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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Taxotere Lawsuits MDL Created in New Orleans

There have been dozens of Taxotere Lawsuits consolidated in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. They are currently accepting applications for appointment to the Taxotere Plaintiffs' Steering Committee. There were also meetings regarding Taxotere at Mass Torts Made Perfect in Las Vegas. If you took Taxotere and suffered from permanent hair loss you may be entitled to compensation. To learn if you qualify for a Taxotere lawsuit visit our Legal Answers Taxotere page: http://www.bcoonlaw.com/taxotere_hair_loss_lawsuit

Brent Coon and Associates are actively seaking Taxotere lawsuit claims to join the Taxotere litigation. Brent Coon and Associates serves clients nationwide.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Investigation

BCA is currently investigating all hernia mesh lawsuit claims as of September 2016... However we are interested in Atrium C-Qur Ethicon or Physiomesh related claims. If you have been injured by Atrium C-Qur Ethicon Physiomesh patches, please contact us immediately via the form to the right. The statue of limitations on your claim is possibly limited by your state. We are currently investigating cases involving:
  • Atrium C-Qur Lawsuits
  • Ethicon Physiomesh Lawsuits
If you have been injured by one of these hernia mesh patches you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact our legal team for advice on the best way to advance your

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid Lawsuits After Links to Kidney Damage Risks

Brent Coon and Associates are investigating lawsuits over certain heart burn medications including Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid after studies indicate risks of kidney damage. If you or a loved one took Nexium, Prilosec, or Prevacid and suffered kidney damage you may be entitled to compensation. Due to statue of limitation laws in various states, it is best to contact a Nexium lawyer as soon as possible. Brent Coon and Associates work on a contingency basis, which means there are no out of pocket costs when filing a Nexium lawsuit.

Learn more at: http://bcoonlaw.com/nexium_kidney_lawsuits

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

BP dodges BILLIONS of dollars in additional oil spill liabilities

Attached is a very important new ruling and Order from the BP oil spill Federal MDL Court regarding the viability of claims brought by hundreds, and perhaps thousands,  of businesses and individuals in the oil servicing industry claiming that the impact of the Government shutdown on drilling for a number of months after the Deepwater Horizon well operated by BP erupted, dumping hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Click to download the Ruling>


The Court is essentially ruling that claims brought by this sector for billions of dollars in losses do not fall under the Oil Pollution Act as compensable claims, and therefore are to be dismissed. While this ruling only applies to the “test cases”, the same arguments will clearly attach to the remainder.  Unless the Court reconsiders and alters this ruling, or the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturns it, this decision bodes poorly for yet another massive block of claims that have been waiting for years on the status of their claims and whether they will ever receive ANY compensation for their losses. The answer now appears to be “NO”.

RECAP OF THE LITIGATION

The MDL Court assigned to handle the bulk of the litigation associated to the spill has plowed through hundreds of legal issues over the last six years, setting trials on various issues along the way.  Due to the unprecedented magnitude of the spill and ensuing litigation, and incumbent contingent liabilities, the Court has had to grapple with hundreds of thousands of claims from every sector of business along the Gulf of Mexico, claims and cross claims of all the parties plaintiff and defendant, insurance disputes, scope of liability, quantification of oil spilled and numerous other legal disputes.

BP initially made a number of public overtures to make amends in response to the horrible publicity and criticism of the incident, immediately announcing a  “$20 billion dollar fund” to begin the reparations process outside the litigation, and to stay the course until “the gulf was made whole”.  This fund was run by settlement Czar Ken Feinberg, who had overseen numerous other funds in the past, including the 9/11 fund for victims of the terrorist incident in New York.  And yet, as soon as the media attention to the spill died down, BP very quietly shut down that $20 billion dollar operation without disbursing the vast majority of the monies it had announced were set aside for claims payments.  This transferred any future resolution of any claims back to the single court in New Orleans appointed by a federal panel to handle the case.  

A highly controversial “class action” subsequently captured and settled several hundred thousand claims in an “economic and property damage” settlement four years ago in the MDL Court.  This effort has been the source of constant criticism by both sides, BP claiming unfair settlement practices and conflicts of interest in the operations, and claimants maintaining unfair and arbitrary evaluations, changes to the methodologies to the evaluation of claims, and four years of deliberate delays in evaluating and paying claims.   The majority of claims have yet to be paid four years later, and it appears that ultimately more than half will never see any compensation from that settlement. Some groups, such as businesses shut down from the spill, have recovered in less than one percent of total claims filed.

The MDL Court also approved a “medical class” which was designed to get compensation to the tens of thousands of persons who claimed illnesses from working in the aftermath of the spill around the hydrocarbons and toxic chemicals utilized in the dispersant and cleanup processes.  Those claims have also struggled in the years since that fund was approved, with operational costs far exceeding the amounts paid to victims, most being awarded less than $1000 stipend payments for their injuries and medical bills.

There was another sweeping settlement late in 2015 involving resolution of essentially all of the claims brought by the U.S. government, the impacted states Attorney Generals and hundreds of municipal entities.  That settlement, estimated at approximately $18.7 Billion dollars, is to be paid out over a 15 year time frame. 

An additional estimated 85,000 claims also remain pending before the MDL court the last six years outside the class settlements, either due to decisions of the claimant to opt out of the previous class settlements or lack of eligibility for those settlements.  Most of them have been locked out of the process of any further settlement discussions throughout the duration of the litigation, and are still looking for closure or for relief to other courts to actually have their cases heard.  With the MDL court announcements on the only remaining issues otherwise set on the trial docket now resolved, it may clear the way for further attention to these claims relegated to the “back burner” of the litigation for several years. 

“Our law firm is the largest stakeholder in this litigation in the sheer number and variety of claims, which total in excess of 10,000 cases involving businesses and individuals from every sector of industry impacted from this incredibly devastating oil spill.  It is not only a national tragedy that it happened, but in the way BP has handled it. Delays, lies, political pandering, backroom deals, misleading and often completely false public relations campaigns and other dishonest and unscrupulous tactics have a very bad situation even worse.  BP has sadly done a good job at only one thing, making the media, politicians and the general public away from the Gulf Coast believe that they did what they said early and often that they were going to do, compensate everyone quickly and fairly”.  Says Brent Coon, founder of the public policy and litigation firm of Brent Coon and Assoicates.

“Publicly announced settlement after settlement has either subsequently been unfunded, defunded, delayed or altered to the point where six years into the litigation BP has only paid a fraction of what they owe and only a small fraction of those who lost their jobs or businesses have been compensated.  Even the “big settlement” with the government was purposely delayed by BP for almost six years, and the “deal” recently announced with the government gives BP 15 more years to actually PAY IT.”   Why our government would continue to do ANY business with such a corporation is anyone’s guess, and why there has been such a false perception of what BP has actually done versus what they said they would do is frankly at this point unfathomable.  Clearly the masses don’t have the same level of organization and effective media skills as demonstrated by BP throughout this litigation, and the government has not shown much interest in clearing the record either” .

“We commend Senator Nelson of Florida for finally speaking up this week on the plight of the victims of this spill at least as it relates to the citizens of Florida.  It is time for BP to step and do what they have said the last six years they were going to do, and accept full responsibility and accountability.  The fact that they have now refused to contribute a dime of compensation to the billions in losses sustained from the oil services industry as a result of the spill does nothing but reinforce what our firm has said all along, that this is an amoral corporation with the longest and ugliest track record of ignoring safety and health standards set by government and industry, which has resulted in the most fatalities, most injuries, most governmental fines and citations and the most consequential damages of any corporation in the world. Not a recognition worth bragging about, but one much earned by BP”. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

California Trinity Guardrail Lawsuit

Lawsuit Sparks Questions About Guardrail Safety

By Mary Harris
A lawsuit has recently been filed against Trinity, by the family of Jose Diance. The suit claims Diance died as a result of grave injuries sustained in a crash involving an ET Plus. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016)
Caltrans has no plans to remove any of the 3,600 Trinity guardrail end-treatments along California freeways.
Trinity's "ET Plus" has come under nationwide scrutiny following a design change. Recently, the Virginia Department of Transportation announced they would be removing and replacing the ET Plus from its high speed roadways.

Despite suspending purchases of new ET Plus units, Mark Dinger, a Caltrans spokesman, says at this time, they have "no reason to think safety is being compromised."
Meanwhile, a lawsuit has recently been filed against Trinity, by the family of Jose Diance. The suit claims Diance died as a result of grave injuries sustained in a crash involving an ET Plus.
"I see this doctor coming, with his head down. All I remember him saying is: 'Sorry, there was nothing I could do for him,'" recalled Maria Diance, of the day her son died.
She still weeps for the death of her 23-year-old son.

Maria Diance looks back on her son’s graduation from the LAPD police academy and shares the moment she knew Jose would pursue a career in law enforcement. (Published Feb. 22, 2016.) (Published Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016)

"He was still responding on his way to the hospital. He was asking for his father in Spanish to help him," she said.
Diance, a nurse, is tormented by the thought of her boy bleeding on the side of the road, alone.
"I was not there to try to give him CPS. To help him. Maybe I could have done something."
It was 3:20 in the morning on April 23, 2011 when Jose Diance, an off duty LAPD officer was driving under the speed limit, and under the influence, when he crashed into a guardrail at the Van Nuys Boulevard exit on the 101 Freeway.
"Would the injury have been as significant if a different guard rail had been in place?" asked attorney James Morris.
According to police and coroner's reports, Diance's Ford F-150 was "impaled" by the guardrail, which passed through the engine and struck Diance with such force he was ejected from the truck, still in his seat.
"This place here, the end-terminal, is where the problem occurs," Morris said, pointing to the yellow and black striped rectangular end piece of a guardrail.
"If it had operated properly it never gets inside the cabin of the car, but as modified, it has the capacity to shoot through the engine block," Morris said.

Morris' firm represents seven families in negligence lawsuits against guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries.
He claims that between 2000 and 2005, Trinity changed specific dimensions of their end-terminal, known as the ET Plus.
"For them to think you can change the specifications and it's not going to have any impact belies even the most simple engineering principles," Morris said.
The lawsuit calls the modified device "defective and unreasonably dangerous."
"Because it doesn't flatten out and absorb the impact as it should. Instead, it becomes a spear or a harpoon that can kill anyone in its way," he said.
Morris says Trinity never notified the Federal Highway Administration of these changes, as required, and that it was not sufficiently crash tested.
Trinity Industries spokesman Jeff Eller adamantly disagrees.
"It's the most crash-tested end-terminal system on the road today," adding, "If it's installed correctly and if it's repaired correctly, it will perform as it is designed." (Highway safety equipment is purchased by, maintained and repaired by state Department of Transportation.)
Crash tests are used by the Federal Highway Administration to determine what products are available to states for reimbursement by the federal government. Caltrans only buys equipment on this list.
"The ET Plus has an unbroken chain of eligibility. It has been on the Federal Highway Administration's approved-for-reimbursement since it was introduced," Eller said.
In October 2014, a Texas jury found Trinity made fraudulent claims in order to remain eligible for federal reimbursement.
Eller insists it was just an administrative oversight.
"That was a federal court case about paperwork filed with the Federal Highway Administration," Eller said. "It was not a court verdict on whether the ET Plus is safe or not."
The next day, the Federal Highway Administration ordered more crash testing.
To date, Federal Highway Administration confirms the ET Plus has met the criteria for all their crash tests, but the testing process has come under scrutiny.
In late 2014, California banned any new installation of the ET Plus.
"Out of an abundance of caution, when Caltrans first heard of safety issues with that product, we put a moratorium on the installations of any new or replacement ET Plus (guardrail) end treatments," agency spokesman Mark Dinger said.
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Ceremony to Donate $100K to Humane Society of Southeast Texas on Behalf Victim of the DuPont, La Porte Gas Leak

On February 25th, 2016, at 2:00PM CST, Jasmine Wise will present the Humane Society of Southeast Texas a check for $100,000 dollars on behalf of her late mother, Crystle Wise, who was tragically killed in the DuPont Laport Gas Leak on November 15th 2014.

EVENT DETAILS
When: February 25th 2pm CST
Where:
Brentwood Entertainment Complex
4201 S. Major Drive
Beaumont, TX 77707


At the check presentation ceremony, Crystle Wise's daughter Jasmine Wise and Crystle's mother Betty LeBlanc will be speaking on behalf of the family. In addition, the head of the local chapter of the International Chemical Worker Union and the family's attorney, Beaumont Lawyer and Workers' Rights advocate Brent Coon will likely speak or read short statements during the presentation. A check will be donated to The Humane Society of Southeast Texas, in the amount of $100,000 dollars on behalf of the Wise family. The donation comes from the settlement negotiated by Brent Coon with DuPont after 4 workers were tragically killed after 23,000 pounds of a flammable, acidic, toxic chemical escaped in the DuPont facility.

Jasmine Wise selected the Humane Society of Southeast Texas as the recipient of this donation on behalf of her mother Crystle's love of animals and nature.


In addition to the $100,000 donation to the  Humane Society as part of the confidential settlement with DuPont, Brent Coon also negotiated, as a settlement condition, that DuPont hold a "Moment of Silence" each year at all DuPont facilities nationwide for 10 years to remember the fallen and to serve as a reminder of the importance of worker safety.

“This demonstration of public policy is fundamental to our community and a big part of what we try and do”, said attorney Brent Coon, “while nothing can alleviate the tragedy for Crystle’s family, our firm has seen the dividends resulting from this kind of caring and the awareness it’s generated, both for plant safety and the enrichment of Jefferson County as a whole.


We are inviting any media which would like to cover the event, open to the public, to please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Please contact Jay Jackson, Director of Communications for Brent Coon and Associates with any questions. 

Report: Analyst Suggests Essure is Linked to 303 Fetal Deaths

On Feb 17th an analyist released information from her study which states the FDA database contains 303 cases of which Essure may have caused fetal deaths. Spokespeople from Bayer are disputing this claim that Essure caused these deaths. The FDA is set to release it's own study towards the end of Feb. U.S. Representative Mike Fitzpatrick forwarded this information on fetal deaths to the FDA to review. The woman who conducted the study claims that her study was more comprehensive than the FDA's search and includes more keywords including: 'fetal death', 'stillbirth', 'stillborn' and 'miscarriage'. Mike Fitzpatrick is introducing the E-Free Act, which if passed, would removed Essure from the market.

To learn if you can file an Essure Lawsuit, contact the Essure Lawyers at Brent Coon and Associates or call 855-435-5839 for a Free Essure Lawsuit Evaluation

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BCA EMERGING LITIGATION BAIR HUGGER LAWSUITS

Bair Hugger is a warming Device is a forced-air warming devices that can cause serious surgical site infections. Corporate giant 3M’s BAIR HUGGER Warming Device is a convective system that transfers heat by circulating warm-air around the patient’s body. When the warm air if forced down and out of the blanket (i.e. waste heat), it collects bacteria from the floor and re-circulates it up to and onto the surgical site, contaminating the sterile surgical environment and increasing the risk of infection. Further, forced air blowers can be contaminated themselves with bacteria growing in their internal airflow paths and are breeding ground for contaminates.

3M proclaims that during the past 25 years, more than 165 million patients worldwide have been warmed perioperatively using its Bair Hugger Forced-Air Warming device. To market this product, 3M touted the benefits of patient warming to include reduced wound infections (soft tissue), reduced blood loss, reduced cardiac events, lower mortality rates, and shortened hospital stays. However, 3M knew that implanted knee and hip devices creates a favorable environment for staph infection. This will require removal of the implanting knee or hip device, loss of full capacity and mobility of daily living, amputation, and possibly even death.

BCA is accepting cases where a patient had a staph infection after knee or hip replacement surgery as they may be entitled to significant compensation.

Click here to learn more about Bair Hugger Hip/Knee Infection Lawsuits.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Famed Attorney Brent Coon Plans to Hit SoCal Hard for the Porter Ranch Gas Leak

When it comes to Petrochemical Law, there is no doubt about it Brent Coon’s name is synonymous with fighting Big Oil. Nationally known, a partner with the US Government, appearances on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, CNN, and on most every major news organization, Brent and his national law firm, have been leading the fight against oil companies and winning environmental disaster lawsuits for nearly a decade. Under the law firm’s belt are numerous victories, most notably, the BP Oil Spill, Dupont Gas Leak in La Porte, Texas, the Louisiana and Texas City Plant Explosions.
Brent Coon Porter Ranch Gas Leak

“If there is one thing we know about oil companies and the environmental disasters they create, it’s their strategy to complicate the litigation process, then to add insult to injury, they delay, deny and underpay claims” Brent went on to say that in his opinion the SoCal Gas Leak reminds him of the BP Oil Spill in so many ways. As a result of handling tens of thousands of BP related claims, BCA already has the infrastructure in place to maximize and expedite the claims process.

These people need help and we will get involved because Big Oil cannot continue to affect and destroy health, life and property. The once beloved community of Porter Ranch has turned into a real nightmare with no end in sight. We now have one death possibly related to the gas leak, criminal charges filed against SoCal, thousands of relocated residents, schools closed, children and the elderly exposed to harmful chemicals on a daily basis, businesses gasping for air, community association boards, realtors and developers wondering if anyone will ever buy another home in Porter Ranch and homeowners hoping and praying that their once million dollar investment does not become a penny stock.

Our aim is to help Porter Ranch regain its blue chip status again. To offset the stigma that SoCal caused the community of Porter Ranch will require a legal team with the financial means, right strategy and expertise in environmental disasters, and our firm has that. With offices in Los Angeles and across the country, Brent Coon will begin to offer his expertise to attorneys already engaged with Porter Ranch residents, business owners, community association boards, city governments and developers. We will do everything possible to make Porter Ranch what it once was and we will hit SoCal hard for the damage they have caused. For more information, please visit our website- porterranchclaims.com

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BCA Updates List of Volkswagen Recalls for Diminished Value Lawsuits

BCA has updated it's list of make and models we are investigating for possible Volkswagen Diminished Value lawsuits. They now include:

  • Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 2009-2015
  • Volkswagen Jetta Sportswagen TDI, 2009-2014
  • Volkswagen Passat TDI, 2012-2015
  • Volkswagen Golf TDI, 2010-2015
  • Volkswagen Beetle TDI, 2012-2015
  • Volkswagen Beetle Convertible TDI, 2012-2015
  • Audi A3 TDI, 2010-2015
  • Volkswagen Touareg TDI, 2009-2016
  • Audi A6 Quattro, 2014-2016
  • Audi A7 Quattro, 2014-2016
  • Audi A8 Quattro, 2014-2016
  • Audi A8L Quattro, 2014-2016
  • Audi Q5 Quattro, 2014-2016
  • Audi Q7, 2009-2016
  • Porsche Cayenne, 2013-2015
For more information on how to file or refer a Volkswagen Diminished Value lawsuits click here.