Posted by Garrett J. Bradley on Dec 9, 2014 5:25:00 PM   The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has just released interim rules to regulate the conduct of lawyers and judges in conducting voir dire under the new voir dire law which takes effect on February 15, 2015. The new law, allowing attorneys to question… Read More


The Thornton Law Firm asbestos trial team, led by Andrew Wainwright, has successfully settled the case of a retired plumber from Salem, New Hampshire. Our client was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2013. Over the course of several days of deposition testimony, the client identified different manufacturers of asbestos-covered boilers and furnaces which he worked on during the 1960s and 1970s, exposing him to asbestos that went on the new boilers and furnaces. He also testified that he was exposed to asbestos on the old equipment that was being removed. Most of the defendants settled in the weeks leading up to trial.… Read More


Posted by Marilyn McGoldrick on Apr 11, 2014 10:49:00 AM A federal court jury in Louisiana has awarded plaintiffs Terrence and Susan Allen $9,001,475,000 in damages to compensate them for Terrence Allen’s developing bladder cancer after taking the diabetes drug Actos. Nine billion dollars of the award was punitive (punishment) damages against the two defendants, Takeda… Read More


Posted by Marilyn McGoldrick on Feb 3, 2014 3:32:00 PM On Friday, the federal judge overseeing the Ethicon transvaginal mesh (TVM) litigation ruled that Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and its subsidiary, Ethicon, will not be allowed to introduce evidence that the FDA had previously approved surgical sutures made out of the same polypropylene used in Gynecare… Read More


The first federal MDL Bellwether trial in the Actos litigation (MDL 2299) began yesterday in Lafayette, Louisiana before the Honorable Rebecca Doherty. The plaintiff is Terrance Allen, a New York man who was prescribed the diabetes drug Actos from 2004 until 2011 when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Allen’s opening statement asserts that the evidence will show that Takeda had information about Actos causing bladder cancer for over 10 years and withheld this information from doctors and patients. Actos also raises the risk of heart disease, although that is not at issue in this trial.… Read More


Posted by Thornton Law Firm LLP on Jul 29, 2013 7:23:00 AM In a 5-4 decision, last month, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that generic drug manufacturers are shielded from lawsuits arising from adverse side effects caused by their drugs. From now on, only ‘branded’ drugs manufacturers can be held liable for… Read More


Posted by Marilyn McGoldrick on Jun 19, 2013 8:13:00 AM Last week the West Virginia court overseeing the vaginal mesh litigation involving Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit issued a pair of new pre-trial orders. The first rescheduled the presentation of possible bellwether cases to the court by one week, to July 25, 2013. The court… Read More