Partner D. Todd Mathews Named a “Super Lawyer”

BG partner Todd Mathews has been named a 2024 Super Lawyer. Todd dedicates his career to fighting for people injured by defective products like asbestos, hernia mesh, 3M’s combat earplugs, as well as on behalf of survivors of sexual abuse. We thank everyone who took part in Todd receiving this recognition. For more about Todd and his work, please visit here.

In addition to this accolade, Todd is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, an invitation-only organization composed of premier trial lawyers from each state or region, and is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in America. In 2024 he was also recognized by Best Lawyers in America in three categories: Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action – Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, and Product Liability Law – Plaintiffs.

Partner Todd Mathews on the Mass Tort News Legalcast

In the most recent episode of the Mass Tort News Legalcast, Bailey Glasser partner Todd Mathews discusses how the firm is helping survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of the State of Maryland acting through the Department of Juvenile Services and its predecessors find closure, healing, and accountability.

The discussion also touches on other states’ approaches to addressing child abuse cases, with some implementing limited windows of opportunity for survivors to file claims. Todd points out the challenges of addressing these cases, especially the need for a sensitive and compassionate approach, avoiding the re-traumatization of survivors.

Switching gears, the conversation touches on recent developments in the legal field, particularly in relation to Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and its potential third bankruptcy filing. Todd expresses his concern and disapproval of such actions, which he views as an abuse of the bankruptcy process to delay compensating victims further. He also addresses the viability of the Camp Lejeune docket, highlighting how recent issues with case attrition and unethical practices in the legal field can impact its resolution.

Charges Against Marine Veteran Wrongly Accused of Stealing Hertz Rental Car Dropped by Prosecutor After CBS News Report

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Morgantown, West Virginia – Until this morning, with the release of a bombshell CBS News report (view here) the world did not know that Marine Corps Veteran Blake Gober was wrongly arrested, imprisoned, and prosecuted for the alleged theft of a Hertz rental car back in 2019. On October 16, 2023, the felony charges against Mr. Gober were dismissed with prejudice.

The wrongful arrest and prosecution of Mr. Gober is yet another occasion where Hertz perpetrated great harm upon an innocent professional who simply rented one of its vehicles. As set forth in the Dismissal Motion: “the State has lost confidence in the reliability of the information provided by [Hertz] that forms the basis of these felony charges.”

Travis Prince and Brian Glasser of Bailey & Glasser, LLP and Wes Prince of the law firm of Shaffer Madia Law, PLLC represent Mr. Gober. “We are glad that the charges have finally been dropped against our client, but they never should have been filed in the first place. What Hertz put him through should not be suffered by anyone,” said Travis Prince.

Mr. Gober added: “I was a Hertz Gold customer who returned a car three years ago which I rented for my move from West Virginia to Northern Virginia. For Hertz to issue a warrant for my arrest and to put me and my family through this is unconscionable. I am dedicated to making sure this never happens to anyone else.”

Mr. Gober was unjustly apprehended and incarcerated during a routine traffic stop in 2022, the result of a false police report filed by Hertz in January 2020. On November 19, 2019, Gober rented a car from Hertz in Morgantown, West Virginia. Gober then returned it to Hertz at Reagan National Airport. On January 13, 2020, Hertz filed a false police report alleging Mr. Gober stole its car and on February 28, 2020 (seven weeks later), the car mysteriously reappeared at an Alexandria, Virginia apartment building, having amassed a whopping 7,492 miles on it. Meanwhile, Mr. Gober was working around Washington, D.C., knowing nothing about the missing car or warrant.

To learn more click here.

42 Bailey Glasser Lawyers Named To The Best Lawyers in America & Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch 2024 Guides

Today we announce that 42 Bailey Glasser lawyers have been recognized across various categories (including one as a “Lawyer of the Year”) in the 30th edition of The Best Lawyers in America® and the fourth edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America®.

“Lawyer of the Year” honors are awarded annually to only one lawyer per practice area in each region with extremely high overall feedback from their peers, making it an exceptional distinction.

For more, follow this link.

Bailey Glasser Awarded Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2023 and Achieves Nationwide Rankings in ERISA and Product Liability Litigation

Thank you to Chambers & Partners for our 2023 rankings, which includes two brand-new nationwide practice group rankings in the ERISA plaintiffs and Product Liability litigation categories. Having our lawyers and practice groups recognized by Chambers reflects how much we care about our clients and how hard we work to achieve successful outcomes for them.

We are grateful to all the clients and counsel (co-counsel as well as referring counsel) who took the time to participate in the process. Your time is valuable and we take that seriously. We appreciate you.

For a detailed overview of this year’s rankings, please visit here.

BG Team Led By Brian Glasser Helps Dismiss Improperly Filed Mass Tort Bankruptcy By 3M Subsidiary Aearo Technologies

In a win for injured soldiers, a federal judge on Friday dismissed the bankruptcy of 3M subsidiary Aearo Technologies, which was attempting to use its protections to permanently resolve 260,000 lawsuits alleging that 3M military earplugs caused hearing loss for veterans and U.S. service members. This new ruling upends 3M’s litigation strategy to resolve mass tort claims in bankruptcy, which would have circumvented the ability of plaintiffs to have their cases heard by a jury of their peers as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Brian Glasser and Bailey & Glasser, LLP helped get this mass tort bankruptcy dismissed.

“The soldiers who used 3M earplugs deserve to the chance to hold 3M accountable before a jury of their peers,” said founding partner Brian Glasser. “3M and Aearo have no special right to put veterans in a bankruptcy box, and now can face these claims in front of juries around the nation.”

Additional Bailey Glasser lawyers working on this matter include partners Cary Joshi, David Selby, Katherine E. Charonko, and Todd Mathews.

For more information, please visit here.

Child Abuse Lawsuit Attracting National Attention

Our lawsuit on behalf of a sexually abused child by a teacher she trusted and a school system and administrator who should have protected her, is gaining national attention – most recently by the NY Post, Fox News, as well as Dan Abrams’ Law & Crime platform. Partner Mary Pat Statler told the NY Post: “This case is a parent’s worst nightmare. To learn that your child was groomed and sexually abused by a teacher is beyond awful. It’s made even more terrible knowing that the administrator at the time of the abuse was in a position to stop the abuse or prevent future instances of abuse and instead turned a blind eye.”

To read more about how we are looking to protect our client and others like her please visit:

NY Post article

Law & Crime

Fox News

Todd Mathews Speaks on Mass Tort Panel

Bailey & Glasser, LLP partner and mass tort litigator Todd Mathews is speaking on May 4th at the Mass Torts Puerto Rico conference on hot topics in mass torts law and sharing our firm’s experiences in the past year’s impactful litigations including the Johnson & Johnson/LTL “Texas Two Step” litigation, the 3M/Aereo bankruptcy, trends in asbestos litigation, and more. ?

“This is Not Over By a Long Shot”

“This is not over by a long shot”: Bailey Glasser founding partner Brian Glasser, one of the lead lawyers in the fight to protect plaintiffs in the J&J/LTL bankruptcy, made a statement to CBS News today rejecting what appears to be extra money found in Johnson & Johnson’s company lounge “seat cushions.” J&J, one of the world’s wealthiest companies, continues to try to abuse the bankruptcy process to deny plaintiffs injured by the company’s talc products their day in court.

Mr. Glasser’s full statement to CBS News reads:
The last time J&J tried this they told the world that $2 billion was more than enough to satisfy these claims. The $9 Billion they have offered today makes plain that the prior number was ridiculous, the prior bankruptcy filing was a scam and the entire exercise was a misuse of the bankruptcy system. The Court of Appeals agreed, and dismissed their case. An hour or so later they found $7 Billion in the company in seat cushions. But LTLs officers and directors apparently surrendered the right to get $61 Billon for this second alleged bankruptcy and for these same injuries. This is not over by a long shot. This case, too, ought to be dismissed. There is nothing that stops J&J from settling its cases outside of bankruptcy and that is what it needs to do.”

To read the CBS News story click here.

The Bailey Glasser trial team is comprised of:

Brian Glasser
Kevin W. Barrett
Robert R. Bell
Hon. Thomas B. Bennett (ret.)
Katherine E. Charonko
Cary Joshi
D. Todd Mathews
Elliott McGraw
David L. Selby II
John G. Turner, III.

Trial Update: First St. Louis City Roundup Trial Has Been Resolved


Bailey Glasser’s trial team of Brian Glasser, David Selby, Jackie Olinger-Rochelle, Christina Hutchins, Leslie Brueckner, and Todd Mathews, along with David Wool of Wool Trial Law and Joan Lockwood and Tom Neill of Gray Ritter and Graham, began the presentation of evidence in the first St. Louis City Roundup Trial on Tuesday. By the third day of trial, the case resolved. Brian Glasser said, “We are very happy to have brought this matter to a successful resolution for our client Nathaniel Evans and his family.”

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