Year in Review: Big Numbers Sum up 2014 for Janet, Jenner & Suggs

Posted by Howard Janet on February 9, 2015 in Firm News

A look back at the year always reminds me of just how much good we do as a firm and how many people’s lives we change for the better. The year 2014 was no different. In fact, in terms of numbers of clients and compensation secured, the year was exceptional.

Patients’ Privacy Violation Ends in Large Hospital Settlement

At the top of the list is the $190 million settlement we secured for some 9,000 women and girls who were patients of a Johns Hopkins’ gynecologist accused of secretly videotaping and photographing pelvic exams. I served as one of two lead attorneys in this class action settlement. We dealt with intense national media interest in the case, worked to protect the women’s privacy and, at the same time, arranged for many victims to meet face-to-face to provide each other support. The settlement is said to be the largest involving a single sexual abuse predator in U.S. history.

Electric Company Admits Fault to Injured Employee

One of our senior associates, Justin Browne, served as co-counsel in a Montgomery County, Maryland case that produced a $35 million dollar verdict for a 28-year old Hispanic worker who was rendered a quadriplegic after a horrific construction site injury. Through Justin’s efforts, the defendant, Potomac Electric Power Co., admitted fault mid-way through the litigation, and he was able to eliminate several defense witnesses through the deposition process.

Advocates for Children with Cerebral Palsy and Other Neurological Illnesses

Children we represented in 10 states – Texas, Georgia, Minnesota, Tennessee, New York, West Virginia, Oregon, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Iowa – who developed cerebral palsy after their births were mismanaged by doctors or hospitals won multi-million dollar victories that will greatly enhance their quality of life. These cases include:

  • Howard Janet helped negotiate a particularly significant, life-changing confidential settlement on behalf of an eight-year-old for whom Steve won a record-breaking $33.5 million verdict in Tennessee. The National Law Journal announced in March that this verdict was the 32nd highest verdict in the nation.
  • Partners Dov Apfel and Sharon Morgan obtained a $10.4 million settlement in a New York case.
  • Partners Gerald Jowers and Kenneth Suggs won a record $8.45 million verdict in an Atlanta suburb, which they subsequently settled for a very favorable, but confidential amount.
  • Ken also obtained a $6.5 million settlement in Texas.

In Maryland, partner Giles Manley and senior associate Jason Penn won a $9.2 million verdict on behalf of a child who developed meningitis as a result of delayed treatment of an infection when he was several weeks old. Giles and Jason successfully settled a portion of this case before trial, with the balance settling after the verdict.

Drug and Device Lawsuits Leadership

Partner Robert Jenner and his Mass Torts Department continued their leadership efforts on several national mass torts. Rob is co-lead counsel for approximately 7,500 Fresenius GranuFlo cases that are consolidated in Boston, MA. GranuFlo, a medical product used in the dialysis process, has been implicated in the deaths of thousands of dialysis patients nationwide. Partner Brian Ketterer is co-chair of the Expert Witness and Science Committee that is responsible for organizing the litigation’s scientific strategy.

The Mass Torts department also has national leadership roles in Lipitor litigation, which evolved following the Women’s Health Initiative study that found Lipitor causes diabetes in certain women. Rob sits on the plaintiffs’ steering committee, and associate Lindsey Craig is on the bellwether discovery committee. Lindsey is leading the charge on behalf of the firm’s bellwether clients. The firm also is taking a leadership role in Levaquin litigation, now being formed to represent people who have developed peripheral neuropathy from this powerful antibiotic.

Consumer Guide to Malpractice Suits and Other Published Pieces

At the request of the nation’s preeminent legal publisher, Thomson Reuters’ West Services Inc., I authored a book that is a consumer guide for patients who suspect they were victimized by medical malpractice. Navigating a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit — What You Need to Know has been described as the ultimate consumer resource for patients injured by negligent health care.

Kim co-authored “The Power of Gender Equity,” for the March issue of the American Association of Justice’s Trial Magazine. Associate Seth L. Cardeli’s article, “Thwart the Assault on Future Medical Expenses,” appeared in the May issue of the magazine, and Justin wrote “Unearth Control Design Evidence” for Trial’s August issue.

Special Efforts Recognized

Recognition of our attorneys has become commonplace at the firm, but a few deserve special mention. My congratulations this year go to Ken, named among the “100 Most Influential” trial attorneys in the nation by the National Trial Lawyers and also recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center for his pro bono work in the area of children’s civil rights, and to Kim, named a 2014 Lawyer of the Year by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

I’m proud of the people we represent, the work we do, and the attorneys I work with day-in and day-out. A look back over the year’s accomplishments reminds me how important it is to continue this work in the year to come.

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