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Asbestos: Still Legal and Lethal in North America (and Spreading)

February 13, 2012 -- The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) News Network's "Fatal Deception" documents the concealment of the Canadian asbestos industry's knowledge of the dangers of asbestos and the involvement of prestigious McGill University. The video highlights how Ivan Sabourin--President of Canada's Conservative Party and lead attorney for the asbestos...

James Nevin Became Youngest Ever Associate Member of ABOTA

February 9, 2012 -- On October 15, 2011, James P. Nevin became the youngest ever associate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) San Francisco Chapter. The American Board of Trial Advocates is the national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion...

Brayton Purcell Selected for Sustainable North Bay Award

Assembly member Jared Huffman will present his January Sustainable North Bay Award to Brayton Purcell LLP in recognition of its environmentally responsible business practices. For more than a decade, Brayton Purcell has been striving to minimize its impact on the environment. The firm has demonstrated this commitment to conservation and...

Big Asbestos Trial Under Way in San Francisco

Cynthia Foster, The Recorder San Francisco -- January 18, 2012 -- Lawyers for about 30 different defendants crowded into a makeshift San Francisco courtroom this week as trial got under way, after some delays, in a major asbestos case. Plaintiff's lawyer Gilbert Purcell, of Novato's Brayton Purcell, said the case...

McDonald's Scalding Hot Case Lives on in Infamy

Hot Coffee Movie Explores What Fueled the Controversy June 29, 2011 -- Everyone seems to have heard about the McDonald's coffee case. An elderly woman spills coffee on herself that she purchased from a McDonald's drive-up window, right? Seventeen years later, its infamy continues. It is routinely cited as an...

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Racketeering Case Against Big Tobacco

Earlier this month, Judge Gladys Kessler refused to vacate her 2006 ruling finding that Philip Morris and other tobacco companies were guilty of racketeering. Her newest ruling effectively blocks, for the present, tobacco's attempt to get out from under Justice Department supervision of their marketing activities. Judge Kessler's original ruling...

Bayer Opts to Settle Trasylol® Suits on Case by Case Basis

Bayer's Settlement Framework Weighs Each Suit on Several Factors November 2, 2010 -- To date, Bayer has settled approximately 200 of the 2,000 cases against it over the drug Trasylol, used to control bleeding during heart surgeries. Rather than settlements based on a universal point system stemming from either bellwether...