Federal Court Rules in Favor of Plaintiffs in
Wright Medical Total Hip Profemur Neck Fracture Cases
In a victory for plaintiffs represented by Kiesel Law LLP, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted Plaintiffs’ Motion to Consolidate two Wright Medical Profemur cobalt chrome neck fracture cases for all purposes, including trial. The plaintiffs in these cases were both implanted with the same Wright Medical hip replacement device and suffered injuries as a result of the sudden catastrophic failure of the modular neck component. The Court reasoned that any differences between the plaintiffs’ medical histories will not outweigh the judicial efficiencies to be gained by consolidating the trials.
The plaintiffs are represented by Helen E. Zukin, Paul R. Kiesel, Bryan Garcia and Cherisse Cleofe of Kiesel Law LLP in Beverly Hills, California. Defendants in these actions are Wright Medical Technology, Inc. and MicroPort Orthopedics, Inc.
Nissan’s Refusal to Recall Defective Vehicles
Leads to Vehicular Manslaughter Charges
Kiesel Law LLP now representing those who
were harmed by Nissan’s wrongful acts
Paul Kiesel, who is trial counsel for plaintiffs, was in criminal court when the driver of the Infinity Q56, Solomon Methenge, had all charges against him dismissed. Mr. Methenge has always contended that the brakes on his Infinity failed and he could not avoid the collision. The District Attorney’s office became aware that the Infinity Solomon Methenge was driving had been the subject of a class action lawsuit for intermittent brake failure and that he could not be held criminally liable for the deaths caused by his car’s malfunction. Justice was served in the dismissal of the manslaughter charges.
The class action, settled by Infinity parent Nissan prior to trial, brought to light that Nissan decided not to recall the affected Infinity models. Had Nissan recalled these vehicles, it would have saved the lives of Saida Juana Mendez-Bernardino, 27, and her two daughters — 4-year-old Stephanie Cruz and 6-year-old Hilda Cruz. These three perished when the brakes of Solomon Methenge’s Infinity failed and his SUV rammed into Juana Mendez-Bernardino’s minivan.
Attorney Paul Kiesel interviewed by NBC News
regarding pending trial against Nissan
Paul Kiesel said, “the story that Solomon Methenge told, that his brakes failed while driving and he could not stop his vehicle, was in fact true.” The family of Juana, Stephanie and Hilda have now teamed up with Mr. Methenge in a lawsuit against Nissan. Trial on this matter is expected to start in early 2017, led by attorney Paul Kiesel on behalf of all plaintiffs.
$240 Million Settlement Reached for
First Group of Wright Metal-on-Metal Hip Cases
Kiesel Law LLP is proud to announce that a settlement has been reached with Wright Medical under which it has agreed to compensate 1,292 people who had Wright metal-on-metal hip implants and who suffered injuries due to the failure of those defective medical devices. In addition to the resolved claims, Helen Zukin of Kiesel Law LLP, spearheaded the effort and continues to work with Pope McGlamry LLP, Boucher LLP and the rest of the leadership team to resolve the remaining 2,300 cases.
Helen Zukin, Partner at Kiesel Law LLP
Helen Zukin said, “This settlement is the result of 5 years of litigation, one bellwether jury trial and years of settlement negotiations. Many of the victims of these defective hip implants will finally receive compensation for their injuries.” Wright Medical Conserve® Cup implants failed for various reasons such as cup loosening, metallosis and high levels of cobalt-chromium ions in a patient’s body. 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.
Kiesel Law LLP Takes on Talc
Emerging on the national scene is litigation filed against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson regarding the company’s talc-based products Shower to Shower and Johnson’s Baby Powder, which have both been linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. On August 2, 2016, Judge Ann Jones of the Los Angeles Superior Court, who serves as the Assistant Supervising Judge of Complex Litigation Courts, granted a Petition to Coordinate various actions filed against Johnson & Johnson. At the hearing on the Petition, Johnson & Johnson contended that Santa Clara County was the proper site for the proceedings, whereas Plaintiffs reasoned the site should be Los Angeles County because a majority of plaintiffs in the litigation will be from Southern California. Ultimately, Plaintiffs’ argument prevailed as Judge Jones recommended Los Angeles County as the site of the coordinated proceedings. Kiesel Law LLP Partner Helen Zukin successfully argued the petition alongside Mark Robinson from Robinson Calcagnie, Inc.
In a recently concluded trial, a jury awarded over $70 million to a California plaintiff in a talcum powder case against Johnson & Johnson.
Kiesel Law LLP has the expertise and resources necessary to handle your talc case. If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, or other talc-based products, please contact our firm for a free consultation.
Paul Kiesel Selected Liaison Counsel
for Porter Ranch Gas Leak Litigation
The 86 law firms involved in the Gas Leak Cases have unanimously selected
Paul Kiesel to help lead the fight on behalf of those affected
by the largest natural gas leak in history
The Porter Ranch gas leak which led to the displacement of approximately 8,000 families, still finds 1,000 families that have not returned to their homes out of fear for their health. Judge John Wiley has ordered that SoCal Gas pay for the cleaning and continued relocation of residents as a result of the leak. “Because it created the nuisance, SoCal Gas must bear the cost […] until residents are safely home,” Wiley wrote in his ruling. He also said that prospective homebuyers would be wary of purchasing a home that had not undergone a thorough post-leak cleaning. “It is a very specific form of cleaning which involves HEPA vacuums,” said Paul Kiesel, Liaison Counsel speaking on behalf of 86 law firms that have filed 157 cases against Southern California Gas Company. “It involves steam cleaning; it involves surface wiping to get rid of any hazardous material that might exist.”
Kiesel Law continues to take the lead on resolving issues related to SoCalGas’ house cleaning, and issues related to residents’ relocation and reimbursement issues.
KIESEL LAW LLP RETAINED BY THE VILLANUEVA FAMILY AFTER THEIR SON PEDRO WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY CHP OFFICERS
Kiesel Law LLP is representing the Villanueva Family in all claims arising as a result
of the death of their son, Pedro Villanueva
On the evening of July 3, 2016, Villanueva, a 19-year-old student, was shot to death by undercover officers with the California Highway Patrol in Fullerton, California. The officers also shot and injured passenger Francisco Orozco. The officers began following Villanueva’s vehicle because Villanueva had attended a sideshow, which is an informal gathering of young adults and their vehicles in parking lots.
“The only basis the undercover officers had for following Villanueva was that he attended the sideshow”, said attorney Paul R. Kiesel, who represents the family. “At most, the officers could have issued a ticket”. Instead, the CHP officers followed Pedro and Francisco for over five miles without once identify themselves to Villanueva as law enforcement, as they were driving an unmarked police car, wearing plain clothes (no police uniforms), and failed to engage their loud speaker or siren. The undercover officers then followed Villanueva down a cul-de-sac and opened fire on Villanueva’s vehicle killing Villanueva and seriously injuring his passenger before identifying themselves as law enforcement.
Passenger Francisco Orozco recalls the panic he and Pedro felt while being chased by the unidentified car. “We were followed from the Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet by a black car and chased. They never once used a siren, a loud speaker or provided any warning whatsoever before they started shooting. They never identified themselves as law enforcement until after they stopped shooting.” Immediately after the shooting, the undercover officers did not provide C.P.R. or provide any other emergency medical care to Mr. Villanueva, instead waiting for paramedics to arrive. As a result, Pedro Villanueva died from his injuries.
“Villanueva and Orozco feared for their lives because they did not know who was chasing them,” Paul Kiesel said, adding that law enforcement has never been “so brazen in their exercise of deadly force.”
“It wasn’t until the bullets stopped that the officers identified themselves as police,” Kiesel said. “They were unarmed. They had Fiji water in the center console.” Villanueva’s parents have called for justice and answers about why their son was shot. Pedro, they said, was a “good boy.” “We have no words,” said Villanueva’s brother, Armando, 21. “There’s nothing we can say.” The brothers worked together at the family restaurant, Villanueva Mexican Grill, and had hoped to one day open a branch of their own.
Kiesel Law LLP Wins California Supreme Court Victory for Consumers of Organic foods
“To buyers and sellers alike, ‘labels matter.’”
Today, the CA Supreme Court held that state law claims which alleged that produce distributed and sold by Herb Thyme was being intentionally mislabeled as organic is not preempted by federal law. The Court further stated that lawsuits alleging intentional mislabeling of organic produce promote, rather than hinder, Congress’s purposes and objectives. The class action filed by Kiesel Law LLP alleging false advertising and unfair competition, can now proceed.
Kiesel Law LLP is proud of this victory for consumers across California. If you believe that a company is misleading in its advertising, we would be interested in hearing about it.
VERDICT IN FIRST WRIGHT HIP TRIAL
JURY AWARDS 11 MILLION DOLLARS
In the first trial against Wright Medical regarding the company’s metal-on-metal Conserve Hip device, an Atlanta, Georgia jury unanimously awarded $11 million in damages. The jury found that Wright defectively designed the Conserve model hip device and negligently misrepresented the design features, resulting in Ms. Christiansen’s harm. Congratulations to Kiesel Law’s own Helen Zukin and Cherisse Cleofe, as well as Ray Boucher, Michael McGlamry and Kirk Pope for their excellent and hard work during this two week trial.
FDA Recalls Profemur Cobalt Chrome Neck
Kiesel Law LLP Files the First Case Against Device Manufacturer Wright Medical
Wright designed and manufactured the now recalled PROFEMUR Long Cobalt Chrome 8 Degree Varus/Valgus Modular Neck, Part 1254, a component of the company’s PROFEMUR Hip System. The recalled device was distributed from June 15, 2009, to July 31, 2015. After releasing the device, Wright sold its hip division, OrtoRecon, to MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. in January 2014. MicroPort continued to distribute the device until the device’s recall.
Kiesel Law LLP, committed to halting the sale of defective medical devices, filed the first case against Wright for injuries caused by the PROFEMUR Long Cobalt Chrome neck component, and also handles cases involving the Wright Profemur-Z titanium hip system. If you have undergone a hip replacement surgery in which you believe the PROFEMUR Long Cobalt Chrome neck or Profemur-Z titanium neck was utilized, please contact our firm for a free consultation.
Paul Kiesel, City of L.A. Special Counsel
Proposed Settlement Deal In Class-Action Suit Against LADWP
Overcharged ratepayers are one step closer to getting their money back. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle requested that certain revisions to the settlement agreement be made before approving the deal. “If you’ve been over-billed and there will be an independent monitor to determine if that’s happened, you will get a credit on your bill. And if you’re no longer a Department of Water and Power customer, you’ll get a check in the mail. You don’t need to do anything else,” said Paul Kiesel, City of L.A. Special Counsel. Kiesel said “The settlement will provide for 100 percent refunds for every ratepayer, who has been over-billed improperly.” Thousands of DWP customers were issued faulty bills following an upgrade of the utility’s billing system. For more details, see following story.
City of Los Angeles Files Lawsuit Against PricewaterhouseCoopers
PricewaterhouseCoopers fraudulently misrepresented its ability to implement a new billing system for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in order to secure a $70-million municipal contract and subsequently failed to deliver, according to a civil lawsuit filed Friday by the city attorney’s office. According to the city attorney’s complaint, PricewaterhouseCoopers “overstated its knowledge, expertise and skills necessary to convert” the existing system and launch a new software platform.
The alleged misrepresentation began after the L.A. utility issued a request for proposals in an effort to modernize its nearly 40 years old customer care and billing system. As a result of PricewaterhouseCoopers’s lack of skills and experience to perform the work stipulated in the contract, the LADWP’s system was unable to properly tally service bills for tens of thousands of customers.
Kiesel Law LLP is acting as special counsel for the City of Los Angeles.