Thornton Law Firm LLP Again Named “Best Law Firm”

By: Patricia M. Flannery, Esq.

Sustained Success

Thornton Law Firm LLP is honored to be among the Best Law Firms in America. In 2010 and from 2013 onward, Thornton Law Firm has been awarded a Tier 1 National ranking for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action – Plaintiffs by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” The firm has also received a Tier 1 Boston ranking for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action since 2010, and a Tier 1 Boston ranking for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs since 2011.

Industry Respect

Best Lawyers, the oldest peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession, is one of the definitive guides to legal excellence. Best Lawyers uses an extensive peer-review survey of leading attorneys on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 5.5 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.  The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.

Deep Knowledge

Thornton Law Firm has been at the forefront of serious and complex plaintiff’s personal injury litigation for four decades. Thornton Law Firm was founded in 1978. It is a leading law firm in Massachusetts, with attorneys representing thousands of clients in a wide variety of plaintiff-side work. Noteworthy cases include the firm’s representation of children born with catastrophic birth defects from parental exposure in occupations such as semiconductor manufacturing and agriculture, in some of the first birth defect cases of their kind to be brought anywhere in the country.  

Comprehensive Legal Services

The firm’s attorneys practice, among other things, in the areas of consumer class actions, mesothelioma and asbestos claims, False Claims Act suits, securities litigation, toxic torts, and personal injury law. If you need an experienced lawyer, contact Thornton Law Firm, LLP, online today or call (888) 491-9726 to schedule a free consultation.

Thornton Law Firm’s 2019 Super Lawyers

By: Patricia M. Flannery, Esq.

Thornton Law Firm, LLP, the respected Boston, Massachusetts plaintiffs’ injury law firm, is pleased to announce that four partners, Michael P. ThorntonDavid J. McMorrisAndrew S. Wainwright, and Garrett J. Bradley, have been named Super Lawyers by Massachusetts Super Lawyers Magazine, and that partners Andrea M. Landry and Evan Hoffman, and Of Counsel Guillaume Buell, were named Rising Stars.

The Massachusetts Super Lawyers list is limited to less than five percent of attorneys in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Rising Stars list is even more exclusive, with less than 2.5% of a state’s lawyers selected.

Founded in 1978, Thornton Law Firm LLP represents thousands of individuals, families and institutions in a wide variety of legal claims, including children born with birth defects from chemical exposure; mesothelioma and asbestos; defective drugs and medical devices; whistleblowing and financial fraud; securities class actions; toxic torts; and catastrophic personal injuries.

Thornton Law Firm’s 2019 Super Lawyers

The Thornton Law Firm lawyers named 2018 Massachusetts Super Lawyers are:

Michael P. Thornton, Founder & Chair

2019 – Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Boston, MA

Previous years: Class Action/Mass Torts, Securities Litigation, Personal Injury – Products, Environmental Litigation

Selected to Super Lawyers 2007 – 2019

David J. McMorris

2019 – Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Boston, MA

Previous years: Class Action/Mass Torts, Personal Injury – General, Workers’ Compensation

Selected to Super Lawyers 2004 – 2005, 2007 – 2019

Andrew S. Wainwright

2019 – Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Boston, MA

Previous years: Personal Injury – Products, Class Action/Mass Torts, Workers’ Compensation, Personal Injury – General

Selected to Super Lawyers 2004, 2009, 2014 – 2019

Garrett J. Bradley, Managing Partner

2019 – Top Rated Securities Litigation Attorney in Boston, MA

Previous years: Securities Litigation, Personal Injury – General, Personal Injury – Products, Class Action/Mass Torts, Antitrust Litigation

Selected to Super Lawyers 2017 – 2019; Rising Stars 2010

Thornton Law Firm’s 2019 Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars are:


Andrea Marino Landry

2019 – Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Boston, MA

Previous years: Personal Injury – Products, Personal Injury – General, Class Action/Mass Torts

Selected to Rising Stars 2013 – 2019

Evan Hoffman

2019 – Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Boston, MA

Selected to Rising Stars 2019

Guillaume Buell

2019 – Top Rated Securities Litigation Attorney in Boston, MA

Selected to Rising Stars 2019

What Are ‘Super Lawyers’?

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from across the United States in more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law.  For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

For More Information

Thornton Law Firm provides legal services to clients around the country from our offices in Boston and Beverly Hills. If you need help with a legal claim, contact Thornton Law Firm online or call 1-888-491-9726 to speak with an experienced attorney for a free assessment of your legal case. All legal claims are subject to short time limits for filing, so call today for a no-obligation consultation.

This may be considered Attorney Advertising in some jurisdictions. Prior results do not guarantee or predict a similar outcome with respect to any future matter.

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Christmas in the City

Thornton Law Firm employees with gifts
From left to right – Dodie Rodrigues, Sandi Goodwin, Mary Collins, Carolyn Irving,
Kymm Smith and William Nunes.

Thornton Law Firm supported Christmas in the City this past holiday season.  Christmas in the City is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that provides sheltered and homeless children in Boston with toys and other gifts every year.

Working from a list of gift requests from Christmas in the City., Thornton Law Firm held a holiday toy drive in late November through mid-December.  Staff and lawyers at the firm purchased over 100 toys and gift cards for Christmas in the City.  The gifts were picked up by a kind volunteer from the charity on Friday, December 20th,  just in time for the 31st annual Christmas in the City party held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Sunday, December 22nd

At the party itself, approximately 6,000 children and 1500 parents living in transitional housing entered a magical environment filled with rides, Mr. and Mrs. Santa, Blue Man Group, choirs, and other performers. Each child received a gift from their personal wish list, and were provided with lunch, dental visits, and haircuts. In total more than 13,000 children will receive toys, clothing, and other gifts.

If you wish to support Christmas in the City, which provides support to families experiencing homelessness and poverty throughout the year, please go to their website to donate or volunteer:

Christmas in the City

Claire’s Recalls Makeup Containing Asbestos

Claire's makeup recall

By Leah McMorris, Esq. and Leslie-Anne Taylor, Esq.

Published on June 26, 2019

This month the mall retailer Claire’s was forced to voluntarily recall a makeup kit marketed to pre-teens and teenagers after Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tests showed the presence of asbestos. The product, Claire’s JoJo Siwa’s Tween Makeup Set, is  the subject of a June 6, 2019 Safety Alert by the FDA. This was the second recall of makeup products containing asbestos by Claire’s in the last three months.

The FDA recommends on its website that consumers who have this batch of Claire’s JoJo Siwa Tween Makeup Set should stop using the products, and the company said it will issue refunds to consumers. The specific lot affected is:

  • Claire’s JoJo Siwa Makeup Set, SKU #888711136337, Batch/Lot No. S180109

In the same statement, the Food and Drug Administration also recalled products from Beauty Plus Global, a Chinese company. The specific product of theirs recalled was Beauty Plus Global Contour Effects Palette 2, Batch No. S1603002/PD-C1179.

Claire’s History of Asbestos-Tainted Product Recalls

Claire’s products have been scrutinized since 2017 when a Rhode Island mom had her daughter’s makeup from Claire’s tested and was shocked to find that it contained asbestos. In all Claire’s issued recalls on nine (9) of its products at that time:

  • Ultimate Mega Make Up Set, code 71844.
  • Metallic Hot Pink Glitter 48-Piece Makeup Set, code 76094.
  • Pink Glitter Cellphone Makeup Compact, code 26556.
  • Bedazzled Rainbow Heart Makeup Set, code 11767.
  • Rainbow Bedazzled Star Make Up Set, code 20926.
  • Rainbow Glitter Heart Shaped Makeup Set, code 97275.
  • Mint Glitter Make Up Set, code 74769.
  • Rainbow Bedazzled Rectangle Make Up Set, code 21044.
  • Pink Glitter Palette with Eyeshadow & Lip Gloss, code 97276.

In March of this year, Claire’s recalled another three makeup products after FDA testing found that the products were contaminated with tremolite asbestos.  Tremolite, an amphibole form of asbestos, is often present in talc, an ingredient often used in cosmetics.

The lots recalled for containing asbestos in March 2019 were:

  • Claire’s Eye Shadows — Batch No/Lot No: 08/17
  • Claire’s Compact Powder — Batch No/Lot No: 07/15
  • Claire’s Contour Palette — Batch No/Lot No: 04/17

When the first recall occurred in 2017, Claire’s disputed the validity of the asbestos tests performed by the independent testing agencies, Scientific Analytical Institute (SAI) and STAT Analysis Corporation (STAT). Despite this, in March of this year Claire’s issued a statement stating that it has switched to talc-free manufacturing for all its products.

Talc and Health

Talc has been implicated in the development of cancer. Both ovarian cancer and mesothelioma are associated with the use of cosmetic talc.  Mesothelioma, a cancer that is only caused by asbestos, is probably caused by the asbestos contaminant in talc. Exposure to cosmetic talc is associated with ovarian cancer, although scientists are not exactly sure of how it causes cancer. To read more on talc and cancer, click here.

What Can You Do?

You must check your children’s makeup products for the presence of talc. Talc may be described on a label as talc, talcum powder, magnesium silicate, or cosmetic talc. The FDA does not have pre-market review authority and cannot enforce any recall over cosmetics. Unfortunately, because of this regulatory gap, there is no federal agency with primary responsibility for regulating asbestos or talc in makeup.

The Boeing Company (BA) Shareholder Investigation: Lawsuit Filed

Boeing shareholders who purchased or acquired Boeing stock (NYSE ticker: BA) between January 1, 2019 and May 10, 2019, and are interested in learning about their potential rights to recover in a securities class action lawsuit pending against Boeing, please email the Thornton Law Firm at shareholder@tenlaw.com, or call 617-531-3933.

Thornton Law Firm LLP is investigating a securities class action on behalf of shareholders and investors who purchased the securities of The Boeing Company (NYSE ticker: BA). The investigation involves possible violations of the federal securities laws by Boeing. 

According to the lawsuit, Boeing prioritized profitability ahead of airplane safety. Boeing may have misled investors about the sustainability of Boeing’s core Commercial Airplanes segment by maintaining that the Boeing 737 MAX was a safe airplane. Boeing made these statements all while concealing the full extent of safety problems caused by the placement of larger engines on the 737 MAX that changed the handling characteristics of the 737 MAX from previous models. These handling characteristics included the danger of the increased pitch-up tendencies. These changes required special safety features, some of which Boeing installed only as “extras” or “optional features.”

As a result of Boeing’s alleged misconduct, as the news about Boeing’s alleged misconduct was revealed, Boeing’s (BA) stock plunged nearly $70 per share, from approximately $440 a share to $372 a share, the complaint alleges.

If you purchased or otherwise acquired Boeing stock (NYSE: BA) between January 1, 2019 and May 10, 2019, you may have a claim for damages. Please contact the Thornton Law Firm’s shareholder rights team at shareholder@tenlaw.com, or call 617-531-3933.

Thornton Law Firm’s securities attorneys specialize in representing individual shareholders and institutional investors in recovering damages caused by corporate wrongdoing or fraud. Its attorneys have decades of experience litigating securities cases in courts throughout the country and have a proven track record of recovering losses on behalf of shareholders.

Contact Information:

Guillaume O. Buell
Thornton Law Firm LLP
1 Lincoln StreetBoston, Massachusetts 02111 
Email: gbuell@tenlaw.com
Tel: 617-531-3933 
 

First Joint J&J, Colgate Talc Mesothelioma Trial: $12M Verdict

By Leah M. McMorris, Esq. and Leslie-Anne Taylor, Esq.

Published on June 13, 2019

A California state court jury awarded $12 million dollars in damages to a 72-year old woman dying of mesothelioma.  The jury found that it was more likely than not that Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower and Colgate’s Cashmere Bouquet talc powders contained the carcinogen asbestos, and that the asbestos in those powders caused Schmitz’s cancer.   Johnson & Johnson and Colgate are responsible for almost $10 million of that award.  The jury voted in plaintiff Patricia Schmitz’s favor on her claims of negligence, design defect, failure to warn and concealment, but they were unable to reach a decision on whether punitive damages were warranted, or on her claim that J&J intentionally misrepresented its powders as “pure”. This is the 11th verdict against Johnson and Johnson in a baby powder claim.

Patricia Schmitz, a former fifth grade teacher, testified that she used Johnson & Johnson and Colgate body powders for most of her life. Specifically, she said that she used either J&J’s baby powder or Colgate-Palmolive’s Cashmere Bouquet after showering. She also testified that she purchased Avon’s Night Magic talc powder as a young woman.

The jury awarded a total of $12 million damages to Ms. Schmitz, and allocated 40% of the responsibility for her damages to Johnson & Johnson, and another 40% of the responsibility to Colgate. Avon was allocated 20% of the responsibility, but they were not a defendant at trial.

The case is captioned as Schmitz v. Johnson & Johnson, No. RG18923615, Superior Court of the State of California, Alameda County (Oakland). J&J and Colgate both announced plans to appeal the verdict. Schmidt’s trial counsel said that he would appeal the jury’s failure to award punitive damages.

Johnson & Johnson face an additional 14,000 talc-related cancer claims according to a May regulatory filing. In February, J&J received subpoenas from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the United States Department of Justice seeking documents on the safety of its talc powders.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after using Johnson & Johnson or Colgate talc powders (including Shower to Shower Powder, baby powder, or Cashmere Bouquet), you may have a legal claim for damages. Call Thornton Law Firm’s female mesothelioma attorneys,  Leah McMorris or Leslie-Anne Taylor for a confidential, free  evaluation of your legal claim at 1-888-341-1405. Or tell us your story here to discuss your legal rights and how you should proceed. Do not delay seeking legal advice. Like all legal claims, talc powder lawsuits have short time limits within which they must be filed.

 

Apple Inc. Shareholder Investigation: Lawsuit Filed (AAPL)

Thornton Law Firm LLP announces that investigating a securities class action on behalf of purchasers of the securities of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ ticker: AAPL). The investigation involves possible violations of the federal securities laws by Apple, Timothy Cook, and Luca Maestri. A class action has been filed, and if you an Apple shareholder interested in learning more, please email shareholder@tenlaw.com, or call 617-531-3933.

According to the lawsuit, Apple and the defendants made materially false and misleading statements regarding Apple’s business and prospects. Specifically, the Complaint alleges that Apple failed to disclose that: 

  1. the U.S.-China trade war had negatively impacted demand for iPhones and Apple’s pricing power in greater China; 
  2. due to Apple discounting the cost of replacement batteries to make up for the Company’s prior conduct of intentionally degrading the performance of the batteries in older iPhones, the rate at which Apple customers were replacing their batteries in older iPhones, rather than purchasing new iPhones, was negatively impacting Apple’s iPhone sales growth; 
  3. as a result of slowing demand, Apple had slashed production orders from suppliers for the new 2018 iPhone models and cut prices to reduce inventory; and 
  4. Apple’s decision to withhold unit sales for iPhones and other hardware, which was a metric relevant to investors and their view of the Company’s financial performance, was designed to and would mask declines in unit sales of the Company’s flagship product.

As a result of Apple’s alleged misconduct, Apple’s stock plunged more than $15 per share, or more than 9%, from its close of $157.92 per share on January 2, 2019 to close at $142.19 per share on January 3, 2019.

If you purchased or otherwise acquired Apple stock (NASDAQ: AAPL), you may have a claim for damages. Please contact the Thornton Law Firm’s shareholder rights team at shareholder@tenlaw.com, or call 617-531-3933.

Thornton Law Firm’s securities attorneys specialize in representing individual shareholders and institutional investors in recovering damages caused by corporate wrongdoing or fraud. Its attorneys have decades of experience litigating securities cases in courts throughout the country and have a proven track record of recovering losses on behalf of shareholders.

Contact Information:

Guillaume O. Buell
Thornton Law Firm LLP
1 Lincoln StreetBoston, Massachusetts 02111 
Email: gbuell@tenlaw.com
Tel: 617-531-3933 
 

J&J Hit With $300 Million Punitives Award in Talc Mesothelioma Case

A New York state court jury ruled in favor of a woman in her suit against Johnson & Johnson alleging her mesothelioma was caused by her many years of exposure to J&J’s asbestos-containing talc powder. The jury awarded plaintiff Donna Olson, 66, and husband Robert Olson $25 million in compensatory damages –  $20 million for her pain and suffering, and $5 million for his loss of consortium. The jury also found Johnson & Johnson’s conduct was wanton and reckless, warranting an award of $300 million in punitive damages.

The lawsuit was filed in 2017, alleging daily use of J&J’s baby powder and scented Shower to Shower products from 1953 through 2015. Donna Olson was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in 2016. As part of her treatment, one of her lungs was removed. She was too ill to attend the trial. Her husband testified that it was her daily ritual to use Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder after she showered.

The jury rejected J&J claims that there was no asbestos in its powders. Instead, the jury found the company had been aware of the presence of asbestos in talcum powder for decades, yet had failed to warn consumers.

Beginning in 2009, lawsuits were filed in state and federal courts throughout the country alleging talc-based powders caused cancer. Trials against Johnson & Johnson alleging its talc-based powders caused cancer first began in 2013. This New York verdict is the 10th win for talc plaintiffs. It is the largest verdict in a claim that J&J talc powder contained asbestos and that asbestos caused the deadly asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma.

Johnson & Johnson announced plans to appeal the verdict. They face over 14,000 talc-related cancer claims according to a regulatory filing in May. In February, J&J received subpoenas from the United States Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking documents on the safety of its talc products.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after using Johnson & Johnson talc powder (including baby powder and Shower to Shower Powder), you may have a legal claim for damages. Call Thornton Law Firm’s mesothelioma attorneys,  Leah McMorris or Leslie-Anne Taylor for a confidential, no-obligation evaluation of your legal rights at 1-888-341-1405. Or tell us your story here to discuss your legal claim and how you should proceed. Do not delay seeking legal advice. Like all legal claims, talc powder lawsuits have short, strictly enforced time limits for filing.

RCI Hospitality Holdings (RICK) Shareholder Investigation: Lawsuit Filed

By Garrett J. Bradley, Esq. and Guillaume Buell, Esq.

Published on June 3, 2019

A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of investors of RCI Hospitality Holdings (NASDAQ: RICK). Shareholders who purchased at least 1,000 shares of RICK stock between February 14, 2018 and May 10, 2019, and are interested in learning about participating as a lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, are encouraged to contact the Thornton Law Firm at shareholder@tenlaw.com, or call 617-531-3917 to discuss their rights.

Investors interested in serving as a lead plaintiff have until July 22, 2019 to apply. The lawsuit alleges violations of the federal securities laws, and the class has not yet been certified. Until certification occurs, you are not represented by an attorney. If you choose to take no action, you can remain an absent class member.

According to the lawsuit, RCI made misleading statements, as well as failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company’s business and operations. Specifically, RCI allegedly failed to disclose to investors that: (1) the Company engaged in numerous transactions with the CEO, including lending him significant sums of money; (2) these practices were reasonably likely to lead to regulatory scrutiny; (3) as a result of investigations into the Company’s governance, the Company would be unable to timely file its financial statements; and (4) Defendants’ positive statements about the Company’s business were misleading or lacked a reasonable basis. As the news about RCI’s alleged misstatements was revealed, RCI’s stock price fell over $3.00 a share.

If you purchased at least 1,000 shares of RCI Hospitality stock (NASDAQ: RICK) between February 14, 2018 and May 10, 2019, and are interested in learning about serving as a lead plaintiff, please contact the Thornton Law Firm’s shareholder rights team at shareholder@tenlaw.com, or call 617-531-3917. All communications will be treated in a confidential manner.

Thornton Law Firm’s securities attorneys specialize in representing individual shareholders and institutional investors in recovering damages caused by corporate wrongdoing or fraud. Its attorneys have decades of experience litigating securities cases in courts throughout the country and have a proven track record of recovering losses on behalf of shareholders.

Whitestone REIT (WSR) Shareholder Investigation: Lawsuit Filed

By Garrett J. Bradley, Esq. and Guillaume Buell, Esq.

Published on May 31, 2019

A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of investors of Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR). Shareholders who purchased at least 1,000 shares of WSR stock between May 9, 2018 and February 27, 2019, and are interested in learning about participating as a lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, are encouraged to contact the Thornton Law Firm at shareholder@tenlaw.com, or call 617-531-3917 to discuss their rights.

Investors interested in serving as a lead plaintiff have until June 17, 2019 to apply. The lawsuit alleges violations of the federal securities laws, and the class has not yet been certified. Until certification occurs, you are not represented by an attorney. If you choose to take no action, you can remain an absent class member.

According to the lawsuit, Whitestone made materially false or misleading statements, or failed to disclose, that: (1) Whitestone lacked effective internal control over financial reporting; (2) Whitestone was incorrectly recognizing assets and liabilities; (3) Whitestone’s financial statements for the fiscal year 2018 were overstating revenues; and (4) Whitestone’s financial statements for the fiscal year 2018 could no longer be relied upon. Whitestone’s stock dropped over 14% when the alleged truth was disclosed to investors.

If you purchased at least 1,000 shares of Whitestone REIT stock (NYSE: WSR) between May 9, 2018 and February 27, 2019, and are interested in learning about serving as a lead plaintiff, please contact the Thornton Law Firm’s shareholder rights team at shareholder@tenlaw.com, or call 617-531-3917. All communications will be treated in a confidential manner.

Thornton Law Firm’s securities attorneys specialize in representing individual shareholders and institutional investors in recovering damages caused by corporate wrongdoing or fraud. Its attorneys have decades of experience litigating securities cases in courts throughout the country and have a proven track record of recovering losses on behalf of shareholders.

Contact Information:

 

Guillaume Buell
Thornton Law Firm LLP
1 Lincoln StreetBoston, Massachusetts 02111 

Email: gbuell@tenlaw.com

Tel: 617-531-3933

 

 

 

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