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Victories for Victims of Defective Johnson & Johnson Products

3/30/2016

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-There have been a variety of great victories for the victims of defective drugs and devices in the recent weeks.  At Koester & Bradley, we like to keep our friends in Champaign-Urbana and across Central Illinois up-to-speed on the latest Mass Tort developments so that if you or a loved on has the same or similar device you too can protect your rights.  In this update, we focus on one of America's most prolific companies, Johnson & Johnson. 
  • A Texas Jury hammered Johnson & Johnson for $500 million over the defective and dangerous Pinnacle Metal on Metal Hip system.  Ryan Bradley at Koester & Bradley has been handling these cases since 2008 and has successfully resolved numerous claims for Koester & Bradley Clients.  Following a two-month trial, jurors deliberated for only a week before finding that the Pinnacle hips were defectively designed, and that the companies failed to warn the public about their risks.  It is important to understand that these hips are only in the metal on metal category and that Pinnacle hips with ceramic or plastic inserts are not included.  Jurors awarded about $140 million in total compensatory damages and about $360 million in punitive damages.  Verdicts in these early trials are not binding on the rest of the litigation, but are used to help gauge the value of the remaining claims.  More than 8,000 Pinnacle lawsuits have been consolidated in Texas federal court. DePuy stopped selling the metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle devices in 2013. That year, it paid $2.5 billion to settle more than 7,000 lawsuits over a separate metal-on-metal hip device, the ASR, which was recalled in 2010.  It should be noted that Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal, however the verdict should provide guidance for the settlement of other claims.  
  • A state jury in Missouri returned a $72 million verdict in the case of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to long-term use of Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products.  The talcum cases are particularly disturbing in that evidence showed that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the dangerous side effects of talc and refused to act. Again, It should be noted that Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal, however the verdict should provide guidance for the settlement of other claims.  
  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson's drug making arm, has also been on the losing end of various million dollar verdicts.  In Philadelphia, juries in the past year found that the antipsychotic drug Risperdal causes male users to develop breasts and returned verdicts of $500,000, $2.5 million and $1.75 million in those cases.
  • Continuing its bad run in the City of Brotherly Love, the company was hit with verdicts of $12.5 million in January and $13.5 million in February over its pelvic mesh products.  While Johnson & Johnson and its mesh products from Ethicon are not the only defective vaginal mesh devices on the market, it controls a large slice of the market.  On March 29, the New Jersey Appellate Division upheld an $11.1 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc. in the first bellwether pelvic mesh trial in New Jersey state court.

​This spate of verdicts has some in the legal and medical community questioning whether or not Johnson & Johnson has lost its way.  Whether or not this is true, residents of Champaign-Urban and Central Illinois should be aware of the threats to the devices and drugs that are present in our community.  As always, Koester & Bradley is here to help. 

Read more: http://www.njlawjournal.com/id=1202753661247/Are-Big-Verdicts-a-Sign-Johnson-amp-Johnson-Has-Lost-Its-Way#ixzz44VrMvBcx


Vaginal Mesh Cases on the Rise in Central Illinois

3/16/2016

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The FDA has warned that it is not clear that transvaginal POP repair with mesh is more effective than traditional non-mesh repair in all patients with POP, and that vaginal mesh may expose patients to greater risk.  Still mesh is used widely across Champaign-Urbana and Central Illinois.

The  FDA  issued this warning because mesh has been shown to erode into the vaginal walls.  It may also tighten or shift, causing it to protrude into the vaginal canal.  In certain women, the mesh begins to cause injury only a year after surgery.

Injured women may experience:
  • Erosion, and possible exposure or extrusion, of mesh through vaginal tissue
  • Perforation of pelvic organs, bowels and blood vessels
  • Pelvic pain and difficulty moving
  • Abdominal pressure
  • Recurrence of POP
  • Vaginal discharge and infections
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Vagina scarring or shortening
  • Urinary incontinence

Ryan Bradley  at  Koester & Bradley, LLP is investigating vaginal mesh cases from many manufacturers.  (read more)

Metal-on-Metal Hips : DePuy Pinnacle Hips in Champaign Urbana following $502 Million Verdict 

3/16/2016

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Koester & Bradley is continuing its investigation and representation of claims resulting from all metal-on-metal hip prostheses.  This includes the DePuy Pinnacle Metal on Metal Hip system that is widely used in Central Illinois.  Hospitals such as Presence Covenant Medical Center (Provena), Carle Foundation Hospital, and Decatur Memorial Hospital have implanted many Pinnacle hips.  The efficacy of these devices has been called into question by the consumer protection community and the FDA and in many cases full-blown recalls have been issued for devices implanted throughout Champaign-Urbana and Central Illinois.

It is important to understand that the doctors that implanted metal hips are not to blame for the failure of the device.  The doctors and hospitals are victims as well.  Koester & Bradley has been working closely with area clinics and doctors for almost ten years on hip implant cases and continues to do so. 


Despite the fact that many makers such as DePuy and Stryker have begun the settlement process for claims, it is important to have a local attorney help with the settlement process.

Metal-on-Metal Hip Manufacturers include:

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Syngenta Viptera Litigation in Champaign County

3/02/2016

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Attorney Ryan Bradley has coordinated with the top agricultural litigation attorneys in the country to represent local farmers that have been impacted by China's failure to approve Syngenta Viptera corn for import.  Presently, Koester & Bradley and its partner firms are pursuing all of their cases in Marion County Illinois. Whether or not a farmer grew Syngenta, if you planted corn in the last few years your crop may be impacted, and you have nothing to lose by investigation a claim.  

There are many attorneys seeking out farmers for clients.  Beware of the hard sell and make sure that your attorney not only has experience with litigation, but specifically with agricultural litigation.

As always feel free to reach out to Ryan with any questions.  (read more) 

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Ryan R Bradley is a personal injury and litigation lawyer based in Champaign County Illinois focused on representing injured clients and businesses navigate the maze of litigation to financial recovery.  


Tom Koester is a personal injury attorney based in Champaign County in Central Illinois focused on representing the injured and victims of Medical Malpractice and Personal Injuries.