Firm News: Apr. 2014

W&L Opens Doors for NYC Asbestos Clients

Plaintiffs injured by toxic asbestos fibers will now be able to request punitive damages from the companies that put them in harm’s way in appropriate circumstances. On April 8, Justice Sherry K. Heitler issued a decision reinstating New York asbestos plaintiffs’ ability to seek punitive damages at trial in New York City Asbestos Litigation (“NYCAL”)…

Jury Awards $9 Billion to Diabetic Put at Cancer Risk by Actos

A Louisiana jury has awarded $9 billion to a New York man who developed bladder cancer after taking Actos. The verdict, issued Monday night, orders Takeda Pharmaceuticals to pay $6 billion in punitive damages, and Eli Lilly to pay $3 billion. Plaintiff Terrence Allen, a New York resident, was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2011…

Relkin and Gaffney Declared Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers magazine selected Weitz & Luxenberg attorney Ellen Relkin, Esq., as one of 2014’s top legal professionals in New Jersey for plaintiff class-action and tort litigations. The magazine also named Weitz & Luxenberg attorney Mary Grabish Gaffney, Esq., as a 2014 New Jersey “Super Lawyer Rising Star” for personal-injury litigations involving plaintiffs harmed by…

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