Archive for January, 2011

Class Action Lawsuit over Taco Bell’s Beef

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Taco Bell in the federal court in California on behalf of Amanda Obney. The lawsuit claims that Taco Bell’s beef is anything but. Obney is suing the company for false advertising for calling the filling they use in their products “beef.”

Taco Bell calls the product “seasoned ground beef” or “seasoned beef.” But, it actually contains only 35 percent beef, for a total of 15 percent protein overall claims the lawyer who filed the suit, W. Daniel “Dee” Miles III of the Montgomery, Ala. Law firm Beasley Allen. The lawsuit claims the rest of Taco Bell’s ground “beef” is made with such items as water, isolated oat product, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch and sodium phosphate.

Miles states, “Taco Bell’s definition of ‘seasoned beef’ does not conform to consumers’ reasonable expectation or ordinary meaning of seasoned beef, which is beef and seasonings.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines beef as “flesh of cattle.”

While Taco Bell uses real chicken and carne asada steak in other products, the lawsuit claims the beef is “not beef.” The lawsuit also contends that within the industry, Taco Bell officials refer to the beef as “taco meat filling.” The lawsuit is not asking for any monetary damages, simply that the company stop advertising the filling as beef.

Taco Bell has said the lawsuit is “absolutely wrong” and plans its own legal action. A statement was released which said, “We start with 100 percent USDA-inspected beef. Then we simmer it in our proprietary blend of seasonings and spices to give our seasoned beef its signature Taco Bell taste and texture.”

Birth Control Pill Lawsuits

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Birth control pills have been used by the public since 1960, but that doesn’t always mean they are safe. There are currently several lawsuits against manufacturers of birth control pills.

Yaz

There are several lawsuits filed again the manufacturers of Yaz, also known as Yasmin and Ocella. This drug has also been used to treat acne and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it for use in 2001, but some users have reported serious side effects which include heart attack, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, kidney damage, gallbladder disease and removal, and even death. The FDA has yet to release an official warning about Yaz or issue a recall, but several lawsuits have been filed.

Ortho Evra

Ortho Evra is a birth control patch which releases ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin into the blood stream, thus preventing ovulation. The FDA approved Ortho Evra in 2002, but some users have reported serious side effects which include blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, and venous thromboembolism (VTE), which can lead to pulmonary embolism. A study conducted on the behalf of Johnson and Johnson resulted in a warning being added to labels that women between the ages of 15 and 44 were at a higher risk of VTE if they used Ortho Evra. However, the FDA still thinks Ortho Evra is safe and effective. Still, numerous lawsuits have been filed by those who feel they were harmed by the patch.

If you have taken either Yaz or used an Ortho Evra patch and suffered from serious side effects, you should contact an attorney to protect your legal rights.