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In-House Litigation Director Rudy Perrino Joins Fulbright

LOS ANGELES — Rudy Perrino, a litigator with experience handling bet-the-company cases, especially those involving cross-border and international mass tort claims, has joined Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. as a partner. Perrino joins Fulbright’s Los Angeles office from Dole Food Company...

Oil Spill Legal Mess Likely One Of Costliest Ever

MIAMI - (AP) BP PLC and the other companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are faced with fast-multiplying lawsuits that will provoke one of the most drawn-out and costliest legal battles in U.S. history, one that could easily consume the $20 billion set aside by BP to pay. . . . Full version...

Crowell & Moring Adds Torts Partner Kevin C. Mayer In Los Angeles

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Crowell & Moring LLP has announced the addition of partner Kevin C. Mayer to the firm's Torts Group. Based in the firm's Los Angeles office, Mayer brings more than 25 years of litigation and trial experience to the firm's national torts practice, where he will represent...

N.J. Jury Finds Novartis Didn't Fail To Warn About Jaw Risk From Aredia, Zometa Bone Drugs

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- A New Jersey state court jury on Oct. 6 found that Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. did not fail to provide adequate warning to a cancer patient's doctor that its bone-saving drugs Aredia and Zometa had a risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) ( Jane Bessemer v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals...

Burg Simpson Attorney Joins American Board Of Trial Advocates

DENVER - Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine P.C. has announced that shareholder Scott J. Eldredge has been invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA is a national organization with chapters in all 50 states dedicated to protecting individuals' rights through the...

Hezekiah Sistrunk Appointed To DePuy Hip Implant Discovery Committee

ATLANTA - Attorney Hezekiah Sistrunk Jr. of The Cochran Firm - Atlanta has been selected for a leadership position in the DePuy ASR Hip Implant mass tort multidistrict litigation. Federal Judge David A. Katz appointed Sistrunk to the Discovery Committee that will be responsible for leading and directing...

Burg Simpson Leads National Litigation Against DePuy Orthopaedics

DENVER - Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine P.C., one of the nation's leading plaintiff litigation law firms, has announced that shareholder Seth. A. Katz has been appointed by Judge David A. Katz to serve as a member of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the multidistrict litigation...

Merck Wins 1st State Court Fosamax Trial

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The first state court trial alleging jaw injuries from Fosamax yielded a win for the defense on Feb. 14 in the Atlantic County, N.J., Superior Court ( Alison Rosenberg v. Merck, Sharpe & Dohme Corp. , No. ATL-L-3644-08, N.J. Super., Atlantic Co.). The jury found by a...

Jury Returns Verdict For Plaintiffs In 1st Phase Of Contamination Trial

FRESNO, Calif. - (Mealey's) A federal jury in California on April 1 returned a verdict for the plaintiffs in the first phase of a mass tort action against the owners of an industrial site in Merced County, Calif., for allowing hexavalent chromium and arsenic to contaminate air, soil and surface water;...

Steven Fineman Elected President Of Public Justice Foundation

NEW YORK - Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP congratulates Managing Partner Steven E. Fineman for his election July 11 as president of the Public Justice Foundation for 2011-2012. The Public Justice Foundation is a not-for-profit membership organization that supports Public Justice P.C.,...

Zoloft® & SSRIs: The Plaintiffs’ Perspective - An HB Law & Science Conference Report

Two major classes of drugs recently have been the subject of mass tort litigation for their alleged tendency to cause birth defects. The first group includes Topamax® and Topiramate, used to treat migraines, and the second comprises Zoloft® and the other Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor...

N.J. Appeals Court: Hormone Replacement Therapy Plaintiffs Didn't Rebut Label Adequacy

TRENTON, N.J. - (Mealey's) A New Jersey appeals court panel on Sept. 29 affirmed summary judgment in two hormone replacement therapy (HRT) cases in which the state's mass tort court found that the plaintiffs failed to present sufficient evidence to rebut the state's presumption that warnings...

First New Jersey Levaquin Tendon Injury Trial Ends With Defense Verdict

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - (Mealey's) The first trial in New Jersey's Levaquin mass tort litigation ended Oct. 14 with a defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. ( Paul Gaffney v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. , No. L-4551-09-MT, and Robert...

Crumley Roberts Law Firm Names Brian L. Kinsley Practice Group Leader For Mass Tort And Product Liability

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Crumley Roberts LLP has named Brian Kinsley to Practice Group Leader for Mass Tort and Product Liability. Crumley Roberts is a North Carolina-based law firm that provides legal counsel on personal injury, workers' compensation and Social Security disability claims. Kinsley will...

N.J. Risperdal Jury Finds Diabetes Warning Lacking, But Drug Didn't Cause Disease

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - (Mealey's) A Risperdal personal injury trial ended Feb. 16 in a defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. after a New Jersey state court jury found that Janssen failed to warn about the risk of diabetes but that the atypical antipsychotic...

Duane Morris LLP: Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Issues General Court Regulation On Mass Tort And Asbestos Programs

On February 15, 2012, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas issued General Court Regulation No. 2012-01 , significantly altering the protocol governing mass tort cases. The order reflects the court's challenge of keeping its case disposition rate in line with American Bar Association (ABA) standards...

Ballard Spahr LLP: No Expert Needed For Breach Of Express Warranty Claim - Burden Shifts To Defense In New Jersey

In a published opinion, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court held that a plaintiff need not present expert evidence to establish a prima facie case of breach of express warranty. Instead, a plaintiff simply must present evidence of non-performance in order to shift to defendants the...