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Archives : 2010 : February

First Chinese Drywall Trial

February 22nd, 2010

Chinese DrywallThe first trial against manufacturers of toxic, Chinese-manufactured drywall begins in New Orleans this week, coming before Judge Eldon Fallon in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Founding partner Christopher A. Seeger was named to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee (PSC) in the Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2047) by Judge Fallon in September.

Accutane News Roundup

February 18th, 2010

Accutane BottlesThe news articles rolled in after Seeger Weiss secured an enormous victory for a victim of Accutane.

Associated Press (via ABC): “NJ Jury Awards $25M to Ala. Man in Accutane Suit”

A New Jersey jury has hit the pharmaceutical company that makes Accutane with a $25.16 million judgment…

National Law Journal – “This Time Roche’s Loss to Accutane Suit Is Big, Real Big”

“This drug is awful, and the warnings were inadequate. [Roche] warned about things like pregnancy and those problems, but everything else they really ignored,” said Christopher Seeger of New York’s Seeger Weiss, one of four plaintiffs’ firms that is handling the scores of Accutane lawsuits. The others are Hook Bolton, Beggs & Lane, and Levin Papantonio — all in Pensacola, Fla.

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Seeger Weiss wins $25.16 million for Accutane victim

February 17th, 2010

Accutane BoxThis week Seeger Weiss scored another victory against Accutane, a powerful anti-acne medication that has been linked to several serious side effects, including inflammatory bowel disorder.

On Monday, a nine-person New Jersey jury has found that pharmaceutical maker Hoffman-La Roche Inc. failed to provide an adequate warning of the possible condition to Andrew McCarrell’s prescribing physician, which then led to his development of chronic IBD. Mr. McCarrell, who was 23 at time he took Accutane, developed a severe case of IBD and later had his colon removed. The jury awarded compensatory damages of $25.16 million to Andy, now in his thirties.

Hoffman-La Roche faces as many as 800 cases around the country. Seeger Weiss has won 5 consecutive verdicts against Roche since 2005.

Toyota Recall News Roundup

February 4th, 2010
Toyota Crisis Mounts as U.S. Steps Up Pressure to Fix Vehicles

February 4, 2010
Washington Post: “2007 federal probe of Toyota complaints resolved nothing”
LA Times: “U.S. safety agency to investigate possible Toyota Prius braking problems”
CNN: “Toyota Recall Costs: $2 Billion”
Time: “Behind Toyota’s Recall: Focusing More on Quantity than Quality”

February 1, 2010
New York Times: “With Eye on Its Reputation, Toyota Issues Repair for Pedal”

January 31, 2010
New York Times: “Toyota’s Slow Awakening to a Deadly Problem”

Also check out our earlier post on the Toyota recall, featuring a groundbreaking story from the LA Times, which got the in depth scoop early on Toyota’s acceleration problems.