|VIDEO| Key Moments in Eight of the Latest Headline-Making Trials CVN Has Covered

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Dec 27, 2022 12:00:00 PM

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CVN cameras have been on hand for headline-making trials coast-to-coast the last several weeks, from bellwether trials involving the NCAA to massive medical malpractice claims. As the year draws to a close, check out critical moments in a few of the biggest trials we’ve covered recently.

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CVN Announces "Large Verdicts" Video Collection

Posted by msch on May 18, 2010 5:09:00 PM

CVN is pleased to announce its newest video collection, "Large Verdicts," which includes more than 25 of CVN's largest verdicts to date. The Large Verdicts collection will be constantly growing, as we continue to add multi-million dollar verdicts and punitive damage awards.

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Toxic Torts Litigation Video Collection

Posted by msch on Mar 16, 2010 11:00:00 AM

CVN is pleased to announce our new Toxic Torts Video Collection, featuring 30 cases (see list below). Among the subjects covered are:

Accutane  |  Arsenic  |  Asbestos  |  DBCP
Dioxin  |  Lead Paint  |  Paraquat  |  Prempro
Tobacco  |  Vioxx  |  Welding Rods  |  Zyprexa 
Here are brief summaries of just four of these cases, one of which resulted in a plaintiff verdict in excess of $200M:
In  Thomas v. Lincoln Electric, Welder Butch Thomas allegedly suffered irreversible neurological damage (Parkinson's Disease or Parkinsonism) from Manganese poisoning allegedly caused by toxic Manganese gas emitted by welding rods during the 1970's and 1980's. Thomas used welding rods provided by Lincoln Electric, Hobart, and ESAB.
According to the Plaintiff, Lincoln Electric admitted that they had known about the dangers of Manganese gas since the 1940's, but attempted to minimize the risk, rather than effectively warn. A warning label added in 1967 did not include the word "Manganese," and was not placed where the worker was likely to see it. The plaintiff asserted that this was a conscious, intentional decision to deny the worker his or her right to know.
Documents showed that in 1981 the American Welding Society knew that Manganese fumes were dangerous to welders even at low levels, and that safety warnings requiring "adequate" ventilation were ambiguous and did not reach the welder.  Labels mentioning the word "Manganese" did not appear until the late 1990's or after 2000.
Turner v. Chevron was a w rongful death action against Chevron based on exposure to the herbicide Paraquat between 1973 and 1979. The decedent was a CalTrans landscape maintenance officer who sprayed Paraquat as part of his job, and died of pulmonary fibrosis (scarring of the lungs).  The decedent sprayed Paraquat on numerous occasions over a number of years. His primary exposure was dermal (skin contact).
The plainitff argued that Paraquat is so toxic that one teaspoon was a lethal dose for humans, and that one-trillionth of a gram causes scarred lungs in rats.  According to the plaintiff, more people have died from Paraquat than from any other herbicide, and no other herbicide causes pulmonary fibrosis. The plaintiff argued that Chevron failed to disclose known risk of chronic latent disease resulting from Paraquat exposure, and that safer alternative herbicides existed.
The defense argued that no person ever died from a Paraquat exposure, and the decedent was exposed to a toxicologically insignificant dose. Also, the alleged scarring would not have manifested itself only 20 years later.  Instead, according to the defense, the decedent's plumonary fibrosis resulted from aspiration of stomach acid as a result of the decedent's gastrointestinal disorders.
Rowatt v. Wyeth involved an HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) products liability claim by three women whose breast cancers allegedly resulted from pharmaceutical manufacturer Wyeth's menopause treatment drug Prempro.
According to the plaintiff, Wyeth inadequately studied the combination of Estrogin and Progestin. Wyeth allegedly failed to do long-term studies, and ignored red flags that should have alerted Wyeth of a breast cancer risk when Estrogin and Progestin were taken in combination.
The defense asserted that Prempro was safe and effective, providing proven osteoporosis benefits at a very low risk. In addition, Wyeth conducted extensive testing for breast cancer risk.  Further, Prempro was provided with adequate warnings. Finally, according to the defense, the plaintiffs' cancers were not caused by Preempro.
Ladner v. Dupont was a wrongful death toxic tort claim against Dupont based on a child who contracted liver cancer as an infant and died of liver cancer at age 11 after allegedly being exposed to arsenic and dioxin emitted by Dupont's titanium dioxide pigment plant.
The plaintiff presented video showing that Dupont's titanium dioxide plant had been dusty, and that the dust tested positive for large quantities of arsenic and dioxin. Because Dupont had claimed that its plant was not dusty, the plaintiff argued that Dupont had a negligent habit of routinely hiding the truth about the dangers of its TiO2 pigments plants from the public -- both how much Arsenic and Dioxin they were releasing, and how dangerous those chemicals were.  The plaintiff also presented evidence that the plant manager had prepared comments for the press indicating that dioxin levels at the plant were low, on the same day he had received an email alerting him to the exact opposite.  
According to Dupont, the dioxin release did not cause the decedent's cancer. 
CVN's  Toxic Torts Litigation Video Collection is available by one-year subscription for just $49 per month (email
These are just some of the Toxic Torts cases included:
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Topics: Toxic Torts, Products Liability, Asbestos, Mesothelioma, Video Collections, Lead, Pharmaceutical, Pesticide, Welding Rods

Medical Malpractice Litigation Video Collection

Posted by msch on Mar 1, 2010 2:00:00 PM

CVN is pleased to announce that our Medical Malpractice Litigation Video Collection now includes nine trials: Belaski v. Doctors HospitalKornak v. North Broward Hospital DistrictSmith v. ParkerEvans v. DeshazoKing v. GreathouseKroll v. ZolfaghariCuppy v. Surgical ProfessionalsPullin v. Team Physicans, and Konke v Mayer.

These nine trials bring to practitioners a broad range of medical malpractice litigation issues, and experts, including:

  • - Obstetrics
  • - Anesthesiology
  • - Drug Overdose
  • - Chiropractic
  • - Failure to Diagnose
  • - Internal Bleeding
  • - Ventricular Dysfunction
  • - Orthopedic Surgery
Belaski v. Doctor's Hospital.  The plaintiff's sciatic nerve was permanently injured during hip replacement surgery, resulting in chronic pain. The plaintiff sought over $1M in damages.

The defendant orthopedic surgeon had undergone eye surgery for a detached retina 20 days before the defendant performed the hip replacement surgery on the plaintiff.
The plaintiff allegedly did not know that the defendant would be performing surgery with impaired vision.
The defendant asserted that his vision was only impaired in his left eye, due to an incident that occurred when the defendant was 20 years-old, and the defendant had been right-eyed for his entire career.  The defendant allegedly has previously performed 2,500 hip replacement surgeries without complication. Therefore, the defendant's overall rate of complications was not below the standard of care.
The jury found for the defendant.
Kornak v. North Broward Hospital District. Plaintiff Martha Kornak's husband, 35 year-old James Kornak, died after surgery to install a pacemaker.  The pacemaker was successfully implanted, but due to a complication, two surgeries were performed -- the second operation was a continuation of the first, but performed the following day. Kornak died of respiratory complications 17 days later.
According to the plaintiff, Kornak's lungs were clear before the first surgery, but bilateral congestion subsequently developed, and the anesthesiologists should have recognized the respiratory distress and waited a few days before placing Kornak under anesthesia for the second time, given that the procedure was elective and non-urgent.
The defense argued that Kornak did withstand the second anesthesiology, and instead his respiratory distress did not result from the surgery, but instead that pulmonary hemorrages in his lungs were caused by Kornak's underlying anatomy. 
The jury found in favor of the plaintiff against all defendants, and awarded total damages of approximately $4.5M.
Smith v. Parker involved a baby who suffered a brachial plexus injury, allegedly as a result of a vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery without complications.  
The jury found in favor of the defendant.
Evans v. Deshazo. On April 11, 2005, 28 year-old Bobby Evans died of a drug overdose after consuming alcohol, the recreational drug Ecstasy (methamphetamine), and the pain killer oxycodone.
According to the decedent's plaintiffs (the decedent's parents), people rarely die from using Ecstasy, but oxycodone is a highly addictive drug that is incredibly dangerous when taken with alcohol or other medications.
The plaintiffs asserted that the defendant's treatment fell below the standard of care because even though the defendant prescribed increasing doses of oxycodone over nearly a year, there was no documented treatment plan, nor a sufficient medical history or examination adequate to support the prescription, nor did the defendant adequately explain the risks of taking oxycodone in combination with alcohol or recreational drugs, even though the decedent disclosed his use of alcohol.
The defendant, a doctor of osteopathy, claimed that he prescribed the decedent medication for back pain -- first hydrocodone, then oxycodone, then roxicodone.  The defense claimed that there was no indication of addition or drug-seeing behavior.  Instead, the decedent was the classic presentation of a chronic pain patient, experiencing actual pain from actual accidents.
The jury found in favor of the defendant.
King v. Greathouse. The plaintiff visited the defendant chiropractor due to lower back pain. After the defendant performed a cerebrovascular assessment, the plaintiff allegedly reported nausea and dizziness. The defendant remained by the plaintiff's side for six seconds, after which the plaintiff fainted (syncopy), fell off the examination table, and landed face down on the floor, allegedly suffering a permanent spinal cord injury.
The defense asserted that the standard of care was not breached because the plaintiff only reported temporary nausea, which cleared up immediately. According to the defense the plaintiff's injury was not foreseeable because the defendant did not know that the plaintiff had a congenitally narrow spinal cord, as well as preexisting degenerative disc disease. Moreover, the defense claimed that the plaintiff's spinal cord injury more likely resulted from a trauma that occurred six weeks earlier, when the plaintiff hit his butt on the bottom of a swimming pool after dong a "cannon ball" jump.
The jury found that the defendant was not negligent.
Kroll v. Zolfaghari. Haylee Kroll, age 15 at the time of trial, was allegedly born with an enterovirus infection, contracted from her mother at birth, the late diagnosis of which resulted in brain, liver, and kidney damage in the child.  The mother's amniotic sac had ruptured weeks before delivery, and the mother had a fever at the time of Haylee's birth.
Although the infant was placed in the neonatal intensive care unit, the doctors did not diagnose and treat the viral infection in time to prevent the damage.
The jury returned a $4.3M verdict in favor of the plaintiff.
Cuppy v. Surgical Professionals. An appendectomy patient who had been taking the anti-coagulant Coumadin (due to a prior heart valve replacement) died after the attending surgeon allegedly overlooked internal bleeding before completing the operation.
The plaintiff also alleged that the physician failed to obtain informed consent for emergency surgery, and that the patient's acute symptoms had subsided at the tiem fo the surgery decision because the plaintiff did not in fact have appendicitis.
The plaintiff also alleged that the physician over-prescribed Lovenox (a form of Heparin, another anti-coagulant) for DVT prophylaxis, and that the physician did not appropriately respond to the patient's deteriorating condition.
The jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendants.
Pullin v. Team Physicians. The defendant suffered from right ventricular dysfunction, and she eventually died of right ventricular failure. According to the plaintiff, the decedent's condition could have been and should have been easily diagnosed with an echocardiogram during her 20 hours in the intensive care unit (ICU), and if diagnosed and followed the condition could have been resolved with thrombolytic therapy.
The defense asserted that the patient was stable, and even improving, until moments before her collapse, and never met the critical care guidelines for hemodynamic instability or shock, and therefore the standard of care did not require thrombolytic therapy.
The jury found in favor of the plaintiff.
CVN is continuing to expand its Medical Malpractice Litigation Video Library. Purchase online access to the entire collection for just $59 per month.
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Tobacco Litigation Video Collection

Posted by msch on Feb 22, 2010 2:00:00 PM

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Topics: Toxic Torts, Cohen v. RJ Reynolds, Products Liability, Video Collections, Engle Progeny, Tobacco Litigation