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Cancer Risk

Aerial View of Union Carbide Property in South Charleston, WV

Union Carbide Corporation has a manufacturing facility in South Charleston, West Virginia that makes ethylene oxide for industrial purposes. The complaint for this class action calls the chemical “a powerful cancer-causing gas,” and alleges that the facility has been emitting it into the surrounding areas, “in both controlled and uncontrolled releases” for decades, thus raising the risk of cancer for area residents.

Box of Zantac

Zantac is a brand-name form of ranitidine, a stomach-acid reduction drug. The complaint for this class action alleges that certain companies involved in the making or marketing of Zantac—Sanofi-Aventis US, LLC, Sanofi US Services, Inc., Chattem, Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and GlaxoSmithKline, LLC (GSK)—have been continuing to put out the drug despite knowing that it is defective and produces NDMA, a dangerous substance, in the body. The complaint claims that the companies are responsible for the same defects in generic ranitidine as well. 

Biocell Breast Implants

This class action, against Allergan, Inc., Allergan USA, Inc., and Allergan plc, takes on a serious subject. The complaint alleges that women who have Biocell textured breast implants and tissue expanders have a higher risk of breast-implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), which is “a deadly cancer of the immune system.”

Acts Drug Packages

Actos became a worldwide, top-selling drug for treatment of Type II diabetes. But the complaint for this class action claims that it increases the risk of bladder cancer—and that the companies involved in developing and promoting the drug knew about this and concealed it.