JURY AWARDS $3.6 MILLION IN FIRST BARD IVC TRIAL

In the first bellwether trial of the Bard IVC Filter litigation, a federal jury ruled against the manufacturer C. R. Bard. On March 30, 2018, jurors in Phoenix ordered Bard to pay $1.6 million in compensatory damages to Plaintiff Sherr-Una Booker, who was harmed by an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter made by C. R. Bard. Howard L. Nations of The Nations Law Firm was a member of the trial team and represented Ms. Booker in Court. In the trial that lasted more than 2 weeks, the jury decided that Bard is 80% liable for Ms. Booker’s injuries. Bard was also ordered to pay an additional $2 million in punitive damages, taking the jury only 16 minutes to reach their decision.

This is one of several thousand lawsuits filed against the New Jersey-based Bard Company, the first IVC trial against Bard, and only the second trial against an IVC filter manufacturer, the first being a case against Cook Medical last November in Florida.

In Ms. Booker’s case, the IVC filter tilted, perforated her vena cava, broke apart, and pieces of the metal device then traveled to her spine and heart. As a result, she underwent open-heart surgery in 2014 to repair the damage and attempt to remove the broken filter parts. They were unable to remove a piece of the filter near her heart and it remains there today, leaving Ms. Booker with the ever constant fear that at any moment the piece of metal could move again and cause an imminent risk of death.

WHAT IS AN IVC FILTER?

IVC filters (inferior vena cava filters) are implanted in the vena cava, the largest vein in the body, which carries de-oxygenated blood to the right atrium of the heart and to the lungs. The implants are used in patients for various conditions, namely deep vein thrombosis in the legs. These devices are intended to prevent blood clots from breaking off and migrating to the organs such as the heart, brain and lungs, where blood clots settle and can become life-threatening.

If you or someone you know may have developed complications after IVC implantation, please contact our offices at (800) 269-3050 or fill out this form for a free case evaluation.

Police Navidad

I.T. Administrator, Andrea Schmauss, with Blue Santa
I.T. Administrator, Andrea Schmauss, with Blue Santa

The year is 1984 and a Houston Police Officer was tasked with arresting a man for shoplifting. The officer soon discovered that sadly the man was stealing clothing for his children’s Christmas. The officers involved were so moved by the suspect’s heartfelt story that they asked for donations from the other officers to purchase toys for the children’s Christmas.

The response was overwhelming and the officers donated so much money that the officers were able to purchase toys, not only for the man’s children, but also for an additional dozen disadvantaged children.

Since 1984 the heart of the Blue Santa has grown to over 1500 Houston Police Officers donating bi-weekly to this program. The sponsoring officers are responsible for wrapping and delivering the toys to the families that the officers have identified.

Along with community partners and the officers’ donations, the Blue Santa program currently provides toys to approximately 10,000 economically disadvantaged children every year.

Our IT Administrator, Andrea Schmauss, is very active in volunteering with law enforcement and the community. When she heard that the Blue Santa was attending a party for children and was unescorted as all his elves were busy making toys in the North Pole, she had the idea to don her Christmas Blue and see if she could audition to be one of Santa’s helpers. As you can see, Santa hired her on the spot. We hope she returns from the North Pole very soon. Police Navidad!!!!

Monsanto Seeds Cause Rash, Halting Launch

Monsanto Corporation ceased the launch of a chemical designed for crop seeds in the wake of reports stating that the chemical causes rashes on people. This is the latest instance of complaints regarding the company’s product that was approved by U.S. environmental regulators.

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(Or copy/paste URL into your browser’s address bar) http://www.reuters.com/article/us-monsanto-chemicals/monsanto-halts-launch-of-chemical-after-users-complain-of-rashes-idUSKBN1D202Y

Houston Astros Earn History

On November 1st, 2017, the Houston Astros played the 7th game in the final set of the World Series – and won.

As Mayor Sylvester Turner said, “We went from 51 inches of rain to a 5 to 1 clincher. WOW it doesn’t get much better than that.”

We are proud to call Houston our home, and very proud of our baseball team, the Houston Astros.

 

Congress Prevents Consumers from Suing Companies Like Equifax

The Senate voted Tuesday night to eradicate a contentious rule that would have allowed Americans to file class-action suits against banks instead of being coerced in many cases into private arbitration.

No Democrats or independents favored the move. All but two Republicans — John Kennedy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — voted to revoke the rule.

George Slover, senior policy counsel for Consumers Union, declared the vote “means that big financial companies can lock the courthouse doors and prevent consumers who’ve been mistreated from joining together to seek the relief they deserve under the law.”

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(URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/24/business/senate-vote-wall-street-regulation.html )