Defective Drugs/Products The attorneys of Stark & Stark’s Mass Tort team work tirelessly on behalf of their clients to obtain the maximum compensation for their injuries. The Mass Tort group prosecutes individual claims for personal injury which arise out of a common set of facts or circumstances, such as the use of a defective drug or a catastrophic event which causes common injuries. Mass tort claims typically consist of assertions that a company intentionally, knowingly, and negligently produced and distributed a defective product, which, in turn, led to the injuries suffered by the claimants. Mass torts provide a cost-effective alternative to lengthy and expensive traditional single-party litigation. Stark & Stark’s Mass Tort team is headed by tested firm shareholders dedicated to applying their extensive litigation experience to successfully prosecuting large, complex class and mass tort actions: Martin P. Schrama Craig S. Hilliard Stefanie Colella-Walsh Kevin M. Hart In the Fall of 2011, the Stark & Stark personal injury team launched the Mass Tort Law Blog, a blog dedicated solely to providing information relating to personal injury claims that have been designated as a Mass Tort, such as defective drugs, environmental contamination, and defective medical devices. The Mass Tort team also co-authored the chapter, “Mass Torts and Class Actions in New Jersey” for the New Jersey Environmental Law Handbook, Eighth Edition. Mass torts commonly include cases related to pharmaceutical products, medical devices, environmental hazards and catastrophic events. Pharmaceutical Products Our Mass Tort team pursues claims against drug manufacturers so they can be held liable when the drugs they market are proven to be defective and cause catastrophic injury to the people who use them. Our attorneys protect the rights of those injured and strive to obtain the maximum compensation possible for them and their families. Stark & Stark’s Mass Tort group is committed to assisting clients injured through the negligent and sometimes intentional acts of producing, marketing, and distributing defective pharmaceutical drugs. Our Mass Tort team has been involved in or investigated cases related to Xarelto (view Xarelto blogs), Invokana, Plavix, Pradaxa, Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs – Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Dexilant, Protonix and Aciphex), Fluoroquinolones (FLQs – Cipro, Avelox and Levaquin) and Zofran. We have also previously litigated claims against the manufacturers of Actonel, Aredia, Byetta, Januvia/Janumet and Victoza, Zometa, Hydroxycut, YAZ/Yasmin, Actos, Crestor, Darvocet/Darvon, Fosamax, Risperdal, Testosterone (LowT) Medication. Medical Devices Stark & Stark’s Mass Tort team regularly files claims against the manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and retailers of defective medical devices. Our attorneys hold the manufacturers of defective medical devices accountable for injuries suffered as a result of their negligence. These cases can include a defect in the design or manufacturing of the product, or a failure to warn the public of possible defects after the product has been produced and distributed. Our Mass Tort team has been involved in or investigated cases related to Alere INRatio, Transvaginal Mesh, IVC FIlters, Bair Hugger, Essure, Power Morcellator, Hip and Knee Implants. E-Cigarette and “Vaping” Hazards and Defects For the better part of a decade, e-cigarettes and other “vaping” products have been in wide use as “safer” alternatives to tobacco smoking, and most users have heard little information about the risks associated with using these products. New research from the Center for Environmental Health points to incriminating evidence against the safety of e-cigarettes, showing that a majority of 97 e-cigarette and other “vaping” products recently tested had at least one product that produced high levels of one or both of the cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. Cancer is not the only health hazard linked to exposure to these chemicals, as according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, both chemicals can be linked to genetic damage, birth defects, and reduced fertility. More recently, there have been lawsuits related to defective batteries in e-cigarettes that have exploded while re-charging, leading to serious and significant injury. Our Mass Torts group is investigating lawsuits on behalf of users of e-cigarette or other “vaping” device that have sustained injuries or other health issues. Environmental Hazards & Toxic Torts Stark & Stark’s Mass Tort team represents clients in cases where injuries have occurred due to environmental hazards. Our attorneys are well-versed in the ever-changing state and federal regulations designed to prevent these injuries from occurring. Our attorneys are experienced in litigation arising from injuries suffered due to negligence related to asbestos, benzene, chemical exposures, lead poisoning, mold and chemical contamination. Catastrophic Events Stark & Stark’s Mass Tort team is readily available to assist those left wondering if there is any recourse available for the injuries they have suffered after a catastrophic event has occurred. Our attorneys represent clients who have suffered injuries due to various types of crises and natural disasters including industrial accidents, power outages, fires, terrorist attacks and explosions involving pipelines, tankers and wells.