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June 2014 News from Feldman Shepherd

June 1, 2014

$3.25 Million Confidential Settlement for Gentamicin Toxicity

Feldman Shepherd attorney Mark W. Tanner secured a $3.25 million settlement for a teenage girl who suffered from the toxic effects of the antibiotic gentamicin. Gentamicin, if not properly monitored and dosed, can damage the vestibular nerve, a nerve in the inner ear that controls our sense of balance.

$3.25 Million Settlement During Trial for Brain Injury During Hip Replacement Surgery

Feldman Shepherd attorneys Mark W. Tanner and Peter M. Newman successfully resolved this hotly contested medical malpractice claim after four days of trial in Philadelphia. The plaintiff suffered permanent brain damage after medical personnel failed to order enough blood replacement products to compensate for blood the patient had lost during surgery.

Attorneys Mark W. Tanner and Thomas Martin Clear Name of Wrongly Accused Radnor Contractor

Mark W. Tanner and Thomas Martin secured a formal apology and a $1.65 million settlement from the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office for Radnor businessman Walter Logan who was falsely accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Salem Baptist Church in Jenkintown, Pa.

Tanner said D.A. Ferman’s statement of apology was an important step on the path to obtaining justice for his client. “No one is above the law. Not lawyers, not companies, not judges, not district attorneys, not even churches. Our society has rules designed to promote fairness and justice, and those rules should remain free from political influence. Fortunately, we all have a court system that protects our fundamental freedoms from those who would exert political power in an effort to gain unfair advantage,” said Tanner.

Alan M. Feldman Named ‘Champion of Justice’ by Community Legal Services

Co-managing partner Alan M. Feldman recently received the Champion of Justice award from Community Legal Services (CLS), in recognition of the dedication of Feldman and the Feldman Shepherd firm to the Philadelphia nonprofit, which provides free civil legal services to low-income people who otherwise could not afford vital legal counsel. Feldman Shepherd has been a devoted supporter of CLS for years, most recently helping to lead the “Stand up for Justice” campaign to raise money to build a new headquarters for the nonprofit in North Philadelphia. Feldman also coordinated the donation of a $2 million cy pres award in 2013 to CLS. “Access to the justice system should be available to all, and my partners and I firmly believe it’s the responsibility of everyone lucky enough to have a license to practice law to support legal services for folks who really need but just can’t pay for a lawyer,” Feldman said.

Feldman Shepherd Presents ‘Unlocking the Blockbuster Case’ CLE

Feldman Shepherd attorneys have spent decades crafting legal strategies on behalf of seriously injured individuals, but they don’t keep their trial tactics secret. They share them with their colleagues through CLE programs. On May 13, in conjunction with The Legal Intelligencer, Feldman Shepherd presented a slate of programs entitled Unlocking the Blockbuster Case. The firm’s personal injury lawyers shared trial tactics in programs such as “Stranger in a Strange Land: a Malpractice Lawyer in Federal Court” byCarol Nelson Shepherd and Patricia M. Giordano, “The 2nd and 3rd Restatement of Torts: Navigating the Turbulence of PA Product Liability Law” by Alan M. Feldman and Daniel J. Mann, and “Abuse of Power: Defamation by Public Officials and One Man’s Response” by Mark W. Tanner and Thomas Martin.

The response to the CLE programs was overwhelming. Attendees said, “This was the best CLE I have ever attended.” “A wonderful program by excellent lawyers.” “As always, Feldman Shepherd’s presentation was outstanding!!!” “You were all so good that I want to hear what you have to say on any subject.” Others praised the trial strategies and discovery tools they walked away with, while one said, “Need to call Feldman Shepherd with referrals!”

Feldman Shepherd wants to thank the attorneys who participated in the programs and then took the time to offer thoughtful feedback that will continue to help us shape future CLE offerings.

Death Arising From Fuel-Fed Motor Vehicle Fire

The Feldman Shepherd auto defect team of Alan M. Feldman,Daniel J. Mann, and Edward S. Goldis is pursuing a claim on behalf of the family of a young man who perished in a fuel-fed fire following an accident on Lincoln Drive in Philadelphia. The victim was observed attempting to extricate himself from his vehicle immediately after the crash, but was unable to escape in time. The firm’s investigation has revealed that an inadequate design of the fuel system was responsible for the spread of the fire, which caused the demise of the driver.

Furniture Tip-Over Fatally Injures Young Child

Alan M. Feldman was retained by the parents of a young child who was fatally injured when a bureau in the child’s room tipped over, trapping the child between the frame of his bed and the bureau. The risk of serious injury or death from tip-overs of unsecured furniture are not well appreciated by consumers, and important warnings and necessary hardware for securing furniture are often not included with the furniture at the time of sale.