Pound Civil Justice Institute Announces 2016 Appellate Advocacy Award

The Pound Civil Justice Institute announces 2016 Appellate Advocacy Award. According to its website, the Institute “is a national legal ‘think tank’ created by pioneering members of the trial bar and dedicated to ensuring access to justice for ordinary citizens. Through its activities, the Institute works to give lawyers, judges, legal educators and the public a balanced view of the issues affecting the U.S. civil justice system.” This year’s winners of the award have certainly accomplished the mission of the Pound Civil Justice Institute.

Student Expelled for Consensual Sadomasochistic Sex Wins Case

John Doe, as he is identified in the federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, was expelled from George Mason University in 2014 for engaging in an unconventional relationship. The student expelled for consensual sadomasochistic sex wins case for reinstatement as a student. As they say, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but whips and chains won’t prevent me from graduating.” Well, OK, so I paraphrased a bit.

Merck Feels Pain of Securities Settlement

One of the U.S.’ Big Pharma giants is opening the checkbook over an old drug, but this time the investors are getting the payout. Merck feels pain of securities settlement over now-recalled Vioxx pain reliever. The $830M settlement brings to a close a federal class action suit in which Merck’s investors claim the company didn’t adequately inform them of the risk of heart disease caused by Vioxx.

Bard Finally Paid Damages in First Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Case

C.R. Bard finally exhausted its appeals in the first case to go to trial involving its Avaulta transvaginal mesh product. The jury awarded plantiff Christine Scott $5.5M, split 60/40 between Bard and the operating surgeon. Bard immediately appealed. The last chance for reversal came in February 2015 and Bard broke out the checkbook in March. This was kept quiet; a reporter following the case discovered the payment by reviewing Bard’s public SEC investor reports.

Prostate Surgery Caused Plaintiff’s Blindness

The U.S. government recently announced a settlement for $850,000 over claims that a routine prostate surgery at an government hospital left the plaintiff blind, impotent and incontinent. The surgery took roughly three times the usual duration of two and a half hours and the plaintiff was never informed that if it took longer than five hours, blindness may result.