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Brand-name drug makers face product liability cases for generics

California residents and others across the country frequently use generic counterparts of brand-name drugs. In fact, statistics show that generic drugs represent roughly 80 percent of the market in the nation. Manufacturers of generic drugs had been generally protected from litigation. However, some brand-name pharmaceutical makers now must deal with product liability cases over drugs they did not manufacture.

Over the past 50 years, brand-name manufacturers were typically not sued for issues with generic drugs. However, rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011 and 2013 provided protection to manufacturers from liabilities for injuries that were caused by generic drugs. This protection afforded to generic drug companies has opened the door for victims to pursue litigation against the brand-name manufacturers.

California car accidents: increase in crashes with pedestrians

The weather in California lends itself to a variety of outdoor activities. Many residents frequently walk or ride bicycles to their destinations, whether for exercise, convenience or to avoid the state's infamous traffic delays. In most situations, pedestrians and cyclists arrive safely to where they are heading. However, one county in the state reports an increase in car accidents involving pedestrians.

Police officers report that several pedestrians had been involved in a fatal car crash on a highway in Kern County. A bicycle rider had been hit by a car and was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. California Highway Patrol officers urge all parties involved to be responsible on the state's roads.

California car accidents: 1 dead in Ahaheim crash

Losing a loved one is a painful experience for California residents or anyone across the nation, regardless of the circumstances. However, when people die in car accidents caused by the negligence of another driver, it is even more devastating since the accident could have been avoided. An Anaheim family is dealing with the loss of a husband and father following a three-car crash on July 30.

A sergeant from the Anaheim Police Department reported that officers and firefighters were dispatched to a neighborhood following an accident. A 34-year-old man was returning home in his vehicle, accompanied by his pregnant wife and their young child. As he was turning his vehicle into his driveway, he was struck by another car, driven by an 18-year-old man. A third car involved in the accident was parked at the time of the collision.

Bike accidents: California men face the greatest risk

Studies show that California adult men over 20 face the greatest risk of being killed in a biking accident. Biking can be dangerous. Cars do not anticipate bikers, many streets were not designed to accommodate bikes and a number of bikers fail to take proper safety precautions. What can you do to stay safe while biking on California’s roads?

Product liability issues: Dietary supplements

How many dietary supplements do California residents take each day? More than likely, the number is  staggering. As many people look for ways to maintain or improve their health without pharmaceuticals, they turn to over-the-counter supplements that make claims of having certain restorative or enhancing properties. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the only thing enhanced by many of these supplements is the number of potential product liability claims.

Most of the dietary supplements that the FDA warns consumers about are used in the hopes of enhancing sexual performance, increasing bodybuilding performance and aiding in weight loss. Much of the problem, other than the suspect claims they make, is that they include unnamed ingredients that could lead to serious health consequences for those who take them. In fact, some include substances that are the main ingredients in FDA approved medications or ingredients that do not qualify for inclusion in a product identified as a dietary supplement.

California car accidents: record settlement in infant death case

Losing loved ones, particularly small children, is devastating for California residents or anyone in the country. When those losses occurred in car accidents caused by someone acting negligently and could have been prevented, they become even more tragic to those involved. A family recently received a settlement for the loss of their child four years after the death occurred.

In Dec. 2013, a man was traveling westbound with his 9-month-old son secured in his car seat. The traffic had come to a standstill when another vehicle crashed into the back of the man's car. The impact of the crash caused the car to hit a moving truck. Trial documents stated that the driver who was responsible for the accident never slowed down or tried to avoid the stopped car.

Roundabouts are spinning drivers in circles

Stoplights, stop signs and right-angle intersections - all of these are familiar to drivers like you the road. However, a new type of intersection is eliminating the need for all three of these features. Like the round invention of the wheel that put us on the road, roundabouts are changing the way we move. You might also hear the term traffic circle or rotaries to refer to a roundabout depending on the size or local vernacular.

According to CityLab, California has the second-highest number of roundabouts of any state in the U.S. From 2013 to 2014 alone, the number of roundabouts in the U.S. grew by more than 200 percent. But, this rapid growth is putting drivers in a spin both in their cars and in their heads.

California car accidents: motorcycle injured in Oceanside crash

Oceanside is a coastal city in California offering scenic beach views for residents and visitors alike. Many enjoy the outdoors by walking or riding bicycles or motorcycles in the beautiful locale. However, car accidents can occur when others act negligently. A motorcyclist was recently injured when he was struck by an alleged drunk driver.

According to police, a 59-year-old man was driving his pickup truck westbound near an Oceanside intersection. He pulled in front of a northbound motorcycle, driven by a 25-year-old man. The motorcyclist had a green list, according to officers from the Oceanside Police Department.

California car accidents: driver, passenger killed in crash

Losing a loved one is always a tragedy. When the losses involve car accidents caused by someone believed to be on drugs, they seem even more devastating. A California woman was recently arrested after a head-on collision that killed two people.

According to the California Highway Patrol, an 83-year-old man was driving his car in Valley Center. A 27-year-old woman driving a sports utility vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and struck the car. The driver of the car and his passenger, an 81-year-old woman from Oceanside, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

California car accidents: Woman sentenced for her role in crash

Driving while intoxicated in the state of California can lead to penalties ranging from fines to time in jail. Unfortunately, at times, those driving impaired can cause catastrophic results in car accidents. A woman was recently sentenced for her involvement in an incident that led to the death of two people.

On May 17, 2015, an 80-year-old dentist and oral surgeon from Twentynine Palms was driving his truck eastbound on a highway. His 76-year-old wife, a real estate broker and nurse, was a passenger in the truck. According to reports, a woman, now 23 years old, was traveling behind the truck at a high rate of speed.

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