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DePuy LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve Recalled Over Fracture Potential

What in the world is going on with Johnson & Johnson's orthopaedic medical device division, DePuy Orthopaedics? In the midst of defending itself against an onslaught of products liability lawsuits over its metal-on-metal hip implants (DePuy A...
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PKP Has 3 Cases in Top Settlements of 2012

In its February 11, 2013 edition, Virginia Lawyers Weekly reported the settlements of 2012 that exceeded $1 million.  Our firm is proud to have three of the top reported Virginia settlements in 2012.  Our settlements included a $3,250,000 recovery for a brain-injured child in a premises liability case handled by Michael Phelan; a $1,500,000 recovery…
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News from Kransky v. DePuy

The first product liability case against Johnson & Johnson and its medical device division, DePuy Orthopaedics, involving the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant began on January 25 in Los Angeles. Led by Michael Kelly, attorneys for the plai...
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NYT Accuses J & J of Concealing Design Defect in Hip Implant

What do politicians, medical device manufactureres and pharmaceutical companies have in common? They are all incapable of learning that a cover-up will inevitably be far costlier than disclosing the truth up front. The latest example comes from ...
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Unsealed Documents Reveal J & J Knew ASR Hip Replacement a Dud

After recalling more than 90,000 DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Systems and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics, reported to patients and doctors that about 12% to 13% of these hip replacement s...
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Stupid Lawsuit of the Month: Subway Shrinkage

Two New Jersey men sued Subway this week, claiming the world's biggest fast-food chain has been shorting them by selling so-called footlong sandwiches that measure a bit less than 12 inches. The suit, filed Tuesday in Superior Court in Mount...
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NIH Finds Junior Seau’s Brain Damaged

Junior Seau's suicide last May shocked the sports world. In addition to being one of the greatest NFL linebackers of all time, Seau appeared to be a friendly, happy person. He was a fan and media favorite whose NFL career spanned 20 years....
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New England Compounding Pharmacy Now Blames Cleaning Crew

When a pharmacy acts like a manufacturer of drugs and undertakes to compound sterile drugs, which drugs will later be injected or infused into patients' bodies, who should be ultimately responsible for maintaining the sterility of the compound...
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New England Compounding Pharmacy Files Bankruptcy

New England Compounding Pharmacy Inc., the Massachusetts pharmaceutical company blamed for a nationwide meningitis outbreak, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to deal with lawsuits filed against it. The case is In re New England Compounding ...
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Attorney Jonathan Petty

Petty recognized by Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America

Congratulations to Jonathan Petty, who was again selected by his peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America in the field of plaintiff medical malpractive litigation.
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Attorney Michael Phelan

Phelan recognized by Super Lawyers as a Top Virginia and Richmond Attorney

Our partner, Michael Phelan, was recognized in 2012 by Super Lawyers as a Top 100 Virginia Lawyer and a Top 25 Lawyer in the Richmond area.  He was also selected again for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the areas of plaintiff personal injury, plaintiff products liability, and plaintiff mass tort litigation.
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Lawyer Mark Krudys

Krudys recognized by Super Lawyers

Congratulations to Mark Krudys for being selected by his peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers in the field of Securities Litigation.  Mark has a Masters Degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Securities Regulation, and has taught Securities Law at the University of Richmond School of Law.
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Meet Our New Partner, Jonathan Petty

Mark Krudys and Michael Phelan are thrilled that Jonathan Petty joined the firm, effective January 1, 2013.  Jonathan is a great friend and lawyer, who adds much to the firm’s trial skills.  His recent track record in both state and federal court is outstanding.  Jonathan and his wife, Sydney, have two young children.  The Pettys…
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Firm resolves case for $3.25 million for brain injured child

In a case scheduled to go to trial on January 7, 2013, our firm and our co-counsel, Leila Kilgore, successfully resolved a case for a five year old chld who suffered a traumatic brain injury at four months of age.  The defendants in the case contended that the child had no residual effects from the…
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NFL Concussion Studies Yielding Valuable Information

The lawsuits filed on behalf of retired National Football League players against the NFL are getting a lot of press. The retired players accuse the NFL of knowing that repeated concussions could lead to brain damage and yet hiding that informatio...
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Has Dr. Drew Been Pimping Wellbutrin to his Listeners for GlaxoSmithKline?

This is a story about how the pharmaceutical industry pollutes the safety and efficacy regulatory process by the use of kickbacks and aggressive consumer marketing, including celebrity spokespersons. The story is getting more play because it has ...
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More on Glaxo’s $3 billion settlement with DOJ

In a Boston federal court on Thursday, British drug maker, GlaxoSmithKline, entered into a guilty plea, and agreed to pay $3 billion for criminal and civil violations involving ten drugs. As part of the guilty plea, GSK pleaded guilty to fraudulentl...
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Colorado Shooting Lawsuit: A Disgrace

I could not believe my eyes when I read on July 24th, "The first lawsuit from the Colorado shooting has been filed by an uninjured man." I struggle to see how anyone could sue over this tragic event, let alone an uninjured man. Folks, ple...
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Prisoners "Boiling to Death" In Their Cells

A New York Times article on the Texas prison system entitled, "In Texas, Arguing That Heat Can Be A Death Sentence for Prisoners," exposes a shameful problem that exists in jails and prisons throughout America--prisoners dying from hyperthe...
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Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Recall

The Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement device was designed and marketed as an alternative to the metal-on-metal hip implant devices that have dominated the medical device news lately. The Rejuvenate uses a ceramic component, so the ball and socket a...
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