YOUTH SPORTS AND THE LAW: Using facemasks on batting helmets

Partner David Langfitt writes for Sporting Kids: Facemasks help prevent concussions and other serious injuries in young baseball and softball players. Are your players protected when they step in the batter’s box?

Youth Sports and the Law: Using facemasks on batting helmets


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Senior Partner Marc P. Weingarten named Super Lawyer for 10th year in a row

Senior Partner Marc Weingarten named Super Lawyer for plaintiff product liability for the 10th time in 2015.  (Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. –  To learn more about Mr. Weingarten’s practice and accomplishments, go to Super Lawyers or view his Locks Law Firm profile.

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Concussions in amateur sports: What do we do now?

In his recently published article on, Attorney David Langfitt discusses the risks associated with concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in amateur and youth sports.  Drawing attention to policies and steps that should be taken when any athlete suffers a hit or blow to the head, he reminds us that, "we should recognize that the excitement the athletes bring us comes with serious risk and cost – and not one of them is getting paid to perform." 

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Jury Awards $155,000 to Actos Victim

An injured plaintiff was awarded $155,000 in West Virginia for his Actos-related bladder cancer. The jury was only out three hours before it rendered its verdict. This verdict followed right on the heels of a Philadelphia jury verdict of $2 million to another former Actos user. In the recent trial the judge allowed the lawyer for the plaintiff to argue that defendant, Takeda, intentionally destroyed many of its Actos development and marketing files. The US spokesperson for Takeda said that the company is considering its options, which would include an appeal. There are more than 8,000 Actos cases filed around the country, with over 3,500 filed in federal court (which is where Locks Law Firm LLC files its Actos cases).

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Actos Verdict for Plaintiff

A jury in Philadelphia found defendant, Takeda, liable for over $2 million for failing to warn that its drug, Actos, can cause bladder cancer, and for causing a 79-year-old woman's bladder cancer. During the three-week-plus trial,  Takeda had argued that smoking or other causes were to blame. There have now been seven (7) trials involving claims that Actos caused bladder cancer. The largest verdict, $9 billion earlier this year, is being appealed by Takeda. Two verdicts in favor of plaintiffs (California and Maryland) which combined totalled $8.2 million, were overturned by the trial judge. Three verdicts (two in Las Vegas and one in Illinois) were defense verdicts in favor of Takeda. Evidence shows that Takeda officials destroyed documents about Actos. Actos is a Type-2 diabetes drug which  has generated over $16 billion in sales since it was released in 1999. The peak in sales was in the year ending March 2011, at $4.5 billion. Actos accounted for over 25% of Takeda's profits. There are over 3,500 lawsuits consolidated before Judge Rebecca Doherty in federal court in Louisiana. There are another 4,500 cases in state courts in Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and California.

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Jerry Lindheim on the Afternoon Drive show on WPHT 1210AM regarding Nursing Home Abuse

On the 21st day of March,  Jerry Lindheim, Esquire-partner at the Locks Law Firm was featured on the Dick Morris Afternoon Drive radio broadcast WPHT 1210AM during which time he discussed nursing home neglect and abuse and patient's rights and remedies.

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Risperdal Cases

Please be advised that Locks Law Firm is now accepting referrals of Risperdal cases. Risperdal is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson.  It causes Gynecomastia, the growth of breasts, in males.  Risperdal is a mass tort in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.   The criteria of cases worthy of filing is very simple:  Gynecomastia in males which develops during or shortly after usage of Risperdal.  The patent on Risperdal expired in 2008, at which time generics became available. We will review cases where there was only name brand Risperdal usage and also cases with mixed name brand/generic usage. However, due to rulings of the US Supreme Court, we are not presently reviewing cases with generic use only. If you have been contacted by a man who may have been injured by these products, please contact us. For more information please contact Michael Galpern at 856-663-8200 or Michael Leh at 215-893-0100.

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Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Replacement Cases

Please be advised that Locks Law firm is currently accepting referrals of Zimmer Durom Cup Hip replacement cases.  The Durom Cup is a hip replacement product, first marketed by Zimmer in the United States in 2006.  The Durom Cup has an unreasonably high incidence of failing to bond with growth of the securing host bone, leading to loosening and movement of the product and requiring a second surgery to remove and replace the Durom Cup product.   There are also incidences of metallosis, or metal poisoning, resulting from the Zimmer Durom Cup product and also requiring removal and replacement of the Durom Cup product.   Zimmer Durom Cup claims are currently coordinated in MDL No. 2158 in the District of New Jersey.

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Locks Law Firm announces it is handling claims against the manufacturers and distributors of testosterone-based products

Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it has begun investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack and death in men taking prescription testosterone drugs.

The announcement came on the heels of two recent two studies that suggested an increased risk of heart attacks in men who take testosterone, a hormone produced in the testicles that is responsible for maintaining muscle bulk, bone growth and sexual function, the FDA said. The FDA said it has not concluded that testosterone increases the risk of cardiac events but said it is issuing an alert "while we continue to evaluate the information from these studies and other available data."

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A Message From The Locks Law Firm - Proposed NFL Concussion Litigation Settlement

The NFL and the retired players have reached a proposed settlement of the NFL Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation.

Under the proposed settlement, which the Court (Hon. Anita B. Brody) must analyze for fairness, reasonableness, and adequacy, the NFL has agreed to pay close to $800 million to the retired NFL players and their families, in addition to any NFL benefits they have received or will receive in the future.

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