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Attorneys Contribute to NJAJ Meadowlands Mass Tort Seminar

December 2, 2021
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Weitz & Luxenberg attorney Bharati Sharma co-chairs the New Jersey Association for Justice’s Meadowlands Seminar 2021: Mass Tort in December. While Ms. Sharma co-chairs, attorney Brendan McDonough is presenting at the Mass Torts portion of the seminar.

The Meadowlands Seminar is held December 8 – 10 at the Hilton Meadowlands Hotel in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This event features 24 seminars held over three days. This format makes it possible for participants to move from seminar to seminar, listening in on different topics and customizing their experience to their specific needs and interests. The seminar features outstanding speakers from local and regional areas of the country, as well as national experts.

Experience in Asbestos Exposure Lawsuits

Ms. Sharma, an experienced attorney in W&L’s defective drugs and medical devices litigation unit, is currently handling cases brought against Johnson & Johnson for its asbestos-contaminated talcum products. Thousands of people across the country have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and other asbestos-exposure illnesses linked to use of these products.

“Tens of thousands of women have unnecessarily suffered from ovarian cancer as a result of using J&J’s talcum powder products, with thousands of new ovarian cancer diagnoses each year. Despite J&J’s attempt to evade responsibility to these women through the bankruptcy process, we will continue to aggressively pursue J&J and hold it accountable for its actions,” asserts Ms. Sharma.

A successful litigator, with a track record of winning millions of dollars for clients, Ms. Sharma has already filed numerous lawsuits on behalf of women suffering from ovarian cancer caused by Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder.

CPAP: Philips Dream Machine

On Wednesday, December 8, from 4:15 to 4:30 p.m., Mr. McDonough is presenting on CPAP: Philips Dream Machine. He is representing clients who have been injured by Philips Respironics CPAP breathing machines. Philips has voluntarily recalled certain CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator devices due to concerns about the company’s polyester-based polyurethane sound abatement foam.

“Thousands of clients who have used a Philips sleep apnea device have suffered serious injuries, with hundreds more inquiring every week. These breathing devices leach dangerous chemicals and particles that people can breathe in,” Mr. McDonough says.

“By subjecting millions of users of its products to toxic effects, Philips has created a genuine public health crisis,” Mr. McDonough explains. “We have a responsibility to our clients to do everything in our power to make sure Philips is held accountable.”

Mr. McDonough adds, “We are still in the early stages of investigating these claims, collecting discovery, and evaluating emerging literature. As more information becomes available, we will share our findings with our colleagues. Greater understanding of the science involved with these devices will inform ongoing litigation.”

Weitz & Luxenberg has filed cases that are part of the newly formed multidistrict litigation in the Western District of Pennsylvania and has been appointed as one of the interim lead counsel.

Mass Tort Lightning Round

Ms. Sharma and Mr. McDonough are participating in the seminar’s Lightning Round Questions and Answers session from 4:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8, along with renowned colleagues from across the country.

Mr. McDonough is available to speak on his current litigation effort, Philips recalled CPAP devices, while Ms. Sharma moderates.

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