Recording Date: May 10, 2012
Duration: 1 hr 29 min
Audio Package: $149

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Pradaxa Litigation Update

• The science of Pradaxa: What the drug does and how it differs from previously prescribed drugs like Warfarin
• Is the drug a better alternative to Warfarin? Why or Why not? Does Pradaxa’s benefits outweigh its risks?
• The major side effects and their treatment: Serious life threatening bleeds and cardiovascular injuries
• The FDA’s approval process of the drug and reactions to date: Safety announcements & investigations, warning labels, etc.
• How many patients have taken or will take Pradaxa?
• Client screening: Best practices for client intake and client screening
• Damage assessment and settlement opportunities
• Cases and class actions filed to date: The likelihood of an MDL – if so, where?
• The manufacturer’s position to date
• Relevant scientific studies including the Archives of Internal Medicine, etc.

Faculty:

Michael Goetz, Morgan & Morgan, P.A. Mr. Goetz joined Morgan & Morgan, P.A. in 2002, where his practice shifted to the prosecution of personal injury and wrongful death claims on behalf of individuals and consumer classes. He has represented hundreds of clients of the firm in cases involving automobile and premises liability, nursing home neglect and abuse, and environmental torts. Moreover, Mr. Goetz handles mass tort actions for the firm nationwide, including product liability claims involving recalled pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Mr. Goetz holds the highest rating awarded for legal ability and ethics (“AV”) by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008, he was designated by Florida Trend’s Magazine as a “Florida Legal Elite” in the field of Civil Trial. “Legal Elite” selection results from peer nomination and independent research on the candidates; less than 2% of lawyers in Florida are selected as “Legal Elite.” In 2007 and 2008, Mr. Goetz was designated by Law & Politics Magazine as a Florida “Super Lawyer” in the field of personal injury. “Super Lawyer” selection results from peer nominations, a panel review process, and independent research on the candidates; no more than 5% of lawyers in Florida are selected as “Super Lawyers.” Mr. Goetz was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1992. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Florida and is routinely granted special admission to appear in federal courts around the country. He is currently an active member in the American Association for Justice, The Florida Justice Association, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers, and the American Trial Lawyers Association.

Brenda Fulmer, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. Ms. Fulmer joined Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley as a partner and shareholder in September of 2008. Prior to that, she had practiced for 14 years with the Tampa law firm of Alley, Clark, Greiwe & Fulmer (formerly known as Alley & Ingram). For the past 17 years, she has represented thousands of mass torts plaintiffs in both state and federal courts who have been injured by defective medical devices and drugs. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she put herself through college and law school while working as a legal secretary, paralegal, and commercial real estate closing agent. Ms. Fulmer graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Finance, and received her Juris Doctor degree cum laude from Stetson University College of Law. She was an Assistant Editor of the Stetson Law Review, and twice earned recognition as an Outstanding Law Review member. She served as a Federal Judicial Intern with Judge Kovachevich in Tampa. As a law student, she was involved in a number of pro bono projects as a Florida Bar Foundation Public Service Fellow and an intern with Gulf Coast Legal Services.

Eric H. Weinberg, The Law Offices of Eric H. Weinberg. Mr. Weinberg is the principal of the Weinberg Law Firm, which has been based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, since1984. Mr. Weinberg is also “Of Counsel” to the firm of Cohen, Placitella and Roth in Philadephia, Pennsylvania, and Red Bank, New Jersey. Mr. Weinberg has twenty-three years of experience in the prosecution of civil cases including pharmaceutical drug and device litigation matters. He has longstanding experience in the prosecution of negligence, product liability, and medical malpractice matters. He has both prosecuted and defended criminal cases. Mr. Weinberg currently represents hundreds of individuals, or their survivors, who suffered serious personal injuries or died as a consequence of taking the prescription drug Vioxx. The firm has filed over 300 cases in Atlantic County, New Jersey, on behalf of victims of the drug Vioxx, and represents other clients whose cases are under investigation. Mr. Weinberg played a leading role in the consolidated discovery and expert development areas in consolidated litigation in Philadelphia involving the statin drug, Baycol. In 2003, Mr. Weinberg successfully negotiated a $68.5 million settlement of a significant number of cases on behalf of injured victims of Baycol. Mr. Weinberg was instrumental in obtaining a $670 million dollar class action settlement for individuals with hemophilia who were injured by defective pharmaceutical BLOOD PRODUCTS. He obtained settlements in cases of individuals in New Jersey and New York who suffered HIV infection for an additional amount of over $30 million.