Virginia: Special Cases – a Lawyer’s MDLs

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Trial is the monthly journal of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), formerly American Trial Lawyers Association (“ATLA”).  It issue for July, 2016, is entitled “DRUGS & DEVICES”.

July 2016 Trial marquees “A Milestone in Gender Equality”.  That article covers the first plaintiffs’ steering committee to be comprised by a majority of female lawyers, which was approved by a female judge in the Ethicon power morcellator multidistrict litigation (“MDL”), involving a surgical device that allegedly spreads deadly cancer while removing uterine fibroids.  Id. at 44-57.

Under the heading “ATTACKING PREEMPTION,” Trial also features “COMBAT REIGEL EXPANSION,” id. at 24-30; and “OVERCOME THE CLEAR EVIDENCE DEFENSE”.  Id. at 32-42.  Under the heading “MANAGING MASS TORTS,” Trial additionally features “LAYING THE GROUNDWORK,” id. at 48-54; “FINE TIPS FOR HARNESSING DISCOVERY,” id. at 56-58; all “STREAMLINING MDLs”.  Id. at 60-61.

Finally, Trial reported noteworthy national “Verdicts & SETTLEMENTS”.  Id. at 10-17.  In “Police officer shoots and paralyzes suicidal man,” a 2015 California jury awarded $11,300,000.00 for a §1983 unreasonable use of deadly force claim, id. at 10-14; and in “Improper lookout,” an Idaho motor vehicle accident in which a wheelchair user was stuck in a crosswalk, the parties settled for $382,000.00 in 2015.  Id. at 14-16.

Mr. Waterman has been a member of AAJ/ATLA for 30 years.  His practice includes vehicle accident, unreasonable force, medical malpractice, and other cases of wrongful death, brain injury, paralysis, and other significant personal injuries; and his law firm also handles MDL litigation, including currently for hip implants and previously for prescription drugs.