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Kiesel + Larson LLP is a nationally recognized consumer litigation firm specializing in complex litigation, class action, catastrophic injury, consumer fraud, pharmaceutical and medical device injury, unfair business practices, construction defect, truck accident and environmental litigation.
Hip Replacement Lawsuit Verdict
The final verdict was announced in the first DePuy ASR lawsuit in the nation to go to trial. The plaintiff, Loren Kransky, a retired prison guard who received a DePuy ASR XL metal-on-metal hip implant in 2007, was awarded an $8.3 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson, DePuy's parent company, for injuries, pain, emotional distress, and medical expenses he incurred as a result of his defective hip device. The verdict was announced after the jury saw and heard evidence of Mr. Kransky's injuries, including metal poisoning, dislocation, and the need for a complicated revision surgery. There are over 10,000 additional personal injury cases that have been filed against DePuy alleging similar injuries.
DePuy Orthopaedics announced the recall of the ASR hip implant devices in mid-2010, after data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales revealed that one out of every eight patients who had received the devices had to undergo painful and expensive revision surgery. It is estimated that over 90,000 people have received the ASR hip implant worldwide. The ASR hip system consists of a metal ball and socket which are susceptible to heavy wear, leading to the release of metal ions and debris into the patient's bloodstream. As a result, many metal-on-metal hip implant recipients suffer metal poisoning, or metallosis, which may cause pain, tissue death around the implant, and loss of cognitive function. Oftentimes, however, patients experience no physical symptoms at all until it is too late. Therefore, if you have received a DePuy hip implant, it is important you contact your doctor to evaluate the possible release of metal ions in the bloodstream.
Kiesel + Larson, LLP works tirelessly to achieve just compensation for our clients who are suffering injuries related to their metal-on-metal hip implants. We are currently prosecuting cases against several manufacturers of these devices, including DePuy, Wright Medical Technology, Stryker, and Biomet. If you have been implanted with a DePuy ASR device, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. For a free consultation and case review, please contact our attorneys today.
K+L represents consumers who have suffered as a result of the failure of DePuy ASR, Wright Conserve, Biomet and Zimmer Hip Implants.
Several studies have determined that the DePuy ASR™ implants have been failing for various reasons such as cup loosening, metallosis and high levels of cobalt-chromium ions in a patient's body. The ASR devices were formally recalled on August 24, 2010. The DePuy recall letter noted revision rates of 13% after 5 years, which were already higher than industry standards. New data presented at the British Hip Society Annual Conference in March 2011 revealed a failure rate of 21% at 4 years and 49% at 6 years! This means a patient with an ASR device has an almost 50% chance of needing a revision surgery to replace it after only 6 years.
The Wright Medical Conserve® Cup features a similar design to the DePuy ASR™ Cup. The Wright Conserve® Hip Implant System is a metal-on-metal design, which consists of cast cobalt chromium molybdenum that provides the receptacle for the cobalt chromium molybdenum femoral head. The metal femoral head rotates within the metal monoblock Conserve® Cup, without a liner, resulting in the release of metal particles that can cause metal toxicity in the blood, soft tissue and bone. This can result in metallosis, tissue necrosis, pseudotumors and other serious health problems.
LOS ANGELES ARCHDIOCESE RELEASES FILES
Level of Cover-up Far Surpasses Worst Fears
After eleven years of litigation and a six year battle over the release of files, the more than 600 victims of clergy sexual abuse have finally secured the confidential files which reveal a painful history of cover-up and betrayal by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The confidential files were turned over Thursday evening to the victims as part of global settlement wth the Archdiocese. What's contained in the files is "chilling," Raymond Boucher said.
"Every bishop and every vicar of clergy has been so indoctrinated with the view of protecting the church from scandal that they allowed heinous crimes to be committed," he said.
"That's the irony in all of this. In their vain attempts to protect the image of the church, they've tarnished it beyond repair."
Los Angeles Archdiocese Released Files
Archdiocese Released Documents
Jenni Rivera Plane Crash Lawsuit Filed
Kiesel + Larson has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the families of those who perished from the crash of the plane that was carrying Jenni Rivera on a flight from Monterrey to Mexico City on December 9, 2012.
Paul Kiesel announced at a press conference held in Los Angeles that his firm represents the families of Jennie Rivera's publicist, Arturo Rivera; makeup artist, Jacobo Yebale; lawyer Mario Macias and hair stylist, Jorge Sanchez. The grieving families want answers to questions including why their loved ones were flying on a 43 year old Learjet with a long history of maintenance problems and prior substantial wing and airframe structural damage.
The families also want to know why the plane was being flown by 78 and 20 year old pilots who were not properly licensed. Paul Kiesel told the packed press conference "We intend to fully investigate these and all other questions our clients have, and to ensure that the corporate entities who were responsible for this tragedy are held accountable."
Paul Kiesel speaking at the press conference held in Los Angeles.
....Complaint for Damages....
Vance Owen, an experienced personal injury and wrongful death litigator with offices in Corpus Christi, Texas, will act as co-counsel on behalf of all plaintiffs.
Raymond P. Boucher Named Of Counsel
After almost 14 years of working on impact litigation together, the partners of Kiesel Boucher & Larson LLP would like to announce a change in firm name and status. While we had all intended to practice together long into the future, personal circumstances have, unfortunately, made that impossible.
Effective January 1, 2013, the firm name has been changed to Kiesel + Larson LLP. Our former partner, Raymond P. Boucher, has become Of Counsel to the firm. Ray will continue to practice as the Law Offices of Raymond P. Boucher and he will continue to work with our office on selected cases. We wish Ray the best and look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with his new firm on behalf of both current and future clients.
NBC News Interviews Paul Kiesel Concerning the Crisis in California Courts Resulting from 600 Million in Funding Cuts
Paul Kiesel was interviewed on NBC's "News Conference" regarding his efforts on behalf of The Open Courts Coalition to help restore the 600 million dollars of funding cuts that have devasted citizens access to justice in California.
Raymond Boucher Files Child Sexual Abuse Claim Against the Los Angeles Unified School District
Raymond Boucher archivo una demanda por el abuso sexual de menores en contra de el Distrito Escolar de Los Angeles (LAUSD)
Raymond Boucher en noticias ABC News
Raymond Boucher has filed a claim against LAUSD on behalf of Jane Doe 1, a young girl who is the victim of abuse by Mark Berndt at Miramonte Elementary School.
"The Los Angeles Unified School District has not learned from their past mistakes. It continues to allow our children to become victims of unimaginable abuse."
Raymond Boucher on ABC News
"When I recently settled another case involving child sexual abuse against the school district, officials claimed that this was an isolated incident and the School District was vigilantly protecting our children. Sadly, this week's news of Mark Berndt's arrest for allegedly molesting at least 23 students and the revelation of other teachers molesting children proves that this simply is not the case."
Accused teacher Mark Berndt was target of investigation in 1994
"Steps must be taken immediately to modify recordkeeping and to train staff to detect and report signs of abuse."
Raymond Boucher was lead counsel in the clergy sex abuse cases in both Los Angeles and San Diego and has handled numerous sexual abuse cases against public entities including school districts, as well as religious institutions and hospitals.
ABC News Interviews Child Abuse Lawyer, Raymond Boucher
ABC News spoke with attorney Raymond Boucher, who has led the fight nationally to protect our children from sexual abusers. Boucher has brought fundamental change to the way large organizations recognize and deal with evidence of child abuse. He sees in the LA Unfied School Disctrict the same pratices that allow sexual abusers to continue preying on our inncoent children.
"Rather than take the steps to protect these kids, rather than making sure the door is open, make sure that there's a monitor, check to see that he's doing things properly, interview some of the students...what they did is they sanitized his file," said attorney Raymond P. Boucher. "They took those complaints out and trashed them, so that the next time a complaint happened or took place, nobody knew anything about it."
ABA Journal Speaks with Paul Kiesel on "Picking a Winner: How to identify Great Contingency Cases"
Moderator, Stephanie Francis Ward, sat down with Paul Kiesel and Kerry M. Wisser for a very insightful interview which can be read by Clicking Here.
Avandia Ordered to Mediation
U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe stayed the MDL and gave the parties 75 days to resolve at least 85 percent of the cases, which allege that GSK concealed the diabetes medications' potential to cause heart attack and stroke in some patients.
If the 85 percent benchmark is not reached by the deadline, the court will put the first 100 cases filed in the docket on a fast track to a trial, Judge Rufe said. All discovery in those cases will be completed in 60 days, the judge said.
She appointed attorney Patrick A. Juneau Jr. of Juneau David PC in Louisiana to act as mediator.
"I am hopeful that attorneys will want to participate, and that GSK will enter in good faith discussions to bring the cases to resolution," lead plaintiffs' counsel Paul R. Kiesel of Kiesel Boucher & Larson LLP said.
Sexual Abusers Allowed to Continue Preying On Children Because Of Inaction
Once again, organization protects itself at expense of children's lives
The recent arrests of former Penn State defensive coordinator Gerald "Jerry" Sandusky, as well as two Penn State officials, Athletic Director Tim Curley and Senior VP for Finance and Business Gary Schultz, are a sobering reminder that those who are responsible for the administration of some of our most venerable and trusted institutions - schools, churches, charities, and governmental entities included - are all too susceptible to the irrational practice of making protection of peers, employees, institutional reputations, and revenue streams a higher priority than the safety, security, and dignity of the most vulnerable members of society, our children. In the case of Gerald Sandusky, multiple opportunities to put a stop to his serial sexual assaults on young boys were squandered in deference to status quo, resulting in severe, unwarranted, and preventable damage to several young lives.
Metrolink Train Crash
Decision of Judge Peter D. Lichtman
Paul R. Kiesel, liaison counsel for attorneys representing the families of 24 passengers who died and well over 100 injured passengers in the September 12, 2008 Metrolink train crash in Chatsworth, California, provides his thoughts on the Los Angeles Superior Court's decision.
"Those harmed by the Metrolink collision are indebted to Judge Peter D. Lichtman for his extraordinary service in resolving the damage allocations in this case. Unfortunately, the Court's hands were tied and his efforts frustrated by the fact that an arbitrary cap on damages precluded the Court from administrating complete justice, while allowing a multi-billion dollar corporation to escape full responsibility for its reprehensible conduct."
Kiesel Selected To Top 100 California Lawyers 2011
Paul Kiesel was honored as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal at a reception held on September 20, 2011 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. "The firm is proud of our colleague's accomplishments," said William Larson when told of the selection. "This firm is committed to representing those who without our aid have no means to achieve justice."
Paul Kiesel Appointed Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in National AVANDIA Litigation
"The attorneys at Kiesel, Boucher &Larson, LLP are leaders in the field of mass tort and personal injury litigation. They have helped lawyers both in California and around the country to manage complex, high-profile cases, often by using technology to maximize communication with clients, lawyers and the courts. Paul Kiesel and Raymond Boucher have been selected numerous times as among the top 100 most influential lawyers in California and among the top 500 lawyers in America."
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