits are piling up against medical device manufacturers who once made billions from all-metal hip implants. The first federal case against Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics division was recently postponed due to the unavailability of experts. These experts are in high… read more

Judge delays ASR hip implant trial again

The first federal lawsuit involving DePuy Orthopaedics’s defective ASR hip implants has been delayed for the second time. The trial was set to begin on Tuesday, but U.S. District Judge David A. Katz postponed the trial date again, citing difficulties that both sides are having with scheduling expert witnesses. Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy division faces… read more

Texting While Driving Increases in California, Despite Ban

California banned the use of handheld cellphones while driving in 2008. A recent study has shown that since that time, the rate of cellphone-to-ear use has declined by 57 percent but the rate of handheld device related accidents has not gone down. Bay Area roads are no safer because people are now texting instead of… read more

California Attempts to Combat Distracted Driving

Communities throughout California are cracking down on the use of cellphones in cars. Cities such as Pasadena are putting up billboards which encourage drivers to avoid texting while driving. These billboards are paired with increased law enforcement efforts to catch dangerous distracted drivers. More than 57,000 Californians were ticketed for using a cellphone while driving… read more

Feds Concerned By Compounding Pharmacy Quality Controls

Officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are concerned by the quality controls at several compounding pharmacies. The drug injury lawyers at Walkup Melodia law firm have handled a number of cases over the last ten years where injury occurred as a result of adulterated or misbranded drugs produced at so-called “compounding pharmacies”. The… read more

Report: California Construction Workers Exposed to Toxic Particles

California construction workers face a number of hazards on a daily basis. Although great strides have been taken to prevent construction accidents such as falls or cave-ins, many construction contractors do not adequately protect their teams from toxic dust which may irreparably damage either health. OSHA officials have launched a campaign to reduce the exposure… read more

SFPD’s Worsening Relationship With The San Francisco Cycling Community

As “Golden Wheel Sponsors” of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the Walkup Law firm has strong ties to the San Francisco Cycling Community. San Francisco has been a leader in promoting bicycle-safe routes and has brought together various neighborhood and government groups to promote a positive cycling culture. However, recently some bicyclists have accused the… read more