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Meyers & Flowers warns mechanics about a deadly defect as Harbor Freight recalls 1.7 Million Pittsburg Heavy Duty Jack Stands
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Harbor Freight notified the agency it has issued recalls for an estimated 1.7-million six-ton and three-ton Pittsburg Automotive Heavy Duty Jack Stands. It was found that the stands have a dangerous, potentially fatal defect; the jacks could collapse during use, severely injuring those working under or around the car or truck.
Meyers & Flowers Files Wrongful Death Lawsuits Against Bria of Geneva After Massive COVID-19 Outbreak Kills One-Fifth of Residents
Meyers & Flowers’ Peter J. Flowers and Michael Lenert filed suit on behalf of the families of COVID-19 victims Helen Osucha and Lucille James against Illinois nursing home Bria of Geneva.
Meyers & Flowers files Business Interruption Insurance suit on behalf of Chicago’s Hampton Social River North Location
On March 15, like so many businesses, the owners of Hampton Social and the Bassment in River North closed their doors following Governor Pritzker’s closure orders.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration requested the immediate removal of all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drugs including Zantac, the popular heartburn and acid-reflux medication, after finding a possible cancer-causing containment can build up in the product over time.
Recalled as a Fire hazard, Worthington Industries’ propylene, MAPP, and Map Pro gas cylinders may still be on a shelf in your garage or basement
Maybe you bought a few of Worthington Industries’ Gas Cylinders to have on hand for a plumbing or home improvement project years ago. You only used part of one and stored that and the extra cylinders in your garage, basement, or storeroom.
While it might not seem like it, we are only a few weeks from warmer, humid days and the need to turn on fans and dehumidifiers in our homes. However, before you plug in that dehumidifier, check to be sure it is safe. More than 2.5 million dehumidifiers were recalled for major safety and fire hazard issues over the last seven years. However, it is unknown how many are still being used in homes today.
Urgent Field Safety Notices issued for Medtronic's Mazor X Surgical System – Positioner Type II and O-arm™ Imaging System Warns Surgeons of Possible Major Injuries to Patients
Major medical device manufacturer Medtronic issued two urgent field safety notices for its Mazor X Surgical System – Positioner Type II and O-arm™ Imaging System – the medical imaging products are used during surgical procedures. The company warned of how major device defects could lead to significant patient injuries occurring during spine and brain surgeries.
Additional Infant Inclined Sleepers recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Products pose life-threatening safety concerns for Babies
Infant inclined sleepers have become increasingly popular over the last 10 years, but little was known about how dangerous the product could be. An in-depth investigation by Consumer Reports uncovered more than 73 infant deaths and more than 1,000 serious injuries to infants due to these devices. These findings led to the first inclined sleeper product recalls in 2019.
It started when dozens of women filed suit against Lyft for sexual assaults. Then in late 2019, Uber released a bombshell, more than 6,000 sexual assaults were reported during Uber rides in 2017 and 2018 in the U.S.
Baby powder has been used for more than 100 years, but this seemingly gentle talcum powder product is linked to at least two deadly cancers and the focus of more than 15,000 lawsuits.
On April 24, 2017, David was riding his bicycle on 135th Street in Plainfield, Illinois, when a ComEd SUV suddenly and unexpectedly crashed into him, causing David to become trapped underneath the SUV. After several terrifying minutes, David was extricated from beneath the vehicle and transported to a local hospital in critical condition.
Meyers & Flowers files suit on behalf of the Estate of Andrew T. Freund, Jr. against two employees of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Meyers & Flowers has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Estate of Andrew T. Freund, Jr., against Carlos Acosta and Andrew R. Polovin, employees of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Meyers And Flowers And Koskoff Koskoff And Bieder file 17 New Lawsuits Filed Against Conagra, Totaling 33 Since May; Conagra has Yet to Institute a Nationwide Recall of Defective Cooking Spray Cans.
Instant Pot-style pressure cookers continue to be one of the most popular kitchen appliances on the market today with their promise of fast, easy meals. However, according to five new cases filed by Meyers & Flowers, dangerous design defects and misleading marketing are putting the public at risk of serious injuries from these cooking devices.
Peter Flowers named to five Leading Lawyers Top Ten Lists; Eight Meyers & Flowers Partners honored as Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers
Meyers & Flowers is pleased to announce Leading Lawyers magazine has ranked Peter J. Flowers second on its Top Ten Suburban Chicago Lawyers list as well as four other Top Ten Illinois Consumer Law lists by the publication.
Whether it is our local community or our law community, Meyers & Flowers is committed to supporting organizations working to help students, families, and the less fortunate. Over the last few months, we have been honored to help Tuskegee Next, Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth and St. Charles’ Golf Give Gala.
The truck driver crashed into a car which caused a chain reaction collision involving multiple vehicles. Tragically, Octavio and a young engaged couple in another vehicle were killed. Octavio’s wife turned to Meyers & Flowers partners Jonathan Mincieli and Craig Brown for help with this devastating case as she faced having to raise three small children on her own.
Meyers & Flowers Partners Jonathan Mincieli and Craig Brown recently finalized a Cook County wrongful death settlement for a family of a man who was crushed to death by a cement wall he had just finished cutting.
January 19, 2016, seemed like a typical day as Tracy parked his flatbed trailer in the loading zone of an industrial facility on the south side of Chicago and began preparing his flatbed to be loaded with large spools of wire.
Meyers & Flowers and Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder file six cases against ConAgra in Cook County for severe burns and injuries caused by cans of PAM Cooking Spray
Meyers & Flowers Founder and Partner Peter J. Flowers along with J. Craig Smith of Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder filed six cases against ConAgra in Cook County for major burns and severe injury caused by cans of PAM Cooking Spray.
Meyers & Flowers warns parents about the deadly Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper as the baby product is recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher-Price announced a recall of 4.7 million of the company's Rock 'n Play Sleepers as the CPSC linked the product to over 30 infant deaths in 10 years.
Hidden FDA Databases concealed Life-threatening Injuries due to Surgical Staplers and Internal Staples
A bombshell article by Kaiser Health News has revealed that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration allowed surgical stapler manufacturers and other medical device companies a special exemption allowing them to report instances of serious and, at times, deadly device malfunctions in a hidden database.
Meyers & Flowers files case against The Boeing Company on behalf of Lion Air Crash Victim: A Crash with uncanny similarities to the recent Ethiopian Airlines Crash
On February 22, Peter J. Flowers, Jason Webster and the Meyers & Flowers team filed a lawsuit on behalf of the family of Yuningtyas Upiek Kartikawati against The Boeing Company related to the 2018 Indonesian Lion Air crash.
Meyers & Flowers is warning patients with gout about a new Boxed Warning being added to Takeda Pharmaceuticals’ Uloric. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added the Boxed Warning after finding an increased risk of death from the gout medication.
$2.7 Million Settlement For 30-Year-Old Kane County Man Who Suffered A Complex Hip Injury In A Car Crash
On November 11, 2017, Javier was a passenger in his father's van as it was heading east on Bluff City Rd. in Elgin, Il. At the same time, the defendant’s landscaping truck was heading west on Bluff City Rd., when it unexpectedly crossed the centerline and struck Javier’s vehicle head-on.
Harold was diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2015. Unfortunately, he also suffered from dormant Hepatitis B. In cases like Harold’s, the standard of care indicates that an antiviral medication should always be administered before initiating chemotherapy treatment. This essential preventative step stops the chemotherapy drugs from activating the dormant Hepatitis B virus.
The Meyers & Flowers team is currently representing clients who were severely injured and burned when their NuWave pressure cookers malfunctioned due to faulty seals and gaskets, ineffective safety valves and locking mechanisms as well as other major design deficiencies.
Meyers & Flowers announces Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head Products Liability Multidistrict Litigation Settlement
Meyers & Flowers Founder and Partner Peter J. Flowers chaired the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for a group of law firms leading the Stryker LFIT Cobalt Chromium V40 Femoral Heads litigation. He, along with the committee, have announced a confidential, private settlement of many cases involving the recalled hip component used in hip replacement surgeries.
More than 50,000 DePuy Radial Head Prosthesis System devices have been recalled by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) since late December 2016. eyers & Flowers is warning the public and patients who have had an elbow replacement using the DePuy Synthes Radial Head Prosthesis System about possible serious injuries.
Meyers & Flowers warning Diabetics about serious genital infections linked to SGLT2 Inhibitors, a class of popular Diabetes drugs
Meyers & Flowers is advising those with Type II Diabetes about a recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning. The agency has received several reports of Fournier’s Gangrene or necrotizing fasciitis cases linked to popular sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) Inhibitors including Invokana, Jardiance, Farxiga, and Streglatro.
Meyers & Flowers Partner Ryan Theriault Appointed to the Illinois Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors
Ryan P. Theriault, Partner at Meyers & Flowers, LLC, in St. Charles, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF) as a Presidential Appointment, where he will serve a 3-year term. The Illinois Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Popular Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatments May Lead To Dangerous Injuries And Chronic Pain For Women
Reality TV stars are having it done on their shows, and mainstream Hollywood actresses are talking about it to celebrity magazines like People and US. Vaginal rejuvenation is one of the newest cosmetic procedures and is gaining in popularity, but be warned, these trendy treatments may potentially be dangerous according to Meyers & Flowers.
Meyers & Flowers Warning: FDA Recalls Drugs Containing Valsartan For Potential Cancer Risk, Many Common High Blood Pressure And Heart Failure Medications Affected
Meyers & Flowers is warning patients taking heart failure and high blood pressure medications with the active ingredient valsartan about a serious recall linking the medications to a potential cancer risk.
Today, Meyers & Flowers has joined with the national food safety law firm of Ron Simon & Associates to file the first lawsuit stemming from cyclospora-contaminated salads sold in Illinois and neighboring states.
Medtronic MindFrame Capture LP Revascularization Device recalled for a Dangerous and potentially Deadly Defect
Meyers & Flowers is warning stroke patients and their families about a serious, Class 1 FDA recall for Medtronic’s MindFrame Capture LP Revascularization Device for a potentially lethal defect.
Meyers & Flowers is warning multiple sclerosis patients who have taken or are taking Zinbryta about reports of serious, and at times fatal, issues of encephalitis and meningoencephalitis brain inflammation cases due to the drug.
The City of Rockford’s on-going fight against Mallinckrodt was featured on 60 Minutes this weekend. As part of the legal team for the Illinois city, Meyers & Flowers has worked tirelessly to expose a number of price gouging and antitrust violations relating to the sale of the drug, Acthar, during this news segment.
Meyers & Flowers wins historic $6.2 million Medical Malpractice Verdict for 71-year-old Kane County Man whose leg was Amputated above the Knee due to Avoidable Medical Errors
Meyers & Flowers announced today a historic $6,291,002 medical malpractice verdict for a needless above-knee amputation in Bill Hein vs. Kate Onyibor and Inpatient Consultants of Illinois, P.C. in Kane County, Illinois. This represents one of the largest verdicts for an injury of its kind in Kane County.
Over the last few weeks, several articles have been published about Instant Pots overheating and recalls being issued. The current recalls focus on the Instant Pot Gem product, a slow cooker device.
Medtronic’s Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy And Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators Recalled Due To Manufacturing Error Preventing Electrical Shock Delivery
Meyers & Flowers is warning pacemaker patients about Medtronic’s Class I recall of its Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators. The cardiac pacemaker device is being recalled due to a manufacturing error which is causing issues with the electrical shock delivery, the key lifesaving function of the device.
Meyers & Flowers Warns About Potentially Severe And Painful Injuries Due To OMNI Apex K2 Modular Hip System
Meyers & Flowers is now accepting cases from patients injured by the OMNI Apex K2 Modular Hip System. The company’s modular hip device has joined a long list of defective metal-on-metal hip replacements devices including products from Stryker/Howmedica Osteonics, Zimmer, Wright Medical Technology, Smith & Nephew and DePuy.
Meyers & Flowers, along with Simmons Hanly Conroy, filed a series of lawsuits on behalf of Illinois’ Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Will County and McHenry County and Champaign County against the nation’s leading pharmaceutical companies over their manufacture and aggressive marketing of prescription opioid painkillers and the resulting climb in overdose and fatality rates ravaging families and communities throughout the counties and the entire state.
Reports of high complication rates due to the NuVasive Magec System may lead to injuries in children with Early Onset Scoliosis
This year approximately three million children will be diagnosed with scoliosis, a neuro-muscular condition that causes curvature of the spine.
Meyers & Flowers helps current and former Smokers in Illinois who have been diagnosed with throat and neck cancers investigate their legal options against Big Tobacco
For people growing up in the 50s, 60s and 70s, smoking was a normal part of life. You could smoke on planes, in restaurants, and in the office while you were working.
Meyers & Flowers, along with Simmons Hanly Conroy, filed a lawsuit on behalf of Cook County, Illinois, against the nation’s leading pharmaceutical companies over their manufacture and aggressive marketing of prescription opioid painkillers and the resulting climb in overdose and fatality rates ravaging families and communities throughout Cook County.
Meyers & Flowers files lawsuits on behalf of DuPage, Kane, Will, McHenry and Lake Counties in Illinois against drug companies over opioid epidemic and addiction
DuPage, Kane, Will, McHenry and Lake Counties File Complaints in Illinois Against Manufacturers of Prescription Opioid Painkillers
Meyers & Flowers warns Diabetics about the international recall issued for Medtronic’s diabetes infusion sets
Meyers & Flowers is warning diabetic patients of Medtronic’s large-scale recall of diabetes infusion sets. The infusion sets connect to portable insulin pumps, so insulin is constantly delivered.
Peter J. Flowers presents updates on the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker V40 litigation at the HarrisMartin's MDL Conference
Peter J. Flowers, a partner at Meyers & Flowers, recently provided updates on the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker V40 litigation at the HarrisMartin's MDL Conference: Orthopedic Devices and Hernia Mesh Litigation Conference held in Boston.
Meyers & Flowers warns Knee Replacement Patients of numerous reported failures of the DePuy Synthes Attune Total Knee System
Meyers & Flowers is warning total knee replacement patients of emerging reports of high rates of early failures of the DePuy Synthes Attune Total Knee System, often occurring just a few months to few years after surgery.
Meyers & Flowers Granted New Trial In Carol Strum Vs. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. And Premier Orthopaedic Sales By Cook County Circuit Court In Illinois
Meyers & Flowers announced today the firm’s request for a new trial has been granted by the Cook County Circuit Court in Carol Strum vs. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. and Premier Orthopaedic Sales, an Illinois Corporation.
On September 5, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the second of two warning letters to Meridian Medical Technologies, the manufacturer of two epinephrine auto-injectors known as EpiPen and EpiPen Jr.
$3.5 Million Resolution for Three-Year-Old Girl who lost her Leg after malpractice at a Chicago hospital
In 2014, Paige* was born with a rare birth trait, which greatly increased her future risk of cancer. Her parents made the difficult decision to alleviate this risk through a series of complex surgical procedures that began when Paige was just four months old.
Meyers & Flowers Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Schaumburg Apartment Complex As A Result Of The Rape And Murder Of Tiffany Thrasher
Today, Meyers & Flowers Partners Ted Meyers, Craig Brown and Jonathan Mincieli filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the Estate of Tiffany Thrasher against Home Properties Schaumburg LLC, Estrella Drywall Inc. and Bulmaro Mejia-Maya.
Meyers & Flowers has announced that Paul C. Meyers and Jeffrey T. Theriault have joined the firm as Associates.
The Meyers & Flowers team led by Partner Michael Lenert worked tirelessly on behalf of the family of Betty and John Fassig in a wrongful death lawsuit against John Goldone III and his insurers, which was settled this summer for $3.6 million.
Peter J. Flowers Selected As Co-Lead Counsel Of The Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee In Stryker V40 Hip Replacement Recall Multidistrict Litigation
The LFIT V40 Femoral Head is a widely-used component for hip replacement surgery in the United States. The FDA announced a recall of certain variations of these devices in Fall of 2016.
Meyers & Flowers joined with ALE Solutions and the St. Charles community at Golf.Give.Gala. this May to welcome hosts Michael Phelps, the world’s most decorated Olympian, and Jason Day, one of the world’s best PGA golfers.
FDA warns Invokana patients of increased risk of Foot and Leg Amputations from the Type 2 diabetes drug
Recent news from the Food and Drug Administration may have stunning consequences for those taking the popular diabetes drug, Invokana. The FDA is warning patients that canagliflozin causes an increased risk of leg and foot amputations.
Peter J. Flowers and Michael W. Lenert Recover $5 Million for Chicago Firefighter Killed in Line of Duty
On March 31, 2017, after more than five years of litigation, the Court approved a $5 Million settlement secured by Peter J. Flowers and Michael W. Lenert, partners at Meyers & Flowers, for the adult children of a Chicago Firefighter killed in the line of duty.
Meyers & Flowers is honored to support Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth’s many volunteer and mentoring efforts by sponsoring the organization’s 2017 Spring Awards Dinner.
The trial lawyers at Meyers & Flowers regularly speak at litigation seminars all over the country on a variety of important litigation topics. On April 24, 2017, Meyers & Flowers Partner Craig Brown gave a lecture on jury selection techniques.
Meyers & Flowers is a proud sponsor of the Tuskegee NEXT Foundation Red Tail Ball. Tuskegee NEXT is an innovative organization that honors the heroic Tuskegee Airman by bringing aviation education and career path opportunities to at-risk youth as a way to give back and strengthens their communities.
Meyers & Flowers warns Home Cooks of Catastrophic Injuries and Major Burns due to Defective Pressure Cookers
The pressure cooker, a fast and convenient cooking appliance, has surged in popularity in the last few years. Hidden behind the rave reviews and Pinterest pins are devastating stories of major burns and trauma.
Meyers & Flowers Partner Peter J. Flowers is part of the City of Rockford’s legal team in its lawsuit against Mallinckrodt for violations of Federal antitrust laws and the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act associated with the sale of its drug, Acthar.
Class 1 Recall issued for the Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder recalled by the FDA due to Serious Device Fractures
Meyers & Flowers has learned that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Class 1 Recall for the Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder. It has been found that the shoulder replacement devices are fracturing at a higher rate than stated in Zimmer Biomet’s labeling.
Lawsuit Filed On Behalf Of College Student Severely Injured By A Drunk Driver In Dekalb County Crash
Meyers and Flowers recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of Evan Cortez, a 23-year-old Northern Illinois University student who was severely injured by a drunk driver while he was a passenger in a car traveling on Route 38 in DeKalb, Illinois
Peter J. Flowers featured speaker at Hot Topics in Mass Tort Litigation Conference in Miami, Florida
With an agenda focused on medical mass tort litigation, Peter J. Flowers, a partner at Meyers & Flowers, will be a featured panelist at the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Hot Topics in Mass Tort Litigation on January 25, 2017, in Miami, Florida.
FDA Recalls more than 40,000 Stryker LFIT Anatomic V40 Femoral Heads, Patients at Risk of Severe Injuries and Painful Replacement Surgeries
In what may be one of the largest hip replacement device recalls in the last decade, The Food and Drug Administration has officially recalled the Stryker LFIT Anatomic V40 Femoral Head.
Meyers & Flowers Law Firm Announces a New Settlement with Stryker Corp. establishing a second Unlimited Compensation Fund for the Victims of Defective Hip Implant Replacement
The Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) Plaintiffs’ lead counsel committee, chaired by Peter J. Flowers of Meyers & Flowers, a Chicago-based law firm, reached a new settlement agreement for numerous patients involved in on-going litigation against Stryker Corporation and Howmedica Osteonics Corp. for complications involving the defective Stryker Modular Rejuvenate and ABG II Femoral Hip Implants.
Hospitals Alerting Cardiac, Open Heart Surgery Patients about Deadly Bacterial Infections tied to Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler Devices
The CDC and FDA recently began issuing warnings that potentially affect more than a million open-heart surgery patients. The Sorin 3T Heater Cooler device, manufactured by LivaNova PLC, has been linked to the exposure of patients to the nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM). This slow growing bacterium causes invasive, and at times deadly, infections that can be very hard to treat.
Meyers & Flowers was honored to sponsor the Illinois Bar Foundation Gala held in Chicago this past October. On this evening, the Meyers & Flowers team joined with our colleagues and fellow trial lawyers to celebrate our peers while also honoring the countless hours of legal counsel the Illinois Bar Foundation donates to the people throughout the state.
For millions of Americans, hip replacement devices from Stryker, Depuy, Wright and Zimmer promised mobility and relief, but due to these companies’ defective medical devices, many patients have been left crippled and facing painful revision surgeries.
Arthur, a 68-year-old man, was admitted to a Chicago Suburban Hospital in 2013 for prostate surgery. After his surgery, Arthur’s nurses and one of his surgeons negligently failed to diagnose an arterial blood clot in his left leg.
FDA warns of carotid endarterectomy patients of serious bleeding risks due to Baxter’s Vascu-Guard Peripheral Vascular Patch
In breaking news, the Food and Drug Administration is reporting that the agency has received multiple adverse event reports from Baxter International Inc. regarding its Vascu-Guard Peripheral Vascular Patch, also known as the Vascu-Guard patch.
Alere’s INRatio® System recalled for putting Warfarin Patients at risk for life-threatening Blood Injuries
In July 2016, Alere began its voluntary recall of INRatio® and INRatio®2 Monitoring Systems from the market because of incorrect low INR/anti-coagulation readings, which has resulted in patients being at risk of having major or fatal bleeding issues.
FDA Updates Warning for Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics - Serious Disabling and Potentially Permanent Side Effects Possible
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its strongest warning about fluoroquinolones (FLQ), a class of oral and injectable antibiotics, due to a number of serious debilitating and potentially permanent side effects.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently strengthened its warning for diabetics taking Invokana, Invokamet (canagliflozin). According to a June 14, 2016, FDA statement, from March 2013, when canagliflozin was approved, to October 2015, FDA received reports of 101 confirmable cases* of acute kidney injury, some requiring hospitalization and dialysis, with canagliflozin or dapagliflozin use.
The fuel tanker train derailment in Mosier, Oregon, is the latest in a long line of fuel tanker catastrophes and echoes the 2013 Lac-Mégantic disaster. Meyers & Flowers' Peter J. Flowers, spoke with KATU, the Portland-based ABC affiliate, about the the devastation fuel tanker train derailments can cause to communities.
As a point of reference, in 2014 only heart disease, at approximately 611,000 deaths, and cancer, with an estimated 585,000 deaths, outranked medical error as the first- and second-leading causes of deaths, while car accidents were responsible for 32,675 deaths, according to the CDC.
Popular Antibiotics Avelox and Levaquin Cause Increased Risk of Life-threatening Side Effect – Aortic Aneurysm and Aortic Dissection.
Taken by more than 20 million people each year, fluoroquinolone antibiotics notably Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Avelox (moxifloxacin) have a serious side effect that is rarely talked about: aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection.
Meyers & Flowers Partner, Peter J. Flowers, has been inducted into the International Society of Barristers. This exclusive legal society is made up of plaintiff and defense attorneys from across the U.S. and around the world.
Pete Flowers shares his experience and viewpoints regarding his success in personal injury law, a subject that involves taking on some behemoth adversaries.
Meyers & Flowers Move Syngenta Litigation Home to Williamson County Court for Illinois Corn Farmers to Seek Damages
Meyers & Flowers, an Illinois-based law firm, leading the Syngenta litigation for the Plaintiffs, Illinois corn farmers, announce the cases will be transferred to the Circuit Court of Williamson County, Illinois, to secure local farmers’ participation in court proceedings. Meyers & Flowers can now file all cases for farmers in the United States against Syngenta Seeds, Inc.
The Food and Drug Administration’s recent safety review of Invokana resulted in new warnings for diabetics taking the medication. Meyers & Flowers wants you to know what the new warnings mean if you or a loved one have taken Invokana?
Daughter Of Fallen Chicago Firefighter Who Died In Abandoned Building Fire Five Years Ago Calls For Tougher Penalties Against Building Owners
In light of the tragic death of Chicago firefighter Daniel Capuano yesterday, Meyers & Flowers' Peter Flowers and Jennifer Singer are speaking to the media about the need for stricter code enforcement for abandoned buildings in Chicago.
Boston Scientific Recalls Cardiology devices, RotaWire Elite Guidewire and wireClip Torquer Guidewire, used in Atherectomy Procedures
Boston Scientific has recalled its RotaWire Elite Guidewire and wireClip Torquer Guidewire devices. Used in atherectomy procedures, the company issued the recalls because the devices’ core wires may crack or separate from the Rotablator Rotational Atherectomy System causing serious and life-threatening injuries to cardiac patients.
Meyers & Flowers, an Illinois-based law firm, invites corn farmers across Illinois to join them at one of their Town Hall meetings regarding the Syngenta litigation. The firm will be hosting a series of informational meetings throughout Illinois from November 30 through December 10, 2015.
MMeyers & Flowers is pleased to announce that Partners Ryan P. Theriault and Brian J. Perkins have been selected to the 2015 Emerging Lawyers list. These Emerging Lawyers have been identified by their peers as the TOP LAWYERS in Illinois who are age 40 or younger or have practiced no more than 10 years. Less than 2% of all lawyers licensed in Illinois have received the distinction of Emerging Lawyer.
Meyers & Flowers to sue Canadian Pacific on behalf of the Victims of the Lac-Megantic Train Derailment
Peter J. Flowers, Meyers & Flowers’ partner and lawyer for the families of 41 of the 47 victims of the Lac-Megantic train derailment, recently spoke to the Associated Press and members of the U.S. and Canadian media regarding the latest settlement news and Canadian Pacific’s ongoing refusal to contribute to the victim’s settlement fund.
Meyers & Flowers Law Firm Announces Illinois Claimants Opt-In to Takeda Pharmaceutical’s $2.4 Billion Actos Diabetes Drug Product Liability Resolution Program
Peter J. Flowers, partner of Meyers & Flowers Law Firm and the Co-Lead Counsel for the Plaintiffs in the Illinois State Court litigation against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., announces that plaintiffs have opted in to the $2.4-billion Actos (pioglitazone) product liability resolution program.
Meyers & Flowers' partner Brian Perkins recently spoke with CBS Chicago on the dangers of testosterone medications. Perkins and the firms’ attorneys are key court appointed leaders in the Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation.
On September 10th, Meyers & Flowers participated in the Race Judicata® 2015. Race Judicata is a 5K Run/Walk along Lake Michigan, benefiting Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation. It is the mission of CVLS to ensure that the law works for everyone. Meyers & Flowers had a team of 18 participating in the Run/Walk, including 6 attorneys and 12 staff members.
Today the national food safety law firm of Ron Simon & Associates, along with local counsel Meyers & Flowers, filed the first lawsuit stemming from salmonella-contaminated frozen stuffed chicken products manufactured by Aspen Foods, a division of Koch Meat Co. The products were sold at Kroger retail outlets across the nation.
Meyers & Flowers Law Firm Announces $2.4 Billion Settlement for Plaintiffs in Suit Against Takeda Co., Maker of Actos Diabetes Drug
Peter J. Flowers, of Meyers & Flowers Law Firm and Co-Lead Counsel for the Plaintiffs in the Illinois State Court litigation against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., reached a $2.4 billion settlement today for 9,000 victims who developed bladder cancer while taking the manufacturer’s diabetes medication, Actos (pioglitazone).
The settlement for the Lac-Mégantic train derailment was announced today, proposing a payment totaling $77.2 million. We will be closely reviewing this settlement in detail to determine whether these defendants are paying sufficient funds and whether these funds are properly allocated to the victims.
Meyers & Flowers’ partner Peter J. Flowers was recently showcased in the prestigious Chicago Lawyer Magazine for his work in the 200 million-dollar multi-plaintiff train-derailment lawsuit as well as his many other accomplishments in his career.
Roger lived with his wife Donna in a 4 story condominium complex in Palatine. On July 30, 2013, Roger returned home from work and realized he accidentally dropped his cell phone down the trash chute that was down the hall from their 4th floor condo. The trash chute emptied into a trash compactor that was located in a locked room in the basement.
On March 12, 2015, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall on Zimmer Persona Knee replacement implants due to the loosening of the components in more than 11,000 devices in the U.S. and worldwide.
On February 19, 2015, Hon. Keith Brown (Ret.), will be a featured panelist on the “Practical Application of E-Discovery in Illinois” seminar presented by the Illinois Judges Association and Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel in Chicago.
Meyers & Flowers sponsors the 2015 “Music in the Gallery” concert series at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois. This grant, given to the Norris Cultural Arts Center, provides a strong financial foundation for the production of all six events in the gallery concert series.
MMA Railway Settlement Announcement - $200 Million for Lac-Mégantic Train Derailment Disaster Victims
CHICAGO— In accordance with a draft Plan of Compromise and Arrangement filed with the Quebec Superior Court today in the CCAA case for Montreal Maine and Atlantic Canada Co. (MMAC), nearly $200 million in settlement funds will be distributed to the victims of the Lac-Mégantic, Quebec train derailment disaster that occurred on July 6, 2013. According to the trustee for Montreal Maine and Atlantic Canada Ltd.
Meyers & Flowers Law Firm Announces Billion Dollar Settlement Reached for Patients Suffering from Stryker Corp. Medical Devices
One of the Largest Global Medical Device Settlements With an Unlimited Compensation Fund for Victims of Defective Hip Implant Replacements
The MDL Plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel Committee Chair, Peter J. Flowers, of Meyers & Flowers, a Chicago-based law firm, reached a global settlement today for thousands of plaintiffs involved in multidistrict product liability litigation against Stryker Corporation and Howmedica Osteonics Corp. for complications involving the defective Stryker Modular Rejuvenate and ABG II Femoral Hip Implants. The settlement, one of the largest of its kind, will have an unlimited compensation fund and will potentially provide more than one billion dollars in restitution to the plaintiffs throughout the United States.
The firm recently filed a Cook County lawsuit against The Alden Town Manor Rehabilitation and Health Care Center on behalf of a woman who was a resident of the facility for 5 weeks as recovered from pneumonia.
Meyers & Flowers, a Chicago Law Firm representing 41 victims of the 47 killed in the Quebec train derailment disaster, supports the findings of the Canadian Transportation Safety Board’s final report released today.
In March 2014, Attorneys Peter Flowers and Brian Perkins were invited to be featured speakers on "Medical Malpractice" for the Illinois State Bar Association and the ISBA Tort Law Section at the ISBA Regional Office in Chicago.
As the one-year anniversary of the tragic train derailment passes, downtown Lac-Mégantic, Quebec reverberates with construction noise from cranes and cement trucks as new buildings rise from the ashes of the devastating July 6, 2013 disaster. In the midst of Lac-Mégantic's rebuilding efforts, the families of 41 victims represented by Meyers & Flowers law firm continue their fight to hold the authorities responsible for the accident.
Given the firm’s continued commitment to public safety, Meyers & Flowers has volunteered to be a Hole Sponsor for this year’s Kane County Chiefs of Police Annual Golf Outing set for July 18, 2014. The annual event raises much needed funds for the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force, Fire Investigation Task Force, the Bomb Squad & Bomb Dog, the Auto Theft Task Force, and the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team.
Litigation for the Stryker hip replacement recall lawsuit is continuing as the Plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel Committee Chairperson, Peter J. Flowers, of Meyers & Flowers, a Chicago-based law firm, is preparing for 5 trials to be set for summer of 2015 in the Federal Muiltidistrict Litigation...
Meyers & Flowers and Attorney Steve Rizzi, proudly sponsored the Decalogue Society of Lawyers 80th Anniversary Dinner. This event took place on Monday June 16, 2014 at the Union League Club in Chicago. Over 300 people attended the event including Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, whom was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Steve said, “It was a wonderful evening and it was great to see so many of prominent attorneys and members of the Judiciary at the event.”
Boehringer Ingelheim agrees to pay $650 Million to compensate the nearly 4,000 individuals who allege they were injured as a result of Pradaxa usage
Meyers & Flowers is pleased to announce that the Pradaxa litigation is set to be resolved by settlement. Boehringer Ingelheim, which manufactures the drug, and lead plaintiffs’ counsel, reached an agreement yesterday that will resolve all pending lawsuits in the United States, as well as a large number of as-yet-unfiled cases.
On May 15, 2014 Attorney Ryan Theriault was an invited panelist regarding "Doctor's Depositions…A Meeting of the Minds" jointly sponsored by the Kane County Bar Association and the Kane County Medical Society.
Recently, Attorneys Peter Flowers and Brian Perkins were invited to be featured speakers on "Medical Device Cases" to a Medical Malpractice Continuing Learning Education (CLE) seminar held for Illinois State Bar Association.
The Plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel Committee Chairperson, Peter J. Flowers, of Meyers & Flowers, a Chicago-based law firm, says that 3 to 5 trials have been set for summer of 2015 in the Federal Muiltidistrict Litigation. The Stryker hip replacement recall lawsuit could potentially be one of the largest medical device lawsuits in the United States.
A critical victory was secured for a Carpentersville Police officer, represented by Meyers & Flowers, along with all police officers and firefighters in the State of Illinois. The Second District Appellate Court issued its opinion in the consolidated cases of Cecala v. Village of Carpentersville and Springborn v. Village of Sugar Grove.
The firm’s client, Jimmy, was standing on a Chicago street corner when he was struck by a car that did not have liability insurance. The trauma caused injuries to his right thigh and left calf. Fortunately, Jimmy had uninsured motorist coverage through his own car insurance policy.
On July 30, 2013, Roger Mirro, 56, was killed by a trash compactor in the basement of his condominium in Palatine, Illinois while he was searching for a cell phone he believed was accidentally dropped down a garbage shoot.
Trial attorney Craig Brown traveled to Boston Massachusetts last week to take the deposition of an employee of Boston Scientific Corporation who was responsible for obtaining a specific type of resin used by Boston Scientific Corporation to make their transvaginal mesh.
The firm filed a civil lawsuit against the West Aurora School District, the former Principal of West Aurora High School and the former Superintendent of the School District in September of 2012 on behalf of a young woman who was sexually abused by her band teacher.
Ryan Theriault, a partner at Meyers & Flowers, was recently acknowledged for authoring the Workers' Compensation chapter of the 2014 Edition of Illinois Causes of Action, a book published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
Meyers & Flowers represents the interests of people who have suffered serious injury while taking Pradaxa, an oral anti-coagulant developed and marketed by the defendant pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim.
On December 7th, 2013 Attorney Peter Flowers was a featured speaker at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s Medical Malpractice seminar in Chicago. Pete spoke on cross examination of defendant and defense experts.
On December 3rd, 2013 Attorney Peter Flowers was invited to be a featured speaker on “How to present a causation expert for testimony in a mass tort trial” at the AAJ Metal on Metal Litigation Group in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Meyers & Flowers Announce $2.5 Billion Settlement in the DePuy Orthopeadics, of J&J, for ASR- Hip Implant Failures in Patients
Meyers & Flowers, a Chicago law firm concentrating in medical device litigation, announced the $2.5 billion settlement by DePuy Orthopaedics, of Johnson & Johnson, for the more than 8,000 patients suffering from defective ASR-hip replacement devices implanted in their bodies. The announcement followed the settlement agreement approved in a federal court in Toledo, Ohio on Tuesday.
The Plaintiffs continue to gain momentum against Boehringer Ingelheim in the Pradaxa Litigation. After a series of blatant discovery violations and disregard for court orders, Judge Herndon ordered corporate officers of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals to personally appear in court.
Peter J. Flowers Designated Lead Counsel Committee Chairperson in Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Lawsuit
The Plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel Committee Chairperson, Peter J. Flowers, of Meyers & Flowers, a Chicago-based law firm, was designated in the Stryker hip replacement lawsuit according to a Federal court order filed on November 5, 2013 in the United States District Court of Minnesota.
Given the firm’s ongoing commitment to public safety officials, Meyers & Flowers sponsored “Coptoberfest” on October 13, 2013. All net proceeds from the event benefitted C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors), a non-profit organization helping families of police officers killed in the line of duty.
Given the firm’s ongoing commitment to public safety officials, Meyers & Flowers sponsored “Coptoberfest” on October 13, 2013. All net proceeds from the event benefitted C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors), a non-profit organization helping families of police officers killed in the line of duty.
On October 11th, 2013 Attorney Peter Flowers was invited to be a featured speaker on "Stryker: MDL vs. State Court Options -- Why the Minnesota MDL Makes Sense" at the Mass Torts Made Perfect seminar in Las Vegas, Nevada.
On October 9th, 2013 Attorney Peter Flowers was invited to be a featured speaker on "Product Liability for Medical Devices" to a joint Tort Litigation/Civil Practice meeting held at the Chicago Bar Association.
Meyers & Flowers Supports the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) and the Chicago Concussion Coalition (CCC)
The SLI is a Boston-based non–profit organization founded in 2007 by Christopher Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu in reaction to new medical research indicating that brain trauma in sports had become a public health crisis.
The Firm recently filed a personal injury lawsuit against Charlestowne Mall Investments LLC on behalf of a woman who suffered multiple wrist fractures when she tripped on uneven pavement while walking to her car which was parked in the Von Mauer parking lot.
December 8, 2008 the firm's client, a 32 year old demolition laborer, suffered severe injuries to his neck and shoulder when an overhead pipe fell on his head during a demolition project at a Chicago area hospital.
In the August 2013 edition of Leading Lawyers Magazine, Patricia C. Bobb, of Counsel to Meyers & Flowers was named the #1 Leading Woman Consumer Lawyer and #8 Leading Personal Injury Plaintiffs' Lawyer in Illinois.
By adding veteran trial lawyer Patricia C. Bobb, a suburban-based law firm plans to expand its Chicago presence. Last month, Bobb became of counsel at Meyers & Flowers LLC, a 17-lawyer firm with offices in St. Charles and Chicago.
Victims of the Quebec railway disaster have launched further legal action against companies linked to the derailment that obliterated their town — and one lawyer insists the multimillion-dollar cascade has only begun.
Victims of the Quebec railway disaster have launched further legal action against companies linked to the derailment that obliterated their town -- and one lawyer insists the multimillion-dollar cascade has only begun.
The estate of a Quebec man killed this month in a train derailment in that Canadian province filed a lawsuit Monday in Cook County alleging negligence by a local businessman and his company, which is affiliated with the railroad in the accident.
On July 4, 2011, an 18 year old boy named Guillermo was shot and killed by Donald Rattanavong, an Elgin Resident, who fired a “warning shot” intended to scare a group of teenagers who were playing in front of his home.
Attorney Ryan Theriault will represent both Illinois’ 16th Judicial Circuit and Meyers & Flowers at the Illinois State Bar Association’s 137th annual meeting in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin on June 22, 2013.
Attorney Craig Brown was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Well Child Center in Elgin, Illinois. The Center is a not for profit organization dedicated to providing food assistance and dental care to low income families with young children who cannot afford proper medical and dental care.
On June 3, 2013 Chicago Judge Jeffrey Lawrence denied a motion filed by Ford Motor Company to transfer a wrongful death products liability case filed by Attorney Craig Brown from Cook County to Southern Illinois.
Recently, Attorney Ryan P. Theriault was a featured speaker at the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission Annual Judicial Training Seminar, a seminar for those that determine the rights of injured workers in the State of Illinois.
Last year, Meyers & Flowers attorney Ryan P. Theriault, representing former Carpentersville police Officer Joseph Cecala, won a lawsuit against the village. Now that award is being challenged, and Theriault is speaking out.
Actos is the brand name for the diabetes medication pioglitazone, and it has been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer.
Actos is a leading medicine in a small class of drugs to treat blood sugar levels in Type II diabetes. France and Germany suspended use of Actos, and the U.S. FDA has for over a year been informing the public about the dangers associated with its use, nevertheless, the drug is still available in the United States.
Back surgery case set for trial in Chicago on August 22, 2012
Attorney Craig Brown’s client was stopped at a red light when he was rear ended by a car traveling 40mph. A Winfield, IL area doctor performed surgery on the man’s lumbar spine to repair damage caused by the trauma, and now the plaintiff cannot lift more than 50 pounds.
According to the most recent estimates, approximately 500,000 Americans have had hip replacement surgery using all-metal artificial hips. Unfortunately, they are failing at an alarming rate resulting in thousands of patients being forced to undergo painful revision surgery.
Pete Flowers participated in a recent program on NPR and gave a fairly comprehensive overview of the dangers of metal on metal hip replacement devices. A link to the the program is provided below.
Titled "Prone to failure, some all-metal hips need to be removed early," the report originally aired on NPR’s Morning Edition, and includes an interview with a woman who is waiting for revision surgery to remove her failing artificial hip.
I doubt there are many drivers who would knowingly buy tires to put on their vehicles that are five or six years old, but knowingly or not, it happens frequently. I also doubt many of us are aware just how old our "new" tires might be, and the older a tire is, the more dangerous it becomes.
Most drivers know they should watch for excessive tread wear on their tires, but they're unaware the age of the tire itself is also a risk factor. Unscrupulous dealers sometimes sell consumers tires that look new but have been sitting on a tire rack for years. Drivers who don't use a particular vehicle very often, such as a second car or truck, may think minimal wear on its tires means the tires are still safe and they can delay purchasing new tires.
I doubt there are many drivers who would knowingly buy tires to put on their vehicles that are five or six years old, but knowingly or not, it happens frequently. I also doubt that many of us are aware just how old our "new" tires might be, and the older a tire is, the more dangerous it becomes.
Most drivers know they should watch for excessive tread wear on their tires, but they're unaware the age of the tire itself is also a risk factor. Unscrupulous dealers sometimes sell consumers tires that look new but have been sitting on a tire rack for years. Drivers who don't use a particular vehicle very often, such as a second car or truck, may think minimal wear on its tires means they can delay purchasing new ones.
We have been following developments with defective hip implants for several years, starting even before August of 2010, when DePuy Orthopaedics, a Johnson & Johnson company, recalled certain ASR metal-on-metal hip implant devices that had been given to as many as 93,000 medical patients worldwide.
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