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Ava Lawson

Ava is a leading contributor and editor at Injury Lawyer News. She covers all aspects of the pharmaceutical industry from FDA regulation and recalls to corporate issues and litigation.

Birth Defects Lawsuit Results in $15M Verdict

The Saint Louis Dispatch recently reported on a landmark verdict involving the anti-seizure drug Depakote and birth defects. The case, which was tried in a St. Louis Circuit Court before Judge Steven Ohmer, argued that the anti-epileptic medication caused the plaintiff’s now 12-year old daughter... Read More

Novel Treatment in Development for Neonatal HIE

Evidence of cannabidiol’s medical potential continues to grow, with the FDA approving the marijuana-based compound as a treatment for neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).  According to, the federal agency recently granted cannabidiol (CBD) orphan drug designation as means to reduce the devastating neurological effects suffered by... Read More

Life-Threatening GI Bleed Subject of Xarelto Lawsuit

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Cheryl Butler is one of the most recent plaintiffs to seek damages against Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer HealthCare for injuries allegedly caused by Xarelto side effects. Her product liability complaint was filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, where similar... Read More