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Product liability, mass tort and class action - plaintiff in United States

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC

With a depth of experience in environmental mass torts, personal data theft, consumer false advertising, wrongful death, property damage, and automotive and highway safety, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC has represented plaintiffs in several high-profile matters. Most recently the team's involvement, led by renowned Washington D.C-based practice head Theodore Leopold, in the Flint Water case resulted in a monumental settlement. The firm also has strengths in the field of data breaches and consumer security, evidenced by its recent success in a class action led by Washington D.C-based co-head Andrew Friedman against Equifax. Leslie Kroeger in Florida also heads the practice, focusing on product liability, wrongful death and managed care abuse allegations.

Practice head(s):

Leslie Kroeger; Theodore Leopold; Andrew Friedman

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Litigating a variety of cases related to negligent conduct and defective products Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, a 100-attorney-strong firm, has been part of some of the most significant civil cases in the country in the past 25 years. In a matter against PG&E representing California wildfire victims, San Fransisco-based Elizabeth Cabraser and Lexi Hazam reached a settlement of historic proportions. Other recent successes include a favorable conclusion of a mass tort against an automotive company, led by New York-based David Stellings and a mass tort victory lead by New York-based Jonathan Selbin and Annika Martin on behalf of thousands of victims of sexual abuse. San Francisco-based Robert Nelson draws on experience in a wide range of issues and has acted for plaintiffs in numerous class actions. March 2020 saw the extension of the firm's reach with the opening of its first international office in Munich.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Cabraser; Robert Nelson; Lexi Hazam

Other key lawyers:

David Stellings; Annika Martin; Jonathan Selbin; Sarah London; Mark Chalos

Work highlights

  • Individual and class lawsuits against California utility giant PG&E for losses relating to the devastating October 2017 North Bay Fires and 2018 Camp Fire; participated in negotiations with PG&E culminating in an historic settlement (approximately $13.5 billion trust) on behalf of fire victims.
  • Individual lawsuits seeking justice from the manufacturers, distributors and dispensers of prescription opioid drugs for the unprecedented destructive opioid epidemic raging across the U.S.
  • Groundbreaking 18,000-student-victim sexual abuse case against USC and Dr. George Tyndall regarding 20+ years of abusive gynecological conduct; landmark $215-million settlement negotiated in part by the firm. Affecting thousands of women directly and millions more through its outcome, validations, and precedent, the Tyndall case has had a nationwide impact, a domino case for women taking back their agency and gaining long-deferred justice.

Motley Rice LLC

Motley Rice LLC  represents a diverse list of clients in a growing variety of complex civil litigation matters both nationally and internationally with the experienced team routinely handling large and high-profile class actions and MDLs. The firm specializes in medical drugs and devices, product recalls, vehicle defects and other hazardous products, including tobacco and opioid misuse. In addition it is active in enviromental matters, in a recent highlight Mount Pleasant-based firm co-founder Joseph Rice led a team that was involved in reaching a vital settlement in the landmark Flint water crisis. Nationally recognized plaintiff lawyer Fidelma Fitzpatrick in Rhode Island and New York has recently achieved a significant settlement in a medical device matter. Daniel Lapinski, based in New Jersey, is another name to note in the firm.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Rice; Fred Thompson; Donald Migliori; Anne McGinness Kearse; John Herrick; Michael Elsner; Kevin Dean; John Baden; Linda Singer; Fidelma Fitzpatrick; Kimberly Barone Baden; Daniel Lapinski; Esther Berezofsky

Work highlights

  • Lead counsel for thousands of women who suffered severe effects caused by Essure permanent birth control.
  • Serving as co-lead counsel and a member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the National Prescription Opiate MDL, comprised of claims filed by more than 2,800 cities counties towns and other jurisdictions impacted by the opioid crisis.
  • Serving on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee asclass counsel for residents exposed to lead contaminated water.

Simmons Hanly Conroy

With extensive experience in mass tort, multi-district product liability and sexual abuse matters, Simmons Hanly Conroy has in recent years reached beyond its previous successes in asbestos product liability cases and opioid litigation to become an all-round force in the US legal sphere. At the helm of the practice is Alton Illinois-based expert trial lawyer John Simmons together with civil trial lawyer and mass tort specialist Paul Hanly Jr and product liability and pharmaceutical specialist Jayne Conroy, both based in New York. In the Alton office Trent Miracle is head of the pharmaceutical litigation department, which has been involved in high-profile nationwide matters and Perry Browder leads the firm's strong asbestos department.

Practice head(s):

John Simmons; Paul Hanly Jr.; Jayne Conroy; Trent Miracle; Perry Browder

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Alesio; Jason Barnes; Donald Blydenburgh

Baron & Budd, P.C.

National plaintiff firm Baron & Budd, P.C. , which can draw on over four decades of experience in this space, is known across the the country for its impressive successes in litigation surrounding environmental damages, asbestos exposure, and dangerous drugs and medical devices among others. The firm has experience of taking on litigation that spans decades, as well as large class actions. Leading the firm is Dallas-based firm president and managing shareholder Russell Budd.

Practice head(s):

Russell Budd

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

The mass tort and class action specialists at Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. have been and continue to be involved in some of the most high-profile cases in the country including litigation surrounding water contamination and asbestos exposure. The firm's expertise also extends to product liability matters in the automotive, consumer products and pharmaceutical space. Montgomery-based Andy Birchfield heads the firm’s mass tort section as well as specializing in drug and medical device litigation.

Practice head(s):

Andy Birchfield

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.

Known for their expertise in mass torts and multi-district litigation the lawyers at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. have continued to provide nationwide legal representation to clients in a wide scope of matters. The team represents plaintiffs in claims relating to dangerous pharmaceutical products, and medical devices as well as in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims. The sucesses and trial experience of Denver-based Michael Burg and Seth Katz have made the firm a formidable force.

Practice head(s):

Michael Burg; Seth Katz

Seeger Weiss LLP

Operating in a multitude of areas, Seeger Weiss LLP has gained significant results around the US for its work with consumer classes, defrauded investors, corporate whistleblowers and qui tam litigation, mass torts and class action cases. This has included most recently concussion cases relating to the NFL. Founding partner Christopher Seeger is based in New York. He is renowned nationwide for his expertise in multi-district litigation and class actions involving prescription drugs, toxic tort and personal injury. The firm has als5o moved further into the environmental sphere with the recent opening of an environmental practice in Massachusetts.

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Seeger

The Lanier Law Firm

With over 60 attorneys in offices in Houston, New York and Los Angeles The Lanier Law Firm represents its plaintiff clients across the country in a number of product liability matters, drawing on experience in matters relating to asbestos exposure, mesothelioma, medical malpractice, oil and gas litigation and personal injury. Houston-based Mark Lanier is the leading figure at the firm and has achieved several very successful verdicts in high-profile matters. The firm's appellate practice plays a key role in its litigation strategy.

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lanier

DiCello Levitt Gutzler LLC

With Chicago-based veteran litigator Adam Levitt and mass tort specialist Marc DiCello in Mentor at the helm, DiCello Levitt Gutzler LLC is a noteworthy firm for its variety of focus areas, including personal class actions and automotive claims. Most recently Levitt and Chicago-based lawyers John Tangren and Amy Keller, a name to note, have reached a substantial settlement in litigation against Navistar. The firm also handles work for various state attorneys general as well as acting for municipalities, and the interests of states in qui tam cases.  The team has grown with two new hires from the United States Department of Justice; Frank Amanat joined in August 2020 and Bruce Bernstein in September 2020.

Practice head(s):

Adam Levitt; Marc DiCello

Other key lawyers:

John Tangren; Amy Keller

Key clients

State of New Mexico, Office of the Attorney General

State of Illinois

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Arctic Aviation Assets DAC

State of Michigan

Work highlights

  • Served as co-lead counsel in the high-profile class action litigation against Navistar arising out of the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) setups the company used on its previous MaxxForce 11-liter and 13-liter diesel engines and worked to achieve a landmark settlement in the automobile industry. The firm helped a class of truck consumers reach a $135 million settlement to end multidistrict litigation in Illinois federal court alleging the company knowingly sold defective diesel engines. Per the settlement, class members were able to choose a “no questions asked” cash payment of up to $2,500 per truck; a $10,000 rebate off of the best negotiated purchase price of a new truck; or provable out-of-pocket costs up to $15,000 per truck related to the EGR setup.
  • One of the firm’s lawyers served as co-lead counsel in the massive Equifax data breach MDL. The litigation stemmed from Equifax’s insufficient and allegedly negligent cybersecurity practices that led to the exposure of names, birth dates, social security numbers, and other sensitive personal information. Played a pivotal role in securing the latest settlement in a data breach to date, including a cash fund of up to $505 million, and a commitment from Equifax to invest $1 billion in security changes.  Equifax also had to guarantee that it would cover credit monitoring for each and every single class member who wanted it—which could result in the credit monitoring company paying more than $3 billion in damages under the settlement.

Grant & Eisenhofer P.A.

With a focus on complex pharmaceutical and medical device litigation Grant & Eisenhofer P.A., led by San Francisco based 'practical plaintiffs' lawyer' Elizabeth Graham , is well equipped for state court coordinated proceedings and multidistrict litigation matters. The firm has been involved in some of the most high-profile matters in the country such as litigation surrounding the birth control device Essure. Wilmington-based Adam Gomez specializes in complex pharmaceutical medical device and environmental disputes. Sindhu Daniel, a lawyer with 20 years of experience in this space, joined the firm from Baron & Budd in September 2020.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Graham

Other key lawyers:

Adam Gomez; Sindhu Daniel

Testimonials

This firm is very good at resolving cases in a practical way and understanding what their opponents need to find ways to settle.

Beth Graham is one of the most practical plaintiffs’ lawyers with whom I have settled cases. She represents her clients very well, but she understands how to negotiate and structure agreements in a way that maximizes the changes of achieving resolution.’

Work highlights

  • Served as one of the four lead firms in negotiating the terms of an overall $1.6 billion Essure settlement achieved for thousands of women, including the almost 2,000 clients represented by G&E.
  • Representing members of the HIV community injured by Gilead Sciences, Inc.’s negligent design of tenofovir-based antiretroviral medications.
  • Representing victims of the Paradise, California Camp Fire—the deadliest in the state’s history—where plaintiffs allege that fires were sparked by aging, unsafe electrical infrastructure maintained by Pacific Gas & Electric.

Herman, Herman & Katz LLC

The New Orleans-based personal injury specialists at Herman, Herman & Katz LLC offer their services to clients with claims related to brain and burn injuries, wrongful death, medical malpractice, dangerous products, as well as car accidents. The team also works on behalf of survivors and their families in cases of church sexual abuse. Also based in New Orleans is senior partner Russ Herman, an experienced litigator who runs an active appellate practice.

Other key lawyers:

Russ Herman

Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Rafferty & Proctor, P.A.

Specializing in a range of matters related to prescription drugs, medical devices, defective products, personal injury and environmental matters, Pensacola-based Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Rafferty & Proctor, P.A. looks back on over 60 years as a plaintiff firm. Award-winning founding partner Mike Papantonio has handled thousands of mass tort cases and numerous trials, earning him a stellar reputation as a plaintiff lawyer.

Other key lawyers:

Mike Papantonio

Napoli Shkolnik PLLC

Representing clients in a number of high-profile mass torts and litigations, including matters related to opioids, asbestos exposure, e-cigarettes and 3M earplugs, Napoli Shkolnik PLLC  is active across the country with offices from Washington DC to Texas. The firm has also seen nationwide success for workers compensation claims, medical malpractice cases, personal injury claims and arbitration. Based in the New York city principle office are both founding partners Marie Napoli and Hunter Shkolnik.

Other key lawyers:

Marie Napoli; Hunter Shkolnik

Weitz & Luxenberg PC

Weitz & Luxenberg PC is a New York-based firm with a focus and depth that spans across a variety of areas ranging from asbestos exposure to pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, as well as toxic tort issues, environmental matters and workers’ rights. The firm has grown considerably over the years whilst retaining the original co-founders Robert Gordon and Perry Weitz, who are both indispensable members of the team.

Other key lawyers:

Perry Weitz; Robert Gordon