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Montgomery Man, Atlanta Boy Killed After Tractor Trailer Hits Car on I-85

A 16-month-old Georgia boy and an Alabama man were killed Friday, March 10, when the minivan they were traveling in was rear-ended by a tractor trailer on Interstate 85 near Shorter, Alabama. Macon County coroner Wendell Cloud identified the child as Angel Zaragoza, of Hapeville, Georgia, just north of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Alabama State Troopers identified the man as Roberto Linares, 55, of Montgomery, Alabama. Three passengers in the same 2001 Toyota Sienna minivan involved in the crash were also injured. AL.com reports that those motorists were hospitalized but their condition has not been reported. The crash occurred ... Read More

Alabama Man Seriously Burned By E-Cigarette Explosion

Note to e-cigarette users: Do not put e-cigs or similar devices in your pants pocket. An Alabama man has become one of the latest e-cigarette users to be badly burned by an e-cig battery that suddenly exploded in his pocket, blasting flames that burned his clothes and skin. Jason Kromer, 33, told Montgomery’s WSFA that he was about to sit down for breakfast at a friend’s house when, without warning, his e-cigarette blew up “like a grenade,” covering his leg in flames. The intensely hot explosion and fire, almost certainly caused by the device’s lithium-ion battery, welded the e-cigarette canister onto Mr. ... Read More

Montgomery area alopecia support group starting March 11

A new-to-Montgomery, Alabama, family has started an alopecia support group that will hold its first meeting at the Prattville YMCA at 10 a.m. on March 11. The Montgomery Advertiser tells the story of the Air Force family who moved here in July so that 5-year-old Lilly’s dad, United States Air Force Maj. Jason Stack, could attend Air Command and Staff College. Lilly suffers from an autoimmune skin disease called alopecia areata, which causes hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes other parts of the body. According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation the disease often appears in childhood as it did ... Read More

Service Worker Death Linked To Deadly Gas Leak From Sewer Line

Montgomery, Alabama, authorities are investigating the death of a service worker who appears to have been overcome by gas from a broken sewer line underneath a house. According to WSFA, first responders were called to a home on East Fairview Ave. Feb. 3 around 11 a.m. on reports of a suspected gas leak. Montgomery Fire and Rescue personnel identified a gas leak emanating from a severed sewer line. The also discovered an unresponsive worker under the house. The unidentified man was taken to Baptist South Hospital, where he died shortly after arriving. No other injuries were reported in connection to ... Read More

Alabama doctor faces prison time for pill mill operation distributing opioids

A Montgomery, Alabama, family doctor faces up to 40 years in prison for doling out prescription opioids painkillers like candy from his clinic and laundering the money to hide his illegal operation. “When a maverick doctor prescribes opioids to someone who isn’t entitled to them, and over prescribes, he’s committing a felony and he is as bad as the Mexican cartel,” U.S. Attorney George Beck said about Alabama doctor Robert Ritchea. Ritchea pleaded guilty earlier this week to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and money laundering. Court documents reveal that people showed up in droves, some traveling across state lines ... Read More

Texas Man Suffers Severe Facial Trauma From E-Cigarette Explosion

A 28-year old Texas man was airlifted to the hospital with severe injuries to his face and body after his e-cigarette exploded. According to Houston’s ABC 13 Eyewitness News, the man was sitting at home with his family around Christmas when the end of his electronic cigarette blew off and struck him in the abdomen, then ricocheted off of a wall. Another piece of the electronic device blew off and struck him in the face, blowing out his teeth, breaking his jaw, and leaving him with severe facial trauma, ABC 13 reported. The man, who was not identified in the ... Read More

J&J attempt to delay Missouri talc trials denied again

According to Law360, Johnson and Johnson’s request to delay upcoming talc trials has been denied by the Missouri Court of Appeals. The next trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 6 in St. Louis. The case is brought by more than 60 women and family members who allege that the company’s talc-containing products cause ovarian cancer and that the company failed to warn them of this risk. Five other trials are scheduled to follow the one in February. Johnson and Johnson questioned the jurisdiction of the 22nd Circuit Court in St. Louis as most of the 1,350 plaintiffs with pending claims are ... Read More

Local newspaper covers Beasley Allen’s past and future battles with Johnson & Johnson over talc

In a recent article, the Montgomery Advertiser features Montgomery firm Beasley Allen and its ongoing legal battles with Johnson & Johnson over cases related to the company’s talcum powder products and their link to ovarian cancer. In 2016, the firm had success in Missouri state court leading a joint lawsuit filed on behalf of 64 women, of which three women’s suits went to trial. Three separate juries found in favor of the plaintiffs, who alleged that the company’s talc-containing products contributed to their ovarian cancer. In October Deborah Giannecchini was awarded $70.075 million in compensatory and punitive damages. In May Gloria ... Read More

“It’s not the location that makes a venue difficult for corporations like J&J, it’s the facts.”

In a recent press release, Plaintiffs’ attorneys in the talc cases against Johnson and Johnson come forward to speak on behalf of Missouri courts, which are being portrayed by some media as “judicial hellholes.” These attorneys who represent women whose ovarian cancer has been linked to perineal use of Johnson’s talc-containing products, claim that this information is coming straight from corporate-funded defense lawyers and organizations and is “misguided and insulting to juries.” “These attacks on the civil justice system are trumpeted each year by organizations that are bought and paid for by corporate interests,” said Allen Smith of Mississippi-based The ... Read More

Two federal MDLs appoint women as co-lead counsels, the legal community discusses diversity in MDL leadership

Recently the New Jersey Law Journal, The Legal Intelligencer and Law.com published articles noting that the leadership in multidistrict litigation (MDL) is traditionally dominated by men. Law.com said that Hunter Shkolnik, of New York’s Napoli Shkolnik, acknowledged a “big problem in leadership” of MDLs in general when it comes to diversity in gender and race. After the article was published, Shkolnik would be appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Taxotere (Docetaxel) Products Liability Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana along with Karen Barth Menzies and Abby E. McClellan ,who were also ... Read More