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Meet Nissen Isakov , Chair of the Technology Committee, Verus’ Board of Managers

Meet Nissen Isakov , Chair of the Technology Committee, Verus’ Board of Managers

Nissen Isakov is the Founder and CEO of LCR Embedded Systems, a provider of chassis, backplanes and integrated systems for the aerospace and defense industries. Originally from South Africa, Nissen has earned a reputation as a creative visionary with a passion for integrity, quality, complete customer satisfaction, and dedication to long-term, sustainable business relationships. A […]

Meet David E. Griffith, Chair, Verus’ Board of Managers

Meet David E. Griffith, Chair, Verus’ Board of Managers

David is the Executive Director and Head Coach of Episcopal Community Services (ECS) in Philadelphia, PA, whose focus is to address the issues of Intergenerational Poverty through stability, prevention, and transformational impact programs based on leading-edge brain science.  ECS provides coaching and incentives to participants to achieve economic mobility. A Little Bit about David:  David […]

Litigation Update: Johnson & Johnson to Pay $100 Million to Settle Over 1,000 Talc Cases

Litigation Update: Johnson & Johnson to Pay $100 Million to Settle Over 1,000 Talc Cases

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $100 Million to terminate over 1,000 lawsuits alleging their baby powder contained asbestos which caused cancer in many of the users of the product. The settlement includes lawsuits brought by three firms: Simmons Hanly Conroy, Simon Greenstone Panatier PC and the Lanier Law Firm Upon the agreement on the settlement, Johnson […]

Litigation Update: Vaping and Flavored Tobacco Products Lawsuits

Litigation Update: Vaping and Flavored Tobacco Products Lawsuits

The Washington state attorney general has filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court against Juul Inc., alleging that the company knowingly targeted minors in its marketing campaign on social media in an effort to push its products on young consumers. In the suit, Attorney Bob Ferguson claimed that in using young models, brightly colored […]

Litigation Update: Progress of Roundup Settlement in Question

Litigation Update: Progress of Roundup Settlement in Question

On August 27, plaintiffs’ counsel in the multi-district litigation involving Monsanto and its widely used weed killer Roundup, advised the court that parent company Bayer AG appeared to be going back on the settlement agreement announced in June. At that time, the company had agreed to settle about 75% of the 125,000 claims filed by […]

WEBINAR: Proof of Claim Process, Trust Process in the Bankruptcy World and the Boy Scouts of America Litigation

WEBINAR: Proof of Claim Process, Trust Process in the Bankruptcy World and the Boy Scouts of America Litigation

On July 21, Verus had the opportunity of co-sponsoring a Mass Torts Made Perfect Webinar: Proof of Claim Process, Trust Process in the Bankruptcy World and the Boy Scouts of America Litigation, which included an outstanding group of speakers. SPEAKERS: Anne Andrews (Andrews Thornton) Dan Comunale (Verus LLC) Eric Pasternack (Cohen, Placitella & Roth) MODERATOR: Dan Myer (Verus LLC) Access this LINK in […]

Litigation Update: FDA Begins Review of JUUL Labs’ Premarket Tobacco Product Applications

Litigation Update: FDA Begins Review of JUUL Labs’ Premarket Tobacco Product Applications

The FDA announced on Tuesday, August 18th, that it is beginning the review of the application submitted by JUUL Labs on an electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) product. JUUL Labs submitted the application in order to receive approval to continue selling its products. In the company’s announcement, JUUL stated that included with their application, is […]

The Value of Real-Time Accounting for Mass Tort Law Firms

The Value of Real-Time Accounting for Mass Tort Law Firms

Time and expense accounting and budget administration are critical to mass tort law firm management. When real-time accounting is available – a function that includes the most recent trust costs – leadership is guided by data that supports more informed, agile decisions to control or reallocate of resources. When managing litigation budgets, Common Benefit Funds, […]

Litigation Update: FDA Issues Warning Letters for the Removal of Flavored E-Cigarettes

Litigation Update: FDA Issues Warning Letters for the Removal of Flavored E-Cigarettes

The FDA has issued warning letters to a number of e-cigarettes companies, demanding they remove from the market their flavored disposable e-cigarettes and other e-liquid products that appeal to children because of their failure to comply with the pre-market authorization. Mitch Zeller, J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, stated that although the […]

Litigation Update: Court Rules in Monsanto Appeal

Litigation Update: Court Rules in Monsanto Appeal

On Monday, July 20, a California appellate court upheld a jury’s finding in 2018 that Monsanto’s popular weed killer, Roundup, was responsible for causing plaintiff DeWayne Johnson’s cancer.  Appearing before a three-judge Court of Appeals panel, Monsanto, a subsidiary of Bayer AG, argued that the plaintiff had failed to prove either liability or causation; they […]

Remote Depositions Post COVID

Remote Depositions Post COVID

  By Guest Author: Carrie O. Titus, Esq. National Director of Litigation, Asbestos Group Practice Leader | PohlmanUSA Ph: 314.678.5803 | Carrie@pohlmanUSA.com   Lawyers want business as usual, but earlier this year a little thing known as COVID-19 changed the horizon of litigation across the globe. Not only did it alter how you interact with […]

Litigation Update: Juul MDL Developments

Litigation Update: Juul MDL Developments

On June 29, 2020, the defendants Juul Labs, Inc. and Altria Group, Inc. filed motions to dismiss the class action complaint filed in the federal multi-district litigation against three non-management director defendants, arguing the plaintiffs failed to prove that the non-management directors participated in any fraudulent business practices, that the claims are pre-empted by federal […]

Litigation Update: Bayer Reaches Settlement in Roundup Cases

Litigation Update: Bayer Reaches Settlement in Roundup Cases

On Wednesday, Bayer announced that it had reached an agreement to settle most of the 125,000 claims involving its Roundup herbicide which has been linked to cancer.  The settlement is estimated to be at least $10.1 billion and will resolve most of the current Roundup litigation filed in both the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) and […]

Litigation Update: Bayer Appeals Continue

Litigation Update: Bayer Appeals Continue

On June 2, a California court heard oral argument in the appeal filed by Monsanto involving the August, 2018 multi-million dollar verdict in a case brought against them and its parent company, Bayer AG. The case was filed by Dewayne Johnson, a groundskeeper suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, who successfully argued that his cancer was caused […]

Litigation Update: Elmiron Linked to Serious Eye Injuries

Litigation Update: Elmiron Linked to Serious Eye Injuries

Elmiron [Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium (PPS)] is a drug developed in 1996 by Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals to treat interstitial cystitis, bladder pain and osteoarthritis.  The drug has been linked to serious eye injuries including pigmentary and retinal maculopathy and macular degeneration.  Interstitial cystitis is a disease that causes severe bladder pain and urinary […]

Litigation Update: California Appeals Court Reinstates Thousands of Risperdal Cases Against Johnson & Johnson

Litigation Update: California Appeals Court Reinstates Thousands of Risperdal Cases Against Johnson & Johnson

On May 8, the California 2nd District Court of Appeals reinstated thousands of cases pending against drug manufacturer Johnson & Johnson involving the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.  The March, 2017 lower court ruling in the Risperdal and Invega Products Liability Cases had granted motions for summary judgment in favor of J&J on preemption grounds in five […]

Assessing the Potential for Successful COVID Insurance Claims

Assessing the Potential for Successful COVID Insurance Claims

  By Guest Author: Gagan Gupta Insurance Disputes Division | Paynter Law Ph: (844) 272-5435 | ggupta@paynterlaw.com   Almost every state and local government across the country has entered “shelter in place” or shutdown orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These orders typically require that all non-essential businesses cease operations, and even require that […]

Litigation Update: Zantac Leadership Is Selected

Litigation Update: Zantac Leadership Is Selected

On Friday, May 8th, District Judge Robin Rosenberg, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, appointed 26 lawyers to a range of leadership positions to the Zantac MDL that was transferred to Florida last February. Initially, the Judge had created an interim team to handle some special tasks given the Covid-19 […]

Litigation Update: J&J Talc Trial Continue in Missouri and New Jersey

Litigation Update: J&J Talc Trial Continue in Missouri and New Jersey

Talc manufacturer Johnson and Johnson recently found itself in courtrooms in both New Jersey and Missouri battling in cases filed by plaintiffs who claim that the company’s talc products contained asbestos and caused their ovarian cancers. Missouri On April 24, the manufacturer appeared before the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District, arguing to […]

As Reported Cases of COVID-19 Near 750,000, the United States Sees First Employee Lawsuit Filed for COVID-19-Related Death

As Reported Cases of COVID-19 Near 750,000, the United States Sees First Employee Lawsuit Filed for COVID-19-Related Death

  By Guest Author: Mark S. Heinzelman Associate, Environmental Law & Litigation | Lowenstein Sandler PC Ph: 973.422.2946 | mheinzelmann@lowenstein.com   COVID-19 is at this point ubiquitous, affecting our daily lives in myriad ways.  But it has not altered our continuing need to work and generate income.  Many of us have reconciled that need by adopting […]

Litigation Update: Zantac MDL Procedures Are Announced

Litigation Update: Zantac MDL Procedures Are Announced

On April 1, 2020, the FDA requested the recall of all ranitidine heartburn medication products (commonly known by the brand name Zantac) because of the risks posed by NDMA contamination in some samples tested. Last week, Judge Robin L. Rosenberg, who is presiding over the MDL involving this drug currently venued in the U.S. District […]

Litigation Update: Opioid Trial Postponed Indefinitely

Litigation Update: Opioid Trial Postponed Indefinitely

The trial in the lawsuit filed by New York State Attorney General Letitia James against a number of major drug companies including Endo Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Allergan Inc., McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp., Rochester Drug Cooperative Inc. and divisions of Johnson & Johnson has been postponed indefinitely due to the ongoing Coronavirus […]

Litigation Update: Impact of Coronavirus on Court Closings

Litigation Update: Impact of Coronavirus on Court Closings

The novel coronavirus pandemic continues to impact courts across the country and force the postponements of several key jury trials: Missouri The Missouri Supreme Court has cancelled all in-person arguments for the month of April; nevertheless, the Missouri Eastern District Court of Appeals in St. Louis has set a date of 4/24 for Johnson and […]

Law Firms’ Communication During the COVID-19 Crisis

Law Firms’ Communication During the COVID-19 Crisis

A crisis like the current Covid-19 pandemic is fertile ground for misinformation and communication missteps. Right now, with so many firms’ offices closed and staff members working remotely, there are some important communication best practices to follow to keep employees informed, ease concerns, build trust, and keep business moving forward. Of vital importance for mass […]

Useful Tips for Setting Up a Remote Workforce

Useful Tips for Setting Up a Remote Workforce

I hope you are all doing as well as possible during these trying times.  We thought it might be helpful to share Verus’ experience with a remote workforce as it has become a necessity for a business in the times of social distancing. After being affected by powerful hurricane Sandy in 2012 and subsequent powerful […]

Join Our Verus for Kids Weekly Activities!

Join Our Verus for Kids Weekly Activities!

To help parents keep children entertained and away from TV while working remotely, we are inviting all kids to participate in Verus for Kids, a weekly activity for children to showcase their talents and compete for a prize. The weekly challenge will change each week to keep children engaged. Thank you to all the participants […]

COVID-19 Resource For Law Firms

COVID-19 Resource For Law Firms

For law firms in need of information on how to continue working during the current pandemic situation, we are gathering resources and tips on this forum with the goal of providing support. If you have questions OR additional information you can share with colleagues such as trial postponements, legal developments or best practices that are […]

Litigation Update: Clubman Talc Lawsuit

Litigation Update: Clubman Talc Lawsuit

In a case currently being tried against personal products company American International Industries (AII) in New Jersey Superior Court, a microscopy expert took the stand to testify that the mines in Italy and Montana from which Clubman talcum powder is sourced contain asbestos fibers. Steven Compton, an electron microscopy expert, testified that eight out of […]

What Law Firms Can Do to Protect Employees from Discrimination

What Law Firms Can Do to Protect Employees from Discrimination

Employers are responsible for protecting staff from a variety of risks that impact their well-being. In addition to creating policies and platforms that safeguard employees from physical threats, organizations need to proactively institute programs that target often unseen hazards like workplace discrimination. Discrimination is loosely defined as treating a person or group less favorably than […]

Litigation Update: Verdict in PFA Case

Litigation Update: Verdict in PFA Case

The juries in two separate cases pending against DuPont in the U.S. District Court in Columbus, OH came to different conclusions last week. Both cases were brought by plaintiffs who alleged that their cancers were caused by drinking water contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals that leaked from DuPont’s Washington Works plant in Parkersburg, WV; […]

Litigation Update: Singulair Required to Add Black Box Warning

Litigation Update: Singulair Required to Add Black Box Warning

The FDA announced on Wednesday, March 4th, that Montelukast, an allergy medication sold under the brand name Singulair, will be required to include a boxed warning. The label was last updated in 2008 after a number of events involving suicide or serious psychiatric issues, required the manufacturer to disclose risks associated with the medication including […]

Five Strategies Law Firms Can Implement to Increase Firm Diversity

Five Strategies Law Firms Can Implement to Increase Firm Diversity

The case for building a culturally diverse workforce is stronger than ever. Adherence to legislation under the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, in addition to value-driven initiatives such as best practices, have prompted firms to embrace inclusion and diversity. Despite these efforts, statistics indicate that even in today’s culturally sensitive landscape ethnic minorities are often underrepresented […]

Litigation Update: West Virginia Reaches Opioid Settlement

Litigation Update: West Virginia Reaches Opioid Settlement

State and local governments in West Virginia are poised to put an end to most of the ongoing litigation stemming from the decades-long opioid crisis that has been linked to over 430,000 deaths across the country since 2000.  The $1.25 billion deal was crafted in Charleston last week between 250 attorneys and companies from all […]

Litigation Update: First Jury Verdict in Florida for J&J

Litigation Update: First Jury Verdict in Florida for J&J

On Thursday, February 27th, a jury verdict was delivered against J&J that awards Blanca Mure-Cabrera with $3 million for past medical expenses and $6 million for past and future pain and suffering. A lifetime user of J&J baby powder, the plaintiff claimed the product contributed to the development of her mesothelioma. The jury found J&J […]

Litigation Update: Opioid MDL “Negotiation Class”

Litigation Update: Opioid MDL “Negotiation Class”

On Friday, February 7, arguments were underway in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals as drug distributors and municipalities sought to overturn a federal district judge’s certification of a ”negotiation class” tasked with achieving a global settlement between the pharmaceutical companies and the 30,000 cities and counties in the United States affected by the widespread […]

Litigation Upate: Zantac Lawsuits Head to Southern Florida

Litigation Upate: Zantac Lawsuits Head to Southern Florida

On February 6th, the JPML released an order that will send over 140 lawsuits involving injuries caused by the heartburn medication Zantac to the Southern District of Florida. The judge assigned to preside over the consolidated cases, The Honorable Robin L. Rosenberg, will have the opportunity to oversee her first MDL. Although other districts such […]

The Potential Hazard of “Forever Chemicals”

The Potential Hazard of “Forever Chemicals”

A recent study done by The Environmental Working Group (EWG) on the drinking water supplies of dozens of U.S. cities reveals that PFAS (as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances are more commonly known) are far more prevalent than previously believed. PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” because of the way they can accumulate and remain inside […]

Litigation Update: Roundup Trials Postponed

Litigation Update: Roundup Trials Postponed

Settlement talks between the parties are ongoing as a judge in California excused 16 jurors on Friday, January 31. In an effort to avoid derailing ongoing discussions, the parties agreed to the last minute continuance in the hopes an agreement could be reached to resolve the over 42,000 pending claims that allege Monsanto’s popular weed […]

Five Ways Outsourcing Case Administration & Management Services Can Save Money for Mass Tort Firms

Five Ways Outsourcing Case Administration & Management Services Can Save Money for Mass Tort Firms

For many mass tort firms, case administration and management can eat up significant human and financial resources because attorneys need to spend valuable time overseeing administrative tasks that take them away from the actual litigation. Client intake, document procurement and management, and client communications are all very time-consuming key processes, and typically involve large volumes […]

Litigation Update: Roundup Settlement Talks

Litigation Update: Roundup Settlement Talks

Settlement talks in the Roundup litigation have not yet yielded a resolution, prompting the judges in lawsuits pending in California and Missouri to forge ahead. In St. Louis last week, before opening statements were set to begin, jurors were told that the case involving four plaintiffs had been postponed indefinitely as Bayer AG and the […]

Litigation Update: Latest Talc Developments

Litigation Update: Latest Talc Developments

In a January 13 decision, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Ana C. Viscomi ruled that Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky must take the stand in the punitive damages phase of the trial, which began on January 14 and will determine whether J&J acted “maliciously or in wanton and willful disregard of the plaintiff’s rights”. […]

Litigation Update: Potential End to Viagra MDL

Litigation Update: Potential End to Viagra MDL

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California, who is presiding over the Viagra MDL, has ruled that the plaintiffs’ causation experts must be excluded. In an Order filed on January 13, Judge Seeborg pointed out that the plaintiffs had been unable to find any experts other than their own to support […]

FDA Schedules Asbestos Public Forum

FDA Schedules Asbestos Public Forum

On January 9th, only a few days after J&J’s California case settled, the FDA announced that it will hold a day-long public forum to gather information and discuss the testing procedures for detecting asbestos in talc-based cosmetics. The meeting is scheduled to take place on February 4th at FDA’s White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, […]

Litigation Update: Risperdal Trials

Litigation Update: Risperdal Trials

A recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania regarding the Risperdal trials has quickly changed the course of the litigation. Risperdal, a drug manufactured by Janssen (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), has been prescribed for years by doctors to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The drug was approved by the FDA in 1993 […]

Litigation Update: JUUL Leadership Appointed

Litigation Update: JUUL Leadership Appointed

On December 20th, Judge Orrick, appointed plaintiff leadership for the JUUL MDL pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Appointed as Co-Lead Counsel were Sarah London (Lieff Cabraser), Dean Kawamoto (Keller Rohrback), Ellen Relkin (Weitz & Luxenberg) and Dena Sharp (Girard Sharp). Khaldoun Baghdadi (Walkup Melodia) and Leslie LaMacchia […]

Litigation Update: JUUL’s Latest Developments

Litigation Update: JUUL’s Latest Developments

Earlier this week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a lower court ruling that the FDA has the authority to regulate e-cigarettes as “tobacco products”. Stating that e-cigarettes are “indisputably highly addictive and pose health risks, especially to youth, that are not well understood”, the Court also upheld a ban on […]

Litigation Update: Asbestos Concerns Continue for J&J’s Talc

Litigation Update: Asbestos Concerns Continue for J&J’s Talc

Johnson and Johnson continues to confront claims that long-standing concerns regarding the presence of asbestos in its talc-based products were hidden or ignored by the company. In a trial against the pharmaceutical giant currently being heard in Oakland, CA, the plaintiffs, Linda and Mark O’Hagan, allege that asbestos in J&J’s signature baby powder product caused […]

From Building Materials to Bathroom Powders: How Talc Continues to Drive Asbestos Litigation

From Building Materials to Bathroom Powders: How Talc Continues to Drive Asbestos Litigation

Talcum powder lawsuits say manufacturers knew their talc was contaminated by asbestos and could cause mesothelioma and ovarian cancer, but did nothing to warn consumers about this product risk. Instead, manufacturers concealed the dangers from the public. A bombshell report by Reuters news agency in late 2018 revealed that Johnson & Johnson (J&J) knew for decades […]

Litigation Update: Zantac Developments

Litigation Update: Zantac Developments

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) is expected to consider creating an MDL for the Zantac litigation at its upcoming hearing in early December. Considering that Zantac (ranitidine) has been on the market for decades and was so widely-used, the number of potential claimants is expected to be significant. Contrary to the recent FDA […]

Litigation Update: JUUL Sued by NY and CA

Litigation Update: JUUL Sued by NY and CA

JUUL’s legal woes continue to mount with the latest announcements that California and New York have filed suit against the e-cigarette company. On Monday, November 18th state Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced California had filed suit against JUUL for its marketing practices and failure to warn about exposure to chemicals linked to cancer, among other […]

Litigation Update: Interim JUUL Leadership Selected

Litigation Update: Interim JUUL Leadership Selected

Judge William H. Orrick held the Initial Status Conference for the Juul MDL on Friday, November 8th. Prior to that conference he stated that he had a “sense of urgency in moving this case forward. The allegations are very serious and raise significant public health concerns. My expectation is that all parties share this sense […]

Litigation Update: J&J Talc Recall

Litigation Update: J&J Talc Recall

Late last month Johnson & Johnson announced a voluntary recall of approximately 33,000 bottles of its baby powder after the FDA reported finding chrysotile asbestos in the product. While J&J maintains that “thousands of tests over the past 40 years repeatedly confirm that our consumer talc products do not contain asbestos”, it appears that the […]

Litigation Update: JUUL News

Litigation Update: JUUL News

Juul recently announced the departure of four senior executives, Chief Marketing Officer Craig Brommer, Chief Finance Officer Tim Danaher, Chief Administrative Officer Ashley Gould and Senior Vice President of Advanced Technology David Foster. In addition, Juul will be laying off approximately 500 people, or about 10% to 15% of its workforce, by the end of […]

What Firms Need to Know About Performance Appraisals

What Firms Need to Know About Performance Appraisals

Feedback is critical to bolstering workplace morale, managing employee expectations, and establishing a company culture with a focus on high standards and peak performance. Studies have reported that performance development and assessment creates a winning environment by engaging workers in continuous communication, goal setting, and coaching. One study revealed that businesses implementing regular performance evaluations […]

Litigation Update: Opioid Settlements

Litigation Update: Opioid Settlements

In an effort to avert the landmark federal opioid trial brought by two Ohio counties and scheduled to begin on October 21, four key defendants reached a last minute $260 million settlement. Distributors Amerisource Bergen, Cardinal Health, McKesson and drug manufacturer Teva Pharmaceutical joined other defendants including Johnson & Johnson, Janssen, Mallinckrodt, Endo International, and […]

Litigation Update: IVC Filter Verdict

Litigation Update: IVC Filter Verdict

Earlier this week a Philadelphia jury awarded Tracy Reed-Brown over $33 million in her IVC filter case against Rex Medical LP. The award included more than $30 million in punitive damages, in addition to compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering. Ms. Reed-Brown was implanted with an Option Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filter System […]

Litigation Update: JUUL Census

Litigation Update: JUUL Census

On October 25th Judge William Orrick issued Case Management Order No. 1 in the JUUL litigation consolidated in his court in the Northern District of California. The Order relates to an initial census, a concept also adopted by Judge M. Casey Rogers of the Northern District of Florida, who is handling the MDL relating to […]

Litigation Update: Risperdal Verdict

Litigation Update: Risperdal Verdict

Last week a jury in Philadelphia hit Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals subsidiary with an $8 billion punitive damages verdict in a Risperdal trial. Nicholas Murray’s lawsuit alleged that, after being given Risperdal in 2003 at age nine for symptoms of autism, he grew breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia. J&J was […]

Litigation Update: JUUL Sued by School Districts

Litigation Update: JUUL Sued by School Districts

In addition to the personal injury and class action lawsuits recently consolidated by the JPML, JUUL is now facing litigation brought by several school districts. The school districts have sued JUUL over increased costs associated with a rise in the use of e-cigarettes by their students. The suits were filed by Francis Howell School District […]

Litigation Update: Taxotere Defense Verdict

Litigation Update: Taxotere Defense Verdict

After a two-week trial in New Orleans, the jury in the first Taxotere bellwether trial delivered a defense verdict. There are approximately 11,000 claims in the multi-district litigation against manufacturer Sanofi Aventis and other defendants alleging the chemotherapy drug Taxotere (docetaxel) caused permanent alopecia. Barbara Earnest, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, underwent […]

Litigation Update: Zantac Contamination

Litigation Update: Zantac Contamination

According to a recent FDA announcement, a probable human carcinogen has been found in some ranitidine heartburn medications, including brand name Zantac, and the FDA is investigating the possible source of contamination. The substance is NDMA (N-Nitrosodimethylamine), the same contaminant that lead to recalls of blood pressure and heart failure medications such as Valsartan over […]

Litigation Update: New CEO and New Bans for JUUL

Litigation Update: New CEO and New Bans for JUUL

Amid an increasing number of reports of vaping-related illnesses and deaths, Juul announced that Kevin Burns has stepped down as CEO and will be replaced by K.C. Crosthwaite, a former executive at Altria, which owns a 35% stake in Juul, who has previously served as an observer to Juul Labs Board of Directors. According to […]

Litigation Update: The Latest on Opioids

Litigation Update: The Latest on Opioids

There have been a number of developments in the wake of last week’s tentative settlement of over 2,000 lawsuits filed by a number of municipal governments and states in federal court in Cleveland against a number of defendants, including Purdue Pharma and its owners, the Sackler family.  Under the terms of the settlement, in addition […]

Litigation Update: 3M Latest MDL Developments

Litigation Update: 3M Latest MDL Developments

Thousands of service members and veterans have made claims related to their use of the 3M Combat Arms earplugs and leadership in the MDL is working diligently to set the stage for justice for these individuals. Recent developments have given firms involved in this litigation several issues to consider. Records from the Department of Defense […]

Litigation Update:  FDA Takes Action on JUUL Labs

Litigation Update: FDA Takes Action on JUUL Labs

Every day seems to bring new developments in the Juul story, with none of them good for Juul. On September 9, the U.S. Food and Drug administration issued a warning letter to Kevin Burns, the CEO of e-cigarette manufacturer JUUL Labs, Inc., for allegedly marketing the Juul device as a “modified risk tobacco product” without […]

Litigation Update: $37.3M New Jersey Talc Verdict

Litigation Update: $37.3M New Jersey Talc Verdict

Johnson & Johnson has been hit with a substantial verdict in the latest talc trial in New Jersey. Jurors awarded $37.3 million in compensatory damages to four plaintiffs, Douglas Barden, David Etheridge, D’Angela McNeill-George and Will Ronning, for their talc-related mesothelioma injuries. Punitive damages are still to be determined. The plaintiffs were represented by Moshe […]

Litigation Update: The Latest on the Opioid MDL

Litigation Update: The Latest on the Opioid MDL

Just weeks before the October 21 start of the first bellwether trial, Purdue Pharma, LP and its owners, the Sackler family, have reached a tentative settlement involving over 2,000 lawsuits filed by local municipalities, states and tribes in federal court in Cleveland; the deal is valued at up to $12 billion but does not cover […]

Litigation Update: Opioid Judgment against J&J in Oklahoma

Litigation Update: Opioid Judgment against J&J in Oklahoma

In a landmark ruling Monday afternoon, Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman found that corporate giant Johnson & Johnson and Janssen, its pharmaceuticals unit, had played a part in causing Oklahoma’s opioid crisis by using false and misleading marketing practices that exaggerated the benefits of their opioid painkillers Duragesic, a fentanyl patch, and Nucynta while […]

Litigation Update: Roundup Settlement?

Litigation Update: Roundup Settlement?

Last week Bloomberg broke the news that Bayer had made a settlement proposal to resolve more than 18,000 Roundup lawsuits. Citing those close to the ongoing negotiations, Bloomberg reported the proposal was between $6 and $8 billion. Later that week, mediator Ken Feinberg, who was appointed by Judge Chhabria, issued a statement that the report […]

Litigation Update: JUUL

Litigation Update: JUUL

JUUL Labs, Inc. recently filed a motion with the Joint Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (the “JPML”) to transfer cases against it for consolidated pretrial proceedings and further requested that the MDL be assigned to the Northern District of California. Juul is based in San Francisco. Reply briefs are due later this month and the motion […]

Litigation Update: Hernia Mesh

Litigation Update: Hernia Mesh

The hernia mesh litigation is one of the most significant current mass tort matters, involving several defendants and many thousands of claimants. Hernia mesh litigation is the subject of several MDLs and also coordinated state proceedings. With Bard controlling approximately 70% of the hernia mesh implant market, MDL 2846 In Re: Davol, Inc./C.R. Bard, Inc., […]

Litigation Update: JUUL

Litigation Update: JUUL

We all know smoking is bad for your health and the good news is that adult smoking rates in the United States have declined from a high of 45% in the 1950s to the current rate of approximately 15%. But, in its place we have seen the rapid rise of vaping, led principally by the […]

Promoting Employee Engagement in the Summer

Promoting Employee Engagement in the Summer

Summertime means enjoying some down time for many employees—and less time thinking about work. Warm sunny days may make it difficult to focus on work when getaway spots beckon (as do kids home from school). One study revealed that workplace productivity drops 20% and projects take 13% longer to complete during the summer. Other studies […]

Litigation Update: Progress of Opioid Lawsuits

Litigation Update: Progress of Opioid Lawsuits

National Prescription Opiate Litigation – MDL 2804 At a hearing on June 25 held at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland, Judge Polster, in response to concerns raised by distributors, pharmacies and state attorneys general, refrained from ruling on the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ motion to create a “negotiating class”, indicating […]

Litigation Update: Comprehensive Settlement Proposed in Opioid MDL

Litigation Update: Comprehensive Settlement Proposed in Opioid MDL

On June 14, attorneys representing local governments and communities met in Ohio and presented a proposed framework for a comprehensive nationwide settlement of the opioid crisis. Representing hundreds of counties, towns and municipalities, their goal is for impacted local communities to settle with the drug companies as a single “negotiating class” and effect a nationwide […]

Litigation Update: Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive Talc Trials

Litigation Update: Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive Talc Trials

A state court jury in California found Johnson and Johnson (J&J) and Colgate-Palmolive Co. liable for a California woman’s mesothelioma as a result of her exposure to asbestos in both J&J’s and Colgate-Palmolive’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder products. Plaintiff Patricia Schmitz, a 61-year old retired teacher, was awarded $12 million by the Alameda County jury […]

Litigation Update: Status of Opioid Lawsuits

Litigation Update: Status of Opioid Lawsuits

Oklahoma On May 26, days before the company was scheduled to start trial, the world’s largest generic drug manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals agreed to an $85 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma.  The Oklahoma lawsuit had accused Teva of fueling the state’s opioid crisis with its deceptive marketing and production of both generic and branded […]

Litigation Update: Xarelto®

Litigation Update: Xarelto®

An important deadline in the Xarelto® MDL is rapidly approaching. In Case Management Order No. 10 issued on March 25, 2019 Judge Fallon set out the supplemental information requirements for cases to be produced within 75 days of the date of the order. This information includes the date of the injured person’s first use of […]

Can Common Benefit Fee Disputes be Avoided?

Can Common Benefit Fee Disputes be Avoided?

Recent headlines involving disputes over distribution of the common benefit fund in the pelvic mesh MDL highlight a recurring issue in mass tort litigation. Too often fights erupt when it comes time to distribute common benefit fees, and these fights spill out into public view to the benefit of no one. While the lawyers who […]

Data Analysis Vital for Purdue Pharma Opioid Lawsuits

Data Analysis Vital for Purdue Pharma Opioid Lawsuits

The Sackler family is now sending signals that they are interested in a global settlement of the more than 2,000 opioid lawsuits pending against Purdue Pharma as a way to “to get the monies to the communities that need them”. The states and municipalities who brought these lawsuits should be asking themselves what remains to […]

MTMP At A Glance

MTMP At A Glance

The Mass Torts Made Perfect conference at the Wynn in Las Vegas was one of the best events we’ve attended recently. The energy was palpable and attendance was the highest ever, according to Sharon Booth of Levin Papantonio, organizer of the conference. The Wednesday Business of Law sessions covered topics ranging from marketing and financing […]

Considerations in the 3M Military Earplug Lawsuits

Considerations in the 3M Military Earplug Lawsuits

As noted in a previous post about this matter, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) met on March 28 to consider consolidation of the nationwide claims in the 3M Combat Arms™ Earplugs (CAEv2) lawsuits. The Panel has announced the cases will be sent to the Northern District of Florida before Judge M. Casey Rodgers. […]

The Top 10 Human Resource Issues that Affect Law Firms

The Top 10 Human Resource Issues that Affect Law Firms

Human Resources is an invaluable asset to every business, and law firms are no exception.  This specialized field requires professional expertise and experience. Although most law firms deal with a diversity of clients on a daily basis, many managing partners do not recognize the importance of having an HR professional on the team serving those […]

The Value of Litigation Support Service Providers to Mass Tort Law Firms

The Value of Litigation Support Service Providers to Mass Tort Law Firms

Mass tort law firms deal with large plaintiff pools and even larger settlement funds. The right litigation support service provider (LSSP) can offer meaningful value to these firms by bringing transparency, efficiency, and independence to the process of managing caseloads and settlement distributions. Here are a few key benefits of engaging an LSSP for support […]

Litigation Update: Xarelto Settlement

Litigation Update: Xarelto Settlement

Earlier this week it was announced that the makers of Xarelto® had agreed to pay $775 million to settle approximately 25,000 claims. Bayer Healthcare and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson, agreed to the settlement to resolve substantially all cases concerning Xarelto in both state and federal court. The settlement comes more than […]

Litigation Update: Roundup

Litigation Update: Roundup

Verdict: On March 27th, the jury returned an $80 million verdict, which included $75 million in punitive damages for Mr. Hardeman. A significant milestone was reached last week in the Roundup® litigation with the unanimous jury verdict in favor of Edwin Hardeman in the first part of his trial. The jury unanimously found in favor […]

Six Vital Cybersecurity Measures for Law Professionals

Six Vital Cybersecurity Measures for Law Professionals

Law firms are stewards of their client’s sensitive data such as Social Security numbers, financial information, medical and other private data. It is crucial that you take proper cybersecurity measures to protect this sensitive data. After all, it takes only one breach for your firm to suffer a severe impact to your reputation and erode […]

Developing Litigation: 3M Combat Arms Earplugs

Developing Litigation: 3M Combat Arms Earplugs

Among the issues that the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is considering at their meeting on March 28th is whether to establish an MDL for the increasing number of cases against Minnesota-based 3M Company® for their Combat Arms™ Earplugs. The Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) were issued to military service members from 2003 to 2015 for […]

The Use of Analytics in Settlements of Complex Litigation

The Use of Analytics in Settlements of Complex Litigation

Settlement negotiations in complex litigation take time, persistence and ultimately, leverage—the kind that comes from good data. In fact, data has significantly changed the way settlements are being negotiated in class action and mass tort litigation involving issues such as faulty consumer products, defective medical devices, dangerous drugs and toxic exposures. The power of data [...]
The Benefits of Outsourcing Medical Record Reviews

The Benefits of Outsourcing Medical Record Reviews

When dealing with litigation that requires examining hundreds or even thousands of medical records, mass tort law firms are faced with two options. The first is that firms can choose to review medical records in-house, with their own team. This can be a time-consuming and expensive process which requires a law firm to invest thousands […]

How Data Analytics Can Help Identify Trends in Mass Tort Claims

How Data Analytics Can Help Identify Trends in Mass Tort Claims

Data science techniques enable us to tell powerful stories regarding mass tort claimants. But given the proliferation of data everywhere, quality analysis is critical in mass tort cases and claims adjudication. Data scientists must collect and use the right data and employ the right tools to visualize and interpolate that data to reveal actionable insights. […]

What to Expect from Your Claims Administrator

What to Expect from Your Claims Administrator

A good third party administrator is an important player in your plan to bring a settlement to closure as quickly and efficiently as possible. I would like to pass along some observations I’ve made about the role of a third party administrator based on my thirty-five years of experience in managing the resolution of complex [...]
The Use of Analytics in the Art of Negotiating Claims

The Use of Analytics in the Art of Negotiating Claims

The art of negotiating claim settlements in complex medical and exposure-related cases has been discussed by many parties in the Insurance and legal communities over many years. My experience in handling and negotiating asbestos claims on behalf of over 50 defendants for over 20 years in both state and federal courts has allowed me to […]