Johnson & Johnson settles 845 Levaquin lawsuits in federal court

Posted by Sarah Showard | Nov 06, 2012 | 0 Comments


Court records indicate that Johnson & Johnson, maker of the antibiotic Levaquin, has reached settlements with about 845 of 1,900 plaintiffs in a multidistrict litigation case in U.S. District Court in Minnesota. The initial agreements will be completed soon, though terms of the settlement are confidential, according to a spokesman for the manufacturer based in New Brunswick, N.J.

More than 3,400 lawsuits have been filed nationwide against Johnson & Johnson that allege patients suffered tendon injuries after being prescribed Levaquin. Court records show the company has won three of four cases that have gone to trial. Plaintiffs have claimed Johnson & Johnson failed to properly warn consumers for the sake of increase profits, after Levaquin was linked to tendon injuries in the elderly.

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Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.


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