A Look Back At 80 Of CVN’s Most Impressive Plaintiff & Defense Verdicts

Posted by David Siegel on Dec 17, 2019 2:33:18 PM


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With the year rapidly drawing to a close, Courtroom View Network looks forward to soon releasing our popular annual lists of top 10 most impressive plaintiff and defense verdicts we covered in 2019.

A handful of closely-watched trials being webcast by CVN are still in progress, so to hold you over, here is a look back at the #1 plaintiff and defense picks from CVN’s top 10 lists for 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015.

The 80 trials in these lists include key verdicts in a range of practice areas from products liability to medical malpractice to trucking accidents and slip and falls. They include defendants like major pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and national retail chains. They include some of the finest trial attorneys in the country, for both plaintiffs and defendants.

Get access to gavel-to-gavel video of all 80 of these trials, and many more, with a subscription to CVN’s online video library for just $99/month with no contract. It’s the only online video collection of civil jury trials available and a critical resource for any attorney going in front of a jury.

Enjoy these top picks from the last four years’ lists, and stay tuned for our 2019 picks!

2015 (click to see full plaintiff and defense lists)

Walden v. Chrysler - $150 million verdict in first Jeep fuel tank trial

Plaintiff attorneys: Jim Butler and David Rohwedder of Butler Wooten & Fryhofer LLP, Jeb Butler of Butler Tobin LLC, George Floyd of Floyd & Kendrick LLC and attorney L. Catharine Cox

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Cavness v. Ethicon - Key win in $9.5 million pelvic mesh case

Defense attorneys: William Massie Gage and Helen Kathryn Downs of Butler Snow LLP and Kathleen Gallagher of Beck Redden LLP

Link to video of the trial:

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2016 (click to see full plaintiff and defense lists)

Giannecchini v. Johnson & Johnson $70 million talc powder cancer verdict

Plaintiff attorneys: Beasley Allen (Jere Beasley, Ted Meadows, David Dearing, Danielle Ward Mason, Ryan Beattie, Lauren Razick), The Smith Law Firm (R. Allen Smith Jr. - pictured) Onder Shelton O’Leary and Peterson LLC, Porter & Malouf

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Sherrer v. Boston Scientific, et al - Major win at 1st trial involving two pelvic mesh manufacturers 

Defense attorneys: Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP (Robert Adams - pictured, Hildy Sastre, Michael Kleffner), Greenberg Traurig LLP (Lori Cohen, Clifton Merrell)

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2017 (click to see full plaintiff and defense lists)

Echeverria v. Johnson & Johnson

$417 million verdict in first ovarian cancer talc trial in California

Plaintiff attorneys: Allen Smith (pictured), (The Smith Law Firm) Mark Robinson, Scot Wilson, (Robinson Calcagnie) David Dearing (Beasley Allen Law Firm) Michelle Parfitt (Ashcraft & Gerel LLP)

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Tina Herford v. Johnson & Johnson, et al.

Defense victory in the first J&J talc/mesothelioma lawsuit to go to trial

Defense attorneys: For J&J - Sharla Frost (Tucker Ellis LLP), Alexander Calfo (King & Spalding LLP), Mortin Dubin, pictured (Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP). For Imerys Talc America - Todd Benoff, Peter Masaitis (Alston & Bird LLP)

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2018 (click to see full plaintiff and defense lists)

Ingham v. Johnson & Johnson

$4.69 billion verdict in 22-plaintiff ovarian cancer talc powder trial

Plaintiff attorney: W. Mark Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm

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Henry v. Johnson & Johnson

Jury clears Johnson & Johnson in 30 minutes at 4-week cosmetic talc trial

Defense attorneys: Diane Sullivan (pictured), Allison Brown, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Look for our 2019 picks in January! Happy holidays!

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