Colorectal Cancer Claims: Asbestos Exposure vs. Lifestyle Risk Factors
CaliforniaAlthough it is not the "norm", it is not unusual to see wrongful death or personal injury claims related to asbestos exposure in cases where the plaintiff or the decedent suffered from colorectal cancer.  One cannot help but ask, "Can asbestos exposure, which typically is associated with respiratory illnesses such as asbestosis, pleural plaques and mesothelioma, cause cancer in the lower sections of the large intestine and rectum?"

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Off-Label, But on Topic: FDA Guidelines for Responding to Requests for Off-Label Use – One Year Later (Expanded Version)
CaliforniaBefore marketing a product, pharmaceutical and medical device companies must demonstrate that the product is safe and effective when used for a specific purpose and with labels and warnings that have been approved by the FDA.  After FDA approval, however, a doctor, other medical provider, or even a consumer may determine that the product may be safely and effectively used for a purpose that was not approved by the FDA - that is, an "off-label" use.  Up to one-fifth of all prescriptions in the U.S. are off-label uses, rising to almost a third in some branches of medicine like psychiatry.  Still, companies are forbidden to promote the off-label use, no matter how well-accepted the alternative use may become.

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Are You Ready for Some Golf for a Good Cause?
Seagull_Tournament_logo-v2Shine up those irons, drivers and cleats! WFBM's 26th Annual Seagull Golf Tournament is fast approaching.

On Monday, May 13, 2013, the Firm will be hosting the tournament at the Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach, California, benefitting the research, prevention and treatment of juvenile diabetes.

The annual event began in 1986 as a casual game of golf hosted by the Seagulls, an Orange County softball team of which WFBM partners Ron Bevins, Mike McCall and Larry Duffy were a part.

Today, this informal get-together has evolved into a large-scale charity fund-raiser, which has cumulatively raised hundreds of thousands of dollars since its inception.

The tournament always sells out with hundreds of individuals involved.

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Drastic Changes in L.A. Superior Court Will Have Significant Impact on Cases
CaliforniaIn response to ongoing budget cuts, the Los Angeles County Superior Court has announced a series of drastic changes that will be implemented between December 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013.  Among these changes is the closing of 10 courthouses.  Also included is a requirement that all personal injury cases (including medical malpractice and wrongful death), be filed in the main courthouse, downtown, where they will be assigned to one of two master calendar departments which are estimated to have a case load of approximately 8,000 each.  The specific date this new policy is to go into effect has not been announced.  Insurance bad faith and wrongful termination/discrimination/harassment cases are not considered personal injury cases for this purpose. 

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Meet the Attorney: Evan K. McNamara
Evan_M-headshot-web-nameEvan K. McNamara is  a senior associate in WFBM's  Southern California Environmental Department.

His practice focuses on environmental litigation with an emphasis on products liability, premises liability, and toxic tort. Evan's experience includes representation of product manufacturers, public entities, subcontractors, international airlines, insurance companies, and various other clients, in state and federal court civil litigation cases, including environmental contamination, toxic tort, and water board cases.

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California Supreme Court Tells Trial Judges to Act as Gatekeeper to Keep Out Speculative Expert Testimony
CaliforniaThe importance of expert witness testimony in personal injury actions cannot be overstated.  Whether the case arises from a simple automobile accident or a highly complex toxic tort action, experts generally testify on various issues related to both liability and damages.  The nature and scope of expert opinions admitted at trial can have a profound effect on a jury verdict.

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Think Pink Day!
pink_ribbonIn 1993, Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies, founded Breast Cancer Awareness Month and established the pink ribbon as its symbol.

Today, BCAM is one of the most successful health awareness campaigns in the world - and the pink ribbon is easily recognized as the "logo" for breast cancer awareness.

Every October, an international health campaign organized by several major breast cancer charities, strives to increase knowledge and awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention and cure.

The WFBM family supports BCAM with our annual Think Pink Day. Please see our photos from our most recent Day in October, 2012, below...

BCAM is an excellent opportunity to remind women about the benefits of early detection and overall awareness.

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Recent Results

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  •  Summary Judgment Granted in Products Liability Mesothelioma Action

  •  Court of Appeals Affirms Summary Judgment in Favor of WFBM Client

 







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Shipper Beware: Hidden Traps in Shipping Charges Disputes
CaliforniaIn today's economic environment, shipping costs are now receiving the same amount of attention customarily reserved by company management for such traditional subjects as sales, marketing, product development and manufacturing.  Shipping expenses for many companies can reach millions of dollars annually.  As a result, companies risk losing significant sums in disputes with carriers unless the persons charged with overseeing these disputes have a basic knowledge of shipping law, particularly those laws governing the deadlines for bringing lawsuits to recover losses for damaged or lost goods and overcharges.

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Off-Label, But on Topic: FDA Guidelines for Responding to Requests for Off-Label Use – One Year Later
CaliforniaBefore marketing a product, pharma-ceutical and medical device companies must obtain FDA approval for that product. In order to do so, a company must demonstrate that the product is safe and effective when used for a specific purpose and the product must be labeled accordingly.

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