A $212 million verdict against Botox-maker Allergan will be retried because of improper hand gestures by the plaintiff’s attorney, who also allegedly broke the “golden rule” in closing arguments.
In a retrial of the largest single plaintiff’s asbestos award in U.S. history, a second jury came back with a defense verdict and awarded nothing.
A Texas jury awarded $482 million to a radiologist on his claim that a medical stent manufacturer willfully infringed his patent.
As a teenager growing up in Mississippi who barely learned to read or write, Thomas Brown Jr. went to work on oil drilling rigs as a “roughneck” – doing all the hard manual labor to support the drilling team, including pouring 50-pound bags of additives into mud used in the drilling process.
Thirty years later, he learned those bags contained asbestos.
A Houston attorney who invested roughly $28,000 in his billionaire friend’s oil and gas company and cashed out for over $6 million won a $116 million verdict against his friend and the company for their failure to disclose that the investment was worth far more.
Unlike the Hollywood starlets trying to reverse gravity or other middle-aged mortals seeking to smooth out facial wrinkles, Douglas Ray Jr. went for Botox injections for reasons other than vanity.
Hundreds of miles and worlds away from the Los Angeles trial against Michael Jackson’s doctor for administering a fatal dose of propofol to the King of Pop, a jury in Las Vegas was listening to a very different case over the same drug in October.
In the end, the jury awarded $182.6 million to three plaintiffs who contracted hepatitis C from tainted vials of the anesthesia during colonoscopy procedures.
According to plaintiff’s attorney Geoffrey N. Fieger, Dr. Andrew Jay Halperin should have known that Kimberly VanSlembrouck’s baby was going to be too big to risk a vaginal birth, and he should have called for a Caesarean section.
In October of last year, a Michigan jury agreed and awarded $144 million to Fieger’s client, who sustained serious injury during her birth.
In the third trial over a rash of hepatitis C infections caused by contaminated vials of the anesthetic propofol at Las Vegas colonoscopy and endoscopy clinics in October, a jury ordered the drug makers to pay $104 million to 71-year-old Michael Washington and his wife Josephine.
A West Virginia jury awarded the son of a woman who died of severe dehydration after a brief stay in a nursing home $91.5 million, including an $80 million punitive damages award.
“It was like a house of horrors,” plaintiffs’ attorney Michael J. Fuller said of the facility where 87-year-old Dorothy Douglas was admitted in 2009, only to die a few weeks later.