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Law360 highlighted our recent breach of contract case filed against the US Department of Homeland Security in an article on their website.

We regularly represent clients in breach of contract cases, and are deeply flattered to receive some attention in print. Please visit our website to learn more and to see some of the recent recoveries we obtained for our clients.

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New Jersey Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal on $11.1 Million Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson

The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal on an $11.1 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson. The lawsuit alleged that the plaintiffs suffered serious injuries as a result of pelvic mesh implants manufactured by a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. While the product was designed to support weak or dysfunctional female pelvic muscles, over 8,000 cases are actively pending in lower courts in Bergen County, NJ, alleging that the pelvic mesh has a high failure rate and has caused serious health complications in thousands of women.

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Court of Appeals Finds That Plaintiff Purchased Corporate Assets for Express Purpose of Suing Defendant

The New York Court of Appeals has declined to reinstate claims against an asset manager sued for making poor mortgage-based investments. The Court found that the plaintiff’s breach of contract and fraud claims violated the New York state Champerty Doctrine, which forbids buying assets for the express purpose of bringing suits, trading, or commercializing in litigation. The Court determined that the plaintiff had acquired investments in a “sham transaction” simply to bring suit against the defendants.

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Fifty-Five Cases Against Pharmaceutical Company Centralized in New Jersey Court

Fifty-five cases filed against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, have been approved for centralization in a single New Jersey federal court. The cases—which come from other states such as West Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, and others—allege that Janssen Pharmaceuticals improperly marketed the drug and failed to warn consumers about its potential dangers. 

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Investors Resolve Dispute Over Staten Island Ferris Wheel

Investor groups reached a settlement after a year of litigation regarding the construction development of the Staten Island Ferris wheel. The Ferris wheel, known as the New York Wheel, is expected to be the tallest in the world and is scheduled to open in 2018. The investor groups involved in the project had been involved in a legal dispute surrounding funding for the construction project. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.


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VARCADIPANE & PINNISI SECURES $120,000 RECOVERY FOR PERSONAL INJURY CLIENT ON JUDGMENT RECOVERY

Dawn M. Pinnisi and Jeffrey W. Varcadipane secured $120,000 from uninsured Defendants on behalf of client who suffered a fractured wrist when she tripped and fell in Brooklyn, New York outside a residential rental building. Defendants failed to answer the personal injury lawsuit and a default judgment was entered against Defendants. Faced with potential claims under New York Debtor and Creditor Law for fraudulent conveyances of assets, the Defendants surrendered $120,000 to compensate Plaintiff for her injuries.

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New York Appeals Court Affirms $6 Medical Malpractice Verdict

The First Department has affirmed a $6 million jury verdict from a 2014 medical malpractice case. The jury in the lower court had awarded the amount for both past and future pain and suffering, after determining that his physician had failed to take all necessary measures prior to amputating his leg.

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Riker’s Island Inmate Recovers $750,000 Settlement From City and NYC Department of Corrections

A Riker’s Island inmate has received a settlement in his suit against the City of New York and the New York City Department of Corrections for a 2010 altercation with corrections officers. A search of the inmate’s cell by the corrections officers blossomed into a physical altercation between the parties once the inmate was accused of having contraband in his possession. 

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Mason Struck by Falling Window During Construction Receives Settlement

A window fell from an upper-story window frame on a demolition site, subsequently striking a mason performing construction on the site. He sustained injuries to his hand, fingers, and wrists, and underwent reconstructive surgery. His injuries have prevented him from performing manual labor as well as ordinary tasks. The parties negotiated a pre-trial settlement in the amount of $420,000.

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Motorcycle Rider Receives $280,000 Settlement After Being Struck by Automobile

A collision between a motorcyclist and an automobile in Morris County, NJ, resulted in severe injuries to the motorcyclist. The car struck the motorcycle after failing to yield at a turn, consequently throwing the motorcyclist across the hood and 20 feet into the road.

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