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Kentucky judge allows disbarred attorney Lerach to stay on case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – Judge Phillip Shepherd of Kentucky's Franklin Circuit Court rejected a motion April 17 by defendants asking whether disbarred attorney William S. Lerach should be prevented from working as a “pension consultant” in a major investment-gone-wrong lawsuit.

U.S. Supreme Court to hear objection of $8.5M Google settlement; Class members get nothing, funds sent to lawyers' alma maters

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Petitioners opposing Google's settlement of a class action lawsuit are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to provide greater clarity on the use of the doctrine of “cy pres” after a federal appeals court approved the agreement, sending millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations that are not plaintiffs in the case.

Jury hits C.R. Bard with $35 million in punitive damages in N.J. pelvic mesh implant trial

HACKENSACK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A jury on April 13 hit New Jersey maker of mesh implant devices C.R. Bard with $35 million in punitive damages in addition to the $33 million in compensatory damages awarded the previous day for the alleged physical damage its mesh device caused a North Carolina woman.

Jury awards woman $23 million in C.R. Bard implant trial in New Jersey

HACKENSACK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A jury by 7-1 vote on April 12 ruled that $23 million in damages be awarded to plaintiff Mary McGinnis after deciding a pelvic mesh implant caused the 70-year-old North Carolina woman to suffer inflammation, severe pain, loss of lifestyle and mounting medical bills when the mesh had to be removed over subsequent surgeries.

Doctor says woman’s osteoarthritis not asymptomatic in C.R. Bard mesh trial

HACKENSACK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A noted orthopedic surgeon maintained that a woman suing New Jersey-based C.R. Bard over allegations that a pelvic implant device caused pain experienced issues because of arthritis, not the implant.

Allegations of pelvic mesh shrinkage considered in C.R. Bard trial

HACKENSACK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – An attorney for Mary McGinnis in her lawsuit against C.R. Bard said during trial that the pelvic mesh McGinnis had installed in her pelvic region in 2009 shrunk and distorted, while the defendant contends it can be tissues attempting to heal that causes mesh shape change, not the mesh.

Former C.R. Bard VP said company 'chose not to remind' resin maker over use of resin in medical products

HACKENSACK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A former C.R. Bard vice president told a jury April 6 that the use of a resin substance in pelvic implant devices had not been communicated to a supplier of the resin because if the supplier found out its resin material was being used for medical purposes, it might prohibit its availability.

Attorneys in C.R. Bard mesh implant trial dispute woman’s physical condition

HACKENSACK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys for the plaintiff and defendant jousted again over the issue of whether a pelvic mesh implant intended to treat a sagging bladder was the cause of damage to a woman’s body, or whether it was her own arthritic condition that caused her alleged pain.

Attorneys in C.R. Bard mesh trial spar over wording

HACKENSACK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Adam Slater, the attorney for plaintiff Mary McGinnis, attempted to use the previously published words of a noted female pelvic specialist serving as a witness for defendant C.R. Bard to refute the contention that mesh implant devices were safe.

Attorneys for C.R. Bard examine woman’s medical history in implant mesh trial

HACKENSACK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys for defendant C.R. Bard on April 2 called their own witness, a urologist and pelvic reconstruction surgeon specialist, who said the cause of plaintiff Mary McGinnis’ painful symptoms were not a result of a defective vaginal mesh implant, but her pre-history of arthritis.

Plaintiff's attorney challenges star defendant witness in C.R. Bard mesh implant case

HACKENSACK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The attorney for the plaintiff went after a defendant's star witness on April 3, downplaying the urologist and reconstruction surgeon specialist’s experience with a pelvic mesh implant device the plaintiff alleged damaged her life and resulted in excruciating pain.

Plaintiff recounts pain she says came from mesh implant in C.R. Bard trial in New Jersey

HACKENSACK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Plaintiff Mary McGinnis told a jury March 29 how her life had changed because of the polypropylene mesh implant she had surgically placed in 2009, which instead of propping up a sagging bladder as intended, allegedly caused tissue inflammation and intense burning pain, necessitating removal by surgery.

Plaintiff's prior medical history discussed in New Jersey pelvic mesh trial

HACKENSACK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys representing a medical device company alleged to have manufactured a pelvic mesh implant a woman claims caused her injury sought to portray the source of the woman’s pain not a result of the implant, but unrelated arthritic conditions in trial March 28.

Benefits/risks of pelvic mesh addressed in C.R. Bard trial taking place in New Jersey

HACKENSACK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The trial over a woman’s allegations against a medical manufacturer over a mesh implant device that allegedly caused her intense pain and physical damage focused March 27 on the perceived risk versus benefit of the device.

Trial testimony questions appropriateness of pelvic mesh in N.J. case against C.R. Bard

HACKENSACK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Jury trial resumed on March 26 in a woman’s lawsuit seeking damages against a medical manufacturer whose pelvic implant device used for bladder support allegedly instead led to chronic inflammation and pain and had to be surgically removed.

Jury trial in C.R. Bard pelvic mesh injury suit underway in New Jersey

HACKENSACK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A jury trial has begun in the lawsuit of a woman suing the manufacturer of a medical pelvic mesh device that was implanted in her transvaginal region to support a sinking bladder but instead allegedly caused her chronic pain.

Legal reform advocates point to medical malpractice figures in New York, Pennsylvania

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – Experts who have watched medical malpractice lawsuits skyrocket in states like New York, Rhode Island and New Jersey say government has made it too easy and attractive to sue and reform must happen.

Los Angeles Waterkeeper, waste management company agree to settlement in stormwater pollution case

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A Santa Monica-based environmental water quality nonprofit settled a lawsuit with a waste management corporation after the company agreed to upgrade its water treatment systems for storm runoff.

N.J. court dismisses RICO lawsuit against plaintiffs firm, says accuser was close to being sanctioned

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey federal judge on Jan. 8 dismissed an amended complaint that accused a law firm of running a “racketeering-style” scam operation designed to generate bogus legal fees in class action lawsuits.

To plaintiffs' dismay, SCOTUS likely won't review 'case-killer' TCPA decision

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – It appears unlikely that the U.S. Supreme Court will review a judgment that says the Federal Communications Commission does not have the authorization to require businesses to include an “opt-out” notice on solicited fax advertisements.