Texas Judge Appoints Mark Lanier and Bob Hilliard To Lead GM Suit

HOUSTON – Less than one month after acclaimed attorney and firm founder Mark Lanier was named a “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar” by the national legal publication Law360, Judge Robert Schaffer of the 152nd District Court for Harris Country, Texas, has determined that Lanier and fellow litigator Bob Hilliard will lead all Texas consolidated state court cases involving the General Motors Ignition Switch Litigation.

Mark Lanier and Bob Hilliard will serve as Co-Lead Plaintiffs’ Counsel to front the Texas GM litigation. A remarkable ensemble of nationally known attorneys including Richard Mithoff, Jeff Wiggington and Scott West round out the legal powerhouse team. The Texas Supreme Court consolidated all pretrial proceedings for Texas GM product liability cases before Judge Schaffer in the Harris County district court.

In April 2014, Mr. Lanier and other attorneys from The Lanier Law Firm helped a New York couple win a massive $9 billion verdict against prescription drug giants Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. and Eli Lilly & Co. As lead trial counsel, Mr. Lanier convinced jurors to assess $6 billion in punitive damages against Takeda and $3 billion against Eli Lilly. Trial evidence included reports of Actos’ link to bladder cancer a full seven years before patients were warned. The jury’s award has been listed in media reports as the largest pharmaceutical liability verdict in U.S. history.

The Lanier Law Firm’s long track record of courtroom success includes a $254 million verdict against pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck & Co. in the nation’s first trial over the prescription painkiller Vioxx. That verdict preceded a national settlement of $4.85 billion in one of the largest mass tort cases in U.S. history. Currently, The Lanier Law Firm is actively seeking to represent other victims of GM’s defective vehicles.

With offices in Houston, New York and Los Angeles, The Lanier Law Firm is committed to addressing client concerns with effective and innovative solutions in courtrooms across the country. The firm is composed of outstanding trial attorneys with decades of experience handling cases involving pharmaceutical liability, asbestos exposure, business litigation, product liability, maritime law, and sports and entertainment law. Visit https://www.lanierlawfirm.com.

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