Fundamental human rights include personal freedom and the right to determine the fate of one’s own mind and body. Such rights are all too often stripped away from millions of people worldwide, including what statistics indicate to be countless innocent children.

There are several areas of litigation worth keeping an eye on over the year ahead, with five in particular we’re working on that stand out to me in large part due to the urgent consumer and public health needs they hope to address. I’ve listed these five below, including my take on why they are noteworthy.

The FDA announced plans to “modernize” its fast-tracked 510(k) approval program for medical devices. Currently, this program doesn’t require clinical trials for new products that it believes are similar enough to previously approved devices to justify quickly placing them on the market.

On September 26, Mesothelioma Awareness Day, advocates will unite to raise awareness of the nearly 3,000 lives that are tragically lost each year in the U.S. due to mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

Teachers, students and school staff across the nation work and study in buildings containing asbestos, leaving them at a higher risk of asbestos exposure and related diseases, including mesothelioma.

This news is particularly significant because it is quite rare that a medical device manufacturer completely stops sales of a device following complaints. As lead counsel for Essure litigation coordinated in California state court, I know many women and their loved ones who have questions about what this means. Here are my thoughts on some of the top questions I’m hearing.

There is an increasingly popular trend among our youth raising the concern of health officials, school administrators and parents across the country. In fact, if you ask a young person over the age of 10, they will probably be able to tell you what it is: “E-cigarettes.”

Workers’ Memorial Week is an occasion to inform workers and their employers of valuable tools and resources that are available to help enhance occupational safety, raise awareness and save lives.

A Southwest Airlines jet experienced an uncontained engine failure over Pennsylvania, sending shrapnel into the passenger cabin, causing the plane to depressurize and creating what passengers have described as “extreme turbulence.' The most important question is not what occurred – but why.

Approved terms for the Takata bankruptcy are spelled out below, and more information on how and when to pursue a claim will be announced on a later date.