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Social Media Crisis Management for Trial Lawyers

Today, 4.8 billion people worldwide use the internet, and approximately 4.48 billion of those internet users are active social media users. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, internet and social media use skyrocketed, with data usage up by more than 60%. Now, more than ever, law firms and lawyers must think carefully about social media policies, internet […]

Michigan Woman Claims Gardasil HPV Vaccine Caused Life-Changing Injuries

The national law firm of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a young Michigan woman who developed postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and other serious health problems after receiving the Gardasil human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.   Gardasil attorneys Bijan Esfandiari, Nicole Maldonado, Michael L. Baum, Monique Alarcon, and co-counsel Robert F. Kennedy, […]

Paraquat vs. Roundup: A Case Study

According to a June 22, 2021 court filing, Syngenta, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, and Chevron USA had hundreds of cases pending against them in state and federal courts across the country. The lawsuits claim that their paraquat-based herbicides cause Parkinson’s disease. All named defendants have denied liability.  Paraquat dichloride is a highly toxic chemical commonly […]

Data & Practice Hacks

A data hack affecting millions of T-Mobile customers recently came to light when on August 15, 2021 a hacker posted on a dark web forum that it was offering the social security numbers and drivers license numbers of about 30 million people from T-Mobile internal databases for about $270,000.  T-Mobile finally acknowledged that the company […]

Gender Stereotypes in Mass Torts

by Leah Rush Easterby, Contributing Editor For years, women have raised concerns over outdated and discriminatory practices in mass tort cases. The trickle-down effect from patriarchal stereotypes at the highest levels of government, workplaces, and courthouses means that time and time again, women have not received the most effective representation in mass tort cases, nor […]

Why Were Insys Therapeutics, Inc. and CEO John Kapoor Indicted and Not The Sacklers and Purdue Pharma? A Retrospective Look Back to the 2018 Insys Criminal Indictments

Why Were Insys Therapeutics, Inc. and CEO John Kapoor Indicted and Not The Sacklers and Purdue Pharma? A Retrospective Look Back to the 2018 Insys Criminal Indictments  The Opioid Crisis Behind The Scenes by Mark A. York (June 8, 2018 original date) (revised with additional comments August 25, 2021) Subsys – an Insys Therapeutics, Inc. Pharmaceutical […]


By Mark A. York, Editor August 18, 2021 (MASS TORT NEWS) Bayer filed a Writ of Certiorari with the US Supreme Court on Aug. 16, regarding the $25 million federal court verdict in the Edwin Hardeman trial, who was able to show exposure to glyphosate from spraying Roundup on his property caused his non-Hodgkins lymphoma. […]

Endo International and Arnold Porter Opioid Discovery Abuses

    by Mark York, Editor Endo International’s opioid defense counsel Arnold & Porter,  is facing  civil contempt charges in the New York state court opioid trial currently underway In Re Opioids Litigation, Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Jerry Garguilo. Reflecting the gravity of the issue, Arnold & Porter has hired lawyers from three powerhouse commercial firms including Steptoe […]

Navigating Preemption

By Leah Rush Easterby, Contributing Editor Featuring comments by Marcus J. Susen, Esq. Constitutional doctrine makes clear that federal law is supreme when state laws “interfere with, or are contrary to” federal law. Federal law can preempt state law either expressly or impliedly. Corporate defendants routinely seek dismissal with three preemption theories. Express preemption, based […]