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.”

Sharon Iskra Speaks at Perrin Conferences Sexual Abuse Litigation & Coverage Conference

Sharon Iskra, Bailey Glasser partner and Institutional Abuse and Neglect Team Leader, spoke at Perrin Conference’s Sexual Abuse Litigation and Coverage Conference in NYC on October 12, 2022. Sharon is deeply dedicated to protecting vulnerable men, women, and children in institutional settings, and was recognized – including Bailey Glasser – by the National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers Awards by winning in the “Disability Rights” category.

Jury Awards $4.8 million for Injuries Caused by Hernia Mesh

In a verdict reached today, a Rhode Island jury found Davol and C.R. Bard liable for injuries caused by their Ventralex polypropolene hernia mesh product. The jury awarded compensatory damages of $4.8 million to plaintiff Paul Trevino.

Katherine E. Charonko, Brian McAllister, and Elizabeth Stryker from Bailey & Glasser, LLP along with the trial team at Motley Rice, LLC which included Jonathan Orent and Fred Thompson, tried the case to verdict over the course of the past 5 weeks.

Plaintiffs in hernia mesh cases argue the devices have left them injured and with side effects ranging from chronic pain to infections to nerve damage, and that companies like Davol and Bard allegedly sold the devices despite knowledge of their risk to patients. Plaintiff’s counsel argued during closing: “4000 people hurt severely by this device in the last 3 years alone. 25 percent, one in four people that were implanted with this device had another surgery to take it out. . . . That’s what the evidence in this case is. Trust your eyes. Use your judgment. Use your common sense.”

3M Can’t Shield Itself From Liability Using Bankruptcy Proceedings

In a significant win for U.S. veterans across the country, a United States bankruptcy judge in Indiana refused to support 3M Co.’s attempt to temporarily stop more than 230,000 lawsuits related to 3M’s defective earplugs from moving forward. These lawsuits accuse 3M and its bankrupt subsidiary, Aearo Technologies LLC, of selling faulty combat earplugs that damaged the hearing of veterans who used them.

Last month, 3M attempted to assign all their liabilities related to the Combat Ear Plug litigation to Aearo Technologies, and then, in a matter of days, placed the subsidiary into bankruptcy and sought a stay of all proceedings as to 3M while the bankruptcy progressed.

This sham tactic is an attempt to use insolvency proceedings as a way to impede jury trials related to their defective earplug products. Read on …

Bailey Glasser Wins Disability Rights “Elite Trial Lawyer” Award

Bailey & Glasser, LLP has been honored with the Elite Trial Lawyers Award for 2022 in the area of Disability Rights by American Lawyer Media, publisher of The National Law Journal. Bailey & Glasser, LLP was recognized for its tireless advocacy in securing an unprecedented verdict on behalf of two nonverbal minors against a residential care facility. Lead trial counsel Sharon Iskra accepted the honor on behalf of the firm on July 14th at the awards ceremony in NYC, which you can view here. Congratulations to Sharon and the entire trial team including Jonathan Marshall, Sam Hrko, Victor Woods, Patricia Kipnis, and BG paralegal Christy Robinson.

We were also honored to be a named finalist in the Diversity Initiative category, with our diversity work being led by Diversity Partner Elizabeth Ryan.

Bailey Glasser Fights for 38,000 Talc Plaintiffs in JNJ/LTL “Texas Two Step” Bankruptcy Proceeding

Bailey Glasser was selected by the Official Committee of Talc Plaintiffs to co-lead the challenge to Johnson & Johnson’s “Texas Two Step” that denied 38,000 victims of its cancer-causing talcum powder to a jury trial. Johnson & Johnson – one of the world’s wealthiest companies, worth more than half a trillion dollars – created a subsidiary business for the express purpose of claiming bankruptcy in order to deny justice to 38,000 victims of J&J’s cancer-causing talcum powder products. The case is now underway in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of New Jersey, and an appeal to the Motion to Dismiss is pending before the United States Circuit Court for the Third Circuit.

For a larger roundup of news articles about this important matter, please visit here.

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