5th Annual Women En Mass Retreat Empowers Female Mass Tort Attorneys

Denver, Colo., Nov. 21, 2017—Women En Mass (WEM), an annual working retreat for women in mass torts, brought together hundreds of female attorneys at the fifth annual WEM retreat held at the St. Regis Resort in Aspen, Colorado on September 25-26. The retreat included a one-day business session, breakout group sessions and networking opportunities for attendees to build new relationships and strengthen existing ones in a casual environment.

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Why H.R.1215 Should Fail

In the midst of the ongoing debate over health insurance coverage for Americans, there is concern over the revival of an older bill that puts patients at risk and limits their right to take action when they are injured. H.R. 1215, titled “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017,” would limit the rights of the more than 400,000 Americans who die or are injured each year due to medical errors.

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Andrus Wagstaff Welcomes New Associate Attorney Breann Plasters

Denver, Colo., October 23, 2017—Breann Plasters has joined Andrus Wagstaff, PC, as an associate attorney in the firm’s Denver office. Plasters spent one year at a civil defense firm where she had a heavy litigation caseload and regularly appeared in court. A passionate advocate for the hurt and disenfranchised, Bree has finally seen the light and is incredibly excited to join the Andrus Wagstaff team.

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Aimee Wagstaff Named President of Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association – Top 25

Denver, Colo., Oct. 18, 2017—Aimee Wagstaff, Founding Partner of Andrus Wagstaff, PC, has accepted her nomination to serve as the President of the Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association – Top 25.

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Supreme Court Rules Plaintiffs Can't Sue Company Anywhere They Do Business

This past June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that plaintiffs cannot sue companies in a state where they may do business, but do not have significant connections to that state. What does this mean?

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How Social Media is Used in Modern Litigation

Social media has become a part of our everyday lives. Most people have constant access to the internet, and when they aren’t updating their location or status, or sharing their own opinion, they are reading what others have to say. It’s a constant hum of posts and status updates.

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Aimee Wagstaff Recognized for Outstanding Legal Service

Denver, Colo., July 25, 2017—Attorney Aimee Wagstaff received the Joe Tonahill Award from the American Association for Justice (AAJ) for her outstanding and dedicated legal service to consumers and the trial bar. The award recognizes exceptional trial lawyers who value the importance of mentoring and guiding the next generation of trial lawyers. Wagstaff was selected based on her commitment and dedication to innovative ways to bring the trial bar together to discuss and implement strategies that benefit clients and guide the future of the trial practice. 

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Attorney David Wool Selected to National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 List

Denver, Colo., June 12, 2017—Andrus Wagstaff PC mass tort litigation associate attorney David Wool was selected for inclusion in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40. Membership is by invitation only and is extended to trial lawyers practicing civil plaintiff or criminal defense law. Wool was nominated by his peers and selected for inclusion for Colorado - Civil Plaintiff Law.

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Andrus Wagstaff Partner Kim Dougherty Elected President of the National Women Trial Lawyers Association

Denver, Colo., June 8, 2017—Attorney Kim Dougherty, Managing Partner of the firm’s Boston Office, has been elected to serve as the President of the National Women Trial Lawyers Association.  “I am truly honored to have been selected to serve as President of the National Women Trial Lawyers Association,” said President Kim Dougherty. “In my role as President, I look forward to increasing gender diversity in the legal profession and promoting women as leaders on trial teams and of litigations across the country. I also can’t thank my family and firm enough, for the support of my ambitions and this Presidency. I’m excited for the year ahead, working with our members to make a difference for our clients.”

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Partner Aimee Wagstaff Receives Prestigious National Legal Award

Denver, Colo., April 27, 2017—Attorney Aimee H. Wagstaff was awarded the “2017 Young Innovator Award” from Mass Torts Made Perfect at their conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, for her exceptional contributions to the field of law and legal community.

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Cancer Linked to Breast Implants

The safety of breast implants has been debated for years, and now there is a new cause for concern: There is reason to believe implants could be linked to a rare form of cancer, after nine breast implant recipients died from the disease.

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Lawsuit Filed against Pathway Leasing, LLC; Company Allegedly Misclassifies Employees

A lawsuit was recently filed against Pathway Leasing, LLC, Matthew Harris, the company’s principal owner, and the following alleged joint employers:

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Brazil Bans Essure® Birth Control Device

Essure® is a permanent birth control option that came to market in 2002. It is a device constructed of two metal coils that are inserted into the fallopian tubes and trigger an inflammatory reaction. The resulting scar tissue is intended to block the fallopian tubes and prevent sperm from reaching and fertilizing an egg.

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Risperdal

The makers of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson, face ongoing issues with the drug and the company recently settled several claims shortly before the lawsuits were set to go to trial. Young male users of Risperdal claim the drug caused them to develop a condition known as gynecomastia (development of breast tissue) and they believe the manufacturers were aware of this risk, but failed to warn the medical community.

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Duodenoscope Investigation Underway

Duodenoscopes are a medical tool used in the treatment of gallstones, cancers, and other digestive disorders. Though they were originally considered by the medical community to be safe, there is growing evidence these devices can spread bacteria from patient to patient because of a design defect. Some hospitals even went as far as designing special sterilization rooms to allow for the proper cleaning of duodenoscopes to reduce the risk for infection. 

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Jury Awards Talc User $70 Million

The third in a growing number of cases filed against Johnson & Johnson – the world’s most popular talcum powder product manufacturer - just ended with a jury awarding the plaintiff more than $70 million. 

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How Multidistrict Litigation is formed by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation

Multidistrict litigation (MDL) is used within the federal court system to consolidate several pending civil cases throughout the country under a single federal judge. The decision to consolidate is made by a panel of seven federal judges – the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML)– who are appointed by the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court. The clerk of the panel is located in Washington, DC, but the panel meets throughout the United States periodically to review cases.

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Levaquin Users Face Risk of Nerve Damage

Antibiotics are often seen as harmless drugs – something taken to quickly “knock” an illness out of you or even used as a precaution to avoid a full-blown illness. There’s no denying antibiotics have saved lives, but there is growing concern the side effects from certain classes of antibiotics are putting users at serious risk.

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IVC Filters Update

IVC filters have been the subject of ongoing debate, and IVC filter manufacturers continue to face mounting accusations that they are responsible for injuries caused to patients. In 2014, all lawsuits filed against Cook Group Inc. at the federal level were consolidated into a single court in the Southern District of Indiana. Most recently, plaintiffs and defendants submitted a list of cases they thought suitable for bellwether trials – initial trials used to predict and guide decisions in future legal action.

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A Brief History of Tort Reform

Tort reform is a series of proposed laws intended to change the way in which the civil justice system works. In many cases, tort reform laws focus on personal injury. Those who support these changes believe they will fix problems within the justice system, including the overwhelming number of personal injury cases, statutes of limitations, excessive damage awards, and indirectly, increasing insurance costs. Those against the changes believe they interfere with an individual’s right to justice in the legal system.

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