Houston Attorney Patrice Baumann McKinney Honored by Texas Bar Foundation

Ms. Patrice Baumann McKinney with Lanier Law Firm has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of Ms. McKinney’s contributions to the legal profession. Continue reading “Houston Attorney Patrice Baumann McKinney Honored by Texas Bar Foundation”

Mark Lanier Named Among Benchmark Litigation’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers

HOUSTON – Lanier Law Firm founder Mark Lanier has earned recognition for the fourth consecutive year as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America” in the Benchmark Litigation guide to the nation’s finest litigators.

Mr. Lanier was selected for his general commercial litigation practice as well as his success in the area of toxic tort litigation. The 2020 edition of Benchmark Litigation was compiled after months of peer review, client-based research and a review of attorney casework. Continue reading “Mark Lanier Named Among Benchmark Litigation’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers”

Mark Lanier, Trial Team Help Secure Groundbreaking Settlement with Opioid Distributors, Manufacturers, Retailers

CLEVELAND – Mark Lanier, lead trial counsel for two Ohio counties in what would have been the first federal trial related to damages caused by the opioid addiction epidemic, says the settlement reached with five Big Pharma defendants should allow devastated communities to receive aid quickly.

“The key consideration was to get financial relief as quickly as possible to the local governments that have paid the price for this epidemic for many years,” he said. “This incremental step will change a small corner of the globe ravaged by opioids. We need to make this a step ladder to a larger resolution.” Continue reading “Mark Lanier, Trial Team Help Secure Groundbreaking Settlement with Opioid Distributors, Manufacturers, Retailers”

NYT: Johnson & Johnson Recalls Asbestos-Tainted Baby Powder

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Johnson & Johnson is recalling a shipment of baby powder after the Food and Drug Administration discovered evidence of asbestos, the company said on Friday, after months spent denying the presence of the carcinogen in its talc-based products.

In a test, the regulator found trace levels of chrysotile asbestos in samples from a bottle of baby powder purchased from an online retailer, Johnson & Johnson said.

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Billion-Dollar J&J Verdict Winner Now Leads Charge in Opioids Suit

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Mark Lanier used a block of cheese and a hay bale as props in a St. Louis courtroom last year to make his case that Johnson & Johnson baby powder causes cancer. It worked. Jurors ordered J&J to pay $4.7 billion in damages.

The verdict was the third multibillion-dollar award for Lanier, the Texas-based lawyer now leading the attack for two Ohio counties against a group of drug companies, including McKesson Corp. and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Inc., in the first federal trial of more than 2,000 state and local government lawsuits over the U.S. opioid epidemic. Opening arguments start Monday.

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