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  • For the 4 th year in a row, Attorneys Joseph Sullivan and Steven Brill have been selected as members of the Super Lawyers® organization for the state of New York. Each were selected for their respective areas of specialty: Attorney Sullivan for personal injury litigation, and Attorney Brill for criminal defense. Additionally, Attorney James Healy, a criminal defense associate with the firm, ...
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  • California Jury Awards $417 Million in Talc Powder Case

    || 23-Aug-2017

    Since the 1970s, concerns about Johnson & Johnson’s talc powder have grown. Talcum powder is a substance made from a mineral consisting of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Since the late 1800’s Johnson & Johnson has been adding fragrance to it and marketing it to women for genital use to absorb moisture in the skin and reduce friction. Studies have provided increasing evidence ...
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  • Last night, the fifth Missouri jury to consider whether Johnson & Johnson’s talc powder caused the Plaintiff’s ovarian cancer returned a verdict resoundingly answering that question in the affirmative. It awarded the Plaintiff over $110,000,000, of which, $105,000,000 was punitive damages intending to punish J&J for its deceitful conduct. The Plaintiff was a resident of West ...
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  • Westchester County Jury Awards Plaintiff $425,000

    || 13-Mar-2017

    In February 2017, a Westchester County jury returned two verdicts in favor of a Sullivan & Brill client that was hit by a car while riding his bicycle. The first verdict found the driver of the car 100% responsible for the accident. The second verdict provided $425,000 in compensation for the client’s loss of earnings, fractured thumb and injured hand. At the beginning of the trial, the ...
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    || 9-Nov-2016

    After losing three straight trials in a St. Louis trial court, Johnson & Johnson filed a request that the cases be moved to another court. Three different St. Louis juries in the past year have returned verdicts in excess of $50 million against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn consumers that genital use of its talc powder increased the risk of ovarian cancer. Rather than accepting ...
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    || 31-Oct-2016

    In the past two months, there have been three significant developments in the talc powder litigation pending in state and federal court.. First, on September 2, 2016, a New Jersey judge dismissed 200 cases pending against Johnson & Johnson in state court. The judge found that the plaintiff’s experts did not reliably establish the connection between the perineal use of talc powder and ...
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  • Sullivan & Brill, LLP is proud to announce that Attorneys Joseph Sullivan, Steven Brill, and James Healy have all been named in the 2016 New York Metro Area Super Lawyers list. Attorney Sullivan has been recognized for his personal injury work, while Attorneys Brill and Healy have both been included for their work in the criminal defense practice area. Super Lawyers has become one of the most ...
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  • Sullivan & Brill Recovers $3,000,000 Wrongful Death Settlement

    || 21-Sep-2016

    Sullivan Brill recently recovered $3,000,000 on behalf of the children of a 44-year-old man killed in a head on collision. The settlement amount represented 100% of the insurance policy limits of the responsible driver and his employer, an amount Sullivan Brill demanded before the lawsuit was filed and adhered to throughout three years of litigation. “Although the settlement will not take ...
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  • Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Brill were named New York Metro Area Super Lawyers

    || 7-Oct-2015

    Sullivan & Brill, LLP, a New York City based personal injury and criminal defense law firm with offices in Puerto Rico, is pleased to announce the selection of its founding partners, Joseph Sullivan and Steven Brill, as Super Lawyers for 2015. Both Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Brill were named New York Metro Area Super Lawyers for the second consecutive year in the categories of Plaintiff’s ...
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  • Attorney Brill Addresses the Kalief Browder Tragedy on Huffington Post

    || 12-Jun-2015

    This month, a Kalief Browder, a 22-year-old New York City man who had spent three harrowing years in Rikers Island without a criminal charge, took his own life. Now many are citing critical flaws in our criminal justice system that led to Browder's death—including Attorney Steven Brill, who has lent his insight in a new Huffington Post opinion piece. In "The Kalief Browder Case: ...
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    || 3-Jun-2015

    With the graduation party season approaching, parents intending to host a party for their high school senior should be mindful that under New York law, they can be held responsible if they furnish alcohol or are aware of or give permission for underage people to drink at their party. Under New York’s General Obligations Law §11-100, Any person who shall be injured. . . by reason of the ...
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  • Amtrak Train Crash in Philadelphia - Why You Need a Lawyer

    || 20-May-2015

    The May 12, 2015 crash of an Amtrak train traveling from Washington D.C. to New York City is the latest in a series of recent train accidents that could have been prevented. This accident was tragically similar to the Metro-North derailment that took place in the Bronx in December of 2013. In both cases, the train operators failed to reduce the speed of the train as it was entering a curve and the ...
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  • Pedestrian death in car accident is related to vehicle speed

    || 3-Oct-2014

    It is estimated that more than 4,500 pedestrians are killed in vehicular accidents each year throughout the United States. The New York City Department of Transportation published statistics concluding that 70 percent of pedestrian deaths are caused by dangerous driver choices. Thus, a car accident involving a pedestrian fatality is generally caused by some form of driver recklessness. In addition ...
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  • Failure to diagnose terminal cancer may be medical malpractice

    || 21-Sep-2014

    Failing to diagnose cancer is a relatively common claim in medical malpractice cases, both in New York and across the country. Generally, the case involves the death of the patient after an extended time in which no treatment took place because the doctor misdiagnosed the condition or failed to diagnose it. By negligently failing to find something that other doctors in the same situation would ...
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  • Life-saving device now recalled as a dangerous product

    || 19-Sep-2014

    The auto industry has long touted air bags as being life-saving devices. They are heavily marketed to car buyers across the country and here in New York who are concerned about their survivability in an accident. However, one manufacturer's air bags are now considered a dangerous product after causing numerous injuries and even some deaths. Takata manufactured the air bags in question, and it ...
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  • Surgery using defective medical device may spread cancer

    || 12-Sep-2014

    A surgical technique using what are called morcellator devices has come under severe scrutiny nationwide, including in New York, and may be discontinued. The devices are electronically powered and are used in gynecologic surgeries. They are billed as minimally invasive, but the downside is that they place the patient at risk of spreading any undetected cancer that may be present. The potentially ...
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  • Pedestrian critically injured in motor vehicle accident

    || 5-Sep-2014

    Being injured in a car accident can be life-changing, depending on how serious the injuries are. In addition to having to heal from their injuries, motor vehicle accident victims can easily struggle with the emotional distress caused by these types of accidents. One person was unfortunately injured in a recent New York car crash involving a pedestrian. The accident happened just before 10 a.m. on ...
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  • Injured customers say weight loss remedy is dangerous product

    || 25-Aug-2014

    In New York and throughout the country, new weight loss supplements are always coming on the market, as other similar proposed remedies lose their initial interest and are withdrawn or fade away into obscurity. Many of those products have in the past been tainted with claims of one danger or another to human health. Recently, a flood of lawsuits has been unleashed against the maker of a weight ...
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  • Brain-injured child gets settlement in medical malpractice case

    || 20-Aug-2014

    Occasionally, in New York or another state, the defendants in medical negligence cases admit liability and focus on the process of trying to minimize the amount of the damages to be paid. In cases where there is gross negligence or a dramatic injury to a sympathetic patient, the strategy generally pays off by keeping a good part of the facts of the medical malpractice away from the jury’s ...
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  • Fatal motor vehicle accident kills 2 in head-on crash on Thruway

    || 14-Aug-2014

    There has reportedly been a series of wrong-way crashes in the past year and a half on the New York State Thruway. The executive director of the Thruway authority confirmed that the authority, along with the New York State Police, are studying the situation. The executive director made his comments at a news conference held on the afternoon of Aug. 12 after a fatal motor vehicle accident took two ...
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  • Doctors: Medical malpractice claim of penis removal is false

    || 6-Aug-2014

    In New York or elsewhere, when a medical malpractice case is highly unusual and even shocking to the senses, it may potentially go viral or at least get some national attention. That seems to be the situation developing in one medical malpractice filing in which the plaintiff accuses two doctors and a hospital of negligently cutting off his penis instead of giving him the simple circumcision that ...
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  • Doctors admit surgical errors: left sponge in patient's body

    || 27-Jul-2014

    Medical malpractice in New York and all other jurisdictions is based on the idea that when a medical provider causes personal injury or death to a patient by administering substandard professional care, the provider is legally liable for the value of the losses the patient suffers. Surgical errors represent a large source of such claims. The kinds of surgical errors that happen are virtually ...
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  • GM may have known about car accident risk for certain vehicles

    || 25-Jul-2014

    The automaker giant General Motors is facing increased pressure from both lawmakers and the public. This scrutiny has intensified as it has come to light that the company may have known about the increased risk for a car accident in certain vehicles. New York readers have likely heard of the unfolding drama after GM recalled millions of vehicles because of a high risk of ignition shut-off with ...
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  • Product liability case involving backyard cable car is settled

    || 15-Jul-2014

    Under the law of product liability, which applies in all states including New York, a manufacturer or distributor of a product that is defective and unreasonably dangerous to the intended user, is strictly liable in tort to the injured user for personal injuries. That is the rule of strict liability that generally is applied in most product liability cases for damages suffered from a defective ...
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  • $16.7 million medical malpractice award for missed diagnosis

    || 9-Jul-2014

    In New York as well as every other jurisdiction, medical malpractice is based on a finding that the doctor or other health care provider was negligent under the circumstances. It must be proved that the defendant’s services fell below the minimum standard of care recognized by the doctor’s peers in the community. Even if negligence is proved, the patient must then prove causation in ...
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