Attorney Rick Nemeroff Among Top Trial Attorneys Selected to Speak at American Bar Association Annual Spring CLE Meeting

Rick Nemeroff, a leading asbestos lawyer and founder of the nationally-recognized Nemeroff Law Firm, is among the nation’s top trial attorneys selected to speak at the American Bar Association (ABA) 23rd Annual Spring CLE meeting. Nemeroff will be part of a panel of experts at the “Learn Trial Techniques from the Best” session on Saturday, April 5 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Nemeroff will offer proven techniques for preparing for, conducting and winning trials. Presenting the plaintiff viewpoint, he will discuss his unique trial skills, on topics ranging from jury selection through verdict, which have resulted in significant legal victories.

Nemeroff is a sought-after speaker, author and consultant on litigation techniques and maintains an active trial practice with record-breaking verdicts. His firm recently won a landmark case, convincing the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to reverse previous decisions and allow employees with latent occupational disease to pursue legal action under the Workers Compensation Act. The decision was a major victory for Nemeroff’s clients and other victims of occupational diseases.

“This venue brings viewpoints from all sides – plaintiff, defense, industry and insurance – to a forum where we can discuss the latest developments and share winning techniques and strategies,” Nemeroff said.

This year’s ABA conference, “Hot Topics in Toxic Torts and Environmental Law,” features preeminent plaintiff and defense attorneys as well as leading corporate and insurance counsel from across the country. Program topics will include the environment, energy, asbestos, consumer product regulations, managing mass tort cases and more. The event runs April 3-5 at the Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix.

Attorney Chris Norris Quoted in Law360 Article on Secondary Asbestos Exposure Cases

Attorney Chris Norris, head of the appellate practice at Nemeroff Law Firm, was recently quoted in an article on Law360 discussing the controversial issue of take-home asbestos exposure cases. In asbestos litigation, take-home exposure refers to secondary exposure. These cases typically involve instances where employees who are exposed to asbestos in the workplace subsequently expose friends or family members to harmful asbestos materials.

Take-home exposure cases have presented a great deal of complexity and disagreement among the legal community. The Law360 article illustrates this point by citing two pending California cases. In August, the California Supreme Court agreed to consider lower court decisions which resulted in two different outcomes about whether companies have a duty to compensate asbestos victims they did not have a direct relationship with. One case ruled that a product manufacturer owed a duty to the nephew of an employee. The other ruled that there cannot be premises liability for secondary exposures.

According to the article, courts will commonly use one of two tests to determine whether companies owe a duty to victims of secondary exposure:

Foreseeability Analysis – Considers whether a company could expect that employees could expose family members to asbestos fibers at home from dust-coated clothing or possessions.
Special Relationship Analysis – Considers whether a company had a direct contractual relationship with an asbestos victims.
Attorney Norris commented on the conflict, stating that “the question, legally, has come down on two different sides, the question of what was foreseeable, to a product maker or premises owner. Some states say foreseeability itself doesn’t create a duty, and other states have basically said that it’s common sense that a worker’s spouse could be exposed, but that they might not extend the duty as far if it’s a visiting granddaughter or someone like that.”

Legal experts are hopeful that the California cases will provide some clarity on secondary asbestos exposure cases across the country, but as Attorney Norris notes, the issue has largely been divided on a state-by-state basis. If you have questions about take-home asbestos exposure and your rights, contact the Nemeroff Law Firm for a free consultation.

Thousands of Xarelto Bottles Recalled Over Contamination Concerns

Late last month – on Tuesday, October 21 st – Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen unit announced a recall of the popular blood-thinner medication Xarelto (rivaroxaban). According to officials from Janssen, 13,500 bottles of Xarelto are being recalled after microbial contamination was found in a sample.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also released an Enforcement Report confirming that the recall was prompted by a Xarelto sample which tested positive for microbial contamination. The contaminated sample – which came from a production plant in Puerto Rico – was tested after a customer filed a complaint.

Janssen, which has already faced a number of complaints involving Xarelto, issued a nationwide voluntary recall shortly after discovering evidence of contamination. According to an official statement, Janssen made the decision to recall the entire lot of bottles manufactured at its Puerto Rico facility, even though contamination was found in only one sample bottle.

More Concerns About Xarelto
Xarelto’s contamination recall is only the latest concern about the popular pharmaceutical, which has been heavily scrutinized for associated adverse effects. In recent years, Xarelto has been linked to cases of injury, hospitalization, and death due to issues of uncontrolled bleeding. These adverse events include cases of internal bleeding, subdural hemorrhaging, and severe bleeding that cannot be stopped. Many victims and families have begun filing lawsuits for the harm and suffering they experienced after taking Xarelto.

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Learn More About Xarelto Injuries & Your Rights
Nemeroff Law Firm has been dedicated to fighting on behalf of victims and families who’ve suffered preventable harm at the hands of Big Pharma. Our pharmaceutical injury attorneys are currently reviewing cases of victims who experienced adverse side effects – including uncontrolled bleeding that resulted in hospitalization or death – after taking Xarelto.

If you would like more information about filing a Xarelto lawsuit, your rights, and how Nemeroff Law Firm can help, contact our legal team today for a free case evaluation.

Researchers Note Rise in Xarelto Prescriptions Despite Increase in Reports of Adverse Events

In the past several months, concerns over the risks and safety of Xarelto – a popular prescription blood thinner – have been on the rise. In many cases, patients who took Xarelto have reported incidents of severe and uncontrollable bleeding, some serious enough to require hospitalization. A number of injuries and deaths have been associated with the drug. Despite the increase in adverse events reported by consumers, researchers recently found that Xarelto prescriptions are rising.

According to a recent study from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), researchers have discovered that more physicians are choosing to prescribe Xarelto (rivaroxaban) over Pradaxa (dabigatran), another blood thinner which has been found to carry potentially harmful side effects.

The study noted that Xarelto prescriptions increased to roughly 1 million per quarter, with Pradaxa prescriptions declining since 2012. At the end of 2013, Xarelto prescriptions surpassed those for Pradaxa by approximately two to one. Although they have not yet informed doctors how to prevent or stop cases of uncontrollable bleeding, Xarelto’s manufacturers are exploring the possibility of expanding the drug’s use to treat patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS)

Although Bayer and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Unit has profited immensely from Xarelto, the companies’ medication has led to many cases of injury and death. In turn, many victims and families have begun to assert their rights and pursue compensation for their damages by filing lawsuits.

You can learn more about Xarelto lawsuits on our website or by requesting a free consultation with a member of our legal team.

Permalink New Study Suggests Mesothelioma May Be Caused by Mutations in Multiple Cells

A recent study conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Hawaii Cancer center is breaking new ground in the scientific understanding of mesothelioma. According to the researchers, mesothelioma may be caused by multiple cell mutations rather than a mutation in a single cell – which is the case in most cancers.

The study, published earlier this month in the Journal of Translational Medicine ( JTM), began when researchers attempted to determine if mesothelioma was monoclonal, meaning that it is derived from a single cell mutation which replicates and causes cancer to grow. This is the case with many types of cancers.

Researchers analyzed patterns of “clonality” by comparing samples from individuals with mesothelioma to samples from healthy individuals and others with monoclonal cancers. Ultimately, their findings suggested that “malignant mesothelioma is the result of polyclonal tumors,” or mutations in multiple distinct cells.

The University of Hawaii study is a significant step toward improving our understanding of this tragic disease, and may lead to improvements in the ways we treat mesothelioma patients. For example, researchers are using the study findings to suggest that treatments should be targeting multiple cancerous cells with different types of mutations, rather than a single monoclonal cell. In the past, mesothelioma patients have been treated with the same monoclonal antibodies common with cancer treatments.

You can learn more about mesothelioma on our website or by contacting the Nemeroff Law Firm.

Xarelto Lawsuits Centralized in Louisiana

Earlier this month, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation announced the consolidation of federal Xarelto lawsuits in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The announcement, made on December 12, is considered a turning point in nationwide litigation involving the popular blood-thinner, which has been linked to a number of injuries and deaths. Judge Eldon E. Fallon will preside over the MDL proceedings.

Understanding Xarelto Injury Lawsuits
Xarelto is a blood-thinner medication manufactured by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Unit. In recent years, Xarelto has been associated with cases of severe and uncontrollable bleeding, and is alleged to have caused instances of injury and death among patients.

If you or a family member has experienced harm after taking Xarelto, you may be able to pursue financial compensation for your losses by filing a lawsuit. With the consolidation of Xarelto lawsuits nationwide, more victims and families across the nation will now have the resources to hold Xarelto’s manufacturers liable for the harm they caused.

You or a loved one may be able to file a Xarelto lawsuit if you experienced any of the following after taking the medication:

Uncontrollable bleeding
Subdural hemorrhaging
Internal bleeding
Hospitalization
Serious injury / wrongful death.
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At the Nemeroff Law Firm, our attorneys have long advocated for victims and families who suffered preventable harm at the hands of powerful pharmaceutical companies. Throughout the years, we’ve been successful in protecting the rights of victims injured by dangerous drugs, and we’re prepared to put our experience and passion to work for you.

If you have questions about your rights, Xarelto lawsuits, and how our legal team can help you, contact Nemeroff Law Firm today for a FREE case review.

Swedish Researchers Examine Mesothelioma Risks in Construction Industry

Swedish researchers from Umea University’s Department of Health and Clinical Medicine recently concluded a study in which they suggest that a wide variety of construction workers face significant risks of suffering from mesothelioma – even if they didn’t work jobs known for higher rates of asbestos exposure.

According to the study, which was published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, workers in the construction industry – especially those who perform jobs involving asbestos-containing products – have exhibited significant rates of mesothelioma.

Examples of the types of construction jobs with high rates of mesothelioma cases include:

Concrete workers
Wood workers
Plumbers
Painters
Electricians
Foremen
Researchers noted that while some of these occupations have long been associated with higher numbers of mesothelioma, asbestos exposure occurred across many different types of construction industry occupational groups. Their opinion was that protection against asbestos exposure may be an extremely difficult or nearly impossible task in construction.

While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) establishes guidelines for protecting U.S. workers against exposure – including risk education, asbestos handling training, and proper protective gear – the Swedish study suggests that these regulations may not go far enough. You can read more about the study here.

If you have questions about mesothelioma resulting from exposure to asbestos in the workplace, the Nemeroff Law Firm is here to help. We’ve recovered millions on behalf of asbestos victims and their families.

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Study Finds Mesothelioma Rates on the Rise in Many Countries

Mesothelioma is a difficult disease to track on a global level. This is because it can be elusive to some medical professionals with less-advanced resources and because there is often a lack of data, among other reasons. Although the true risks of asbestos exposure may be difficult to precisely pinpoint, Italian researchers are suggesting there is strong evidence that mesothelioma rates are increasing in many different countries.

The study – published in the Indian Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine – was conducted by researchers from the Center for the Study of Environmental Cancer in Italy. It is centered on data of mesothelioma rates in Europe, Oceania, and parts of Asia, the Middle East, and South America.

According to researchers, the following countries reported the highest rates of mesothelioma (based on available data):

United Kingdom
The Netherlands
Malta
Belgium
Australia
New Zealand
All of these countries, except New Zealand, have prohibited the use of asbestos. Other countries that have banned asbestos, including the U.S. and several European nations, have seen intermediate mesothelioma rates. Researchers noted that a lack of data from larger countries that have not banned asbestos – Russia, China, India, Indonesia, and Brazil – makes precise findings about incidence rates on a global level difficult.

Ultimately, the researchers suggest that global asbestos consumption rates in the past decades may predict that mesothelioma rates will be on the rise and will impact larger geographical areas. They also factor in mesothelioma’s long latency period – 15 – 60 years – in suggesting the rise in mesothelioma rates.

Researchers Study Mesothelioma Risks & Home Repairs

According to a report published in a Danish medical journal, certain home repairs can pose mesothelioma risks. The study – completed by researchers at Aarhus University Hospital in Slagelse, Denmark – based the study of published cases involving patients diagnosed with mesothelioma.

According to the study, both patients were found to have been exposed to asbestos while doing roof repairs. Each of the patients, who were homeowners, reported drilling and cutting into roof sheeting. Because the homes were manufactured prior to the 1980s, before the asbestos-containing materials were largely abandoned in construction, the roof sheeting contained asbestos. Neither of the patients had worked professions that posed risks of asbestos exposure.

The study highlights the risks of non-occupational asbestos exposure, especially for homeowners who perform do-it-yourself repairs or renovations in older homes. During these projects, homeowners can expose themselves to dust and harmful asbestos fibers when they cut, sand, drill, or disturb structures and products containing the material.

Researchers noted that the risks are more concerning for older individuals who performed home repairs in homes built before the 1980s. Current homeowners in older homes – especially those built during the 1930s to the 1960s – can also be exposed to asbestos. The most common home materials that may contain asbestos include:

Cement blocks
Floor and ceiling tiles
Roof shingles/sheeting
Wall paints and joint compounds
Insulation
Asbestos was widely used in home construction, as it was valued for its durability, low cost, and resistance to fire. Once the link between asbestos and mesothelioma became widely accepted, the construction industry abandoned the use of asbestos. Because the risk may still exist in older homes, experts recommend that homeowners who suspect that their homes may contain asbestos contact an abatement professional before doing any work themselves.

Nemeroff Law Firm fights for victims of asbestos exposure, no matter where the exposure occurred. If you have questions about non-occupational exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma, and your rights, contact our firm for a free case evaluation.

Experts Debate Over Dangers of Natural Asbestos

Today, asbestos is known largely as an outdated and dangerous substance. For most people, asbestos was the material used for insulation in homes, roofs on old buildings, and in a number of other industrial ways. Although asbestos fibers are certainly the harmful material we’ve all come to know, they are also naturally occurring minerals which, according to some geologists and experts, can be quite dangerous in their natural form.

Asbestos minerals exist in deposits across the United States, with the highest concentrations in the Western part of the country. Geologists and other scientists are concerned that naturally occurring asbestos deposits can pose a risk to nearby residents. In places like Libby, Montana, for example, which is home to a former asbestos-contaminated vermiculite mine, one out of five of the residents were diagnosed with asbestos-related lung disease.

In Nevada, geologists are questioning whether asbestos deposits in the state – which are unmined – could be harming local residents. However, scientists have received some opposition from the state’s health department, which restricted access to the state cancer registry after an epidemiologist conducted a preliminary analysis and found an unusual number of mesothelioma cases. The health department also reported the results of their own analysis, finding that the asbestos deposits posed no danger.

Ultimately, we know that asbestos fibers are dangerous and the cause of many tragic diseases, including mesothelioma. With the help of scientific studies and statistics, we also know that naturally occurring asbestos is more common than most may think – and that there appears to be a correlation between deposits and rates of mesothelioma. Given the risks involved, experts and government agencies should be working together to find answers, not be gridlocked in debate.