A Philadelphia jury returned a $2.5 million verdict against healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson for a 20-year-old autistic man from Alabama who allegedly developed large breasts as a teenager while prescribed the antipsychotic medication Risperdal. The lawsuit charged that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers of the distressing side effects that Risperdal causes, concealing from officials the dangerous and defective risks involved when taking the prescribed medication.
Photo: Lieff Cabraser attorneys (left to right) Sarah London, Lexi Hazam, Paulina do Amaral, and Annika Martin at the 2014 Women En Mass conference in Colorado.
The legal industry at the partnership level across all practice areas predominantly consists of male lawyers. According to the National Association of Women Lawyers, only 17 percent of partners at the nation's largest 200 firms are female.
Lieff Cabraser attorney Annika K. Martin will be one of the distinguished speakers on the Litigation At Sunrise (CLE) panel, set to take place Tuesday, February 24 at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) 2015 Winter Convention. The convention will take place in Palm Springs, CA at the Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa from February 21-25, 2015. Martin will be headlining a talk entitled "An Introduction to Issue Class Certification Under Rule 23(c)(4)."
The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) presents a CLE panel discussion on "What They Don't Teach in Law School About How Law Firms Really Work" at the BASF Conference Center on February 23, 2015. Lieff Cabraser attorney Kelly M. Dermody will be one of the distinguished speakers at the event. Topics of discussion will include the different firm models and practice groups, how clients are retained, the common fee arrangements for law firms, and how to succeed in a firm's internal marketplace.
In the latest issue of Business Torts & RICO News, a publication of the Business Torts & Civil RICO Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, Lieff Cabraser attorney Lin Y. Chan addresses of the question of antitrust standing requirements in the context of state Illinois Brick repealer statutes.
The Southern Trial Lawyers Association presents its 27th Annual Conference Wednesday, February 11 through Sunday, February 15 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in New Orleans. Lieff Cabraser attorney Mark P. Chalos will be speaking about Rule 23 class cases on liability and injury at the February 12 panel. The conference will also include panel discussions on topics such as: how to obtain and handle cases, storytelling through witness examination, damages, the positive and negative aspects of litigation, and product liability.
As noted in numerous news stories today, Minnesota medical device manufacturer Medtronic will pay $2.8 million to the U.S. Justice Department to settle a False Claims Act case alleging the company paid doctors tens of thousands to recommend an unapproved medical procedure that was not shown to be safe or effective.
Lieff Cabraser attorney Nicholas R. Diamand will be speaking at a live 90-minute CLE webinar, sponsored by Strafford, with interactive Q&A on February 10, 2015. The webinar will discuss the ethical risks involved in class litigation, and the strategies for both plaintiff and defense counsel to avoid ethics violations and malpractice liability.
The Consumer Attorneys of California, College of Trial Arts, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and Bar Association of San Francisco present the 9th Annual Class Action Seminar on February 10, 2015 at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco. Lieff Cabraser attorney Jason Lichtman is one of the distinguished attorneys speaking at the seminar. Lichtman will discuss how to prove uniform damages post-Comcast in products class actions.