JJ&S Year in Review 2013
Posted by Howard Janet on February 7, 2014 in Firm News
Another year has come and gone. In 2013, just as in 2012, our team was tapped for high-profile cases across the country, secured noteworthy successes for clients, and continued to earn recognition for excellence from the legal community. Here are some highlights.
JJ&S attorneys quickly assumed leadership responsibilities in a mass tort filed in the wake of a national epidemic of fungal meningitis. The epidemic, traced to unsafe practices at a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts, injured more than 700 and killed 64 persons in 20 states.
Partner Ken Suggs took on a pro bono case in South Carolina involving the sex-assignment surgery of an intersex child who was too young to consent. The lawsuit is the first ever filed in the U.S. challenging this medical practice. Ken is working with the Southern Poverty Law Center on this groundbreaking civil rights issue, the outcome of which could have huge implications for the estimated 1-in-2000 children born with an intersex condition each year.
JJ&S also assumed a leadership role in the shocking Baltimore-centered case of a Johns Hopkins Hospital gynecologist accused of secretly photographing and videotaping thousands of patients during exams. The class action lawsuit, of which I am vice chairman of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, represents some 12,000 patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, now deceased. The suit is against Johns Hopkins, which employed Dr. Levy.
Groundbreaking Verdicts and Settlements
We continued to take on tough cases and win substantial verdicts and settlements in the area of medical malpractice and cerebral palsy. A Memphis, Tennessee jury heard the case of a baby who developed severe brain damage and cerebral palsy after an urgently needed cesarean section was delayed. They awarded the family $33.5 million to cover the cost of his future health care needs and other damages.
We negotiated a $19.5 million class action settlement on behalf of Yerington, NV residents with mine owners Atlantic Richfield Co. and BP America, Inc. after toxic chemicals seeped into the groundwater and contaminated residential water wells. Among other benefits, the settlement will bring clean drinking water to the affected residents.
Partner Giles Manley, an accomplished cerebral palsy lawyer, won a $9.5 million verdict for a Maryland girl who developed CP after emergency room personnel failed to treat an infection before it caused brain damage. Also, Ken Suggs secured a $6.5 million settlement against the military hospital at Fort Hood, TX, on behalf of a birth-injured child who developed CP.
Honors and Awards
We were again named among “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, an honor given to firms with quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
Ken Suggs was honored among the “100 Most Influential” trial attorneys in the nation by the National Trial Lawyers Association publication, The Trial Lawyer.
For the sixth year in a row, Robert Jenner, Dov Apfel and I were named 2014 Maryland Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers® magazine. Justin Browne, Giles Manley, MD, and Tara Posner were named Rising Stars.
I’m incredibly proud of our team’s accomplishments in 2013 and look forward to what’s in store for 2014.