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On March 28, counsel for several plaintiffs filed a motion to transfer all cases pending in federal court throughout the United States to the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division for consolidated or coordinated pretrial proceedings. According to the motion, as of March 28, there are 38 cases pending against the manufacturers of AndroGel, which is the leading testosterone replacement therapy.
AndgroGel is used to treat conditions associated with hypergonadism, a condition of the endocrine system that involves diminished or nonexistent production of testosterone. Medical studies indicate that testosterone therapy in men can cause serious, adverse cardiovascular events, including heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis and other thromboembolic events.
If you have experienced complications associated with the use of AndroGel, contact us to learn about your legal rights.
The law firm of Faraci Lange LLP received multiple top-tier honors among Rochester and Buffalo firms in the 2013 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings.
According to the legal profession’s peer-review publication, Faraci Lange is ranked:
- The first-tier, best law firm in three plaintiffs’ categories in the Rochester metropolitan area: Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation.
- The first-tier, best law firm in the plaintiffs’ category of Medical Malpractice Law in the Buffalo metropolitan area. Faraci Lange opened a Buffalo office earlier this year.
Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For a quarter century, the company has helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform digital publisher of news and analysis, which includes the monthly U.S. News & World Report magazine, the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, www.usnews.com, and www.rankingsandreviews.com.
The Rochester-based law firm of Faraci Lange LLP is opening an office in downtown Buffalo.
With the new office, Faraci Lange is extending its leadership in personal injury and business litigation into the Buffalo area. The office will be managed by new firm partner Frank J. Frascogna, a civil litigator in Buffalo for more than 25 years. Frascogna offers a wealth of experience in representing victims of professional malpractice and general negligence cases.
Faraci Lange attorneys are recognized routinely by their peers as among the nation’s best, with annual recognition in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. The firm’s Business division (www.faracibusiness.com) gives corporate clients fee flexibility and the ability to resolve business disputes more cost-effectively.
“Personal injury victims and corporate clients in western New York have a choice when it comes to finding experienced, nationally recognized trial attorneys,” said Stephen G. Schwarz, managing partner, Faraci Lange LLP. “Faraci Lange has frequently represented victims in Erie and Niagara counties during our more-than-45-year history. Now, with the opening of our Buffalo office, we will be able to serve western New York clients more efficiently and more effectively.”
Faraci Lange’s Buffalo office is located at 298 Main Street, Suite 302, and the telephone number is (716) 248-3000.
Within the past 15 years or so, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued several opinions setting out restrictions on punitive damages. Because punitive damages can be viewed as a taking of property, they implicate the Due Process Clause of the U. S. Constitution. The first of these cases, and perhaps the most interesting, was BMW of North America, Inc. v. Gore, 517 U.S. 559 (1996). Dr. Ira Gore purchased what he thought was a brand new BMW, only to find out months later that the vehicle had been damaged slightly when being transported, and had been repaired and repainted prior to its delivery to him. He was not told about the repairs, and only learned the vehicle had been repainted months after the transaction. BMW had an internal policy of selling those vehicles as new without informing the dealer or purchaser, when the cost to repair was less than 3% of the value of the vehicle. The paint job on the Gore vehicle cost less than $1,000. Nonetheless, an Alabama jury found that BMW had engaged in fraud and awarded Dr. Gore $4,000 in compensatory damages, and $4,000,000 in punitive damages. Though the Alabama Supreme Court later reduced the amount to $2,000,000, even that number was a bit too breathtaking for the U. S. Supreme Court. In sending the case back to the Alabama courts, the Supreme Court issued several guidelines for all states to follow on the issue of punitive damages. The court held that such an award must bear a relationship to the nature of the conduct, must bear some reasonable ratio to the amount of compensatory damages (here the ratio was 1,000:1!), and take into account existing state civil and criminal penalties for similar conduct. In subsequent cases, the Supreme Court has held that only in extraordinary cases will punitive damages exceeding double digit ratios to compensatory damages be considered appropriate. [Read more…]