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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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More on Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implants

in June 2008, Stryker Orthopaedics, a major U.S. medical device manufacturer, received FDA approval for its Rejuvenate Modular Hip System. FDA approval was based on Stryker's representation to the FDA that the design was substantially similar t...
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Concussion Crisis in America

Paul Woody is a journalist for the Richmond Times Dispatch who happens to cover sports. There are not many sports writers these days whom I would call '"journalists." Starting today, the RTD is running an important series of stories t...
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Meningitis not first fatalities involving compounding pharmacies

The national fungal meningitis outbreak that has been linked to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, the New England Compounding Center, has resulted in hundreds of illnesses and many deaths. In order to ensure the safety and sterility of their prod...
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Technician looking in microscope

What was the FDA’s Role in the Meningitis Outbreak?

Compounding pharmacies are major suppliers of infusable and injectable solutions used by some of the nation's biggest hospitals. As the recent meningitis outbreak shows, contamination of these products can lead to disasterous results for patients...
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$1,500,000.00 Recovery in Mild TBI/Major Depressive Disorder Case

Our firm was associated by another law firm to help litigate this case on behalf of a 45 year old man who was T-boned in his commercial van by another van.  Our client was diagnosed in the emergency room with a head injury, but this diagnosis was soon overshadowed by deep depression.  Unfortunately, the client…
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When Representing Clients with Special Needs, Consider Pooled Special Needs Trust

During the past twenty plus years representing children with disabilities in personal injury cases, I encountered a common problem. After a good settlement or verdict was obtained and a special needs trust was established for the child’s money, I would inevitably receive calls from parents who were frustrated by their efforts to interact with the…
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Northstar Academy kicks off First Annual Special Needs Forum-January 29-30, 2010

Northstar Academy is a non-profit school dedicated to providing special needs students with an academic and social education along with the skills necessary to help the students transition to life after high school.  Mr. Phelan is proud to be the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Northstar.  On January 29-30, 2010, Northstar hosted “Navigating a…
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Tax Credit Available for Supporting Richmond Special Needs School

Located in Richmond, Virginia, Northstar Academy is a private, non-profit school serving children who have a wide range of learning differences.  Great Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP) is a non-profit that helps students and their families access various education programs, including the unique program at Northstar.  GRASP’s Northstar Fund provides scholarships to children who need but…
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Help End Distracted Driving

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), car crashes are the number one killer of teenagers and teenagers crash four times more often than other age groups.  How could this be since teenagers have better eyesight and reflexes than most other age groups?  It is because they believe they are invincible and they…
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