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DePuy Hip Replacement Failures Lead to Massive Recall

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: November 13, 2011

People with a DePuy ASR hip replacement implant are experiencing a high rate of failure and pain associated with this device, sometimes shortly after surgery.  See New York Times Johnson & Johnson Recalls Hip Implants People with the DePuy ASR have filed lawsuits because, despite reports of injury with this device, the manufacturer failed to inform doctors and patients of the known risks associated with this device and waited to issue a DePuy recall until August 2010. The Manufacturer of the DePuy ASR has Issued a DePuy Recall Due to a High Rate of Failure (Bloomberg). The DePuy ASR is a Metal on Metal (MoM) prosthetic device consisting of a ball and corresponding socket… Read More

Actos Users Beware: Danger of Heart Attacks, Bladder Cancer

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: October 29, 2011

The dangers of the Type II Diabetes drug Actos have led to a plethora of lawsuits around the United States.  What are the possible side effects of Actos? New or worsening heart problems (including congestive heart failure) Bladder Cancer The side effects are of such a serious nature that a new WARNING was issued by FDA in June 2011.  Here’s a direct quote from the FDA Warning: “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public that use of the diabetes medication Actos (pioglitazone) for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Information about this… Read More

NuvaRing Vaginal Contraceptive: Blood Clots, Heart Attacks, Strokes, Death

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: October 26, 2011

NuvaRing is a combination hormonal contraceptive ring that is inserted into a woman’s vagina to prevent pregnancies. The FDA approved its use in October of 2001 but the product, which is manufactured by Organon USA, wasn’t introduced into the market until July 2002. The flexible polyethylene ring contains estrogen and a form of progestin. The ring is used by over 1.5 million women around the world. NuvaRing is considered a third generation contraceptive and was initially said to have fewer side effects. How NuvaRing Works The NuvaRing works by releasing a steady dose of the hormones into the bloodstream where it is absorbed through the vaginal wall. Women… Read More

Car Dealer Rip-Offs In A Nutshell!

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: October 20, 2011

Okay, so you’re ready to buy or lease that shiny new or used car. You’ve picked it out, the car is a beaut! It’s a great fit for your image, your needs, your life. But beware! Amid all of that excitement lurks the possibility that you are getting ripped off by the dealer. In this post I’m going to briefly describe the many, many, many ways that an unscrupulous dealer can rip you off. Call or e-mail me if you think you’ve been a victim of one or more of these scams and we will explore your situation together (consultations are,… Read More

Tweeting During Trial Could Land You In Jail!

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: October 10, 2011

Well, it’s official.  If you’re doing your civic duty as a juror in California and you Tweet (or Facebook or e-mail or… name your technology) about the trial, you will officially be in criminal contempt of court.  What does that mean to you?  It could mean six months in the klink! Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Friday (Assembly Bill 141, authored by Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, D-Los Angeles) which requires trial judges to tell jurors that existing bans on conducting their own research about the case, or talking to outsiders about it, applies to electronic and wireless communication. Violations by jury members will… Read More

The Road to the U.S. Supreme Court (or What Is A Lawsuit, Really?)

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: September 24, 2011

The Institue for Justice has produced the fantastic video below.  Interested in the steps of a lawsuit? This incredibly informative and entertaining video lays it all out from filing a lawsuit (i.e. suing someone) to trial to appeals to the ultimate arbiter of justice, the U.S. Supreme Court. Further comments or questions? Call or e-mail me. I’d love to discuss this with you.  Hey, I’m a lawyer.  It’s what I do! Hat Tip to Ilya Shapiro at the Cato Institute

Car Rental Tips After An Accident: You’re Entitled to Dollars and/or An Equivalent Vehicle

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: September 22, 2011

Insurance companies oftentimes do their best to not treat you fairly or equitably. One example of this is when the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier provides you with a rental car with a “take it or leave it” attitude. In California, you are entitled to be provided with a vehicle of equal value to the vehicle that was damaged as a result of another driver’s negligence. For example, let’s say that you get rear-ended in your new Toyota Prius. The other person’s insurance company says “yep, our driver was at fault” and then allows you $20 a day for rental car.… Read More

You, My Dear Client, Are Entitled to Know Everything About Your Case!

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: September 16, 2011

From the fine folks at The Lawyerist: “Teach your clients the law, and you’ll have clients for life. Hide the ball in some vain attempt to make yourself indispensible, and you’ll be viewed like an auto mechanic—most people are always looking for a new one that will get the job done more quickly, reliably, and for less money.” From me, your attorney Lowell Steiger: You, my dear clients, are entitled to know the ins and outs, the ups and downs, the pluses and minuses, of your case.  You need to be able to make an informed decision.

Happy Labor Day 2011 with DUI Checkpoints

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: September 2, 2011

Happy Labor Day 2011.  There are many DUI checkpoints in and around Los Angeles this holiday weekend.  More importantly, though, is to have a Designated Driver. They’re listed in the video which is actually the premier video in my Legal Lowdown With Lowell Steiger series In case you’re wondering, though, here are the checkpoints: Friday: Manchester Avenue and Hoover Street, South Los Angeles, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Sunset Boulevard and Sutherland Street, Echo Park, 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday, Slauson Avenue and Olive Street, South Los Angeles, 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Jefferson Boulevard and Western Avenue, South… Read More

Red Light Cameras No More in Los Angeles! Warning…

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: August 2, 2011

Great news! The Red Light Cameras ceased being in operation in Los Angeles as of July 31, 2011.  However, heed the following announcement from the Los Angeles Superior Court Website: The City of Los Angeles has decided to end its red light camera program on July 31, 2011. The City’s action does not stop the processing of outstanding red-light citations. It does not eliminate penalties associated with red-light citations. It does not constitute grounds for a refund of any money paid on such a citation. Anyone issued a red-light citation must resolve it within the specified time limits or face… Read More

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