Pharmaceutical Liability

Texas Federal Court Rules DePuy/J&J Hip Implant Trials in Dallas Will Proceed

Lanier Law Firm wins ruling that victims’ cases will be heard in September

DALLAS – A federal judge in Dallas has cleared the way for a September trial in the ongoing multidistrict litigation filed against DePuy/J&J Orthopaedics Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), by patients who suffered medical problems after receiving the company’s Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants.

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Lanier Law Firm Wins Dallas Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson Unit in Bellwether Hip Implant Trial

DePuy/J&J Orthopaedics found liable for metal-on-metal implant failures

DALLAS – A federal jury in Dallas has awarded a significant verdict to five people who suffered a variety of debilitating physical problems after receiving metal-on-metal hip implants manufactured by DePuy/J&J Orthopaedics Inc., a subsidiary of New Brunswick, New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ).

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Lanier Law Firm Helps Negotiate National Settlement for Yaz Birth Control Victims

Bayer HealthCare to establish fund benefitting arterial blood clot victims

NEW YORK – Attorney Richard D. “Rick” Meadow of The Lanier Law Firm and a team of lawyers from across the U.S. have negotiated a sizeable settlement with drug manufacturer Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. that will benefit thousands of women who suffered life-altering side effects after taking the prescription birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella.

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The Lanier Law Firm Earns Texas’ Top Litigation Firm Honors

Following a banner year of courtroom victories, The Lanier Law Firm has earned the title of 2015 Texas Litigation Department of the Year among mid-sized law firms.

The annual listing from Texas Lawyer newspaper identifies the state’s top law firms based on litigation results. The major litigation victories recorded by The Lanier Law Firm in 2014 included a record-breaking $9 billion jury award against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. and Eli Lilly and Co. over the prescription diabetes drug Actos.

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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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