What is Truvada?             Truvada is used to help treat or prevent human immunodeficiency virus, more commonly known as HIV and hepatitis B virus infection. Truvada is manufactured by Gilead and works by blocking certain pathways that the viruses use to establish infection, preventing the virus from spreading. While Truvada is not a true cure for HIV, it helps prevent the virus from developing into AIDS and can help keep someone from becoming infected when they are intimate with someone who is HIV positive. Side effects of Truvada include upset stomach headache, vomiting, loss of appetite. More recent studies, however, have revealed that the use of Truvada is correlated with more serious side effects such as kidney failure, osteoporosis, and decreased bone density that has, in some cases, resulted in broken bones. Similar to birth control, Truvada is intended for prolonged, daily use. This prolonged use has led users to extensive exposure to the negative side effects of the drug, resulting in a more significant and substantial damage. The results of these more recent studies have cast suspicion on whether Gilead had knowledge of the true dangers of Truvada, resulting in a series of lawsuits. The Truvada Lawsuits          The lawsuits have alleged that Gilead had knowledge of the injuries Truvada causes and failed to notify doctors and Truvada patients of the dangers. Furthermore, the lawsuits allege that Gilead had developed new, safer medications, but despite knowing about the injuries, chose to delay the release of the new medications in order to maximize profits from Truvada’s patent. The delay in releasing the new medication has allegedly caused tens of thousands of severe injuries.             Currently, an MDL has been formed in California and proceeding with the litigation of these claims. If you or a loved one has suffered from a serious bone or kidney injury after taking Truvada, it is important to contact a product liability or personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation to help you cover the expenses of your injury.

If you have followed the news at all in the last year, it’s likely you’ve seen the weed killer Roundup in the headlines. Since March 2018, juries have awarded billions of dollars to plaintiffs claiming that extensive use of Roundup caused their cancer. One specific case, brought by a couple in California, resulted in a combined punitive damages award of $2 billion in addition to the $55 million combined compensatory reward. This award may sound somewhat surprising considering that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently reported it found that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is not carcinogenic when used in accordance with the label. However, there are conflicting studies on the subject.  Most notably, in 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer found glyphosate to be “probably carcinogenic.” Despite the apparent conflictions, three juries have found that the plaintiffs provided sufficient evidence to show that Roundup manufacturer Monsanto is liable for their cancer; over 13,000 similar lawsuits have been filed; and the country of Austria has recently passed a bill banning the use of glyphosate.  Although Monsanto stands behind its statements that glyphosates are not dangerous, public court documents suggest that Monsanto made attempts to stop investigation into the ingredient and to publish scientific studies, through third parties, that confirmed glyphosate’s safety.   Cancer patients with an extensive history of Roundup usage or exposure may be entitled to compensation to cover the resulting medical expenses. If you are currently, or have been, a cancer patient and believe your cancer was caused by Roundup, you should contact an attorney for professional legal advice.

California will be bringing a consumer protection lawsuit, on behalf of the state, against Johnson & Johnson over its marketing of surgical mesh devices. Under California’s Unfair Competition and False Advertising laws, Johnson & Johnson could face a penalty of a maximum of $5,000 for every misrepresentation the court finds Johnson & Johnson has made. California is alleging that Johnson & Johnson made 192,016 misrepresentations regarding the effectiveness and risks of its pelvic mesh devices, which could result damages of as much as $960 million.  Thousands of women have already brought products liability suits against Johnson & Johnson claiming that they were injured by the mesh products, but California’s lawsuit will be the first state-brought, unfair business practice claim against Johnson & Johnson to go to trial. California alleges that Johnson & Johnson knew the risks of its devices and deliberately disseminated information – through brochures, advertisements, and even doctors – that hid the risks of the mesh devices.   Johnson & Johnson’s position is that it properly disclosed the risks associated with the mesh products. Johnson & Johnson claims the statements on its brochures and advertisements are accurate, and even if they weren’t, the false statements would not fool a reasonable physician.  The results of this case could have a long-lasting impact on Johnson & Johnsons’ future litigation regarding its mesh devices. If California prevails, it could pave the way for other state and private unfair business practice claims. A decisive win by Johnson & Johnson, however, could discourage further litigation over the marketing practices of the mesh devices. 

A hailstorm damaged your home’s roof? You contact your insurance. Had a fender bender on the way to work? You contact your insurance. Your basement flooded and the floor is ruined? You contact your insurance. Injured during the family football game? You go to the doctor and they contact your insurance. When something unexpected – and expensive – happens, the majority people rely on their insurance to cover it. That’s why we have it, right?  When a person purchases an insurance policy, a contract is made, which, by its unique nature, creates a duty that the insurance act in good faith and fair dealing with the insured when acting within the contract. This means that when a covered incident occurs, the insurance must consider the insured’s interests at and deal fairly with the insured when a claim is made. In Colorado, when insurance companies act in bad faith, the insured has a tort claim against the company. Below are three signs that an insurance company may be acting in bad faith:  Unreasonable delay in communication regarding claim Not all delays in communication are an unreasonable delay. Insurance companies are busy, especially when hazardous events caused damage to a large area. It’s not uncommon for it to take a few days or even weeks to complete an investigation into a claim, especially if a large hailstorm damaged the roofs of every house in a 5-mile radius.  Unreasonable delays are determined based on a variety of facts, but if you feel like your insurance company repeatedly puts off getting back to you, it may be beneficial to get in contact with an attorney or even file a complaint with the Colorado Division of Insurance Unreasonable delay in payment As with unreasonable delays in communication, not all delays in payment are unreasonable. Depending on circumstances, it may take more time to process payments. Usually, upon acceptance of a claim, your insurance representative will give you a time from to expect payment. Additionally, time frames are sometimes specified in the insurance policy.  If you haven’t received payment within the designated time frame, it’s a sign of unreasonable payment. If your insurance company is unable to give you a valid reason for the delay, it may be a good time to get advice from an attorney. Failure to provide reasons for why your claim was denied It is well within an insurance companies’ rights to deny claims that don’t fall within your specific policy. However, you, as the insured, are entitled to know why your claim was denied. If an insurance company denies your claim and fails to respond to your request to know the reason for the denial, it’s a sign your insurance company is not dealing with you fairly.  Overall, insurance companies do their jobs and treat customers fairly, but if you notice any of these signs, it’s possible that you may have you’ve been dealt with unfairly and have a claim for recourse.

Almost everyone knows the feeling of getting in a car accident. The spike in adrenaline, the knot in your stomach, and the way your breath seems to get caught in your chest as you try to make sure everyone involved is okay. The truth is, no matter who was at fault or how minor the accident, car accidents can be scary, and they often times leave people shaken up.  At the end of the day, however, drivers feel a sense of security knowing that when accidents come up, insurance will cover the costs of damages and any medical attention that may be needed as a result of an accident. That safety net is extremely important when you consider that the Colorado Department of Transportation recently reported distracted drivers alone cause 43 accidents per day.  In an accident, the party at fault, or their insurance, should pay for the damages. But what happens when there’s an accident and the person at fault doesn’t have insurance? That’s where Uninsured (or even underinsured) Motorist coverage (UM) comes in. UM will protect you in the unfortunate cases where the at fault motorist either does not have insurance or does not have enough insurance coverage to pay for the damages. And yes, it is illegal to drive in Colorado without car insurance. However, despite the strict fines and punishments, 13% of drivers in the United States still choose to drive without insurance. That’s over 1 in 8 drivers, or about 5 drivers out of 43. UM coverage will protect you in those 5 out of 43 cases. It can also help protect you when an at fault motorist is underinsured. For example, the minimum coverage in Colorado is currently $25,000 per person for bodily injury. If an accident causes $40,000 in medical damages and the at fault motorist only has the minimum required coverage, UM coverage can help bridge the gap between what the liable insurance company will pay and doctor bills. In some cases, UM coverage may even cover lost wages due to an accident. The coverage may even kick in in the occurrence of a hit and run accident if the motorist cannot be found.  Unfortunately, car accidents are an everyday risk, but Uninsured Motorist coverage can give you confidence that your financial interests are protected.