Long Time Seattle Attorney Talis Abolins Joins Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A.

SEATTLE, WA (March 2, 2020)  — Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. welcomes Seattle attorney Talis Abolins to the Firm. Talis is a native Washingtonian with more than 30 years of experience as an attorney. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and a law degree from Seattle University School of Law. Talis served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington for 14 years before moving into private practice.

MCTLaw Attorney Talis Abolins
Attorney Talis Abolins

“Talis is a tireless advocate and steadfast litigator,” says mctlaw Managing Partner Altom Maglio. “He has worked with us as co-counsel on medical product liability cases for years and we’re honored to add his experience and knowledge to our firm’s legal team.”

In addition to representing Washingtonians in personal injury and wrongful death cases, Talis will focus on developing new practice areas for mctlaw. He will also continue his work representing Washington patients in defective metal on metal hip replacement lawsuits and settlements.

Talis comes to mctlaw after years in private practice, most recently with Advocates Law Group in Seattle and before that as a partner at Campbell, Dille, Barnett & Smith from 2005 to 2015. Talis and his wife Marla are dedicated to nonprofit activities supporting the vision of a diverse and livable Mount Baker Town Center. They enjoy time with family, and adventuring on the mountains and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

About Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. 

Maglio Christopher & Toale, P. A. is a national complex litigation firm with offices located in Sarasota, FL, Washington, D.C., and Seattle, WA. The firm’s practice areas include vaccine injury compensation, defective metal on metal hip replacement litigation, construction and commercial law, and federal takings. You can contact us at 888.952.5242 or www.mctlaw.com

Continue Reading Long Time Seattle Attorney Talis Abolins Joins Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A.

Judge Orders Biomet Internal Documents to go Public

Internal documents about metal on metal hips that Zimmer Biomet (ZBH) fought hard to keep secret are now public, and some of the contents are troubling.
Recently, a judge ruled in favor of mctlaw demand to unseal dozens of Zimmer Biomet’s internal corporate documents that were kept hidden from the public.
Among the unsealed documents is a memo prioritizing the design and development of the Biomet M2a metal on metal hip as a “money project.”

This is the project that each group should rally around and push to completion as soon as possible. It will have the biggest impact on Biomet’s bottom line.

Dozens of lawsuits against Zimmer Biomet allege that corporate management pressured their development teams to put sales over safety when it came to metal on metal hips. The priority was to make “the most money.” There’s no part of this unsealed memo that mentions patient safety or pre-market testing:

…we want to get the “biggest bang for our development buck.” This would mean that we should prioritize our work and develop the products that will make the most money for Biomet first.

Poor design doomed patients with Zimmer Biomet M2a Magnum hips from the start. The cobalt and chromium metal surfaces of the hip and the socket rub and grind together, releasing microscopic metal debris into the body. That metal has destroyed muscle, bone, and other tissue around a patient’s hips. The metal debris is small enough to enter the bloodstream and cause cobalt-chromium metal poisoning throughout a person’s body.
Essentially, the litigation alleges Zimmer Biomet turned patients into human guinea pigs so they could sell their new metal on metal hip replacement models faster. The formerly secret document states:

When a piece of this project comes into your possession, (drafting, prototypes, regulatory, tooling, production planning, rollout schedule, etc.) do not accept delays…

You can read the entire contents of this newly unsealed Biomet internal memo here. The public can expect to see more damaging internal memos as Zimmer Biomet faces almost 20 jury trials against mctlaw attorneys. The first trial is scheduled for this May in Seattle, WA.

About Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. – mctlaw

Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. is leading the U.S. litigation against metal on metal hip replacements with clients across the country. The Firm filed the first metal on metal (MoM) hip replacement lawsuit in the United States in 2008 and has been continuously litigating these cases ever since.

Continue Reading Judge Orders Biomet Internal Documents to go Public

Biomet Reports Show Rising Litigation Liabilities for Metal Hips

JANUARY 17, 2020 (Sarasota, FL)  — Zimmer Biomet Holdings’ (ZBH) most recent quarterly financial report puts the litigation liability for the M2a-Magnum hip at $65.7-million. Since May 2018, the expected cost of litigation from the M2a-Magnum metal on metal hip keeps going up quarter after quarter, based on the company’s financial reports. Litigation liability is an estimate or prediction of how much money a company expects to lose or spend due to current and future litigation. Typically, litigation liability costs should go down over time as individual lawsuits and settlements wind down and fewer cases are left to litigate. However, the Biomet M2a-Magnum litigation liability amount has not gone down over time, as one would expect.  Instead, the predicted costs of litigation have increased over time, sometimes greatly.  In the fall of 2018 alone there was a $20 million spike and estimates since then continue to rise steadily.

RECENT ZIMMER BIOMET LITIGATION LIABILITY AMOUNTS BY QUARTERLY REPORT RELEASE DATE

QUARTERLY REPORT DATELIABILITY AMOUNT
MAY 2018$32.5 million
AUGUST 2018$41.4 million
NOVEMBER 2018$62.1 million
MAY 2019$62.1 million
AUGUST 2019$64.3 million
NOVEMBER 2019$65.7 million

It is not surprising that litigation costs would increase so dramatically for ZBH in late 2018.  That’s when the multi-district litigation (MDL) that consolidated all metal on metal hip lawsuits into one lawsuit in South Bend, Indiana shut down. This sent thousands of plaintiffs back to their local federal courts to try their lawsuits, individually. Suddenly, Zimmer Biomet faced lawsuits in separate locations around the country instead of only in the Indiana MDL.

Underestimating the Future Financial Risk

The litigation liability figure of $65.7 million appears extremely low, given recent jury verdicts in similar metal on metal hip lawsuits.  For example, juries returned verdicts of roughly $500 million, $1 billion, and $240 million in three consecutive multi-plaintiff trials over a similar metal on metal hip manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.

It is highly possible that Zimmer Biomet’s estimate of $65.7 million to set aside for this litigation may not be enough to cover even a single jury verdict.  Of note, Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. alone has 19 jury trials scheduled over the next year and a half.

About Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. – mctlaw

Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. is leading the U.S. litigation against metal on metal hip replacements with clients across the country. The Firm filed the first metal on metal (MoM) hip replacement lawsuit in the United States in 2008 and has been continuously litigating these cases ever since.

Contact: Altom Maglio, Managing Partner, Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A.
Phone: 888.952.5242
Website: https://www.mctlaw.com/joint-replacement/biomet-hip-implant/
Source: Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A.

Continue Reading Biomet Reports Show Rising Litigation Liabilities for Metal Hips

End of content

No more pages to load