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Locks Law Firm announces it is handling claims against the manufacturers and distributors of testosterone-based products

Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it has begun investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack and death in men taking prescription testosterone drugs.

The announcement came on the heels of two recent two studies that suggested an increased risk of heart attacks in men who take testosterone, a hormone produced in the testicles that is responsible for maintaining muscle bulk, bone growth and sexual function, the FDA said. The FDA said it has not concluded that testosterone increases the risk of cardiac events but said it is issuing an alert "while we continue to evaluate the information from these studies and other available data."

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A Message From The Locks Law Firm - Proposed NFL Concussion Litigation Settlement

The NFL and the retired players have reached a proposed settlement of the NFL Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation.

Under the proposed settlement, which the Court (Hon. Anita B. Brody) must analyze for fairness, reasonableness, and adequacy, the NFL has agreed to pay close to $800 million to the retired NFL players and their families, in addition to any NFL benefits they have received or will receive in the future.

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Mesothelioma Statutes of Limitations

Gavel__scaleMesothelioma is among the most insidious and deadly forms of cancer, one that tragically claims the health and lives of its victims after lying in wait for years or even decades. Caused by exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma is sadly common among workers in certain occupations before the asbestos industry was forced to make the hazards of exposure known to the public at large. Miners, construction workers, firefighters, insulation installers, electricians, painters, welders, shipyard workers, steel mill workers, plumbers, and hundreds of other types of professional laborers were put at risk many years ago, yet many are only now learning of the consequences.

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Types of Brain Injury

paramedics-and-stretcherSadly, more than one million Americans suffer brain injuries each year. For some, the effects of brain injury are temporary. But all too many brain injury victims die or suffer permanent disability. The Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and New Jersey personal injury attorneys of Locks Law Firm have experience handling traumatic brain injury cases for our clients. Here, we review the types of brain injuries that can occur.

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Actos Litigation Heats Up

Actos is a diabetes drug which unfortunately causes bladder cancer.  2,500 cases have been filed against Takeda and other corporate entities in federal court. 25 million pages of documents have been produced and over a dozen corporate depositions have been scheduled over the next 90 days alone. Arrangements are being made for depositions of Japanese personnel of Takeda. The first federal trial is scheduled for January 2014. Locks Law Firm LLC is actively filing cases on behalf of our clients.

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Office Depot Overtime Settlement

Locks Law Firm announces that Office Depot, Inc. has offered to pay $103,766.90 to three former Assistant Managers for its failure to pay proper overtime wages from May 18, 2009 to February 2012, in connection with a lawsuit filed in the District of New Jersey, Gibbons v. Office Depot, Inc., 12 Civ 2992.  The specific amounts that Office Depot has offered to pay, and that were accepted by the workers, were $49,491.48, $32,646.22, and $21,629.20, as well as costs and attorneys fees, to be determined by the Court.

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Respected Agency May Have Ties With Asbestos Industry

It has been revealed that the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) may have collaborated with Russian scientists with links to asbestos industry. This arose from a study of a cohort of exposed people at the Uralasbest plant in Asbest, Russian Federation. For example, Dr Valerie McCormack attended the recent Kiev conference. In December 2012 many proponents of asbestos health pleaded with IARC to discontinue this conduct. The February 1, 2013 Lancet issue explored IARC's ties. Apparently the Russian Federation agreed to resume financial contributions to IARC and then floated the proposal to study the risks of chrysotile in Russia. A very recent article, "Health Risks of Chrysotile Revisited", included as an author David Bernstein, who is a defense expert witness. Also, the article was funded by the International Chrysotile Association and bytheCanadian Chrysotile Association. The push by industry (and by governments?) to write literature and slant the conversation about asbestos cancer risks continues at an alarming rate.

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Trying To Find New Ways To Diagnose Pleural Mesothelioma

A study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported on scientists measuring levels of fibulin-3 in plasma and effusions in an effort to determine the prognosis and diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma. Researchers are looking for a biomarker to detect early-stage pleural mesothelioma. They felt that fibulin-3 "may" aid intheprognosis and diagnosis. Still, this may not lead directly to a screening protocol as pleural mesothelioma is rarely if ever cured even with aggressive surgical resection. Even if the only result is better diagnosis and prognosis, that alone may, at least, help the patient and the family to recover legal compensation. Also, it may provide insight into the effectiveness of various treatments, and it may lead to targets for drug development and other therapies which are desperately needed forthisdisease.

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Auto Accidents and Bad Faith Insurance

car-crashOver the past decade, auto insurance companies have made great strides toward improving their image, largely through excellent public relations campaigns and memorable television commercials. While these companies may seem kinder and gentler than their counterparts of the past, make no mistake about it: these are major corporations that are trying to maximize their profits. Theres nothing wrong with that - as long as these insurance companies play by the books.

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Construction Injuries Workers' Compensation vs. Personal Injury Claim

construction-accidentsIf you have been injured while working at a construction site, you maybe be wondering whether it is in your best interest to file a workers' compensation claim, personal injury lawsuit, or both. The circumstances that lead to a construction accident injury, along with the documentation and other evidence involved in the case, will help determine the best course of action for workers injured on the job.

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