Xarelto: A Popular Drug with Unpopular Consequenses

The world of medicine has found an expansive list of uses for anti-coagulants (blood thinners). Doctors have been prescribing blood thinners for years, helping to reduce the risk of blood clots and strokes. Until 2011, the most popular blood thinner was a drug called Coumadin. It was designed to thin the blood enough to prevent clotting, but in the instance of internal bleeding the effects of Coumadin could be reversed.

Now, rewind to 2011; big name pharmaceutical developers, Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals released Xarelto. This new drug was released as a new and improved blood thinner, when in reality Xarelto had serious undiscovered side-effects. Xarelto has been proven to cause severe internal bleeding and can be fatal in some cases. Unlike Coumadin, the developers of Xarelto failed to find any way to counter act the effects of Xarelto, leaving the damage irreversible.

With little regard for the people taking this drug, Bayer and Janssen pushed this drug onto the market, and gave consumers no warning of the risks they were taking when filling their Xarelto prescriptions. Since 2013, the FDA has ordered two separate warnings be placed on the label of Xarelto in attempts to make consumers aware of the risks they were taking.

Take a look at the U.S. Drug Alert on Xarelto

While consumers are being harmed, Xarelto was among the top 25 highest selling drugs last year raking in more than $3.6 billion. Seems unfair, right?  How are companies allowed to release harmful drugs and reap such large profits at the expense of the health and safety of the public?

The attorneys at James, Vernon & Weeks have knowledge and experience when it comes to facing these Goliath drug companies. We have refined the skill of helping injured victims recover for their losses, and regain some peace of mind.

In the unfortunate event that you, or a loved one, has suffered from the irresponsible actions of the makers of Xarelto, contact us and meet face-to-face with a skilled attorney who can help you understand what options you may have to see that justice is served. As we always have, we stand by our mission statement with the focus of “Helping People Solve Problems®”.

Prepared to Pay: Johnson & Johnson Takes Responsibility for Risperdal Injuries

You could very well be one of Johnson & Johnson’s latest victims. The pharmaceutical giant has acknowledged its failure to warn patients of the risks associated with taking the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal.

The dangerous drug was developed by Johnson & Johnson in effort to help people deal with mental disorders. It was targeted at young children suffering from mental disorders such as Schizophrenia and Bi-polar; and older patients suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s and anxiety.

Risperdal has been linked to a plethora of dangerous side effects, many of which Johnson & Johnson admit they acted negligently by not warning the public. In addition to the negative side-effects patients were warned about, Johnson & Johnson put patients at risk by not warning about other, more dangerous, effects.

Ready for the kicker? Big pharmaceutical companies like Johnson & Johnson knowingly market drugs that have the potential to injure patients, and then build the cost of those lawsuits into the cost of the product. In a single year, Risperdal sales peaked at $4.5 billion in 2007; and to think Risperdal was approved by the FDA over twenty years ago. This is why Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $2.2 billion to settle civil and criminal cases against them in 2013, that isn’t even half of Risperdal sales in 2007.

Take a look at this article to learn more about how funds from Johnson & Johnson settlement are being disbursed to help aid people who have been harmed by Risperdal:

Johnson & Johnson Risperdal Settlements

The bad news is people are being harmed by Risperdal, the good news is U.S. courts are holding Johnson & Johnson accountable to the people they have harmed. Johnson & Johnson has been recorded to settle Risperdal cases in a matter of hours.

There’s more good news; the attorneys here at James, Vernon & Weeks have experience in pursuing these types of cases. Take advantage of your local northwest attorneys who have national experience and recognition. If you or your loved one has been taking Risperdal, and feel you have been harmed, contact us to meet face to face with one of our skilled attorneys. Our goal is to help people solve problems.

Another Boy Scout Abuse Survivor Seeks Justice; More to Follow

Another Boy Scout Abuse Survivor Hears Call for Justice; Steps Forward, Files Suit

(Minneapolis, Minnesota—July 14, 2015) Three weeks after Ramsey County Commissioner and sexual abuse survivor Jim McDonough made an impassioned appeal for Boy Scout abuse survivors to come forward and seek justice, another victim has emerged.  “John Doe 151” alleges abuse by the same Scout volunteer who abused McDonough, Leland “Lee” Opalinski.

According to the Complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court today, John Doe 151 was sexually abused when he was 12 to 16 years of age.  The sexual abuse occurred from 1966 through 1971 during Scouting-related meeting, events, and outings in and around St. Paul, at the First Covenant Church in St. Paul, and at the Willow River Campground near Willow River, Minnesota. The sexual abuse occurred while Opalinski was a Scout Leader for Troop 12 in St. Paul.

“Tragically, we often see many children violated by the same perpetrator,” explained McDonough’s and Doe 151’s Minneapolis Attorney Patrick Noaker.  Noaker has handled hundreds of survivor claims across the United States, including claims now pending against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Diocese of New Ulm, Diocese of Winona, EF Education First (exchange student program) and the Boy Scouts.  “Sexual predators like Leland Opalinski rarely stop at one victim.”

“If my example coming forward has liberated even one child living his life in shame and self-blame, it’s all worth it,” said McDonough.  “Doe 151 deserves answers, and he deserves justice.”  McDonough, who does not know the identity of Doe 151, added, “We are united.  We are brothers. We are joined in a cause to protect children and liberate the innocent.  No abused child should live in shame, fear and self-blame.  The shame is not ours; it is the Boy Scouts of America’s.”

According to the Boy Scouts’ Intelligible Volunteer File on Opalinski, he was arrested and charged with sodomy and “indecent liberties with minor children” in 1971.  The then thirty-year-old volunteer plead guilty to “indecent liberties” with a 14-year-old boy.  A judge sentenced him to seven years of probation.  Opalinski died in May 2014.

Noaker, who has assembled a team of nationally recognized sexual abuse attorneys, says his attorneys want answers, not platitudes:  “The Boy Scouts say nothing is more important than the safety of youth.  They say they are profoundly saddened when anyone uses their position to harm a child.  That’s all well and good, but platitudes don’t protect kids,” said Lee James, who teamed up with Noaker two years ago with abuse claims against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Diocese of New Ulm, Diocese of Winona, EF Education First and the Boy Scouts.  “How many Minnesota Ineligible Volunteer files are there?  How many did the BSA destroy?  Who are these potentially dangerous men?  Where are they?  What children are in their reach?”

Portland Attorneys Steve Crew and Peter Janci who participated in a $19.9 million verdict against the Boy Scouts of America, teamed-up with Noaker, James and Craig Vernon this year to represent Minnesota Boy Scout abuse survivors.

“We concluded that there were likely a hundred or more victims in Minnesota who may come forward and file claims before Minnesota’s deadline next year,” Janci explained, his firm having obtained and catalogued 1,292 BSA “perversion files”.  Minnesota’s “Child Victim’s Act” gives adult survivors of child sexual abuse until May 24, 2016 to file a civil lawsuit for past abuse.

“No one attorney or firm can provide the strong legal support needed for this project,” explained 35 year veteran, Steve Crew.  “So we sought out the best abuse lawyers we could find who have the character and commitment to work closely together for Jim, Doe 151 and all of our clients.”

BSA began tracking pedophiles soon after the organization formed in 1910. By January of 1935, BSA had accumulated approximately 1,000 pedophile files.  Although some of the suspected pedophiles were excluded, some Scout Leaders accused of child sexual abuse were still allowed to continue as Scout Leaders under a secret internal BSA policy called “probation.”

In the 1970s BSA allegedly destroyed thousands of its files and regularly purged its pedophile rolls until it ceased the practice in the 1990s. The files from 1965-1985 that were not destroyed are publically available on the Crew Janci LLP website.

In 2012, The Los Angeles Times and Crew Janci LLP published online databases that together make available approximately 5,000 of the Perversion Files that were publically released through child sexual abuse lawsuits against the BSA. In Minnesota, there are 39 known “perversion files” dating from 1960 to 1991 that survived BSA’s purges; 37 deal with suspected child sexual abuse, and one involves an ambiguous report of sexual abuse. Noaker’s Team has posted the set of 37 Minnesota Perversion Files on the Noaker Law Firm website and the Crew Janci LLP website, along with commentary and analysis.   There are files from troops/packs from all parts of Minnesota, including:  Apple Valley, Bayport, Burnsville, Chisholm, Crystal, Duluth, Elgin, Hastings, Howard Lake, International Falls, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Moorhead, Mounds View, Ogilvie, Rice, Rochester, St. Cloud, St. Paul, Vadnais Heights, Windom, and Winona.

Also see the List of 47 Minnesota Perversion Files that have not been made public on Noaker Law Firm websitefrom: Afton, Alexandria, Apple Valley, Bemidji, Blaine, Blue Earth, Brainard, Coon Rapids, Edina, Eagan, Elton Hills, Fairmont, Faribault, Fergus Falls, Forest Lake, Hawley, Kenyan, Mankato, Minneapolis, New Ulm, Oakdale, Rochester, Rushford, Sabin, Sauk Centre, St. Cloud, St. Louis Park, St. Paul, Sleepy Eye, Waseca, West St. Paul, Winona and  Woodbury.

Read More:  http://bringmethenews.com/2015/07/14/another-former-boy-scout-files-abuse-lawsuit-over-100-more-could-follow/

For more information, contact:

Patrick Noaker, Esq.612-839-1080


Stephen Crew, Esq.Peter Janci, Esq.



Leander “Lee” James208-818-6775


Transvaginal Mesh: A Ticking Time Bomb

Many women suffer from conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), for reasons ranging from child birth to simply getting older. There are more than 500,000 surgeries performed each year aimed at correcting these conditions. Surgeons attempt to use a surgical device called Transvaginal Mesh (TVM); which is designed to support to the pelvic organs and give relief to patients.

Doctors tout the fact that using TVM requires little to no recovery time for patients. What patients aren’t told is the harm TVM may cause in the future. The mesh is abrasive, and when rubbed against the soft tissues of the body internal damage and severe pain can occur. And even worse, once the mesh is implanted body tissue grows around it, making it difficult to remove and often requiring multiple surgeries.

There are a handful of companies that have marketed and sold TVM, each company being driven by the almighty dollar; while aware that the FDA released a warning informing surgeons that problems surrounding TVM are not rare, and that there are serious adverse effects that can come from using TVM.

The use of TVM became widely popular during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, and now that some time has passed, there has been a dramatic increase in women who have been harmed. There have been over 70,000 suits filed as a result of injury caused by TVM. One California woman was awarded $5.5 million from the maker of her mesh after she showed how the mesh had harmed her.

Fortunately, there is access to justice for women who have been harmed. One maker of TVM, American Medical Systems, has already paid out $900 million in efforts to settle law suits. Another company, Danish, offered $16 million to settle some 400 lawsuits. If you believe you have been harmed as a result of a TVM implant, you have a great chance of being able to hold these companies responsible for their actions.

Attorney’s at James, Vernon, & Weeks specialize in representing people against these large corporations. Let us help, come in and meet with one of our attorneys face-to-face, so they can understand your situation and explain what options you may have. That’s our mission statement: “Helping People Solve Problems®”.