Personal Injury

NY Times Documentary Explores What J&J Knew about Asbestos in Talcum Powder

Film includes trial lawyer Mark Lanier who won $4.69B verdict for cancer victims

HOUSTON – A New York Times documentary exposes Johnson & Johnson’s extensive internal records about the link between talcum powder and cancer-causing asbestos and features an interview with prominent trial lawyer Mark Lanier whose own team revealed much of that documentation in winning a $4.69 billion verdict for cancer victims. Continue reading “NY Times Documentary Explores What J&J Knew about Asbestos in Talcum Powder”

New Jersey Teen Files Product Liability Lawsuit Against Juul Manufacturer

18-year-old claims vaping led to nicotine addiction, hospitalization

NEWARK, N.J. – A New Jersey teenager is suing the makers of the Juul e-cigarette in federal court, claiming that the pervasive social media marketing of the popular device led to his nicotine addiction, hospitalization and serious health problems. Continue reading “New Jersey Teen Files Product Liability Lawsuit Against Juul Manufacturer”

The Lanier Law Firm Secures Two of the Nation’s Top 100 Verdicts in 2016

Firm’s big jury awards total more than $1.5 Billion

HOUSTON – The National Law Journal has recognized The Lanier Law Firm on its annual list of the nation’s Top 100 Verdicts for two trial victories in federal court against pharmaceutical and medical device giant Johnson & Johnson. Both jury trials involved the claims that J&J hid flaws in its Pinnacle artificial hips that caused the devices to prematurely fail and left the victims facing surgeries, pain and other debilitating conditions.

In December 2016 the firm secured a verdict of more than $1 billion on behalf of six individuals, while in March 2016 a federal jury returned a verdict of $502 million on behalf of another group of patients who were injured by Pinnacle hip implants. Continue reading “The Lanier Law Firm Secures Two of the Nation’s Top 100 Verdicts in 2016”

Family of Sprint Car Driver Sues NASCAR’s Tony Stewart for Wrongful Death

New York lawsuit says Stewart acted negligently, recklessly in Kevin Ward’s death

LOWVILLE, New York – Attorneys representing the family of deceased sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, who ran over and killed Mr. Ward during a sprint car race at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park on Aug. 9, 2014.

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Medical Malpractice; Definition of Health Care Liability Claim

Ross v. St. Luke’s Hospital, No. 13-0439, May 1, 2015 (Houston 14)(opinion by Johnson, J.)(concurring opinion by Lehrmann, J., joined by Devine, J.)

Digest: A personal injury claim asserted by a non-patient who slipped and fell in a non-patient area is not a Health Care Liability Claim and therefore is not subject to the expert report requirements of the Texas Medical Liability Act.

Summary: Plaintiff Lezlea Ross, after visiting a friend at the hospital, slipped, fell and was injured in an area near the exit doors where the floor was being cleaned and buffed. She sued the hospital, which moved for dismissal on the grounds that the plaintiff’s claim was a Health Care Liability Claim (HCLC) as defined by the Texas Medical Liability Act (TMA) and that the plaintiff had not filed an expert report as required by the TMA. The trial court granted the motion to dismiss, and the court of appeals affirmed. The Texas Supreme Court reversed and held that the plaintiff’s claim was not an HCLC.

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