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Press Releases from Weitz & Luxenberg (32 total)

Weitz & Luxenberg Cited for Top NYS 2014 Product Liability Cases by New York Law …

Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. has been recognized by the New York Law Journal for winning the top three product liability verdicts in New York State in 2014. “The lawyers and law firms who are ranked in this special section represent the best of the best in 2014,” New York Law Journal associate publisher Farrell McManus wrote in the Journal’s “Top Verdicts New York 2014.” He continued, “Their zealous advocacy on

Mesothelioma Treatment Tomudex Receives International Support

Mesothelioma treatment Tomudex, made by a global pharmaceutical company, is receiving approval from a panel of international experts. Tomudex falls in the group of anti-cancer drugs known as antineoplastics. It prevents cell growth. By doing so, it leads to the elimination of tumors. In a study examining people diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, the use of Tomudex in conjunction with Platinol resulted in improved response rates of 23.6% as opposed to

New Mesothelioma Treatment Technique Developed

Extrapleural pneumonectomy, a surgical procedure that removes mesothelioma cancer from the lining of the lung, has been reported to be an effective new mesothelioma treatment technique. The technique was developed by Dr. Sugarbaker, the co-leader of the Brigham Biomedical Research Institute's Cancer Research Center, Chief of the Institute's Division of Thoracic Surgery and a Professor of Oncologic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. The surgical technique was applied on a mesothelioma patient

Mesothelioma Cancer: Possible Treatment Option

An experiment carried out in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Medical University Vienna has tested the effectiveness of a genetically modified virus to treat mesothelioma in animals. The virus is known as Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV). Animals with mesothelioma administered with multiple doses of NDV responded better than those that received a single dose. The use of a genetically engineered virus to disrupt the function

Asbestos Cancer Mesothelioma Afflicts a 39 Year Old Woman

It has been reported that a 39 year old woman has been diagnosed with the cancer mesothelioma. This is somewhat unusual because mesothelioma most frequently afflicts people who are much older. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to the deadly mineral, asbestos. Asbestos exposure is known to cause various types of malignant mesothelioma. These include lung mesothelioma (or pleural mesothelioma) and abdominal mesothelioma (or peritoneal mesothelioma). Mesothelioma causing asbestos was used

Illinois Schools Shut Down After Discovery of Asbestos

It has been reported on www.claimsjournal.com that two schools in Heyworth, Illinois have been closed after an air sample tested positive for asbestos. As a result, school officials decided to cancel classes starting on September 23. The asbestos test was prompted by the discovery of a piece of plaster that custodians feared was asbestos. An asbestos clean-up project is planned followed by additional testing for asbestos. Asbestos is a mineral that

New Chemotherapy Treatment for Mesothelioma Currently Being Tested

It has been reported that Southwest Oncology Group, a U.S. based clinical trial cooperative group, is currently testing a chemotherapy treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Presently, chemotherapy treatment for mesothelioma is made up of pemetrexed and cisplatin. The drawback of this chemotherapy treatment is that in many cases, its effects are negligible. Southwest Oncology Group is currently testing the effectiveness of adding a new chemotherapy treatment known as cediranib maleate.

Suffering from Pain After Knee Replacement Surgery? It May Have Become Loose

On March 11, 2010, several orthopedic surgeons participated in a discussion concerning a study on the failure rate of a certain type of knee replacement. The knee replacement is described as cementless. Knee replacements using cement use the cement to bond the thigh bone to the part of the knee replacement that bends. The drawback of knee replacements that use cement is the risk of the cement breaking down and

Veteran Passed Away from Mesothelioma Cancer

It has been reported that a U.S. Army veteran passed away at the age of 64 from the asbestos cancer, malignant mesothelioma. He retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after 25 years of service. Prior to his military career, he worked at a steel company. It is likely that his mesothelioma was caused by asbestos exposure that he encountered at the steel company and during military service. Malignant mesothelioma

Asbestos Cancer Mesothelioma can Result from Secondary Asbestos Exposure

Many people are aware that working with asbestos containing products can lead to asbestos exposure which in turn can lead to asbestos cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. Fewer people are aware however that asbestos exposure can occur through secondary exposure. Secondary asbestos exposure occurs when a person is exposed to asbestos from another person who had direct contact with asbestos. The person who has been secondarily exposed can

Asbestos being removed from Summerlin Road in Lee County, Florida

On May 18, 2010, a project to clean up asbestos-laden fill material from Summerlin Road was begun. The source of the asbestos is currently unknown. The discovery of asbestos delayed the clean up project by six months. The delay has been attributed to difficulties in determining the exact location and amount of asbestos. Work site asbestos removal is necessary to prevent asbestos exposure to workers. Asbestos exposure can lead to asbestos

EPA Accuses Florida City of Violating Asbestos Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has informed the officials of Marco Island, a city in southwest Florida that it violated six asbestos-related regulations in the course of reconstructing a roadway in 2006. Asbestos is a dangerous mineral that can lead to the development of cancers such as lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma. Asbestos fibers can remain suspended in air for long periods and are not visible to the human

Mesothelioma Clinical Trials at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Require P …

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City is presently seeking people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma to participate in at least three clinical trials investigating the effectiveness of drugs designed to treat mesothelioma. People who are interested in participating in the clinical trials will be evaluated by the Sloan-Kettering research team to determine eligibility for participation. One trial involves the use of the investigational drug CBP 501.

Former Telephone Technicians are at Risk of Developing Asbestos-Related Lung Can …

In a case still pending against other asbestos manufacturers, asbestos attorneys Weitz & Luxenberg mailed the first settlement check of a six figure sum to the surviving family members of a New York City telephone technician who died January 17, 2010, of asbestos-related lung cancer. During the 1970s, as a telephone technician for a New York-based phone company, he installed communication systems in dozens of commercial buildings, including the Pan Am

Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settles for Former Painter and Ship Worker

Earlier this month, a Greek maritime worker who came to the United States in 1971 to follow in his father’s footsteps here as a commercial painter, received a settlement check for $466,000 related to an ongoing lawsuit against asbestos-product manufacturers whose construction materials caused him to develop mesothelioma cancer. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lung lining that has no cure and is contracted almost exclusively by job-related asbestos exposure. The

Work with Asbestos led to Mesothelioma Cancer in Shipyard Worker

In a case still pending against other asbestos product manufacturers, Weitz & Luxenberg last month sent a six-figure settlement check to the widow of a Brooklyn Navy Yard shipyard worker who died of mesothelioma cancer five months after being diagnosed with the disease. The check represents the first payment of a series of future payments. The story he told during depositions opened a window into the dangerous working conditions he and

Asbestos Hazards Plague the Construction Industry in the United States

Asbestos was used extensively in many building products for so many decades that any construction worker working on a construction site prior to the mid-1980s was at risk for lethal asbestos exposure. In the construction industry, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, boiler workers, brick layers and bulldozer operators are all at substantial risk for asbestos exposure, particularly if their work involves the renovation or demolition of an old building. Prior to the 1980s, commercial

Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settles for $2.1 Million for New Jersey Construction Worker

A 48-year-old New Jersey (NJ) union construction worker, who had his left lung removed after he was diagnosed with occupational mesothelioma cancer, received a $2.1 million settlement from a lawsuit he filed against the manufacturers of the asbestos construction products that eventually led to his death. The New Jersey law office of Weitz & Luxenberg negotiated the settlement on behalf of the worker’s surviving family – his wife and two children.

Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. Wins $510,813 Mesothelioma Settlement for Rockefeller Cen …

New York mesothelioma law firm Weitz & Luxenberg recently obtained a $510,813 settlement for a retired carpenter suffering from mesothelioma cancer and his family. The TV series “30 Rock” may be an Emmy Award winner, but Rockefeller Center, a complex of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres between 48th and 51st streets in New York City, won no prizes for worker safety 50 years ago because the presence of asbestos

Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settles with $2 Million Payout for Deceased Brooklyn Constr …

New York mesothelioma law firm Weitz & Luxenberg recently settled the mesothelioma cancer case of a deceased Brooklyn construction worker for $2.16 million. The construction worker died last year from the asbestos cancer- mesothelioma. The deceased worker was exposed to asbestos on a regular basis over 40 years ago as he did construction work at locations such as the World Trade Center, the Union Carbide Building and two

New York City Construction Worker Describes Life with Mesothelioma

"I can't walk like I used to. I can't climb stairs anymore. I used to climb nine flights of stairs every day. I'm lucky I can climb one." These were the words of a retired New York City construction worker who died from mesothelioma on March 4, 2009. He left behind his wife of 53 years. Mesothelioma is a job-related disease caused by inhaling asbestos dust at a work site. Mesothelioma

Weitz & Luxenberg Mesothelioma Lawyers win $1.28 Million Settlement in Mesotheli …

Weitz & Luxenberg mesothelioma lawyers recently secured a $1.28 million settlement for a 77-year-old former carpenter suffering from the asbestos cancer, mesothelioma. Prior to this settlement, Weitz & Luxenberg obtained $842,000 from another defendant. The former carpenter is the father of six children and devoted his 30-year career to beautifying such New York City landmarks as Yankee Stadium and the Empire State Building. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in

Weitz & Luxenberg Mesothelioma Lawyers win $461,000 Settlement in Asbestos Lung …

The mesothelioma law firm Weitz & Luxenberg recently obtained settlements currently totaling $461,000 for a Navy veteran suffering from asbestos-related lung cancer. The man had enlisted in the Navy in 1957 and served as a boilerman aboard the USS Lake Chaplain, an aircraft carrier. In 1960, the ship underwent a complete boiler room overhaul that required the removal of asbestos-containing wrapping that insulated the aircraft carrier's heating and plumbing systems. The

Potential mesothelioma vaccine demonstrated to be safe in research study

The American Thoracic Society has reported that researchers have demonstrated the safety of a potential vaccine against mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer that is almost always caused by exposure to the deadly mineral asbestos. The vaccine infuses a patient's nerve cell fibers with the tumor and triggers an immune system response to mesothelioma. Findings of the study were published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The

Weitz & Luxenberg Lawyers Respond to Study Casting Further Doubt on Avandia

October 1, 2007, New York, NY— A further pall has been cast over Avandia, a drug for Type 2 diabetes. A new study has found that long-term use of the pharmaceutical increases heart attack risk by more than 40 percent and doubles the chance of heart failure. These findings are nearly identical to that of another recent scientific analysis out this spring. “Millions of people with diabetes trusted Avandia to

Weitz & Luxenberg Welcomes Ambre Brandis to its Asbestos Litigation Department

Ambre Brandis has joined the ranks of Weitz & Luxenberg’s accomplished attorneys in the firm’s Asbestos Litigation department. No stranger to the law or asbestos, the New Jersey native honed her skills for four years at Shein Law Center, a boutique asbestos firm in Philadelphia, while working her way toward her JD degree at the Pierce Law School. During that time, Brandis was also a judicial clerk with Sandra Moss,

Weitz & Luxenberg Responds to Report Citing Rise of Hospital Errors

April 19, 2007, New York, NY--A new report on American hospitals concluded that the death of nearly 250,000 Medicare patients might have been prevented if healthcare workers made fewer errors. Medicare beneficiaries who had one or more patient-safety incidents had an alarming one-in-four chance of dying during their hospitalization, said the study. The fourth annual Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study, conducted by HealthGrades, Inc., a healthcare ratings organization, determined that

Weitz & Luxenberg Responds to Report Calling Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Crisis …

January 24, 2007, New York, NY—The belief that the United States is in the throes of a medical malpractice lawsuit crisis can be blamed on just a tiny group of negligent doctors, says a new watchdog report. According to “The Great Medical Malpractice Hoax,” released by Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen group, just 5.9 percent of doctors have been responsible for 57.8 percent of all medical malpractice payments, as of research

Weitz & Luxenberg Wins $25 Million in Mesothelioma Verdict

November 29, 2006, New York, NY—In its ongoing effort to hold corporations responsible for recklessly exposing workers to the lethal toxin asbestos, Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. obtained a jury verdict ordering DaimlerChrysler AG to pay $25 million to a New York City brake reliner who lost his right lung to mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos. Chrysler, the world’s fifth-largest automaker, was found to have acted in “reckless disregard for

Weitz & Luxenberg Wins $8 Million in Obstetrical Malpractice Case

November 14, 2006, New York, NY—Medical errors account for nearly 100,000 deaths each year, estimates the Institute of Medicine, a Washington-based policy research organization. Many other patients live with debilitating conditions after falling victim to such negligence. Toward its ongoing dedication to hold doctors and other medical professionals accountable for the tragic injuries they inflict with substandard care, Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., one of the leading medical malpractice and personal

Vapor Intrusion - A dangerous environmental concern, says Weitz & Luxenberg

October 3, 2006, New York, NY--Communities across the United States are learning about the dangers of vapor intrusion—but many are learning far too late. The harmful phenomenon results when soil is contaminated with volatile chemicals such as dry cleaning fluids and petroleum. The vapors from the affected soil then seep up through the cracks and openings in the foundation of nearby homes and mix with the indoor air. The vapors

Weitz & Luxenberg Airs Ads on Mesothelioma featuring Daniel J. Travanti

September 11, 2006, New York, NY — To highlight its effectiveness in fighting for those harmed by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, nationally-recognized mass torts and personal injury law firm Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. is now airing two :30 commercials on the asbestos-related cancer featuring acclaimed actor Daniel J. Travanti of “Hill Street Blues” television fame. The firm is known for spearheading asbestos cases, among others, winning a historic consolidated