Legal News Headlines 5/31/2010

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Legal News Headlines for 5/31/2010

Arrests made from child social networking site

Violent crime stats down

Massey had a mine inspector warning system form workers

Supreme Court says black Chicago firefighters can still file lawsuits

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Zoe Littlepage Hormone Therapy Breast Cancer Lawsuits Can Proceed in State Courts

A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear an appeal filed by Pfizer has cleared the way for state court hormone replacement therapy breast cancer lawsuits filed by more than 100 women in Minnesota to proceed.

By turning down the opportunity to hear the case last Tuesday, the Supreme Court let a decision by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals stand, which allowed lawsuits brought by 116 women to proceed in Minnesota state courts, instead of being transferred to federal court.

All of the lawsuits claim that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs manufactured by Wyeth and Pharmacia caused plaintiffs to develop breast cancer, and that the companies, now both owned by Pfizer, failed to warn patients and doctors of the potential side effects of hormone therapy.

Zoe Littlepage (Littlepage Booth in Dallas) has been at the forefront of this litigation.
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