July 5, 2017
Congratulations to our Zimmerman Reed partners recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars honorees. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations and recognizes no more than five percent of attorneys in each state. Rising Stars of Law is a designation recognizing the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.
The following ZR attorneys have been named as Super Lawyers:
The following ZR attorneys have been named as Rising Stars:
June 30, 2017
Zimmerman Reed partner Jason Johnston was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Stryker LFIT V40 multidistrict litigation (MDL). Judge Indira Talwani, who is presiding over the litigation in the District of Massachusetts, appointed Jason after a thorough vetting process that included applications submitted by firms from across the nation. The litigation follows a recall involving the Stryker LFIT V40 femoral heads because of a higher than expected failure rate resulting in the need for additional surgery.
June 26, 2017
The National Trial Lawyers Association has named Zimmerman Reed Partner, Jason Johnston, as a “Top 40 under 40” lawyer for 2017. The designation identifies individuals that show superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer from each state or region that are under the age of 40. Membership is by invitation only, and the selection process includes peer nominations and third-party research.
June 1, 2017
Consumers who received a text message from SuperAmerica between January 1, 2012 and April 1, 2015, are eligible to receive $50 in cash and a $50 SuperAmerica gift card (good towards gas and other SuperAmerica products) from a class action settlement. The convenience store giant has agreed to settle a class action stemming from allegations that it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending advertisement text messages to an estimated 175,000 recipients without their express consent.
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, known as TCPA, was signed into law to protect consumers from unsolicited calls and text messages from automated dialers. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has outlined specific rules in the TCPA that restrict companies from sending promotional or advertising text messages without having received written consent from the recipient. Companies in violation of this law can be held accountable to pay consumers per text violation. The claims deadline closes on June 15, 2017.
May 22, 2017
The American Association for Justice (AAJ) released a report that outlines the history of medical products targeted to women such as Yaz, vaginal mesh, and even bleach. The report discusses the injuries women have suffered from these products, and are still undergoing today. “This timely report sheds light on the disturbing ways women have been preyed upon by corporations in the name of profit,” said Julia Kane, President of AAJ. The report emphasizes the critical role the civil justice system has played to improve safety when other provisions fail.
To view the report, click here.
Categorised in: Drug & Device
May 4, 2017
A Missouri jury awarded $5.4 million to a 62-year old woman suffering from ovarian cancer after concluding that Johnson & Johnson’s talc powder caused her cancer. The woman argued that J&J turned a blind eye to studies linking its baby powder and Shower to Shower talc products to ovarian cancer and failed to alert customers of these risks — all to protect profits and “the company’s image.” An internal document introduced at trial revealed that the company knew its products increased the risk of this “highly lethal form of cancer” but nevertheless ignored recommendations to warn women.
Thousands of women with ovarian cancer have challenged the health-care giant in lawsuits across the country. At trial, J&J’s lawyers argued that J&J doesn’t need to warn women about talc because there is no link to cancer. According to one juror, “I felt that J&J was withholding information about its products that was vital to women – vital to women like me.” The jury awarded $5.4 million in compensatory damages and an additional $105 million in punitive damages.
Categorised in: Drug & Device
May 3, 2017
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April 20, 2017
Twin Cities ABC-affiliate KSTP has aired the first in a three-part series of its findings following an investigation into retired players’ allegations in the NHL concussion litigation. The first installment focuses on the contradiction between the NHL’s internal discussions on the dangers of fighting, and its public statements that fighting enhances safety. KSTP’s report can be viewed here:
April 18, 2017
Minnesota Supreme Court grants further review of Appellate ruling on dormant accounts with large sums of money that the Minnesota Department of Commerce seized. Initially, this system was put in place in 1969 to protect inactive financial accounts and properties from financial institutions under the Minnesota Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act (MUPA). In 2015, the state had a reserve of $711.5 million in unclaimed property capital and has full discretion to use the money for any capacity. On January 23, 2017, the Appellate Court ruled that “MUPA does not create an unconstitutional taking and satisfies procedural due-process requirements.” Plaintiffs allege that Minnesota fails to provide adequate notice when it assumes custody and makes use of your personal property; and that the state owes interest on your cash when want to claim it back. A further review was ordered by Minnesota Supreme Court on April 18, 2017. Zimmerman Reed attorneys are working with a class to retrieve and return the money to their rightful owners.
Categorised in: Consumer Protection