Weitz & Luxenberg proudly sponsored the 2022 Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation (MC-LEF) Philadelphia Gala dinner. It was held on Saturday, October 22, at Rivers Casino in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The guest of honor was General David Berger, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corp (USMC).
W&L attorneys joined in the festivities to honor such an honoree dedicated to service and justice. Benjamin Goldman and Bharati O. Sharma from our firm’s Cherry Hill, New Jersey, office attended the event to provide an in-person show of support.
Also recognized at the event were Medal of Honor recipients Colonel Barney Barnum, Colonel Jack Jacobs, General James Livingston, Lieutenant Mike Thornton, Specialist 5 Jim McCloughan, and Lieutenant Brian Thacker. The Law Enforcement Honoree was John Mc Nesby. The Eagle, Globe & Anchor Award went to Michael J. Rounds and the Semper Fidelis Award to Major Sean Toolan, USMC.
The MC-LEF is a volunteer driven organization. It provides a $35,000 educational account for every child who loses a parent serving in the USMC or Federal Law Enforcement Agency.
Proudly Supporting Our Veterans
Weitz & Luxenberg has a long and proud history of supporting our veterans. In fact, we have represented 27,000 veterans over the past few decades.
Typically, our veteran clients have come to us because they have developed lung cancer or mesothelioma after being exposed to the deadly carcinogen asbestos. Mesothelioma is one of the worst diseases definitively linked to asbestos exposure.
Mesothelioma is an insidious, yet aggressive disease, and takes decades to develop. By the time our clients receive an accurate diagnosis, the disease has often spread. It is often already in an advanced stage, and sometimes treatable but not curable.
Since the mid-1980s, W&L has made it our mission to help vets diagnosed with this devastating disease. And we will continue to do so until the disease has been eradicated and corporations have put an end to hazardous working environments.
W&L Representing Veterans Harmed by Camp Lejeune Water
W&L is now hearing from U.S. Marines harmed by contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. We are filing lawsuits against the federal government on behalf of clients. They were diagnosed with severe illnesses after drinking toxic water while stationed at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between 1953 and 1987.
Some of the significant diseases our clients have developed include leukemia, bladder and other forms of cancer, and Parkinson’s disease. Our lawsuits accuse the federal government of providing hazardous drinking water to people in the service, businesses, and residents living in the community during that time period.
President Joe Biden signed into law a bill allowing veterans harmed by the contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune to file a lawsuit in U.S. federal court in August 2022. If you sustained severe injuries, you may be entitled to compensation.
In recent decades, scientists have found dangerously high levels of poisonous chemicals in Camp Lejeune’s water supply. These chemicals include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as perchloroethylene (PCE), a dry-cleaning solvent, and trichloroethylene (TCE), a degreaser.
It may have been almost seven decades since veterans and their families lived at Camp Lejeune, but everyone living there at the time — including civilian workers — was potentially exposed to toxic chemicals in their drinking water. At the time, there was no admission from the government that people were being exposed. But now we are encouraging veterans who were stationed in this region to notify us about any illnesses they developed because of the contamination.
The way we see it, you were serving our country, and our country should have taken all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being.
About Our New Jersey Office
Weitz & Luxenberg opened our Cherry Hill office to give us a strong presence in the region. This including all of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Our attorneys also play an important role in supporting our firm’s litigation efforts across the country. We also support local organizations with worthy causes. And W&L attorneys are honored to be able to attend the events we support. This includes the MC-LEF Gala/
Mr. Goldman works on veteran-oriented cases for mesothelioma from asbestos exposure. He also handles environmental pollution and consumer protection cases. Currently, he brings his courtroom experience to our ongoing trials for the Roundup weed killer litigation.
Ms. Sharma litigates cases of defective drugs and medical devices. She has with a strong background in handling complicated defective medical device and pharmaceutical lawsuits. She has a special focus on ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder exposure.
Our main focus initially was asbestos. Many of our clients were exposed through their work in factories, shipyards, and construction sites. Ultimately, Weitz & Luxenberg has extended its reach to help even more people who were unknowingly exposed to hazardous substances. And, unfortunately, this includes vets who served at Campe Lejeune.