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Category : Seeger Weiss News
On Friday, June 29, 2012, counsel for the plaintiff in yet another Hoffman La-Roche Accutane trial, led by Seeger Weiss partner David Buchanan and Troy Rafferty of Levin Papantonio, PA were able to secure an $18 million verdict. The plaintiffs in the drug injury lawsuit were Katie Rossitto and Riley Wilkinson, two former Accutane users who took the prescription acne medication in the 1990s and developed ulcerative colitis as a result. Ulcerative colitis, a debilitating, permanent gastrointestinal disease, is among the reported side effects of Accutane use. The New Jersey jury ultimately sided with Mr. Buchanan and the plaintiffs, finding that Hoffman La-Roche, the defendants and makers of Accutane, withheld its knowledge and conclusions about the risk of ulcerative colitis from doctors and patients. In response to the verdict, Mr. Buchanan, of Seeger Weiss LLP stated: “We’re extremely pleased for Katie and Riley. They’ve suffered greatly at the hands of Roche’s drug, and the jury’s verdict provides a measure of justice for each of them.” Learn more about the verdict here.
Following founding partner Christopher A. Seeger’s appointment to the position of Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel in the NFL Concussion Multidistrict Litigation, Seeger Weiss has set up a special investigation page to keep those following the lawsuit up to date on the latest information. At our NFL Football Concussions Page, the Seeger Weiss personal injury attorneys working on the NFL concussion investigation will post the latest interviews, news items and medical research surrounding the case.
Visit http://www.seegerweiss.com/football-concussions/ for more information.
Seeger Weiss is pleased to announce that founding partner Christopher A. Seeger has recently been appointed as Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel in the litigation pending in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The litigation, styled as In Re: National Football League Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation, MDL No. 2323, is pending before the Honorable Anita B. Brody. This appointment comes as thousands of former football players have filed suit against the National Football League focusing on the negligence of the NFL in not providing adequate warnings of the risks associated with concussions and related head trauma injuries.
In making the appointment during the initial MDL status conference, Judge Brody stated, “I want lead counsel. I have done my homework on that too. And I would very much like one of co-lead counsel to be Mr. Seeger, Chris Seeger. I have to tell you, the ratings of people who have had MDLs with you involved have been very, very high, your law firm.”
If you or someone you know has had a sports related injury, contact us today. An experienced attorney with Seeger Weiss LLP will assist you in evaluating your claim. Attorney consultations incur no obligation on your part and all initial consultations are free of charge. Seeger Weiss LLP has office locations in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and California.
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled in favor of Seeger Weiss client Kamie Kendall in the appeal of a 2008 case against Accutane manufacturer, Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc. At the conclusion of the original case, Seeger Weiss attorneys secured a $10.5 million award for Ms. Kendall, who developed uclerative colitis as a result of taking the acne medication. However, the defendants recently appealed the verdict, arguing that since Ms. Kendall was diagnosed in 1999 and did not file a lawsuit until 2005, the case violated New Jersey’s two year statute of limitations.
Leading the charge on his client’s behalf, Seeger Weiss partner David R. Buchanan artfully demonstrated that, because of the Swiss pharmaceutical company’s inadequate warnings, Ms. Kendall had no reason to believe that its product had caused her debilitating gastrointestinal problems prior to 2003. Justice Virginia Long, writing on behalf of the majority, agreed and noted, “…we are satisfied, as were the trial judge and the Appellate Division, that Kendall reasonably did not appreciate by December 21, 2003, that Accutane had caused or exacerbated her condition and that, therefore, her filing on December 21, 2005, was timely.” Read the full decision here.
Drug injury cases of this magnitude often lead to an extensive appeals process, which is why it is essential that victims have experienced, dedicated representation. Seeger Weiss LLP has been handling Accutane litigation since 2005, securing awards for its clients as high as $25.16 million. Let our lawyers review your case for free and help you get the results you deserve.
Earlier this week, The New York Times uncovered a 2009 email authored by an executive at DePuy Orthopaedics, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, that seems to refute the company’s later claims that it believed its artificial surface replacement (ASR) hip replacement to be safe. The message was sent in August 2009, just days after the Food and Drug Administration confidentially informed DePuy that it would not approve the ASR device. In the email, vice-president Pamela Plouhar explains the reasons for the FDA’s decision to three other top executives, including then president, David Floyd. The New York Times writes that Ms. Plouhar, “reported in an internal e-mail that the Food and Drug Administration had refused to approve the device, after reviewing company studies that showed it had failed prematurely in ‘significant’ numbers, requiring repeat surgeries for patients.”
Although the ASR implant was denied approval by the FDA, it was sold overseas and was placed in 30,000 patients in the United States before it was officially recalled in 2010. While DePuy’s apparent lack of transparency does not alone constitute a violation of the law, the 2009 email certainly contradicts statements from Johnson & Johnson prior to the recall. After the metal-on-metal hip implants were indeed found to be defective in a number of cases in 2010, the company maintained that its internal studies had demonstrated the safety of the device, and shifted blame onto the doctors and surgeons who were responsible for the implant procedures. The 2009 email, however, proves that DePuy knew the ASR hip implant was unsafe, even when applied by doctors the company hand-picked itself. As The New York Times notes, “DePuy’s decision not to publicize the agency’s findings to doctors, patients and others while continuing to market the device may undercut its defense in the 5,000 related lawsuits pending against it…”
If you are the victim of a defective ASR hip implant, contact Seeger Weiss LLP today. Our experienced defective products attorneys will make sure your case receives the attention and retribution you deserve.
For information on the current 2012 Stryker hip implant recall, visit http://www.seegerweiss.com/stryker-hip-recall.
If you were one of the 111.3 million people watching the Super Bowl this past Sunday, you may have noticed that one of the big game’s much-anticipated commercials actually came from the National Football League itself. In the clip below, which originally aired during the Giants-Patriots match, the NFL describes the history of football in the United States. Using the tagline “evolution”, the League emphasizes developments in the rules to promote player health and safety. The website advertised at the end of the commercial, titled “NFL Evolution | Health & Safety” includes an interactive feature that details these improvements more fully.
The release of the multimillion dollar advertisement comes in the midst of much heated criticism of the medical supervision of players. As CNN reported just hours before the Super Bowl, the discussion was sparked as a result of hundreds of former players filing lawsuits against the NFL for a host of ailments (mostly related to brain damage) they say they developed because of inadequate treatment of injuries. One of the most notable cases was brought in early December on behalf of 11 former players by Seeger Weiss LLP, a national plaintiff’s law firm based in New York City. With extensive experience in drug injury, personal injury and medical malpractice, Seeger Weiss offers to review the case of anyone who has been harmed by a sports injury at no cost. Learn more here.
With Super Bowl XLVI around the corner, sports pages are abuzz with predictions for both contenders. One topic on many fans’ minds specifically, is the fate of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. After sustaining a high ankle injury during last Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, Gronkowski will almost certainly not be playing at his best this Sunday, doctors and players who have dealt with the injury in the past say. Doctors also expect that Gronkowski will be given the drug Toradol to manage the pain. However, even with the help of the anti-inflammatory, many in the league still have reservations about the effectiveness of Gronkowski’s playing and the long-term damage the big game could do to his ligaments. The Boston Herald reports, ”‘It’s not a miracle drug,’ said former Patriots fullback Heath Evans, who indicated he used Toradol for neck trouble last season. ‘It’s not, “Oh I can’t play, and now I can.” This is just something that takes the edge off. That’s it.’”
The article also notes that the NFL has recently come under scrutiny for its excessive use of Toradol. While the drug helps to numb pain, it also makes it harder for players to recognize injuries – a side effect especially dangerous in a contact sport as rough as football. At least part of the heat on the NFL has come from Seeger Weiss LLP. In December, the law firm used its expertise in drug injury to file a lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of 11 former professional players, who say they have suffered brain damage after being given Toradol to treat concussions. Those who have been harmed after receiving Toradol for a sports injury can contact Seeger Weiss LLP by phone or online. The firm’s drug injury lawyers will review any claim for free.
In a warning letter published last week, the Food and Drug Administration announced that fourteen types of devices sold by DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. lacked necessary approval. The letter, sent by Steven D. Silverman, director of the office of compliance, was the result of a near month-long inspection of the Warsaw, Indiana-based company. The inspection also found that DePuy’s quality system did not comply with FDA requirements.
DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has been the subject of significant FDA attention in the past. In 2010, the FDA released another warning letter regarding the manufacturer’s defective hip replacements, the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular Cups System. These “metal on metal” hip replacements released dangerous metal shavings in patients, often leading to debilitating pain and other health complications. DePuy recalled the hip implants in 2010, and since then, Seeger Weiss LLP has been working with victims to restore their health and recover compensation for their suffering. If you have been affected by the DePuy ASR hip replacement recall, contact Seeger Weiss today. One of our experienced attorneys will review your case for free.
For information on the 2012 Stryker hip implant recall, visit http://www.seegerweiss.com/stryker-hip-recall.
Last week, the Washington Post reported the story of a Washington state couple suing Tylenol manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson. According to the Post, Daniel and Katy Moore claim that their 2-year-old son River Moore died as a result of consuming a Children’s Tylenol product. The specific package in question had been recalled due to high levels of the active ingredient acetaminophen. Shortly after taking the over-the-counter medication for a slight fever, the young boy died of liver failure, a known effect of an acetaminophen overdose. “The lawsuit, filed…in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas, accuses Johnson & Johnson of recklessness, negligence, breach of warranty, infliction of emotional distress, conspiracy and other offenses,” the story explains.
The article also notes that Johnson & Johnson’s 2009 recall of the product at the center of this lawsuit is “part of the company’s continuing string of recalls of drugs and medical devices.” In fact, the drug injury practice of Seeger Weiss LLP is currently investigating complaints of liver damage at the hands of Tylenol. If you or someone you know has suffered liver damage as a result of taking Tylenol, let Seeger Weiss help you seek justice. Our experienced drug injury attorneys have won billions of dollars for our clients and will review your Tylenol liver damage case for free.
In a recent piece in TIME, sports columnist Sean Gregory examines the National Football League‘s policies regarding on-field injuries. As Gregory notes, in response to the widely publicized injury of Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy, the NFL has recently refined its rules on concussions, now requiring an independent trainer to be present at all games. But according to Gregory, this effort isn’t enough to keep players safe. He suggests that the League should place a neurologist in the press box along with the trainer, to ensure that someone with a specialty in concussions is present.
Even prior to the helmet-on-helmet hit involving Colt McCoy, Seeger Weiss LLP has been putting significant pressure on the NFL to improve its treatment of players’ concussions. In early December, the experienced drug injury and medical malpractice attorneys of Seeger Weiss filed a lawsuit against the League on behalf of 11 former players. These athletes now suffer from a host of ailments due to the League’s repeated mistreatment and neglect of concussions.
If you have suffered from a sports related injury or have experienced any of the adverse effects of Toradol, a drug administered by the NFL that is known to decrease the warning signs of a concussion, contact Seeger Weiss today. Our drug injury and medical malpractice attorneys will review your case for free.