Kirtland & Packard's Personal Injury Law Blog

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March 16, 2016

Kirtland & Packard LLP is pleased to announce that Mr. Behram V. Parekh, Esq., a member of the Firm, has been appointed by Judge Joan N. Ericksen of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the In re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2666.

The Bair Hugger litigation alleges that the Bair Hugger forced air warming device manufactured and sold by 3M for use during surgery, and which is now used in...

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February 25, 2016

Our firm has recently earned important roles in litigation pending against major drug companies. This litigation is related to significant health problems that are associated with the use of several popular drugs.

Our attorneys are always working on a range of defective drugs and medical devices cases. Currently, however, cases involving Zoloft and Benicar are among our most prominent and important.

Here are some of the issues involved:

  • Zoloft: A popular, widely advertised anti-depressant, Zoloft has recently been...
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February 18, 2016

Kirtland & Packard, LLP has long been one of the nation's leaders in defective drug litigation. We are recognized for the quality of our work representing innocent victims of neglect and misconduct from the pharmaceutical industry.

This work continues, as our firm has recently earned prominent roles in several cases involving dangerous drugs and medical devices. These roles include:

  • Appointed Liaison Counsel in Zoloft California JCCP Litigation
  • Appointed to Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in Benicar MDL Litigation
  • ...
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December 04, 2015

Some of the most devastating and severe injuries consist of those that involve damage to the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries can be caused by almost any type of impact or crushing injury to the spinal cord. The impact can be to the buttocks, head, neck or back. The injuries are often immediate and may often result in permanent paralyzation, which can range from thoracic injuries, resulting in partial loss of function, mobility and feeling in the lower body (paraplegia) to more severe cases of upper spine involvement resulting in total paralysis of nearly the entire body (quadriplegia). Spinal injuries truly are Life Changing...

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December 04, 2015

Expert Demonstrative exhibits occupy a unique place in the courtroom. Unlike evidentiary exhibits, they are a type of proof put before a jury with respect to which the trial attorney has Aartistic control. A trial attorney's job is persuasion, and the persuasion of a jury need not be limited to the spoken words of the attorneys and witnesses, the dry evidence of documentary exhibits, or the bewildering packet of instructions submitted to the jury.

Jurors, who are presented with days of often tedious witness testimony, are much more likely to remember a visual aid that explains the significance of the testimony to them than...

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December 04, 2015

Expert witnesses are essential to most areas of litigation, yet many practitioners create a tactical advantage for the opposition through clumsy, careless or lackadaisical use of experts. While a judge or jury will usually treat any person who comes to court and proclaims themselves an “expert” with some degree of skepticism, an expert that is unprepared, confused, mistaken or not appropriately “dialed in” to the theme of your case may do more than not help; he/she may drive your client’s case off the tracks.

You will give your experts the best chance of convincing a judge or jury of the correctness of his/her position if you...

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December 04, 2015

How does a class action work?
First, a class is defined and a representative plaintiff is chosen. Then an action is filed in the appropriate court. Next, for the claim to proceed as a class action, a court must first permit, or "certify" the case as a class action.

How does a class action become certified?
Certification is granted where the court is satisfied that:

     • There is a lawful claim against a defendant.
     • There is an identifiable class of affected persons.
     • There is an appropriate person to represent the class members.
     • The class action procedure is...

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December 04, 2015

When Michael Louis Kelly takes on a case, he immediately starts thinking of how he might turn the case into a successful screenplay. Not because he wants to sell the movie rights, but because he feels that it is the most effective way to present a case to a jury. "Jurors want to resolve the conflict, they want the drama" says Kelly, "Determine what your most powerful or convincing fact is, and set up your case to build to its disclosure."

In the case of Doyle Baker v. PrivatAir, Inc, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC322198, Kelly obtained a $63.9 million verdict in an age discrimination/defamation case by doing just that. He...

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December 04, 2015

By Jane Mundy of

An interview with Michael Louis Kelly, a lawyer specializing in class action lawsuits.

What unique challenges does the legal profession face in terms of promotion and marketing?
The legal profession has always been confused on how to advertise. Advertising is, for any profession, bringing the client to the professional, without making promises that you can't keep. The Internet has obviously...

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