Verdicts and Settlements for Injury and
Over 1 Million paid in settlement by Bill Kristol
company Weekly Standard In 1997, nearly a year after a cover story that included allegations of hiring a
prostitute and plagiarism against best-selling author Deepak Chopra, the editors of The Weekly Standard accepted
full responsibility for the errors in the story, and apologized." Chopra claimed that the magazine settled for $1.6
$4.85 billion Lawsuit Settlement - The parties announced that Merck &
Co., Inc. has agreed to pay $4.85 billion to resolveVioxx-related legal claims in which a claimant has
suffered aheart attack, sudden cardiac death, or
stroke. This case could have become one of the largest class
action lawsuits in our time.
51 MILLION DOLLARS - Awarded by Federal Court Jury inNew Orleans
- Merck faced 2 major setbacks in the same week. In New Orleans,
the court and jury found that Merck "knowingly misrepresented or failed to disclose" information about Vioxx to
retired FBI agent Gerald Barnett's doctors.- Awarding $50 million in compensatory damages along with $1 million in
punitive damages, sayingMerck "acted in wanton, malicious, willful or
reckless disregard for the plaintiff's rights." Further, on the
same day in New Jersey, state Superior Court Judge Carol Higbee ruled that new evidence uncovered since the
November verdict showed thatMerck withheld
information showingheart attacks could come with use of Vioxx for less than 18 months.
Eli Lilly & Co. announced that it will pay$690 million to
settle approximately three-quarters of the liability claims against Zyprexa, its great-selling anti-psychotic
drug. The lawsuits claim that the labeling on Zyprexa medications failed to provide adequate warning that the
drug could put patients at risk for developingdiabetes and otherglucose problems.
A Jury in New Jersey found recently thatVioxx significantly contributed to a
77-year-old man'sheart attack awarded him$9
million in punitive damages, raising Merck & Co.'s liability
in the case to $13.5 million and intensifying pressure on it to settle such lawsuits.
Example of Personal Injury Case 2004 : Ford Explorerrollover-prone and roof
notcrash safe and worthy- CASE TYPE : Product Design Defect, Auto Truck Vehicle - SUV, Motor
Vehicle – Rollover CASE : Buell-Wilson v. Ford Motor Co., San Diego Co., Calif., Super. Ct. GIC 800836 Los
Angeles, Calif. JURY VERDICT: ($369 Millions
In what may be one of the biggest massivemedical malpractice tort verdicts in the state of
Texas, a state jury awarded $606 million - including a remarkable$
600 million dollars in punitive damages - to the family of an
82-year-old patient who had cancer and then who died after receiving an overdose of chemotherapy drugs. 2005
In the 9th big loss for Ford in SUV Explorer rollover cases, a Florida jury
awarded$61.2 million to the parents of an 18-year-old boy who was killed in a 1997
(wrongful death & Product Defect and Product Liability Issues)
Environmental Damages Toxic Tort - A federal jury verdict has awarded thousands of property owners$352 million for property
damage caused by the closed Rocky Flats nuclear bomb plant in Colorado.
Example of Personal Injury Lawyer Case 2004 : Dodge Caravan seatback collapsed
onbaby in a car-seat - CASE TYPE : Automobiles, Products Liability - Product Design Defect, Wrongful Death,
Motor Vehicle - Rear-ender, Motor Vehicle - Passenger, Motor Vehicle - Minivan CASE : Flax v. DaimlerChrysler
Corp., Davidson Co., Tenn., Cir. Ct. O2C-1288 JURY VERDICT :$105,500,000 (105 Million Dollars )
Mass Toxic Tort Verdicts - The New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, in a published
decision, upheld the July 2003 jury verdict in favor of: Angel Gomez, who died following the trial, and the late
Daniel Tucker. Both gentlement worked with and around asbestos-containing welding rods. The NY jury awarded Gomez a
total of approximately $3.19 million against Lincoln Electric Company ("Lincoln"), reduced 25 percent since Gomez
was a cigarette smoker. Tucker's estate was granted a total of approximately $3.5 million split between Lincoln and
Hobart Brothers Company ("Hobart").
2005 – Billion Dollar Verdicts - In one of 2005's largest verdicts to an
individual plaintiff regardingfinancial
fraud , a Florida jury ordered Morgan Stanley Broker Dealer to
pay$1.45 billion to investor Ronald O. Perelman for defrauding him in the sale of his camping gear company -
2005 - February, a prominent Houston law firm and a Texas bank were SMACKED and
Beaten with a$65.5 million verdict in a highly complex estate planning case that involved major problems and conflicts of
interest. (65 million dollar jury award)
2004 -Bar liable for worker who got
drunk on the job & hit construction flagger - CASE TYPE:
Dram Shop Drunk Driver - Motor Vehicle - Alcohol Involvement CASE: Tuski v. Ivyland, Philadelphia Co., Pa.,Ct. C.P.
Feb. Term 2002 No. 4436 JURY VERDICT: $75,684,00075 Million
2005 – 3 years after a jury acquitted a company in Florida of manslaughter and
criminal charges, a Florida civil jury SLAMMED the outdoor advertiser with a$65 million jury award verdict forthe shock and electrocution of a sixth-grade boy.
Jet Pilot Wins $64 Million For Age
Discrimination - In December, a Los Angeles California jury
found that PrivatAir - an aviation company focusing on private airline services - wrongfully fired Captain Doyle D.
Baker on the basis of his age, defaming him in the termination process and causing extreme emotional distress.